What's On in May
Glorious May is upon us, with not one but two Bank Holidays to enjoy (5th and 26th May). And the Edinburgh Marathon Festival takes place 24-25 May, one of our busiest weekends of the year (in fact we have return guests every year for these dates). Here’s our round-up of the best things to do in the city this month.
Edinburgh Marathon Festival
Edinburgh Marathon Festival (24-25 May) is part of the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014 celebrations and will be a great day out for the whole family. It kicks off a fantastic year of sport across the country including the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (23 July-3 August) and the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles (23-28 September). Edinburgh was voted the second best destination in the UK for a city marathon, behind only London.
The Imaginate Festival
A week-long celebration of Scottish and international theatre, dance and performance for children and young people, (5-12 May), the Imaginate Children’s Festival is now the UK’s largest festival of performing arts for this group. The festival also goes on tour throughout Scotland after its Edinburgh run.
Since 2012, young people from across Scotland have worked with staff at National Museums Scotland to explore what they felt was important about where they come from. They chose objects from the National Museum of Scotland and their local museums for exhibitions in 2013 and this final exhibition (running from 9 May – 31 August) is the culmination of their project and showcases their choices and ideas, expressed through art, music, dance and films.
Edinburgh is arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the UK to explore on foot – and it’s free. This is Edinburgh has put together a handy walking guide which visits a selection of the best heritage sites (http://thisisedinburgh.org.uk/discover/my-edinburgh/heritage/), taking in the Royal Mile, the Grassmarket, Calton Hill, New Town and Dean Village.