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MAY/JUN 2018

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CONTENTS Welcome Apart from MADE, my other favourite magazine is RED - I get a little flutter of excitement when it falls through my letter box every month; and I love how the contributors’ ‘best things in life’ always focus around family, food and fresh air. They would love the family scene around here! As well as Jupiter Artland re-opening for its summer season in May and Port Edgar’s open weekend on May 12th & 13th; we now have the amazing Wildhood Festival happening in June. This brand new magical, adventure-led festival is designed just for kids and is filled with all things creative. If that’s not enough ‘best things’ then turn to pages 36 - 40 and go on a selfcatering adventure around the rest of Scotland.

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6 News 13 Mum’s New World Fast Track Delivery

15 Health & Fitness

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28 day challenge

21 Father’s Day 22 Calendars What to do in May and June

26 Holiday Camps & Activities Make summer simple

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36 Holidays Self-catering around Scotland

42 Sport & Leisure Port Edgar’s Open Weekend

44 Shopping Say thanks to your teacher

46 Newborn Photography

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By Studio Life

48 Happy Birthday to you…

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Columnists

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Stagecoach Edinburgh is enrolling in classes near you

Our fun and engaging weekly classes are for 4 - 18 year olds. Children are given both structure and freedom as they learn how to sing, dance and act. Days: Thursday to Sunday Venues: various locations across Edinburgh including Stockbridge, Leith, Grassmarket, Sighthill and Fairmilehead

stagecoach.co.uk/edinburgh

0131 610 0636

Stagecoach Performing Arts Schools are operated under franchise and are independently owned by their Principals. Stagecoach is a registered trademark of Stagecoach Theatre Arts Ltd.

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SINGING DANCING ACTING

WELCOME! Welcome to Stagecoach. We provide quality training in the performing arts. We nurture and develop young potential, stretching imaginations and building confidence.

Early Stages

(Ages 4-6)

Children aged from four to six begin their Stagecoach journey in our Early Stages classes. The 90-minute classes are split into three sections: 30 minutes for singing, 30 minutes for dancing, and 30 minutes for acting. Classes run during term time.

Main Stages (Ages 6-18) Children from six to 18 are split by age into small groups for our weekly Main Stages classes. Classes are held in term time and last for three hours: one hour for singing, one hour for dancing and one hour for acting.

Help your child to grow in confidence, be active and stretch their imagination


NEWS ANOTHER ART & CRAFT EXCLUSIVE Crafta La Vista was born in 2016, a year after the business’s founder, Nicole, gave birth to her daughter. Her work is informed by her observations of babies, toddlers, and pets and the cards she designs are instantly relatable, offering a humorous twist on everyday situations. Art & Craft Collective is delighted to showcase Crafta La Vista’s range of cards and is the only place in Edinburgh to stock them. Nicole is also working on a new series of ‘age’ cards for children’s birthdays. In the pipeline are larger scale prints and a range of clothing. www.artcraftcollective.co.uk

THE BABY SHOW On May 20th, The Baby Show is taking over the George Suite event space in the Principle Hotel, Charlotte Square, with over 30 exhibitors from pregnancy and early years providers, masterclasses, taster classes, offers and competitions. The event runs 10am - 3pm and is free to attend, but pre-book your tickets via bumpsandbabiescollective.com Goodie bags are available for the first 100 attendees (one per party) and donations towards Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity and Simpsons Special Care Babies are much appreciated. bumpsandbabiescollective.com

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NEW STUDIOS FOR SIMON SAYS DANCE Vibrant dance company, Simon Says Dance, is delighted to have recently opened Edinburgh’s freshest dance studio space in Longstone. With 6 bespoke dance and fitness studios, Simon Says Dance, who already teach over 900 students every week, now have the capacity to grow their commercial dance classes, introduce new styles and accommodate lots more dance-loving children! With a free trial up for grabs on any of their classes - acro, ballet, commercial, jazz, house, locking, modern, street and tap - it’s the perfect chance to try something new. For details of SSD classes, school holiday workshops and birthday parties go to www.simonsaysdance.com

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NEWS LOCAL NURSERY AWARD FINALIST Fenton Barns Nursery in Finalist East Lothian is delighted to have been a finalist in the 2018 Scottish Rural Awards. Fenton Barns Nursery has a unique ethos, focussing on outdoor learning and play. The children spend the majority of their days in forest and garden areas, where staff lead a range of adventurous, creative activities.

THE WOMEN RETURNING TO WORK PROGRAMME

FLEXIBLE, CASUAL CHILDCARE IS COMING TO EDINBURGH! NurseryNoww aims to change the face of childcare as we know it, as it links nurseries that have spare availability with parents who need last minute, flexible, casual childcare. Nurseries input any spare availability into NurseryNoww and parents can then search for nurseries in their local area using the easy-touse booking system. Book and pay online for instant childcare in the palm of your hand. If you would love your nursery to use NurseryNoww, head over to nurserynoww.com to recommend a nursery. You could win a £50 Amazon gift card!

MY DADDY IS MY SUPERHERO

Thinking of returning to work but don’t really know where to start? The Women Returning to Work Programme, delivered by The PCT Partnership, will help you understand the local job market and what employers are looking for, prepare an up-to-date CV and gain confidence talking about your achievements, preparing you for competence-based interviews. The course runs throughout the year but the next one starts on 14 May. To find out more visit www.pctpartnership.co.uk/womenreturners. made MAY / JUN 2018

My Daddy Is My Superhero was inspired by Edinburghmum, Michaelagh Broadbent’s experience of helping her young son understand and adjust to his dad’s brain tumour illness. It was written to help a child celebrate and commemorate a seriously ill or lost parent. Aimed at children aged approximately 3–10 years old, it is written in poem form, and its illustrations are based on family photos and special memories. The book will be published in June, and is available to pre-order via michaelaghbroadbent.co.uk

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NEWS TAKE BETTER PHOTOS Two of Edinburgh’s leading family photographers, Rachel Hein and Anna Moffat, have teamed up to offer parents a fool proof course in how to take better photos of your family. The one day course is aimed at DSLR owners and will teach you everything you need to know to get off auto and start taking great photos. The course will take place in a beautiful location in Edinburgh on June 9th and spaces are limited. Please email rachel@rachelhein.com or anna@ annamoffat.com for more info and to be first to know when the tickets are released.

