Edinburgh is a vibrant city and you’ll never be short of things to do throughout the year. Of course, many of the sights and sounds of the city can be experienced at any time, but if you are looking for something unique to do over this upcoming Easter break, here are some top picks.
Edinburgh International Science Festival 2017
Running from 1 April-16 April, the city hosts the Edinburgh International Science Festival. The festival fortnight is being billed as a public celebration of everything to do with science and technology and promises to be the largest of its type ever staged in Europe.
The wide-ranging and extremely diverse programme of events, all based around the theme of ‘Our Connected World’, will offer audiences some amazing experiences.
Two brand-new exhibitions are included in 2017’s festival. Both are interactive and family friendly. Play On takes place in 4 immersive zones in the Grand Gallery of the National Museum of Scotland and looks at the influence of technology on our leisure time. Moments in Time, meanwhile, features Scottish-style police boxes based on a different theme. This exhibition can be found on the Mound Precinct.
Puppet Animation Festival 2017
Another option with clear family-friendly appeal is the Puppet Animation Festival 2017. It first started in 1984, initially as a week-long event in Edinburgh. But it has grown considerably and is now considered a nationwide festival. Puppet Animation Festival 2017 runs from 25 March to 15 April with over 100 events taking place in more than 50 venues across the whole of Scotland.
The festival’s events will transport children and adults alike into a magical world of make-believe and fantasy. Naturally, there is plenty of puppetry and animation going on in the city of Edinburgh itself.
Musselburgh Racecourse Easter Saturday
The first ever Easter Saturday race day at the famous Musselburgh Racecourse on 15 April will be a not-to-be-missed event for racing aficionados. A day at the races is also a fantastic day out for all the family – with the added bonus that children under the age of 17 go free. The pick of the card of first-class racing is the feature race, the £100,000 Queen’s Cup, which has received royal approval from the Queen herself.
Edinburgh Comic Con
Back for its fourth year, Edinburgh’s hugely popular Comic Con boasts an impressive selection of traders, illustrators and special guest. It’s the place to be for fantasy fans. This year’s event takes place from 15 to 16 April at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. Comic fans can look forward to seeing a fantastic array of guests such as comic book creator Garry Brown, Richard Oldfield from Star Wars – Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Babylon 5’s Claudia Christian.