Doors Open Day 2017

This weekend is Doors Open Day which gives you the chance to discover some of Edinburgh’s most unique and interesting buildings which are normally closed to the public. Across the weekend you can visit these fantastic sites across the city, completely free of charge.

Now in its 27th year, the Edinburgh Doors Open Days are fast becoming one of the city’s favourite free days out. This is your chance to explore some of Edinburgh’s most important buildings. Many venues will offer behind the scenes tours, talks or exhibitions to bring the history of these monumental buildings to life.

Highlights include :

Image result for anatomical museum edinburghAnatomical Museum – The Anatomical Museum was designed by Robert Rowand Anderson as an integral part of the Medical School, and the specimens are still used by Anatomy students.

The Museum opened in 1884 and was described by William Turner, then Professor of Anatomy, as ‘an ornament to the city’. Specimens include skeletons, death masks and fascinating anatomical curiosities.

Image result for lothian buses doors open dayLothian Buses – This is a family favourite ! Open23 September 2017 (12.00-1600).Originally built for the Industrial Exhibition of 1922, the Category B-listed building was purchased in 1926 to become the home of Edinburgh Corporation Transport’s bus fleet. The garage was extended in 1933 and again in 1963. By the mid-1960’s the garage was home to 242 buses and the company also had satellite garages at Longstone, Portobello, Tollcross and Leith.

Image result for royal observatory doors open dayRoyal Observatory – The Royal Observatory of Edinburgh, originally located on Calton Hill, combines state-of-the-art facilities and original Victorian observatory buildings in a beautiful hilltop site overlooking the city. Instruments for some of the best telescopes in the world are designed and built on site. Catch talks, demonstrations, exhibits and go behind the scenes at one of the UK’s leading scientific establishments. Discover how we contribute to astronomy at every stage from designing a new telescope to using and storing the data produced.

Image result for victorian schoolroom edinburgh doors open dayVictorian SchoolroomInside the History of Education Centre is a fully functioning Victorian classroom with wooden desks, blackboards, finger-stocks, and the tawse, as well as a museum full of Victoriana including a kitchen range and a variety of household items, most of which can be handled. Enjoy a Victorian-style lesson in the classroom and explore the exhibitions, household and other items in the museum room.

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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 !

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)

 

Gorgie City Farm Fest – 2nd September 2017

Image result for gorgie farm festivalJoin everyone at Gorgie City Farm to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the opening of the farm!

With live music, face painting, craft stalls, BBQ, carnival games, raffle, this is the highlight of their yearly calendar! Farm Fest is an opportunity to show your support for the farm and celebrate the success story it has become within the local community and beyond.

Entry is completely FREE! They have also extended their licence until 6PM this year!!

Check out the event page for more information…

Still plenty to look forward to !!!

So, that’s it..with the sound of the festival fireworks banging and sparkling away over the top of the castle last night, the 2017 festival has come to an end….and it’s been such a fantastic year. I have LOVED it – we enjoyed all the circus on the meadows, the brilliant kids shows, the BBC tent activities and of course the rather delicious hot donut stall in George square gardens (please let that come back next year) !!!

But, don’t despair, there is still plenty going on and in fact this weekend is packed with a plethora of events and lots more festival fun to be had !! Including Gorgie City Farm Festival, this Saturday the 2nd (more on that in a post tomorrow), the Tea in the Park event at Braidburn Valley Park, also on Saturday 2nd from 2pm which includes duck racing, music and new for this year a dog show too !!!

Image result for edinburgh melaAnd of course, the fabulous Edinburgh Mela Festival has returned !!! I’ll be writing a blog post about it later in the week, but it will be on this weekend, 2nd and 3rd September on Leith Links and will include the Mela kids zone too !!