Spring Festivals…

The weather might not be in total agreement, but Spring is definitely on the way. With the Science festival just finished, there’s plenty more to keep us busy in the next few months…

Royal Botanic Garden EdinburghStarting with the Spring Festival at the Botanics…once again 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. From 1pm – 4pm on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April…..

 

Monday 30th April sees Edinburgh host the annual Beltane Fire Festival which you may know holds a huge place in my heart, having been a performer for many years – its a huge spectacle with drumming, fire and magic…it all starts around 9.20pm as the sun goes down and the May Queen comes over the Acropolis. It does get busy up the hill, but older children will find it truly unique.

For a totally family friendly event, try the Family Beltane event on Sunday 6th May 12 – 3pm at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. This tradition allows parents to share in the magic of the Beltane story with their little ones through storytelling, face painting and arts & crafts. Held on a different day from Beltane Fire Festival 2018 itself, it allows older children and parents to enjoy the Fire Festival on Monday 30th April, while also getting to enjoy the story with their little ones in a family friendly environment without making it into one long day.  This event is geared towards children of five years old and above and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

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It’s beginning to look alot like Christmas!!!!

Image result for edinburgh's christmas 2017Yes, it’s that wonderful time of the year !

The nights have got darker, the days colder and the beautiful Christmas lights in Edinburgh are being switched on this Sunday (19th November) at light night. Starting at 3pm, this free event marks the beginning of Edinburgh’s Christmas 2017, with choirs from across Scotland performing and the lighting of the Christmas Tree on the Mound, a gift to the City of Edinburgh Council from Hordaland County Council in Norway. Finishing up with fireworks at 5pm – this is set to be a fantastic afternoon !!

Other free events during Edinburgh’s Christmas include :

Edinburgh’s Giant Advent Calendar which is new for this year and features a free to access giant Advent Calendar which will be projected onto General Register House, with 25 glimpses of Edinburgh Winters from years gone-by, one revealed each day throughout advent.

Edinburgh’s Giant Advent Calendar will be projected on General Register House at varying times from 5.30pm to 10pm every day, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled when you’re passing!

24 Doors of Advent – The free event 24 Doors of Advent returns from 1 – 24 December, allowing you to peep behind usually closed doors throughout the city during advent! 24 Doors of Advent opens many new doors for you to explore what’s behind this year including Trinity House, Mansfield Traquair and Lauriston Castle. A full list of what buildings are featured this year can be found here .

All we need now is a light dusting of snow and we’re all set ….

 

 

 

Botanics Harvest Festival September 16th and 17th

Image result for royal botanics harvest festivalJoin the Botanics to celebrate their successful harvest this weekend with fun activities, gardening advice, tasters and live music provided by Wayward Jane and the EU Folk Band (Sat) and the BarrowBand (Sun).If you’ve not seen the BarrowBand before, it’s worth popping along on Sunday just for that – they sing amazing songs about fruit and vegetables complete with a fruit and veg trolley full of puppets and surprises !!

Be inspired to get growing with our community garden produce show and discover the delights of growing your own vegetables with the Edible Gardening Project team.

From 1pm until 4pm both days !

The Forge Fete September 10th

No automatic alt text available.For those of you who have never been to the Forge, it’s a fantastic community project and space just by the canal in Fountainbridge.

This Sunday, the 10th September, they are celebrating the re-opening of their community maker space with a fete from 2pm – 10pm !
There will music, activities (for all ages!), and a BBQ!

Music:
– Kirsty Law >> http://www.kirstylaw.com/
– Cera Impala >> https://www.ceraimpala.com/
…more to be announced

Activities:
– tug-of-war
– learn to weld in 10 minutes
– light painting
– woodwork for kids

And, best of all…Entry is FREE!

Edinburgh Mela Festival 2017 this weekend : 2nd/3rd September !!

Image result for edinburgh melaThis year we see the return of the very colourful and lovely Edinburgh Mela festival ! It will be on Leith Links this Saturday and Sunday, the 2nd and 3rd September.

It looks like things will be kicking off around midday each day, and each day is packed with music, dance and food !! Sunday sounds super fun with highlights including The Edinburgh Samba School, The Edinburgh Bhangra Crew,  an Indian street circus performance by Circus Raj  and the rather wonderful and joyous Orkestra del Sol

Image result for edinburgh mela kids zoneThe Mela Kids Zone will be open all day Saturday and Sunday and will be hosted by Play Talk Read – one tent running arts & crafts and messy play and another tent running storytelling sessions led by Douglas Mackay, as follows:

13:00 – 13:45 Mahabharata and More (stories from India)

Image result for edinburgh mela kids zone14:00 – 14:45 Tales from the Magic Drum (Stories from Africa)

15:00 – 15.45 World of Wonder (Stories from around the world)