Monday, 27 March 2017

What's Happening in Edinburgh April 2017

Some of the things going on in Edinburgh in April include Puppetry, The Science Festival, Harp Music, A Vegan Festival, a Comics Conference, The Beltane Fire Festival, street markets and museums for the occasional rain. If coming to Edinburgh you can book accommodation online at Badjao Bed and Breakfast.

Festivals and Special Events

The Vegan Food Festival is 9th April


  • Puppet Animation Festival (25 Mar – 5 Apr)
    It looks like great fun for children and adults but the site makes it hard to find out where each event is taking place. 

  • If you love harp music this is for you. All the events and courses are in Merchiston Castle School which is walkable from the Badjao Bed and Breakfast. Buses 10, 18 and 45 pass the venue and there is free but limited parking. A taxi should be around £7.00

    I made special note of the Family Ceilidh with The Occasionals on April 3rd at 8:00pm

  • Various locations including the Zoo, Botanical Gardens, Dynamic Earth and the National Museum of Scotland (which is worth a visit anytime).
    View or download the brochure here and view the list of events online here

  • Corn Exchange, 10 minutes leisurely walk from the Bed and Breakfast. 

  • Edinburgh Comic Con (15 – 16 Apr) 

    An annual fan convention organised by Hero Conventions and run at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, not far from Lothian Road. Bus 34 and 35 from our place.
    Lots of geek-worthy guests have already been confirmed – including comic book creator Garry Brown, Claudia Christian from Babylon 5 and Richard Oldfield from Star Wars - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. 
  • Hosted by the Three Sisters sports bar in the Cowgate. Bus 35 then walk down to Cowgate at GreyFriars Bobbie. 

  • An all day party at the Royal Highland Centre. Bus 35 and a short walk. 

  • At the Filmhouse in Lothian Road, buses 34 and 35. Something unusual under the label “Horror” is promised. 

  • Twelve days of Scotland’s traditional arts scene, spanning the ancient celebrations of Beltane and May Day with dozens of events in the heart of the city: music, song, storytelling, dance, film, crafts and more. Venues include Edinburgh’s Fairie HillCalton Hill, Royal Mile, Scottish Storytelling Centre, The Pleasance, Filmhouse, Queens Hall, Summerhall and Dance Base.

  • Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh The definitive event for anyone with a love of stitch and crafts. Supplies, workshops and textile art. 

  • Beltane Fire Festival (30 Apr)
    Fun and games but probably not suitable for all children and it is better to book in advance
    As darkness falls and the fire torches are lit, our drums will thunder and the May Queen awaken. Across the night She leads her court around the hill and through a great arch of fire; the Green Man will be stripped of his Winter guise and reborn; and together they will light the traditional Beltane fire.

Music, Theatre and Comedy

I used to love the Addams Family (20 – 29th April)

Markets and Fairs

If you love markets Edinburgh is for you. Get a one day bus pass and you can do three or more in one Saturday.
  • The website says they market will be reopening 5th May. Locally made as well ethically-sourced gifts, local products and tasty foods and drinks. Bus 4, 44 and 34. 
  • Tram Stop Market (every Sat)
  • A wide range of hot street food and fresh produce just next to the entrance to John Lewis by St Mary's Metropolitan Cathedral. You can see the Paolozzi 'foot' statue here.

  • Castle Terrace, roughly speaking behind the Usher Halls on Lothian Road. Fresh local produce from over 40 specialist producers. The majority of stallholders grow or rear what they sell. 

  • Walk down to the Grassmarket from Greyfriars Bobby for something more than a food market. Then sit in one of the cafes or bars and relax. The Grassmarket used to be the site of executions, In particulat that of Thomas Weir, the Wizard of West Bow but the entertainment here is more family oriented now. Thomas Weir’s house is now part of the Quaker Meeting House at the top of Victoria Street. 

  • Leith Market (every Sat)
    Dock Place, Bus 34 and 35 plus a walk through the former fishing village of Leith. Mainly food. If you want more conventional shopping Ocean Terminal and the Royal Yacht Britannia are just down the road. 

  • Stockbridge Market (every Sun)
    Just before the Water of Leith on the way into Stockbridge. Stockbridge is a village in a city and full of small shops with very few chain stores. The Sunday Market reflects this. After the market stroll down the Water of Leith. 

  • Edinburgh's monthly boutique Craft & Design event on the 1st Saturday of every month (Feb - Dec) showcasing the work of talented artists, crafters & designers from all over Open from 11am - 4pm. In the Columcille Centre 2 Newbattle Terrace Edinburgh. Afterwards wonder down to the clock tower and relax in the Canny Man pub or, if feeling energetic, walk up Braid Road to the Hermitage of Braid, Edinburgh’s local glen. 
  • Forty stalls of vintage fashion ( you may find something about ot become fashionable again), homeware and collectables in the Assembly Rooms in George Street. Watch a live performance on the stage and even get pampered in the vintage beauty salon! (Appointments can be made in advance via email: 

  • A little off the beaten track this is located in Dalmeny Street, Leith, a street off to the right of the walk as you head away from town. Here you can enjoy music and mulled wine while looking for bargains. 

