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.

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Stable Cottage (sleeps 2) fully booked

Steading Cottage (sleeps 4) fully booked

Byre Cottage (sleeps 6) available 8th - 12th, 19th - 25th & 29th - 30th April 2019

Woodshed (sleeps 2) fully booked

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 | 21st April 2019 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 have put together a great collection of Easter egg hunts in and around the Capital!

Kids Easter Egg Painting Workshop | 20th April 2019

Easter Trail at the Royal Botanic Gardens | 6th - 22nd April 2019

The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at the National Trust's Georgian House | 19th - 21st April 2019

Easter Egg hunt and crafts at Hopetoun | 21st April 2019

Easter at the Palace | 8th - 21st April 2019

Easter Eggstravaganza at Traquair | 21st April 2019

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 | 30th March - 20th April 2019

Edinburgh International Science Festival | 6th - 21st April 2019

Edinburgh Comic Con | 6th - 7th April 2019

Beltane Fire Festival | 30th April 2019

SCRAN Street Food Festival | 13th April 2019

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Beltane Fire Festival

3.

Exhibitions

Edinburgh has fantastic collection of Scottish photography at the City Art Centre, the National Museums Robots exhibition and Andy Warhol at Modern Two. All of these can be experienced in more detail through regular gallery tours and workshops.

In Focus : Scottish Photography | Throughout April 2019

Charles II : Art & Power | throughout April 2019

Embroidered Stories: Scottish Samplers | until 21st April 2019

Robots | throughout April 2019

NOW: Monster Chetwynd, Moyna Flannigan, Henry Coombes, Betye Saar, Wael Shawky | until 28th April 2019

Andy Warhol and Eduardo Paolozzi : I want to be a machine | throughout April 2019

ARTIST ROOMS : Woodman, Arbus and Mapplethorpe | from 6th April 2019

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Edinburgh Science Festival's Blood Bar

4.

Music & Theatre

It's a busy month with theatre, music, musicals and ballet. We are looking forward to Matilda the Musical and An Evening with the Hairy Bikers.

To Kill A Mockingbird | 1st - 6th April 2019

Matilda the Musical | 2nd - 27th April 2019

An Evening with the Hairy Bikers : Queens Hall | 5th April 2019

Led Zeppelin Masters | 6th April 2019

Northern Ballet Victoria | 10th - 13th April 2019

Scottish Chamber Orchestra : Ravel Piano Concerto played by Bertrand Chamayou | 11th April 2019

Richard Ashcroft | 23rd April 2019

Scottish Chamber Orchestra : Hardenberger plays Haydn and Gruber| 25th April 2019

Eddi Reader | 26th April 2019

George: Celebrating the songs and music of George Michael | 27th April 2019

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac | 30th April 2019

Rock of Ages | 30th April - 4th May 2019

The Verdict | 30th April - 4th May 2019

The Free Company : Spring Dining Series

Northern Ballet | Victoria

5.

Theatre & 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!

Kids Easter Egg Painting Workshop | 20th April 2019

Easter Trail at the Royal Botanic Gardens | 6th - 22nd April 2019

The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at the National Trust's Georgian House | 19th - 21st April 2019

Easter Egg hunt and crafts at Hopetoun | 21st April 2019

Easter at the Palace | 8th - 21st April 2019

Easter Eggstravaganza at Traquair | 21st April 2019

Aliens Love Underpants | 12th - 14th April 2019

In the Night Garden | 27th - 28th April 2019

6.

Food & drink

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

Restoration Cafe's Exclusive Steak Night | 26th April 2019

The Free Company : Spring Dining Series | 11th, 12th, 14th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 25th, 26th & 28th April. Book now as tickets sell out super fast!

8.

Sport

Musselburgh Racecourse : Easter Saturday | 20th April 2019

Scottish Kilomathon | 7th April 2019

9.

Scottish Ceilidh dancing

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

Eduardo Paolozzi at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

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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

Northern Ballet | Victoria

Eduardo Paolozzi at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

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