Oh my….what a busy busy year it’s been and then all my hopes of getting this blog going again with all the festival updates was delayed due to family holidays, weddings and worst of all a frozen neck which was very very sore (ouch)…thankfully all that is over now and I’m as excited as ever about all of the upcoming festival delights about to hit our city !!
I have already booked plenty of tickets for the book festival which you may know by now is one of my favourite places to be during August in Edinburgh…highlights this year include Cressida Cowell talking about the final installment of the How to train your dragon books – which my daughter and partner are currently devouring !, the Teddy Bear Sleepover, the ever fantastic Oliver Jeffers, the regular Bookbug sessions and on the 16th August the Book Festival is celebrating Miffy’s 60th birthday – and you may even get to meet her yourself !
I’ve slowly started leafing through the multitude of festival brochures and exploring whats on and what there is to do with the kids and I’ll be sure to update the blog as I go along, so please do keep checking back…..I’m also very very happy that the BBC tent is already getting itself into gear and I’ll post about what kids events they’ve mentioned so far shortly….there’s just not enough time in the day to do it all !!
Let’s hope the sun also decides to come visit in August too !
This weekend the theme is science at the BBC tent…both Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th will feature the CBBC science buskers for scientific fun and energetic experiments in the PInk tent from 9am till 4pm !
In the Blue tent there will be the show ‘Absolute Genius’ with Fran Scott delving into genius ideas from the past – expect explosions !! This is a free event and is ideal for 6-12 year olds and their families. The 10.30am show on Saturday has already been ticketed in advance but tickets for the other shows at 12.30pm / 2.30pm / 4pm will be available from the BBC Information Point at Potterow from 9am on a frist-come-first-served basis, these events last for 30 mins.( I imagine the same will apply on Sunday with the 13.00pm / 15.00pm / 16.30 pm shows having tickets available on the day from 9am.)
If you head along I hope it’s lots of fun….
Wowee – my investigations into the BBC area this year at the festival were obviously not that thorough as I missed the page detailing what shows are on and what shows you can apply for tickets for…and it turns out there are lots of great kids shows being filmed at the BBC tent and best of all we can all apply to get free tickets. You have until the 22nd July to apply for tickets and then names will be randomly drawn.
But if you don’t manage to get any, don’t despair as it says ” On family fun days tickets for additional shows are available at the venue. Please note, these shows cannot be pre-booked and will be ticketed on the day as first come first served. The family fun days are: Saturday 3, Sunday 4, Saturday 10, Sunday 11, Saturday 17, Sunday 18, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August.” Great ! I like the sound of the family fun days and if last year is anything to go by, its definately worth taking a look whats on and bringing the kids along one weekend…
So, shows you can apply for tickets for now include:
That looks like a great bunch of shows and lots of opportunities to be part of the magic at the BBC tent ! If you do apply, fingers crossed you get tickets !