2017 EVENTS ARE LISTED BELOW as well as stories from our past events. CLICK ON ME for the full programme

SUMMER OF HERITAGE EVENTS 2017 - supported by Heritage Lottery Fund 

 

To book call 0131 455 7367 or email admin@waterofleith.org.uk


Sunday 11th June – Five Go down to the Water of Leith

Start times from 1pm - Summer of Heritage Event

Join grown-up Julian, Dick, Anne and George – and their dog Timmy on a treasure hunt of activities along the Water of Leith as we have vintage fun 1940’s style. Help solve the mystery, make camp and guddle in the river. There may even be lashings of ginger beer.

Adventurous family event suitable for all. £5 per participant or £15 per family group (up to 4 people) children 2 and under Free - Booking Essential – call / email and you will be allocated a start time to suit. – 1.00, 1.30, 2.00, 2.30 or 3.00pm

 Sunday 25th June – Historic Villages of the Water of Leith -  Colinton – 2.00pm

 Guided Walk -  Summer of Heritage Event

Follow in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson and James Gillespie on this guided walk through the village of Colinton discovering its history and wild places. £5.00 (members £2) BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Meet at 2.00pm in the Car park under Gillespie bridge in Colinton, off Bridge Road

Summer Holiday Events

All our Children’s events cost £5 per child (Accompanying adult free) & start at 2.00pm until 4.00pm BOOKING ESSENTIAL  0131 455 7367 admin@waterofleith.org.uk. Suitable for 4 to 12 year olds (younger siblings may attend but will not be charged)

 Tuesday 4th July -  BUGS!!

Track down the mini-creatures which call the river banks home and design your own extreme BUG!!

 Thursday 6th July – RIVER DIPPING

Join us IN the river for this favourite activity on every week

 Tuesday 11th July – STICK!!

101 things to do with a stick – they are awesome – no really

 Thursday 13th July – RIVER DIPPING

 Tuesday 18th July - RIVER DIPPING

 Thursday 20th July -  BEASTS!!

Discover the wild beasts who call the river home

 Tuesday 25th July – MUD!!

Wear your wellies its gonna be squelchy, as we explore mud and yes that means pies and faces

 Thursday 27th July -  RIVER DIPPING

 Tuesday 1nd August – WATER!!

Wet and wild – discover the power of water & create boats for a race over the rapids and enjoy a session of river dipping too.

 Thursday  3th August – SURVIVE!!

Water, Food, Shelter and Fire are the keys to survival, learn new skills from our ‘wild’ leaders

 Tuesday 8th August - RIVER DIPPING

 Thursday 10th  August – STICK!!

101 things to do with a stick – they are awesome – no really

 Tuesday 15th  August – RIVER DIPPING

 

Sunday 23rd July—GEOLOGY OF STOCKBRIDGE 

Geological walk with Beverly Bergman, Edinburgh Geological Society

The rocky gorge cut by the Water of Leith between Stockbridge and the Dean Village is an historically important area where the remains of a number of mills, originally powered by water-wheels, bear witness to the vital role of the river as a source of industrial power.  It is also geologically important as it is one of the few localities in Edinburgh where exposed bedrock can be seen.  This walk provides an opportunity to see a range of geological features, including Carboniferous sedimentary rocks and igneous dykes. The walk will also include two 18th/19thcentury medicinal wells and a fine example of a Thomas Telford bridge.  Walking mainly on paths with optional steep bank.  Sturdy walking shoes or boots recommended.  Meet at 2pm on the bridge in Stockbridge at the crossroads, Saunders St. £5.00 (members £2) BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Sunday  27th August –– Historic Villages of the Water of Leith -  Dean Village – 2.00pm -

Guided Walk - Summer of Heritage Event

Discover what life was once like on this beautiful historic section of the river, including the milling heritage, social housing and industrial squalor.

Meet at 2.00pm on the old bridge in Dean Village, on Bells Brae off Queensferry Rd. £5.00 (Members £2 ) BOOKING ESSENTIAL  Call 0131 455 7367 or email admin@waterofleith.org.uk

 
Sunday 17th September – ‘Myth and Legends’ Hunting Adventure

Start time 1pm  - Summer of Heritage Event

Scottish mythology is dominated by goddesses, mythic creatures, fairies and fantastical legends. Join the hunt with our Water of Leith Goddess to seek out the mythical creatures and local legends inhabiting our river.

Adventurous family event suitable for all. £5 per participant or £15 per family group (up to 4 people) children 2 and under Free - Booking Essential – call 0131 455 7367 / or email admin@waterofleith.org.uk and you will be allocated a start time to suit. – 1.00, 1.30. 2.00, 2.30, 3.00

 
Sunday 15th October – Historic Villages of the Water of Leith - Leith – 2.00pm -

Guided Walk  Summer of Heritage Event

Discover the industrial past of this once busy Port - including shipping, whaling and whisky.

£2 Members/ £5 Non Members BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Call 0131 455 7367 or email admin@waterofleith.org.uk Meet at 2.00pm at the Small Car Park off Coburg St in Leith

Sunday 8th October —OUR HERBAL HERITAGE - Autumn

Following on from her popular spring walk, Anna Canning of Floramedica will take us on a autumn forage into the Dells to explore the wealth of edible and medicinal plants to  be found on our doorstep. We will delve into their history, lore and use, both past  and present.£2 Members/ £5 Non Members BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Call 0131 455 7367 or email admin@waterofleith.org.uk Meet at 2pm at the Water of Leith Visitor Centre.

