Edinburgh International Science Festival 2017

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Edinburgh International Science Festival

Science Festival Edinburgh

Sat 1 – Sun 16 Apr 2017, various venues.

Edinburgh International Science Festival celebrates its 29th year with a programme packed with vibrant, innovative events, hands-on activities and explosive experiments for adults, children and families. It was the world’s first Science Festival, and it remains one of the largest to this day, putting on hundreds of events across the city each year.

The festival encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the excitement of cutting edge scientific discoveries. Previous guest speakers have included renowned Professors Richard Dawkins, Brian Cox and Robert Winston.

This year a varied programme is being planned with the theme ‘Our Connected World’ – an exploration of the Information/Digital Age and the intersection of science and technology with the digital and creative industries.

The festival will take over the City Art Centre, Summerhall and the National Museum of Scotland as their main hubs. In addition partner events will take place across Edinburgh, putting science at the heart of the city for two action-packed weeks.

Taking place in the Easter Holidays, it is the perfect opportunity for a family day out. The Science Festival is not just for kids though. There is a whole section of exciting events aimed at adults.

Full programme details and tickets for 2017 are available on the Edinburgh International Science Festival website or through the Science Festival Box Office on 0844 557 2686.

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Whisky Month Edinburgh

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Whisky Month 2017

Whisky Month Edinburgh

Whisky Month Edinburgh

Mon 1 – Wed 31 May, various venues.

Whisky is Scotland’s national drink and we love it so much that each year we dedicate a whole month to it! May is officially Whisky Month, with World Whisky Day on 20th May.

Celebrate Whisky Month in Edinburgh

All you need is a dram of whisky to celebrate, which can be enjoyed with friends at home or in the pub. If you want to join a whisky tour or tasting, there are many events to choose from.

Viator offer a wide variety of Whisky Tastings, Tours and Day Trips starting from just £13 per person.

The daily tours at the Scotch Whisky Experience on the Royal Mile, from £15 per person, are a perfect introduction to the world of whisky.

Whisky Month ends on a high with the Whisky Stramash on the weekend of 27th and 28th May. Sample an amazing variety of whiskies from around the world and enjoy whisky-related activities and experiences at this special event at Surgeon’s Hall. Tickets start from £26.50.

New £5m Single Malt distillery planned for Edinburgh

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The distillery would be built next to Ocean Terminal. Picture: TSPL New £5m single malt distillery planned for Leith Scotsman Food and Drink Staff March 8, 2017 Drink, Whisky It has a proud heritage in the whisky trade dating back more than 200 years. Now two entrepreneurs hope to spark a new boom for the industry in Leith with a single malt distillery next to the Royal Yacht Britannia. The £5 million complex, which has been around four years in the planning stages, is expected to become a major new visitor attraction on the waterfront, with its own bar, restaurant and gift shop. Ian Stirling and Paddy Fletcher at Leith Docks. Picture: contributed If given the go-ahead by the city council, it would be the first purpose-built single malt distillery to be created in the city for more than a century. The idea was dreamed up by Edinburgh schoolfriends Ian Stirling and Patrick Fletcher, who developed a love of whisky while sharing a flat in London and started experimenting in their garden with a 40-litre pot still. The pair have struck a deal with the Ocean Terminal shopping centre to take over a site next to a multi-storey car park. The site of the new Port of Leith Distillery is just a few minutes walk away from the original home of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, which was opened in 1983 in former wine cellars on Giles Street. However Leith’s links with the whisky trade go back to the late 18th century when Bonnington’s Distillery was set up and became renowned as the first in Scotland to install a Coffey still for continuous whisky production. Other famous whisky names in Leith included William Sanderson & Sons, on what is now Maritime Street, whose founder would go on to help set up the North British Distillery, in the Gorgie area, which still operates to this day. Maccdonald & Muir of Leith, a wine and spirits merchant set up by entrepreneurs Roderick Macdonald and Alexander Muir in Commercial Street in 1893, would go on to produce Highland Queen, which celebrated the landing of Mary Queen of Scots at Leith in 1561. Brothers Walter and Robert Pattison, who set up the Pattisions Whisky Company in 1887 to try to capitalise on a collapse in the wine trade, were behind a number of famous advertising campaigns and publicity stunts, including training 500 African Grey parrots to repeat phrases like “Buy Pattison’s Whisky” before giving them away to publicans across the country. The pair behind the Port of Leith Distillery have vowed to create a “beautiful, bold and modern building” in Leith, which was once Scotland’s main trading port. Mr Fletcher said: “Leith was once the national hub for the Scotch industry and it’s really exciting to be restarting that tradition. Our business will boost the local economy by drawing more tourists and residents down to the harbour. Ocean Terminal bought into our vision when we had no money and only a plan. They’ve made an enormous contribution to our business and, we hope, to Leith.” Mr Stirling added: “The first step to making whisky is making a beer and as any beer fan will know, there is a whole world of possibilities in that process. We want to play with those possibilities, ferment something special, and then distil a delicious lowland whisky.”

Read more at: http://foodanddrink.scotsman.com/drink/new-5m-single-malt-distillery-planned-for-edinburghs-leith/

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland At The Lyceum

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2nd – 31st December 2016


In a new version created and directed by Anthony Neilson

Composer Nick Powell

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

When Alice sees a snappily dressed white rabbit holding a pocket watch, she knows today is not going to be like any other – an adventure is beginning! Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and tumble into Wonderland – a place where everyone and everything seems to be stark raving mad and things keep getting ‘curiouser and curiouser’.

