1. Scottish Ballet’s A Streetcar Named Desire
Festival Theatre, 13-29 Nicolson Street, EH8 9FT; 18-21 March, book here.
Even if you’re not usually a theatre-goer, I can’t recommend Scottish Ballet’s productions enough. They are always stunning and manage to transport you away to another world for a couple of hours – in this case it’s the deep South for a retelling of Tenessee Williams’ classic play, A Streetcar Named Desire. Scottish Ballet have kindly invited me along to tonight’s performance and I can’t wait as I missed the tour the first time round when it was produced in 2012. It’s only on in Edinburgh for a couple of nights before heading down to London and across the USA, so book your tickets quick! A collaboration between theatre & film director Nancy Meckler and choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ocha, along with the expertise of the Scottish Ballet dancers and crew, it’s set to be a breathtaking performance.
26 Hamilton Place, EH3 5AU; open daily 10.45-6.30, book here.
I’m definitely much more of a dog person, but when I heard there was a cat cafe coming to Edinburgh I couldn’t resist booking myself in for a visit. A cover charge of £7 (which helps to take care of the cats) gets you one hour of play time with the cafe’s resident cats. There are lots of different types of cats – my favourites being the two cheeky little Bengals – with their own personalities, so whether you fancy playing, feeding them treats or snuggling down for a little snooze, you’re sure to find a cat to suit you. If you don’t/can’t have pets of your own, this is a great way to get an hour or two of quailty animal time. There’s also food and drink available to purchase, but you’ll be too busy trying to cuddle the cats to worry about a cup of tea!
Various venues; 4-19 April, book here.
Edinburgh’s annual Science Festival is back this April with hundreds of events for all ages, abilities and interests. Whether you’re looking for serious scientific discussions, fun experiments and exhibitions, or cool activities for kids, there’s something to keep everyone happy. You can browse What’s On on the website to plan what you’d like to see and do. I’m particularly looking forward to the Gastrofest events which explore the science of food & drink – look out for distilling classes with Edinburgh Gin, “Dining on the Wild Side” at the Botanic Gardens, a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party or the LateLab Molecular Cocktail masterclass. I’ll be heading along to a little preview evening next week to find out exactly what the Science Festival has to offer this year!
4. Game Masters at the National Museum of Scotland
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, EH1 1JF; until 20 April, book here.
Game Masters has already been here for a couple of months, but there’s still plenty of time to head down to Chambers Street if you haven’t been yet. This unique exhibition explores the history and development of videogames, going all the way from the arcade games of the late ’70s to present day apps. And the best part? You can actually play all the games! Have a dance off with Dance Central, go old school with a game of Lemmings, try a classic arcade game of Space Invaders, or lose a couple of hours of your life building some houses on The Sims. You can see a full list of all the playable games here. And after you’ve finished at Game Masters, don’t forget to have a wander round the rest of the museum too!
Murrayfield Stadium, EH12 5PJ; 21 March.
Tickets to the final Scotland v Ireland match of this year’s Six Nations tournament are sold out, but even if you won’t be at Murrayfield it’s still a good excuse to head to the pub and watch the match with a pint in hand. It definitely looks like Scotland will be getting the wooden spoon this year, but at least we tried! There’s always a great atmosphere in Edinburgh on Six Nations weekends; if you like to be in amongst the hustle and bustle head to the Grassmarket for a busy night out with lots of other rugby fans, or if you prefer to watch the game with a bit more peace and quiet try a local bar. If you’re feeling particularly daring, join the Irish fans for a pint at Malone’s!
What are you looking forward to this spring in Edinburgh?