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FAMILY CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE
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WELCOME Contributors We asked our contributors what they’re looking forward to this Christmas. Hazel Knox I’m looking forward to losing track of what day it is.
Claire Daly To the look on my daughter’s face when she opens her presents! She has such an expressive face.
Michael Atkinson Christmas holidays, quality time with friends and family, and eggnog novelty alcohol.
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I am a real Jekyll and Hyde when it comes to money. I look after the pennies, and then splurge the pounds when I can. I’ll be good for ages; I’ll save, look for bargains, restrict myself from too many treats and then, BOOM, I go shopping!! I enjoy the mix, it’s like a hobby, I enjoy saving but I also enjoy nice things. I love using money-off vouchers in the supermarket, after all, it justifies the expensive bottle of gin in my trolley. I get a kick out of tripling Tesco vouchers for family dinners out. I refuse to pay 5p for a plastic bag so stuff my designer tote full of groceries! I’m trying to teach my boys the value of money too, not to be wasteful, to save up for special things. It’s a hard lesson to learn but totally worth it when this time year comes around. Whether you are saving or splurging this Christmas, I hope it’s a special one for you all.
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CONTENTS NOV / DEC 2019
38 Christmas Gift Guide…
12 Living between the lines By Ian Noble
17 Time for me By Hazel Knox
18 Edinburgh in harmony By David Mckerrow
19 The one about the poo in the cupboard By Claire Daly
For mums For babies For dads Books & games Finishing touches For kids For foodies Experience gifts Gadget gifts
56 The Art of Furoshiki By Jeni Armstrong
22 Christmas Theatre 29 How many sleeps?
39 40 43 44 47 48 51 53 55
58 Give the gift of beer
By Michael Atkinson
30 What’s on? November & December
34 Where to find Santa?
From Stewart Brewing
With Cherry Tree Mediation
62 Change career With CNM
64 Happy Birthday to you! 66 MADE Meets….
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NEWS SHOP ONLINE WITH ART & CRAFT COLLECTIVE
WELCOME TO TREEHOUSE CHILDRENSWEAR Treehouse Childrenswear is a family-run business, in the heart of Stockbridge. Kim and Sophie are the sisters behind this mini department store, stocking everything under one roof to make shopping easy for kids this Christmas. The shop is jammed packed with wooden toys, educational books, organic clothing, fabulous footwear, stocking fillers, micro-scooters, cool pyjamas, gorgeous hair accessories, fun arts and crafts and musical toys. Their famous kids’ hairdressing service gets really busy before Christmas so remember to book your appointment online. Shop in store or at www.treehousechildrenswear.co.uk
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It has been about a year in development, so Art & Craft Collective are delighted to launch their online shop in time for Christmas. All their popular gift items (many of which are exclusive to them) are now available online - soap, shampoo bars, candle melts, tea-towels, art prints, and new items being added every week. If you haven’t time to pop in to the Gallery on Causewayside, then just go online www.artcraftcollective.co.uk
CHRISTMAS CRAFT MARKET
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Saturday 30 November, 10.30am - 3.30pm Craigmillar Park Church Hall, EH16 5LZ (close to Cameron Toll Shopping Centre) A Christmas Craft Market, raising money for Guild projects will have a wide variety of hand made craft stalls - from woodcraft to handmade leather from Italy, jewellery to soap, candles and Harris Tweed bags and much more! Homebaking, tea & coffee and a soup lunch are also on offer as well as a raffle and Christmassy entertainment.
NEWS ALL IS REVEALED! The programme has been revealed for the 10th annual MagicFest, and is set to make Scotland’s festive season the most magical yet. The line-up brings together top home grown and international talent from the world of magic and mind reading to offer dazzling entertainment for all ages. Kevin Quantum, magician and festival organiser, said: “We’re so proud to unveil the 10th MagicFest and we think the line-up is the best yet. We have shows for adults
and for families, plus our ever popular Magic School, which is just for kids.” MagicFest takes place 27 December - 5 January www.magicfest.co.uk
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NEWS BONNIE BAIRN RETURNS TO EDINBURGH
CHRISTMAS CAMP The team at Step It Up Dance love Christmas, but they understand how much of a rush it can be to fit everything in before the big day. So this year, they’re hosting a oneday camp on Monday 23 December to give parents extra time to prepare. Kids can enjoy fun and funky games and dancing, gift tag and card-making, and tons more; this camp will also feature animal handling! Age 3-5 years camp: 10am-1pm, P1-7 camp: 8.30am-4.30pm. Book your child’s space at www.stepitupdance.co.uk/page/camps
Following the success of the 2019 fair, Bonnie Bairn is excited to be returning to Edinburgh Corn Exchange on Sunday 1st March 2020. The fair will host a fantastic line-up of over 90 exhibitors along with informative talks, taster sessions and children’s entertainment; showcasing the best local businesses in the industry. Your business could be a part of this wonderful day, so get in touch soon as only a limited number of stands are still available.
FESTIVE LIGHT SPECTACULAR RETURNS BIGGER AND BRIGHTER The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh will sprinkle a generous dusting of Christmas cheer and wonder as ‘Christmas at The Botanics’, returns, running from 22 November to 29 December. This after-dark festive extravaganza will see several new awe-inspiring attractions, including dancing laser beams and theatrical fog, a forest of larger-than-life icicles and neon spiral trees, and waterside reflection as hundreds of floating origami boats bob on the Garden’s Pond.
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BE WELL IN 2020 On 1 & 2 February 2020, the Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival returns to the Assembly Rooms. The weekend consists of a range of fitness classes (for all abilities), informative and inspirational conversations with leading experts and workshops & taster sessions on various topics including mental health, parenting, mindfulness, nutrition and healthy eating. The theme of the 2020 festival is ‘community’, with a focus on supporting others – whether that be through caring for friends and family, creating a support network for yourself, or combating loneliness. Tickets start from £25 and include entry into the wellbeing marketplace offering wellness products, health advice, massage, treatments and delicious food.
Babies are super cute and awesome, granted, but who’s the one changing nappies 23 times a day and raising a teeny tiny human, all on two hours of sleep? You, that’s who! Designed to celebrate all new mummy victories both big and small, Prezzybox’s brand new Adulting Cards for New Mums are perfect for shouting about your parenting achievements from the rooftops! Available now £14.99
WEE SEEDS Parents, carers and grandparents can now access mindfulness for preschoolers, thanks to a new digital toolbox launched recently. Wee Seeds officially launched in October with its first-ever digital exercises aimed at planting the seeds of calm, focus, kindness, and sleep in the early years through mindfulness and mediation techniques. Parents and professionals are being urged to sign up for the new exercises free of charge before the end of November after which Wee Seeds may introduce a subscription model – with a Buy One Give One Away function to help families in need. Find them online at www.weeseeds.co.uk
COMING SOON TO THE SCOTTISH SEABIRD CENTRE Conservation and education charity, the Scottish Seabird Centre, is about to enter the second stage of its exciting refurbishment programme, which will see their Discovery Experience exhibits and interactive live wildlife cameras fully upgraded. The new content will focus on Scotland’s marine wildlife, habitats, seabirds and the challenges facing them including climate change, invasive nonnative species and plastic pollution. The all-new exhibits have been designed to have cross generational appeal, ensuring there are informative storyboards, mechanical and digital exhibits and games to engage and inform people of all ages and abilities. The already beautifully redesigned café and giftshop will remain open throughout the work on the Discovery Experience, which is due to be completed in late December 2019. www.seabird.org
This beautifully designed children’s positive mind-set and activity journal is overflowing with inspiration to ignite any child’s imagination and gratitude skills. My Happy Journal is designed to celebrate and savour daily memories, encourage communication and laughter while bringing parents closer to their children.It has heaps of fun facts and activities and 90 diary entries to complete while embracing mindfulness through moments of calm. A few minutes at bedtime with this journal will give parents a precious peek into the imagination of their little ones as they celebrate everyday joys. www.myhappyjournal.com MADE readers receive 15% DISCOUNT using code MADEISMAGIC15
A MAGICAL NEW CHRISTMAS FAMILY EXPERIENCE… From the 5th until the 24th of December, the doors open on Beecraigs Festive Forest - a spectacular, atmospheric and magical family festive experience set in Beecraigs Country Park near Linlithgow, ideally located for the whole of Central Scotland. The event consists of an illumination trail, Santa’s Grotto & Storytelling Experience, festive food & drink, music, singing, a silent disco and lots more. There are 3 sessions per night lasting 90 minutes each. Tickets are only available to purchase online in advance at www.beecraigsfestiveforest.com made NOV / DEC 2019
NEWS BLACK FRIDAY FOR EDINBURGH KIDS
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These amazing Pixie Hats are made by a clever Edinburgh mum. They are available to buy for £25 from The Perfect Fit in Peebles in lots of colours and materials.
