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What’s On in Edinburgh July 2012

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July is a month for foodies, music lovers and those looking for a good old fashioned country show. Flop into a deckchair with a glass of fizz at Taste, picnic on a Pentland hill-top or dance the night away at the Edinburgh Jazz festival.


On July 6 - 8 2012 fine dining will be transported to the Meadows with Taste of Edinburgh for three days of summertime eating, drinking and entertainment. An assortment of the best Scottish restaurants will be serving up their finest combined with wine / beer / fizz tastings and over 100 hand-picked foodie producer’s stalls to shop from.
The restaurants have fashioned special menus of starter-sized dishes for the occasion to specially reflect their philosophy and showcase seasonal and premium ingredients.  Be prepared to taste a lot of food! www.tasteofedinburgh.co.uk


This month has some great musical experiences from West End musicals, to the Queen of pop to the best of Jazz and Blues – there’s something for everyone.

For the musical lovers among you Starlight Express rolls into town from the 3rd until the 14th. The Andrew Lloyd Webber classic is one of the longest running musicals in West End history and is entirely performed on roller skates! Head to the Playhouse Theatre for this West End spectacle or buy tickets online here: www.atgtickets.com/venue/Edinburgh-Playhouse

Now in its 34th year, this year's Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival will take place from the 20th – 29th. Hosted in venues across the city with an exciting selection of performers from right across the jazz and blues musical spectrum, the festival also has detours into hip-hop, funk and soul along the way. Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra are playing on the 29th at the Edinburgh Playhouse and tickets can be bought now www.atgtickets.com For more information and the 2012 program see the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues festival website www.edinburghjazzfestival.com

Last but not least, Madonna stops by in Edinburgh as part of her World Tour on the 21st July. Believe it or not, in a career spanning 23 years as an entertainer, this will be Madonna's first concert in Scotland! So we had better make the most of it and boogie on down to Murrayfield Stadium. Tickets start at £50.75 and can be bought here www.livenation.co.uk

For a younger audience the Festival Theatre has just the show - Peppa Pig's Treasure Hunt on the 4th and 5th. Watch as the popular cartoon pig and her friends brought to life as puppets. The last show, Peppa Pig's Party, was a sell-out success so be quick to join Peppa’s sing-a-long story this year. For full information on tickets and prices see the website. www.fctt.org.uk/peppapig


From the 13th of July, The National Museum of Scotland is opening the exhibition Catherine the Great: An Enlightened Empress. As one of Russia’s most successful rulers Catherine the Great was also one of history's greatest art collectors. Her collection reflects both the personal and political ambitions of a woman who put Russia firmly on the cultural map of Europe. The collection vividly illustrates her interests and achievements from throughout her reign and provides a fascinating glimpse of the dazzling wealth and magnificence of the Imperial Russian Court. www.nms.ac.uk

For a more modern art collection head to the National Gallery for Modern Art where they are showing Edvard Munch, most famously known for ‘The Scream’. The core of this exhibition features an outstanding group of fifty works on paper by Munch held in a private Norwegian collection.  This will be the first time they have been shown in the UK. The exhibition features rare, hand-coloured versions of iconic images such as The Scream, Anxiety and Madonna and also explores Munch’s rigorous experimentation as he revisited subjects to heighten their emotive impact.

If having seen the exhibition you find yourself suffering from culture-overload then explore the beautiful gift shops and cafes associated with both the museum and gallery. Sit in the grand Victorian museum entrance with your cuppa, or sit out for lunch on the sunny terrace at the gallery.

Country Shows

July is also a great month for country agricultural shows so if you want a mixture of horses, cattle, sheep and goats alongside shops with local produce, crafts and children’s entertainment then give them a go. The shows are great for kids especially the goats that all seem to have huge personalities!

Haddington Show
7 July 2012
Westfield Farm, Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland, UK

Border Union Show
27 - 28 July 2012
Kelso, Scottish Borders, Scotland, UK

Alternatively use a sunny day in July to walk the hills around Eastside. Picnic on top of The Kipps with a better view that you’ll ever get from a dining table in town, or if picnicking is not your bag then head to the local pub at Flotterstone – having walked the Pentland peaks you’ll have earned it!

Taste of Edinburgh

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Taste of Edinburgh, get involved.

Taste of Edinburgh, get involved. ↑

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Edvard Munch at the National Gallery for Modern Art

Edvard Munch at the National Gallery for Modern Art ↑

Edinburgh Jazz festival 2012

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