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What’s On in Edinburgh June 2012

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June starts with Gardening Scotland on the
1st, 2nd & 3rd.
 For the green-fingered amongst you it’s a great chance to see some garden design ideas as well as numerous plant stalls and exhibitors in the Royal Highland Exhibition Centre. For the non-gardeners there are numerous food and clothing stalls and plenty of non-garden exhibitions and displays to keep everyone entertained. www.gardeningscotland.com

If you are in Edinburgh on the 4th and 5th, make sure you stop by the Meadows for the summer festival. The first Meadows Festival was in 1974 and since then the Festival has been an annual feature. As well as live music, craft stalls and art work for sale, enjoy the funfair, win a coconut or sit out on the park with a picnic and a good book.

On the 4th head back to Eastside in the evening for the lighting of the Jubilee beacon on the top of Scald Law. The highest peak in the Pentland range is one in a network of over 2,600 Beacons that will be lit by communities throughout the United Kingdom to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The beacon lighting is carefully timed so that the beacons are lit one after the other and promises to be an awe-inspiring spectacle. www.diamondjubileebeacons.co.uk

If you want to do your bit for charity and raise awareness for breast cancer, why not try the moon walk in aid of “Walk the Walk, uniting against breast cancer”. This is a unique event as not only do all the participants power-walk a marathon at night (26.2 miles) or half marathon (13.1 miles) depending on which distance they have chosen, but they all wear decorated bras (yes men too!) It starts on the night of Saturday 9th, Inverleith. To register and for more information see the website: www.walkthewalk.org

If walking at night in a bra is not your thing and you want a really scary challenge for a charitable cause then look no further than the Ultimate Abseil! Join others raising money for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland for a 165ft freefall abseil on the iconic Forth Rail Bridge on 10th June. No experience is necessary and skilled instructors are on hand to guide you. Registration is open now but places are filling quickly - rather you than us though as we are all terrified of heights!  www.ultimateabseil.com

The Olympic Flame also makes it to Edinburgh in June. For many, the Olympic Flame relay on the 13th and 14th will be the closest they physically get to a sporting event at the 2012 Games in London. The Edinburgh leg of the relay passes along the following route: Calder Road, Chesser Avenue, Slateford Road, Shandon Place, Ashley Terrace, Gray’s Loan, Colinton Road, Holy Corner, Bruntsfield Place, Leven Street, Home Street, Lauriston Place, Forrest Road, George IV Bridge, Lawnmarket, Castlehill, Edinburgh Castle. You can follow the torch’s progress (and find out where to cheer it on) here: www.london2012.com/torch-relay until it reaches London signaling the start of the 2012 Olympic games at the end of July.

Calling all students on the 15th of June for the University of Edinburgh Undergraduate Open Day. It is a great opportunity for both potential students and parents to explore the city and the uni. Whether you want to research the degrees on offer or check out accommodation this is the time to do it with information sessions and meet and greets to get you up to speed before signing up! More information and timetables are available nearer the time here: www.ed.ac.uk/studying/undergraduate/visiting/open-days

From the 20th the Edinburgh International Film Festival gets into full swing.  Established in 1947, the Edinburgh International Film Festival is renowned around the world for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema.  Intimate in its scale but ambitious in its scope and fuelled by pure passion for cinema, EIFF seeks to spotlight the most exciting and innovative new film talent in a setting steeped in history. Notable films premiered in recent years have included: 35 SHOTS OF RUM, THE HURT LOCKER, MOON, FISH TANK, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, SOMERS TOWN, MAN ON WIRE, CONTROL, KNOCKED UP, RATATOUILLE, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, TSOTSI, BILLY ELLIOT and AMORES PERROS. The EIFF box office usually opens around 20th May.  Towards the end of the festival there is usually a good deal available The Best of the Fest. For booking and more information see the website www.edfilmfest.org.uk

We finish the June round up last but not least with The Royal Highland Show. The ‘Highland’ is one of the biggest events in Edinburgh & The Lothians and the highlight of the Scottish country calendar.  It runs from the 21st to the 24th of June.  For four days families will flock to touch, taste, see and hear the very best Scotland has to offer by way of entertainment, outdoor living, shopping, food & drink and the finest farmyard animals. Highlights for both adults and children include walking through the cattle shed housing hundreds of show cattle, browsing the craft tent, visiting the goats, watching the teams of six Clydesdale driving classes (not always 100% under control!) and visiting the food tent for some much needed nourishment from some of Scotland’s finest producers. For information and tickets visit the website: www.royalhighlandshow.org

Highland ponies at the Royal Highland Show

Highland ponies at the Royal Highland Show ↑

Image courtesy of Royal Highland Show 2012

Royal Highland Show

Royal Highland Show ↑

Image courtesy of Royal Highland Show 2012  

Diamond Jubilee Beacons on Hadrian's wall

Diamond Jubilee Beacons on Hadrian's wall ↑

Historic images of beacons erected for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee

Historic images of beacons erected for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee ↑

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