Thursday, 4 July 2013

Edinburgh Events: Things To Do In July

After the fun of the Film Festival in June and anticipation of Festival Madness in August, you'd think Edinburgh would be having a wee rest and saving pennies but heck no, there's still some pretty awesome things going on in our fair city this month. Here are our top picks for July!

Open in July on Thursday-Sunday 10am-5pm / Bonnington House, West Lothian, EH27 8BB / £8.50 adults, £4.50 children
July is a perfect time to go to the beautiful open space of Jupiter Artland.  You can spend hours exploring the gardens and woodland which feature sculpture and spaces that have been specially commissioned for this magical environment.  Located just outside of Ediburgh on the 80 acre grounds of Bonnington House, it's a fascinating place to visit and family friendly too.  This Sunday there will be a Dog Show and there will be pop-up dinners throughout the season to enjoy.

Friday 5 July / Voodoo Rooms, 19a West Register Street, EH2 2AA / £16
This will be a night out with a difference, watching four magicians compete against each other to celebrate the end of the Edinburgh International Magic Festival. They'll be pulling off their best moves and every trick up their sleeves to get your vote and win the glory of being named the top wizard.

8-14 July / Various pubs across the city / Free
Beer drinkers can rejoice and get their fill from a range of little known locally brewed and specially brought in beers, some especially made for this festival. They will be showcased at a series of events held across some of the best independently owned bars in Edinburgh, including well-known beer specialists The Bow Bar, Caley Sample Rooms, The Hanging Bat and The Vintage.

Thursday 11 July / Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, EH9 1PL / 6pm / £10
Addicted to Twitter? If your answer is #obvs then you should pop along to EdTwestival. It's the local arm of Twestival, the largest grassroots social media fundraising initiative in the world and in 2013 the event is raising money for local Edinburgh charity, The Yard Adventure Centre. It'll be a night for meeting the local Twitterati, filled with live music, DJs, a cake stall, beer tastings, art, tech and most importantly tweeting about what you're doing with no shame. 

Friday 12 and Saturday 13 July / 94 Hanover Street, EH2 1DR / From 5pm / £25 
If you've ever dreamed about a pudding table that magically replenishes itself, this may well be the evening for you. Henderson's are having a night for those of a pudding persuasion. Tolerate two light savoury courses before tackling their spectacular sweet table of fifty puddings and cakes. You can visit the sweet table as often as you like, it's all got to go!

'Cold Light' Photography Exhibition
19-25 July / Whitespace, 11 Gayfield Square, EH1 3NT
Cold Light is a collaborative digital photography project from sisters Jodie and Jocasta Mann, that sees them interpret themes of local heritage and mythology of Scotland and the highlands into fashion-based imagery.  The exhibition is touring Scotland this summer and there's a chance to see it at the Whitespace Gallery in Leith, with an opening night on the 19th.  We love how the gallery feels a bit like a secret space, an art speakeasy nearly, and this will be a stunning justaposition with the artwork. 


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