EDEN ROCK OPENS Eden Rock Edinburgh is a new worldclass climbing wall which opened its doors recently near Straiton Retail Park. Eden Rock runs regular bouldering sessions for climbers of all ages and abilities, as well as a wide range of courses, fun weekly kids’ sessions, family inductions and popular ladies night on Fridays! See more info at www.edenrockclimbing.com/edinburgh.

NEW BIRTHLIGHT BABY YOGA From Acorn to Oak With Love owner, Lesley Gould, is delighted with feedback from new parents who have been attending her new Birthlight Baby Yoga classes. Parents say “It’s a gentle path back to fitness after having a baby, and a relaxed atmosphere to meet other mums. Baby loves the movement and songs, too!” These classes compliment Lesley’s existing Infant Massage (IAIM) classes which she runs across Edinburgh. If you would like to enjoy relaxation and bonding time with your baby, and coffee and delicious home baking please contact lesley@ fromacorntooak.uk

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THE PUFFINS ARE BACK! Puffin season has begun at the Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick. Controlling interactive cameras, visitors to the 5-star Centre can zoom in on the live puffin action on the nearby islands. A range of familyfriendly boat trips operate from the Centre to the local islands where these beautiful endangered seabirds are nesting. Boat trip prices vary. See www.seabird.org for more details.

EVERYBODY DANCE

Dance Division Charity is a local organisation which provides dance and fitness opportunities to children, young people and adults in Edinburgh; making exercise accessible to all. They provide a range of different services and sessions, from weekly community classes in various venues, kids’ birthday parties, service providers organising dance teachers for different venues and groups and fantastic holiday dance camps which run every holiday at The Crags Centre. For more info go to www.dancedivision.org.uk made MAY / JUN 2018

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NEWS MONKEY MUSIC WINS HOOP AWARDS

NEW IRONKIDS FOR SCOTLAND IRONKIDS Scotland is the newest event in the hugely popular IRONKIDS global series and will see three separate children’s running events being staged at three venues - Dalkeith Country Park on Friday 29 June; and Preston Links and Holyrood Park on Saturday 30 June - with routes of between 500 metres and 2 kilometres. These three fun-packed, mass participation, familyfriendly running events are for young people aged 3 - 14 of all abilities; with the day featuring lots of family entertainment and sports taster sessions too. Entry (£4 + booking fee) includes a t-shirt and a finishers medal and registration is open now! Sign up now for Midlothian, East Lothian or Edinburgh events on bit.ly/IRONKIDSscotland

Monkey Music Comely Bank Corstorphine and Murrayfield has been awarded WINNER in two categories in the HOOP Awards 2018 and runner-up in a third. Rachel Huggins Principal of Monkey Music said “This is such an achievement and we are so pleased and delighted to have been awarded in Best for Toddlers, Best for MiniPerformers and runner up in Best for Babies. We would like to thank all our customers, past and present who voted for us and as we celebrate our 10th Birthday this month, this really has made the beginning of our new term so exciting!” www.monkeymusic.co.uk

NEW CHILDREN’S SHOP IS A PERFECT FIT An exciting new destination children’s shop is opening in May in Peebles. The PERFECT Fit will stock a carefully curated selection of clothing, shoes and gifts. The brainchild of Kerrie Guiney, who has over 20 years of retail experience with both large high street brands and smaller independents, The PERFECT Fit will range stunning stock including well known names like Frugi and Ricosta, alongside local heroes Cheeky Chompers and Katy Lou Designs. Visit facebook.com/The-Perfect-Fit for more info.

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ROCK OUT AT RETRO FESTIVAL FOR FREE Love live music? Love the 80s? Then why not volunteer at Let’s Rock retro festival this summer and enjoy the event for free? By signing up to do a 4-hour shift with festival charity partner, Child Bereavement UK, selling wristbands and raffle tickets on the day, you will gain entry to the festival without spending a single penny. Let’s Rock Scotland will take place at Dalkeith Country Park, Edinburgh on Saturday 23rd June and will include live performances from Billy Ocean, Tony Hadley, Go West and many more. Email femke.bekker@childbereavementuk. org or call 01494 568932. made MAY / JUN 2018

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We’ve teamed up with Maid of the Forth to offer four lucky families the chance to cruise under the Forth Bridges and out to Inchcolm Island on board an acclaimed sightseeing trip. Enjoy a 90-minute cruise from South Queensferry, with the journey passing underneath the spectacular Forth Rail Bridge, and a stop at Haystack Rock where you can watch seals basking in the sunshine. The sightseeing cruise docks briefly at Inchcolm Island for passengers who wish to explore the historic island, before continuing round to the south side of the island for spectacular views. The popular open-top deck is ideal for viewing the abundance of marine life such as grey seals and seabirds, and the occasional porpoises. Refreshments are available on board. To be in with a chance of winning one of four family tickets, just answer this question:

Where does the Maid of the Forth cruise depart from? For more information please visit www.maidoftheforth.co.uk

T&Cs. The winners will be picked at random by MADE magazine on June 22nd. Competition entries are restricted to Edinburgh, Lothians and surrounding areas only. Editor’s decision is final. No cash alternative is available and prizes are non-transferrable. Please indicate on your entry if you would prefer not to receive information from MADE and any of its partners. Maid of the Forth T&Cs: Winners must book the date of sailing in advance, trips to be taken before end of 2018, up to 3 children (up to 15 years of age) are included within the ticket, please note that landing is not included, but can be paid on the day. Winners must refer to the Maid of the Forth website for details of the T&Cs of their trip.

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Helping women navigate their way back to work. Next course starts 14 May Courses run throughout the year www.thepctpartnership.co.uk Tel: 0131 622 6240 training@thepctpartnership.co.uk

Principle Hotel, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh 10am - 3pm free entry, prebook your tickets at bumpsandbabiescollective.com  donations welcome for our charity partners 


Mum’s New World

Written by Kirsty Nicholls, www.sweetpea.media

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visited my sister last week and I was treated to lots of cuddles with my beautiful four-month-old niece. I was quite taken with a new playmat they had recently bought. (A sentence I never thought I’d write.) It has a little piano at the end, for kicking feet to play. Ingenious. My sister revealed that within two hours of ordering it online, it was on her doorstep. The power of the Fast Track Delivery Service. On the face of it, this sounds brilliant. But then as our conversation continued, we uncovered a deeply uncomfortable truth. There’s a conspiracy that’s targeting sleep-deprived new mums: 2.30am too-goodto-be-true, can’t-live-without-it online shopping opportunities. I’ve written before about my slight obsession with buying vintage skirts on eBay. That I often stay up too late, scrolling relentlessly through pages of tat on my phone. Even when it’s getting toward midnight though, I’m still of sound mind enough to recognise what I should (or should not) be buying. But add another three hours onto that, an incomplete sleep cycle and suckling newborn, then anything goes. made MAY / JUN 2018

