Giant Lanterns of China

Giant Lanterns of China

Giant Lanterns of China

Event: Giant Lanterns of China
Where: RSZZ Edinburgh Zoo, 134 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh EH12 6TS
Date: 1 January 2018 – 25 February 2018
4.30pm to 7.30pm
Admission: £10.47 -£31.47

The Giant Lanterns of China is a firm holiday fixture at the RSZZ Edinburgh Zoo, running from 1 January 2018 – 25 February 2018. It might be cold outside, but that’s no excuse not to have a good time. Edinburgh Zoo is the only place in Scotland to host such an event – lighting up Edinburgh’s skyline with the glow of 34 colossal, animal-themed lantern installations.

Experience 211 features large-scale animal-themed lanterns including 30 giant pandas, 12 lions, 30 native birds, 15 snails, 20 penguins and 25 flamingos alongside detailed backdrops of flowers, fauna and insects. Glowing Chinese heritage symbols such as signs of the zodiac and traditional archways illuminate the area. You will not want to miss the 19-foot high and 115-foot long Chinese dragon. This protector of the night, will guard the zoo until the end of the Chinese Spring Festival

A huge amount of work and effort goes into producing such an outstanding event. All this would not be possible if it were not for the long-standing relationship between RZSS and Sichuan, the birth place of Edinburgh Zoo’s giant pandas.

The event has half-hour entry timeslots from 4.30pm to 7.30pm (for a 9pm finish). You will be asked to select an entry time after you have selected your tickets.

Planning ahead

The Giant Lanterns of China at Edinburgh Zoo is a ton of fun for the whole family.  As you can imagine, this event is very popular and tickets are selling out fast. If you intend to visit beautiful Edinburgh, please plan ahead. Why not enjoy the show and avoid the long drive home? Accommodation at this time of year is in high demand. B+B Edinburgh is perfectly located with quick access routes to all the fun. Contact us today to arrange your booking.
Tel: +44 (0) 131 225 5084 / Email: [email protected] We hope to see you soon.




Event: Hogmanay
Where: Edinburgh City Centre
30 December 2017 – 1 January 2018
Time: 7.00 pm (all day really)
Admission: £26.00

Hogmanay is Scotland’s New Year’s Eve party to celebrate the end of one year and welcomes the new. The party runs from 30 December 2017 – 1 January 2018 so get ready to have fun.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is where the world comes to party! And we’re looking forward to celebrating with you. The best party in the world is happening right here in Edinburgh and everyone is invited.

Important things to keep in mind

There are three main entrances to the event: Princes Street West End, South St David Street and Bank Street. This is a very busy, all-standing, outdoor festival event so please dress for the weather. Access to the front of stages is on a first come, first served basis. Please note Street Party tickets do not allow access into the Concert in the Gardens or the Ceilidh under the Castle with Edinburgh Gin events.

What’s it all about?

Hogmanay is the Scots word for the last day of the year and is synonymous with the celebration of the New Year (Gregorian calendar) in the Scottish manner. It is normally followed by further celebrations on the morning of New Year’s Day (1 January) or, in some cases, 2 January—a Scottish bank holiday.

Planning ahead

Hogmanay is the perfect way to start 2018. As you can imagine, tickets are selling fast. If you are planning your trip to our capital city, please plan ahead. Accommodation at this time of year is in high demand. Bed and Breakfast accommodation at B+B Edinburgh is perfectly located with quick access routes to all the Christmas festivities. Contact us today to arrange your booking.
Telephone: +44 (0) 131 225 5084 / Email: [email protected]

Shrek the Musical

Shrek the Musical

Shrek the Musical

Event: Shrek the Musical
Date: Tuesday 12 December 2017 to Sunday 7 January 2018
Where: Edinburgh Playhouse, 18 – 22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA
Running time: 2h 30m
Admission: £20.00 – £78.00 plus £4.00 transaction fee

The ever-popular Shrek the Musical hits the Edinburgh Playhouse from Tuesday 12 December 2017 to Sunday 7 January 2018. Based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animation film, this wonderful adaptation of the children’s classic is sure to bring a smile to your face this Christmas.