Marketing Strategist, Niki Hutchison, created Black Friday for Edinburgh Kids last year and is aiming to bring together even more great companies offering fantastic deals for Edinburgh families in 2019. Look out for this image and activity taking place across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in the week leading up to Black Friday (Friday 29th November) with big deals launching from multiple companies on the day. There are so many brilliant businesses serving the the children and families of Edinburgh, this is your chance to celebrate them and support them by shopping local and bagging a bargain at the same time. Sign up to make sure you don’t miss out on a single deal: http://bit.ly/ BlackFridayKids2019
Join the fun as we conjure up a magic show from thin air! Thrilling illusions, spooky mind reading, stunning sleight-of-hand, and death-defying escapes. Gasp, laugh, and discover sec your secret magical talents. And who knows, you might even become the star of the show! Presented by the Magic Gareth and Michelle Ferguson and written by YouTube star Professor Richard Wiseman.
Living between the
Lines By Ian Noble
aving worked in schools all over the world I’ve noticed a pretty disturbing trend. Kids are terrible at colouring in! They’re all over the place. Sections not filled in properly, colours don’t seem to matter - green elephants, pink and blue zebras and what is Rudolph the purple nose reindeer all about? Colours are scratched on top of each other and pretty much every single line on the page has crossed into the zone of no return, which everyone knows was never designed to have colour in it. And then when they’re finished you see their little smug faces, looking up at you, page held out high into the air, their big excited eyes fixated on your impending reaction and a look across their face that says, ‘look at this masterpiece I just created… for you’. They could not be more delighted with the unrestrained mash-up of colours on the page. And the thing is… IT’S WONDERFUL There are a couple of things that are right with this situation. One of which, is the ‘IKEA Effect’. You know exactly what that is. It’s that feeling of unadulterated satisfaction and undeniable love for something, because you made it (even though it might have a fault or six). You created it, you constructed it, you brought to life. You didn’t just
buy something of value, you gave something value. Through time, effort and probably a few curse words, you generated value in something which in turn, added a little value to your life. And that felt good. It’s the same reason instant cake mix struggled to sell in the 1950s - it took the effort out of baking. A home baked cake wasn’t valued in the same way if it was out of a mix. The fix? Manufacturers took the egg part out of the mix and left that up to the ‘baker’. Adding that one extra step of breaking an egg increased the value of the effort, the process, and the cake. Over 20 years ago Maxine Clark in Missouri cottoned on to this phenomenon and started a company where people could choose what went into their very own teddy bear. Literally. You get to stuff it, put a heart in it and even give it its own smell, and all yours for a small fortune. And not only do people pay it, they rave about it and they love it, all because they got to be part of creating something special and personal. When we create something ourselves we have a bond with it, a connection. We value that something higher on a personal and monetary level. There are studies that confirm it. Professors from the University of California, Duke University and the Harvard business school
released findings in 2011 highlighting the impact of the IKEA effect. Not only were participants in the study willing to pay more for a product that they made when compared with a pre-made product, but they viewed their amateur creations as having the same value as professionally made products. Some people might think that’s daft, that it’s a kind of delusion that blinds people to the reality of what they have actually created, but we have to ask whose reality is it that actually matters. Did it matter to the rest of my first year woodwork class that my bird-box was a little wonky and that there were a couple of edges that didn’t match up perfectly? The best response to that question is, ‘Who cares!’ That bird box was going to my home, in my garden, and would only be visible to me, my family and the birds that would call it home year after year. To them, it was perfect, and that’s what’s important. Does it matter that kids colour in like maniacs, as if the lines are there, merely as a rough guide to be ignored. Yes, of course, unless you’re a
psychopath. But it also matters that it’s part of the journey to becoming better and… it matters that we celebrate it. Imagine being so bad at something that it becomes awesome. Imagine not knowing or even caring how bad you are at something that you completely redefine the parameters of what is good, and not only that, you make rubbish the new great and are proud of it! Mums and dads and grannies and grandads all over the world get on-board with rubbish colouring in as well, gasping and awing at its brilliance and hanging it proudly on the fridge for everyone to see and enjoy like it was the Mona Lisa. You only have to colour between the lines if you accept that colouring between the lines is the best and most fun way to do it. Who is society to tell us where the lines even are. Whatever it is any of us do, we get to decide what is great to us and the ones we love, we define what to be proud of. So cross that line, colour wherever and however you want and most importantly, be proud of it. n
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Time For Me BY ROOK OR BY CROOK
By Hazel Knox
just turned 40 and celebrated with a new piercing. Mini mid life crisis? Maybe. I used to mark life events with a piercing. Leave home; upper lobes, end of a relationship; helix, another break up; nose. I quickly realised I made too many poor life choices to keep that up. I was going to end up resembling a sieve so swapped to haircuts. So perhaps I should have expected to find myself sitting in the piercer’s chair at such a big milestone. But I wasn’t expecting it to make me feel like me again. A friend once referred to parenting children
aged 0-5 as the lost years. When your children are at their most dependent your needs aren’t a priority and it’s easy to lose a sense of who you are beyond a parent. Before I became a mother I loved to try activities - everything from stilt walking to bungee jumping. Now I get to enjoy all the new experiences having children brings and I love trying things with them. But I also miss making choices purely for me. Especially the adventurous ones. Sitting in that chair (nervously sweating) transported me back to that feeling of being about to embark on the unknown, just for kicks. Just for me. And it felt really good. Fast forward 10 minutes and I was in possession of a pierced rook and a renewed commitment to seeking out experiences. Lots with the children and a few just for me. I wonder what I’ll get pierced at 50 . . n
By David McKerrow
or all the dads out there (and the mums who want dad out of the house one night a week) - here’s how I found my favourite past time. It’s something healthy but not too physical; something you don’t do on your own but among others; something you can already do (but might want to check to be sure)….singing. As a schoolboy I sang in my school choir and loved it. I doubted I was still a tenor, but maybe I had graduated over time into a lead, a baritone or even a bass? These musings made me pick up my iPad one night and trawl through Edinburgh Choirs and Choruses – amazingly there are over 120 of them! I started wondering when and where did they rehearse? Who conducted or directed them? What would be the rehearsal format and timing? What music genres did they sing and what type of events or places did they perform in? Would I know anyone already in such a group? My head was buzzing! There was nothing for it but to trust my instinct and go for the group that appealed most, and who invited interested people like me to visit a rehearsal.
On the evening of rehearsal visit my heart was thumping as I arrived, I momentarily held back to see just what guys were arriving before following them into the hall. Someone suggested I take a seat, which I gladly did. The chorus was warming up with physical exercises - that looked easy - and then they moved on to vocal exercising. At this point the chorus director turned and welcomed me, as did the applause of the chorus, and they invited me to join them and take part in the vocal warm-up. It’s not easy to say ‘no thanks’ when you’re the focus of all eyes! So I stood with the chorus as we gargled, bubbled and sirened up high, and burrowed down low following examples and corrections. This vocal exercising extended to comic verse and musical scaling, cleverly weaving a rising half chorus and a descending half chorus which provided my first experience of harmony after which, slightly flushed and bemused, I was happy to resume my seat. Then the chorus started singing together in four part harmony. I felt emotional at the beauty of the harmonic combination; emotions that plucked at
happy and sad memories. I was instantly and wholly drawn to the commitment, passion, joy and sensuality of the sound that those chorus members performed, all credit to the personable chorus director. The evening of songs passed by in a flash. An interval break provided the chance for me to talk with the members from all walks of life and backgrounds bound together by their real ability to create and achieve harmony challenges and to perform them, not just for themselves, but for me! I came home elated, refreshed and converted that night and haven’t stopped enjoying rehearsals, concerts, performances, fringe shows and conventions since. If any dads out there fancy some stressbusting, me-time then try singing in a chorus, it works. n made NOV / DEC 2019
I CAME HOME ELATED, REFRESHED AND CONVERTED, AND HAVEN’T STOPPED ENJOYING REHEARSALS, CONCERTS, FRINGE SHOWS AND CONVENTIONS SINCE FIND OUT MORE The Rolling Hills Chorus welcomes new members. Check them out on www.rollinghills.org.uk, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Or email singwithus@ rollinghills.org.uk for more info. Perhaps go along to one of their Tuesday evening rehearsals…
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Stimulate your senses and explore royal Christmas traditions with a weekend of musical performances, short talks, hands-on activities inspired by the fruits and spices of the season and a Christmas family theatre performance.
