Our guide to what’s happening in Edinburgh this May
We can’t believe that it’s May already. With the long days and the promise of better weather to come, we’ve pulled together a list of some of the key things that are happening in Edinburgh this month from the worlds of music, sport, art and culture. With so much going on in May it really feels like the city is starting to come alive in preparation for the many festivals over the summer. We hope you enjoy reading about what’s coming up – don’t forget to keep checking our blog as we’ll be featuring some of these events in more detail over the next few weeks.
Taking place over the weekend of 11-12 May at the Royal Highland Centre, this is a must for all antique fans. The Fair brings together antique dealers from all over the UK, offering visitors an excellent selection of good quality antiques and collectables, from jewellery, silver and clothing to furniture and ceramics. Ideal if you’re looking for a unique gift for someone (or even to treat yourself). For those staying in Edinburgh, a courtesy coach will be running from the city centre out to the Royal Highland Centre. To find out more, just take a look at their website.
Scotland’s biggest celebration of modern beer and culture is back for its third year on 24 and 25 May. Taking place in various venues across Leith, the festival brings you some of the world’s best breweries as well as the chance to sample food from some of Edinburgh’s most contemporary restaurants. There’s also the chance to listen to music from leading DJ’s. It promises to be more than just a beer festival, bringing together beer alongside good food and music. To find out more just take a look at the festival website.
Get fit and have fun at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2019, taking place over the weekend of 25-26 May. The second largest of its kind in the UK, there are seven races in total taking place over the two days over various routes both in Edinburgh and beyond. The races cover a wide range of running skills from the Junior 1.5k race right up to the full marathon. Find out more about the race schedules and the routes, as well as the best places to watch on the Edinburgh Marathon website.
Returning for its sixth edition the volunteer-run arts festival Hidden Door returns to Leith Theatre from 30 May to 2 June for a long weekend of theatre, visual art, dance, film, and music. The festival will transform the usually empty space of Leith Theatre and turn it into a multi-sensory experience for the weekend. Moving to its current venue in 2017 it has since attracted great reviews and some have now dubbed it “Scotland’s best new live music venue”. To find out more and to get tickets, just take a look at their website.
Edinburgh International Children’s Festival is Scotland’s international festival of perming arts for children and young people, running from Saturday 25 May to Sunday 2 June 2019 at various venues across Edinburgh. With 14 productions from 12 different countries the festival is ideal for families, boasting a full range of shows suitable for small children right up to teenagers. Curated by festival director Noel Jordan there will be a varied programme of theatre, dance and multimedia. Find out more and book tickets on the Festival website.
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