Church Hill Theatre
The Church Hill Theatre might be less centrally located than Edinburgh’s other major theatres, but it’s a far from forgotten part of the city’s performing arts scene. A major renovation has recently improved facilities, and as well as being a popular Fringe venue, it’s an important performance space for local theatre groups for the rest of the year.
33A Morningside Rd, 0131 447 7597. www.edinburgh.gov.uk/CEC/Recreation/Leisure/Church_Hill_Theatre/Church_Hill_Theatre.html
Hermitage of Braid Nature Reserve
This local beauty spot is often overlooked in favour of Edinburgh’s other natural attractions, like the Botanic Gardens, but it has plenty to offer visitors. Picturesque Blackford Pond, Wildflower Meadow and Agassiz Rock are captivating, while walks and watching sessions are sure to appeal to nature lovers. Explore the surroundings to discover the Ice House and the Doocot in the Walled Garden.
Edinburgh’s Royal Observatory is home to one of the largest telescopes in Europe, and offers a range of activities for the general public. A ticketed event every Friday evening offers insight into the mysteries of our Solar System, while a recent successful series celebrating Scotland’s Dark Skies looks set to return in the autumn.
Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, 0131 668 8404, www.roe.ac.uk