Aberdeen: A must for 2015


St. Mark’s – Aberdeen

Aberdeen has immense appeal for commerce and leisure visitors. It is studded with outstanding architecture, which celebrates the granite influence, complemented by the Mica in the stone that sparkles like silver in the sunlight. Notable buildings include St. Mark’s Church, the Salvation Army Citadel, the Sherriff Court and Head Post Office, the extension to Marischal College and a wealth of other beauties on Union Street. Today modern retail parks and shopping centres including the £190 million retail development in Union Square cater for those with purchases of all types on their minds.

With 45 parks and gardens, the city has been the winner 10 times over of The Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain Best in Bloom “Best City” award. Stroll through Duthie Park on the banks of the River Dee with its boating pond and bandstand or visit the natural amphitheatre in the Denburn Valley.

Duthie Park Winter Garden

Duthie Park Winter Garden

Whilst embracing Mother Nature, why not visit one of the numerous Nature Reserves, where wildlife can be spotted anytime of the year. Following the outdoor lifestyle, of course there is a choice of more than 15 golf courses within 15 minutes of the centre and a further 30 beyond.

For the more creative amongst us Nick Nairn Cook School has 2 hour quick cook sessions to full day classes – so learn how to produce the perfect Angus steak or maybe a variation on a more traditional dish.

Tempted to visit? Click here for Dreamhouse Aberdeen.

Dreamhouse Apartments London Cyrus Street looks forward to welcoming our esteemed guests tonight !

Wounded, injured and sick Servicemen, women and Veterans who are part of the Help for Heroes Band of Brothers fellowship, have been treated to a night in a luxury London city centre apartment courtesy of Dreamhouse Apartments and suites. The Band of Brother members who have travelled the length of the country to visit London for a fundraising dinner for Help for Heroes, were let down for accommodation at the last minute, and with just hours to spare Dreamhouse have stepped in to save the day.

A spokesperson from Help for Heroes said: “It is simply wonderful that Dreamhouse have offered their services free of charge to our wounded and injured men and women. The support they receive from companies and members of the public lets our guys and girls know that even as we draw down from Afghanistan, we have not forgotten, and will not forget, what they have sacrificed for our country. We are sure they will enjoy their night of luxury thanks to Dreamhouse.”



Dreamhouse Mud Run

Join some of the members of the Dreamhouse team when they take part in the Race For Life Pretty Muddy Glasgow 13 September to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Bellahouston Park is where they will embark on the 5K mud run. Participate, volunteer, support, donate – meet them on the finishing line.




Edinburgh Festival

5 Great shows to see in Edinburgh this Festival

1. The James Plays

Venue: Festival Theatre 10th – 20th August

A trilogy by Rona Munro based in the 15th century, about three generations of Stuart Kings – James I, II and III, who ruled Scotland. Starring Sofie Grabol, aka Sarah Lund who plays Queen Margaret in the third of these plays, this is most definitely a jewel in the festival’s crown. Catch it before it transfers to London’s National Theatre in September!


2. The Trial of Jane Fonda

Venue: Assembly Rooms until 30th August

Oscar nominee Anne Archer (Michael Douglas’s wife in Fatal Attraction) plays the lead role as Jane Fonda, anti Vietnam War campaigner. It is based on events that took place in the June 1988 when she met with war veterans who tried to stop her filming the movie Stanley & Iris, (co starring Robert De Niro) as they objected to her actions and photos which were taken of her taken in Hanoi in 1972, when she visited a military base and posed on an anti aircraft gun, which belonged to the Vietnamese and was designed to shoot US soldiers. This get-together is the nub of the play and provides an insight into how such a high profile actress became engulfed by the war and the aftermath.

jane fonda


3. No Turn Unstoned

Venue: Assembly Checkpoint 14th – 23th August

Dame Diana Rigg performs excerpts from her book, a collection of “the worst theatrical reviews in history”, some of which date back to Ancient Greece. A highly entertaining reflection delivered by the impressive Dame.