The One About the Poo in the Cupboard By Claire Daly
y friend Isla is a very clean person. Her house, not so. Every time I arrive at her house, I itch to have a good go at her kitchen with the anti-bac and scrub her counters before she prepares food for my family. And within a few hours of arriving there to stay, I usually manage it. I wouldn’t do it in anyone else’s house, and I enjoy cleaning much less in my own home. As regular readers will know, I am by no means a clean-freak. But since Isla is younger than me and I have always been the mummy hen in our friendship, and since we have known each other since university, she accepts it as just something I do every time I come to stay. Admittedly, the first time I did it, she had mice in her kitchen and I had a small baby. And no, she did not warn me there were mice in her house before we arrived! But she is a very good friend and after my immediate reaction I was forced to forgive her. Her littlest is obsessed with poo and is potty training. He enjoys nothing more than chitchatting away about poo at the dinner table. “Daddy is a poo!” he chuckles to himself, full of glee, as the adults exchange awkward glances. Now, you see, there is a plum tree in the garden, laden with ripe fruit (since it is still late summer at the time of writing) and the boys have, as Isla says, overfilled themselves with plums so that some must spill out one end or t’other. Her words, not mine, you understand. Later we are playing a game of hide and seek and one of the boys hides in a large empty kitchen cupboard with my daughter. Another plum-scoffing boy and I come upon them in the kitchen and surprise them. made NOV / DEC 2019
“Eeeww, there’s a poo in there!” says one of the children as they emerge from the corner cupboard. I look into the cupboard and there sitting maliciously at the back is a very small squashed but round, brown-looking... thing. I shudder in horror at the thought and check my daughter’s clothes and discover a small brown smear on her cardigan. It could easily be melted chocolate but just as easily something brown and very, very nasty. I whip it off and bag it for extermination later and hurry her off to the bathroom making excuses for why we need to wash our hands immediately. “Don’t worry, it’s not a poo,” Isla squeals after us, “it’s a squashed blueberry!” But I don’t believe her. I worry that Social Services will come because a small boy thought it was funny to do a tiny poo in a kitchen cupboard. I worry about what problems he may grow up to have. And I worry about the cleanliness of this house we are staying in while putting my daughter to bed. Then, hours later, after she’s asleep, I open the dreaded kitchen cupboard for a closer look. The poos in question have not even been cleaned up. Then I peer closer, holding my nose just in case. They are in fact blueberries, one of them squashed and perversely poo-shaped. I laugh out loud in relief and wonder why I disbelieved my friend. Whoops! n
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TAKE TO THE
STAGE THIS CHRISTMAS
If you are looking for top class theatre, festive sing-alongs and playful pantos, Edinburgh is the place to be at Christmas. Oh yes it is! Traditional stories, classical music, or novelty silliness just for a laugh, there is something to suit everyone in the family
HOW THE GRINC H S TOLE C HRIS TMAS! THE MUSIC AL www.capitaltheatres.com FESTIVAL THEATRE Tuesday 26 November - Sunday 1 December
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The Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming and hilarious musical, based on Dr. Seuss’ hugely popular best-selling books made famous by the film adaptions. Magnificent sets and costumes inspired by Dr. Seuss create the whimsical world of Whoville, while Max the Dog narrates the story of the scheming Grinch whose heart is ‘two sizes too small,’ as he decides to steal Christmas away from the Whos, an endlessly joyful bunch bursting with holiday cheer.
KING’S PANTO: GOLDILOC KS AND THE THREE BEARS www.capitaltheatres.com KING’S THEATRE Saturday 30 November - Sunday 19 January Roll up, roll up! Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott are back in a circus-inspired King’s Panto spectacular! Joining them this year in his first King’s Panto is River City’s Jordan Young. Packed full of hilarious comedy routines, laughter, dazzling special effects and hair-rising displays, Goldilocks and the Three Bears will blend the worlds of circus and pantomime featuring magic, music, mayhem and plenty of porridge.
GOLDILOCKS & THE THREE BEAR
AL ADDIN www.ept.org.uk CHURCH HILL THEATRE Friday 13 December - Saturday 21 December
Edinburgh People’s Theatre present their 67th consecutive pantomime. Join Aladdin for a fun filled magical adventure as he bids to save the beautiful Princess Jasmine from the clutches of the wicked Abanazar! Expect all the traditional Panto ingredients - toe tapping tunes, a laundryfull of laughs, loads of audience participation and a very, very badly behaved panda, It’s a genie-us of a Pantomime!
www.capitaltheatres.com THE STUDIO Wednesday 11 December - Tuesday 24 December 10.30am & 1.30pm Join two sisters and their mischievous penguin as they discover the magic of a back garden in winter. Flutter is an interactive, immersive performance for 2-6 year olds that takes its audience on a multi-sensory journey through a world of winter snow. Part installation and part performance, Flutter will transport you to a world filled with snow drifts, winding paths and twinkling stars. made NOV / DEC 2019
FUNBOX: C HRIS TMAS IN TOY TOWN
www.funbox.co.uk THE BRUNTON Saturday 21 December - Tuesday 24 December Head to Toy Town for the brand new seasonal spectacular from Anya, Kevin, Gary and Bonzo the Dog. The mischievous Gnorbert the Gnome is creating mayhem and pinching everyone’s favourite things. Santa has asked the gang to look after his most precious toy, so it is up to them to make sure Gnorbert doesn’t get his hands on it. There are also keys to discover, games to play and songs to sing, so they’ll definitely need your help too.
CINDERELL A www.thebrunton.co.uk THE BRUNTON Tuesday 26 November - Saturday 4 January
RSNO AT THE MOVIES: C HRIS TMAS CONCERT - THE SNOWMAN www.usherhall.co.uk USHER HALL Sunday 22 December 3pm We’re walking in the air… It isn’t Christmas until The Snowman has taken you on his magical journey through the winter sky. In this special screening of the festive classic, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, helps him on his way – and teams up with presenter Jamie MacDougall and the wonderful RSNO Chorus to host a Christmas party for the whole family. Expect seasonal favourites, carols old and new – and of course, a chance for everyone to sing along. Film on screen with live orchestra.
The Brunton have teamed up again with experienced Scottish theatre maker, John Binnie, to produce a fabulous new family friendly version of the traditional pantomime Cinderella. The Brunton specialises in producing fun and interactive traditional family pantomime, suitable for all ages. The tale of Cinderella is told in classic pantomime style, with comedy, special effects, songs and joining in. Please note there will be some flashing lights, loud bangs and scary characters, but also a happy ending!
C HILDREN’S CL ASSIC CONCERTS: SANTA’S WORKSHOP www.usherhall.co.uk USHER HALL Sunday 8 December 3pm CCC presenter, Owen, has landed himself a dream job at Santa’s workshop. He’s having a (snow)ball in Winter Wonderland getting ready for the big day, but things are starting to go wrong… Santa’s got stuck up the chimney (in the latest health and safety check), ballerinas and wooden toys are coming to life on the production line and there’s a mountain of present-wrapping to get through! Featuring hits from festive films, family singalongs
and plenty of holiday spirit - can the hard-working elves of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, talented dancers of the Manor School of Ballet and the lovely audience use the gift of music to get Christmas back on track, in a race against time?
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Sat 21st - Tues 24th Dec 0131 665 2240 thebrunton.co.uk
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Edinburgh folklore tells us that when Charles Dickens was visiting the city on a reading tour, a stroll through a kirkyard brought him to the tombstone of one Ebenezer Scroggie, inspiration struck and A Christmas Carol was born. Writer and director, Tony Cownie brings this famous festive story back to the city of its birth with a guest appearance from Edinburgh’s bestloved Victorian – Greyfriars Bobby.
