The Secret Life of Suitcases…

Folks, if you did not manage to see this FANTASTIC show during the Fringe last year, then please, please get your tickets now. It’s returning for a three day run back at the Scottish Storytelling Centre  from the 1st – 3rd December and its absolutely brilliant….(I wrote a review last year which you can read here )

The Secret Life of Suitcases, features Larry who is very very ‘busy’, and we watch as his life gets turned upside down by the arrival of a very interesting little suitcase. This serene and imaginative puppet show takes us from the dreary office that Larry works in and out into open space – a park, the ocean, a tropical island and lastly outer space itself ….

You’ll be sure to love it !

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]

Halloween Festival time….

So, after a much needed half term holiday away, it appears that one of my favourite festivals is just about upon us….Halloween. I love Autumn in Scotland, and I enjoy the nights getting darker and cosy, and the leaves turning and the promise of winter just around the corner…and I love Halloween and bonfire night too !

There seems to be an abundance of great events and happenings going on this weekend, here are a few top picks :

  • Image result for samhuinn edinburghSamhuinn Fire Festival – I used to perform in this many moons ago, and its spectacular, its the quarter year festival celebrating the Celtic New Year and the coming of winter and is the night when the veil between the two worlds is said to be at it’s thinnest and summer is overthrown by winter. As always, there will be lots of drumming, some great acrobatics and brilliant fire !! This year its back on the Royal Mile, with the parade starting at 9pm on the 31st from the Castle Esplanade leading to West Parliament Square.


  • Botanic Frights -Due to overwhelming demand, Botanic Lights have announced that an extra-night has been added on Monday 31st October for those looking for family Halloween fun at ‘Botanic Frights’!Limited tickets are available for special Botanic Lights sessions, which will run every 15mins from 5.30pm – 8pm, and they’re encouraging families and children to dress up in their spookiest costumes for amazing night time experience in the Garden.


  • Skeleton Rave with Big Fish Little Fish – Big Fish Little Fish will be hosting another fantastic event in Edinburgh on the 30th October at La Belle Angele from 2-4.30pm. Featuring a fantastic DJ, craft tables, play area with tents and tunnels, tattoos, glow sticks, parachute dance, bubble machine and more this sounds like lots of fun ! Dressing up Halloween theme strongly  encouraged !

Septemberfest – Broughton High School Saturday 24th September, 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