Following a record-breaking UK and Ireland Tour, the smash hit blockbuster is back – and larger than life! Join Shrek, Fiona and Donkey as they give new meaning to a plethora of fairy tales and folklore. This hilarious and spectacular production is the all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy of the year.

Steffan Harri

Steffan Harri who is no stranger to the stage and screen has been cast to don the green ears of our favourite ogre. Harri has previously been seen in performances such as Hollti (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru). He has also been the Combeferre and understudied Enjolras in Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre). No role too big or small. We can not wait to see what he brings to the role of Shrek.

Planning ahead

Shrek the Musical at the Edinburgh Playhouse is a ton of fun and the perfect way to start your Christmas celebrations. As you can imagine, this event is very popular and tickets are selling out fast. If you intend visiting Scotland’s capital city, please plan ahead. Accommodation at this time of year is in high demand. B+B Edinburgh is perfectly located with quick access routes to all the Christmas festivities. Contact us today to arrange your booking. Telephone: +44 (0) 131 225 5084 or Email: [email protected] We hope to see you soon.

Edinburgh Christmas Market

Edinburgh Christmas Market

Edinburgh Christmas Market

Event: Edinburgh Christmas Market
Where: Princes street gardens
Date: 18 November 2017- 6 January 2018
Free (although you will need to pay for any shows or rides)

The heart of Scotland’s capital has been transformed into a romantic Christmas extravaganza. Although the Edinburgh Christmas Market is already in full swing, we knew that we could not leave it unmentioned in our monthly blog. The market opened its doors to the public on 18 November and will remain the centre of attraction for six weeks until 6 January. The Edinburgh Christmas Market is held in the Princes Street Gardens and is one of the most anticipated events on the Edinburgh calendar.


The market is open from 10 am – 10 pm and entry is free of charge. Unfortunately, patrons will need to pay for any of the rides or shows that they attend. The good news is that there is a 20% discount for all local residents. Friends and family will enjoy a plethora of delights including craft and art exhibitions, gift shops and gastronomic surprises. Get into the Christmas spirit! Make sure you enjoy a Glayva and Coffee or a Rum Chata Hot Chocolate at one of our festive street bars.

Silent Disco

If the loud festive activities is not your cup of tea, we have something perfect just for you. All party-lovers can enjoy quality disco fun without all the racket from blaring house speakers. Everyone is issued a head set which receives the broadcast from the DJ. This is brilliant family fun. Tickets from £10.00 (includes £1.00 in fees per ticket). Please click here to purchase.

Plan ahead

If you are attending Edinburgh Christmas Market, please plan ahead. It is important to note that this is a very popular event. Why not make the most of your visit and avoid the long drive home afterwards? B+B Edinburgh is perfectly located with quick access routes to the Christmas festive experience of a life time.
Contact us today on Tel: +44 (0) 131 225 5084 / Email: [email protected]

Scotland v New Zealand rugby

Scotland v New Zealand rugby

Scotland v New Zealand rugby

Event: Scotland v New Zealand rugby
Date: Saturday 18 November, 2017
Kick Off: 5:15pm
Referee: Matthew Carley (England)
TV Coverage: Live on BT Sport and BBC
Tickets: Available here

Two titans will collide on Saturday the 18th of November, 2017 when Scotland face the New Zealand All Blacks at the BT Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. This will be the second of three autumn internationals to be played by Scotland in 2017. The air is electric with anticipation to see how these two sporting giants battle it out.

Scotland will have their work cut out for them because New Zealand is a very powerful team. The Scots had a disappointing start in the World Cup, losing to Tonga 50-4, while New Zealand beat Samoa 38-8.

That said, Scotland has shown remarkable improvements since the last time they faced New Zealand during the autumn internationals in 2014. Of course, this has strengthened the support from the Scottish fans.

BT Murrayfield is the historic home of Scottish Rugby. This iconic stadium has hosted some of the largest events in sporting history. Stadium seating is available in standard or superior class, and for those who can afford the best seats in the house, the Executive Boxes are there for you to enjoy. This private facility has spectacular views over the pitch and can accommodate up to fourteen seated or twenty standing.

