Summer in Edinburgh is a time filled with exciting family-friendly events and activities. As we approach the month of July, there are plenty of opportunities to make lasting memories whether you’re visiting or staying at home this year. In this blog post, we will highlight some of the must-see events happening in Edinburgh during July – so, grab your calendars and get ready to plan an unforgettable summer in Edinburgh:

1. The Ruined Peel at Almond Valley Heritage Centre

Date: 11th July 2024 Location: Almond Valley Heritage Centre

On July 11th, the official opening of The Ruined Peel at Almond Valley Heritage Centre promises to be a captivating experience for the whole family. Immerse yourself in the rich history of this unique attraction and explore the ruins of an ancient castle. Witness the stories of the past come to life as you wander through the grounds and discover hidden treasures. This is an event not to be missed and maybe we’ll see you there…

2. Royal Rhyme Time

Date: 13th July 2024 Time: 11am – 11.45am Location: The Palace of Holyroodhouse

Join Stuart the unicorn at the Palace of Holyroodhouse for a fun-filled Royal Rhyme Time session. This interactive storytelling event, led by a member of the Learning Team, is perfect for children aged two to four. Sing songs, hear stories, and enjoy rhymes that revolve around the theme of a Royal Garden Party. Toddler and baby tickets are priced at £3, while adult tickets are also £3.

Two images - the left is Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh and the right is a toddler wearing a crown

3. Scottish BMX School

Dates: 6th July 2024, 20th July 2024 Time: 9:30am – 11am Location: Leith Links Price: £25

If your kids are BMX enthusiasts, they’ll love the BMX lessons offered by the Scottish BMX School. Led by Reece, a BMX rider with 15 years of experience, these sessions focus on flatground tricks and bike control skills. Participants are encouraged to bring their own BMX bikes, but the school can provide them if needed. The session lasts for an hour and a half, and each participant will learn a new trick. Please note that participants should already know how to ride a bike.

4. Play With Plants at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Dates: 15th June 2024 to 1st September 2024 Daily sessions at: 10.15am, 11.15am, 12.15pm, 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm, and 4.15pm Location: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Immerse your family in the joy of the botanical world at Play With Plants, a hands-on play experience at the John Hope Gateway. This interactive event features LEGO® creations, garden landscape building, a giant LEGO® wall for decorating, storytelling, and more. Let your imaginations run wild as you explore shapes, colors, and inventive play. Entry prices are £7 for children aged 5 and above, £5 for children aged 1-4, £2 for adults, and free for children under 1. Members receive a 10% discount.

Thomas attended this one with my Mum back in June and built an ‘eco-city’ for the future complete with space for lots of bees!

The left hand side is a blue tit on a branch with some pink flowers. The right is the front doorway to Lauriston Castle in Edinburgh.

5. RSPB Scotland at Lauriston Castle

Dates: 7th July 2024, 20th July 2024 Time: 10am – 4pm Location: Lauriston Castle

Visit the RSPB stand at Lauriston Castle to learn about their efforts to give nature a home and how you can get involved. This free event offers the opportunity to hear about local birds, participate in quick art activities, and enjoy a picnic in the castle gardens. Drop-in anytime between 10am and 4pm, and make it a fun family day out.

We’ve recently got a little addicted to bird-spotting thanks for Grandma making it into a family competition! I’d recommend downloading the ‘Merlin’ app which is free to help identify bird song and help you know what to look for. The rest of the family also have an app for logging them but Thomas has nicknamed it ‘birdamon’ and I don’t know what it’s actually called – can you catch them all?!

6. Jemima Puddleduck at Lauriston Castle

Date: 20th July 2024 Time: 2.30pm – 4pm Location: Lauriston Castle Price: Adult £16, Children and Concessions £11, Family Ticket (x 4) £46

Experience a delightful new adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s beloved tale, “The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck,” performed in front of the castle. Follow Jemima’s adventure as she searches for a nesting place and encounters a charming “gentleman” who offers her shelter. But is everything as it seems? Arrive from 2pm, bring a picnic, and enjoy the outdoor performance. In the event of light rain, the performance will still take place, so be prepared for the Scottish weather.

The left is a silhouette of a man playing saxophone. The right of Princes Street Edinburgh at sunset.

7. Edinburgh International Jazz & Blues Festival:

Dates: 12th July 2024 to 21st July 2024 Location: Various venues

The Edinburgh International International Jazz & Blues Festival is a highly anticipated event that runs from 12th to 21st July. This festival showcases a diverse range of talented musicians and offers a vibrant atmosphere for music lovers of all ages.

As a warm-up to the festival, there is a special family event called the Edinburgh Youth Carnival on 6th July at Moredun Library & Goodtrees Neighbourhood Centre. Starting at 1pm, this event will feature live music, performances, and interactive activities for children and families to enjoy. There’s another couple of family focused events on the 13th and the 14th – so check out their site for more info.

If you know of any hidden gems or exciting activities happening in August – let us know so we can include them! Follow us on Instagram for more updates throughout the month and please do say hello!

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