My memories of nights with my two as tiny babies are a haze of cosy breastfeeding, the (very loud) beep of the Perfect Prep formula machine, comatose breast pumping, crazy dreams about misplacing babies amongst bed sheets and lots of Facebook scrolling. Then those sneaky adverts started to appear, tempting my addled brain into buying stuff I definitely didn’t need. If Facebook helps advertisers to target us based on our posts, comments and likes, then what on earth have I been doing? My feed is full of harem pants and friendship bracelets. With this array of wares, my zombified online shopping sprees are fairly low risk. Not so though, for an unfortunate friend of my sister’s. So tired was she one fateful night, that she accidentally purchased not one set of nursery furniture, but three. Two from eBay and one off Gumtree. She and her husband awoke to the glorious news that two full bedroom suites would be arriving that week, and the third needed collecting from Norwich. Delivery is now so speedy, that items arrive before you’ve even remembered buying

them. I’ve had parcels arrive from China containing random ‘free + p&p’ items that I’ve had to hide under the bed while I trawl through my Paypal statement to check that I was actually mad enough to buy them. It’s incredible what the brain does when it’s tired. Sleep deprivation has been used as a form of torture, because it renders victims vulnerable to persuasion. This was proved one day, when a friend arrived to meet me at a play cafe without her purse. As she came to pay for a packet of Pom-Bears, she realised in horror that she’d left it on her bedside table, having joined two conflicting political parties after a red-eye ‘The Guardian’ binge. I can only draw one conclusion from this: I won’t be having any more babies, because my bank balance simply wouldn’t cope. n

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28-Day Free Fitness Challenge FOR BUSY PEOPLE W H O WA N T TO J U M P- S TA R T H E A LT H Y L I V I N G

Challenge created by Leszek Stelmachowski, Ironman Coach, Co-Owner & Personal Trainer of Fitness Soul www.fitnesssoul.co.uk

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his program is for you if you want to start exercising and get into better shape but don’t know where to start. If you haven’t exercised for a long time, and you don’t feel comfortable joining a fitness club or hiring a personal trainer yet, jump on board!

Only a couple of minutes each day The program is easy. You only need a couple of minutes each day. You will learn basic exercises - good technique is key. This allows you to stay safe, and make faster progress later, reaping all the benefits. Then, very slowly and gradually, the exercises get put together into mini-workouts to challenge your muscles and heart.

Feel bet ter about your self and your body This program is not about revolution and we don’t promise it will massively change your life. But if you stay with us, we promise you will feel much better about yourself and your body. You will have a little more energy and suddenly daily tasks will become a little bit easier. made MAY / JUN 2018

Then you might even consider joining a fitness club, gym or sign up for the dance lessons? Who knows? It happens all the time – so why not to you too? Although it’s not our main goal, your body composition will start changing too. Slowly and surely you will burn fat and tone up.

How does it work? There are six basics exercises which you will learn in the first days. Then they combine into little workouts. Print out the planner, hang it on the fridge and follow it. You can also join our online version of the program where you will find the videos and healthy eating tips. fitnesssoul. co.uk/28-day-free-fitness-challenge/

Suppor t We are social creatures and we need to surround ourselves with same-minded people. If you would like to connect with a private community and receive support, the experts are ready to help. Community can help you achieve better results and stay motivated for longer. Follow the link to sign up /fitnesssoul.co.uk/28-day-freefitness-challenge/

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WORKOUTS The format is 20 seconds ON and 10 seconds OFF. Download an interval timer app on your phone or join our online videos.

WORKOUT I

WORKOUT V

4 x 20 sec Plank, 4 x 20 sec Superman

4 x 20s Superman, 4 x 20s Diamond Sit-Up, 4 x 20sec Push-Up

WORKOUT II

WORKOUT VI

4 x 20s Diamond Sit-Up, 4 x 20s Plank

4 x 20s Plank, 4 x 20s Superman, 4 x 20s Diamond Sit-Up, 4 x 20s Squat

WORKOUT III

WORKOUT VII

4 x 20s Push-Up, 4 x 20s Table Top

4 x 20s Plank, 4x20s Superman, 4 x 20s Push-Up, 4 x 20s Table Top

WORKOUT IV 4 x 20s Plank, 4 x 20s Squat, 4 x 20 sec Table Top

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BADASS WORKOUT Each exercise 4 x 20s ON, 10s off

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1. PLANK Start with hands shoulder-width apart, tuck your bum under, engage your core, make sure your back is flat and head is in line with your spine. PLANK EASY OPTION Go on your fore arms and put your knees down

2. SUPERMAN Lie down on your front with your arms in the front of you lift your arms and legs of the floor. If that is too much lift arms (2a) or legs only (2b)

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3. DIAMOND SIT UP Lie down on your back with your hand behind your head and lower back attached to the floor, bring your feet together and keep your knees out. Lift your shoulder off the ground for an easy option (3a.) or go all the way up to the sitting position for the harder one(3b)

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Start in the standing position (4a) with your feet shoulder-width apart. Keep your abs strong and lower your bum down. Keep your knees behind your toes and push them out, keep the chest up and back straight. Come back to standing. Try to drop to the level of your knees or lower for a harder option if you want to take it easy just slide your hand to your knees(4b) or use the chair (4c)

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Start in the PLANK position and drop down to lie down on the floor. Now elbows are pointing back, and hands shoulder width apart, put your knees down (5a), engage your core and glutes, push all the way up to the plank (5b), if it’s easy there is no need.

6. TABLE TOP

Start by siting down on the floor (6a) with get gips with apart and hands shoulders width apart. Lift your glutes as high as possible, so you create a nice table top (6b). For easy option just drop down, for harder swing all the way back so your bum will be in between your hands, Do it again.

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Fun and family friendly running events for young people aged 3 to 14 of all abilities Age group races between 500m and 2km Entry ÂŁ4 + booking fee - includes t-shirt and a finishers medal Family entertainment and sports taster sessions

IRONKIDS Scotland June 2018: - Midlothian - Dalkeith Country Park - Friday 29th - East Lothian - Preston Links - Saturday 30th - Edinburgh - Holyrood Park - Saturday - 30th Magazine Design.indd 1

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Dates for your diary Monday

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1 10.30am - 12.30pm Open Studio: Make an Impression @ Scottish National Gallery, The Mound. FREE, drop-in event, messy art making - bring a change of clothes! For ages 1-3.