If you would like to attend this highly anticipated game, please plan ahead. For those of you who are travelling from out of town, please be aware that local accommodation will be in high demand. B+B Edinburgh is perfectly located, with quick access routes to Murray Field. To book please contact us directly: Tel: +44 (0) 131 225 5084 / Email: [email protected]

For highlights from the last time these two formidable opponents faced each other on the field, check out this video below.


Edinburgh Restaurant Festival 2017


Edinburgh Restaurant Festival 2017

Edinburgh Restaurant Festival 2017

What’s happening? Edinburgh Restaurant Festival 2017
Date:  16 October 2017 – 29 October 2017
Where? Various locations across Edinburgh

 The weather might be changing as we slowly approach the winter months; however, Edinburgh is busy heating up for the fourth Edinburgh Restaurant Festival 2017.

Igniting the foodie in all of us, the Edinburgh Restaurant Festival is set to be a treat for the whole family. When it comes to Edinburgh, there are a few certainties at one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. It offers a fantastic shopping experience and the city sports more restaurants than any other city in the UK.

Scattered throughout the cobbled city streets, Edinburgh restaurants offer culinary buffets for everyone’s choice. Participants of the festival anticipate that this year the festival is set to draw record numbers, so planning ahead is essential. Remember always to book in advance.

The Edinburgh Restaurant Festival will run from 16 – 29 October 2017 with participating restaurants and cafés offering exclusive set menus, discounts and other special offers. Whether it’s a casual lunch, coffee and cake, or a three-course meal you’re after, this festival is sure to tempt your taste buds!

From fine dining to casual eats and everything in between, the options seem endless.  It’s easy to see why Edinburgh has earned its place at the top of the cuisine connoisseur’s menu. A winning combination of restaurants together with neighbourhood bistros and cafés will be showcasing the best food the city has to offer.

With all this fantastic cuisine, it would be a shame to visit Edinburgh for only one day. Why not stay at B+B Edinburgh to make the most of the festival. We are perfectly located in the heart of the city, with easy access routes to many of the restaurants celebrating the Edinburgh Restaurant Festival. For further details, please contact us on Tel: +44 (0) 131 225 5084 / Email: [email protected]

The Big Belter – Glasgow to Edinburgh – Pedal for Scotland



The Big Belter® is a tough, 93-mile bike ride from Glasgow to Edinburgh which takes place on Sunday 10 September 2017. Hosted by The Pedal for Scotland, this prestigious sporting event promises fun for the athletes and spectators alike.

Setting off from Glasgow Green between (6:45am) the route has been designed to give participants the buzz of Scotland’s biggest bike event on a quieter route designed for serious road cyclists. The ride uses the same start, first 25 miles and finish points as the Classic Challenge ride. So if you not a professional cyclist, you can still enjoy the event all the same.

The best part of the event is that the organisers have included a transport service for all participants. This means that you will be able to catch a ride to and from the event. We are sure that the exhausted riders will appreciate this facility more than anyone else.

If you have registered for the event, we recommend that you do so as soon as you can. There is only a limited number of places available, so don’t miss out. Once you have registered, you will receive your riders pack before the big day.


Pedal for Scotland, organised by Cycling Scotland, is Scotland’s biggest bike event. Back in 1999, the first event attracted 400 riders. The event has grown increasingly popular with more routes, bigger challenges and more and more participants joining this year.


If you are attending The Big Belter®, please plan ahead. Accommodation is usually in high demand so book now to avoid disappointment. B+B Edinburgh is perfectly located in the heart of all the action.
For more information, you can contact us on Tel: +44 (0) 131 225 5084 / Email: [email protected]

Date:  Sunday 10 SEPTEMBER 2017
Time: Glasgow Green between 6:45am and 7.00am
Tickets: £48


Edinburgh Fringe festival – something for everyone

Edinburgh Fringe festival

Edinburgh Fringe festival

Edinburgh celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Fringe.

Celebrating its great defiance against conformity, the art world explodes in a kaleidoscope of colourful performances across Edinburgh every year in August. Thousands of performers flock to the capital to grace the many available stages, and this year is no exception. In fact, audiences should prepare for a celebration like no other as Edinburgh celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Fringe.

Back in 1947, eight small performance groups Edinburgh celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Fringe.arrived in Edinburgh with hopes of performing at the International Festival. Unfortunately, they were refused entry. This would have discouraged many, but not these true heroes of the arts community. Instead of turning back, these die-hards took their performances to the outskirts (the fringe) of the International Festival – giving birth to the gargantuan Fringe Festival that we know and love today.

