BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals 2017…

Image result for bbc at edinburgh festivalsThe luscious bright green fake grass, the brightly coloured deck chairs, the pink and blue tents, the ping pong table and the yummy food and drink…yes, it’s all returning ! And this year BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals is back in the rather grand location at George Heriot’s School again with the wondrous Edinburgh Castle for a backdrop…what more do we all need ??

It will be open from Friday 4th to Friday 25th August.

Readers of this blog will know this is one of my favourite places to hang out during the festival, to sit and watch the big screen, get involved in the daily kids activities and sample some of the tasters of shows from all the venues.

Every year the BBC tent hosts a fantastic variety of children’s events and activities and I’m certain this year the programme will be bursting with fun yet again. They have just released a list of their children’s activities for this year here and it’s looking great ! – author events, arts and crafts, dance workshops, mini beasties, geology, dragons, storytelling and much much more !

This weekend, the opening weekend is jam packed full of family friendly activities including:

  • Circus Open Toybox (Ages 5+)   Fri 4th 9.30am – 1.30pm and Sat 5th August 12pm – 4pm

Run away with the circus! Come and try out some circus skills including hulahoop, juggling, spinning plates, balancing feathers, flowersticks and more with Circus Alba.

  • RSPB (Ages 4-10)  Sat 5th August 10.30am – 4.30pm

The RSPB will be running mini beast hunts searching for lots of creepy crawlies as well as going on a wild treasure hunt to see what things we can find. You can also make a solitary bee home with us.

  • Animal Magic (Ages 3+)  Sun 6th August 10.30am – 4.30pm

Come along and have a Close Encounter with Animal Magic! Animal Handler Laura will be on site with a selection of her exotic creatures on display for you to see, learn about, meet and even touch.

All this and free arts and crafts and storytelling sessions throughout the weekend too ! See you there….


BBC at the Edinburgh Festival 2016


It’s back, it’s one of my favourite places to be during the festival, it’s got pink and blue tents and it’s got a brand spanking new location at George Heriot’s School – it is of course the BBC at Edinburgh festivals. This is a brilliant place to head to with kids during the festival as they have free kids activities on every day and the space itself is always fun to explore with deckchairs, ping pong, a huge tv screen and various food stalls….

If you’ve read the blog before you will know how much I love this place and how much fantastic free stuff there is here every year for kids, this year is set to be no exception and their children’s activities and events are looking great…

On Sunday 14th August they have CBeebies presenter and author Cerrie Burnell and on Friday 26th August they have Steve Cole, bestselling author of Stop Those Monsters! and Magic Ink. Apply for tickets here.

Starting from Monday 8th August, there are daily craft and music activities for kids in the Castle tent, with Sparkle Arts appearing on Monday 8th, the RSPB doing activities on Tuesday 9th, Travelling Tales on Wednesday 10th, Caterpillar music on the Thursday 11th and Creative Crafts finishing off the first week on Friday the 12th !

Other highlights include:

BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals 2016Animal Magic on Saturday 20th August from 10am –Come along and meet Mork the huge python, say hi to Sui the Galah Cockatoo, or be brave and handle some creepy crawlies! Find out more here


Dynamic Earth: Dinosaur Explorers  – Wednesday 17th August      Want to hold some Triceratops horns? Or even some fossilised poo? This is the perfect activity for any budding paleontologists. Find out more

BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals 2016Dynamic Earth: Space Explorers  – Sunday 21st August  Come along and find out about life as an astronaut. Dress up as an astronaut, do some simulated astronaut training and get your picture taken on board the International Space Station using green screen technology. Find out more


So…lots to be starting off with and I am sure there will be plenty more announced during the festival too so keep an eye out on their facebook page for more regular information about events – they are very good at updating daily during the festival about what’s going on.

I’m very much looking forward to being back on the deck chairs hanging out in this space once again !!…


Last few days…

The last weekend of the festival is one day away, so its a great time to squeeze in a last visit or two….below are a few free activities going on over the weekend that are worth checking out !

The BBC tent are having an Art Fun Weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 4.30pm both days, activities include:

  • Your Paintings: Paint your own masterpiece. Come along and recreate a giant modern masterpiece.
  • Deadly Masks: Let the little ones discover their inner artist by making a Deadly 60 animal mask.
  • ZooLab brings wildlife out and about in the Garden

As well as these activities, they will be having a Deadly Doodle event in the blue tent which is ticketed –  CBBC’s Michelle Ackerley  will show you how to create some astounding animal art! Get up close and personal with tarantulas, snakes, lizards and cockroaches and learn how to draw them like a pro. To find the times of this event see the timetable for Saturday and Sunday

We're Going on a Bear HuntAt the Book festival they are celebrating the book ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ being 25 years old ! On Sunday 24th they will be having some bear related activities and fun in the Story box between 11.00 and 15.00 .