10.30am, 1pm or 3pm Pit Pony Messy Play @ National Mining Museum. Pony arts & crafts and ride around the gallery on a hobby horse! Suitable for all ages, £3.00 per child 14 MAGICAL MORNING @ SCOTTISH STORYTELLING CENTRE MAY 15

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PIT PONY MESSY PLAY @ NATIONAL MINING MUSEUM

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EDINBURGH YOGA FESTIVAL MAY 11 - 20

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10am & 11.30am (40 mins) Tiny Tales: Magical Morning @ Scottish Storytelling Centre. An enchanted trail through the world of pixies and giants. £5 per child, for ages 2-5 years. 22 10am - 11am New Mum’s Get Together @ TurtleDove Play Cafe. Coffee and cake £3.50

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7-9pm Dads-To-Be Course @ The Pregnancy & Parents Centre, Lower Gilmore Place. Also runs on Sat May 26th 10am - 4.30pm.

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Ogo @ Institut français d’Ecosse. Part of Edinburgh International Children’s Theatre. For ages 2-6. See dates, times and info at www.imaginate.org.uk

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28 29 30 31 Stick by Me @ North Edinburgh Arts. Part of Edinburgh International Children’s Festival. For ages 3-6. See dates, times and info at www.imaginate.org.uk

OGO @ INSTITUT FRANÇAIS D’ECOSSE MAY 28 - JUNE 3

Baba Yaga @ Traverse Theatre. Part of Edinburgh International Children’s Theatre. For ages 7-12. See dates and times at www.imaginate.org.uk

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7.30pm (for 8pm start) Bearfoot Comedy Night @ The Merlin, Morningside. A comedy extravaganza, first Friday of each month. www.eventbrite.co.uk

10am - 4pm Sunday Funday @ The Yard. Open to the public every Sunday. £6 per child for two hours. theyardscotland.org.uk

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Edinburgh Yoga Festival 2018 runs May 11th - 20th. Classes held in work places across the city. www.edyogafest .co.uk

Port Edgar Marina Open Weekend! Water sports taster sessions, kids’ activities, food & drink and live music. On May 12th & 13th.

Jupiter Artland opens for the summer season. Go to jupiterartland.org for more info.

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10.30am Animals @ Scottish Storytelling Centre. A show about animals. Big ones, little ones, wild ones, tame ones. It’s also a show about us, and our emotions. Also on 11am on May 19th.

10am - 3pm The Baby Show Edinburgh @ Principle Edinburgh Hotel, Charlotte Sq. Free to attend but pre-book your tickets bumpsandbabies collective.com

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25 26 Edinburgh International Children’s Festival launch weekend! Some of the world’s best theatre, dance, multi-media and puppetry specifically made for young people. Runs May 26th – June 3rd

The 29th Edinburgh International Children’s Festival

27 Toddler Room @ National Museum of Scotland. Part of Edinburgh International Children’s Festival. For ages 0-3. See dates & times at www.imaginate.org.uk

Produced by Imaginate and funded by Creative Scotland, features a varied programme of theatre, dance, multimedia and puppetry. As well as well-loved Scottish companies such as Catherine Wheels, families will have the opportunity to see productions from as far as New Zealand and Canada, and for the first time, an exciting show from South Africa partly performed in the clicking language Xhosa. For more information go to

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Dates for your diary Monday

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Wednesday Thursday

DON’T FORGET TO BUY YOUR FATHER’S DAY

GIFTS AND TEACHER’S PRESSIES!

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18 Barnardo’s Big Toddle Week (18 - 24 June). Join the Teletubbies and organise a little sponsored walk with your little people to transform lives of vulnerable children. 25 ‘Pay what you can Monday’ @ Jupiter Artland. Simply pay what you can for a visit - every Monday!

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14 Kids go FREE weekend @ Jupiter Artland. Runs June 14 - 17.

11am Pips & Panda at the Mermaid’s Pool @ Purves Puppets, Biggar. Also on 14th.

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21 Royal Highland Show @ Ingliston. Runs June 21st - 24th

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ROYAL HIGHLAND SHOW JUNE 21-24

27 10.30am Pips & Panda at the Mermaid’s Pool @ Purves Puppets, Biggar.

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JUNE 2018 Spotlight on... Friday Saturday Sunday 1 2 7.30pm (for 8pm start) Bearfoot Comedy Night @ The Merlin, Morningside. A comedy extravaganza, first Friday of each month. www.eventbrite.co.uk

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Gardening Scotland @ Royal Highland Centre. A family-friendly celebration of everything to do with the garden. Runs June 1st - 3rd

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1pm Mums the Word @ WILDHOOD Festival Rose Theatre, Rose Street. @ Tullibole Castle, near Kinross. A comedy gig for parents On June 10th too. A magical with babies, hosted by family festival made just for comedian and mum, Katie children. See spotlight for more Mulgrew. Contains adult info… material so there’s a relaxed under 18 months policy. 15 16

10am - 4pm Sunday Funday @ The Yard. Open to the public every Sunday, everyone can come along to get messy and have fun! £6 per child for two hours. theyardscotland.org.uk

2pm Funbox Dinosaur Safari @ King’s Theatre. Get ready for some Stone Age singalong silliness on this most roarsome adventure! For ages 2+. FUNBOX DINOSAUR SAFARI @ KING’S THEATRE JUNE 16

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29 30 IRONKIDS Scotland 10am, 1pm & 4pm. runs June 29th & 30th. Peppa Pig’s Adventure Three fun-packed, running @ King’s Theatre. Join Peppa events, with routes of as she gets ready to go on an between 500 metres and exciting camping trip to the 2 kilometres, in Midlothian, woods with George and her East Lothian and Edinburgh. school friends. On July 1st too.

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17 11 - 3pm FREE Father’s Day Family Event @ Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Arts & Crafts, dancing, face-painting, LEGO, music and yoga for kids. Open to all the family.

24 Sunday Sessions @ Dalkeith Country Park. Family friendly music festival with bars, food options, posh loos; circus workshops, entertainers and a funfair for children.

