Rastamouse and the Rocksteady Reggae School

Sadly I will be away this weekend – but this event looks great !!!! If you are a fan of Rastamouse, or if your children like him too, then you should head down to the BBC tent this weekend…


Rastamouse and the Rocksteady Reggae school will be at the tent at Potterow on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August – skating in for a muscial celebration of rhythm, reading and storytelling.

For those families wanting to get hands-on experience of the Nuff Song vibe, experts from The Rastamouse Rocksteady Reggae School will be on hand throughout the day running interactive workshops to inspire music-making and performance. Workshops are 30 minutes long and  run from 09:30 – 16:00. These workshops will be in the Pink Tent and are unticketed.

Rastamouse Shows lasting for one hour start at 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00. Shows are in the Blue Tent and are ticketed from 10am each day – ask at the BBC Information Point for details. So if you didn’t get tickets by applying online you can still get some on the day.

And you get all this for FREE !! – Suitable for families and children of all ages ….have fun if you make it along !!

Just Festival 2013

just Festival Edinburgh

This festival is one of the smaller, lesser known festivals happening in Edinburgh this August. It was formerly known as the Festival of Spirituality and Peace, and has rebranded this year as the Just Festival. From the 2nd – 26th August the festival aims to unite people of all faiths, with 450 activities across the city including music, poetry and theatre.

Nestled within the varied programme are some family events including the two below which look fun :

Andy and Mio’s Seaside Show – Storytelling and Puppetry with stories of the sea with harp music and games. Includes Mr. Punch’s Grumpy Holiday and Angels on Vacation.  August 8th and 22nd – Persian Tent at St John’s       15.00 – 15.45    by donation

What’s the Story – Professional storyteller Marie-Louie Cochrane is set to delight with her traditional tales all set within the magical Persian Tent. Suitable for all ages.                 August 15th 15.00 – 15.45  – St John’s       by donation

If you like eating cake (who doesn’t ?) – the event Intercake is worth checking out ! Celebrating the diversity of cakes, sweets and puddings – this cake sale, masterclass and pudding party features cakes from different cultures. Proceeds from sales will go to charities Mary’s Meals and  Waverley Care.       August 4th (16.00 – 17.30), 5th (10.00-12.00) and 6th (16.00-17.00)        Hall at St John’s

Playday 2013 – Wednesday 31st July

I’ve been to this great free event for the past two years and loved it. Basically the council runs this Festival of Play for parents and children each year with the view that adults can gain some simple ideas for play they can do with their children back in their own home. It’s great – full of water play, sand, face paint, cardboard, glue, pens and much much more !!!

This year there is a venue change, and it’ll be up in the City Chambers Quadrangle and High Street on the Royal Mile, so nice and central ! The weather is even looking good at this point with the rain looking like it will stay away…..

See you there ?                                               12.30 – 4.00pm 31st July

Pleasance Kidzone 2013

For the 2015 version please follow this link

Every year the Pleasance have a great Kidzone, packed with activities for the kids and a few food stalls so parents can have a well deserved cup of coffee while the little ones run around. Its a great little space in the middle of all the festival hecticness and I like the fact you can bring the kids and let them run around and cause chaos and no one minds !

This year the Kidzone is returning and it’s going to be space themed – there will be arts and crafts activities (for a small charge), and the Cafe on the Green which serves kid friendly food…its open from 31st July – 26th August.

You could make a day of it by spending time in the Kidzone and seeing one the the many childrens shows at the Pleasance this year – my recommendations would be :

  • Aliens love Underpants – I mentioned this in another post – based on the very funny book, I’m sure the show will be great. (Age 3+)
  • The Just So Stories – Again I love this book and the incrediable stories – and this show is bringing four of these stories to life including why the moon pulls the tides and why the elephant’s nose is so long. With two showings a day, it’s worth checking out. (All ages)
  • My Brother The Robot – again I mentioned this in another post – by Tall Stories who have brought great productions to the festival previously – a story about a robot brother who causes a bit of mayhem ! (Age 4+)
  • The Golden Cowpat – maybe its because I like the name, but this show sounds fun – in a muddy magical adventure with songs and interaction.  (Age 4+)

If you’re looking for something a little more interactive for little ones – there is ‘Song Circle’ for 0-2 year olds and ‘My Yellow Ukelele’ for 2-5 year olds – ‘Song Circle’ presents classic nursery rhymes and a hamper of toys while ‘My Yellow Ukelele’ provides dressing up, singing and strumming- both with Scottish Folk singer Gill Bowman which all sounds like it could be lots of fun. Check it out here.

Mardi Gras at the Grassmarket and Edinburgh Festival Carnival

The Edinburgh Jazz and Blues festival kicks off the summer festivals with a weekend of free events which look great for families.

On Saturday 20th July its the Mardi Gras at the Grassmarket starting from 1pm featuring lots of bands, different stages and a party atmosphere…

On Sunday 21st July its the Edinburgh Festival Carnival (which has replaced the Cavalcade). This promises to be a great afternoon, with street performers, music, costumes and lots of entertainment. Its on Princes Street and in Princes Street Gardens from 2pm – 4pm and best of all, its free !

Over 35 acts, with a total of over 400 performers, will come together to create a vibrant international Carnival party.This year, audiences will be free to promenade around Princes Street (between South Charlotte Street and the Mound) and all over West Princes Street Gardens..

There will be a family area in the West End of Princes Street Gardens, featuring the ‘Big Red Bus’, which will have storytelling and facepainting.

Lets hope it a sunny weekend !