Film in the City – 16th-18th June

Image result for film in the city edinburgh 2017With the Edinburgh International Film Festival hitting the city from the 21st June, this weekend is a little outdoor warm up party in St Andrews Square ! Film in the City features free outdoor film screenings all weekend starting Friday afternoon.

An eclectic mix of action blockbusters, cult choices and family favourites gives the whole family the opportunity to experience films in the beautiful setting of St Andrew Square in the heart of the city centre.

Family favourites include a singalong Trolls, Beauty and The Beast, The Jungle Book, Cars and Kubo and The Two Strings…

FRIDAY 16 JUNE

4.30pm – 6.05pm  WHAT’S UP DOC? (Cert U, 1 hr 34 mins, 1972)

6.20pm – 8pm  LABYRINTH (Cert U, 1hr 38mins, 1986)

8.15pm – 10.45pm  AVENGERS ASSEMBLE (Cert 15, 2hr 23mins, 2012)

 

SATURDAY 17 JUNE

10.30am – 12pm  TROLLS (sing-a-long) (Cert U, 1hr 30mins, 2016)

12.20pm – 1.50pm  BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (dress up party) (Cert U, 1hr 28mins, 1991)

2.15pm – 4pm  THE JUNGLE BOOK (Cert PG, 1hr 44mins, 2016)

4.25pm – 6.15pm  MAMMA MIA (dance along) (Cert PG, 1hr 46mins, 2008)

6.40pm – 8.20pm  CLUELESS (Cert PG, 1hr 37mins, 1995)

8.45pm – 10.25pm  DIRTY DANCING (dance along) (Cert 12, 1hr 38mins, 1987)

 

SUNDAY 18 JUNE

10.30am – 12.30pm  CARS (Cert PG, 1hr 52mins, 2006)

12.45pm –2.30pm  KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (Cert PG, 1hr 42mins, 2016)

2.45pm – 4.35pm  SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER (Cert U, 1hr 48mins, 1977)

4.45pm – 6.30pm  SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Cert U, 1hr 43mins, 1952)

6.40pm – 8.20pm  HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE (Cert 12A, 1hr 37mins, 2016)

8.30pm – 10.45pm  ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (Cert 12A, 2hrs 14mins, 2016)

 

Let’s all hope for some super sunshine so we can get the picnic rugs out and enjoy !

 

It’s Spring……!!!

So, the weather ‘was’ getting warmer and the flowers have bloomed and the Meadows is awash with blossom which can only mean its Spring…and this means more lovely family events and festivals !! I’m a bit slow off the mark and the brilliant Science festival has been and gone – I hope you managed to enjoy some of it like I did. This weekend has a few offerings that look great for getting out and about and enjoying both the wonders of Spring and the wonders of Edinburgh !!

Spring FestivalFirst up is the Spring Festival at the Botanics….on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April between 1 and 4pm..Come and join in with the Edible Gardening Project as they get started in the vegetable patch for another year. Be inspired by nature and learn all about gardening in an environmentally friendly way. With information for budding gardeners, fun family friendly activities and fresh garden tasters.  This looks like a lovely way to spend an afternoon !

The Narrative of Beltane – in PhotosAnd this Sunday is of course the rather spectacular and fantastic Beltane Fire Festival – and this year marks their 30th Festival so is sure to be something special. Having taken part as a performer for many years, Beltane has a huge place in my heart and I’ll be braving it and bringing the family up the hill on Sunday night for some drumming, fire performance and magic…it all starts around 9.20pm as the sun goes down and the May Queen comes over the Acropolis.

For something more family friendly, the Beltane community are holding a Beltane Community Open Day on Saturday 29th on Calton Hill from 1pm – 4pm

It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been to festival before or you’re a long-time Beltaner, or even one of our performers; this day is for everyone. Drop in at any point or stay for the duration!

It’s a chance to celebrate the birth of Summer and find out more about the famous Beltane Fire Festival, which takes place the following day. Explore the changing seasons and the meaning of the festival, with storytelling from key Beltane characters and walking tours of Calton Hill to help you make the most of the big night. There will be music, a chance to try out traditional skills (from fire-making to crafts), and Beltane fun for children (5+, accompanied by their adults) too.

What to bring: your wishes for the year ahead, donations for our buckets, wood for the following night’s Beltane bonfire (if you like), a picnic, and a flask of tea to keep you toasty!

* Storytelling
* Kids Activity Zone
* Drumming Workshops
* Kids Parade
* Live Music
* History of Beltane talk
* Neid Fire workshop
* Walking tours
* Woodland Trust
* Wishing Tree

 

Hope you enjoy the weekend and fingers crossed it warms up a little between now and then !!

Diwali Festival..

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Diwali is the Hindu festival of light, and this Saturday the 12th November, there is going to be a Diwali parade and celebration in Princess Street Gardens afterwards which looks great!

Diwali symbolizes the victory of light over dark, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. Diwali brings Joy, prosperity, knowledge, peace and wealth. People celebrate Diwali through distributing sweets, gifts and thanks giving to each other.

Edinburgh Diwali is committed to bring the richness of Indian culture to Scotland and to Scottish community by celebrating the Festival of Light in Edinburgh on Saturday 12th November at the Ross Band Stand. Their website has all the timings of the parade and celebrations in more detail, but the parade will start at 2.45pm from the City Chambers on the High Street with over 300 people carrying Diwali lights and dancers and musicians, from 4pm onwards at the Ross Band Stand in Princess Street Gardens there will be folk dancers, live music, Bollywood dance and the whole event will finish with fireworks.

This looks fantastic and a great way to celebrate Diwali !!

Edinburgh Diwali - 2016 - Free Entry @ Edinburgh, United Kingdom, Edinburgh [12 November]

Septemberfest – Broughton High School Saturday 24th September

https://i1.wp.com/www.broughton.edin.sch.uk/images/Septemberfest_2016.jpgSo, this Saturday 24th, we have Septemberfest again, the annual event at Broughton High School, from 11am till 4pm. With a Brazilian Olympics theme, there is lots going on !

There promises to be food stalls, Samba bands, a magician, hula hooping, arcade games, balloon creations, Taekwondo and Judo and a craft fair packed with homemade crafts, pocket money toys and baking. And from the poster above it looks like much much more ! Check out the event page on Facebook here for more information and updates !

And it’s free entry too !

 

Harvest Festival – Botanical Gardens 17th and 18th September

68d843843aThis weekend looks great, and especially this wee festival taking place at the Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens which are always lovely to visit !

The Harvest festival is taking place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September from 1-4pm both days.

The annual Harvest Festival is a celebration of the vegetable growing year. Join them for fun activities, gardening advice, information about harvesting, cooking and storing crops, tasters and more.

Be inspired to get growing with their community garden produce show and discover the delights of growing your own vegetables with the Edible Gardening Project team.The festival is free to attend and features the following :

  • Barrow Band (Sunday)
  • Storyteller Mrs Mash
  • Scotland the Bread
  • Pulse harvest
  • Vegetable growing advice
  • Fun family activities
  • Around the world in 80 plants tour with Stephen Barstow (Sat 2pm)
  • Power of Food Festival info (Sunday)
  • Garden tasters