The Best Family Festivals in Scotland This Year

February 27, 2013

Edinburgh, Glasgow, Holiday Preparation, UK

From the ugliest animals in the world to a good old knees-up, there are a variety of shows and spectacles on offer over spring and summer in Scotland this year. These family festivals don’t skimp on the fun, and whether you’re travelling with tots or teenagers you’ll find programmes to keep everyone entertained. If you’re thinking of heading to Scotland for an Easter or a summer break then here are the big three festivals as recommended by Embrace Scotland Self Catering:

Edinburgh International Science Festival

23rd March-7th April

This hum-dinger of a science festival has a ‘get ready for the future’ theme with events taking place in venues across the capital. Categories include future food, cities, challenges, life, worlds and play. There’s the imagination garden for tots with games, crafts and stories, CSI and ER role-play for the over 8s, and plenty of brain food and visual loveliness for adults.

family science festival

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The Royal Botanical Gardens are running an ‘expeditions’ series for the festival which involve maps, magnifying glasses and the like. Oh, and parents, don’t miss the talk from the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, strictly for over 18s…

Events are individually priced so check the programme for fees and booking information.

Dumfries and Galloway Wildlife Festival

29th March- 18th April

Over 100 wildlife events make up this ultimate outdoor festival to celebrate the abundance of flora and fauna in the Dumfries and Galloway region. From frog trails and a cycle treasure hunt to badger watching and red deer spotting this is a festival full of exciting events. Many of them, such as the treasure hunts and trails, are designed with families in mind and provide a great way to spend some quality time together. Many of the events are free or under £5, and there are plenty of well priced self catering accommodation options in the region. In terms of exploring the great Scottish outdoors this has to be the best festival of the year.

Visit the site for the full programme of events

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

2st August- 26st August

If you can’t find something that tickles your fancy at the largest arts and cultural event in the world then you’re probably a teenager, and even the most stubborn would be hard-pressed not to enjoy themselves at this one. The Fringe takes over Scotland’s capital for a whole month with tonnes of  shows including comedy musicals and storytelling to keep the kids occupied while you watch your favourite comedians and discover some news ones. It’s recommended to stay in areas outside the city where there is a wealth of self catering accommodation with fast rail links to the city nearby.

Edinburgh festival

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This year’s programme is far from complete but you can keep an eye on confirmed events here and pre order your official programme.

Are you heading to any family friendly events in Scotland this spring and summer?

Or maybe you’re hosting one?

Let other families know about them in the comments below…

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