Shooting stars over Edinburgh 2017

Shooting stars over Edinburgh 2017

One of the most stunning events in the stargazer’s calendar is the annual Perseid meteor shower!

A meteor shower’s activity is expressed by its zenithal hourly rate or ZHR. At its peak on August 12-13, the Perseid shower will have a ZHR of 80-100 meteors-per- hour.

This year, the Perseid meteor shower is set to peak on the night of Saturday, August 12 , although you’ll still get excellent visibility on the nights of the 11th and 13th.

Look for a great place in the park and enjoy the heavenly spectacle over Edinburgh.

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GraVity Trampoline Park has opened in Edinburgh!

GraVity Trampoline Park has opened in Edinburgh!

GraVity Trampoline Park has opened at Fountain Park last week! Are you ready for an action-packed adventure? Be ready to feel the rush of oxygen as you experience the force of gravity – jump, bounce and hop as you fly through the air.

 

GraVity Trampoline Park, at Fountain Park, will also offer climbing walls with trained staff. Gravity Rocks pushes the boundaries to help you push your own, whilst having a lot of fun. More like art installations, each wall is themed to match your level of fitness and ability to achieve your goals.

 

Here’s a sneak peak inside the Edinburgh Gravity park!

Gravity Edinburgh walk-through

Gravity Edinburgh sneak peak, we're nearly there now!

Posted by Gravity Trampoline Parks Edinburgh on Freitag, 5. Mai 2017

 

Prices & Times

Remember to check the availability of your activity before you arrive so you know your session is available at the time you want. Some Open Jump Sessions are unavailable due to scheduled Classes or Sessions that use the whole park.

  • OpenJump (60 minutes) : £9.95
  • OpenJump Plus Socks (60 minutes) : £12.45

GraVity is open from Monday to Sunday from 9am to 10pm (last session at 9pm)

Arrive 20 minutes before your session starts. Booking online saves money and time.
Book your session online here!


Student Special deal!

All students can bounce at Gravity for just £6.95. Times are limited to Monday – Thursday (excluding holidays). Don’t forget to bring your student card when you come in.


Address: 130 Dundee Street, Fountain Park, Edinburgh, EH11 1AF
Phone: 0131 285 4466
Email: enquiries.edinburgh@gravity-uk.com
Website: gravity-uk.com
Feel free to check the official Facebook Page for more details.

Budget coffee chain EasyCoffee opens first Edinburgh store

Budget coffee chain EasyCoffee opens first Edinburgh store

Budget coffee chain EasyCoffee is set to open its first café in Edinburgh this weekend.

The cafe chain, founded by EasyJet, already has £1 coffee shops in cities across England, with the Capital site set to be its first in Scotland. The shop will open opposite the Haymarket train station at 14–15 Clifton Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 5DR.

A cup of coffee or tea sells from £1 in EasyCoffee shops, with food like a ham and cheese toastie costing around £3.20.

The chain has already announced plans for 200 new stores in major high street locations as it seeks to take on market leaders like Costa Coffee, Pret A Manger and Starbucks, although the locations are being kept a closely guarded secret.

They offer drinks and food at terrific value prices when you’re on the go.

Please find below the menu:

Experience a proper hill walk on an ancient volcano in the heart of Edinburgh!

Experience a proper hill walk on an ancient volcano in the heart of Edinburgh!

Pictures by Louison Guicheteau all rights reserved.

Arthur’s Seat, an ancient volcano, is the main peak of the group of hills in Edinburgh which form most of Holyrood Park. It is situated just to the east of the city centre, about 1 mile (1.6 km) to the east of Edinburgh Castle. The hill rises above the city to a height of 250.5 m (822 ft), provides excellent panoramic views of the city and beyond, is relatively easy to climb, and is popular for hillwalking.

Though it can be climbed from almost any direction, the easiest and simplest ascent is from the east, where a grassy slope rises above Dunsapie Loch. At a spur of the hill, Salisbury Crags has historically been a rock climbing venue with routes of various degrees of difficulty; however due to hazards rock climbing is now restricted to the South Quarry and a free permit is required.

