What's Happening in Edinburgh Issue #3

What's Happening in Edinburgh Issue #3

15 Jun 2017 Posted by: Guest blogger


Two days of sunshine? Was that our summer? Hopefully not!

But as the Big Yin says, ‘There is no such thing as bad weather - only the wrong clothes’.

At least it stayed dry for the Leith Gala Day and Pageant, we cheered on the paraders from the end of our street and then headed down to the Gala on the Links.

It’s amazing to see so many community groups getting involved and Teddy had a fantastic time on the bouncy castle!


Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the Edinburgh Fringe Guide that is now dotted around the city, The Amazing Bubble Man is top of our list this year!

parks and recreation


Art Makers (Ages 4-12), Sunday 2nd July, 2-4pm, The Scottish National Gallery 

Join the Art Maker Club and make your own masterpieces with artists Tessa Asquith-Lamb and Louise Fraser. Free, drop in session


The Galloway Hoard 16 June 2017 to 01 October 2017, National Museum of Scotland 

The Galloway Hoard is an extraordinary find of Viking-age gold, silver and jewelled treasures. The hoard was discovered by metal detectorists and is the richest collection of rare and unique Viking-age objects ever found in Britain or Ireland.

The exhibition is free and definitely worth a visit, particularly if you have a love for history and if you made it along to the Archeology event at the City Arts Centre featured in my last newsletter.



The Royal Highland Show, 22nd-25th June, The Royal Highland Centre 

Celebrating its 177th year, The Royal Highland Show is one of Scotland's most iconic events, showcasing the best of farming food and rural life. A great day out for everyone of all ages, get up close to the country’s top quality livestock, taste exceptional food and drink and experience rural living at its most vibrant.


Don’t forget, the show causes a lot of travel disruption due to the sheer volume of people attending. Check your route before you travel and allow extra time for your journey.


Magic Fest, 30th June - 8th July, various locations

Edinburgh International Magic Festival is an annual arts festival that celebrates magic. Every year MagicFest attracts over 12,000 people at 80 different events across the city from free installations to the world-class Gala show at the Festival Theatre.



Bookbug sessions, weekly, various locations

Bookbug Sessions are free, fun and friendly events for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their families to enjoy together.

Libraries across the city run weekly bookbug sessions in English, as well as other languages. Each session lasts around 30 minutes and includes songs, stories and rhymes. There is usually no need to book, they take place in a very relaxed environment and are a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your little one.


Fairy Walks, Every Sunday until the end of August, 10.30-11.15, The Secret Herb Garden

A hidden gem, located out near Straiton, the Secret Herb Garden’s Fairy Walks are a truly enjoyable magical herbal adventure suitable for age 3-8 years old but all are welcome. Meet outside the cafe, no charge, just turn up!

Parents are welcome too.


at the cinema

Toddler Time at the Cameo 

The Cameo cinema on Home Street run Toddler Time screenings most Mondays at 11am

These sessions for preschool children and their parents and carers are a great way to introduce your little ones to the cinema experience. Tickets are just £3.00 for children, free for accompanying adults. (No adult unaccompanied by a toddler will be admitted).

The details are released the week prior, please see the website for full details. 

These sessions come with the ‘Teddy Seal of Approval’ after we recently saw Hey Duggee a few weeks ago. Awoof!

fairs and events

Stockbridge Duck Race, Sunday 2nd July, 3pm 

This is a popular annual event is held to help raise money for local charities and 2017 is its 28th year and funds going to St Columba’s Hospice and The Yard.

You can buy your ducks online as well as in many local shops.

All ducks are numbered and released into the Water of Leith from the main bridge at 3pm, then caught by duck wardens further downstream. The first lucky ducks to cross the line are noted and the owners are awarded a prize generously donated by many businesses. 

A great fun day out for all the family with the added benefit of raising money for charity. 


Comedy Kids, 24th June, The Stand Comedy Club 

Tribe Porty Youth Theatre will have you rolling in the aisles! Eight brave mini comedians will don the iconic Stand stage to dazzle you with their comic timing, reduce you to tears with hilarious sketches and blow you away with their pint-sized stand up routines.

Best suited for 8-12's. Sorry no under 5s. All young comedy fans must be accompanied.


activities and offers

Nursery Guide Front Cover Competition 

Diana Baker Photography, one of our fantastic accredited photographers and is currently running an amazing competition! 

After the brilliant response to last year's front cover for the Nursery Guide, Diana Baker has been invited back to photograph the cover of next year's issue.

Knowing how many adorable babies there are in Edinburgh, she has decided to hold a competition to find that perfect image for the front cover.


Diana will be opening her photography studio for one week (3rd -7th of July ONLY) to any budding front cover superstars and is looking for a child of early nursery age (baby under 1-year-old) to take the coveted spot.

One image taken that week will be chosen for the front cover.

As well as the chance to be on the front cover, all that entrants will receive goodie bags with discounts off baby classes, salon treatments, vouchers, and product samples, from Edinburgh's finest Mummy and Baby-friendly businesses. 

The Lucky winner will be not only on the front cover of one of Edinburgh's most respected magazines, the Nursery Guide, for a full year, but also will win a hamper of goodies for both Mum and Baby.

Competition is open to all babies under the age of one year old, and who are photographed the week of July 3rd-7th at a Diana Baker Photography Mini Session. 

Mini Sessions that week are available for £35 per child and can be booked by contacting Diana Baker Photography

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