The summer is here and so are six weeks of holidays to fill.
Here are some ideas for days out, events and local fun.
Lots of them are free!
- Edinburgh Museums and Galleries will be open over the break. Lauriston Castle, The City Arts Centre and a wealth of other venues are open 7 days a week with lots of exciting events and exhibitions.
- In particular the newly revamped Museum of Childhood is worth a visit after a refit of the main gallery. As well as the museum itself there are events through the summer. Check out the events programme here.
- The National Museum of Scotland in Chambers Street are offering a big range of events and activities over the coming weeks for free. They are also currently hosting Tim Peake’s Spaceship and for two weeks they are running a free Space Camp of kids space acience activities have a brilliant exhibition on the history of Scottish Pop music, from Lonnie Donegan to Young Fathers, so take the kids and abuse their ears with the sounds of your childhood!
- Edinburgh’s Libraries are always open in the holidays for your reading needs and also are running their summer reading challenge, Mischief Makers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18LIsnh9CNE.
- The Botanics are a lovely place to visit in the sun. Check out their website for summer events.
- There are great family walks in and around Edinburgh. A good website for finding these is Walk Highlands .
- Mr Bennett’s top 5 family walks near Edinburgh are:
- Granton to Cramond. The walk along the forth from Granton to Cramond would be a fantastic walk as it is. But add in the collectable brass rubbing points along the way and ice cream, or a pub lunch,at the other end and this is probably the best family walk in Edinburgh. Scooter, buggy and bike friendly too.
- The Craiglockhart Hills. are right on our doorstep just a bus ride away. They are great for a woodland walk, a lochside walk and a hill for a picnic. Extend your walk by walking along the canal to the start.
- Linlithgow Loch is a very gentle stroll. Just wander around the loch and visit the play park.
- Croy Hill a bit further afield and a bit more challenging but definitely fun. Also- has romans.
- Direleton to North Berwick This one is four gentle miles and involves beaches galore, a woodland adventure playground, a lighthouse island view and chips and ice cream at the end and by the playground. Make a day of it.
- The National Mining Museum is open through the holiday and is always a favourite with it’s mine tunnel recreation tour, and very easy to get to on the borders railway from Haymarket.
- If you are going out on the trains this summer make sure you take advantage of Scotrail’s family offers “Kids Go Free” and the Family Rail card (1/3 off fares for all the family)
- Gorgie Farm is always there for Dalry Locals and getting better all the time.
- Further afield the beaches at Portobello, North Berwick, Dunbar and Eymouth are all great for day trips. As are the many beaches over in Fife.
- If you are visiting Glasgow you can drop into Kelvingrove and the amazing Riverside Museum of transport for free.
- There are also a tonne of events locally which we have already flagged up. Head to our news list to see all the things that are going on.
Have a great summer.