4. Inala with Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Venue: Edinburgh Playhouse 10th – 12th August

Only 2 days left to catch this stunning show. Dancers from the Rambert and Royal Ballet mix classical and contemporary dance with Zulu song. Do you remember almost 30 years ago their collaboration with Paul Simon?



5. Rainbows from Diamonds

Venue: Gilded Ballroom 14th – 24th August

The flamboyant Nancy Dell’Olio makes her stage debut at the Edinburgh Fringe and divulges her secrets on living her “self empowered life”, going beyond the glitz in her one woman show. She hopes people will get an insight to the real her; the person that is not often represented through the media coverage that she so readily attracts; from arriving at No 10 in a red sequin spangled cat suit to dancing herself off Strictly, Nancy with her legal background has more to offer than being the former WAG to England’s former Football Manager. What will this next chapter hold?

Bella Luna

moonBella Luna
Do not miss out!
AUGUST 10. 2014

It takes 28 days for the moon to orbit the earth on an elliptical rugby ball shaped path. Every 13 months and 8 days a proxigee or Super Moon align with the Full Moon so that it appears about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than an average full moon. The effect is amplified by an optical illusion so that it seems unnaturally large. It’s a great opportunity for both amateurs and professional photographers to get out their tripods and cameras and to try and capture this amazing sight. Let’s hope there is no cloud.


A new kind of wedding for a new era

wedding On 30/31 August all couples, gay and straight, young and old, are invited to get married or renew their vows on the iconic Royal Festival Hall stage in London. Join the party for all-day dancing and unforgettable entertainment, and then spend your honeymoon in one of our luxury London Dreamhouse Apartments.

But be quick; the last day couples can sign up is Tuesday 12 August to allow for the legal formalities to be processed.

The Big Wedding Weekend, on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 August, is the finale to Southbank Centre’s summer-long Festival of Love, which explores seven of the most powerful variations of love identified by the Ancient Greeks. This weekend is inspired by Agape, the love of humanity, and up to 20 couples at a time will marry or renew their vows in up to six ceremonies over two days.

Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre, said: “We decided to hold the Big Wedding Weekend, the finale to our Festival of Love, to celebrate the historic change in the law that all couples now have the right to marry. Couples who would like to take part have just one week left to sign up to the event, which is set to be a truly memorable occasion.”

Southbank Centre is working closely with Lambeth Council, who are providing all their registrars in the borough for this special occasion. Cllr Jane Edbrooke, Lambeth Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “The Big Wedding Weekend is going to be a really fun and celebratory occasion and I’m proud that Lambeth is a part of it. I hope as many couples as possible take this opportunity to be part of such a unique event. The Festival of Love is all about accepting love in every form and is a great way to celebrate the fact that everyone in our society can now marry their partner of choice.”

Everyone can enjoy music and singing in the Royal Festival Hall and outside terraces over the weekend to mark this communal celebration with choirs including Southbank Centre’s Voicelab, led by Lea Cornthwaite; The Fourth Choir; London Gay Men’s Chorus; Diversity Choir; Pink Singers and Chantage. During the ceremonies, the choirs will sing, Total Brass will perform, the recently refurbished organ will be played, and all guests will be invited to sing-along to the congregational song It Must Be Love by Labi Siffre, and covered by Madness. Southbank Centre’s Voicelab, a choir of 30 performing together for the first time, will sing Going To The Chapel by The Dixie Cups during the Wedding Breakfasts.

Couples will also be able to ‘marry’ in an inflatable church over the weekend and will receive a specially-designed ‘wedding’ certificate. Outside celebrations include ballroom dancing with Nicky Miles, a mass singing moment at 3pm on both days when everyone will join together to perform It Must Be Love in a mass singing moment; and the Wedding Olympics, hosted by Lost & Found – wedding-themed games including Champagne Dash, and Bridesmaids’ and Ushers’ Kiss Chase. Evening entertainment includes live music by The London Gay Big Band and DJing by Anna Greenwood in The Clore Ballroom plus love-themed party rooms in the Royal Festival Hall spaces.

For more info visit southbankcentre.co.uk/bigweddingweekend