Final weekending…

So,…it’s been a jam packed few weeks and here we are, ready for the final weekend of the Fringe, and we’ve got the Portobello Big Beach Busk on Saturday 27th, the Book festival is still going strong and the Edinburgh Art Festival is finishing on Sunday too….so many choices ! If you’re still thinking of cramming in a few more shows, now’s the time to do it !

My final ten recommendations of shows still on this weekend would be :

  • The Many Doors of Frank Feelbad– Absolutely fantastic show, dealing with loss and the big feelings that surround this. Gentle, beautiful and brave…last show 28th August.
  • Children Are Stinky – Very fun and silly acrobatic and clown show from a lovable Australian Duo – featuring hula hoops, chairs and a fantastic soundtrack, lots of fun for the whole family !  Last show 29th..
  • 360 Allstars – Featuring some spectacular BMX tricks, brilliant basketball, impressive breakdancing and live beat-boxing – this show has something for everyone ! A jam packed hour of talented performers showing off their skills ! Last show on 29th…
  • Shark In The Park – Really enjoyable adaptation of the very popular books….featuring lots of singing, puppets and surprises. Last show on the 29th …
  • Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones – Using some inventive household objects, and even audience members shoes – this is a great little shadow puppet show. Featuring a few short stories in shadow puppetry…. Last show on 29th August.
  • The Bookbinder – an enchanting production, featuring imaginative storytelling and beautiful papercraft….about a Bookbinder’s apprentice who travels into a wonderful world to rectify a mistake. Last show on the 28th.
  • Beards ! Beards ! Beards !Ace show about a girl called Beatrix who wants to have a beard like all the wise and important men in history. Quirky and innovative with lots of great to catch for sure ! Last show on 28th.
  • Glasgow Girls – One for older children but absolute highlight of my fringe, fantastic musical about a very important and temporary topic of immigration and asylum seekers. Last show on 28th
  • Celeste’s Circus – One for younger children -this is a really sweet little show for under fives. Celeste takes us to the circus, using a lovely handmade set and featuring a cat, seal, dogs, hippo and elephant ! Last show the 28th August.

If you’re out and about – enjoy it !! And let’s hope the weather is also kind….

Edinburgh Art Festival 2016

I feel like I’m a little late to the party with this post ! The Edinburgh Art Festival has been going since the 28th July and will continue until the 28th August and it’s got some great looking activities for kids !! These include :

This weekend on the 13th August, they have the Magical Garden workshop at the City Art Centre – Drop in session. Using the painting Garden at Night (Moth) by John Maxwell as a starting point, you will be able to create a collage of your favourite bugs. 4-5pm


The Dazzle Hub at Ocean Terminal (1st floor mall, towards Debenhams). Project Dazzle invites you and your mini artists to become dazzle designers with free dazzle-themed drop in arts activities and workshops for all ages. For the duration of the festival, the Dazzle Hub will become an exhibition space for the work produced by participants in Dazzle workshops, in the run up to and during the festival. The Dazzle Hub will be running free drop in activities from Friday to Sunday 10-5pm..

Surreal Adventures – At the Gallery of Modern Art the lawn in front of Modern One is home this summer to Surreal Adventures – a play area designed to be enjoyed by children and families – inspired by many of the motifs found in the work of Surrealist artists such as Rene Magritte.  At the centre of the enclosed park includes a slide based on Magritte’s painting The Magic Mirror, an undulating, distorted picnic area, a mysterious empty fireplace and cast concrete Chesterfield sofa, and enigmatically framed doorways. Daily until the 11th September – 10 – 4.30pm.