9th & 10th June Tullibole Castle, Kinross wildhoodfestival.com Enjoy complete family escapism with a magical festival made just for children, in an idyllic setting. WILDHOOD is partnering with Scotland’s wonderful wizards of creative pursuits and ecofun, alongside masters of traditional arts & crafts to create an enchanting weekend of adventure filled with family activities, workshops & experiences. WILDHOOD is aimed at under 12s and their families and is Scotland’s first dedicated children’s camping festival. Dress up as animals and get lost in a world of magic & wonder….the WILDHOOD way!

PEPPA PIG’S ADVENTURE @ KING’S THEATRE JUN 30 & JUL 1

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WOODL AND ARTSPARKS JUPITER ARTLAND jupiterartland.org Inspired by the Forest School ethos it combines woodland games, den building, fire lighting and outdoor art. Full-Day Sessions Wed 4 July, 15 August: 10am – 4pm Two Day Sessions - Wed & Thurs 1-2 August: 10am – 4pm Family Sessions - Sat 7, 21 July, 11, 25 August

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DANCE DIVISION HOLIDAY DANCE CAMPS 2018 Camp Dates 2018 2nd-6th April and 9th-16th April - 2 weeks Every week of the Summer holidays- 6 weeks

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15th-19th October- 1 week

9:30-am-3:30pm Mon-Fri The Crags Centre - Dance Studio

THE CRAGS www.dancedivision.org.uk Facebook: @dancedivisioncharity Dance camps include a variety of dance styles such as Street, Cheerleading, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Contemporary and Own Choreography; as well as craft and other related activities, and participants will receive booklets to complete during the camp. There will be a performance at the end of the dance camp – a fun opportunity for the children to show off what they have learnt.

£72 full week / £17 per day Early drop off/late pick up available P1-7 Dance Camps every holiday break Fun & inclusive dance camps for ALL! Contact Dance Division Charity 07951017221 holidays@dancedivision.org.uk www.dancedivision.org.uk Registered Charity no. - SC047479

Dance Camp is suitable for all ages and levels and will be tailored to the participants’ needs, demands and interests. Runs every week in the summer, 9.30am - 3.30pm. £72 for full week or £17 per day.

GAMES AT THE GATE GATE 55 www.gamesatthegate.weebly.com 3 holiday camps run at Gate 55; their very successful Multi-Sports and Activities Camp, the popular Drama and Arts Camp, and now a new Football Camp, which works on basic ball skills, fitness and game tactics. All three operate between the hours of 8.30am to 5.30pm, so whether you’re looking for a full or half-day camp, high quality sports coaching or just something fun to do in the holidays - they’ve got it all. made MAY / JUN 2018

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TURTLE TOTS www.turtletots.com/en/ edinburghandeastlothian Turtle Tots runs summer camps in July across Edinburgh from level one babies, who are yet to take their first dip, to pre-schoolers who love to splash. It’s a short four-week block, so perfect for those wanting to give swimming lessons a try for the first time. The classes are also a great way to get little ones used to the water before their summer holidays.

DYNAM-NIC DANCE CHESSER AND CREWE TOLL dndance.co.uk

SJM CREATIVE Marchmont St Giles Church www.sjmcreative.com SJM Holiday Camps have been tailored specifically to cater for any age (P1 - S4) or experience of child. They have worked hard over the past 5 to make sure the camps help to build confidence, teach new skills and most importantly are a lot of fun! Each holiday camp week comprises of a mixture of singing, acting and dancing as well as learning theatre skills, gaining experience in script and stage work and working as a team.

Dynam-nic Dance runs fantastic summer schools, each lasting a week, based on a popular musical. This year is Mary Poppins and The Lion King. Each day covers a range of activities, looking at everything needed to put on a show; from singing, drama and dance, right through to props and set-making. At the end of the week you perform the musical as a fabulous finale to an unforgettable week! Summer school is suitable for all ages from 5 - 12 years, split into three groups according to age.  It’s always incredibly popular so early booking is advised! • •

Main Branch (Chesser) 30 Jul - 3 Aug (Mary Poppins) 6 - 10 Aug (The Lion King) North Branch (Crewe Toll) 30 Jul - 3 Aug (The Lion King) SJM CREATIVE

Summer 1: 2nd - 6th July ‘This is Me’ theme Summer 2: 30th July - 3rd August ‘Icons’ theme Summer 3: 6th August - 10th August ‘History ain’t so horrible’ theme Contact hello@sjmcreative.com to book in. Prices start from £75.00 (sibling discount and multi week discount available)

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ENJOY- A -BALL SAUGHTON SCOUT HALL Enjoy-a-Ball’s award-winning multi-sports coaching programme runs summer holiday camps, where children can play lots of fun games and sports, do arts & crafts, play board games and puzzles. They get to run around, make lots of noise, laugh a lot and generally have a really fun time! The camp runs from 9am-1pm at Saughton Scout Hall. For more information and to book your place contact Paul on 07791 047 173 or e-mail paul.mclaren@enjoy-a-ball.com

SUMMER CAMP 2018 SAUGHTON SCOUT HALL, 54 SAUGHTON CRESCENT, EH12 5SP

ARTS, CRAFTS, FUN, GAMES & SPORTS TIME: 9AM - 1PM AGES: 4 - 9 YEARS • MON 2ND – FRI 6TH JULY

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COST: £16 per child per day or £70 for full week (Snack & juice/water included)

To book your child’s place, please contact Paul McLaren.

07791 047 Voted best UK activityTel: 5-12 year olds by What’s on 4 173 Little Ones 2010, 2012 & 2013 Voted best UK activity 5-12 year olds by What’s on 4 Little Ones 2010, 2012 & 2013 E-mail: paul.mclaren@enjoy-a-ball.com

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BROUGHTON HIGH SCHOOL edinburghdanceacademy.co.uk EDA is delighted to be running its 8th year of summer school, enjoying much laughter, great friendships, fabulous choreography and lots of tired, happy dancers at the end of each day. The summer school runs Monday 30 July - Saturday 4 August from 9.30am - 2pm (early drop off can be arranged) and is jampacked with workshops in Ballet, Lyrical Jazz, Contemporary, Commercial Jazz and Musical Theatre all finishing with an event showcasing the summer school pupils’ hard work and learnings. Email edinburghdance@aol.com or call 0131 3373402 for further information. made MAY / JUN 2018

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EXCEL SPORTS ACADEMY

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LONGSTONE www.simonsaysdance.com

Excel Sports Academy runs six weeks of holiday camps in July and August and welcomes children aged 5-15 years. Led by friendly and experienced staff and sports coaches, the children follow a structured timetable each day. Drop off from 8am with pick up until 6pm.

