WEDNESDAY, 1ST FEBRUARY – SUNDAY, 5TH FEBRUARY
HISTORY | Brush up on history and ogle over the Honours of Scotland
📅 Wednesday, 1st February – Friday, 10th February
From Sir Sean Connery to Rabbie Burns, there are many Scottish gems. Unknown to many, however, are the Honours Of Scotland: the Scottish Regalia and Scottish Crown Jewels. Used for coronations of Scottish monarchs like Mary I and Charles II, these beauties date back to the 15th and 16th centuries, making them the oldest surviving set of crown jewels in the British Isles. From 1st – 10th February, a special performance will run recounting the stories behind the folk who made it their mission to save these Regalia, which are strategically placed within the confines of the Castle.
Tickets: £17 (Performance included with admission fee)
SPORT | Grasp Scottish sporting culture and cheer on Scotland in the 2017 Six Nations
📅 Saturday, 4th February
Get on over to BT Murrayfield Stadium for the opening match of the 2017 Six Nations Championship. Scotland and Ireland will go head to head, with the winning team acquiring the Centenary Quaich. The two teams have undergone a total of 131 rugby test matches since 1877, with Scotland winning 65. Rugby fan or not, there’s no denying the wildly contagious atmosphere of a Scottish game. Besides, the people-watching is on point!
Tickets: £100 +
SPORT | Celebrate our friends across the pond with a Super Bowl party
📅 Sunday, 5th February
Experience a wee dose of America in Edinburgh at The Three Sisters Supersized Super Bowl Party. A wondrous shindig, come 5th February, this bustling watering hole will undergo a star and stripe clad makeover, complete with jumbo sized hot dogs and barrels of beer. The gargantuan outdoor television screen makes for perfect viewing of this year’s Super Bowl, which will take place in Houston, Texas.
MONDAY, 6TH FEBRUARY – SUNDAY, 12TH FEBRUARY
THEATRE | Fall head over heels for Cirque Berserk!
📅 Tuesday, 7th February – Sunday, 12th February
An endorphin-inducing, on the edge of your seat, knuckle clenching kind of affair, Cirque Berserk! are an immensely talented contemporary circus troupe. They have the ‘performing in a theatre space’ thing down to a fine art too. Picture the old school circus tricks we so love and adore, but inundated with mind numbing stunts, aerialists, acrobats, drummers and dancers galore. Oh, and Tweedy, the highly acclaimed clown, goes down a treat!
Tickets: £19 +
ART | Embrace the Fringe city spirit with the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival
📅 Thursday, 9th February – Friday, 3rd March
As the seat of enlightenment, Edinburgh serves as a budding platform for creatives and innovators alike. A shining example, the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival, or ESAF, is Scotland’s first youth-led multi arts festival. The festival, which unites Edinburgh’s universities, was named one of Scotland’s Top 10 Most Socially Innovative Social Enterprises in 2016. From events and exhibitions to workshops, and previews, there’s plenty in store. Head to the many venues around town and experience a snippet of the Edinburgh Fringe spirit.
MUSIC | Dance the night away with The Naked And Famous
📅 Sunday, 12th February
Get on over to The Liquid Room and party the evening away to the live music of The Naked And Famous. Since 2007, this New Zealand indie electronic band has been hypnotizing their listeners with every lyric and beat. The kind of songs that stimulate endless smiles and non-stop dancing, embrace the 1980s post-punk influence and move like never before.
MONDAY, 13TH FEBRUARY – SUNDAY, 19TH FEBRUARY
FOOD | Embrace the gift of love over a fancy meal
📅 Tuesday, 14th February
With a little help from Cupid, the gift of the gab, and Edinburgh’s dynamite dining scene, this Valentine’s Day should be one to remember. Go all out and indulge in a pukka meal at the Tower Restaurant, the brainchild of famous restaurateur James Thomson. Situated above the Chambers St Museum, nowhere else in town will afford such breathtakingly romantic views. Stunning seasonal produce, the rooftop terrace, stellar service, fab surrounds and sensational bites put this tower on top.
