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  • Pony Show at Newhailes
  • New restaurant in town
  • Canonmills Garden
  • Gordon MacDonald is post for the day
  • Dads Rock Playday


The National Trust for Scotland’s Newhailes estate in Musselburgh will be hosting another animal-focused event on Saturday 23 July, with a Pony Show.

This comes hot on the heels of the charity’s popular dog show which took place last weekend.

Along with pony rides, visitors will be able to enjoy the fun and spectacle of the show which is part of the Musselburgh Riding of the Marches events programme. This huge local event occurs every 21 years.

Property Manager Rhiannon Naismith said: “Newhailes is very excited to be part of this fantastic community event. At one time, the Stable Block at Newhailes would have been home to the family’s horses, so it will be exciting to see them trotting around the grounds again. We hope it will help bring this forgotten aspect of the estate’s heritage to life for visitors.”

The Pony Show is free for spectators and usual car parking charges apply for non-members – £2 per car.

There’s more family outdoor fun as the Lothian Ranger is also running a den building workshop and the beautiful Newhailes House will be open for visitors on guided tours. This summer, the house is hosting an exciting contemporary art exhibition featuring pieces by students from Edinburgh College of Art.

Visitors can look out for the Riding of the Marches model horse which has been placed somewhere appropriate, and it seems like the yarn-bombers have already found it.

The Pony Show is the latest summer event at Newhailes – for the full programme, which includes an art exhibition, outdoor theatre, children’s nature events and family house tours, visit

Discover 300 years of Scottish history through this magnificent and carefully conserved neo-Palladian villa. Newhailes is famed for having some of the finest rococo interiors in Scotland. There are sumptuous decorative details at every turn, from the gilded eagles over the drawing room windows to the exquisite Chinese wallpaper and imposing Italian marble fireplaces.

In the spring of 2013 something extraordinary happened. Two Italian guys in their twenties randomly met in Manchester after a game of football to find out that they shared a unique passion they both loved and missed, the Italian Aperitivo; the ritual of drinking, nibbling and relaxing after work. A daily occasion to share moments of happiness with friends and family.

By the end of that very same year, Veeno opened its first store in Manchester. A place where both beginners and experts could enjoy great wines and the most authentic Spuntini ‐ mainly platters of meats and cheeses strictly imported from Italian producers.

Veeno’s wines come from the family vineyard back in Sicily where Nino’s great‐grandfather Antonio planted the first vines in the 19th century. Since then, they have been working hard to ensure that the quality and tradition flows from the bottle to the glass. The list on offer has received much praise, so much so that it was nominated for the prestigious “best wine list” award in the English Italian awards.

Following successful launches in 7 cities the most recent being Harrogate & Bristol the duo are set to open in Edinburgh.

Nino Caruso, co-founder & director of Veeno said “We’re delighted to be introducing the concept of Aperitivo to Edinburgh and is an exciting leap as we cross the border in to Scotland, our current venues have really created a buzz and we feel that Scotland is really missing out!”

Veeno will open its doors on Saturday 6th August in time for the Fringe Festival crowds and the team say they could not be anymore excited! 


Artisan, the developer of New Waverley, has recently submitted a proposal of application notice for a residential project on the B&Q site at 13 Warriston Road.  The development will be called Canonmills Garden.

Charlotte Swanson, of Artisan’s local development team said: “We have recently bought the Warriston Road site and have prepared some initial proposals which we are seeking public views on.  We believe that high quality housing could be the best development option for this key site overlooking the Water of Leith.”

An initial public consultation exhibition will be held on Friday 29th July from 2pm-7pm and Saturday 30th July 10am-2pm in the Capital City Church International, 107 McDonald Road, Edinburgh, EH7 4NW.  There will then be follow up exhibitions in September.

Artisan would like members of the public and local community groups to come along to the exhibitions to meet the design team and give their views on the future of the site. B&Q’s lease of the property has come to and end and the company plans to close the store on the 3rd September.

Charlotte commented “We are keen to invest further in Edinburgh. We’ve been delighted with the success to date of New Waverley and look forward to working with stakeholders to deliver the right solution for the Warriston Road site.”

Edinburgh Pentlands MSP Gordon MacDonald experienced what is involved in delivering the post when he joined local postie, Graham Malcolm, on his delivery round.

Gordon MacDonald MSP is one of a number of Scottish politicians being invited to go out with postmen and women across the country to see the lengths Royal Mail goes to, to deliver the post.

Gordon and Graham

The purpose of the visits is to give MSPs a unique insight into the challenges of delivering mail to every house and business in their constituency, six days a week.

Richard McLuckie, Royal Mail Edinburgh South West Delivery Office Manager, who briefed Mr MacDonald before he set off on his walk said:

“We’re delighted that Gordon MacDonald MSP is taking the time to experience the everyday challenges faced by our delivery postmen and women.”

“The visit gave us the opportunity to show Gordon MacDonald MSP how we have transformed and modernised our business. We have invested in new sorting and delivery equipment as we continue to respond to the changing nature of the modern postbag. We are delivering more parcels and fewer letters than ever before and the tools for the job need to reflect that.”

Gordon MacDonald MSP said: “On my visit I found that postmen and women not only deliver the mail but play an important part in the local communities across Edinburgh. Today allowed me to experience the everyday challenges faced by our delivery postmen and women.”

“I joined local postie Graham who delivers the mail to my constituents in southwest Edinburgh. This is the best way of getting an insight into the work involved in delivering the mail on a daily basis – they go out in all weathers, and I thank them for all the work they do.”

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