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Activities

The Birks Cinema is not just about film. It is also a thriving community hub and events venue, delivering a regular programme of community activities ranging from gaelic cafe to chair-based exercise to acoustic music sessions that anyone can join in.


  • We love to share Scotland’s musical heritage - one of the foundations of our identity and culture. We’re lucky in Highland Perthshire to have a wealth of musical talent connecting us to the places and memories we cherish. Here at The Birks, we are proud to provide a place for musicians of all levels to gather and play together on a weekly basis. 

    Join us every Thursday from 7-10pm - with or without an instrument!

    Our acoustic music sessions feature Celtic classics, traditional tunes and renditions of many all-time favourite melodies on the cafe mezzanine level (fully accessible).

    Local performers are joined by guest musicians for laid-back evenings of music and song. Feel free to bring your instrument and join in, or come to watch and listen. 

    Our Cafe Bar is open for you to enjoy a drink or light bite during the session

    No booking needed - just turn up - entrance is free! 


    • Thu, Jun 20th
      19:00 - 22:00

    • Thu, Jun 20th
      19:00 - 22:00

    • Thu, Jun 20th
      19:00 - 22:00

    • Thu, Jun 20th
      19:00 - 22:00

    • Thu, Jun 20th
      19:00 - 22:00

  • Join us on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month for some fun and joyful singing

    Experience the health benefits of singing - for body and mind!

    Led by music therapist Daphne George, we have fun exploring our voices with songs old and new. Dementia friendly and great for those with respiratory conditions. Just come along - no booking needed! 

    Tea and coffee is available from 10:30am

    Singing starts at 11:00 am

    If you need transport, please contact Upper Tay Transport on 07388 236 233 or info@uppertaytransport.org

    • Fri, Jun 14th
      10:30 - 12:00

    • Fri, Jun 14th
      10:30 - 12:00


  • Which do you prefer? To read the book then watch the film… or the other way round?

    Join in the chat with our Book & Film Blethers group to see a film screening based on a novel or short story followed by an informal discussion over a drink on the second Thursday of every month. All welcome! 


    Look out for the start time of the film as it may not always be at the same time....and remember that we meet to chat after the film ends in the café.
    • Sun, Aug 4th
      19:00 - 21:30

    • Sun, Aug 4th
      19:00 - 21:30

    • Sun, Aug 4th
      19:00 - 21:30

    • Sun, Aug 4th
      19:00 - 21:30



  • Join in our friendly drop-in Craic ‘n’ Craft afternoons – bring along your favourite craft or learn a new one!

    Enjoy a good blether over a cup of tea while working on your current creative project or contribute to a group project in the company of fellow craft fans. A great way to share ideas, learning and skills and maybe even try out a new craft.

    There’s always a supply of wool, knitting needles, crochet hooks, fabric, rag-rugging tools and other materials to share… so you can get crafty in good company!

    Every Thursday from 2-4pm on the mezzanine level (fully accessible)
    • Thu, Jun 20th
      14:00 - 16:00

    • Thu, Jun 20th
      14:00 - 16:00

    • Thu, Jun 20th
      14:00 - 16:00

    • Thu, Jun 20th
      14:00 - 16:00

    • Thu, Jun 20th
      14:00 - 16:00

    • Mon, Jun 17th
      16:00 - 17:00

    • Mon, Jun 17th
      16:00 - 17:00

    • Mon, Jun 17th
      16:00 - 17:00

    • Mon, Jun 17th
      16:00 - 17:00

    • Mon, Jun 17th
      16:00 - 17:00

  • Do you love playing board games? If so, come along on a Friday night and try out our games selection or bring your own favourite and teach us. It’s a great place for people who enjoy meeting friends, family, new folk or colleagues to share fun.

    So far we’ve tried classics like dominoes and backgammon and some new ones like:

    - Rummikub: Tile combinations are placed on a board with the goal of being the first player to run out of tiles

    - Bananagrams: a word game where lettered tiles are used to spell words

    - Exploding Kittens: A card game with kittens, explosions, laser beams and sometimes goats!

    - Pandemic: A cooperative board game based on the premise that four diseases have broken out in the world, each threatening to wipe out a region

    Also look out for:

    - Miniature wargaming: players enact battles between opposing military forces that are represented by miniature physical models

    - Ticket to Ride: Build tracks between cities before others block the way

    - Sequence: an abstract strategy board-and-card game


    • Fri, Jun 14th
      17:00 - 19:00

    • Fri, Jun 14th
      17:00 - 19:00

    • Fri, Jun 14th
      17:00 - 19:00

    • Fri, Jun 14th
      17:00 - 19:00

    • Fri, Jun 14th
      17:00 - 19:00

  • Our Lego Animation Club for youngsters with Additional Support Needs is a popular after-school creative activity.

