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The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh will be a hive of drop-in, festive activity - all free- for visitors of all ages from Sunday until Hogmanay.

Take part in festive fun from bygone ages on Sunday with 30-minute activity sessions led by games experts from 12.45-3.45pm.

Winter Wonderland Workshops are on offer from December 27- 29 between 11.30am and 4.30pm, when participants will get the chance to produce winter-themed arts and crafts.

From December 27- 30, the annual Christmas Art Competition takes place with pencils and paper provided.

Live music sessions and a ceilidh will run on December 30 and 31 in the main hall, where visitors can sing and dance from 12.45 until 3.30pm.

T 0131 247 4422.

Hearts and designs

Appropriately, at this time of year, '"family" is very much at the heart of a new exhibition at the St Andrews Museum in St Andrews, Fife.

Organised by Fife Contemporary Art and Craft, "Cycling up the Hill with my Dad" celebrates the work of Scottish textile artist Claire Heminsley and her late father, potter David Heminsley, who died suddenly while the exhibition was in preparation.

Originally from Birmingham, David Heminsley later moved to Fife where he established his own pottery and was a founder member of the Scottish Potters' Association.

For this show, which runs until January 20, Claire has produced work inspired not only by her father, but by other family members. For instance, she uses dressmaking techniques and materials borrowed from her fashion-designing mother and sister. Other textile pieces are based on childhood memories.

St Andrews Museum

T 01334 412690.

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