There are drinks to make you shrink smaller and cakes which make you grow taller. You’ll meet a mad March Hare, see a cat disappear, take advice from a caterpillar, and that’s just the animals! Will Alice ever be able to solve the Mad Hatter’s riddles or will it be ‘Off with her head!’ at the Queen of Hearts’ command?

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has been the best loved of all children’s stories for over 150 years. This Christmas The Lyceum will bring Lewis Carroll’s classic to life with a magical new production in a magnificent Victorian setting.


Presented by: The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh
Price: From £18.00 (includes £1 online booking fee)
Advice: Recommended for all ages 5 and upwards


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Running from November – January, Edinburgh’s Christmas offers no shortage of things to see and do this winter. Enjoy panoramic views of the capital from the top of the Big Wheel, spin around on the charming carousel in East Princes Street Gardens or brave a twirl on the 60-metre-high Star Flyer.

Younger kids will love Santa Land in Princes Street Gardens, a festive fairground with six fun rides and a children’s market full of gifts and toys. Try to find the Elves’ Workshop hidden in the Christmas Tree Maze, or visit Santa’s Grotto to meet the man himself!

The ice rink in Princes Street Gardens is another highlight for kids and adults alike. St Andrew Square will be hosting an oval ice rink, looping around the Melville Monument – hire a pair of skates and spin across the ice behind a gorgeous backdrop of the glittering city.


Don’t miss the festive markets in the city centre, a popular highlight of Edinburgh’s Christmas. Enjoy delicious food and drink and traditional crafts at the Scottish Market in St Andrew Square, pick up unique gifts and goods at the European Market in the Mound Precinct, or choose presents for the wee ones in the Children’s Market, part of Santa Land in Princes Street Gardens.


Whether you’re looking for high-tech gadgets from leading department stores or a designer outfit from the boutiques in Multrees Walk, you’ll find that Edinburgh’s city centre is a great place for shopping. You can also take time to search for the perfect gift thanks to extended festive opening hours, with many stores opening until 8pm or later.


No winter in Edinburgh is complete without Edinburgh’s Hogmanay! Watch or join in as the enchanting Torchlight Procession passes through Edinburgh’s Old Town on 30 December, before grabbing your ticket for the famous Hogmanay street party and a spectacular fireworks display on 31 December. There’s also a toe-tapping ceilidh and concert in Princes Street Gardens too.

On 1 January brave souls can take a ‘refreshing’ (read icy cold!) dip in the Firth of Forth during the annual Loony Dook. Spectators are more than welcome to cheer the dookers on from the side lines!

We are now offering 20% on all Christmas Transfers to bring in the holiday spirit!

Plan a trip to Scotland’s wonderful city today!

Call our office on 0131 447 0007


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Celebrating is what we do really well in Scotland, and if there is one day of the year where you’ll hear a lot of noise from us, it’s St Andrew’s Day (30 November) when Scots and Scots-at-heart celebrate the patron saint of Scotland and our national day with a holiday and fantastic events, which showcase the very best of Scottish culture.

Enjoy a lively programme of events and festivals happening towards the end of November, featuring uniquely Scottish line-ups of music, dance, food and drink.


Get a real flavour of Scotland at the St Andrews Food and Drink Festival which runs throughout November in the lead up to special events celebrating St Andrew’s Day at the end of the month. Held in and around the Fife town that bears our patron saint’s name, the St Andrews Food and Drink Festival features live performances, one-off golf events, family activities and much more. Discover your favourite dram at a whisky tasting or step back in time with storytelling. And make sure you bring your dancing shoes as there will be ceilidhs galore!


Celebrate our national day in Scotland’s capital, where you’ll find storytelling events and traditional music, as well as food and drink markets offering street food, sweet treats and seasonal crafts from local makers.


Head to the beautiful town of Oban on Scotland’s west coast to celebrate St Andrew’s Day in style. You can enjoy traditional ceilidhs, whisky tastings, street performances, a parade and vivid light projections onto historic McCaig’s Tower.


Delve into a vivid programme of events in the great city of Glasgow, including one-off film screenings and special events at The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, Kelvingrove Park and the Riverside Museum, and sample delicious food and drink from some of the region’s finest producers.

The Edinburgh Food Tour

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The Edinburgh Food Tour

Join us as we journey through the historic Old Town of Edinburgh, sampling mouthwatering Scottish cuisine, visiting unique locations, and exploring the evolution of Scottish food – a true taste of Scotland! Led by an experienced guide, your tour will provide an authentic Scottish culinary experience, visiting a variety of restaurants and shops providing delicious locally-sourced Scottish produce.

Tickets – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-edinburgh-food-tour-tickets-26824917049?aff=es2

Gin Festival Edinburgh 2016

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After the past few years of sold-out successes, GinFestival.com returns to Edinburgh for our latest trip to Scotland, and we’re bringing even more exclusive gins and even more producers. As seen on CBS News, The Metro and The Guardian. With the most gins and the most people we are the UK’s largest gin event!

The Corn Exchange, 10 New Market Rd, Edinburgh EH14 1RJ

We will be showcasing over 100 different gins including new gins, new producers and a variety of entertainment.

On arrival, you will be handed your Gin Festival glass (to take home!) and a brochure, full of information on all the gins you can try, a little about each company and the suggested garnish.

You will need drinks tokens to buy the gin which will be available at the front desk. These are £5 per drink and include tonic and a fresh garnish. Most people tend to buy a card of 4 for £20 and go from there, but you can buy less if you like.

Throughout the event there will be live entertainment, talks from gin industry experts, food available to buy and lot’s of chit chat with other gin lovers. If you’re new to gin don’t worry, our friendly staff will recommend a few to get you going or tell you all about our favorites


TICKETS – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gin-festival-edinburgh-2016-tickets-25970211602