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Here's why you should visit The Edinburgh International Children’s Festival this year

Section: Days out

On the hunt for a magical fun day out with your little ones? The Edinburgh International Children’s festival is not only fun, interesting and one of a kind - it's also a great day out for the whole family! Yep, even you will enjoy the offerings of the annual festival, hurrah!

Here is your cheat-sheet on the annual festival...

What is Edinburgh International Children’s festival?

In a city renowned for its festivals, this is the one dedicated specifically to children, and covers audiences from the age of 6 months upward; offering a wonderful opportunity to combine a family-friendly city break with an early experience of live theatre for young children.

It has incredible visuals that are very stimulating for your little one and it’s extremely entertaining. 

When is Edinburgh’s International Children’s Festival?

The festival starts from the 26th of May to the 3rd of June 2018.

What’s on this year that's suitable for my little one?

The best thing about the festival is that it caters to all age groups, from babies to adults, anyone can enjoy their time at The Edinburgh International Children’s Festival.

To make it easier for you to plan your trip, we listed the standout events down below, ranked by age group.


0-3 years 

Toddler Room by Siri Dybwik: This beautiful piece of mini dance theatre has been created by choreographer Siri Dybwik to appeal to the youngest of audiences. Filled with a lot of colour, it can be very stimulating for your little one.


4-6 years

Loo by Ponten Pie (2-5 years): Set around the bow of a sunken boat in a sea of sand, the show uses evocative music, buried objects and stunning visual effects, to give its audience an immersive experience.

Things to Wear by Theaterhaus Ensemble: A funny and witty display that will have both you and your children in stitches.

Stick By me by Andy Manley & Red Bridge Arts: A quirky new show about friendship and play, and the importance of treasuring little things.


7-12 years

Gretel and Hansel by La Carrousel: Everyone knows the story of the witch’s house, but their story didn’t end there...

Expedition Peter Pan by Het Laagland: Plucked from their busy jobs, five adult strangers find themselves in a world of nightstands and night-lights. A world where marbles appear in briefcases, paper planes in filing cabinets, and long-forgotten music thrills you to dance.


12+ years and Adults:

Mbuzeni by Koleka Putuma: Mbuzeni (the act of asking for an answer from God) tells the story of four orphan girls, their sisterhood, and their fixation with burials. The story takes place in a tiny remote South African village where the only cemetery that exists separates the villagers from the orphans.

There are many more shows and events which you and your family can enjoy, find out more on their website.

Can I still buy tickets for Edinburgh’s International Children’s Festival?

Yes, you can! Early Bird tickets are still on sale until the 15th of April. You can find more info on how to get ticket on their website. 

That sounds good, doesn't it! We'll see you there. 


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