7 great family days out in Scotland

WITH the Easter holidays fast approaching, there’s no need to fret about where to go and what to do with the kids. There are plenty of places throughout Scotland tailored specifically for families. From racing tracks and heritage railways to spy missions and adventure playparks, we’ve taken the liberty to list seven of our favourites.

Happiness is a place called Morningside. Sonya Angus, Tessa Henry, And Laura Woodham enjoy a coofee outside Maison Bleue Bistro. Picture; Ian Georgeson

Morningside tops Edinburgh happiness league

IT’S got the shops, it’s got the parks, it’s got the schools - and it’s got the buses into town.

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The Edinburgh Playing Out Streets scheme is to be relaunched next month. Picture: Toby Williams

Simplified Edinburgh street play scheme set for relaunch

A PROJECT designed to help parents close streets for their children to play outside is to be relaunched after residents successfully lobbied for the process to be simplified.

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Nearly half of children believe they should be getting more pocket money. (PA Photo/thinkstockphotos)

Pocket money highest since 2007 - but children demand more

Pocket money is at its highest level since 2007 - but almost half of children think they should be getting more.

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Thousands of Scots already use dating apps to find love, with a global matchmaking market now worth billions. Picture: Julie Howden/TSPL

Scots dating app Soda aims to be a social success story

A Scottish tech entrepreneur aims to stand out in the crowded dating app market by encouraging people to make “real connections” by meeting each other socially instead of through electronic messaging.

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There are calls for a zero tolerance approach to collecting unpaid maintenance,

£23 million unpaid child maintenance owed to parents

MORE than £23 million is owed to single parents across the Lothians in unpaid child maintenance, the Evening News can reveal.

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Revealed: Future plans for St James residential area

Revealed: Future plans for St James residential area

New plans for the St James residential properties have been released as part of the proposed development in the area.

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The family charity has secured a substantial funding boost.

Family charity secures substantial funding boost

A CHARITY that provides vital help to support struggling families with young children has been given a massive funding boost.

Last year 500 children aged under 16 were adopted, with 284 of these being 'stranger' adoptions. Picture: Contributed.

New measures announced to speed up adoption in Scotland

Adoption in Scotland is to be streamlined to cut down the amount the time children have to wait before becoming part of stable families.

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Travel: The Waterside Hotel, Inverness

It was somewhat reassuring that on a rare night away from home without the kids that the Waterside Hotel in Inverness felt just like . . . home.

Discount Hamleys toy store set to open in Livingston

Discount Hamleys toy store set to open in Livingston

Iconic toy retailer Hamleys is to open a branch in Livingston Designer Outlet, its first discount venture in Scotland.

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It's now unlikely many Scots women will be looking for a date with Ash. Picture: PA

Dating site ‘creep’ brands Scots women ‘very overweight’

AN Australian has been branded a “creep” after he rejected a Scottish woman on a dating site for being, in his words; too old and obese.

Those looking for love in Glasgow are likely to have more luck Picture: Robert Perry

Glasgow singles have best chance in Scotland of finding love

A new survey has revealed that Glasgow is the best Scottish city to be in if you’re single and looking for a date.

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Josh with Maurice who inspired his project. Picture: Tartan Explorer

Josh Quigley: Help me feed a homeless person and give them hope

There are an estimated 100 million people homeless worldwide.

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Thousands watch Edinburgh Festival Carnival

THOUSANDS of spectators flocked to the city centre for one of the highlights of the cultural calendar.

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Travel: Silverdale Holiday Park

Travel: Silverdale Holiday Park

Set in more than 100 acres of beautiful countryside with views sweeping across Morecambe Bay.

New production of 'Cats' at the Playhouse. Picture: supplied

Review: Cats

CAPTIVATING. Since it premiered in London’s West End in 1981, generations have been held spellbound by Cats.

Playhouse, Greenside Place

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Taylor Torkington will be playing Oliver. Picture: Scott Louden

Chorister lands lead role in hit musical Oliver

AN 11-year-old chorister can consider himself “well in” after landing his first leading role in a summer production of hit musical Oliver.

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The Queen will be treated to a host of entertainers as she passes by. Picture: Bill Henry

Thousands expected to flock to Holyrood for Big Day Out

THE Queen is addressing the Scottish Parliament today at a special ceremony, which also sees Ultravox frontman Midge Ure singing Burns’ song A Man’s a Man for A’ That.

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An installation by C�leste Boursier-Mougenot. Picture: Toby Williams

The rise of Jupiter Artland on Scotland’s art landscape

Since its nomination as Museum of the Year, visitor numbers to Jupiter Artland are up by 47 per cent. Moira Jeffrey joins the judging panel on 
its visit to the sculpture park and discovers that win or lose, this corner of West Lothian is a growing presence in Scotland’s cultural and artistic life

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