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Hi, I'm Ildiko

Welcome to the Weekend Enthusiast! A collection of travel, lifestyle, restaurant reviews and home of the Edinburgh Enthusiast. 

What to do this weekend: 16-17 April


Spring Festival

Spring has finally sprung! Join the Spring Festival fun at the Botanics and check out how the rhododendrons are doing. You can find other seasonal highlights in the Alpine House and the British Art Show 8 is still on at Inverleith House.


EIF Public Booking Opens

Source: The Edinburgh Enthusiast (C)

You'd better clear your calendar for 10am as the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival events are finally open for public booking. Our favourites this year include:

  • Opera: Norma with Cecilia Bartoli singing the title role - note that for Norma booking has opened earlier and all dates have only limited availability.
  • Theatre: Measure for Measure aka a Shakespeare play in Russian at the Lyceum performed by Moscow's Pushkin Theatre.
  • Dance: Scottish Ballet at the Festival Theatre as we do love ballet.
  • Classical music: our weakness so we have several on our list including Daniil Trifonov at the Usher HallGeorge Li and Daniil Trifonov and Friends at the Queens Hall. Trifonov's name is guarantee for a quickly sold-out performance and we thoroughly enjoyed him playing Rachmaninov a few years ago.
  • Contemporary music: Sigur Ros is back to Edinburgh, this time they have two concerts scheduled at the Playhouse. We were at their concert a few years ago at Usher Hall, fantastic performance.
  • Opening event: Deep Time is free but ticketed, reservation opens on 20 June. The Harmonium Project last year was amazing, expect something similar but this time centred around the Castle.
Edinburgh Beer Festival

Stewart Brewing is having a beer fest at Loanhead between 3-11pm. There will be live music and they will even have gluten free beers (and not only). Get your tickets via Eventbrite - Midlothian residents get discounts and the price includes two beers. Get there by bus 37 - approximately 40 minutes from Princes Street.

Fallachan Nights

We love foodie pop-ups and often end up travelling for an interesting event. This weekend one of the most talented young chefs in the UK, Ian Scaramuzza and Fallachan's Craig Gozier will cook you a six-course seasonal tasting menu at Glasgow's Studio 93. Missed out? It is worth keeping an eye on Fallachan's website for similar future events.


Last day of Build it!

It is the last day of the Build it! LEGO exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland - make sure to visit if you have yet not checked it out. If it is a sunny day, you can also admire the city views from the secret balcony as presented in Instagrammer (@exploringedinburgh) Shawna's vlog.

Have a nice weekend!

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