  • Edinburgh’s Affordable Vintage Fair (30 Apr)
    In the Assembly rooms again and claims prices will be 75% less than high street prices.

Museums, Galleries and Exhibitions

Museums used to be boring places, Libraries without books but with a lot of echoes. Either this has changed or maturity has created a new perspective. Here are links to a number of exhibitions with notes on a selected few.


Monday, 20 March 2017

What's happening in Edinburgh June 2017

It seems you will never be bored in Edinburgh during June.
Hidden Door Festival (26 May – 4 Jun)
A ten day festival of theatre, music, art, spoken word and film in the rooms, corridors and stunning main auditorium of the abandoned old Leith Theatre. This is a volunteer run multi-arts festival which will hopefully revive this Art Deco Cinema. The festival is free to explore every day until 6pm, with evening events ticketed (available from the Hidden Doors website).

Imaginate Children’s Festival (27 May – 4 Jun)

international festival of performing arts for children and young people.
The festival opens with a Family Fringe weekend at the National Museum of Scotland with performances and free arts activities all day. performances and free arts activities all day.

Gardening Scotland Show (2 – 4 Jun)

Gardening Scotland, will take place from the 2nd to 4th June 2017 in the grounds of the Royal Highland Centre, which is one bus (Number 35) from Badjao Bed and Breakfast. There will be a range of Show Gardens, a Floral Hall and Garden Workshops. For Families the Big Back Garden will feature birds of prey, bees, play equipment and a host of other activities to keep children of all ages entertained and parents inspired with garden play ideas. Gardening Scotland also features a cookery theatre and a host of foodie exhibitors. 

Does what it says on the gin: sorry tin. It’s in Summerhall which is one bus from us with a short walk through The Meadows. If you love gin this should be a must.

The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling runs for over a week and showcases all aspects of cycle culture. It aims to challenge people’s perceptions of what cycling is and to put Edinburgh on the international map as a cycling city.

Featuring a wide range of events: from rides (sporty and otherwise), to family activities, to a range of cultural events, this festival has something for everyone!. The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling has been listed as one of Active Traveller Magazine’s top 10 cycling festivals in Europe for 2017, as well as one of the UK’s best cycling festivals by The Guardian and Total Women’s Cycling 2016 (also 2015 and in 2014 too).
If you forget anything we have a good cycle shop a few hundred yards away.

Airbourne (9 Jun) Playing in the Liquid Room in Victoria Street. 

Leith Festival (10 – 18 Jun) The former Fishing Village of Leith has become a chic area with a floating restaurant and a marina that should be a magnet for photographers. Add the Leith festival into the mix and your camera should be buzzing with excitement. If you are not a photographer enjoy the Festival, explore the area and the local restaurants. One bus from us and a short bus hop from Princes Street.

A free outdoor movie event in St Andrews Square Gardens where Edinburgh’s unique outdoor cinema makes watching your favourite films a lively and memorable occasion! And three days later the Edinburgh International Film Festival starts. A film lover’s paradise.

This years Edinburgh Whisky Festival will be in the Assembly Rooms on George Street. You can expect a fantastic display of whiskies from Scotland and around the world and some sensational masterclasses to leave even the most seasoned whisky drinker astounded and amazed. And a free tasting glass with every ticket. Simply approach any of the exhibitor stands, ask politely for a dram and you shall receive a tasty glass of whisky (it really is that simple) Every exhibitor should know their whiskies inside out and it’s well worth taking advantage of this knowledge. They’ll be able to answer all and any whisky related questions you may have and will happily explain why their whisky is so tasty. The assembly rooms are accessible from us using buses 4,44,44A and 34. 

Held at Edinburgh Quay, Fountainbridge, on Saturday the 17th of June. A full day of canal festivities and raft racing. Music, stalls, water-based and land-based activities, art, kids' stuff...

Edinburgh Quay is the end of the  Union Canal and has good restaurants nearby. A short walk will bring you to the Lift Bridge if you want a break from the Festival.

Buses 34 and 35 from the Bed and Breakfast.

The name says it all. Edinburgh International Film Festival will present a special screening of Reichenbach Falls, followed by a Q&A with Ian Rankin on Saturday 1 July, 1.15pm at Filmhouse, the home of Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Bus 34 from our place.

Royal Highland Show (22 – 25 Jun)

This should need no introduction and is one bus from our place. For more on the history of the show go here

For prestigious perplexing prestidigitation, Magnificent Legerdemain, coruscating conjuring and mind blowing mentalism, this new addition to the programme of Edinburgh Festivals is designed to bring back to the stage amazing, live, magic shows, which are rarely available for the general public.
Your four year old child could decide their future career here.