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The perfect Italian loaf – baked in Crossgates, Fife

Jock Sharp has slept for just four hours in the last two days. We caught up with  the joiner turned baker on Sunday at the Walled Garden near Kincardine and heard how the wonderful real breads he and his wife Fiona make at their bakery in Crossgates have found such an enthusiastic audience among the bread connoisseurs of Fife that the pair have to work flat out to keep up with demand. Jock told us, 'after 4 ...

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Beachside snacks at Sands Cafe in Aberdour, Fife

Like many beach side sites seasonality has proved a problem for cafes in Aberdour over the years. That was until Nova and Ervin Gamble took over Sands Cafe two years ago. Now the Bistro at Silver Sands is open all year round. In winter the cafe is still busy with walkers on the popular Fife Coastal Path and since a travel site highly rated the cafe's disabled access the location has proved popular with whee ...

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Underground Trampolines in Wales

Probably one of the most inventive uses for the Welsh mines that are no longer mined is Bounce Below. Giant underground trampolines connected by spiral staircases and a 60 foot slide - all illuminated with neon lighting - must make for a fairly atmospheric day out especially when the mining cavern is twice the size of St Paul's Cathedral. Bounce Below in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales opens on the 4th of July. ...

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Cramond Falls Cafe, near Edinburgh

Handy for both Fifers and for people in Edinburgh,  the Cramond Falls Cafe is five miles from the centre of Edinburgh and about 10 miles south of Dunfermline. Owner, Elaine Stuart has made sure there's a welcome all year round - there's lots of outdoor seating by the scenic River Almond for the warm weather and log burning stoves inside for the winter walkers. The area is really popular with dog walkers and ...

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Mary’s Milk Bar, Edinburgh

Mary, of Mary's Milk Bar in the Grassmarket, Edinburgh, graduated from ice-cream university.  Naturally, Italy tops the University league tables when it comes to making ice-cream and Mary Hillard, originally from Yorkshire, studied at the prestigious Carpigiani Gelato University in Bologna. However,  childhood visits to milk bars in Scarborough and Whitby - both of which are still open today - provided the ...

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Free Event in Dunfermline Abbey with Man Booker prize nominee, James Robertson & Jill Calder

On Wednesday 11 June at 6.30pm Man Booker Prize nominee James Robertson and one of Scotland's best known illustrators Jill Calder will entertain audiences in Dunfermline Abbey with a stunning re-telling of the Robert the Bruce story. James Robertson, who wrote the hugely successful Testament of Gideon Mack and Jill Calder will talk about their book, Robert the Bruce: King of Scots in the historic Abbey, als ...

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Fresh Air Festival is on this weekend in Dunfermline!

Not quite Coachella or the Commonwealth Games but perhaps a little bit of both! The Fresh Air Festival returns this Saturday to Dunfermline's Public Park. The park's Victorian bandstand will ring out once more to the sounds of jazz, brass, pipes and some of the area's best young singer songwriters. There'll be pony rides, sports taster sessions, including parkour and karate, a family barbecue and birds of p ...

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The Curious Incident of the Odeon Culture Programme

Have you discovered the Odeon Culture Programme yet? This brilliant initiative is bringing the best in live theatre, opera, ballet, entertainment and sport to Odeon cinemas around the country making some of the top cultural experiences available to people for whom the west end is too expensive and too far. As well top theatre productions such as Warhorse and - coming up next week - The Curious Incident of t ...

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Savour: Edinburgh food event at Summerhall

Just when you thought it was impossible to improve on Tunnock's teacakes along comes these bad boys. Space teacakes are from Zukr Boutique, who also produce an enticing range of marshmallows including the whisky and orange confection (pictured below). Harvey Nichols ex-pastry chef David and designer/photographer wife, Maggie whip up these 'edible clouds of joy' from their premises in the Pentland Hills.  Lu ...

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Join the nights owls at the award winning Edinburgh Zoo Nights

Do you turn into an animal on a night out? Then this might be for you. Back for its second year is the award winning Edinburgh Zoo Nights. Last year’s events sold out several weeks in advance so this year the Zoo has released four dates for you to party with the animals: 23 May, and 6, 20 and 27 June.  The Nights are adult-only afterhours events where you get the rare opportunity to see what the animals get ...

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