    Led by experienced practitioners and supported by enthusiastic adult and young volunteers (aged 15-17) – trained in animation skills by Edinburgh’s Animation Jam team – the group is helped to bring their ideas to life using Lego models and ipads.

    … And the finished animations will be enjoyed by cinemagoers on the big screen – hopefully inspiring some future movie animators!

    Please note this activity is held during term time only.

    • Thu, Jun 20th
      16:45 - 17:45

    • Thu, Jun 20th
      16:45 - 17:45

    • Thu, Jun 20th
      16:45 - 17:45

    • Thu, Jun 20th
      16:45 - 17:45

    • Thu, Jun 20th
      16:45 - 17:45

  • Join in our monthly Screening of a Climate related film and the opportunity to stay behind afterwards to chat about it,
    • Mon, Jun 24th
      18:30 - 20:30

    • Mon, Jun 24th
      18:30 - 20:30

    • Mon, Jun 24th
      18:30 - 20:30

    • Mon, Jun 24th
      18:30 - 20:30

    • Mon, Jun 24th
      18:30 - 20:30

  • Traditional, contemporary, unique, bespoke Scottish gifts and presents from in and around beautiful Highland Perthshire.
    • Sun, Jul 7th
      10:00 - 14:00

    • Sun, Jul 7th
      10:00 - 14:00

    • Sun, Jul 7th
      10:00 - 14:00

  • Failte! We’re promoting an awareness of the area’s native dialect in our community with diverse Gaelic related activities running all year round.

    Highland Perthshire has a large number of Gaelic speakers as well as the most Gaelic place names in Scotland and is home to the Perthshire & Angus Provincial Mòd.

    Gaelic Medium Education is growing in Breadalbane Academy – Highland Perthshire’s secondary school – and increasing the presence of, and opportunity to learn and use, the Gaelic language is a priority for The Birks Cinema Trust.

    There’s lots of ways to get involved…
    • Our monthly Gaelic Café offering the chance to learn and practice the language by mixing with speakers of all ages and abilities in a relaxed atmosphere over tea and biscuits
    • Live literature events and talks linking language, culture and traditions
    • Gaelic-related film screenings and more! 
    • Sat, Aug 3rd
      10:15 - 12:15

    • Sat, Aug 3rd
      10:15 - 12:15

    • Sat, Aug 3rd
      10:15 - 12:15

    • Sat, Aug 3rd
      10:15 - 12:15

  • Come along to our friendly Chess Night for some games of chess. All levels and ages are welcome and you don't have to have a chess partner to join in. 

    Feel free to bring along your own chess board if it is easily portable. Grab some tasty refreshments from the cafe and play away! 

    • Mon, Jun 17th
      17:00 - 19:00

    • Mon, Jun 17th
      17:00 - 19:00

    • Mon, Jun 17th
      17:00 - 19:00

    • Mon, Jun 17th
      17:00 - 19:00

    • Mon, Jun 17th
      17:00 - 19:00

  • The Beer Social is a chance to meet up with fellow beer enthusiasts on the second Friday of every month and enjoy some beer together. We'll have free samples of our new beers  and welcome you to bring any beers you'd like to share with others (100% optional).

    Beer Club members can also pick up their monthly beer box at this time.

    Anyone aged 18+ and who is interested in tasting / learning about beer is very welcome to come along!


    • Fri, Jun 14th
      17:30 - 19:00

    • Fri, Jun 14th
      17:30 - 19:00

    • Fri, Jun 14th
      17:30 - 19:00

    • Fri, Jun 14th
      17:30 - 19:00

    • Fri, Jun 14th
      17:30 - 19:00


  • Join us for a couple of hours on Monday afternoons with your latest knitting project - or if  you'd like to learn how to knit there will be expert help on hand! 



    Bring your own materials. All welcome. 
    • Mon, Jun 17th
      13:00 - 15:00

    • Mon, Jun 17th
      13:00 - 15:00

    • Mon, Jun 17th
      13:00 - 15:00

    • Mon, Jun 17th
      13:00 - 15:00

    • Mon, Jun 17th
      13:00 - 15:00

  • Enjoy a great start to the week with our Chair-based Exercise sessions - a yoga-based activity set to music.

    The class is run by an experienced yoga instructor – Emma Burtles – providing a gently stimulating exercise session to help keep body and mind active with all the associated physical and social benefits.

    Attended by a friendly group of mainly senior citizens – men & women – all ages are welcome. We try to make transport available to help make sure everyone who needs a lift is able to attend through our local community volunteer network.

    Held on the mezzanine level, which is fully accessible


    • Mon, Jun 17th
      11:30 - 12:15

    • Mon, Jun 17th
      11:30 - 12:15

    • Mon, Jun 17th
      11:30 - 12:15

    • Mon, Jun 17th
      11:30 - 12:15

    • Mon, Jun 17th
      11:30 - 12:15

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