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COMPETITION: Win tickets to Nirvana Unplugged Experience

Nirvana Unplugged Experience set to play The Green Room Perth this weekend

Competition: WIN two tickets to Nirvana Unplugged Experience in Perth this weekend and a limited edition print.

The critically acclaimed Nirvana Unplugged Experience, which is a tribute to the world-famous MTV Unplugged session, is coming to Perth. Headed up by Edinburgh-based singer Ewan McKenna with support from a talented band consisting of acoustic, bass, drums & a cello.

Relive the 1993 performance in The Green Room this Saturday. A concert which has been  sold out in both Stirling and Glasgow and will be one that is sure to grow in future years throughout the country.

Nirvana Unplugged Experience will be seated only, it is open to over 14’s and is £12 a ticket. However, we will be giving away two tickets and a limited edition print to one very lucky winner. All you have to do is share and like this article post and we will announce the winner on Friday!

For further information you can find the event page here.

Competition closes: Thursday 29th at 5pm.

Photo Credit: Kerrin Carr Photography @ Saint Luke’s & The Winged Ox 


NASHVILLE is a favourite destination all year long and so of course is the “Big Apple”  so why not combine the two into one fantastic holiday? We can arrange for you to travel from the UK to Nashville and spend time in New York at the start or the end of your holiday. Our CMA Festival package featured in this brochure is perfect for a New York add on – in fact any of our tours can be combined with New York.  Simply let us know how many nights you’d like to stay and we will arrange it for you!



  • International Flights to Nashville
  • 4 Nights 3* Hotel Nashville Area*

  • Fly from Nashville to New York
  • Airport Shuttle Transfers
  • Tour of the Ryman Auditorium
  • 3 Nights in a 3* Manhattan Hotel*
  • Country Music Hall of Fame
  • New York City Pass
  • RCA Studio B Tour
  • Johnny Cash Museum
  • Return Airport Transfer
  • Return flight to the UK


*Hotel upgrades available on request – extra nights can be added to either or both destinations.

This fantastic package is the perfect combination for music and city lovers alike. With prices starting at just £1399* per person for two adults sharing. You can also add New York to any of our Tours or any USA FlyDrive or holiday, just call and ask for details.  Book your ideal package now with a low deposit by calling Perth (01738) 643737

For your personal free copy of our USA Brochure click here.


*All Travelling Time’s Holidays and Tours are 100% Financially Protected and ATOL Bonded.


NASHVILLE TENNESSEE home of Country Music and The Grand Ole Opry. Take in the sights and sounds of Broadway and Printers Alley, before taking a leisurely drive into The Great Smoky Mountain National Park. As well as your visit to Dollywood, with its rides, attractions and live musical performances, in Pigeon Forge you can enjoy a dinner show with live comedy or country shows by famous performers. Go ice skating on the Olympic sized ice-rink and visit the black bears at the top of Ober Gatlinburg!


  • International Flight to Nashville
  • Johnny Cash Museum
  • Grand Ole Opry Show
  • 3 Days Fully Inclusive Car Hire*
  • 4 Nights 3* Hotel in Nashville*
  • 3 Nights in a 3* Mountain Area Hotel*
  • Tour of The Ryman Auditorium
  • Dollywood Admission
  • Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Area Show Tickets if Required
  • RCA Studio B Tour
  • Return flights from Knoxville Tennessee


*Various hotel locations & choices available – prices are based on 2 share and an Economy Car – Ask about our low cost upgrades!

Prices are from just £1499* per person. These year round destinations can be booked to suit your holiday requirements. Don’t want to drive? Please consider our Mountains, Moonshine & Music City Tour – see the full itinerary here.


*All Travelling Time’s Holidays and Tours are 100% Financially Protected and ATOL Bonded.


MEMPHIS TENNESSEE home of Blues, Soul & Rock n Roll! Experience the best  Memphis attractions, hear what’s happening on Beale Street, see the Peabody Ducks and learn what is inside the Memphis Pyramid.  A visit to this exciting, vibrant city, rich in music history, can be added to our CMA Festival Package. Join us for 2 days and nights in Memphis before travelling in our luxury coach to Nashville for 8 more days to experience all that the Country Music Festival has to offer…


  • International Flight to Memphis
  • 8 Nights B&B in Nashville
  • Memphis Airport Pickup
  • 4 Day CMA Festival Pass*
  • 2 Nights B&B in Memphis
  • Grand Ole Opry Show
  • Graceland Mansion Tour*
  • Tour The Ryman Auditorium
  • Lunch at Vernon’s Smokehouse
  • Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Sun Studio Admission
  • Visit the Memphis Pyramid
  • Coach Travel to Nashville
  • Historic RCA Studio B Tour
  • Johnny Cash Museum
  • Return Flight from Nashville


*Graceland visit includes admission to The Lisa Marie & Hound Dog 11, CMA Festival Tickets will be in Lower or Club Premium Seats.

Departs UK Sunday 2nd of June 2019 – Pricing on request.  If this date doesn’t suit, please remember Memphis & Nashville are year round destinations. To book our brilliant CMA Festival Package, Elvis Week in August or any other date that suits you, call us now on 01738 643737 – Secure your places today with a LOW Deposit!



