Arts, culture and heritage summer activities

Visit the organisation's website or contact them for more details and to book.

Flora and fauna around the world: exploring nature with Ama-zing Harmonies

Ages 6 to 13

14 to 15 July 11am to 3:30pm at Edinburgh Zoo / Botanic Gardens

Flora and Fauna Around the World will help our youth get out and appreciate nature this summer. We will explore the wonders of the animal kingdom at the Edinburgh Zoo, and help youth find appreciation for the plants that sustain our world. Learning points: Respecting the environment, wonder at nature.

Contact

Ama Zirra Shallangwa
[email protected]
07900 667094    
ama-zingharmonies.org.uk

Totally Sounds Like Summer online music tuition workshops

Online workshops for ages 12 to 19 years. Check the website for updated details throughout the summer.

Contact

Scott Wilkins
[email protected]
07708 899578    
totallysound.org

Vacation Station by the Edinburgh City Youth Cafe

Summer holiday provision for 11 to16 year olds with a programme of  fun and exciting activities every weekday, travel costs and a hot meal will also be provided.

12 July to 6 August Monday to Friday 1 to 6pm. Those who wish can stay on for our Drop In sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays till 9pm.

Location

6VT Youth Cafe
11-15 Vennel
Edinburgh 
EH 1 2HU

Contact

Dot Horne
[email protected]
0131 229 1797
6vt.info

Fringe in the Community by Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

For all ages.

17 July to 31 August.

A taste of the Fringe in the community - Fringe street performers will visit local community organsiations across Edinburgh, bringing a taste of the Fringe to you!

Contact

Lyndsey McLean
[email protected]
edfringe.com/learn

Survival School at Gracemount Community Garden

Survival School offers a range of fun learning workshops for children and young people under 18 and their families in Gracemount Community Garden including

  • outdoor games
  • food growing/gardening activities
  • nature-based arts activities
  • environmental activities
  • learning about nature
  • the seasons etc.

Workshops are between 10am and 3pm for up to 90 minutes and run on

  • Tuesdays from 6 July to 17 August
  • Fridays 2 July to 13 August

Contact us to book.

Location

Gracemount Community Garden
47 Gracemount House Drive
EH16 6FD

Contact

Chris Macefield
07748 127041     
[email protected]
transitionedinburghsouth.org.uk
facebook.com/GracemountCommunityGarden
Twitter @gracemountcg

CashBack to the Future Edinburgh by Impact Arts (Projects) Limited

Ages 12 to 19

6 to 30 July from 9:45am to 3:15pm

Cashback to the Future offers a completely free four-week summer programme, giving young people the chance to work with professional artists, musicians, filmmakers and actors on youth-led creative projects, culminating in a unique showcase event at the end of the month to celebrate the achievements of participants.

Contact

Caroline McGhee
[email protected]
0141 575 3001
impactarts.co.uk

Summer arts and dance at North Edinburgh Arts

The classes are split into two age groups, 5-7 years and 8-12 years.

5 July to 6 August in the morning.

The arts and dance programme allows children to participate in a relaxed yet structured environment, alternating between dance, movement and art-making throughout the morning. The art sessions are varied and playful, often making use of materials that can be found at home, offering simple techniques that can easily be replicated. Our dance and movement sessions introduce children to new dance, movement and gentle exercise techniques, allowing them to learn at their own pace. A healthy snack is provided in the break between classes.

Contact

Genevieve Kay-Gourlay    
[email protected]
0131 315 2151    
northedinburgharts.co.uk
facebook.com/northedinarts
Twitter and Instagram @northedinarts

Wild Wednesdays with the Water of Leith Conservation Trust

Ages 7 to 11

Wednesdays from 14 July to 4 August

A full day of outdoor fun, exploring the river and woods of the Craiglockhart Dells through river dipping, survival skills and art.

Location

Water of Leith Conservation Trust
24 Lanark Road
Edinburgh EH14 1TQ

Contact

Ruth Prince
[email protected]
0131 455 7367
waterofleith.org.uk

Samba drumming

Come to our beautiful outdoor space and learn samba drumming with an experienced teacher.  Samba drumming is a loud joyful activity which helps build musical skills, confidence and above all is a lot of fun.

Ages 12 to 18 years old

Dates

10, 17, 24, 31 July

Bridgend Farmhouse outdoor space

Contact

[email protected].uk

Bridgend Farmhouse Facebook page

Sculpture Saturday

Suitable for Primary School aged children and their families 

Sculpture Saturdays are a series of bookable workshops designed for families to make, play and work together. The workshops are led by artists, some of whom are presenting their work in this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival and others who have made specific objects or tools for participants to interact with in our new outdoor learning studio.

We will be running 2 workshops a day for 4 families at a time, so when you book you can choose either morning or afternoon unless otherwise stated.

All our workshops will take place outside, so please remember to come dressed for the weather. Spaces are limited.

All the workshops are free of charge but donations are welcome.

Dates

24 and 31 July 2021
7, 14, 21, 28  August 2021

11am-12.30pm or 2pm-3.30pm 

Venue

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop 

Contact

Debi Banerjee

[email protected]

0131 551 4490 

edinburghsculpture.org

IYS Youth Service

Youth services for Black young people and young people of colour music, arts, performance, poetry, Anti-racism workshops, fun days out, food, fun.

Due to COVID, you must book your place through our Instagram @Interculturalyouthscot or through our website. 

Ages 13 to 25 years

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Booked spaces for The Block Studio based on hourly one-to-one sessions
The Block Youth Club Tuesday 11pm - 5pm 

Venue

4 Duncan Place,

Leith

Edinburgh

EH6 8HW

Contact

Blair Wycherley

[email protected]

07706094510

interculturalyouthscotland.org

Wild Wednesdays with the Water of Leith

A full day of outdoor fun, exploring the river and woods of the Craiglockhart Dells through river dipping, survival skills and art.

Age range

7 to 11 year olds

Date of activity

  • 14, 21 and 28 July
  • 4 August 

Time of activity

9.30am to 4.30pm

Venue

Water of Leith Conservation Trust
24 Lanark Road
Edinburgh
EH14 1TQ

Contact details

Ruth Prince
0131 455 7367
[email protected]
Water of Leith website

Thriving Green Spaces project: Placemaking at Inch Park

We're calling on children and youth in Edinburgh to tell us how you play and what you imagine for the future of play spaces in your local park.

Age range

3 sessions per day (one per age group) *subject to change as still to confirm some resource:

  • 4 to 7 years old
  • 8 to 11 years old
  • 12 to 15 years old

Date of activity

6 and 7 August

Time of activity

To be confirmed

Venue

Inch Park

Contact details

[email protected]
Thriving greenspaces website