Festival Around Town

Activities & Events

Costumed Performances lidinburgh Castle. Royal Mile. 225 9846. l 1am. noon. 1.30pm 8; 2.30pm. £1 1 it“): children £5.50). Hear about history straight from the mouths of those who were there from kings and queens to peasants and soldiers. Garden Guides Daily Afternoon Tours Royal Botanic (iarden. 20a Inyerleith Row. 552 7171. 2- 3pm. £3. Daily tours with the benefit of an experienced guide. Tickets available from the Botanics Shop. Palm House Reception [)esk or liast and North (iates.

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo (‘astle lisplanade. lidinburgh Castle. Royal Mile. 08707 5551 18. 9pm (Sat 7.30 10.30pm). £13—t‘47. .A unique blend of music. ceremony. entertainment and theatre featuring bands from across the globe. set against the magnificent backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. Booking essential.

St Bernard’s Wells Sun 17 .Aug. St Bernard’s Well. by the Water of Leith. Stockbridge. 52‘) 7902. noon 3pm. lirce. Normally closed to the public. these historical mineral springs will be ayailable to view for a handful of selected days. Book Crossing Meet-up Tue 1‘) Aug. National Library of Scotland. (ieorge l\' Bridge. (32.3 3845. 1 2pm. Free. Tum on. tune in and trade up? Bring along works of fiction by Scottish authors to swap them for another. alter a lively debate.


An Electric Shock of Delight: Sir Walter Scott and the Waverley Novels Writers‘ Museum. l.ady Stair's Close. Lawnmarket. 52‘) 4901. l'ntil Wed 7 Jan (not Sunl. 10am 5pm. Free. An exhibition to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the publication of The C(mrpluiitl rift/Iv lilac/t .Viehl. printed on Andrew Myllar and Walter Chepman‘s press alter being granted the first lidinburgh printing patent by King James 1\'.

Bond Bound: Ian Fleming and the Art of Cover Design City Art Centre. 2 Market Street. 52‘) 3093. l'ntil Sat 13 Sep (not Sun). Mon Sat 10am 5pm. £5 t£3.50l. Charting the role of artists and designers in defining the look of the world’s most popular spy.

Call to Arms National War Museum Of Scotland. lidinburgh Castle. 225 7534. l'ntil Sun 1 Feb. 0.45am 5.45pm. Inc in admission to lidinburgh Castle: £10 £12 (£7 £9.50; children £5 cor. An exploration of the technology used by the Scottish infantry at Various points throughout history. with a hands on element.

A Decade of Dance Dance Base. 14 lo (irassmarket. 225 5525. l'ntil Sun 24 Aug. Times yary. 1-‘ree. An exhibition that explores the representation of dance through the relationship between photographer and artist. with a focus on X Factor Dance. I’rll'! nit/re Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Extremes: Life in Subarctic Canada National Mtrseutn of Scotland. Chambers Street. 247 4422. Cntil Strn 5 ()ct.

10am 5pm. Free. A collection of objects

collected by Scottisli fur traders in the 1850s and oils from the tribes living in the Canadian subarctic. and further objects purchased recently.

Faking It! 300 Years of Banknote Forgery Museum ()n The Mound. The Mound. 243 5464. l'ntil Still 31 Aug tnot Monl. 10am 5pm: 1 5pm. l‘ree. This summer's exhibition at the Museum on the Mound is all about banknote forgery. l~ind out who faked the first note in Scotland. discover what became of the artist with a talent for (literally) nraking money. and see if you can spot a forgery from the real thing.

Imprentit: 500 years of the Scottish Printed Word National library of Scotland. (ieorgc l\' Bridge. 02.3 3845. l'ntil Sun 12 ()ct. 10am 8pm; 10am 5pm: 2 5pm. Free. lishibition celebrating the achieyements of 500 years of printing and publishing in Scotland.

Scotland: A Changing Nation National Museum of Scotland. Chambers Street. 247 4422. l'ntil Wed 31 Dec.

l0am 5pm. l-‘rcc. A major new permanent exhibition charting Scotland and its people frotn WW1 to the present day.


Festival of Spirituality and Peace Various yenucs. 473 2000. until Stilt 24 Aug. Titties & prices yary. The multi-faith. multi-faceted festiyal returns with a progratntnc til. workshops. concens and talks. l-‘rom prayer meetings to meditation to lectures on science. there's something for every world \ icw. www.fcstiyalofspirituality.org.uk for ftill listings.

Festival of Politics Wed 20-Sat 23 Aug. Scottish Parliament Campus. llolyrood Road. 348 5000. Times \ary. Prices may The newest addition to lidinburgh‘s summer festival line-up. which explores a range of social and political issues. See picture.

Food & Drink

Edinburgh Farmers’ Market lit-cry Satttrday. Castle Terrace. 052 5040. 9am 2pm. Free. More local. quality. ethical produce than you could shake a slick ill.


Dance Base Classes throughout August. Dance Base. 14 lo (irassmarket. 225 5525. Times \‘tll'y. l’rices \al‘}. (ict in shape for all that l-‘estiyal madness or just take a break from relentless shows to learn something new. The Dance Base runs a full programme of pilates. ballet. West lind. yoga and contemporary dance throughout August. Please see is w w.dancebasc.co.uk for full details.

T-Time Monthly Sat lo Aug. 1.(iBT Centre for' Health & \Vcllbeing. ‘) llowe Street. 523 l 100. 2 4pm. l’ree. A monthly informal event for transgender people. their partners. family and friends. Changing facilities ayailabIe for half an hour before and alter. Contact Ben King on

admin(0 lgbthealth.org.uk for tnore info.

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" ' ' Parliament . . . the Festival of Politics is back for a fourth year and making visiting Fringe slebs really work for their money, as Simon Callow leads a discussion on changing rights for LGBT communities in the UK, and agit-comedian Mark Thomas looks at alternative ways of empowering the people. There’s a left/right heavyweight smackdown, with wispy-haired Thatcher-fan Douglas Hurd facing off Denis Healey, and headline act Annie Lennox (yes, talky festivals have headliners too) who gives a lecture on the fight against HIV/AIDS in South Africa.

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Fri Eltiglrt of tire 7.30pm - Jess Smith and

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7.30pm - Helen East & Taffy Thomas

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Other events also at The. Famous Splegeltent & Edinburgh Mela 2008

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