It is also the site of a large and well preserved fort.  This is one of four hill forts dating from around 2000 years ago.  With its diverse range of flora and geology it is also site of Special Scientific Interest.

Experience a proper hill walk in the heart of the city. Arthur’s Seat’s rocky summit towers over Edinburgh, with fabulous views in all directions, and the extensive parkland surrounding it is an oasis of calm as a retreat from the busy city.

 

Within the park you can also visit St Anthony’s Chapel – a 15th century medieval chapel, Salisbury Crags – a series of 150 foot cliff faces dominating Edinburgh’s skyline as well as Duddingston Loch – a fresh water loch rich in birdlife.

Mythology

Arthur’s Seat is often mentioned as one of the possible locations for Camelot, the legendary castle and court of the Romano-British warrior-chief, King Arthur.

Tradition has it that it was at the foot of Arthur’s Seat, covered by the forest of Drumselch, that Scotland’s 12th-century king David I encountered a stag while out hunting. Having fallen from his horse and about to be gored, he had a vision of a cross appearing between the animal’s antlers, before it inexplicably turned away, leaving him unharmed. David, believing his life had been spared through divine intervention, founded Holyrood Abbey on the spot. The burgh arms of the Canongate display the head of the stag with the cross framed by its antlers.

The slopes of the hill facing Holyrood are where young girls in Edinburgh traditionally bathe their faces in the dew on May Day to make themselves more beautiful. The poem ‘Auld Reekie’, written by Robert Fergusson in 1773, contains the lines:

On May-day, in a fairy ring,
We’ve seen them round St Anthon’s spring,
Frae grass the cauler dew draps wring
To weet their een,
And water clear as crystal spring
To synd them clean

Botanics’ ‘corpse flower’ preparing to bloom for second time

Botanics’ ‘corpse flower’ preparing to bloom for second time

THE world’s smelliest flower, which stinks of rotting flesh, could be preparing to burst in to bloom in Edinburgh for only the second time!

The giant Amorphophallus Titanum has a strong smell of rotting flesh. It has produced seven leaves in the 12 years that it has been at the garden. The flower is known as the “corpse flower” because of the stench it emits while in full bloom. It last flowered at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in June 2015, attracting more than 20,000 people to experience the smelly spectacle, before it wilted. Now experts believe the specimen, which took 12 years to nurture in a special tropical glasshouse, could bloom again this summer.

 

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Edinburgh Jazz Festival Carnival Parade [Sunday 16th July 2017]

Edinburgh Jazz Festival Carnival Parade [Sunday 16th July 2017]

This Sunday do not miss the chance to see hundreds of performers in a parade through the centre of Edinburgh as part of the city’s Jazz Festival Carnival! Music, dance, costumes, circus acrobats, puppetry from all over the world!

 

Thousands of spectators will join to create a carnival atmosphere in the city centre on Sunday as hundreds of performers gather to kick start the festival season. Now in its sixth year, the Festival Carnival is limbering up for its biggest year yet growing from 20 carnival performers leading the festivities in 2012 to over 800 this weekend!

 

 

KalentuRa (Netherlands), Edinburgh Samba School, Enjoy Street Theatre (Italy), Beltane Fire Society, 3 Points (Spain), Edinburgh Chinese Community Festival Group, D’Art (Netherlands), Anansi, Pep’s Circus (France), Pulse of the Place, Messy Jam (England), Samba Resille (France), Artscape (South Africa), Circus Alba, Brass Aye, Think Circus & Hoop Addicts, Edinburgh Chinese Art and Culture Community and many more.

 

 

Exotic costumes, rhythmic sounds, giant puppets, drum groups and street performers of every description, creating a Carnival atmosphere in the centre of Edinburgh. Over 800 performers will take part in this amazing spectacle.

Free admission, thanks to City of Edinburgh Council.

  • 2.30pm Parade from The Mound to the West End of Princes Street
  • 3.30pm-5pm Performances in Princes Street, Princes Street Gardens

Please see below the full lineup including timings and zones:

Take part in the carnival! 

Participate in the Carnival parade by wearing a costume or being a steward and have one of the most exhilarating experiences.

Check out the official Facebook Page here

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