Drummohr Midsummer Festival 23rd June

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Something rather exciting is happening this Sunday…..Leith’s own Vision Mechanics – impressive, immersive visual theatre makers, are holding their first summer festival this Midsummer weekend, Sunday 23 June 2019 at Drummohr House, Prestonpans, East Lothian.

Drummohr Midsummer Fest is a one day festival for all the family. Making full use of the stunning grounds, forests and out buildings of Drummohr House, there will be circus, aerial, storytelling, puppetry, food & drink and live music all day.

Featuring circus from renowned aerial artist Sarah Bebe Holmes, a tree-climbing, storytelling, musical promenade performance through the woods from Rowanbank Environmental Arts & Education, Vision Mechanics puppetry caravans and local food and drink, Drummohr Midsummer Festival is all things Leith – transported to the beautiful East Lothian countryside.

An all day music line-up programmed by Leith-based Sketchy Beats will host the likes of Castle Chorus Choir, Jemima Thewes and the Fuse, Lindsay Walker, The Moaning Bones, The Violent Mood Swings, Wolnote and The Micro Band.

This is also a rare chance to sneak a peek behind the scenes of the Vision Mechanics’ workshop; The Big Shed. The Big Shed is a world full of giant blue puppets and life size dragon sculptures from some of Vision Mechanics iconic productions; Big Man Walking, Drift, Dragons of Drummohr and Quest for Oz.

To get there, catch the 44 to Wallyford Park & Ride and then jump on the free 70 seater shuttle bus to site. Tickets only £10 for adults and £5 for kids.

Drummohr Midsummer Festival        
2-10pm, Sunday 23rd June
Big Shed @ Drummohr House
Online £10/ £5 (kids)
On the door £15 / £7.50

Tickets: http://ctzn.tk/summerfest

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Film Fest In The City

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This weekend we’re in for a treat (as long as the weather is kind)…St Andrew Square once again hosts the outdoor film festival Film Fest In The City– serving up a host of family friendly films during the day  – so we can bring a picnic and enjoy ! Friday 14th till Sunday 16th June and it’s free …

Friday 14 June

4.30pm – Groundhog Day (1993) (PG)

6.30pm – When Harry Met Sally (1989) (15) (30th anniversary)

8.30pm – Black Panther (2018) (12A)

Sat 15 June

10am – The Iron Giant (1999) (PG) (20th anniversary)

11.40am – First Men On The Moon (1964) (U) (55th anniversary)

1.45pm – Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse (2018) (PG)

4pm – Mamma Mia! (2008) (PG)

6pm – Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) (PG)

8.15pm – Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) (12)

Sun 16 June

10.30am – Brave (2012) (PG)

12.30pm – Mary Poppins Returns (2018) (U)

2.55pm – Xanadu (1980) (PG)

5pm – The Greatest Showman (2017) (PG)

7pm – Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) (12A)

Edinburgh International Science Festival

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I’ve been a little absent from the blog of late, but what a fab festival to make my return to !!

We LOVE the Edinburgh International Science Festival and it’s a sure fire way to make the Easter holidays more fun, interactive and possibly messy !!

The programme for this year is jam packed with the usual events, showcases, theatre and lots more – definitely worth checking out…

 

Image result for melody and sam record breakersMelody and Sam : Record Breakers – This show, on from Thursday 11th April to Saturday 13th looks fab ! Sam and Melody want to break a world record. They train every day. They want to be the best, the fastest, the strongest, the largest, the longest – anything so long as they get their names in the big record book. Their official record attempt is just around the corner….

Other recommendations would be :

City Art Centre Day Pass – Every year the City Art Centre is transformed into four floors of interactive science fun ! You can book a day pass and with it get access to three age appropriate workshops for the kids. There are plenty of drop in activities too, and is always more than enough to keep you occupied for a full day. Highly recommended for ages 3+…..daily from 6th April – Saturday 20th April

The Experimentarium – Returning this year, with weird, wonderful and cutting edge science ! Step into the laboratory of hands-on activities and interactive fun for all ages. At the Pleasance, 9th – 10th April – drop-in.

The Robotarium – Interact with robots from the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics! From an assembly line robot that wants to learn how to work with you, to cute football playing bots, learn how robots understand and imitate human beings, and the important reasons why. Presented by The University of Edinburgh.  Thursday 11th – Monday 15th April   Museum – Free

100 Things To Know About Space -Join the Usborne Fact Force as they take you on a fascinating journey to outer space, followed by a big space quiz at the end. Did you know the snow on Mars is square? That there’s a cloud in outer space that tastes like raspberries? Do you know how to escape a black hole? Or why astronauts learn wilderness survival skills? Come along to find out! Wednesday 17th April – Museum – tickets available.

Roxy Christmas Film Club

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Edinburgh is truly the place to be for Christmas, we’ve got the markets, Santa land, silent disco light displays, fantastic theatre performances and this year……the Christmas film club..

If you’re in search of somewhere to cosy up, grab a mulled wine and enjoy some Christmas classics or a few fun family sing-alongs then look no further ! The Roxy Christmas Film Club has it all covered for you..from the 18th- 23rd December,  Assembly Roxy becomes a brand new pop-up cinema in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town for one week only. They’ll be serving up mulled wine, mince pies and a line up of the greatest Christmas films of all time, in the atmospheric Central space.

The programme features :

White Christmas – 18th December 14.30

Edward Scissorhands – 18th December 19.00

Elf – 19th December 10.30

Frozen Sing-along – 19th – 22nd various

The Greatest Showman Sing-Along – 19th December 19.00

Beauty and The Beast Sing-Along – 20th December 10.30

The Nightmare Before Christmas – 20th December 14.30

It’s A Wonderful Life – 20th December 19.00

Scrooged – 21st December 14.30

Love Actually – 21st December 19.00

The Muppet Christmas Carol – 22nd December 10.30

Home Alone – 22nd December 14.30

Mamma Mia ! Sing-along – 22nd December 19.00

The Polar Express – 23rd December 10.30

 

Something for everyone – we’re particularly excited for the Greatest Showman sing-along….have fun !!

Wendy and Peter Pan – an awesomely fantastic adventure…

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A Doc Marten wearing fairy, swashbuckling pirate fights, twinkling night stars, a trio of girl power and just a sprinkling of fairy dust make this show an unmissable Christmas treat !…

Ella Hickson weaves pure magic into this adaptation – leading us away to Neverland in search of Tom, another lost boy and Wendy’s third brother who has died. Wendy takes centre stage in this jam packed production, questioning gender roles, showing us girls can be pirates and incredibly inspiring leaders too. We joyfully see her team up with the most fabulous Tink and Tiger Lily to form a formidable trio, much to the joy of the cheering audience. (L-R) Bonnie Baddoo, Isobel McArthur and Sally Reid. Photo credit Mihaela Bodlovic.jpg

Fast paced and action filled, Neverland brings us a jolly roger pirate ship, underground playgrounds and plenty of friends. Captain Hook, artfully brought to life, ensures the crowd have a villain to boo and hiss at, and Tink is not like any fairy we’ve ever seen before – her punk rock looks and Scottish slang are quite a feisty combo !

Beneath all this though, the production has a heart, and a very large one at that – friendships are explored, resilience is built and a night sky reveals answers for Wendy and her capability to be happy after such an immense loss. Finally finding her brother means she can truly fly…..

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Photo credit : Mihaela Bodlovic