City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Step back in history and entertain the kids at TradFest this weekend

By Lindsay Corr - Posted on 26 April 2013

Conrad Molleson - Gododdin

As part of TradFest, Edinburgh’s newest Festival, the Storytelling Centre have put together a series of events for youngsters (5-14yrs) to enjoy a feast of culture with fun storytelling, song, theatre and music events on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April and the following weekend. Plus there’s plenty more over the course of the Festival!

The fantastic Andy Cannon tells the radical tale of the real Robin Hood on Sat 27 April at 11.30am (7+) followed by a wonderful mix of traditional stories and original music in Toe-Tapping Tales at 3pm (5+) featuring storyteller Ruth Kirkpatrick and musicians Gica Loening and Jenny Gardner.

The Gododdin was an army of 300 brave warriors who journeyed south from Scotland... but what happened to them next? Find out in this interactive retelling of Scotland's oldest poem for youngsters aged 9-14 (and big children... you know you want to!) led by Conrad Molleson on Sunday 28 April at 11am – expect displays of courage and valour, and some Braveheart-esque yells!

Or get on board with storytelling duo Macastory and find out about the highs and lows of Edinburgh life, past and present with In Auld Reekie at 11.30am (5+).

Additional family friendly events include Northern Streams: Children’s Singing Workshop on Saturday 27 April at 10.30am, Meet the Ancestors on Sunday 28 April at the National Portrait Gallery, Telling Tales Storytelling Competition for Under 16s on Sunday 5 May at 1pm and for younger tots there’s also our toddler (1-3yrs) event Tiny Tales, led by harpist and storyteller Heather Yule on Monday 6 May at 10am & 11.30am, followed by The Singing Street at 2pm or The Prom on the Prom in Portobello.

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Northern Streams: Children’s Singing Workshop
Sat 27 Apr, 10.30-11.45am Scottish Storytelling Centre £5 per child, accompanying adults free.

Robin Hood: The People’s Hero
Sat 27 Apr, 11.30am-12.30pm Scottish Storytelling Centre £8 (£6)

Toe-Tapping Tales
Sat 27 Apr, 3-4pm Scottish Storytelling Centre £6 (£4)

Sun 28 Apr, 11am-1pm Scottish Storytelling Centre £8 per child

Macastory – in Auld Reekie
Sun 28 Apr, 11.30am-12.45pm Scottish Storytelling Centre £5 (£3)

Meet the Ancestors – Springtime Stories!
Sun 28 Apr, 2-2.30pm, 2.45-3.15pm & 3.30-4pm Scottish National Portrait Gallery Free – drop in

Telling Tales: Under 16s Storytelling Competition
Sun 5 May, 1-4pm Scottish Storytelling Centre £5 (£3)

Tiny Tales
Mon 6 May, 10-10.40am & 11.30am-12.10pm Scottish Storytelling Centre £5 per child

The Singing Street
Mon 6 May, 2-3pm Scottish Storytelling Centre £5 (£3) (Family of 4, £12)

The Prom on the Prom!
Mon 6 May, 2pm - 3.30pm Portobello Promenade Free, non-ticketed