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Eden Court Theatre

Cultural hotspot Eden Court Theatre!

Inverness' premier cultural venue

Eden Court Theatre

Eden Court Theatre, the cultural hotspot of the Scottish Highlands, is a magical centre for performing arts.  It has a broad programme of art and entertainment to suit all tastes and all ages.  It offers something for all whether you’re in to stand-up comedy, opera, musicals or traditional Scottish music.  With 2 theatres, a cinema, bar, restaurant and exhibition space there’s always plenty of choice on offer.  Over 300,000 people visit each year from throughout the Highlands.

The main theatre, the Empire, hosts productions by the Scottish Opera, the Scottish Ballet and a choral and classical programme.  We also get musicals on tour from the West End, well-known stand-up comediens and all sorts of great music acts.  There are also occasional talks including a memorable one from the Dalai Lama.

High Class Cinema

A varied programme of films is available in the cinema including the latest feature films and international choices.  All the theatres include comfortable well raked seating ensuring a good view wherever you sit.

Classes for All

The theatre works hard to support the local community.  A range of classes in creative skills, dance and drama are available and ensure continued interest in the theatre.  Former Dr Who’s assistant, Karen Gillan, began her acting career and part of the Senior Youth Group at Eden Court Theatre.

Food and Drink

There’s a comfortable bar and the restaurant overlooks the River Ness so it’s a great spot to stop for lunch whilst you watch the river view.  The striking building has a prime spot on the river, not too far from the Ness Island and Bught Park but also only 10 minutes walk from the centre of Inverness.

We recommend paying a visit to Eden Court whilst you stay in Inverness, especially if you’re staying here for a few nights.  Right now, we’re ready for Panto season and will also pay a visit to the Excusively Highlands Food and Craft Fair this weekend.

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A Loch Ness Monster soup ladle will add mystery to your soup recipes. A must have addition to the kitchen is thís soup ladle based on our beloved Loch Ness monster, Nessie. You know you want one don’t you?!

Demand for these ladles has been huge and they have appeared all over the world, such is the fascination with the Loch Ness Monster and of course it’s an excellent product.  Who doesn’t want to see our Nessie peeping out of the soup pot!  Supplies are out of stock in many countries but due to be available again in April 2015 so not long to go – try Red Candy in the UK.

So now that you’ve got your Nessie inspired soup ladle, you’ll need the recipe for Scotch Broth.  This is a traditional Scottish soup, made from a bit of everything and designed to be very filling.  Ingredients can be substituted but ideally it’s made the night before to allow the flavour to develop.

Ingredients

75g pearl barley and 75g split pease

1kg of neck or mutton or lamb

1 large onion

1 large leek

1 neep (turnip)

approx 2 litres of water, depending on thickness required

3 carrots

2 tablespoons of freshly chopped parsley

salt and pepper

Method

Pre-soak the barley and split peas

Chop all the vegetables

Soften the chopped onion in a little cooking oil.  Once softened add the water and meat and boil, skimming off any fatty deposits from the top.

After boiling for about half an hour add the barley and peas and simmer for another 30 minutes

Add the remaining vegetables

Remove the bone, strip off the meat the return this to the pot.

Add parsley before serving, perfect with warm crusty bread.

Delicious and nutritious and very warming after exploring the Scottish countryside.  Don’t let a soup ladle be your only Monstrous experience – come and see the real thing!

Easter in Inverness

For some Easter is an important religious festival and for some it’s a holiday and an excuse to eat chocolate.  Whatever your beliefs it’s an opportunity to spend time with family and enjoy the slightly warmer temperatures.  Here in Inverness it marks the start of the tourist season when many of the attractions and places of interest open their doors to the public or extend their opening times for larger numbers of visitors.

Brodie Castle and Dunrobin Castle are now open for the summer season and both fascinating places to visit.  There are more trips available at Jacobite Cruises on Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre has extended the opening hours.  Within Inverness the Floral Hall and Museum and Art Gallery are both worth a visit.  We also have a great selection of shops both familiar chains and independent stores particularly in the Victorian Market.  Today I caught the first glimpse of the open top hop on, hop off city bus tour which also marks the start of more visitors.

The Great Easter Egg Hunt

To get into the spirit of Easter the GREAT Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th April from 11am-4pm in the town centre of Inverness.  You can follow a set of cracking clues to find hidden eggs in shop windows – 5 in the old town and 5 in Eastgate Centre.  Pick up your entry form and clues on the day from the the Falcon Square entrance at Eastgate’s or the Tolbooth Steeple (opposite the Town House).   Entertainment on the day includes giant Easter bunnies & teddies and the Madhatter & friend doing circus tricks.  Crafty Monkeys will be there with ceramic Easter egg painting as well as a fantastic face painter.   Out on Falcon Square Velocity will have their fun new bike track set up for all ages to enjoy.   Lots going on for ALL the family to enjoy in Inverness city centre this Easter.  All correct entries will be entered into a draw to win one of four £50 Eastgate shopping vouchers.