Kick 2020 off in style and head to Toy Town for the brand new singalong spectacular from Anya, Kevin, Gary and Bonzo the Dog. The mischievous Gnorbert the Gnome is creating mayhem and pinching everyone’s favourite things. Mayor Bear has asked the gang to look after his most precious toy, so it is up to them to make sure Gnorbert doesn’t get his hands on it. There are also keys to discover, games to play and songs to sing, so they’ll definitely need your help too.
CINDERELL A www.howdenparkcentre.co.uk HOWDEN PARK CENTRE Monday 9 December - Saturday 28 December Can you keep a secret? I’ve heard a terrible story. Poor, wee Cinderella’s evil step-mum, the vicious, evil and jealous Ruth Bumstep and her even uglier twin sisters, Tina and Tweena, actually made Cinder’s Ballroom Champion parents actually disappear... but that’s ‘strictly’ between you and me. It’s almost as if evil aunty Ruth got rid of poor wee Cinders’ folks on purpose just so she could have the The International Pan-Lothian (and Shotts) Prize in advance. Will Cinders discover the truth? Will you come and help her out?
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leigh bells ring. Snow is glistening. Dreaming by the fire. Snowmen in the meadows. Walking in the winter wonderland. Yes, that’s right, it’s Christmas season. Again. Another year has passed. Which means another year having collected a novel worth of gift requests from our children. Throughout the year, when they express an interest in a new toy or game, we will often revert to ‘well, maybe you can add it to your Christmas list’, secretly hoping that during the months that follow, 99% of this list will be lost in the mists of time, mainly because we never capture the idea on any actual list. However, our children have remarkable similarities to elephants. Not just with regards the noise levels as they stomp up or down the stairs. Their memories are amazing. Like elephants, they never forget. Ever. They remember everything they wanted to put on their Christmas list that they mentally started on the 1st of January of that very year. It normally involves a lot of plastic. Indeed the kids toy industry has much to blame for our environmental challenges, given its fixation with the production of a vast array of totally pointless toys, manufactured fully made NOV / DEC 2019
in plastic. So writing Santa’s list will become a skilled political negotiation, attempting to reduce this long list down to a select few. Those select few having to pass through what I feel is an important filter – does the potential present have any form of adult appeal? Would you have fun playing it as an adult? Or can it lead to a longer term future pastime. Like a golf club. Unfortunately, golf clubs don’t massively appeal to 5 year olds, unless they have already displayed talent like Tiger Woods. Christmas also means the Christmas countdown has finally counted down. The countdown actually started in August. In the middle of our summer holidays, we were asked, ‘how many sleeps until Christmas’. The technical answer was ‘a lot’. Frankly in the middle of August it is beyond me to calculate the number of sleeps until Christmas. I mean, it really is a lot. You’re not even remotely close. Can we not simply enjoy the balmy long summer evenings (I’m clearly assuming we’re holidaying abroad, as opposed to an Edinburgh staycation) and enjoy the moment, rather than constantly thinking ahead to the cold, wet and short winter days of Christmas?
By Michael Atkinson
Well at least Christmas brings eggnog. And mulled wine. And hot Pimm’s. It brings a fortnight of novelty alcohol consumption that enables you to remember each year just why eggnog, mulled wine and other such hot alcoholic drinks are only imbibed during Christmas festivities. It’s simply because nobody in their right mind, unless driven to distraction by the latest ‘how many sleeps until Christmas’, would ever consider drinking these unpleasant concoctions. There is one occasion when I can answer the question ‘how many sleeps until Christmas’? When the answer is 365. It’s inevitable that it will be asked. Although 2020 is a leap year, so the answer is already wrong. I’ll revert back to the standard refrain. ‘A lot’. n
Michael Atkinson is a dad to two young sons, but occasionally finds the time to write on golf, whisky, fatherhood and politics.
Dates for your diary Monday
5 6pm - 9pm Complimentary mulled wine & mince pies @ Doodles. Booking advisable, call 0131 229 1399. Every Tuesday in November and December.
6 Kids Gone Wild groups @ Polbeth & West Calder Community Garden. 10.30am 12pm Bushcraft Babies (0-2). 1pm - 2pm Little Boots for mini adventurers aged 2-5. Every Wed www.kidsgonewild.co.uk 13
Book Week Scotland runs 18 - 24 Nov. Hundreds of free events take place so check out www.scottishbooktrust.com to find out more. 25 How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical! A heart-warming and hilarious musical, based on Dr. Seuss’ hugely popular best-selling books. Runs 26 Nov - 1 Dec.
19 The 60th Edinburgh Gang Show starts. Over 250 young people from Scouting and Girlguiding return to the King’s with their spectacular production. Runs 19 - 23 Nov. 26
HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS 26 NOV - 1 DEC
6.30pm - 8.30pm Christmas Preview Evening @ Spektakulär, Holy Corner. Check out their fabulous new Scandi decorations, enjoy mulled wine and home made Swedish pepparkakor. 14 Edinburgh Castle transforms into ‘Castle of Light’ using state-of-the-art projections and enchanting storytelling. Runs Thurs - Sun, 14 Nov - 22 Dec.
MULLED WINE & MINCE PIES @ DOODLES EVERY TUES NOV & DEC
EDINBURGH GANG SHOW @ KING’S THEATRE 19-23 NOV
White @ Traverse Theatre. A playful, highly visual show for ages 2-4, in which colour begins to creep into a perfectly ordered, white world. Runs 27 & 28 Nov.
21 Atlantis Banal: Beneath the Surface @ Traverse Theatre. A new show for families, set in a ‘pop-up’ art gallery, featuring a flying fish, fashion on a tin can, and a mermaid. Runs 21-23 Nov. 28 6pm - 8pm Barnton Retailers’ Christmas Shopping & Tree Switch-On @ Barnton Shops. Trees lights switched on at 6pm
NOVEMBER 2019 Spotlight on... Friday Saturday Sunday 1 2 4pm - 8pm Fireworks & Bonfire Night @ Hopetoun House. Enjoy food, drink and entertainment.
3 SLA Fireworks Extravaganza @ George Watson’s College. Traditional fireworks display with pipe bands, performing arts and more.
11am - 1pm Polwarth Nearly New Toy Sale @ Polwarth Church. Huge range of toys for babies, toddlers and children. SUNDAY FUNDAY 10AM - 4PM @ THE YARD EVERY SUNDAY
11am - 3pm Family Day @ Festival Theatre. A day of tours, messy play, workshops, storytelling, arts & crafts. Free, ticketed event. CASTLE OF LIGHT @ EDINBURGH CASTLE 14 NOV - 22 DEC
FAMILY DAY @ FESTIVAL THEATRE 16 NOV
ATLANTIS BANAL @ TRAVERSE THEATRE 21-23 NOV
Black Friday Kids 2019! Look out for special deals from Edinburgh businesses across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Shop local and bag a bargain.
12.30pm - 3pm Sunday Lunch Kids Club @ One Square, Sheraton. Parents enjoy Sunday lunch while the kids are entertained by Sparkle Arts. On every Sunday. RBGE CHRISTMAS AT THE BOTANICS To book call 0131 229 9131. 22 NOV - 29 DEC 30 10.30am-12.30pm FREE Open Morning to change career with CNM Edinburgh. @ Napier University Merchiston Campus, 10 Colinton Rd. www.naturopathy-uk.com/events
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CHRISTMAS PREVIEW EVENING @ SPEKTAULAR 7 NOV
Castle of Light
SUNDAY LUNCH KIDS CLUB @ ONE SQUARE SHERATON EVERY SUNDAY
History is set to come to life at Edinburgh Castle this winter, as the iconic landmark is illuminated with tales from Scotland’s past. The mesmerising 90minute journey of light, sound and wonder, entitled Castle of Light, will treat guests to an evening of dazzling animations, never seen before at the castle in its 900 year history. Running over six weeks throughout the festive season, the castle will be transformed using stateof-the-art projections and enchanting storytelling. The event will be the biggest light experience to hit the city centre, bringing together a consortium of the finest digital and visual talent in Scotland to create a truly immersive experience which will captivate locals and visitors alike every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Dates for your diary Monday
King’s Pants: Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Roll up, roll up! Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott are back in a circus-inspired King’s Panto spectacular! Runs until 19 Jan.
KING’S PANTS: GOLDILOCKS & THE 3 BEARS UNTIL 19 JAN
Spectacle of Light @ Dalkeith Country Park. Explore the night-time wonder of Fort Douglas and see a magnificent kaleidoscope of illuminated parasols, giant mirror balls, pixie lanterns. Runs 7 Dec - 5 Jan.
