Category Archives: Events

Kansas Smitty’s at the Biscuit Factory

Festival season is here, and with it comes lots of fresh and exciting pop up bars and restaurants for people to either relax in in between shows or spend the whole night experiencing something a little different. I was invited along to experience one such pop up last week – a temporary jazz bar called Kansas Smitty’s which can be found in the achingly cool Biscuit Factory in Leith.

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Fashioning a Reign at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

2016 marks the year of the 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen, which is an important landmark event for Edinburgh. The Palace of Holyroodhouse, her official residence in the city, is marking the occasion by celebrating her 90 years of style with Fashioning a Reign – a special collection that charts The Queen’s life in beautiful outfits worn throughout her life.

The exhibition officially opened on the 21st April, The Queen’s 90th birthday, but I was invited along recently by the Royal Collection Trust to a special private viewing of the display, which I was absolutely delighted to attend.

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Blackwell’s Games Night

This week I was asked along to experience a new(ish) event at Blackwell’s Bookshop in the Old Town. Apparently, the shop has been experiencing an uplift in sales in traditional board games, so they have started a games night for people to try before they buy. I must admit I was intrigued to find out what the Blackwell’s Games Night would entail, so I took Mr Bug along with me to see what it was all about.

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Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party

As part of the New Year festivities in Edinburgh, I was asked by the lovely people behind the celebrations to write about everything that goes on this time of year as part of #blogmanay. Yesterday I wrote about the breathtaking Torchlight Procession, but last night I went to the biggest jewel in Edinburgh’s Hogmanay crown – The Street Party – where tens of thousands of people descended on the city centre to mark the beginning of 2016.

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The Torchlight Procession 2015

Edinburgh has its fair share of world-class annual festivals, but one of my personal favourites is Edinburgh’s Hogmanay – a three day annual celebration that welcomes in the New Year. As I was going to be going along in any case, I was delighted to be asked by the organisers to cover the festivities as part of #blogmanay.

The first and arguably my favourite part of the festival is the Torchlight Procession, where thousands of people take to the streets to bid a fond farewell to the year in one of the most poignant and breathtaking sights you will ever see.

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