We've had good luck with the weather this summer, which means lighter nights, sunny days and lots of outdoor festivals to keep you entertained!
Let's find out more about what June and July is bringing us this year...
This year the summer solstice fell on June 20 when the sun rose at 4.45am and set again at 10.34pm. It's often called the longest day of the year since in the UK we can enjoy around 17 hours of daylight (not something we're used to!). 'Solstice' comes from the Latin 'solstitium', which means 'sun standing still'. This is because the sun almost seems to stand still on the horizon when it rises and sets.
It's also a Strawberry Moon...
You may have seen the majestic strawberry moon over our skies on the night of the summer solstice. In fact, it was the first time since 1967 that the solstice coincided with the strawberry moon's appearance. Due to the long hours of sunlight, a bright sky created perfect conditions to see the moon in all its glory. Despite its confusing name, the moon wasn't actually pink or red in colour, the name comes from this moon signalling the beginning of strawberry picking season!
Some Summer Festivals
Summer is the perfect time to get outdoors with the family and enjoy some culture, music, food, crafts and more. Here's some of the top summer festivals taking place around Dunblane:
The Royal Highland Show, Edinburgh
Where? Royal Highland Centre, Islington, Edinburgh
When? 23rd to 25th June 2016
This iconic event is in its 176th year! Come along with the whole family and enjoy exhibitions, cattle shows, competitions and more. As the UK's premier agricultural show, you'll see some impressive breeds of animals, as well as top notch food, show jumping, traditional musical performances and educational workshops for adults and children.
Tickets can be bought on the doors.
Edinburgh International Film Festival
Where? Various venues, Edinburgh
When? 15th to 26th June 2016
This programme of cinematic events combines local and international talent to showcase an eclectic range of fiction and documentary cinema. Discover original ideas, new talent and be the first to see award-winning films. This year is the 70th year of the festival and is sure to be an action-packed event filled with screenings, networking events and educational workshops.
Visit the festival website for ticket prices and more information.
Kelburn Garden Party
Where? Kelburn Castle, Largs
When? 1st to 4th July 2016
The Kelburn Garden Party is a unique music and arts festival set in beautiful gardens with the 13th century painted Kelburn Castle as a backdrop. Alongside live musical performances you’ll discover interactive art installations, theatre, poetry performances, workshops, food stalls and kids’ activities. One of the Kelburn Garden Party’s top sights is the Neverending Glen, a half-mile glen and burn leading to waterfalls and gorges and surrounded by wild flowers, ferns, trees and walking trails.
Only 2,500 tickets are on sale for the festival, so make sure you get yours quick!
To buy tickets or for more information visit the website.
Callander & Trossachs Summer Fest
Where? St Kessog’s, Callander
When? 16th to 31st July
Callander & Trossachs Summer Fest offers a jam-packed programme of events, including free exhibitions, music, film screenings and workshops. Learn how to make mosaics, jewellery and much more and enjoy wildlife cycle trips around the countryside. Listen to ceilidh music, jazz performances, poetry readings (from the likes of Liz Lochhead!), or buy a gift or two at the craft fair.
Download the programme on their website for more details.