SPECTACLE OF LIGHT @DALKEITH COUNTRY PK 7 DEC - 5 JAN
BEECRAIGS FESTIVE FOREST 2019 5-24 DEC
11 10.30am & 1.30pm Flutter @ The Studio. A rich palette of materials, puppetry and music create a tactile and multi-sensory show for small hands, eyes, ears and noses. For ages 2-6. Read more about it on pages 40-43. 18
7.30pm It’s a Wonderful Life @ Scottish Storytelling Centre. A live stage version of the classic film. Runs 15 - 21 Dec (not Fri 20) for ages 8+. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE @ SCOTTISH STORYTELLING 15-21 DEC
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23 11am & 2pm (50mins) Feast of Fools: Christmas Special @ Scottish Storytelling Centre. The most unusual feed you’ll ever have! For ages 5+. On 23 & 24 December. Read more on pages 34-36.
30 31 The Power of Perspective @ Scottish Storytelling Centre. See illusions and discover how they were created. Runs Sun 22 Dec – Sun 26 Jan 2020. Free entry. All Ages.
BABY’S FIRST CHRISTMAS @ ST NINIAN’S CHURCH 19 DEC
FEAST OF FOOLS @ SCOTTISH STORYTELLING 23-24 DEC
@ LAURISTON CASTLE 2-5 JAN
Beecraigs Festive Forest 2019, near Linlithgow. A magical seasonal experience full of enchantment and attractions. Runs 5 - 24 Dec. 12
FLUTTER @ THE STUDIO 11-24 DEC
19 Annual Baby Sensory, Baby’s First Christmas Spectacular @ St Ninian’s Church, Corstorphine. See pages 34-36 for more info. 26
Hogmanay House: A magical “First Foot” adventure @ Lauriston Castle. Celebrate the magic and origins of Hogmanay. For ages 7+. Runs Thurs 2 - Sun 5 Jan.
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A Christmas Fairy Trail returns @ Archerfield Estate. This outdoor theatre experience is a unique alternative to light shows and pantomimes, with magic, illusion and performers. Runs 6 - 24 Dec.
Winter Fest @ Gorgie City Farm. On 7 & 8 December.
11am Recitals for Wrigglers @ Palace of Holyroodhouse. Classical music, festive songs, nursery rhymes for ages 0-4. 3pm Santa’s Workshop @ Usher Hall. Festive hits, family singalongs and plenty of holiday spirit. More on pages 40-43.
A CHRISTMAS FAIRY TRAIL @ ARCHERFIELD EST 6-24 DEC
CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION @ PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE
FUNBOX @ THE BRUNTON 21-24 DEC
FUNBOX: Christmas in Toy Town @ The Brunton, Musselburgh. The brand new seasonal spectacular from Anya, Kevin, Gary and Bonzo the Dog. Runs 21-24 Dec. Don’t forget your Santa hat!
27 28 4.30pm & 7.30pm. Magic Fest Opening Christmas Gala @ Traverse Theatre for ages 8+. Magic School @ Scottish Storytelling Centre. 27-30 Dec for ages 7-10.
11am & 1pm (45mins) Tricky Ricky ‘Christmas Madness’ @ Scottish Storytelling Centre. For all ages. 2pm & 4.30pm You Are Magic @ Traverse Theatre for ages 5+. Runs Sat 28 - Mon 30 Dec.
MAGIC FESTIVAL OPENING @ TRAVERSE THEATRE 27 DEC
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TRICKY RICKY @ SCOTTISH STORYTELLING 28-30 DEC
15 10am - 3.30pm Christmas Celebration Weekend @ Palace of Holyroodhouse. Explore royal Christmas traditions with performances, a theatre show, talks and more. www.rct.uk. On 14 & 15 Dec. 22 The Snowman @ Usher Hall. Film on screen with live orchestra. Expect seasonal favourites, carols old and new – and of course, a chance for everyone to sing along. 29 7pm (60 mins) Kevin Quantum ‘Anti-Gravity’ @ Traverse Theatre. Runs Sat 28 - Mon 30 Dec. Ages 8+.
KEVIN QUANTUM @ TRAVERSE THEATRE 28-30 DEC
10th Annual MagicFest
27 Dec - 5 January The Opening Night Christmas Gala
Breath-taking illusions from top magicians and talented newcomers. You Are Magic Packed with thrilling illusions, spooky mind reading, stunning sleight of hand, and death-defying escapes. Magic School Young sorcerers (7-10) learn magic tricks from professional magicians, then astound family and friends. Join a oneoff session, or do the four-day course with a show for parents as the grand finale. Tricky Ricky ‘Christmas Madness’ Tricky Ricky takes you on a magical festive journey. Prepare to be amused and amazed in a fast-paced, comedic, chaotic magic show. Hogmanay House Lauriston Castle Escape the dreich winter weather, enjoy a dram or hot chocolate and make merry as musicians, magicians and storytellers celebrate the magic and origins of Hogmanay.
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DALKEITH COUNTRY PARK
DALKEITH C OUNTRY PARK
Santa and his elves are coming to Dalkeith Country Park to give your kids an unforgettably magical experience this Christmas. Making dreams come true, Santa wants to make sure every child he meets gets plenty of time so they can tell him their dearest wish, get a free photo opportunity and receive a proper under-the-tree worthy gift. As part of the package you’ll also get free entry into Fort Douglas on the same day.
Santa Claus is back at Almond Valley where he’ll set up home in his magical winter cottage. While he is reading his list (and checking it twice) you can visit him on a fantastic full day out and tell him all of your Christmas wishes! Santa visits include a full day of fun at Almond Valley, a specific time slot to visit Santa in his magic cottage and a themed festive gift. You can also book a breakfast with Santa or a festive themed afternoon tea. Pre-booking is essential.
30 November – 23 December From £14.00
or anyone who struggles queuing for a regular Santa visit. He can also visit your school or party in Edinburgh and surrounding areas. Costs start from just £35, call 07724 814117 to book or email firstname.lastname@example.org
EDINBURGH LEISURE Tumbles, Scrambles & Clambers TUMBLES CHRISTMAS PARTY includes soft play, a disco, face painting, kids’ lunch box and a visit from Santa. Sunday 22 December, 3pm - 5pm SCRAMBLES CHRISTMAS DISCO includes soft play, face-painting, festive arts & crafts and meeting Santa. There’s also a prize for the best festive outfit! Friday 20 December, 3.30pm - 5.30pm
HARD ROC K C AFE www.hardrockcafe.com/location/edinburgh Enjoy Breakfast with Santa, your children and toddlers. There will be breakfast, presents for the kids, face-painting, entertainment and a chance to meet the man himself! Always a sell-out event, tickets go fast!
CLAMBERS CHRISTMAS PARTY includes soft play, a disco, arts & crafts, face painting, writing a letter to Santa, meeting Santa in his grotto. Thursday 19 December, 4pm - 6pm CLAMBERS BREAKFAST AND AFTERNOON TEA WITH SANTA Enjoy breakfast or afternoon tea in the Clambers party room as well as making reindeer dust, face painting, a disco, writing a letter to and meeting Santa and soft play. Friday 20 – Sunday 22 December
9am-11am Saturday & Sunday 14 & 15 December Saturday & Sunday 21 & 22 December Adults: £14.95 Kids: £9.95 Under 2s: FREE
YOUR HOME! Arrange a totally personal touch this year and ask Santa to visit your house to surprise the kids. He will spend time with each child and brings great gifts. Santa has lots of experience with ASD kids made NOV / DEC 2019
JABBERWOC KY 6 Lodge Street, Haddington Your child can visit Santa in his Grotto, enjoy brunch, receive a present and let off some steam in the soft play, plus there’s a great selection of coffee and cakes for the grown ups. 10am - 11.30am and 11.30am - 1pm Sunday 8 December £9.95 per child. Adults and under-ones free. Buy tickets from Jabberwocky, via 01620 248070 or email email@example.com
C ONIFOX ADVENTURE PARK www.conifox.co.uk THE CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE Join Santa, Mrs Claus, Patch & Jolly the Elves, and Rupert the Reindeer for a Magical Christmas Experience. Write a letter to Santa in the Post Room before entering five themed rooms: The Enchanted Forest, Toy Factory, Mrs Claus’s Kitchen, Santa’s Sitting Room, and their new Reindeer Flying School. Sessions start every 15 mins with the whole experience lasting 1 hr 15 mins. Every child receives a present from Santa.
