Perth prepares for 'Super Saturday' packed with events
Looking for something a little different to do this weekend? Why not spend a Super Saturday, 10 August 2019, in Perth? The City is hosting a number of events including a Medieval Fayre with free fun events for all the family. The first ever Perthshire Pride Parade is taking place as is the Touch of Tartan Half Marathon. Perth will really come alive on Saturday. Here's just a taster of our exciting 'Super Saturday' which has something for everyone!
For people who enjoy an energetic start to their weekend, the Touch of Tartan Half Marathon will pit runners against a 13.1mile course starting at Scone Aerodrome at 11am. The finish line is on the North Inch in Perth. All competitors must be 18 and over, and be wearing a 'touch of tartan' to take part - this could be a kilt or even a pair of tartan socks! For further information, and to enter, please go online to http://www.eventfull.biz/index.php/sporting-events/touch-of-tartan-perth-half-marathon-20190
Perth's ancient roots will be celebrated from 12noon to 5pm with the Medieval Fayre bringing free and fun activities and events to the city centre. The Fair City's ancient roots will be brought to life through medieval re-enactment, crafts, puppets, storytellers and the return of Ye Olde Perth Dunk Tank! Music from Clanadonia will also complement the Fayre.
Alongside this, the Great Perthshire Tattie Run will be returning for a second year, with the spud-themed fun run event offering races for children, young people and adults around the city centre in the afternoon. Participation is free and a late entry desk will be open from 11am on the day in King Edward Street for anyone who would like to try their hand at the course.
After a very successful first year in 2018, Perthshire Pride is also back to bring a wealth of colour, music and community spirit highlighting the local LGBT+ community. This year the first ever Perthshire Pride Parade will take place, starting from the South Inch at 12noon and heading along Tay Street to Horsecross Plaza where the fun kicks off at 1pm, with everything from local and national community groups and organisations celebrating diversity and equality for all in the Pride Village to performances on The Fair Stage (An Ìre Chothrom) and the Pups of Perthshire Pride dog show, not to mention an attempt on the record for the world's largest ceilidh! Further details are available from the Perthshire Pride Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/PerthshirePride/
Returning to a sporting theme, the first ever Women's Tour of Scotland cycling event will conclude its second stage in the city centre around 3pm on Saturday 10 August. Top female riders from Scotland, Great Britain, and further afield will be competing in the three day event around the country. The sprint finish in Tay Street for the 138.7km second stage will provide an exciting compliment to cycling-themed family activities in the city centre between 12.45pm and 4pm on the day. For more information, visit https://womenstourofscotland.com
Also in the city centre on 'Super Saturday' there will be golfing activities highlighting the forthcoming Solheim Cup 2019, being held at Gleneagles from 9 to 15 September. Between 12noon and 4pm, the South Inch will have a free 9-hole course, target golf and golf inflatables available for all ages and abilities to have a go, outside the Pavilion.
With such a diverse range of events taking place in the city centre, some changes to normal arrangements should be expected in order to keep disruption to a minimum. A number of road closures will be required on the day, along with parking and loading restrictions:
- High Street, George Street and Tay Street (between Smeaton's Bridge and Queen's Bridge)
- King Edward Street, St John Street, St Johns Place, South St Johns Place, Kirkside and Kirkgate
- Bridge Lane and Mill Street (from Guard Vennel)
- Charlotte Street (parking restrictions only)
Each road closure will be manned by a steward able to advise drivers of alternative routes, and all road closures will be removed as soon as possible following the various events, with all roads opened to traffic once event infrastructure has been cleared.
There may be delays to some bus services as a result of the day's events - please contact Stagecoach on 01738 629339 or the Council's Public Transport Unit on 01738 475000 for further information. For spectators and visitors coming into Perth City Centre from further afield, Stagecoach Service 7B operates from the Broxden Park & Ride facility to South Street, a very short walk to the centre of the city. Full details of Service 7B can be found online at https://tiscon-maps-stagecoachbus.s3.amazonaws.com/Timetables/East%20Scotland/Perth/ESCOT_Perth_7.pdf
Parking will be readily available within city centre car parks, other than part of the South Inch Car Park, which will be used as the mustering area prior to the Perthshire Pride Parade. For further information on parking in Perth City Centre, please see