Dates for Your Diary: May

Edinburgh, UK

Hello, friends! May is a wonderful month to be in Edinburgh. There's just so much to be grateful for; lighter nights, spring blossoms, and there seems to be so much going on in the city. I wanted to share a small selection of dates for your diary and please do leave a comment below if I've left something that you think is worth mentioning.

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Exhibitions, Entertainment & Festivals

All Month: The Art of Wallpaper - Morris & Co. (Dovecot Studios, £10.50)

All Month: Barbara Hepworth | Art & Life (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art: Modern Two, £15)

All Month: Robert Blomfield: Student of Light (University of Edinburgh Main Library, free)

All Month: Japanese Contemporary Design (National Museum of Scotland, free)

All Month: C.A. Walac | Flat Versions (Custom Lane, free)   

All Month: Treasures of the National Library of Scotland (NLS, free)

Sundays: Live Jazz Söderberg Pavilion (5.30pm, Söderberg Pavilion)

7th-15th: Edinburgh International Children's Festival (various locations)

8th: Scottish Vegan Festival (Corn Exchange Edinburgh, from £3)

10th-14th: Cluedo (King’s Theatre, from £23)

14th-15th: Edinburgh Zine Festival & Artists’ Bookmarket (Fruitmarket Gallery)

18th: Dirty Dancing in Concert (Usher Hall, from £27.50)

From 21st: National Treasure: The Scottish Modern Arts Association (City Art Centre, free)

25th-28th: Wuthering Heights (King’s Theatre, from £23)

28th-29th: StagEHd Festival (Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens, free)


All Month: Visit Dr Neils’ Garden (Dr Neils’ Garden, free)

Mondays & Tuesdays: Meet the Gardener (Royal Botanic Gardens, free)  

Fridays & Saturdays: Whisky Tasting & Tour for Whisky Month (Real Mary King’s Close, £35pp)

7th: Greentree Garden Open Day (18 Greenhill Park, £5)


Topping & Company (2 Blenheim Place): Topping & Company has organised over a dozen literary events this month. The month will begin with Emma Smith with her new book ‘Portable Magic’ (4th) and end with Antony Beevor discussing his latest book ‘Russia: Revolution and Civil War 1917-1921’ (31st) with a host of wonderful authors in between.

Lighthouse Bookshop (43-45 W Nicolson Street): Lighthouse Bookshop is hosting nearly a dozen literary events this month including Tracey Thorn with her new book ‘My Rock 'n' Roll Friend’ (9th) and an evening with Dr Samara Linton and Rianna Walcott discussing ‘The Colour Of Madness: MENTAL HEALTH AND RACE IN TECHNICOLOUR’ (15th).

Blackwell's Bookshop (53-62 South Bridge): Blackwell’s Bookshop will host Kenny Boyle with his new book 'The Tick and the Tock of the Crocodile Clock’ (18th), Dacre Stoker as he talks about Dracula's Scottish connections for its 125th anniversary (24th), and Elodie Harper will discuss her new book'The House with the Golden Door' (26th).

Typewronger Books (4a Haddington Place): Typewronger Books has a great lineup for May including Little Living Room: Mental Health (9th), In Conversation With Cé Simonis (11th) and Speak Easy Literary Salon (23rd). 

Portobello Bookshop (46 Portobello High Street): Lastly, Portobello Bookshop is hosting four events this May including J. O. Morgan who will be discussing his new novel Appliance (19th), Dean Atta with Only on the Weekends (25th), and An Evening with Mick Herron with Val McDermid (30th, Augustine United Church).

Markets & Pop-Ups

Saturdays:  Grassmarket Market (10am-5pm)

Saturdays: Leith Market (Dock Place, 10am-5pm)

Sundays: Stockbridge Market (Saunders Street, 10am-5pm)
Saturdays: Edinburgh Farmers’ Market (Castle Terrace, 9am-2pm)

Friday-Sunday: The Pitt Street Food Market (Pitt Street)

Until 28th: Ellen Catherine Jewellery (Space at Seventeen)

8th: B’s Vintage Market (Out of the Blue Drillhall, £2)

12th-15th: Support the Makers Pop-Up (St James Quarter)

28th: Out of the Blue Flea Market (Out of the Blue Drillhall, free)


Fortitude Coffee (72 Newington Road) 

Argonaut Books (15-17 Leith Walk)

Ocelot Chocolate Shop and Café (11A Portgower Place)

Travelling Basket (Coming Soon to 29 Broughton Street)

Banh Mi Bar (Coming Soon to Bruntsfield)

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