People are being urged to get out and enjoy the regions snowdrops as the annual Scottish snowdrop festival gets underway across the country.
The creative community in Peebles are celebrating after coming top in a competition to find Scotland's most creative places.
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival - regarded as the world's biggest arts festival - gets underway today with acts ready to entertain audiences.
They're heralded as the start of spring, and despite the weather, snowdrops are appearing in verges and gardens all over the region.
This year, they're the subject of a special Snowdrop Festival.
Five gardens in Dumfries and Galloway are taking part, and our reporter Fiona McIlwraith went to Logan Botanic Garden on the south west tip of Scotland to find out more.
They're heralded as the start of spring and despite the wet weather snowdrops are appearing across our landscape.
People are being urged to get out and enjoy the small white flower at Scotland's snowdrop festival.
Five gardens throughout Dumfries and Galloway are taking part
The Borders are renowned for their creativity... and one town in particular has just been recognised by Creative Scotland.
Peebles has been awarded a cash prize to spend on events in the town - and, naturally, they plan to spend it creatively - as Jenny Longden reports.
General Manager of the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles, Caroline Adam, put together the bid for Peebles in the Creative Places Award.
She speaks to our reporter Jenny Longden.
A cash prize for a creativity award for Peebles will be spend on a series of monthly art festivals in the town.
Peebles has won an award for being the most creative place of its size in Scotland, along with £100,000.
Those behind the bid plan to spend it on a creative action plan running from March to December.
Each month will concentrate on a particular theme, such as music, literature or crafts.
The programme will also work with festivals already held in the town, such as the Arts Festival and the TweedLove biking festival.
A third West Cumbrian festival has announced it won't go ahead next year. Organisers of CockRock music festival say they have struggled financially over the past few years and have been met with 'unwelcome restrictions'.
Last week organisers of both the Whitehaven Festival and Solfest said they were taking a break in 2014.
Around 10,000 people are expected to arrive in Aspatria for one of Cumbria's largest music festivals.
The three-day event is now its 10th year and headliners this year include Maximo Park and Krafty Kuts.
The festival is staffed by volunteers and prides itself on being an independent family friendly event.