Things To Do in Edinburgh - Daytime Adventures

Today we’re looking at things to do in Edinburgh during the day that is a little bit different. We know that for some of you, it’s not enough to go for a gentle stroll or a take a trip around the shops. So, what we’ve done is try to come up with a few ideas for you to try out yourself.

Hillend Artificial Ski Slope

Located in Midlothian, here, you can have both snowboarding and skiing classes, and these are for all abilities and ages. You can have some slope time too and pay by the hour.

Gorgie City Farm

Then how about spending some quality time on a farm with family? You can go to Gorgie City Farm and you can feed the pets as well as look at them, which should be a lot more interesting, in fact you can even help to look after them on a regular basis. So, if there are any budding vets in your family let me know.

The Union Canal

For a leisurely day on the river where you can travel along on a narrow boat for the 30 miles it takes to get from Falkirk to Fountainbridge. Take in the views and spend time with your family doing something a little different from the usual.

The Voodoo Rooms

With an impressive and eclectic list of things to see and do, such as cabaret, cocktails, burlesque and even DJ sets. The Rat Pack bar is hidden away in a basement where you’ll get a taste of 50s music and you’ll be able dance and drink until the early hours of the morning. You’ll find the Rat Pack at 9 Shandwick Place and The Voodoo Rooms at 19a West Register Street.

Bryant & Mack

This may look like a private detective agency, it is in fact a bar with speakeasy style offering its visitors classic cocktails. Your menu comes to in an envelope so you can discover the surreptitious delight of the evenings cocktails. You’ll find Bryant & Mack on Rose Street North Lane.

The Caves

Located inside some old vaults where you can capture live music events for a couple of nights in the week. You’ll find it at 8-10 Niddry Street South.

Escape Edinburgh

If you’re looking for something really different, then try the escape rooms here at Escape Edinburgh where you can lock yourself in a room for 60 minutes with like-minded individuals. Once you’re locked in to one of our themed rooms, you’ll need to solve cryptic clues and you’ll need some sharp problem-solving skills to get out. Some of the themed rooms are Area 51, Contagion and the Darker Side of Edinburgh.

Things to do in Edinburgh during the Festival

Are you attending the Edinburgh Festival this year? If so, then we’ve come up with a mini-guide to help you have an idea of things to do in Edinburgh while attending the festival. The Edinburgh Festival is one of the most talked about festivals in the UK and is popular with locals and tourists the world over.

This year will be pretty special, because the Fringe, as the festival is known, will be celebrating its 70th year. After it’s humble beginnings back in 1947 the festival is now THE largest festival in the world. It’s a large platform where artists of every description can perform and exhibit their work.

There are lots of things to do while you’re at the festival, so you won’t be bored for a second. You can listen to traditional Scottish pipes of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. If you want laughter, then there’ll be plenty of comedy, many famous artists were discovered while at the Edinburgh Fringe, and you never know, you might find yourself watching a comedy act that’s about to be discovered. You can also attend some theatre as there’s always some excellent theatre companies here during the festival. You can also try dancing, look at some art work and even take part in an art session yourself.

As you will imagine, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the most amazing celebration of culture and art in the world, and is held in August for a period of 3 weeks. It may seem overwhelming, because there is so much to see. It may help to create a timetable of particular acts and performances you wish to see and make a note of where they are and what time they start so you’re not scrabbling around trying to find it and then end up missing it! There’ll be a lot of people there and lots of crowds so knowing where you’re going and what you’re going to see will help make it less stressful. Keep in mind that if you’re not from Edinburgh, you’re going to have the added stress of not knowing your way around, so it helps to plan ahead….and take a map!

If you find the weather isn’t that great for a trip around the festival why not pay us a visit here at Escape Edinburgh? With a unique live exit game, you’ll get to sharpen up your problem solving and observational skills. You and some friends, or family members will have to find your way out of a locked room with only 60 minutes to solve a range of puzzles and cryptic clues. Once you’ve found your way out you can tell your friends you did it – you’re a winner!

Enjoy the festival and we hope you find lots of things to do in Edinburgh at the Festival, and if you have the time and the weather isn’t too hot, come over and see us here at Escape Edinburgh – we’d love to see you here!