Events

2017 EVENTS ARE LISTED BELOW as well as stories from our past events. CLICK ON ME to download 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

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

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  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

 

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.