Ultimate Guide to Summer Camps & Activities in Edinburgh & the Lothians

Summer is almost around the corner, and now’s the time to start thinking ahead to booking summer camps and activities for your little ones. Keep them busy and having fun all summer long with this amazing selection below!

Summer ‘not’ School 2018

Summer ‘not’ School is back again for 2018! Join the Dynamic Earth Learning Team for an adventurous summer holidays exploring Edinburgh’s wild spaces in and around Holyrood Park. The last three years have provided highly popular and exciting outdoor experiences for young people aged 7 to 13, and 2018 will be no different! Join us to experience an array of brand new activities combined with some of our favourite challenges and games.

This year’s experiences will be guided by the UN Sustainability Goals, designed to help build a better, fairer and healthier world. Participants of the Summer ‘not’ School programmes will learn why these goals are important to each and every one of us, as well as how we can all contribute to their success. Earn the title of a true Global Citizen and a champion of Sustainable Living!

As well as this, the programmes offer participants the chance to learn all about Holyrood Park’s past, present and future through an engaging mix of outdoor activities, scientific investigation, practical conservation, team games and more.

Young Explorers (ages 7-9 years)
Week one: 09-13 July 2018
Week two: 23-27 July 2018

Outdoor Academy (ages 10—13 yrs)
16th-20th July

Discovery and Adventure Days (ages 7-13 yrs)
31st July, 1st and 2nd August

These stand-alone days offer the opportunity to those that can’t or don’t want to sign up for a full week to still experience the excitement of outdoor activities with Dynamic Earth. Book just one, two or even three days of exploration, challenges and fun all held in and around Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat.

Contact: Craig Smith – Senior Learning Officer, Dynamic Earth

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The Crags Centre / Boroughmuir Blaze Basketball Club

The Crags Centre / Boroughmuir Blaze Basketball ClubThe Crags and Blaze will be continuing their Basketball Holiday Camps this Summer for four and a half weeks from the 2nd of July to the 14th of August.

For more information and to book, please visit this link and fill out the form at the bottom of the page.

The camps are a great place to come and meet new friends and develop confidence. Camps are led by qualified, experienced coaches who create a fun environment for learning new skills.

Camps include games and competitions as well as the chance to develop new skills. Our camps are suitable to everyone, whether you are new to basketball or looking to improve your skills.

The perfect camp for players of any experience level who want to develop their skills this holiday.

Aged Primary 1 – 7
Boys and Girls
9am to 1pm, Monday to Friday (or choose individual days)

£12 per day of camp or £48 for the week
£20 additional cost to purchase a reversible games top

2nd-6th July
9th-13th July
30th July -3rd August
6th-10th August
13th,14th August

Please call us on 0131 667 3334 or send an email to activities@cragsedinburgh.com

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Summer Arts Activities in East Lothian

Would you like to build a city of biscuits? Make a den or learn how to print using coca cola?  Maybe you would love to perform on stage or build a robot out of Lego – East Lothian Council Arts Service’s annual summer programme for young people aged between 5 and 18 has a wide range of activities to beat the boredom in the holidays, taking place in venues across the county.

The full programme is available to book at www.eastlothian.gov.uk/summeractivities .

Any queries please contact artsservice@eastlothian.gov.uk / 0131 665 9900.

The Galleon at George Watson’s College

The Galleon at George Watson’s College offers a number of sports-dedicated holiday camps during the summer catering for a range of ages and abilities. With highly skilled sports coaches, children can develop skills in a safe environment whilst having fun and making new friends along the way.

Camps are for children from Primary 3 to Senior 5 and are open to both George Watson’s pupils and those from other schools.

Hockey Camps (Primary 3 – Senior 5)*
Monday 6 – Friday 10 August (Primary 3 – Primary 6)
Monday 13 August – Friday 17 August (Primary 7 – Senior 5)

Rugby Camp (Primary 3 – Senior 5)*
Monday 13 August – Friday 17 August

Sports Camps (Primary 3 – Senior 2)*
Monday 2 July – Friday 6 July
Monday 9 July – Friday 13 July
Monday 16 July – Friday 20 July
Monday 23 July – Friday 27 July
Monday 30 July – Friday 3 August

*current year group

Further information and application forms are available from www.gwc.org.uk/galleoncamps

The Galleon
George Watson’s College
Colinton Road
EH10 5EG

An Edinburgh Merchant Company School Charitable Status Registered No. SC009747

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Young Engineers LEGO & KNEX Camps

A Young Engineers Holiday Camp provides children with a fun and exciting way to explore science and engineering during their holidays.

Sessions mix building using LEGO® & KNEX® with time outside, experiments, investigations, and creative projects all with the aim of learning about scientific and engineering principles.

Camps Locations are: Cramond, Meggetland, Edinburgh Academy, East Calder, Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy.

Big Builders for ages 3 to 5: Each 3 hour session is themed to allow us to explore a wide range of maths, science and engineering concepts. This summer our themes include; our universe, under the sea and moving machines. We take part in play based experiments and investigations that develop both our understanding and provide plenty of opportunity to improve our motor skills and spatial awareness before we start our KNEX Building sessions.

Bricks Challenge (Ages 6 to 10): Our Bricks Challenge sessions aim to build confidence in problem solving and engineering understanding. The morning session is taken up by building a moving LEGO® machine that supports understanding of our STEM concept. In the afternoon we work with our team to complete our design challenge. Children are provided with a problem and must work together to create a solution.

