Edinburgh is world renowned for its vibrant and varied cultural scene with a packed programme of year round events. From concerts, films, opera, comedy to ballet Edinburgh has it all.
Free weekend of events for families at The Scottish Parliament
25-26 November 2011
This free weekend of events for families has been organised in partnership with the Glasgow Science Centre, to coincide with the Design and Democracy Exhibition which will run from 25 November 2011 to 23 March 2012.
These exciting family activities are all related to or inspired by the exhibition and its themes. You are invited to join in, be inspired, get creative and use your ability to invent, innovate and investigate science and the challenges of design. Become immersed in some fascinating science; investigate how much air is in your lungs, measure your grip strength and test your balance and co-ordination. Experiment, engage and enjoy learning about how your body works. Design, alter and test modifications to radio controlled cars, build your own wind turbine, design and launch a rocket, work as a team to design a short stop motion animation feature.
Suitable for families and school aged children.
For further information and opening times please see www.Scottish.Parliament.uk
Edinburgh International Science Festival
This festival in April each year features around 200 events at various venues. With shows, workshops, talks and tours it is a real journey of discovery for all the family. Tel: 0131 220 1882 www.sciencefestival.co.uk
Children’s Theatre Festival
Taking place at various venues throughout the city during May this is Britain’s biggest performing arts festival for the young.
Tel: 0131 225 8050 www.imaginate.org.uk
Royal Highland Show
Annual agricultural show held each June at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston west of the city and beside Edinburgh Airport. Livestock, farm machinery, equestrian events as well as stalls, live entertainment and a flower show.
Tel: 0131 335 6200 www.royalhighlandshow.org.uk
Edinburgh Jazz Festival
Ten days of Jazz each July, with over 100 concerts taking place throughout the city. Performances include all Jazz styles from traditional to contemporary.
Tel: 0131 467 5200 www.edinburghjazzfestival.com
Edinburgh International Festival
This festival embraces all the arts with a month long programme of world-class productions and performances. The climax each year being the spectacular Scottish Chamber Orchestra open-air concert in Princess Street Gardens and firework display from Edinburgh Castle.
Tel: 0131 473 2001 www.eif.co.uk
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Experimental theatre, comedy, dance and street artists spill out of every available performance space in the city. From its humble beginnings in 1947 the Fringe has ballooned to become the largest such festival in the world attracting thousands of performers from student troupes, budding comedians to national theatre companies.
Tel: 0131 226 0026 www.edfringe.com
Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Military bands, display teams and dancers are just some of the attractions at this hugely popular event. Held on the castle esplanade Tel:0131 225 1188
Edinburgh International Film Festival
Movie premieres, discussions with top directors and screenings held at numerous venues throughout city centre. Tel:0131 229 2550
Edinburgh International book Festival
Held in Charlotte Square Gardens and a must for all bookworms. Lectures, book signings, discussions, comedy and readings by renowned authors.
Tel: 0131 624 5050 www.edbookfest.co.uk
Edinburgh’s Capital Christmas
Edinburgh has long been a shopping mecca at Christmas and now with street parades, kids shows, ice-skating and a ferris wheel it has become a real family event.
Now one of the world’s biggest New Year celebrations with street parties, concerts and a magnificent firework display from Castle Rock.