Fringe for Bairns 2016 – Three Sisters 31st July – 3rd August

Returning for a second year, Fringe for Bairns is a four day long series of free events for children featuring a whole host of activities and shows including a  kids ceilidh, balloon modelling, face painting, magician acts, outdoor cinema and not to forget a petting zoo- all located in the courtyard at the Three Sisters on the Cowgate.

For more details and to see what day certain activities will be, check their facebook page for updates…

So far it looks like the Five Sisters Zoo will be there on Wednesday 3rd August from 11am – 2pm with the petting zoo which is sure to be popular…

All of their childrens shows will be running during these days too, highlights including:

Show ImageBaloonaticsWelcome to the wild and wacky world of Baloonatics. This show is for anyone aged 5 to 105 (older people are welcome) who likes being silly, doesn’t want to be a grown up, has a good imagination and loves balloons


Show ImageBubble Show with Milkshake and Dr BubbleCome see every bubble trick imaginable. Big, Small and sculpted bubbles, the bubble carousel, the square bubble, smoke bubbles, caterpillar bubbles, tight rope bubbles, the bubble blizzard, bubbles in bubbles and children in bubbles.


Show ImageScience MagicPrepare to enter the magical world of science. Forget Harry Potter, Dónal is the real wizard. He will show you how to put a skewer through a balloon without popping it, mix potions to create your very own volcano, set paper on fire without burning it, turn water upside-down without spilling it, conjure an invisible force to blow out a candle, make a cola bottle explode in a fountain and more.

Its a great way to catch some festival shows early before full festival hecticness begins…

Three Sisters Free Fringe 1st – 5th August

So this August, The Free Sisters are looking forward to hosting Fringe for Bairns from 1-5th August to be part of another successful year of the Free Festival! With the fringe festival starting a little later this year  (7th August), the organisers have decided to host this event earlier so it ties in with the school holidays and means children can enjoy more of the Fringe before school starts again – sounds good to me!

For the first week in August the venue (The Three Sisters Pub-139 Cowgate) is going to be hosting special children’s shows, kids ceilidhs, face painting, magician acts and a petting zoo on Wednesday 5th August.

There will be plenty of events for the whole week, with a number of children’s comedians and storytellers telling tales of mystical and strange creatures from faraway lands! To top it all off, they will also have an outdoor cinema playing a selection of the best children’s films every day in August!

The daily programme for August 1st to 5th is:

  • 10.00am – 1.00pm – Kids Movies on the Big screen in the Courtyard – Enjoy a movie in the outdoor cinema, around the tables or relax on the deck chairs!
  • 10.00am, 11.45am, 1.30pm and 3.00pm – The A to Z of Wonderful Strange – Roll up! Roll up! Come and see The Stuffed Crocodile Story Wagon (a German touring wagon in the Courtyard). A fairy tale made reality! Seen around the world as it journeys from village to town. Hear Professor Pemberton’s tales of far-off lands! Faeries and Pirates! Ghosts and Dragons! Truly an A to Z of Wondrous Strange!
  • 10.45am – Defrosted – Love FROZEN or hate it, you will laugh your stripy socks off at this pair of lovable clowns and their puppet rock band. Join Nicko, the beardy Australian & Cat from CBBC’s comedy sketch show FIT! for a super-silly, fun show. Featuring comedy songs, live music and real magic.
  • 11.30am – Funtime Kids Disco – Kids have the chance to celebrate the their holidays by getting down for some serious partying! DJ Kitty Kat and Matty Grey are loud, funny and will keep the kids moving the whole time. The disco is an hour of madness, mayhem and music for kids aged 5 to 10 years. But good music… the stuff kids want to hear. No old fogy music to be even allowed in the place!
  • 12 noon and 1pm – Ceilidh for Kids – Family workshop suitable for children aged 3-7 years with parents or carers. Everyone is involved: skip, clap and march together to traditional Scottish music. Enjoy discovering very simple (often simplified) dances that you might find at a ceilidh or Scottish country dance, celebrating the social aspects of dancing with a partner. Ceilidh Kids is all about fun for all generations.
  • MiddayGorgeous George and the return of the Snot zombies – Award winning author Stuart Reid returns to the three sisters with Bums, bogies and big bottom burps – more monsters, mayhem and muck. The Snot Zombies are back and the circus is coming to town and Grandpa Jock has almost wet himself with excitement. George’s suspicions are aroused when the circus elephants begin dumping piles of pink poo on the pavement.
  • 1.30pm – Game on – Direct from Australia. Game On returns to Edinburgh for a second year. This is a show about games, all types of games. Whether it’s the latest in 3D-4G, hi-def, surround-sound, Wi-Fi, Wii Fit, online, interactivity or … well, you know, games where you actually interact: Matty Grey will examine them all and try to work out why the cheat codes aren’t working! Matty Grey will entertain and delight with his rapid-fire comedy and non-stop energy.
  • 2.30pm – Huggers – The popular worldwide hit comedy and cabaret show for all the family returns to Edinburgh with another revolving line-up of the best comedians, musical acts, magicians and children’s entertainers for all the family to enjoy together.

On Wednesday 5th August, there will also be a visit from staff and animals from Gorgie City farm, from 10am to 2pm, with a selection of animals for the children to interact with.

Like all Free Festival shows, the shows are free entry – and donations are asked for at the end.