What’s On

Theatre Alba “Cinders: A Folk Tale” Aug 1st to 15th 13.00 to 14.00

Where did the story of Cinderella come from?

Theatre Alba’s children’s play this year is based on a compilation of the many folk tales from around the world that were the origins of the tale of Cinderella.

These tales were told to children around the camp fire in countries such as Ireland, Scotland and Germany, and by travelling folk.

Some of these original stories are very dark in places. Our play, however, is very family friendly and not too gruesome.

An outdoor promenade performance through Dr Neil’s Garden, children follow the actors and musicians around the gardens as the story unfolds.

Original music and songs, and audience participation.

Dress for the weather and wear stout shoes to cope with long grass in places.

NOTE: Some areas are not suitable for push-chairs, baby buggies or wheelchairs

Previous children’s shows by Theatre Alba have been well reviewed, and were listed in the Guardian in the Top 21 shows for families at Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Born within the elements 13th to 20th August 2017 11:00 to 17:00

Following on from the successful “Reflections on Venice” in July and August last year.

Petra Bunger returns with “Born within the elements”.

Petra is exhibiting her jewellery alongside textile art by Rosemary Hill. See flier.

The exhibition is free to view and work is for sale. Commissions are also welcomed.

From Studio to Gallery 21st August – 1st September 11:00 to 16:00

An exhibition of paintings and drawings by Hayley Whittingham inspired by the spaces in which art is made and displayed

21st August – 1st September 11:00 to 16:00

Entrance is free and the art is for sale.

Private viewing Friday 25th August, 18:00

See www.hayleywhittingham.com for futher details.

Duddingston Bioblitz Festival June 17th 2017 from 06:00 to 20:00

Once more we are delighted to help with the RSPB’s Bioblitz festivalbioblitz-logo-2017

Come and join the RSPB for a day out in Duddingston and learn all about the amazing wildlife that calls Duddingston its home.

The RSPB will be surveying as many different types of species as possible on the day by putting on walks and having local experts on hand to help you ID as many things as possible.

There will be walks on all varieties of wildlife from Birds to Bees, Bats to Butterflies and  Small Mammals to Reptiles.

The day will start with an early morning bird walk at 6am (booking essential) with the main bulk of the day kicking off at 10am.

Most of the activities will be coming to a close around 4pm but there will be a evening bat walk starting at 10pm. There will also be lots of children’s activities happening from pond dipping to worm charming.  In summary there’s something for everyone: beginners and experts alike.

Please wear suitable clothing as weather is changeable and all activities are outside.

Refreshments will be available, with cake and tea stalls as well as light lunches.

See here for details duddingston-bioblitz-festival-june-17th-2017pine-cone-snake

You may even see the  world famous Dr Neil’s Garden pine cone snake, caught on camera hunting recently





Watch this space! Events in 2017

In 2017 we have a number of events planned, details to follow:garden room donations box

  • Silent Auction 23rd May
  • There is a repeat of last year’s successful Bio-blitz on 17th June
  • Tapestry exhibition in Thomson’s Tower in May
  • Jewelry and Felt making exhibition in August in Thomson’s Tower
  • Children’s play in association with Theatre Alba during the Edinburgh Fringe
  • Exhibition of small sculptures in Thomson’s Tower in September
  • Open day to coincide with the Common Riding
  • Garden themed quiz night
  • Wreath making 9th and 10th December. With mulled wine and mince pies!
  • Partridge in a pear tree concert in December


Details to follow.

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