1. Toss That Caber!
Experience the excitement of the Highland Games in the idyllic town of North Berwick, just outside the city. Let the pipe band get your heart thumping as you behold Scottish champions compete before your eyes.
2. Hair of The Downward Dog
Stretch out and recover from that festival hangover at Lululemon’s Sunday morning yoga sessions. Led by local instructors and suitable for all skill levels, their George Street branch is the perfect spot to get into some poses with fellow Sunday strugglers!
3. Swimming The Sharks
Dive into the action and come face to face with 10ft Sand Tiger Sharks at Deep Sea World. Never dived before? Their experienced professionals will train you through it all in advance, so that nobody has to miss out. Even brave kids can take the plunge!
4. Terror Tour
Dare to be scared as you tour the haunted graveyards of the City of the Dead, where guides will teach you about the capital’s gruesome history before venturing into Edinburgh’s Covenanter’s Prison and the Black Mausoleum – home to the Mackenzie Poltergeist, the best documented supernatural entity of all time. It’s the perfect chance to get up close to one of the world’s most famous ghosts!
5. Snap Happy
Enrich your artistic skills at Edinburgh Zoo’s Nature Photography Workshop, where you’ll be guided by renowned wildlife photographer Laurie Campbell on an exclusive tour of the zoo before taking part in a workshop to learn some tricks of the trade and receive one-on-one advice. A great opportunity to get the best out of your photos, no matter what your level. The stunning setting and all its glorious animals is sure to inspire you
Declare your love with Camera Obscura’s truly unique approach to marriage. Give a pound to the Autowed, a sugary pink wedding robot, and it’ll oversee the whole ceremony and play the wedding march! Confirm your vows on its computer keyboard and it’ll drop out a pair of rings and a wedding certificate quicker than you can say ‘I do’.
7. Country Livin’
Behold the incredible skills of the horse and rider duos as they compete in a three-day ‘equestrian triathlon’ at the beautiful Blair Castle. Involving dressage, cross country and show jumping, there’s plenty of talent on offer. Plus, the country fair held on the grounds ensures that even non-horsey spectactors can have a great time.
8. Climb Away
Challenge yourself at Scotland’s first Clip ‘N Climb facility at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena! The 15 different climbing elements mean that there’s a game for everyone and every skill level, from racing against the clock in the Speed Climb to taking a ride on the Vertical Drop Slide – perfect for adults and children alike.
Discover the secrets of the Pickerings Gin distillery with this immersive LockedIn experience. A great afternoon activity for groups, you must work as a team to escape the distillery, looking for clues to complete your mission and save yourself.
10. Rolling Haggis
Be adventurous and experience the most Scottish in zorbing activities – Rolling Haggis! Situated on the top of the magnificent Pentland Hills, you’ll feel exhilarated by the views as you hurtle across the landscape in your very own squishy hamster ball! For the truly brave, try out the Haggis Harness and plunge down the specially designed hill at up to 30mph!
11. Swingin’ Style
Amp up your wardrobe with the fabulous retro finds to be discovered at the UK’s leading vintage fair. Affordable and accessible, Judy’s aim to bring the joy of vintage glamour to everyone, from accessories to a whole outfit -including plenty of unique dresses- and homeware.
12. Get Nude
Anything goes at All The Young Nude’s drawing events in the atmospheric Cabaret Voltaire. Paired with specially curated, weekly changing playlists, any and all artists are invited to hone their skills and get inspired in this unique space.
13. Is This The Real Life?
Unleash the budding artist within and roam free at the National Gallery’s surrealism experience, Strange Lands and Peculiar Places. Kids are encouraged to express themselves by painting, drawing and sculpting, as well as adding their own stamp to an ever-changing 3D wall mural.
14. Sail Away
Explore Edinburgh’s Firth of Forth and catch a glimpse of the awe-inspiring Bass Rock on one of the Scottish Seabird Centre’s cruises! Pick the tour that’s perfect for you, with a range of seafaris to suit wildlife enthusiasts, photographers, adventurers and historians alike, meaning that everyone can enjoy the tour of the landscape to it’s fullest.
15. Retro Viewing
Transport yourself back to cinema’s most glamorous era with Vintage Mobile Cinema’s debut Edinburgh appearance on George Street. Every night comedians will present their favourite film to an intimate late night audience. You can also catch a giggle at the nightly comedy showreel.
16. All That Jazz
Learn killer moves at Dance Base’s intensive Contemporary and Jazz holiday dance school. This week-long course is the perfect way to kick your skills up a notch.
17. Al Fresco Dining
Dine in the sumptuous surroundings of Archerfield’s Walled Garden for this month’s Supper Club. The bespoke menu is inspired by ripe herbs and vegetables from the garden to create a truly fresh, local experience. Even the aperitifs include their homemade cordials and fine ale!
18. On a Roll
Immerse yourself in one of cooking’s most intensive techniques – sushi rolling! Yo! Sushi’s school is the ideal place to learn and perfect you skills. You’ll be making maki and sashimi at home in no time!
19. Lucky Stars
Take a trip to Glasgow and explore local music venues like the iconic Barrowland, where David Bowie played. Legend has it a star from the Barrowland ceiling fell on the Starman, and that’s just one of the many tales you’ll discover during your tour of the UK’s first UNESCO City of Music.
20. Keeper For The Day
Wild about animals? Become a keeper for the day at Blair Drummond Safari Park. Junior Keepers are taken into the meerkat pen and shown how to feed and care for the furry fellas in this adventurous outing.
21. Brew It Yourself
Create your own beer at Stewart Brewing’s ‘Craft Beer Kitchen’. The resident Brewmaster gives guidance and tips on the best way to put your own spin on a brew.