Quest for Oz……on until the 28th October

We were lucky enough to go to the opening night of ‘Quest For Oz’ last night…and it was fantastic!

It’s on from the 4- 28th October (not Mondays) 18.00 – 20.00 (every 30 mins)

It is the new visual event from the makers of Dragons of Drummohr .More adventures, more augmented reality, more theatrics for all the family!

After completing their Dragon trilogy with last year’s Dragons of Drummohr, Edinburgh’s innovative theatre company Vision Mechanics are turning their attention to one of the most beloved stories of all time, transforming the grounds of Drummohr House into the Land of Oz.

Audiences meet at the Wallyford Park & Ride, 33 The Loan, Wallyford, Musselburgh EH21 8BU, where the free Emerald City Shuttle Bus will be there to take you to the world of Oz.

Audiences are challenged to reunite the warring kingdom of Oz. Using the Quest for Oz app, the task is to search the grounds for the yellow bricks that The Tin Man, The Scarecrow and the Lion have saved, to try and rebuild the yellow brick road. As well as the task at hand, you will experience the Carnival of Dreams, step into the Bubble Garden of Glinda the Good, lose yourself in the Mind Maze, test your courage in the Blue Witch Badlands, and meet the Marvellous Professor Marvel.

Our personal favourites were meeting Dr. Wonder and the beautiful GlInda the Good …

 

We loved wandering around the amazingly lit up installation at night….the kids racing ahead to try and find all the pictures of bricks to use with the app. Be warned though – the app uses quite a lot of phone battery, so download it before you come along and make sure you’ve charged your phone fully to avoid disappointment !!! We spent over two hours collecting bricks and interacting with this incredible event……the kids were busily chatting away in the Emerald City shuttle bus about all the brilliant things they’d seen and how much fun they’d had !

The details in the costumes, set design and particularly the lighting are well worth a visit just in itself….go and immerse yourself in a very exciting adventure ! Highly, highly recommended…the later you go at night, the better it sparkles !! Good luck….

Prices 

Child: £8/£10/£12 

Family: £36/£45/£50 

Concession: £10/£12/£15 

Adult: £12/£15/£17.50 

For tickets: tickets.questforoz.org 

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Septemberfest…Saturday 29th September

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Broughton High School are once again hosting their fabulous Septemberfest – featuring lots of fun indoor and outdoor activities and food.

Infact the poster shows heaps of great sounding, family friendly things like a bouncy castle, hula hooping, football, smoothie bike, face painting, magic shows and much more !

From 11am – 4pm, there’s plenty of time to get along and check it out !!

Edinburgh Mela Festival 2018

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So, you may have thought August and festival season is over, but no, we’ve got the brilliant Edinburgh Mela festival keeping up the energy and bringing us delightfully into September ! Taking place over the weekend of 1st and 2nd September, the Mela promises to bring you a diverse programme of music and dance which incorporated local and international acts, representing a wealth of countries and continents, from India, Africa, China, and the Arab nations.

There will also be lots of great stalls, with food, clothing and much much more….

 

Festival Fireworks…..2018

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All good things seem to come to an end, and sadly the festival season is finishing in the next few days…the fiery finale in the form of the  Fireworks Concert brings the Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh’s summer festival season to a resplendent conclusion.

Set against the iconic backdrop of Edinburgh’s historic Castle, this event brings together stirring orchestral music from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and magnificent pyrotechnics, specially choreographed by international fireworks artists, Pyrovision.

Over 400,000 fireworks launched from Edinburgh’s imposing Castle make this one of the biggest fireworks concerts in the world. Around a quarter of a million people gather across the city and beyond to share in this annual grand International Festival finale.

9.00 pm Concert starts with no fireworks
Bernstein 
Selection from Concert Suite No. 1 from West Side Story 

9.30 pm Second half with fireworks
Holst
 The Planets: Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Venus, Jupiter

Children are welcome in the gardens. Children under 5 are free but ticketed. Standard price tickets are available for children over that age.

You can enjoy the fireworks from other vantage points around the city though, including the links, Meadows and the various hills around Edinburgh too !!!