Edinburgh International Book Festival Opens Tomorrow 13th August

Woohoo ! It feels like it’s been a loooooooooong wait, but the Edinburgh Book Festival opens tomorrow and I for one, am very very excited ! Bring on some lounging on deck chairs in the sunshine in Charlotte Square Gardens and some lazy browsing of the beautiful books inside the Children’s Bookshop !

For the opening weekend Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th August there will be some free Get Stuck into Science activities in the story box  11.00am – 4.30pm.

Sing-Along with Nick CopeIf you haven’t managed to see the fantastic Nick Cope yet, he is doing two shows at the Book Festival on the 17th August, at 10.30 and again at 2.00pm – it looks like both events still have tickets available – so grab them while you can !


On Friday 19th August there will be a Beatrix Potter birthday party in the story box with free drop in activities to mark the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birth. Celebrate with all your favourite characters…

On Tuesday 23rd August, they will be celebrating Paddington Bear’s birthday – its 60 years since Michael Bond first came up with his idea for everyone’s favourite bear from Peru…



Highlights from week two…

It’s been another busy week at the festival…… I have managed to squeeze in seeing a few shows, some Book Festival visiting, a tiny bit of time at the BBC tent and only one ice-cream this week between school drop offs and pick ups !

I have been happy to see an increase in sunshine over the past few days and I am looking forward to enjoying it this weekend with some friends visiting from London (I am also looking forward to seeing a few ‘adult’ shows in this year’s fringe too) !

Some of my highlights from the second week have included :

  • The Piper – You can read my full review over on the reviews page here. This show provides a unique opportunity for children to become part of the cast and be onstage. Lovely visuals and design…
  • Albee vector the Sound Collector – As I mentioned in my post about the weekend, this is a superb show all about sound, and takes you on a fantastic journey with Albee and Andromeda and the sound hoover Mustard. Really, really, fun and imaginative show with lots of surprises !
  • Brush – Returning to the fringe, this is a lovely, gentle show for children ….paintings are created live on stage and brought to life right before your eyes. This Korean show includes music, puppets and a cast of very energetic performers who make it a total delight to watch….

And of course I have LOVED being at the Book Festival which opened last weekend….the children’s bookshop is a lovely, colourful place to hang out and get cosy to explore the fantastic range of books on offer and the Storybox with free arts and crafts activities is fab too….

It looks like as week three approaches, there is an awful lot going on with the festival, the Mela, the big beach busk and the end of festival fireworks all taking place – but I will be posting more about all of that later ….for now, I’m going to go and have a little rest !