 

Autumn Events

All events cost £5 per child (Accompanying adult free) & start at 2.00pm until 4.00pm BOOKING ESSENTIAL  0131 455 7367 admin@waterofleith.org.uk Suitable for 4 to 12 year olds (younger siblings may attend but will not be charged)

 Tuesday 17th October – SURVIVE!!

Water, Food, Shelter and Fire are the keys to survival, learn new skills from our ‘wild’ leaders

 Thursday 19th October - ROTTEN!!

Delve in to the decomposing worlds of fungus, compost and poo!! A ‘rotten’ event which promises to leave you mucky

 

Sunday 29th October – Summers End  

Start times from 3.00pm - Summer of Heritage Event

Take a trip back in time to discover how our ancestors along the Water of Leith would herald the arrival of winter – for mischievous pranks and dressing up, to feasting and bonfires.

Adventurous family event suitable for all. £5 per participant or £15 per family group (up to 4 people) children 2 and under Free - Booking Essential – call 455 7367 / or email admin@waterofleith.org.uk to request a start time to suit. – 3.00, 3.30. 4.00, 4.30pm.

 

 

Below is a update following our Duck Race on 11th September 2016

What an amazing day we had on Sunday for the Duck Race. Many, many hundreds of people came to buy ducks and witness the spectacle of over 1600 Ducks racing along the Water of Leith at Slateford. In total we raised a record £3250!! We have so many people to thank – all the business who donated prizes (listed below), all the local companies who sponsored the Giant Ducks (details below), all the people who supported our work by buying a duck and of course our wonderful volunteers who all had a very busy day; selling ducks, catering, leading games, painting faces, chasing and catching ducks. THANK YOU ONE AND ALL

Thank you once again for your support

See you in 2018 for the next race.

 

Yellow Race

1st –  Lunch for two with a glass of Champagne at Martin Wishart  - 108 – Fred Bridgland

2nd – 3 course meal for 4 at The Granary – 233 – B M Carmichael

3rd – Mad Hatters T-party for 4 at Roseleaf – 88 – Daphne Paton

4th – 3 course weekend lunch menu for 2 at The Water of Leith Cafe Bistro –168 -  John Mackay

5th – 3 course meal for 2 at Pizza Express Stockbridge – 1569 – collected on the day

6th – 3 course meal for 2 at Pizza Express Leith – 163 – Evelyn Shirer

7th – £30 at Soderberg Pavilion – 487 – Elizabeth Gray

8th - £30 at The Orchard – 111 - Fred Bridgland

9th - Cupcake/Scone and Tea/Coffee for 4 at The Corner Cafe – 660 – Pat Dawson

10th – 2 main courses at The Granary – 1576 – Collected on the day

11th – Room in Leith Voucher – 377 – Belinda Stephen

12th - Copy of Tom Kitchin’s “Kitchin Suppers” – 714 – Alison Ross

13th - Copy of Peter’s Yard Artisan Bread cookbook – 420 – Charlotte Hale

 

Blue Duck Race

1st – Your Next Birthday Party at the Water of Leith (upto 14 guests)  121 Malina Corrin

2nd – Family pass to The Camera Obscura and World of Illusion – 149 collected

3rd – Family pass to Deep Sea World – 32 - Collected

4th – Family pass to Royal Yacht Britannia – 37 - Christopher Baker

5th – Family pass to Butterfly and Insect World – 73 - collected

6th – Family Pass to Scottish Sea Bird Centre – 54 – Collected

 

Reservoir Ducks – The winnners

1st Mr Pink – Bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label donated by Diageo

2nd Mr Brown – Moet Champagne

 

The Racers

Mr White – sponsored by EHS Architectural LTD

Mr Orange – sponsored by Sainsburys

Mr Pink – sponsored by The Builder Supply Co

Mr Blue – sponsored by Charlie Barbers

Mr Brown– sponsored by Browns Body Services

Mr Blonde – sponsored by MFairbairn & Laing

Mr Green – sponsored by Mister Bathrooms

Mr Purple – sponsored by Clark Motorchoice

Mr Black – sponsored by The Paint Shed

Mr Red – sponsored by Bennett &Co Accountants

 

And a special thanks to Booker Cash and Carry for donating all the sweets for the hook a duck game!!



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Penny Mile - what a day we had

We would like to extend our heart felt thanks to the hundreds of you who helped us collect pennies for our Mile Challenge last Sunday, and a special thanks goes to the dozens of families and volunteers who helped us lay and collect the pennies. We had an amazing day, it was fine and dry and at 2pm lots of volunteers and families arrived to start the challenge. Grace Lawther (the daughter of a volunteer who brought us our very first jar of pennies for the collection) started the challenge and for the next 2.5 hour we set about laying out the coins downstream of the Visitor Centre. Within minutes realised how 'in to it' the children were, they simply loved the repetitive task of placing the pennies and wanted to continue for hours with the challenge.

Did we make it? Not quite! We ran out of pennies just after the bridge by the allotments - 8 10ths of a mile approximately, which is amazing as that represents around 70,000 coins!! With extra donations collected on the day we think the whole thing raised around £750 - but we will give you the final total once we have carted all 36 stone of pennies to the bank.

Please watch the video above, taken by Trustee Bryce Morrison, it clearly show what a success the day was and do watch to the end as the last 2.5 minutes are a speeded up cycle ride along the 8 -10ths of a mile, clearly showing what an achievement it was - is it a work of art? I think so. There are also photos below. Our thanks also goes to Sainsburys Longstone for the donation of water and biscuits to keep the troops sustained and Booker Cash and Carry for the donation of Penny Sweets as prizes for the Penny Games.