Tickets: £20 +
HISTORY | Take a step back in time and witness an ancient Scottish battle
📅 Saturday, 18th February – Sunday, 19th February
Head to the Castle, hop in a time machine to 1513 and beyond, and discover what happened when Edinburgh became locked in a power struggle in Schiltron! Flodden Era. This struggle was so great that it drove the influential Douglas and Hamilton families to feud. Experience an epic reenactment, learn about schiltrons and pikes, and prepare to be amazed.
Tickets: £16 +
CULTURE | Enter into an alternate universe and let loose at Sci-Fi Con
📅 Saturday, 18th February – Sunday, 19th February
An otherworldly playground filled with pop culture comics and movie madness, Sci-Fi Con, a non-profit convention, is back for round two. From film and TV guest signings to photo shoots, riveting talks, comic artists, writers, props, traders and movie cars, fulfill every futuristic desire and partake in all the action. Oh, and fancy dress is best — you know you want to take the crown in the Cosplay competition. The question remains — how many Star Wars characters will walk this realm?
Tickets: £10 +
MONDAY, 20TH FEBRUARY – TUESDAY, 28TH FEBRUARY
THEATRE | Delve deep into the lives of those aboard with Titanic The Musical
📅 Tuesday, 21st February – Saturday, 25th February
Meticulously choreographed and beautifully written, Titanic The Musical offers an insightful glimpse into the lives and stories of those aboard the ‘ship of dreams’ during that fateful time. The musical, which is also a story and book by Peter Stone, is accompanied with the most transcendental score and lyrics by Maury Yeston. Although the iconic ‘King of the World’ scene with Leo and Kate is hard to beat, this five time Tony Award winning musical should not be missed.
Tickets: £14 +
SCIENCE | Discuss the nitty gritty details surrounding space travel
📅 Wednesday, 22nd February
Certain times call for enlightening and riveting conversations. Working across multiple disciplines, there’s no better moment than now to discuss the issues surrounding space travel, including the pros and cons regarding the recent surge in the feasibility factor. Topics cover Life Sustaining Systems, Impact On Human Health, Socio-Political Structure In A Mars Colony, Design Of The Society, and Challenges Of Space Travel. Manifest Destiny: An Interdisciplinary Forum On Mars Colonization will welcome speakers such as Scottish philosopher Tony Milligan and Dr. James Wang.
Tickets: £3 +
DANCE | Marvel at The Moscow City Ballet and enjoy Sleeping Beauty
📅 Friday, 24th February – Saturday, 25th February
Dancer or not, when the Moscow City Ballet come to town, you don’t want to miss it. Watch the meticulous and graceful dancers epitomize strength, poise and elegance as they tell the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty. From the spellbinding score and beautiful outfits to the top-notch choreography, outstanding orchestra, visual splendour and deftly skilled dancers, this performance is one that will transport and enchant.
Tickets: £23 +
FASHION | Stock up by the bucketload at the UK’s best vintage fair
📅 Sunday, 26th February
Less ‘fusty, musty, dusty’ and more ravishingly chic and glamorous, those with a soft spot for all things pre-loved, retro and vintage will fall weak at the knees over Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair. Not just any old fair, this beauty tours the UK, complete with the best traders sporting incredible wares at ridiculously appealing prices. From fashion to home goods and so much more, stock up and happy rummaging! If it’s good enough for Chloe Sevigny and Florence & The Machine, it’s good enough for us.
Tickets: £2 +
THEATRE | Relive those glory days with The Buddy Holly Story
📅 Tuesday, 28th February – Saturday, 4th March
Overflowing with energy and highly addictive music, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story is a wonderful extravaganza. And yes, they will be playing all the greats from Oh Boy and Shout to Everyday and Rave On. Exhibiting immense talent and jam-packed with passion, witness a class act telling of Buddy Holly’s story. Good luck on not moving to every single beat!
Tickets: £17 +