It’s that wonderful time of year….

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 !

Happy Birthday Miffy

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 !

Special book event at the museum …

Abigail by Catherine Rayner


This event looks great – being put on as one of the National Museum’s summer events for families. Author Catherine Rayner, who wrote the fantastic book ‘Augustus and his smile’ will be at the museum on Wednesday 14th August on the magic carpet for a special reading of her new book ‘Abigail’ all about Abigail the giraffe and her friends Cheetah and Zebra. There will be some Abigail-inspired activities to go along with it all and Catherine will be available for book signings after each session.

Sessions are at 14.00 and 15.00 and last 25 minutes.

This event is free (though there are limited places so get there early) and recommended for children aged 3-7