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Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
"Imagine a book.
Imagine any page in your imaginary book.
Imagine a single word from that imaginary page in your imaginary book.
And now imagine Colin Cloud reading your mind and telling you that precise word: the one you just plucked out of the thinnest air." - after all you want to see him on the 26th of April at the Dynamic Earth. He is an incredible forensic mind reader!
Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
This Easter there are some fantastic things to do in Edinburgh. Our handy list will appeal to all ages and help keep the family entertained.
1. Dynamic Earth
Harry Potter style magic meets the latest in science interpretation with the opening of Scotland’s Time Lords, the Dynamic Earth’s biggest every redevelopment.
2. International Science Festival
It reveals how our everyday lives are connected to science and technology, food and drink, politics and even art and literature. Highlights include a GastroFest, a World of Bubbles, a Mini Maker Fair, events, interactive exhibitions and children’s science lessons. Running until 20th April.
3. National Museum of Scotland
There are some great events and exhibitions taking place over the Easter period at the National Museum of Scotland. In its 49th year, the renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will captivate photography fans of all ages with breathtaking wild landscapes, inspirational animals and a superb selection of awe-inspiring images.
4. Edinburgh Castle
It promises to be a magical Easter at Edinburgh Castle filled with magic, mirth and merriment.
5. The Palace of Holyrood
All the family will enjoy taking part in a search for hidden Easter eggs at Holyrood Palace. Explore the palace and gardens and learn about its history, solve riddles and get creative in the Palace Family Room to make your very own Faberge Egg.
6. Royal Botanic Gardens
Children and chocolate lovers will be queuing up to carefully scrutinise these beautiful gardens this Easter. Enjoy some great family fun in this exciting treasure trail. Collect an activity pack at the Visitor Welcome Desk and if you successfully complete all the clues, you will be rewarded with a delicious Lindt Gold Bunny. What a treat!!!
7. Riddles Court
From the Great Wall of China to Niagra Falls, you can visit all the wonders of the world this Easter created from LEGO bricks! As part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, the Brick Wonders exhibition is at Riddle’s Court transforming the A-listed former merchant's house at the top of the Royal Mile into a LEGO-lovers haven.
The exhibits were created by Edinburgh born Warren Elsmore who is a full time artist in LEGO bricks creating detailed sculptures of various aspects and areas across the world.
The exhibition is open until 20th April.
8. Lauriston Castle
Visit the castle this Easter and you can enjoy a guided tour of the castle and on Saturday, 19th April there is a special Easter workshop from 10am to 1pm. Try your hand at creating special crafts and explore the trails outdoors.
9. Gorgie City Farm
Easter is always a special time down on the farm as it welcomes its new arrivals. This year there are newborn goats, lambs and chicks. Tour the farm and get up close with their feathered and furry friends. Take a moment to recharge your batteries with a refreshing brew and some delicious home cooking in their popular cafeteria.
10. Puppet Animation festival
Celebrating their 30th birthday this year, the Pupper Animation Festival have an entertaining program of events at the Festival Threatre’s new Studio space form 14th- 19th April including a 30th birthday party with Cinderella. Joined by our puppetry friends who’ll be appearing at the Brunton Theatre and a variety of community venues across the city, they will be performing classical childhood tales, animated box office hits and offering the chance to create your own puppets and animation.
There's an exciting programme of events at Lauriston Castle throughout 2014. Join an Easter workshop for families on Saturday 19 April from 10am to 1pm - explore trails in the Castle grounds and try your hand at special crafts.
Lauriston Castle is also open for additional guided tours from April through October: Monday - Thursday at 2pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. There is no need to book in advance.
The Hidden Door Festival 2014 opens its doors today! The pop-up festival with live music, art installations, bars, a theatre and a cinema will temporarily transform 24 disused vaults on Market Street, Edinburgh until Saturday 5 April.
The event has 80 visual artists, 50 live music acts, 40 film makers and 30 poets and is expected to draw 5,000 visitors.
Hidden Door is free from noon until 6pm daily then tickets grant full access to each evening’s unique programme, including live music (until 11pm), theatre, performance, spoken word, film screenings, art installations and bars.