*All Travelling Time’s Holidays and Tours are 100% Financially Protected and ATOL Bonded.

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ALL TRAVELING TIME’S TOURS can also be personalised and booked as independent trips.  Following our itineraries could not be easier, as full detailed driving instructions are provided. Independent travellers are also free to stay extra nights in some areas and less in others, add or remove area attractions and even add on extra cities and destinations – the choices are endless and we are here to help put it all together for you – all you have to do is enjoy yourself!

Flydrive Plus Packages – What We Can Include…

  • International Flights
  • Attractions, Admissions & Local Guides
  • Cruises*
  • Destination Information & Maps
  • American Domestic Flights
  • Meals in Iconic Locations & Venues
  • Fully Inclusive Vehicle Hire
  • US (ESTA) & Canadian (ETA) Visa Waiver
  • Hotel Accommodation
  • Extra Destinations*
  • Extra Hotel Nights in any area
  • Shuttle Transfers where requires*


*In some additional destinations, such as inner cities, cruise ports etc. you may not

need or want a car, so we can arrange airport/cruise port shuttles if required.

FLYDRIVE PLUS – The Independent Way!

Prices are from as little as £899pp*

Call Travelling Time NOW, to discuss your perfect itinerary  – 01738 643737


*All Travelling Time’s Holidays and Tours are 100% Financially Protected and ATOL Bonded. Price based on 7 Nights in Orlando, 2 adults share in Low Season


Perthshire care worker and video star gains recognition at Scottish Care Awards

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A care home worker who rose to Internet fame earlier this year was recognised at this year’s prestigious Scottish Care Awards, which recognises the very best of those working in the care industry.

Ross Balmer, who works at Balhousie Care Group’s Dalnaglar care home in Crieff, Perthshire was runner-up in the Emerging Talent category at the awards last Friday night.

Ross made national headlines earlier this year when a video taken of him jiving with an elderly resident to Elvis Presley was shared widely on the Internet, the video received thousands of views.

Claire Docherty, Head of Operations at Balhousie Care Group, said: “Everyone at Balhousie Care Group is immensely proud of Ross’ achievement in the Scottish Care Awards. It is wonderful to see individuals at various stages in their career making a real difference to people across our care homes, from staff to our residents and their families, by providing the very best of care.”

Man arrested in connection with fire in Perth

Police Scotland are appealing for information after a man dies following a fire in Perth yesterday, 18th of November 2018.

He had been within the property when emergency services were called at 9.50pm on Sunday evening. The man has yet to be formally identified but his next of kin have been made aware, police said.

Detective Inspector Gavin McKinlay said :

‘A joint investigation with Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is currently ongoing, but I can however confirm that the fire is being treated as suspicious.

‘I would like to appeal to anyone who was in the area of St Catherine’s Square in Perth just before 10pm yesterday evening and saw anyone acting suspiciously to get in touch with police’.

A 36-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a fire at St Catherine’s Square.

Anyone with any information should contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting 4128 of 18 November or speak to any police officers. Alternatively if you have any information about the incident you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form at crimestoppers-uk.org.

Perth Christmas Light Switch-On: Sunday

Real Life Entertainment play Perth Christmas Light Switch-On
2/5 of Real Life Entertainment

After a braw day of festive fun on Saturday the party will certainly not end there with Sunday gearing up to be a brilliant day of live music from local artists.

Sunday 18th November will see two stages in Horsecross Plaza and King Edward Street fuelled by amazing Perthshire and Scottish talent. 

Horsecross Plaza Stage…

The tunes will be kicking off from 12 noon with Journey North – a Scottish folk 5 piece from Tayside and Fife. Followed by performances from The Mad Ferret Band, Cairdeas, Perth funk pioneers Bohemian Monk Machine, Bobby King & The Fishers ending at 4.20pm with a set from Aye n Aye. Aye N Aye are a collective of Scottish musicians who play their songs in a Jamaican style.

Kind Edward Street Stage…

Kicking off with our very own jack of all trades Chris Small at 12 noon. Following on from him will be About Last Night. Psych-rock outfit Real Life Entertainment will be making some sweet sweet noise from 1.30pm followed by The Purple Felts. Closing the day will be The Irritable Owls, Wang Dang Delta and Last Orders.

A brilliant lineup of music over two stages on Sunday, there really is no excuse not to head down. Support local artists and head down and see what all the fuss is about, you’ll not be disappointed. It’s brilliant to see a whole day and two stages dedicated to smaller musicians and we want this to continue in future years, the only way that will happen is if we head down and join in the fun!

Need another reason to come down?

Surely not! Yet I can give you a few more. Perth’s Chocolate and Gin Fest will be continuing throughout Sunday so if you didn’t get enough free samples on Saturday you can always come down to replenish (but also buy gin presents for those you love and support small distilleries). I am also being told that there will in fact be an edible cake map of Perth and Kinross, no word of a lie. 

