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What’s on in Edinburgh July 2016

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What not to miss this July! With the Edinburgh Magic Festival, Jazz & Blues festival, Mardi Gras, Carnival & Highland games it is a busy month ahead in and around Edinburgh!


Edinburgh International Magic Festival (1st - 8th July)

Lose yourself in magic with a programme of world-class magic events, unforgettable performances, and jaw-dropping stunts from some of the greatest illusionists and magicians from around the world. 

Looking for something different? Why not try : Magic à la Carte, the Magic festival’s mystery dining experience. Book your place at Tigerlily for a delicious three course meal with entertainment provided by magic consultant Lewis Barlow, former Scottish Close-up Magician of the Year, Billy Reid and four times Scottish champion Michael Neto. 

For the full programme, tickets & times see the website.

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival (15th - 24th July)

The Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival brings together some of the world's very best acts from the Jazz and Blues each July. The 2016 programme will stage over 170 concerts throughout the 10 days featuring some of the biggest names in modern jazz, blues and soul as well as a great selection of r’n'b, hip hop and Latin acts.

You'll find gigs taking place throughout the city, including the Spiegeltent in St Andrew Square and George Square, the Festival Theatre, and the top floor gallery of the City Art Centre transformed into a jazz club loft scene.


  • Jools Holland and his Orchestra featuring special guests.
  • Scotland’s top soul exiles The Average White Band, also featuring The James Taylor Quartet
  • Rare Scottish concerts by two giants of world jazz for the last forty years, John McLaughlin and Jan Garbarek

Festival Highlights

Mardi Gras
One of the Festival’s highlights is the colourful Mardi Gras which takes place in the Grassmarket on 16th July. This free event sees a variety of performers entertaining the crowds throughout the day. 

Edinburgh Festival Carnival 
Another festival favourite is the incredible Carnival which includes over 700 performers from around the world. On 17th July, get swept up in the party atmosphere as the Carnival parade makes its way down The Mound. Then head to Princes Street where you can immerse yourself in music, costumes, circus acrobatics and puppetry.

The Parade begins at 2.30pm from The Mound travelling down to the West End of Princes Street. From 2.30pm to 5pm you see colourful performances in Princes Street, Princes Street Gardens and the Grassmarket.

For the full festival line-up see the website.

Loch Lomond Highland Games (16th July)
A wee bit of a trek over to the West Coast for this event, but well worth it for a taste of traditional Scotland in one of the most spectacular settings. The Loch Lomond Highland Games is a traditional highland gathering with highland dancing, pipe bands, tug-of-war, caber tossing & more…

For the full programme see the website.

Super Supper clubs

Full Moon Dinners at the Secret Herb Garden (Tuesday, 19th July)
You’ll always be welcome at the quirky maze of glasshouses, garden bothies and herb gardens throughout the day for simple but delicious lunches and cakes but once a month (throughout the summer) Hamish and the team do something special!

On the 19th this month the glasshouses will be opened for a candle-lit evening with great food paired with wine. This month the team from the wonderful Edinburgh restaurant Timberyard will be cooking with Hamish providing the wines. Book up quick though - these tables go fast!

For booking & alternative dates see the website.

Full Moon Dinners at the Secret Herb Garden

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Full Moon Dinners at the Secret Herb Garden

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Full Moon Dinners at the Secret Herb Garden

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