Things To Do In Edinburgh This February Half Term
With February half term just around the corner we've taken a look around the city of Edinburgh to find out which special events are taking place during the long weekend. Below you'll find a list of fun things to do at key attractions, including one-off shows, temporary exhibitions and even hands-on family activities.
Prove Your Innocence At Edinburgh Dungeon's Vicious Verdicts Show:
If you're interested in a bit of dark comedy this half term then know that the Edinburgh Dungeon are running a new show called 'Vicious Verdicts' (Feb 5-21). Explore the stories behind some of Scotland's most ludicrous laws, and try not to fall afoul of those that weirdly persist into the present day. Accused participants are invited to prove their innocence before Judge Mental, who, true to his name, is slightly unorthodox in his methods. Put simply, it may take a little more than rational evidence to avoid being sent to gallows!
Admire KEYFRAMES Light Show In St Andrew Square:
A peculiar spectacle will taking over one of Edinburgh's most iconic squares this February-March. Wander along to St Andrew Square Garden after sunset to see a glowing menagerie of posing stick men. They were created by Groupe LAPS, a French artists collective who have been involved in a number previous international light festivals. Their latest work in the Scottish capital consists of 80 LED powered sculptures with lighting sequences synchronised to an original musical composition.
Check Out Edinburgh Student Art Festival:
This year's edition of the renowned ESAF takes place between February 12-19 and will coincide with the half term period. The event aims to provide an engaging platform for public expression to students from a wide array of creative disciplines. These are artists currently homing their craft at one of the capital's higher education institutions, and whose latest works will be showcased at venues such as the Scottish Storytelling Centre, The Biscuit Factory and City Art Centre.
Mix Science And Creativity At Our Dynamic Earth:
Edinburgh's leading science centre has plenty to keep the kids amused during any long weekend. This half term they'll be hosting a crafty workshop on animal intelligence that's ideally suited to those aged 6-14 years (Dino's Dynamos, Feb 13). Destination Space (Feb 13-16) will explore daily life on the ISS, and 'Wild Wednesday's: Fire and Ice February' (Feb 17) will offer glimpses into the local area as it existed 3.5 million years ago.
Dress Up At The Palace of Holyroodhouse:
Two events taking place at Holyroodhouse during half term caught our eye. The first is a special set of family activities taking place between February 15-21. Bring the kids along and discover 4.5 centuries worth of royal fashion by following a fun activities trail and getting dressed up in your own regal finery. The second event is a temporary portrait exhibition entitled 'The Last of the Tide'. 12 paintings of twelve individual D-Day landing veterans will be on display at the palace between Jan 15 and Mar 28, 2016.
Peer Down The Time Tunnel At Museum of Edinburgh:
Travel back to the Roman and Dark Ages as part of Edinburgh Museum's 'Dark Goings On In Cramond' exhibition. The most incredible finds from 6 decades worth of archaeological digs at Cramond will be on display to the public. See skeletal remains and cutting-edge facial reconstructions of those who lived in the area during the 6th century.
See What's Happening In The Grassmarket:
Catch a free big screen flick at the Grassmarket Picture House every Monday. Their February 15th showing is Brokeback Mountain directed by Ang Lee and staring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Save Time For Edinburgh Castle:
Head along for the last day of their special event 'Crime and Punishment in Medieval Scotland' (Feb 7-12). Or learn about the parallel evolutions of Edinburgh and Nanjing at the castle's 'A Tale of Two Cities' exhibition. Running until February 14th it'll examine the broad cultural similarities and differences between the two cities. Also before the 14th, receive fascinating insights into one of the fortresses' many historical roles on the 'Angels of Mercy - Gods of War' exhibition. Angels of Mercy explores the work of Britain's nursing sisters in treating Scottish soldiers who were wounded at the Battle of Arras in 1917.
The above events can all be enjoyed with a standard skip-the-line entry ticket.
Flaunt Your Skeleton At Camera Obscura:
Be dazzled by the attraction's newest exhibit, the X Ray Machine, and rediscover its favourite optical illusion displays.
Release Your Inner Architect At National Museum of Scotland:
Get creative with the kids at NMS's free LEGO® brick events between February 13-21. Highlights include the fun BUILD IT! challenges and the Builder's Yard on level 2. If Lego's not your thing then why not embark on one of this month's themed tours? Topics to be covered over the half term period include The Industrial Revolution; Mary, Queens of Scots, Bagpipes and more.
Treat Yourself At Edinburgh Farmers' Market:
The city's most popular market will be taking place just as it does every Saturday on Castle Terrace between 09:00-14:00. Grab a treat from the Sweets & Baking Stalls, which offer up everything from home-made Scottish tablet and organic chocolates to artisan cheese toasties and fresh baked pretzels.
Go Corgi Spotting At Royal Yacht Britannia:
Join the Corgi Treasure Hunt at Royal Yacht Britannia. If you and the family find all of the cute corgi toys hidden onboard then you could win a box of tasty Britannia Fudge.
Enjoy A Featured Exhibition At One Of The Scottish National Galleries:
Significant works on show during the half term period include: 'Modern Scottish Women | Painters and Sculptors 1885-1965' at the Modern Two gallery, 'The Spirit of Line | D.Y. Cameron at 150' at the National Gallery (until February 21st only), and highlights from the 2015 BP Portrait Award at the Portrait Gallery.
Say Hello To Early Spring At Edinburgh Botanic Gardens:
Between February 12-16 the Botanic Gardens will be celebrating the first signs of Spring with a series of fun drop-in events. Take a walk with the garden guide to see the blossoming snowdrops (Feb 12-14), learn about Scottish wild critters with the folks at the Wildlife Trust (Feb 13-14), and watch vegetable growing demonstrations by the Edible Gardening Team from Monday 15th to Tuesday 16th.
Go Detective At Surgeon's Hall Museum:
Put your CSI skills to the test at Surgeons' Hall Museum between February 16-18. Visitors will be presented with a chance of getting hands-on and trying out the various techniques employed by professional crime scene investigators. This is a family drop in activity and is free with every general admission ticket.