Another brilliant day, and probably my favourite out of the two, for this weekend’s Christmas Light Switch-On. All stage times can be found here.


Perth Christmas Light Switch-on: Saturday

Last Orders set to play on the main stage in Perth for the Christmas Light Switch-on

Local bands and artists, street entertainment, chocolate & gin, Ad Lib, Santa’s Grotto, a fun fair and a few celebs thrown in the mix makes for one brilliant weekend of festive fun in Perth.

Dare I even mention which celebs are coming to Perth for the light switch-on, I’m sure you already know! Perth will also brag many other amazing performances and festivities throughout Saturday and Sunday this weekend.

Main stage

Local bands taking to the main stage include our very own Longstay and Last Orders intertwined with music from The Ex Men All Star Band and The Village People Experience. The provost will be flippin’ the big old switch on with Pixie Lott and James Arthur following on from that. Stephen Mulhern will also be joining them on stage (still bitter I wasn’t asked to host..maybe next year Perth eh!?). 

Tunes on the main stage will be kicking off from 2.30 pm with Longstay right up approx. 9pm at night. The official light switch-on will be at 6.15 pm.

Longstay will be performing at Perth Christmas Light Switch-on
Longstay will be opening the main stage on Saturday

There are a few more stages too..

Saturday will also boast two other stages including a Year of the Young People stage and a children’s stage. The YOYP stage will include performances from Perth’s Ad Lib, Fair City Baton Twirlers, Goodlyburn Primary School (can I hear a hell yeah for the old stomping ground!), Letham Majorettes (Letham REPRESENT on the YOYP stage this year!), Perth College UHI Musical Theatre and Inspire Studios. This stage will be based out of King Edwards Street and will be open from 12 pm until 5 pm.

The third and final stage dedicated to the wains of Perth will be at Horsecross Plaza (still can’t get over that Perth has a ‘Plaza’).  Featuring Titan the Robot, Chloe Ashe, Only One Direction (NOT to be confused with the real deal) and BBC Super Movers Crew. This stage will be open from 12 pm until 5 pm.

On the streets…

The Chocolate and Gin festival will start from 10 am on Saturday boasting stalls from Gin brewers across Scotland including locals Madderty Micro Gin Distillery (try the jam if they have some this year – you will not be disappointed!) as well as Stirling Gin Distillery and Isle of Skye Distillery. The gin festival will be open until until 9pm.

The fun still doesn’t stop there… with masses of street entertainment. A fun fair, ice carving Glacier Art, Ice Caves, Christmas Parade, Santa’s Grotto and obviously the official light switch-on and fireworks in the evening.

Full list of stage times here,  however I am just going to recommend you stick your winter coat on and head down for the whole day, mull about, enjoy some mulled wine and visit all of the stages!

Don’t want the fun to end there? Fear not because I’ve got you covered…

On Saturday evening The Green Room Perth will be hosting their own wee Christmas light switch on party featuring bands; Crystal, Bad Hombres, HVSK and Blair Davie. Not too far away The Twa Tams will be getting funky with a Bohemian Monk Machine take over. The Venue will see Chris Small and Sam McMaster playing on Saturday with a DJ upstairs until late!

Who says there is nothing to do in Perth?

Stay tuned tomorrow for our low-down of all the details regarding Sunday FUNDAY featuring two stages of local bands including Perth-based Real Life Entertainment, Bohemian Monk Machine and The Mad Ferret Band to name a few.

Free festive weekend parking offer proposed to return

The Council has supported free festive parking initiatives for a number of years, and the weekend offer, which was first introduced in 2017, followed feedback from local businesses.

Traders asked about the scheme in early 2018 felt that the free parking offer encouraged people to stay longer in the city, with 84% saying they felt that it had a positive impact on their business.

Councillor Angus Forbes, Convener of the Environment & Infrastructure Committee, said: “The introduction of free Saturday parking in Council-run car parks last year was a positive move, which has been warmly welcomed by local traders. There is no doubt that shopping habits are changing, and if incentives like this can encourage people to ditch online retailers in favour of exploring the fantastic range of local businesses that we have to offer in Perth and its surrounding towns, then this is something which has to be of value to the local economy.”

Free parking will apply on Saturdays and Sundays throughout December 2018 in all Council-run car parks throughout Perth and Kinross.

The following car parks will be covered by the free festive weekend parking offer, if approved at Committee:-

Library East Car Park
Library West Car Park
Milne Street North Car Park
Milne Street South Car Park
West Mill Street Car Park
Mill Wynd Car Park
Mill Street East Car Park
Speygate Car Park
Canal Street Car Park
Charles Street Car Park,
Leonard Street Car Park
Scott Street Car Park
Victoria Street Car Park
Back Wynd Car Park
Norie Miller Car Park
Riverside Car Park
Thimblerow Car Park
South Inch Car Park
Canal Street Multi Storey Car Park

James Square Car Park

The Croft / Ericht Lane Car Park
Croft Lane / South Side Car Park
Leslie Street Car Park

Atholl Street Car Park
Tay Terrace Car Park

Ferry Road Car Park
Rie-Achan Car Park
Atholl Road Car Park

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