If you are visiting the Botanics the show A Sunday In The Park is on every day until Sunday 24th, – Albert & Friends Instant Circus troupe of highly skilled young performers (aged 11-18 years), bring to life a day in the park with the story unfolding in a delightful array of short montages. Its on at 1pm every day. 

Enjoy the weekend – especially those of you cramming in some last minute shows !!!

Highlights so far….

Sorry for the gap in festival updates this week – been busy with little one’s first day at school etc, so not had too much of a chance to get out and about !

I thought I’d do a bit of a run through of some of my highlights so far in shows and activities as the last week of the fringe festival is fast approaching !

  • Dinosaur Zoo – we saw this right in the first week and we loved it – it works for younger children obviously as they mostly love dinosaurs and the puppets are incrediably realistic but also for older kids as it’s very informative and interactive which I really enjoyed – there’s also a chance to meet and greet some of the dinosaurs after the show which was fab ! – on until 25th August
  • Pirate Gran – we saw this last week and again it was great – I loved previous Scamp Theatre productions and this one had the same entertaining songs, cleaverly thought out set design (the set changes were infact one of the best bits of the show as mundane lounge furniture got trasformed into a pirate ship !) and fast paced storyline to keep everyone engaged. – on until 25th August
  • Dr Brown Brown Brown Brown Brown and his singing tiger – Dr. Brown Brown Brown Brown Brown and His Singing Tiger I managed to catch this show last week too – I absolutely loved the first Dr Brown kids show and this time Dr Brown is packing for an adventure and its a whole new delightful, funny, interactive show with the fantastic singing tiger melodically guiding us through! I love this show as it totally involves the audience and this is great for kids and also pretty brave for the performers as anything can and will happen !  They have just added two extra dates for the show – TOMORROW the 15th August and Saturday 16th August, both 11.30 in the Bosco Tent George Square Gradens – I highly recommend catching it while you can.
  • A Simple Space – Although this is not strictly advertised as a kids show – it’s playful physical theatre that young people will both enjoy and be totally inspired by.  Seven Australian acrobats (who all happen to be gorgeous) playfully compete against each other and push themselves to their physical limits. My children sat entralled throughout the entire thing and it is awe inspiring – I didn’t manage to see this show last year and I am SO happy I saw it this time, its the best show I’ve seen so far this year and you leave feeling very very happy ! – On until the 25th August (not 18th)
  • Celeste’s Circus – I personally haven’t seen this show, but a few friends have, and it comes highly recommended – I know its one of the few shows out there suitable for very young children and apparently they are loving it ! Hurry though, as it finishes this weekend on the 17th August.

You are not short of good places to hang out and for the kids to be entertained this August – I have had some great days out and about exploring activities on offer :

  • Pleasance Kidzone – This is always a great place to hang out between shows or even just to go and absorb some of the festival atmosphere. They have some good arts and crafts activities on offer again this year, from shrinkie necklaces and keyrings, to painting your own mug, designing t-shirts or smaller things like decorating tiaras. I was pretty impressed that prices started at £1 and we spent a great morning making things and exploring the toys in the area. Theres also a little cafe with food and hot drinks which is always much needed !
  • BBC area – By now you’ll know that I love this space and its a total gem of a place to go with the kids. They have free childrens events going on most days, have a fantastic kid friendly area with deckchairs, fake grass, a ping pong table and Ipads to play on ! The CBeebies weekends offer even more chilrens actvities including facepainting and you can even get your photo taken and then superimposed onto scenes so you can be a weatherperson, be hanging out in Albert Square or with the tardis or with Mr Bloom or the ZingZillas and best of all – its all for free. Do, do check it out !
  • Edinburgh Book Festival – I was hanging out at the Book festival today and like previous years the childrens bookshop is a great place to spend some time with the kids exploring all the fantastic books and there’s a lovely area with cushions and shelves to spend some time getting lost between the pages. Then there is the always amazing storybox which offers arts and crafts activities everyday with a new theme daily and offer a range of activities around this as well as providing a cosy space with books and toys.

I’m just hoping I find some more time to get out and about and enjoy it all for a bit longer !