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Step It Up Dance

SIUD camps are always jam-packed with activities, keeping kids healthy and happy and providing peace of mind for parents during the school holidays.

New for 2018, Step It Up Dance camps are running during EVERY school holiday for pre-school and primary-aged kids plus extended hours for parents’ peace of mind and a renewed focus on choice for children. The SIUD team will help every child to develop independence & confidence by encouraging them to choose activities from a huge range including different styles of dance including hip hop, breakdance & acro dance, face painting, local trips, fresh arts & craft activities, games and challenges plus a performance on Finale Friday for them to perform with friends and show off their new skills!

To book head to stepitupdance.co.uk or email hello@stepitupdance.co.uk with any questions.

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Boston & Hawthorne – Family Dining & Pizza Making

Boston & Hawthorne is the first curiosities and Oddities bar in Scotland. Serving a wide range of Italian sharing dishes and sourdough pizzas.

  • All our products are locally sourced and all kids welcome over 5 years old
  • We offer parties and amazing deals for families
  • Kids eat for £2 when adults order a meal
  • We also offer family set menus starting from £22 for three courses for a family of four.

Kids Pizza Making Classes
Our Kids Pizza making experience is a interactive way for kids to learn about good food! The importance of vegetables and the greatness of fresh ingredients and awesome pizza! So let’s get our hands floured up and start making some pizzas at the table. We supply all the equipment – a dough ball and a selection of ingredients for the kids to get creating. We then whisk away the pizza and stick it in the oven.

£8 pp including the class, pizza, drink and ice cream

Boston & Hawthorne
50 Dean Street

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Westwoods Summer Activity Camps

Within the summer holidays we offer fun activity camps, Monday to Friday, from 8.30am to 5.30pm, for 5 to 12 year olds where children take part in a huge range of exciting activities from swimming, indoor and outdoor sports, arts and crafts, team games, dance and much, much more! We keep the numbers low to ensure that we offer a nurturing and welcoming environment for everyone and although we have a structured plan we love it when kids tell us about their favourite games and activities so that we can include them in the programme.

Our summer camp commences on Monday 16th July 2018 and ends on Friday 10th August 2018.  3-4 day packages are also available.

Please contact reception on 0131 332 5777 or via email westwoods@fettes.com for further information or to book your space.

7 Westwoods,
Edinburgh, EH4 1RA

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 Play2Learn Football Camps for Boys & Girls

Play2Learn are running FUN footy camps for all boys and girls from Pre – school to Primary 7 @ Harrison Park & Cargilfield School.

Pre – School = Perfect for boys and girls who love football or sport and involves imaginative story based games, linking the world of cartoons and superheroes. Using simple techniques and fun storylines these games are ideal for the young children in the early stages of their sporting life.

P1 – P7 = Depending on age groups we work on 4-a-side, 5-a-side & 7-a-side positioning…but most importantly it is all FUN!

We also do GK sessions.

Any questions please do not hesitate to contact Play2Learn on: 
07825 086108 OR shane@play2learn.info

Play2Learn is where sport meets FUN!

Reasons to attend P2L
Develop your footballing skills in a safe and enjoyable environment.
Have FUN and socialise with friends and team mates.
Play conditioned games or match specific exercises to develop your understanding of the game.
Our coaches share a passion for the game that is transferred through to all participants so players will be allowed to express themselves
Play without fear of making mistakes, be encouraged to make your own decisions in sessions and discover the joy of football.
All camps are designed and are directed to the developmental age of the players.
Final day world cup style tournament where you can win medals and trophies including team and individual awards.
Players leave camp with a medal, raised self- esteem and most importantly they have experienced fun and enjoyment.

Play2Learn are running FUN footy camps for all boys and girls from Pre – school to Primary 7 @ Harrison Park & Cargilfield School.

All welcome from any team, club or school. Early drop offs and late pick ups available.

Reason’s to attend P2Ls summer camps
World Cup Tournament
Medals and Prizes
Gk training
Special appearances by Pro player
Skillz Skool
Fun Challenges
Quality Coaching
Fun & Safe environment
Special appearances by Pro players
Every day has a new theme i.e passing
Conditioned games
Modern and up to date sports equipment/kit

Contact: Shane McCreevy M: 07825086108 E: shane@play2learn.info

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SJM PERFORMANCE Holiday Camps design & tailor specifically to cater to any age or experience of child! They have been running their own holiday camps for 5 years, after working with various Scottish companies over the last 10 years. They are now at home at Marchmont St Giles and ready for another jam packed Summer!

Each holiday camp week combines Singing, Acting and Dancing at it’s core. As well, students will learn theatre skills, gain confidence working with a script, learn team building exercises, partake in physical & vocal warm ups and perform in a weekly showcase.

P1 to S5 – they have classes for EVERYONE and ALL AGE GROUPS

2nd – 6th July – *Summer 1 ‘THIS IS ME’ THEME
30th July – 3rd August – Summer 2 ‘ICONS’ THEME
6th August – 10th August – *Summer 3 ‘HISTORY AIN’T SO HORRIBLE’ THEME

*Specialist courses available for S2-S5 (limited spaces available)
www.facebook.com/sjmcreative or hello@sjmcreative.com contact them now to book in.
Prices start from £75.00 (sibling discount and multi week discount available)

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