April in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh starts to feel a lot more like Spring. Daffodils brighten the cottage gardens and preparation for lambing (starting at the end of the month) is underway. Easter provides the perfect occasion for a Sunday roast in the countryside.

APRIL AVAILABILITY AT EASTSIDE

Stable Cottage (sleeps 2) available 1st - 30th April 2020

Steading Cottage (sleeps 4) available 1st - 30th April 2020

Byre Cottage (sleeps 6) available 1st - 30th April 2020

Woodshed (sleeps 2) available 1st - 30th April 2020

What's on around Edinburgh in April?

Edinburgh springs to life with the International Science Festival and the Beltane Fire Festival celebrates the Winter's end with fiery theatrics on Calton Hill looking out over the city.

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Edinburgh International Science Festival

1.

Celebrate

Easter Sunday | 12th April 2020 Spend Easter Sunday with the perfect Sunday roast and country walk straight from your cottage door. If certain members of the family are more interested in the Easter eggs, don't worry, we put together a great collection of Easter egg hunts in and around the Capital!

Easter Trail at the Royal Botanic Gardens | TBC

Easter Egg Hunt at the National Trust's Georgian House | TBC

Easter at the Palace | TBC

Easter Eggstravaganza at Traquair | TBC

2.

Festivals

The Edinburgh Science Festival aims to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to discover science in the world around them. The programme is worth a peruse, an eclectic mix of topics from 'Physics Wizardry' workshops for children to 'Cheesology' and 'the Science of Gin and Tonic' for grown ups.

We are also looking forward to Beltane, celebrating the turning of the Celtic seasons with a display of fire, drumming, and acrobatics on Calton Hill.

Puppet Animation Festival | TBC

Edinburgh International Science Festival | 4th - 19th April 2020

Edinburgh Comic Con | 11th - 12th April 2020

Beltane Fire Festival | 30th April 2020

SCRAN Street Food Festival | TBC

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Beltane Fire Festival

3.

Exhibitions

This month Edinburgh has a fantastic Italian art collection at the City Art Centre and the National Museums Tyrannosaur exhibition exploring the most feared and revered of all dinosaurs. All of these can be experienced in more detail through regular tours and workshops.

The Italian Connection | throughout April 2020

NOW | Katie Paterson, Ciara Phillips and others | throughout April 2020

Paula Rego | until 19th April 2020

Parasites: Battle for Survival | until 19th April 2020

Tyrannosaurs | throughout April 2020

Science festival Edinburgh, children workshops

Edinburgh Science Festival's Blood Bar

4.

Theatre & Comedy

Riverdance : 25th Anniversary Show | 24th - 26th April 2020

Jimmy Carr : Terribly Funny | 26th April 2020

The Free Company : Spring Dining Series

5.

Events for children

So many brilliant Easter egg hunts for the littlest ones in and around Edinburgh. There is something wonderful about hunting those colourful foil wrapped chocolate eggs dropped so fortuitously by the Easter Hare!

Easter Trail at the Royal Botanic Gardens | TBC

Easter Egg Hunt at the National Trust's Georgian House | TBC

Easter at the Palace | TBC

Easter Eggstravaganza at Traquair | TBC

6.

Food & drink

Read our 'Best lunch spots in and around Edinburgh' article for delicious lunch & brunch inspiration!

The Free Company : Spring Dining Series | TBC

7.

Sport

Musselburgh Racecourse : Easter | TBC

Scottish Kilomathon | 5th April 2020

8.

Scottish Ceilidh dancing

Edinburgh Ceilidh Club | (including callers for beginners) Every Tuesday

Science festival Edinburgh, learning, adults and children

Edinburgh International Science Festival

Fire festival Edinburgh

Beltane Fire Festival

Science festival Edinburgh, children workshops

Edinburgh Science Festival's Blood Bar

The Free Company : Spring Dining Series

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