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Edinburgh: A Never Ending Festival – Doors Open Day!

25 Sep


This month in our series on the sights, events, and culture to enjoy around Edinburgh, we’ve got Edinburgh Doors Open Day 2014! This weekend (27th & 28th September) many of Edinburgh’s fascinating and magical buildings, which are normally closed to the Public will be open to all!

Whether it’s that curious Church at Cannongate, or the reclusive Gardens on Queen Street, I’m sure there’s loads of interesting places across Edinburgh that you might pass by wondering what’s inside. Well this weekend, and only this weekend, loads of historic buildings, gardens, churches, and more will open their doors to the public!

Be sure to take advantage of a chance to see the breathtaking Playfair Library, or weather permitting enjoy a stroll through the pristine Queen’s Street Garden. For the more adventurous of you, a visit to the Arthur Conan Doyle Centre might be of interest where you can find out a bit more about the creator of the captivating character, Sherlock Holmes.

You can find out all about the venues participating in Edinburgh’s Doors Open Day, their opening times, and how to get there by following this link to: Edinburgh Doors Open Day 2014.


Edinburgh: A Never Ending Festival – Lively Gardens

24 Aug


It’s that time of year again when we say goodbye to the patchwork of artists, actors, comedians, performers, and patrons that descends upon Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival every August. But just because the official festival season has ended does not mean the fun has to end…

My name is AndrĂ©, and I’ll be joining Blythe as Global Assistant this year. Originally born in Germany, I am Portuguese, Irish, and Canadian, and am in the 5th and final year of my MEng in Mechanical Engineering. I’ve definitely got the travel bug and I took the chance to go on exchange to Carleton University in Canada, having an absolute blast while out there. I’m a keen golfer, cook, and photographer (although an amateur at all of these).

Blythe and I will be showing you how Edinburgh is a year round festival of culture, on and off campus. Whether you’re into music, theatre, photography, food, sports, or even air shows, we’ll be keeping you up to date with all the exciting stuff going on in Scotland’s vibrant capital year round.

The Royal Botanic Gardens are just a pleasant 20 min walk from Princes Street, and apart from housing a diverse collection of flora from around the world, they also play host to a wide range of special events, exhibitions, and workshops for all! Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s all about watching the grass grow, far from it they host photography exhibitions, cooking workshops, arts festivals, and even tours, as well as gardening classes for those who’ve always wanted to grow their own dinner.

There are events held year round, and the best part is many of them are free. You can browse through the full schedule here: Royal Botanic Garden Events.