AS spring approaches, hard though it is to believe with the current weather, April brings a host of indoor and outdoor events to the Capital.
Here are 10 of the best things to do in the coming month...
GARY BARLOW IN CONCERT
The Playhouse, Greenside Place, Monday 16 and Tuesday 17, 6.30pm, £40.15-£170.15, 0844-871 3014
THE Take That star takes to the Playhouse stage for two solo concerts.
SPEEDWAY: EDINBURGH MONARCHS v MONARCHS’ CHAMPIONS
Armadale Stadium, Armadale, Friday 6, 7.30pm, £18.50, www.edinburghmonarchs.co
THE Staggs Bar Monarchs will kick off their 70th Anniversary celebrations next with a special fixture featuring the 2018 team against a select team from the Championship winning sides.
The Staggs Bar Monarchs continue to race every Friday throughout the month.
WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, until Sunday 29, 10am-5pm, £8/under-16s free
LAST chance to see this amazing exhibition of more than 100 images from the prestigious contest.
EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE FESTIVAL
Various venues, until Sunday 15, www.sciencefestival.co.uk
THE Capital’s 30th Science Festival has a programme of events for all the family at venues across the city.
Visit www.sciencefestival.co.uk for full details of events, times and tickets.
RUSSELL BRAND - RE:BIRTH
The Playhouse, Greenside Place, Tuesday 10, 8pm, £31.65-£57.65, 0844-871 3014
FOLLOWING a series of sold-out preview shows, Russell Brand is comes to town as part of his new stand-up tour.
What is real? Who are we? Where did this baby come from?
Russell wrestles with these questions while unravelling the matrix of modern media, politics, sex, fatherhood and death.
DR JEKYLL & MR HYDE
King’s Theatre, Leven Street, Tuesday 10-Saturday 14, 7.30pm (2.30pm), £18-£31.50, 0131-529 6000
QUADROPHENIA and EastEnders star Phil Daniels stars as the extraordinary Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in this adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic gothic thriller.
Lauriston Castle, until Sunday 15, 10am-6pm(last entry 5pm), £11.55/Family £38, www.jurassickingdom.uk
JAW-DROPPING life-size animatronic dinosaurs are lurking in the grounds of Lauriston Castle until Sunday 15.
Are you ready to travel back over 65 million years to come face to face with a fearsome T-Rex?
SHERIDAN SMITH IN CONCERT
The Playhouse, Greenside Place, Thursday 26, 7.30pm, £27.90-£62.65, 0844-871 3014
THE BAFTA and Olivier Award winning singer and actress Sheridan Smith is on her debut UK tour, following the release of her brand new self-titled album, Sheridan.
A PLAY, A PIE AND A PINT: RACHEL’S COUSIN
The Traverse, Greenside Place, Tuesday 10-Saturday 14, 1pm, £13.50,
FANCY a lunchtime play? Rachel is a successful woman and, frankly, a bit of a snob.
She wants nothing to do with her mother’s side of the family, whom she thinks of as a reckless bunch of benefit cheats.
But when Rachel discovers she is at risk of breast cancer, she feels duty bound to let her cousins know.
MY DAD WROTE A PORNO LIVE
The Playhouse, Greenside Place, Wednesday 18, 8pm, £31.65, 0844-871 3014
WITH nearly 100 million downloads and fans around the world, the hilarious team behind the hit podcast come to Edinburgh.
What would you do if your dad wrote a dirty book? Ignore it? Not Jamie Morton. He reads it to the world, along with his best mates James Cooper and Radio 1 DJ Alice Levine.
At The Playhouse, Jamie reads a ‘Lost Chapter’ from his dad’s notoriously brilliant Belinda Blinked saga.