A fun-filled experience learning exciting dance routines with guest teachers, doing arts & crafts, playing group games and filming a special SSD Youtube Music Video to show off what you’ve been up to during the week. This is an ideal way to keep your child occupied, excited and engaged during the school holidays. Workshops allow for making new friends within a fun and inclusive environment and can be attended in full or in part. Discounted rate available for booking all 5 days. Get a FREE Simon Says Dance t-shirt with your booking!

Excel+ Activity Camps offer Art, Tennis, ComputerXplorers, Coerver Football, Athletics, Sports Leaders Level 5, Dance and Gymnastics, Horse Riding, Rock School, Canoeing, Professional Training, Swimming and Diving.

Camps Dates: July 2nd - 6th (P1-P7 only) Aug 6th - 10th (P1-P7 only)

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EVERYONE'S 5S TAR RUGBY EDINBURGH ACADEMY RECREATION GROUNDS, KINNEAR ROAD www.5starrugby.co.uk This premium rugby camp is open to boys aged 9-16yrs, of all abilities. It was created in 2017 by former Scotland Rugby Internationalist, Phil Godman. It ran its first camp in 2017 in Dundee and due to its success, they have added two new venues, St Andrews and Edinburgh this summer.

FUN, friendly and inclusive dance classes, birthday parties and holiday workshops for kids aged 3+. Read over 100 of our five-star reviews on Facebook and find out why we're one of Edinburgh's most-loved dance offerings. Acro, Ballet, Commercial, House, Jazz, Locking, Modern, Street or Tap classes available. Book a FREE TRIAL today!

Book a class or say hello: www.simonsaysdance.com info@simonsaysdance.com @simonsaysdance1

SSDHQ, 32 Inglis Green Road, Longstone, EH14 2ER

The access to elite coaching, video analysis, current Scotland International guest appearances and original 5Star competitions, skills challenges and prizes, make it a week of rugby to remember for everyone involved.

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BUMBLEBEE SPORTS COLINTON, JUNIPER GREEN, GLENCOURSE, MUSSELBURGH, INVERLEITH AND DALKEITH bumblebeesports.co.uk At Bumblebee Sports, children will learn a different sport each day, as well as having lots of fun with his energy games. Children will also do arts & crafts, get a snack and have fun experiences such as face-painters, Cool Creatures (animals) and Wild Explorers (educational). Full and half-days available. If a child is in for the full day they need to bring their own lunch. Children should also bring suitable clothing for indoors and outdoors. made MAY / JUN 2018

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Multi-Sports Coaching Programme teaching children aged 2-10. Children will learn 8 different sports over the school year whilst learning great social skills and having fun! Our highly trained enthusiastic coaches ensure your child’s first sporting experience is the best start possible. Classes in Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian

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S TEP IT UP DANCE STOCKBRIDGE AND PORTOBELLO www.stepitupdance.co.uk Step It Up Dance summer camps are running for P1-7 and age 3-5 years at multiple venues. Covering Stockbridge and Portobello areas, camps will run for full weeks and long days (P1-7) as well as short, mid-week camps for under 5s. Each camp is focused on making sure your child has tons of fun and grows in confidence while making lots of new friends. As well as dance, games, face & arm painting and innovative creative craft activities, children work together to prepare a routine they will love to perform for you on the final day of camp.

S TAGECOAC H GRASSMARKET & SIGHTHILL www.stagecoach.co.uk Everyone is invited to join the Stagecoach holiday workshops - you don’t need to be a current Stagecoach student - you just require lots of enthusiasm and energy! The holiday workshops are a jam-packed, funfilled week of drama, singing and dancing. A chance to make new friends, have lots of fun. Parents and friends are invited to come along and watch the performance, complete with costumes, at the end of the week.

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PIRATES AND PRINCESSES (ages 4-6) Dance Base (Grassmarket) July 16th - 20th IT’S SHOWTIME! (ages 6-18) Dance Base July 16th - 20th THE GREATEST CIRCUS (ages 4-6) The Music Box, Edinburgh College, Bankhead Avenue Aug 6th - 10th THE GREATEST CIRCUS (ages 6-18) The Music Box, Edinburgh College, Bankhead Avenue Aug 6th - 10th

ARTSPARKS JUPITER ARTLAND jupiterartland.org Based in a woodland classroom and garden, activities will be seasonally themed, giving the wee ones time both indoors and outdoors as well as enjoying messy art activities. • HALF-DAY SESSIONS Every Friday throughout July and August: 10am-12am / 2pm-4pm • FULL-DAY SESSIONS Thurs 5 & 19 July, 16 August: 10am – 4pm • TWO DAY SESSIONS Wed & Thurs 11-12 July, 25-26 July, 8-9 August • FAMILY SESSIONS Sat 14 July, 4 & 18 August

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trust JoJo You can always trust comedian JoJo Sutherland for her interesting childcare advice! For more laughs follow her @jojosutherland and go to www.jojosutherland.co.uk to keep up-to-date with her Edinburgh gigs.

I have been travelling a lot with gigs recently, and various projects have taken up so much of my time that I had enormous guilt about neglecting my brood, so I took some time away from work and concentrated on having “family time”. It also felt like a good opportunity to catch up with some friends that I hadn’t seen for a while. One friend in particular seemed to be having a stressful time so I volunteered to take her two little ones to stay with us for a couple of days, with the idea that my lot could help look after and entertain them. Only to find that my children have become incredibly self sufficient and had made plans of their own, which involved them hardly being at home! So I found myself run ragged with a pair of under fives and an all but empty house…. I’m going back to work for a rest!

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Dear Jojo My child keeps coming into our bed at night. I don’t really mind but my husband is getting annoyed. Caroline, Meadowbank Dear Caroline There is something quite lovely about having a small person snuggled up and sleeping with you but they do get bigger and you will get annoyed soon enough! Try not to let the habit form as it is much harder to break. But if you feel that your child needs that closeness then pop them back into their own bed and stay with them for a while. They will soon grow out of it.

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S E L F - C AT E R I N G

Across Scotland If you want to take a break from the city, and get back to basics in the countryside, there are loads of self-catering options across Scotland. Camping, glamping, crofts or lodges; here are some of our favourites … Written by Donna Foulis

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If you’re visiting the Orkney Islands, the accommodation provided by Orkney Crofts (orkneycrofts.com) allows you to enjoy the traditional feel of the Isles. Orkney’s mainland is filled will historical points of interest like the Neolithic settlement Skara Brae and the stone circle of the Ring of Brodgar. There are four different crofts to choose from, each of differing size, with their own unique expression of the farmhouse style. All the properties are dog friendly, winning the gold award for Green Tourism and offering 5 star accommodations. Prices range from £325£895 per week and each home features its own incredible view.

