Mill St Cafe Open for the Perth Christmas Light Switch On

The fantastic Perth City Centre Christmas Light Switch on takes place this Saturday (19th November) and we are delighted to be opening our Mill Street Cafe to help feed and water everyone.

Pop in between 10.30 and 17.30 for a winter warmer including our fab range of flavoured latte’s – watch out for our flavour of the week!

We also sell a wonderful range of freshly made food and you are always met with a smile from Janet and her team.

For more information on the all-day entertainment and stage listing, visit the Perth City website!

Charlie Healy will host the main stage – Best known from his time in The X-Factor finalists boy band ‘The Risk’, Charlie is making a big name for himself as a solo artist.

Set list:

  • 14:00 – 15:00 – Half Eight – James, Olly, Hugh and Charlie are propelled for stardom as the next big boy band and bring a diverse and talented mix of vocals to the Perth party.
  • 15:00 – 16:30 – Lorraine Crosby – The sensational female voice behind Meat Loaf’s acclaimed ‘I Would Do Anything For Love But I Won’t Do That’ Lorraine’s act is as big as her vocal range.
  • 17:00 – 18:00 – Slade – Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the wonderful Slade and this year they’re on the Main Stage in Perth to get you in the Seasonal Spirit!
  • 18:15 – Provost Liz Grant Switches On The Lights!
  • 18:30 – 19:00 – Fleur East – The dazzling runner up from X-Factor 2015, Fleur’s amazing vocals and huge stage presence will bring all uptown funk you can handle to Perth’s Switch On.
  • 19:00 – 19:30 – Professor Green – One of Britain’s best known and prolific rappers and songwriters, Professor Green is bringing his own unique edge to the Christmas celebrations.
  • 19:30 – Wayne Hemmingway DJ set

Information correct 14/11/16


Giraffe Needs YOUR votes!

We need your help to win some funding from the Aviva Community Fund.

This particular bit of help won’t get you cold, wet, tired or pressured – all we need you to do is go online and vote.  Then tell all your friends, families, enemies, neighbours, acquaintances, employees, groups, work colleagues, playground parent friends and all else in between.

CLICK HERE to visit our page and submit your votes.

Please feel free to share this with all your contacts too and ask them to vote (10 votes) too please! You can vote as long as you are over 18 years old and have until 18th November 2016 to submit them.


We have just been told that Santa is coming to Giraffe Café on South Street on the run up to Christmas!!

We’ve compared diaries with Santa and it looks like he’ll be available to have late breakfast with the children on Saturday and Sunday mornings in December.  To cover the cost of each child’s breakfast roll, mince pies and carrots it will be £10 per head.

Watch this space for more information and how to book!!


Come along to our end of season plant sale at our Ladeside Centre this Saturday and pick up some bargains!

Bring the kids and let them sponsor and paint their own bird box for just £5, including a spot of lunch.


Apple Picking Day at Springlands

Come along and pick your own apples from our Walled Garden Orchard at Springlands! A variety of delicious eating and cooking apples available from our established trees. Please bring along your own bag to fill (Apples charged at 40p a kilo). Tuesday 27th Sep – Thursday 29th Sep (11am-3pm)

Changes to the Ladeside Plant Centre opening hours

As we approach the end of the season it’s time for us to tweak the opening hours at the Ladeside.

Please note that we are now open Tuesday to Friday from 11am to 3pm and this will be the case until we close down for the winter on September 16th 2016.

Many thanks for your continued support – look out for our Christmas trees nearer the festive season too!

Our New Community Project – ‘Love the Lade’

‘Giraffe Social Enterprises’ are undertaking a new Community Project called ‘Love the Lade’ .
The ‘Lade’ is the historic town canal that runs from the River Almond onwards through Perth before eventually reaching the River Tay. It has been a cherished part of Perth for a long time but has fallen into a poor state in recent years due to neglect and littering.
Giraffe Social Enterprises have taken up the challenge of putting some Love back into the Lade and have chosen a stretch of the Lade from Highland House to the Dunkeld Road as a pilot project from now to end of September (The Provost is cutting the ribon on September 23rd 2016 and an event to celebrate a successfull project (hopefully) will be held at our People’s Farmfood Market and Garden Centre at Ladeside, St Catherine’s Road (behind ‘The Range’ retail store) .
 If all goes well, it is hoped the project will be continued with other stretches of the Lade being ‘Loved’ and improved after September and onwards with help and ownership of the project by the local community coming together.
We are asking the community, local social care agencies and their clients and any individuals who would like to get involved to come and join us (we need you!!! ☺) in the challenge of preserving the Lade, both aesthetically and by improving the wildlife through conservation tasks such as planting wildlife friendly plants and checking water quality is not being contaminated by pollution.
 There are many tasks needing done such as wildlife surveys, litter picking, painting, planting fruit trees & wildlife beneficial plants/flowers, checking water quality, photography and more.
Wildlife on the Lade has increased in recent years due to better water regulations. Kingfisher, Bank Voles and multitudes of other species are coming back. Even an Otter was spotted recently!!! It is going in the right direction but YOU can make a difference for the wildlife by taking part.
An Art project is also underway and local artists will soon be working on the walls along the Lade (watch this space!!!) .
Primary schools are also involved with creating ‘Memory Walls’ and bird boxes being painted and placed along the stretch. If you are linked to a school and would like it to be involved then please email:
It is hoped that Perth will start to Love its Lade again and the path that is used daily for walking, cycling and commuting to and from work and town will become a pleasant place to be again.
Please help us achieve this and bring the community together while also making our town a better place for all.
If you would like to find out more or be involved then please email: