1 July Bringing Up Baby is a new exhibition at the Museum of Childhood and runs until 29th September. Free entry. This event explores the choices and challenges faced by parents. Explore a range of objects from the museum’s collection including; Paddi Pad disposable nappies invented by British mum Valerie Hunter Gordon in 1947, Kamella Baby Bag popular in the 1930’s and a charming selection of baby’s clothes, including home-made knits and a selection of clothes popular through the decades.
2 Creative Circles is a monthly meet up for creatives, techies, makers and freelancers at 38 Castle Terrace Edinburgh between 8.30-10.30am.
3 Art in the Park. Join the Rangers for a fun-filled session of creative exploration in the outdoors! Aimed at children between 10 and 14 years. Get along to Holyrood Park. Booking essential. https://www.historicenvironment.scot
4 Some Guys Have All the Luck – The Rod Stewart Story at Edinburgh Playhouse. Tickets from £13.
5 Looking to entertain the children? Then try Cuddly Corgi Treasure Hunt at The Royal Yacht Britannia Leith. https://www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk/whats-on/
6 Bricklive Ocean at Edinburgh Zoo. See sharks and sealife made from Lego. Event runs from today until 8th September 2019. 10am-6pm. See website for more details and booking: https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/events-calendar/2019/july/bricklive-ocean/
The Edinburgh Climate Festival is on at the Meadows from midday to 9pm. There’s live music and activities for all the family. The event aims to celebrate and inspire climate change. Admission is a free.
7 Tanabata: Japanese Star Festival. Discover fascinating objects in the National Museum of Scotland’s East Asia gallery and don’t forget to make a wish and tie it to their bamboo tree. Activities feature Japanese music, storytelling, costume, performance and craft. 11am-4pm. Free drop-in.
8 At the Queen’s Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse you can see the exhibition Russia: Royalty and the Romanovs which examines the relationship between Britain and Russia and their royal families, through more than 170 works of art in the Royal Collection.
9 The Bodyguard is back at Edinburgh Playhouse from 9-20 July 2019. The smash-hit musical is based on the Hollywood film and comes to Edinburgh after a triumphant West End run and sell-out UK tour. Alexandra Burke stars. Tickets 0844 871 3014
10 Luna Kids Open-Air Cinema is showing films for children at the Meadows from today to 14th July. See website for details: https://www.seetickets.com/search?q=luna%20kids%20edinburgh&awc=7816_1560940916_546af9867dbf823aca278aea65de9146&AFF=aw
11 Paul Weller, lead singer with the Jam and The Style Council, is playing at Edinburgh Castle. Tickets from £53.70. Show starts at 7pm.
12 Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival starts today and runs until 21st July. Download brochure at the following link to see what’s on: https://www.edinburghjazzfestival.com/
13 Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival Mardi Gras, The Grassmarket. Starts at 1pm and admission is free.
14 Edinburgh Carnival. See link for more details: https://www.edinburghcarnival.uk/carnival.html
15 Castle Street Edinburgh Jazz Fest Fair runs from today to 21st July 10am-6pm.
16 Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival feature Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Matt Schofield Band. A double helping of blues rock from two guitar icons. https://bookings.capitaltheatres.com
17 The End of the World Show at The Stand on York Place 7.30pm. Post-truth, Fake News, Brexit, Trump, No Deal, Novichok, Ant and Dec minus Ant, Fidget Spinners…… Armageddon is not so much nigh as teabagging the world in the face. So now that we’ve bought the tickets to Hell in a handcart and this really is the end of civilisation, surely we can still find the time to trivialise it? From the team that brought you the award-winning Aye Right? How No? and Topical Storm – join Keir McAllister, Vladimir McTavish, Stu Murphy and special guests as they compete for very last laugh in oblivion.
18 At the Palace of Holyroodhouse there is an exhibition of the Royal Wedding outfits worn by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their wedding day last year. You can also see the outfits worn by Prince George and his sister Princess Charlotte. Entry to the exhibition is included in the palace entrance ticket.
19 Jools Holland is playing at The Festival Theatre Edinburgh. Tickets from £33.50
Edinburgh’s only city centre food festival will be showcasing a range of international cuisine through a diverse and unique range of producers and street food stall holders, who will be serving up some of Scotland’s best contemporary food and drink. Held in George Square Gardens from 19-28 July 2019
20 The Proclaimers play Edinburgh Castle tonight and if you can beg steal or borrow a ticket then be there. Their concert sold out within 24 hours so they added another date on 21 July too. Ticketmaster is your first stop.
21 Live at the Longlist is the special live event around the Scottish Album of the Year and it is taking place at the Queen’s Hall. It will be hosted by Vic Galloway and Nicola Meighan and there will be live performances by C Duncan among others. Winners of the SAY award will be announced on the night.
22 Victoria Crowe’s retrospective exhibition shows her work over the last half century. There are landscapes to enjoy alongside portraits. The extensive collection is shown over six galleries in the City Art Centre on Market Street.
23 The Three Sisters are holding an Elsa Meet and Greet for younger children with arts and crafts at 9.00am and a movie screening at 11 followed by the Meet and Greet at 12.30. FREE
24 Julie Cope’s Grand Tour: The Story of a Life by Grayson Perry. Dovecot presents the work of the ever-popular artist, celebrated Turner Prize winner, and self-styled ‘unapologetic fetishist’, Grayson Perry. This is your chance to see Julie Cope’s Grand Tour, one of the most anticipated exhibitions of the summer, before it opens to the public. Tickets Eventbrite 10.30am with tea and coffee.
25 Art Festival from today to 25th August. See website for more details: https://edinburghartfestival.com/
26 Elaine Davidson’s Big and Freaky Variety Show at the Banshee Labyrinth 7.00pm till midnight. Over 18s only. Elaine is the world record holder for piercings. Not for the faint-hearted this is a night of freaky, kinky variety entertainment! Tickets on Skiddle
27 Scotland’s National Airshow 10am-5pm. Book tickets on website: https://www.nms.ac.uk/exhibitions-events/events/national-museum-of-flight/airshow/
Ocean Colour Scene is playing at The Usher Hall. Tickets from £33.90
28 The Three Sisters are hosting a Cinderella meet and greet for younger children beginning with arts and crafts at 9.00am a movie screening at 11 and then the chance to meet Cinderella at 12.30. FREE
29 Museum of Edinburgh. Past Lives of Leith runs until 6 October 2019. Visitors to the Museum of Edinburgh can explore the results of the largest excavation of a medieval graveyard undertaken in Edinburgh. “Past Lives of Leith”, which delves into the fascinating work carried out by experts from Headland Archaeology and the City of Edinburgh Council outside Leith Parish Church.
30 Edinburgh Art Festival is the major platform for the visual arts as part of Edinburgh’s world-famous August festival season. The 16th Festival edition runs from 25th July – 25th August so today you could go to see what internationally acclaimed artist Nathan Coley has for you Nathan Coley: The Future is Inside Us, It’s not Somewhere Else Parliament Hall, 11 Parliament Square, EH1 1RQ Daily, 10am—5pm (last admission 4.30pm) FREE It is next to the French Institute where the EAF have their home and where you can pick up a map to have a look at other exhibits around the city.
31 Arthur’s Amble is a guided walk around St Margaret’s Loch and learn more about Arthur’s Seat turbulent past. This is one of a selection of dates – find out more on the Historic Environment Scotland website. Booking essential. Dog friendly.