This beautiful part of the Highlands attracts lots of visitors both for the peaceful surroundings and the chance to chase the myth of the Loch Ness Monster. Inverness, Scotland’s most northern city, is full of history and culture, many of its attractions spanning back to the 18th and 19th century. Staying at Cougie Lodge1 allows you to make the most of the scenery and fresh air. Nearby you’ve got activities like pony trekking, fishing and a countryside pub. The cabin offers two bedrooms and welcomes dogs for an additional charge. The prices vary depending on the time of year between £300 - £700 for 7 nights. A larger family may be more comfortable

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staying in a cottage like Drumbuie View 2. Just a short stroll from Urquhart Castle, the semidetached cottage is nestled in the village of Drumnadrochit and comes complete with a wood burning fire, spacious lounge and fully equipped kitchen. It has everything you need for your home away from home as you explore the nearby sights. You can book both these holiday locations through holidaycottages.co.uk

T h e We s t C o a s t If you’re seeking a quiet family holiday where you can get away from everything, Tigh Beg Croft3 is your answer. It is located 6 miles from Oban and right on the coastline looking out at the sea. It’s secluded, with nature as your neighbour where you can cosy up in front of the fire or enjoy your own space in this six-bedroomed holiday home. Weekly prices start from £745 which is well worth it for such spectacular views. After a day of beach walks, hiking or golfing, you can kick

back and enjoy the benefits of a fully equipped kitchen, flat screen TV and a barbeque (that’s if the weather plays ball).

Callander Callander, the ‘gateway to the Highlands’, is a picturesque town and popular tourist location and the meeting point between the Highlands and the Lowlands, and makes for some unforgettable views. It’s close to Loch Lomond and Trossach’s National Park, making it a great base for visiting these famous landmarks and is only an hour’s drive away from Edinburgh. Scottish Cottages offer a range of ten selfcatering cottages of a variety of sizes. Many of them have cots and highchairs available and are pet friendly and are situated in rural locations, making them ideal for enjoying your own space and time with your family. Prices vary depending on the individual home and the time of year. Book via scottish-cottages.co.uk

Greenhillock Glamping Eco-friendly camping and glamping in stunning wildflower meadows in the heart of Angus. Spacious pitches on a family friendly, car-free site, all within 1hr 40 mins drive of Central Edinburgh. Get back to basics with campfires, wildlife activities for kids and the chance to get close to nature. Groups and dogs welcome. Find out more and book at www.greenglamping.co.uk

“A unique experience, an accessible haven. The best bits were the hospitality, enjoying the wonderful meadows, campfires and having no cars on the pitches” - Alison

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GREENHILLOCK GLAMPING

Fo r f a r Greenhillock Glamping is an eco-tourism business set in five acres of wildflower meadow near Forfar, offering camping and glamping in a tranquil setting close to the attractions of Dundee and Angus. It’s more than a simple campsite; they showcase the importance of wildlife and habitat conservation whilst providing a top quality, unique holiday experience. Guests can choose to stay in luxury furnished bell tents in the North Paddock with stunning views of the Angus Glens; or those who favour a more traditional experience can bring their own camping gear and pitch in the South Paddock amongst the wildflowers. Campfires are encouraged! They also offer activities for kids, such as den building, pond dipping, ‘mini-beast hunts’ and bush craft classes. The Field Kitchen housed in converted stable, seats up to 22 and is a great

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spot to hang out when the weather doesn’t play ball. Monthly family BBQ events give guests the chance to sample locally produced food and drink, showcasing the best produce the region has to offer.

Fi f e There are plenty of quaint locations along the Fife coast, St Andrews being the most wellknown thanks to its world-class University which spawned the Royal love story between Prince William and Kate Middleton. Top spots to visit besides this historic town are St Monans and Elie, all three coastal towns boasting awardwinning holiday parks from Abbeyford Leisure (abbeyford.com) who received Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence. Roughly an hour’s drive from Edinburgh, you might pop over for a day-trip and end up staying!

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St Andrews You’ll find the St Andrews holiday park by Kinkell Braes, an endlessly popular holiday destination, especially for golf enthusiasts. There are water sports, beach walks and access to the Fife Coastal Path and the main town is a short walk away- so plenty for the whole family to do. The holiday lodges themselves start from £277 for 4 nights, each equipped with its own hot tub for that extra edge of luxury.

St Monans The idyllic little town of St Monans is the perfect place for a quiet break, the holiday park looking out over the Fife Coastal Path and drinking in the sea views. The historical fishing village boasts lots of walking opportunities, the local kirk being a significant point of interest, having been featured on the big screen in The Railway Man. The fully equipped holiday homes begin at £174 for four nights by the sea. Book your Fife holiday with abbeyford.com for

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ELIE HOLIDAY PARK

all three locations, with options for camping and touring caravans - book your spot online for 10% off and get your first night free if you’re there for 5 consecutive nights.

Elie Elie Holiday Park is situated right on Shell Bay and has a whole host of family friendly activities available. The Robinson Crusoe Adventure Park is a particular favourite, allowing children to relive castaway adventures, based on the classic novel by Daniel Defoe. Children can climb the rigging, scale the poop deck and crawl along the cage to the Island of Despair. On-site there’s a top-notch bar, restaurant and the popular Mirador Café serving some of the best barista coffee on the Fife Coastal Path, plus takeaway favourites. The area has a range of different holiday homes; the Castaway forest homes having glorious meadow views, and only being a short walk from the beach. A four night stay starts at a mere £195 and the homes sleep 6-8 people. Plus they offer free cot and highchair hire. When booking online abbeyford.com you can even select your preferred location of holiday home, touring caravan or tent pitch for free.

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In the evening there’s free entertainment; and during the school holidays there’s free football coaching. And as well as being family friendly, Abbeyford is renowned for being dog-friendly too, so the whole family can be together. Dogs are just £30 per holiday, and free dog beds, dog bowls and dog chews are provided. n

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his year’s Open Weekend at Port Edgar Marina will feature a feast of new food and drink treats alongside its amazing array of watersports fun, thanks to the addition of Canteen Street Food Festival, from pop-up specialists Rogue Village. The Open Weekend will feature hundreds of 60-minute on-the-water taster sessions for families, with Port Edgar’s expert instructors showcasing everything from paddleboarding to kayaking. This year’s activities will once again feature the thrilling 30-minute Rib rides under the three bridges run by the team from Maid of the Forth, with waterproofs and safety kit provided. The Ribs rides are strictly age 8+, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. The dry land activities promise to be equally exciting, including loads of kids’ activities with arts and crafts, science and slime making with Be Experimental, a mobile cave and face painting. There will also be live music from Four Corners DJs.