BABY SENSORY - BABY’S FIRST C HRISTMAS SPECTACUL AR St Ninians Church, Corstorphine Babies will enjoy jingling the bells, dancing with snowmen, rocking around the Christmas tree and even catching a glimpse of Father Christmas! Thursday 19 December 10am: 7 months to 13 months 11:30am: birth to 6 months 1pm: birth to 13 months £15 ( 2 adults and 1 baby) with a gift for baby and refreshments included for adults.
24 November - 24 December Off Peak (9am - 10am) Adults £10, Children £15 Peak Bookings (10.15am - 4pm) Adults £12.50, Children £17.50, Under 2s Free CONIFOX BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Enjoy breakfast, meet Santa and Elves in his Grotto, receive a present and Magic Elf goodie bags! Children’s wee breakfast - £10.95 Adult big breakfast - £9.95 Babies free with paying adult. 21-24 December To book call the bistro on 0131 333 1444.
Most babies learn best when they see, hear, feel, touch, taste and smell.
is open to everyone so you and your family can experience the magic of The Yard.
10am - 4pm every Sunday in Canonmills £6 per child
Sneak a peek, it’s all amazing!
The only indoor and outdoor adventure play centre in the east of Scotland, with something for everyone, The Yard is where all ages get messy and have fun!
theyardscotland.org.uk Scotland Yard Adventure Centre (known as The Yard) is a registered Scottish Charity SC002538 and Private Limited Company registered in Scotland 101671.
Our multi-award winning classes will introduce you and your baby (or babies) to a world of sensory delights, where you can relax, spend quality time with each other and enjoy meeting other new parents.
To find out more: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Check : BSEdinburghCentral Classes at: Cramond, Kirkliston, Westend, Corstorphine and Fettes
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as Chrxipstem rience Meet Santa & Elves in his Grotto 21-24 December 9-10.15am, 10.30-11.45 am Children's wee breakfast - £10.95 Adult big breakfast - £9.95 Adult veggie breakfast - £9.95
To book call the Bistro on 0131 333 1444
Join Santa, Mrs Claus, Patch & Jolly the Elves, and Rupert the Reindeer for a Magical Christmas Experience. Write a letter to Santa in our Post Room before entering our 5 themed rooms: The Enchanted Forest, Toy Factory, Mrs Claus’s Kitchen, Santa’s Sitting Room, and our new Reindeer Flying School. Then receive a present from Santa.
FROM 30 NOVEMBER - 24 DECEMBER
Conifox Adventure Park
Foxhall, Kirkliston, Edinburgh EH29 9ER
Oﬀ Peak 9am - 10am Adults £10 • Children (under 18) £15 Peak Bookings 10.15am - 4pm Adults £12.50 • Children £17.50 Under 2 years old Free PARK ENTRY INCLUDED IN TICKET PRICE
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GIFTS FOR MUMS FACE OIL £24.95 LIP BALM £4.50 CLEANSING BALM £19.50 BODY CRÈME £17.95
TRIANGLE PENDANTS WITH ROSE QUARTZ OR AVENTURINE, £19.95 Pippin, Haymarket pippingifts.com
POWDER POM POM HAT, £24.95 Cloudberry, Barnton & Blackhall
AMARANTHINE - an independent natural skincare company based in Edinburgh. Their aromatherapy based eco-luxe products are handmade, 100% natural and certified palm oil free. www.amaranthinebeauty.com
BESPOKE ROSE GOLD SWEATSHIRTS, £30 Katy Lou Designs on Facebook
TAROT MAGIC PENDANT, £149 Swarovski, The Centre, Livingston
REVERSIBLE SCARF, £21.50 Flux, Leith & Dunbar
HANDPRINT, FOOTPRINT & FINGERPRINT JEWELLERY, FROM £45 www.littleprintsandprincesses.co.uk
VILA GALLO DRESS, £129 Restoration Yard, Dalkeith Country Park JUNIPER BERRY & CEDAR CANDLE, £17.95 Cloudberry, Barnton & Blackhall
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HAPPY FIRST CHRISTMAS BABY OCTOPUS Flux, Leith & Dunbar
HANDMADE ‘GLOSTERS POTTERY’ CHRISTMAS DECORATION, £7.95 (other designs and messages available) Pippin, Haymarket pippingifts.com
BIB, £3.95 Cloudberry, Barnton & Blackhall
MOBILE, FROM £40 The Perfect Fit, Peebles
MONKEY SOOTHER, £15 Restoration Yard, Dalkeith Country Park
CAPE, £28 River Island, The Centre, Livingston
CARD, £2.50 Pippin, Haymarket pippingifts.com YUMMIKEYS TEETHING RINGS, £21.99 yummikeys.com
BLADE AND ROSE LEGGINGS, £10 Rua, Morningside
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Royal Rhyme Time Under 4's activities at The Palace of Holyroodhouse
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Recitals for Wrigglers on Sunday 8 Dec 11:00 – 11:40 Puppets at the Palace on Saturday 25 Jan 11:00 – 11:40
Explore and play in the palace together! Discover the stories of The Palace of Holyroodhouse in our multi-sensory sessions for children aged 4 and under. With a different theme each month you and your little one will enjoy music, storytelling, crafts and much more. £10 for one adult and up to two children
OUR SELL OUT EVENT IS BACK! December 14, 15, 21 & 22.
Bookings now open for Breakfast With Santa, and these tickets do go fast! There will be breakfast, face-painting, entertainment, games, presents for the kids, and a chance to meet THE man himself! Adults: £14.95 Kids*: £9.95 Under 2’s: FREE Limited Availability, Book Now To Reserve Your Space! *Kids tickets for under 12 years
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GIFTS FOR DADS THE ILI LAPTOP STAND, £39.99 5% DISCOUNT using code MADE195 The perfect accessory to help laptop users adopt good posture. www.ililaptopstand.com
BRONZE SCULPTURE £29.50 Flux, Leith & Dunbar
LIGHT UP GLOBE, £89.95 Flux, Leith & Dunbar
BOXERS, £12.95 Cloudberry, Barton & Blackhall
SHIRT, £45 Restoration Yard, Dalkeith Country Park
JORDAN 4 RETRO TRAINERS, £164.99 Foot Locker, The Centre, Livingston
PERSONALISED WHISKY FRAMES www.whiskyframes.com
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CHEESE/WINE MULTI TOOL, £29.95 Restoration Yard, Dalkeith Country Park
CYCLING PRINT, from £12.50 weebluecoo.com
BOOKS & GAMES
STORIES FOR KIDS WHO DARE TO BE DIFFERENT, £20
YE CANNAE SHOVE YER GRANNY OFF A BUS, £6.99 Rua, Morningside
MY HAPPY JOURNAL, £12.95
Receive 15% OFF using code MADEISMAGIC15 Beautifully designed children’s positive mind-set and activity journal. Overflowing with inspiration to ignite any child’s imagination and gratitude skills. www.myhappyjournal.com
Restoration Yard, Dalkeith Country Park
HOW TO BALANCE YOUR LIFE, £12.99
Restoration Yard, Dalkeith Country Park
QUENTIN TARANTINO: THE ICONIC FILMMAKER AND HIS WORK, £25
HARRY POTTER CLUEDO, £30
Debenhams, The Centre, Livingston
THE GRUFFALO’S WEAN, £6.99 Rua, Morningside
90S MUSIC POP QUIZ, £10.95
Restoration Yard, Dalkeith Country Park
GIN RUMMY PLAYING CARDS, £10.95
Swap-out traditional playing cards for these fun gin-themed ones and start your favourite card game... with a twist. Cloudberry, Barnton & Blackhall
INTERIOR DESIGN: HOME WALK AND TALK You are just a bit stuck….
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Cloudberry at Christmas is always the best place for shopping in town, but Santa is bringing a real treat this year. Cloudberry Christmas pop-up shop is across the road from Cloudberry Blackhall and is packed with magic and sparkle.Visit both our shops in Barnton and Blackhall for the best in gifts for the whole family, tableware to make your dinner table shine and the best in Christmas cards and wrap.
