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.
Boxsmall, the family friendly festival market, has returned to the the rooftop of Waverley Mall for 2016. I was recently asked along to experience this year’s offering, which includes a new nine hole golf course, so I popped along with Mr Bug for a round and a bite to eat.
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.
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.
For the third and final part of my Edinburgh’s Hogmanay #blogmanay adventure, I spent New Years Day exploring hidden pockets of the Old Town as part of Scot:Lands – an intriguing collection of music, art and drama guaranteed to get your New Year off to a cultured start.
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.
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.
I was invited along to see the very first performance of the Virgin Money Street of Light as part of the #mystandrewsday celebrations. After reading so much about it, I was really excited for this light display and believe me, it did not disappoint!
It really is starting to look like Christmas in Edinburgh City Centre. With only a month to go until the big day, Edinburgh’s Christmas is in full swing and some of Rose Street’s independent shops have dressed themselves in beautiful festive art thanks to The Rose Street Project.
It’s that time of year again! It feels like yesterday that I was writing about Edinburgh’s Christmas 2014 – and yet here I am, pretty much a year to the day, writing about this year’s offering. How time flies when you’re having fun, eh?