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As one of the east coast’s largest marinas with berths for over 300 boats, Port Edgar is also home of Port Edgar Yacht Club and a number of major marine businesses. The weekend also provides the opportunity for some retail therapy at Bosuns Locker, the onsite shop which offers everything from country clothing and all manner of boating accessories right up to new and used boats. There will be a 20% discount on selected clothing and accessories during the Open Weekend from brands including Joules, Schoffel and Fairfax & Favor. “The Open Weekend is the perfect chance for people to try their hand at some watersports for the first time and enjoy this beautiful location

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New for this year, the marina team has joined forces with Rogue Village, who will be cooking up a storm of street food stands, DJs and family-friendly activities; with vendors Down the Hatch, ShrimpWreck, Chick & Pea, Meat Stack, pizzas from Pizza Geeks and The Big Blu, Spice Pots, Moo Pie Gelato, cocktails from Herringbone, Poco Prosecco, Ferry Brewery and delicious baking from Mimi’s Bakehouse

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sofi Molnar, owner and photographer at Edinburgh’s Studio Life Photography has been photographing newborns, babies and children for 12 years. She has trained with some of the best newborn photographers in the world and she is also a mum who understands just how meaningful those first images of your precious new baby become over the years. Zsofi loves her job and often has to pinch herself when thinking how lucky and privileged she is to be able to capture these magical moments for newborn parents. Here, Zsofi shares some of the secrets behind how she works her magic in her purpose built Corstorphine-based studio which clients describe as a ‘home from home’.

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WHEN DO YOU NEED TO BOOK YOUR NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION? At Studio Life, we recommend booking your photo session at least 2-4 months in advance of your due date. Baby will arrive when they are ready and for this reason our newborn diary is flexible to accommodate their little schedule. As soon as baby arrives, just call us to confirm your session date, ideally up to 2 weeks after birth. HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR THE SESSION? Once we have you booked in we will email you a newborn guide which covers everything from how to prepare, what happens at the photo session and what to bring. We will also chat on the phone and discuss everything closer to your

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due date. But don’t worry, the most important thing is that you arrive relaxed and enjoy every minute. HOW LONG DOES A NEWBORN SESSION TAKE? Newborn photography, at its best, is about taking the time to put everyone at ease and create an environment to capture the most stunning images. We set aside four hours for your session, although we allocate extra time just in case as the session is entirely baby led, allowing baby time to feed, cuddle and have nappy changes. WHAT PROPS ARE USED AND WHO PROVIDES THEM? Studio Life has lots of carefully sourced hats, head bands and blankets which we use to surround your little one in while capturing them sleeping. Zsofi is fully trained in handling and safely posing newborn babies. DO PARENTS NEED TO BE INVOLVED DURING THE SESSION? Zsofi is lucky enough to have a natural affinity with babies and an ability to put them at ease so mum and dad can sit back and relax while watching your baby being carefully photographed. Our studio temperature is set just right for baby’s comfort and safety. Parents say they are often surprised how quickly their baby settles with Zsofi, even the nonsleepers! WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOUR NEWBORN PHOTO SESSION? Zsofi will invite you back to our studio to preview your images, normally around one to two weeks later. HOW MUCH WILL IT COST? The session fee is £65 and includes Zsofi’s time, talent and editing time. This does not include digital files or prints. Zsofi will guide you with your final selection of images. Most of our clients invest between £250 and £750 on their newborn photography, including digital images, loose prints, fine art framed prints or photo book albums. n

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To book your newborn photo session with Zsofi please contact us on 0131 603 7777 @studiolifepictures www.studiolifephotography.co.uk

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Father’s Day F

ather’s Day. A day to honour fathers (and father figures). A day where men throughout the UK unwrap gifts over a breakfast of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs and fresh coffee, having enjoyed a long lie in bed. Gifts of socks, ties, sweaters and slippers unwrapped. Mostly unwanted. Mostly selected by children and therefore featuring a cartoon character or some other gaudy design. Gifts of gardening tools. Equally unwanted. Gifts of whisky (or other forms of alcohol). Totally wanted. I had always assumed that the concept of Father’s Day was established in America by corporate consumer goods giants desperate to create another cash cow during the calendar year. My wife vehemently subscribes to this notion (whilst wholeheartedly embracing the time-honoured tradition of Mother’s Day) meaning that she is free not to engage with the day as a statement of defiance against its materialistic beginnings. My wife makes the claim that Father’s Day was never celebrated in her household

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in her childhood. And her father didn’t mind. In fact, he pro-actively disagreed with the concept. Thereby she is following the ritual of her childhood and making the noncelebration of Father’s Day a tradition in itself. The Father’s Day that we celebrate in the UK has indeed travelled from the US and is a relatively modern concept. Some attribute the origins of the day to Grace Golden Clayton, from West Virginia. A mine explosion in a nearby town resulted in the tragic deaths of 360 men and in 1908 Grace proposed that the town needed a day to remember the fathers who had been killed. Others attribute the occasion to Sonora Dodd, a lady brought up with her siblings by her father, after her mother had died during childbirth. She is reported to have listened to a Mother’s Days sermon in 1910 and concluded that her own father deserved the same recognition. Whilst the above are widely acknowledged as driving Father’s Day in the US and UK, some evidence supports a ‘father’s day’ in some shape or

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form in Europe since the Middle Ages. Just not celebrated with a crass card and some cheap tat from Amazon. (Maybe a crass drawing by quill pen on parchment and a wood carving). Anyway, my Father’s Day will be spent the same as every other Sunday. Desperately hunting for a small hidden corner in the house where I can escape for five minutes to read The Sunday Times in peace, instead of being asked to participate in an impromptu rendition of Frozen’s ‘Let it go’, accompanied by rattles, ukuleles, and drums (all bought as gifts, clearly by those with now adult children trying to get their own back). Thinking about it, I haven’t tried the cupboard under the stairs yet. That might work. With a head torch. n

Michael Atkinson is a dad to two young sons, but occasionally finds the time to write on golf, whisky, fatherhood and politics.

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