193 Whitehouse Rd, Barnton, EH4 6BU 0131 538 0168 5 Seaforth Terrace, Blackhall, EH4 2BS 0131 467 2878
FINISHING TOUCHES Pippin in Haymarket stock a wide range of gift wrap, gift bags, ribbons, tissues and tags - everything to get Christmas all wrapped up. Gift bags start from £1.50
WOOD CANDLE HOLDER, £14.95 (set of 2) Cloudberry, Barnton & Blackhall
LARGE HANGING BAUBLE, £9.95 Cloudberry, Barnton & Blackhall
WHITE CHURCH HOUSE, £22.95 Cloudberry, Barnton & Blackhall
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STANDING SPRUNG COMICAL DEER, £26 Cloudberry, Barnton & Blackhall
HANGING HEARTS (silver & gold) £16 & £18 Spektakulär, Holy Corner
DEER PLACE CARD HOLDERS, £32 (set of 4) Cloudberry, Barnton & Blackhall
GIFTS FOR KIDS WHEELYBUG MOUSE, £64
The Perfect Fit, Peebles
T-REX (with moving jaw) Flux, Leith & Dunbar
NOAH’S ARK, £32.50
ethically made from sustainable rubberwood Pippin, Haymarket pippingifts.com
LOTTIE DOLL, £18.99 Treehouse, Stockbridge
SECRET DIARY, £7.95
Cloudberry, Barnton & Blackhall
GEODESIC DOME, £37.50 Flux, Leith & Dunbar
DOCTORS SET, £31.99
MR TUMBLE DOMINO TRAIN, £34.99
Load the 35 dominoes into the feeder and watch as the train creates a track ready for knocking down.Amazon, Argos, Smyths
TOY STORY 4 TRASH BIN BONANZA, £12.99 B&M, The Centre, Livingston
MAILEG DANCING CAT & MOUSE, £62
(includes 2 animals and all the extras), Spektakulär, Holy Corner
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Our funky suppliers are ethically sourced and carefully selected for the rough and tumble of school holidays and back to school adventures. We stock from pre-walkers right up to “big size” 5. Children’s shoes, made for children, not by children.
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Smart Fresh Food ABOUT US At Plate and Table we’re smart, we’re fresh, we’re all about food. Whether it’s a private dinner for 10 guests or a Wedding for 200, our Edinburgh based team can deliver it all. From menu design to event planning, we’re with you all the way. Get in touch for further information, we’d love to hear from you. EVENTS Private Dinners Weddings Parties Christenings Funerals
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PICKERINGS FESTIVE GIN BAUBLES, £25 Buy from amazon
SPICE POTS GIFT BOX, £40 Buy from Flux (Leith & Dunbar) and www.spicepots.com
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BESPOKE BOTTLE STOPPERS, £37 - £49 (includes gift box and bag) Art & Craft Collective, Causewayside
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GULLANE GLÖGG WINTER FIZZ BLEND, £7.99 www.byjulia.uk
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BREW YOUR OWN BEER
Stewart Brewing in Loanhead offers beer lovers the chance to brew their own - a fantastic gift experience! The package includes brewing your own beer, complimentary beers to taste, bespoke labels and taking home 132-144 bottles! Take up to 3 friends too to make this an exceptional experience. www.stewartbrewing.co.uk
Part of the annual MagicFest, Magic School runs at Scottish Storytelling Centre from Friday 27 - Sunday 30 December. Young sorcerers (aged 7-10) can learn magic tricks from professional magicians then astound their family and friends. Join a one-off session or complete the 4-day course. A perfect Christmas present for budding magicians! www.magicfest.co.uk
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T HE AR T OF
Furoshiki By Jeni Armstrong
fter a fantastic Christmas with my family, the buzz I experienced at the end of the day was hugely dampened as I tried to stuff the last of the wrapping paper into our landfill bin. Wrapping paper, whilst beautiful and cheaply available, is commonly full of mixed materials like glitter, foil, plastic and dyes. All of this, plus the sellotape still attached, makes it very difficult to recycle. Seeing all this waste and imagining it multiplied by almost every home in the UK, left me frustrated. I felt there must be an alternative to the thousands of miles of single-use paper giftwrap that is thrown into landfill every year. A few months later, a friend showed me a video of someone wrapping a gift in fabric using the Japanese technique of “Furoshiki”. I was so impressed with the beauty and simplicity of this technique that I was inspired to learn how to do this for myself. Furoshiki has actually been used in Japan for centuries as a method
of transporting, carrying or protecting belongings within knotted fabric. It is celebrated as being an environmentally friendly and reusable alternative to plastic bags and disposable wrapping. After researching and learning basic furoshiki techniques, I realised how easy it is to achieve a beautiful gift wrapped effect. There’s no need for sellotape or other adhesives as the fabric is tied around the gift. This makes the whole process of gift-wrapping faster and less fiddly, as well as the added bonus of being reusable. There’s no waste at all - you can either take the wrap back, as is commonly done in Japan, or you can gift the wrap as an extra present. Our society is starting to recognise the harm that single-use products are doing to our environment, so it’s my dream to give people an affordable alternative without compromising on that wonderful feeling when someone hands you a beautifully wrapped gift. I now teach Furoshiki Giftwrap workshops
Available to buy online and from
around Edinburgh. I go through several different Furoshiki techniques to allow people to wrap various shapes and sizes of gifts, and to gain confidence in beautifully wrapping in fabric instead of paper. I’ve also been producing handmade Furoshiki wraps from home and supplying these to both my online shop and to small retail businesses within the city. The response to the workshops is fantastic! I feel it reflects the increasing desire for reducing waste and choosing to reuse rather than discard, and the awareness that our throw-away culture needs to change. n
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FIND OUT MORE Spaces at a Furoshiki Giftwrap workshops are available to book in advance via www.furoshikigiftwrap.co.uk/workshops Each workshop ticket includes a Furoshiki wrap to keep plus a drink. Alternatively, if you’d like to organise a private event then do get in touch to find out more.
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GIVE THE GIFT OF
If you’re searching for a pressie for that special someone who has EVERYTHING, then search no further. Award-winning, Stewart Brewing, offers the perfect gift idea for this Christmas - a Brew Your Own Beer Experience! MADE’s Louise popped up to Loanhead to find out more…
ounded by Steve and Jo Stewart, Stewart Brewing is Edinburgh’s Original Craft Beer Brewery. They began in 2004 with a line-up of three cask ales, and now have a fantastic, custom-built premises which is very much catered to the public. Winners of Scottish Brewery Of The Year for a second consecutive year at the Scottish Beer Awards, their Craft Beer Kitchen is the UK’s first brew-it-yourself facility and delivers a unique and unforgettable experience. When you arrive for your session, just let your brewer know what style of beer you would like to make - from a fruity, hoppy Pale Ale to a Belgian Tripel - and they will work with you to customise your beer to your tastes.
The session takes about two and a half hours, and you can bring up to three friends to help. Each person in your group will receive three complimentary beer tokens, with each token equal to half a pint. The 18 tap Growler Fill Station is filled with Stewart’s most popular beers and many limited edition brews that are only available with them, so it’s perfect for people who like to try something new. When you’re done brewing and sampling, you’ll leave the beer for a few weeks to ferment and when it’s ready it’ll be transferred into a keg for you to bottle. Bespoke labels are included in Craft Beer Kitchen package - you can name your beer and customise the label with your own design. If you opt for the 80L package you
“I received a craft brewing experience for Christmas. As well as making my own beer we got to sample some of Stewart’s own. I now have 140 bottles of my own IPA which I’m slowly getting through. If you’re a beer buff I would highly recommend.”
Book your session
Pick your beer
Brew your beer
Let your beer ferment
Bottle your beer with bespoke labels
Take your beer home
FIND OUT MORE To find out more and buy gift vouchers go to www.stewartbrewing.co.uk
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BUY A GIFT VOUCHE R
will take home 132-144 bottles!! This makes each bottle roughly only £1.81! Currently ranked no.12 on TripAdvsior for things to do in Edinburgh, whether you’re a complete beer novice or a selfproclaimed beer geek, you can be sure of a fun filled session. Top tip - Stewart Brewing often hold other events at the brewery including street food, live music and food pairing. Coincide your session with one of these to make a real day of it! n
GIVE THE GIFT OF BEER NOT JUST ANY BEER BESPOKE BEER WITH A PERSONAL LABEL ON THE BOTTLE. STEWART BREWING LTD 26A DRYDEN ROAD, BILSTON GLEN IND ESTATE, LOANHEAD EH20 9LZ
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Mediation is a highly effective method of dispute resolution. Couples and families are supported to communicate effectively to work out resolutions where they thought none were possible.
f you are separating, getting divorced, splitting-up or dissolving a civil partnership you will have a number of agreements and arrangements you will need to make. These decisions have wide ranging consequences and are frequently linked with difficult emotionally charged circumstances. If you are struggling to reach an agreement, then mediation can unlock the resolution you may now feel is impossible. Cherry Tree Mediation offers highly professional and approachable dispute resolutions. Their principal mediator, Laura McLaughlin, brings her extensive experience as a family solicitor allowing her to offer a new proactive mediation service. Laura’s experience in family courts means that she has a wide and diverse knowledge of asset division and contact arrangements. This allows her to suggest alternative resolutions that may not have previously been considered and to give both parties a detailed insight into whats involved in the court process and the comparative benefits of mediation.
