When our son is asked to recommend his top things to do on a day out in Edinburgh, a visit to the Camera Obscura on the Castlehill section of the Royal Mile is always near the top of his list. He made his first trip at the age of five and shows no sign of getting tired of making repeated visits there. Read more
Ideas for Visiting Edinburgh with Young Children
A number of visitors to Edinburgh are travelling with young children. We thought it would be a good idea to put together some ideas of activities which would suit a family with small children holidaying in Edinburgh. Read more
Some people start their Edinburgh trip planning early, booking a year or more in advance for popular dates, Read more
Last year, we were stepping into the great unknown, wondering how we would get on reviewing shows, and perhaps keeping to relatively safe choices as it was our first year as reviewers.
This year, our review team is of course all a little older, and the challenge to find shows aimed at the right level is proving a little more tricky. The transition from childhood to the teenage years means that our elder reviewer, at age 13, is eager to try more ‘adult’ shows, while our younger reviewer at age 9 is happy to see shows which satisfy his curiosity and love of magic and science.
All of our reviews can be found over at Edinburgh Spotlight, but here are links to the first few for you.
The Amazing Bubble Man (USA) – The Amazing Bubble Show (C too) – read review
Comedy Club 4 Kids (The Bongo Club) – read review
I Hate Children Children’s Show – Bad Magician (Zoo Southside) – read review
Nunsense – American High School Theatre Festival (Pilrig Studios) – read review
Our 2edinburgh blog is designed to give a flavour for things to do and places to go when visiting Craigwell Cottage, our little city centre cottage (with parking) right in the heart of the city of Edinburgh.
We occasionally review special events and happenings in Edinburgh, but as a family we’re not able to cover a vast range of different types of event, preferring to focus on little news items about permanent attractions or events which are annual occurrences in the Edinburgh calendar.
This year, our family was given the opportunity to undertake a very special assignment – that of guest reviewers at some Festival Fringe performances on behalf of the review site Edinburgh Spotlight. We were very excited to be asked, and as soon as the Fringe Programme was issued we pored over it working out and planning which shows we would ask to review, and fitting reviews in as best we could with other holiday activities we had planned.
As first time reviewers we really had no idea what we were letting ourselves in for, but the owners of Edinburgh Spotlight were very helpful and patient with us, explaining what would be required. We also opted to go to some shows simply as ‘the audience’ so that we could relax and enjoy them without having to exercise our critical faculties.
Our first reviews of CBBC’s Dan and Jeff in Potted Panto, and the West End Glee Club have now been published, and you can find our other reviews by following the links below We hope you enjoy sharing our experiences.
As agreed with Lottie and Scottie yesterday, it was to be a trip to Dynamic Earth today. So after our delicious breakfast from The Manna House, it was off up Campbell’s Close to the Royal Mile, then over the road past Canongate Primary School and up to Bull’s Close to find a shortcut through to Dynamic Earth. Plenty of photo opportunities en route as we passed the Scottish Parliament building with its interesting ultra modern facades. Lottie had been watching some kids show on BBC this morning about kids setting rules for their parents and says she’s banning me from taking more than 5 photos a day.