IF YOU HAVE REACHED THE POINT WHERE YOU FEEL THERE IS NOWHERE ELSE TO GO, MEDIATION WILL UNLOCK NEW POTENTIAL RESOLUTIONS IS MEDIATION RIGHT FOR YOU? Mediation is open to anyone who feels that discussing their dispute with the assistance of a professional would be of benefit. If you have a conflict, whether arising out of a family breakdown, separation or a breakdown in communication, mediation can help you find a workable resolution.
DOES MEDIATION REALLY WORK? Family mediation supports parties to find resolution to their conflicts in over 80% of cases. It’s highly effective in reestablishing communication, re-building relationships and building bridges. This results in the success and effect of mediation reaching far beyond simply resolving the conflict. WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THE MEDIATION PROCESS? Step 1 - Individual Meeting Your mediator will initially meet with all parties on an individual basis, where you’ll discuss your view of the conflict and what you hope to achieve from mediation. This will allow your mediator to devise a tailored programme for your joint sessions, and gives you a chance to ask any questions about the process. Step 2 - Joint Mediation Session Following your initial sessions, your mediator will meet with all parties involved in the dispute together, and use their skills to re-establish communication, then to encourage open discussion and finally to reach resolution.
A NEW WAY TO MEDIATE We offer a comprehensive mediation service covering all aspects of family conflict. www.cherrytree mediation.co.uk
Step 3 - Written Agreement Your agreement can be verbal only, or parties can request a written agreement or Memorandum of Understanding. This is a document drawn up by your mediator setting out clearly any agreements your have reached and how they will be monitored and enforced. IS MEDIATION CONFIDENTIAL? What is discussed during mediation is treated as strictly confidential. Your mediator will not discuss the nature of your discussions or any agreements you have reached with anyone outside of the mediation. n
FOR MORE INFO... Cherry Tree Mediation offer a cost-effective alternative to court action to settle financial and child-related disputes. Find out more at www.cherrytreemediation.co.uk or call 0131 5169712 with your questions.
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CNM ALLOWED ME BACK INTO EDUCATION
AND THE CAREER I WISH I’D ALWAYS HAD
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By Amie Charraudeau Nutritional Therapist Graduate, CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine)
studied languages, then moved into media intelligence, after working in IT. Having used diet, supplements and exercise to address PCOS, I had a long-term interest in natural therapies and decided to turn my passion into a career which was flexible and far more interesting. My first GP visit for problematic menses was at 14. A PCOS diagnosis at 19 followed numerous visits to GPs, gynaecologists and endocrinologists. I was variously prescribed the contraceptive pill, metformin, the coil, antidepressants and many painkillers for painful periods. No nutritional/lifestyle advice was offered. I gained a lot of weight, my periods stopped, I developed acne, mood and liver problems. These worsened through poor dietary choices at university. Eventually a gynaecologist told me after an ovarian scan that I was unlikely to ever conceive naturally. My mum inspired me to try natural therapies. She persevered even when I declared I wasn’t interested and the GP told her not to put ‘faddy diet ideas’ into my head. She took the time and interest, bought me all the books… I remember her taking me into Waterstones to choose. It’s
entirely thanks to her I found the solution to my PCOS. After years of living in denial, I decided I was the only person who could make these changes and started researching the effects of diet and exercise. I didn’t want to feel miserable anymore! Having a lot of weight to lose, I removed all refined sugars and carbohydrates and added plenty of vegetables to my diet. I exercised at the campus gym daily. Within 4 months I’d lost 2 stone. I added herbal supplements, became adventurous with healthy meals and began to really listen to my body. My periods returned, my skin and energy improved, the weight kept coming off and my body shape changed completely, motivating me further to manage my own health. I’ve kept my weight to optimal levels, which is key to my hormonal balance. I’ve had 3 children without any issues, something I would’ve never imagined all those years ago when the gynaecologist said it wouldn’t be possible! What attracted me to CNM was the flexibility of weekend study and exciting course content. Although we hardly touched on nutrition the first year, I loved the thorough biochemistry, anatomy
“I never thought it’d be possible to study again and make such a huge life change once I’d had children. The course structure at CNM allowed me back into education and the career I wish I’d always had. I qualified in the same week as having my third child! Being able to fit education and career around my family makes it all the more enjoyable. They’ve been on the journey with me and they’re certainly benefitting from my knowledge.”
and physiology foundation. The 200hrs’ clinical experience was a hugely important part of moving into practice. The transformation between year 1 and year 3 in knowledge, confidence and ability was amazing. I was in a great year group sharing this unique experience of revisiting education later in life. The support and friendships had an incredibly positive impact during my time at CNM and continued after graduating. Rewarding, inspiring and fascinating, my time at CNM and my qualification have opened up a whole new world to me. I feel part of a big community where there’s cooperation, sharing, and many great events, webinars and learning opportunities, it never feels like a chore. It benefits our clients and everyone learning from us! I have also embarked on an MSc in nutrition science. My practice focuses on women’s health. To be able to really listen to them, when they’ve so often felt unheard, to educate and support them to use the tools which helped me so profoundly, and to see the change in them, is a real privilege. The sense of empowerment they gain reminds me so much of myself once I’d learnt how to manage my health. It’s the reason I became a nutritional therapist. n
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MADE meets...Waterbabies A
manda is Australian but has lived in Scotland for over 20 years. She lives with her husband, daughter and crazy dog, Rustie. Growing up in Australia Amanda could swim before she could walk, and has so many fond memories of time in her backyard swimming pool. Ashley is from Waterside in East Ayrshire where she lived on an Ostrich Farm with her parents, sisters, sheep, ponies and chickens! Growing up, swimming and horses were the big things in her life. Her parents always thought she would grow up to do something caring and nurturing for others, but they thought it would be the furry kind! MADE talks to Amanda and Ashley, owners of Edinburgh Waterbabies to find out more about the women behind the business… What inspired you to buy the Water Babies franchise? Amanda: I fell in love with Water Babies after my first lesson with my daughter seven years ago. I wanted to work for the company because it was so family orientated and I wanted a better worklife balance. I became a teacher but when the chance arose to take over the business last year, Ashley and I jumped at the chance. Ashley: I worked as a lifeguard from age 16, completed my swimming teacher’s qualifications, and ran swimming lessons with Camp America. When I returned home from America, l discovered Water Babies and their impressive family and business values. I was inspired by other Franchisees, and now I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to implant change and help drive the business forward. What’s the best thing about your job? Amanda: Definitely the babies! I adore teaching, and seeing my little swimmers achieving incredible things in the water. To see them so confident and happy makes my day. Ashley: Seeing little ones’ faces light up when they have finally achieved something that they have been trying to do for so long, then seeing
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the joy on the carer’s face! It’s the most rewarding thing knowing that you made that difference. And the worst? Amanda: If a pool goes down for any reason it can be really disappointing. Ashley: When our little ones graduate from Water Babies. It’s very emotional, it’s never easy saying goodbye. What do you do in your spare time? Amanda: Believe it or not - swimming! As a family we go every weekend. I also love swimming myself and going to the gym. Running with my dog through our local woodlands is probably my favourite way to unwind. Ashley: I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I love the outdoors, going for walks but most of all I love eating out! What do you always have in your handbag? Amanda: Rocks, sticks, unicorns, or Shopkins! Ashley: Food! You never know when you are going to get hungry. What would you say to a parent who is thinking about baby-swimming for the first time? Go for it. You and your little one will have had the most amazing bonding times together in the pool. Don’t be overwhelmed by the thought of it. Once you have been for the first time you will see how easy it really is. n
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