A full array of performers can be found at the festival: from unknown studio groups, performers and comedians to international artists – all descending on the city to showcase their work. The festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events.

Last year there was a record number of performances – 50,266 to be exact, which comprised 3,269 shows in 294 venues.

Something for everyone

In the true spirit of the eight groups that started it all, The Fringe is a completely open-access festival where no one is denied entry. This makes it the largest platform on earth for creative freedom.

Audiences can look forward to a variety of performances including Cabaret, Comedy and dance. The performances can be seen in several venues including Rutland Square, The Acoustic Music Centre on Royal Terrace and Assembly Hall.

The festival has also attracted several political figures like Jeremy Corbyn and Alex Salmond who both have sold-out shows.

The Earth with art would simply be ‘eh’.

It’s difficult to describe the true enormity and significance of the festival in a few short paragraphs. It’s something that you need to experience for yourself.


Accommodation around this time of year can get a bit tricky. B+B Edinburgh is perfectly located for you to enjoy the festival without having to travel very far. However, there are only a limited number of bedrooms available, so do not delay.

Tel: +44 (0) 131 225 5084 / Email: [email protected]

Royal Highland Show 2017


Royal Highland Show 2017

Royal Highland Show 2017


This year, Edinburgh will once again be host to The Royal Highland Show. It’s the only place you can meet, touch, smell, taste and take home the best in the country. Edinburgh is one of the finest cities in Europe, showcasing spectacular scenic environments both indoors and out. There is always something to entertain and amaze.

The Royal Highland Show will run from Thursday 22 June to Sunday 25 June and promises to captivate and entice the whole family. For four days spectators can enjoy the finest livestock share centre stage with Scotland’s bountiful larder, spectacular show jumping, countryside pursuits, educational workshops, entertainment, shopping and a host of business opportunities. That’s a lot to squeeze into only 4 days!

After last year’s success, the Royal Highland Show is firmly established as most important date in the country’s calendar.  The event has grabbed the attention of government and industry bodies, food producers and business leaders alike. There are over 100 media reporting live from the show – so you might see a few film crews while visiting the event.

This is truly one of the best that Scotland offers! Whether you’re from the city or countryside, a veteran show-goer or a first-time visitor – The Royal Highland Show has something for everyone.

There really is so much to take in and enjoy during the show. Everything from 100% Handmade Cards & Bag Creation to the British Horse Society – fulfilling your passion for horses.

If you are attending the Royal Highland Show and would like to avoid the long drive home; why not stay the night in our perfectly located B+B Edinburgh. Our wide range of accommodation offers everything you would need. For more information, please contact us on Tel: +44 (0) 131 225 5084 / Email: [email protected] or visit our website


What’s on: Royal Highland Show 2017
When: 22 – 25 June
Where: Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh, EH28 8NB
Tickets: Adults: £27 – Concession: £22





Avengers: Infinity War filmed in Edinburgh

Avengers Infinity War filmed in Edinburgh

Avengers Blog Infinity War filmed in Edinburgh

Avengers Infinity War filmed in Edinburgh

Much excitement is circulating throughout our wonderful city as large film crews have taken over parts of the Royal Mile and the Waverley train station.

Rumour has it that the first and second unit scenes are being filmed with a budget of £10m. That might sound like a lot of money, but considering the success of the previous films, we are sure that the expense will be well compensated.

The film is being directed by Joe Russo and his brother Anthony who also directed Captain America: Civil War and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Both films received rave reviews and great success at the box office.

The presence of Hollywood in Edinburgh has everyone talking. Joe Russo recently comment: “The city is such a unique and iconic location, but one never seen as the backdrop for a big action film, which is incredibly exciting.”

Successful production

Planning is the key to a successful production. The shoot in Edinburgh has taken a full year to put together. This is no small task and required the dedicated assistance by regional agencies including Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council.

Avengers: Infinity War has a star-studded cast including Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson. Unfortunately, the film is only due to hit the big screen in April 2018 which means we will have to wait a little longer to enjoy it.

B+B Edinburgh is perfectly situated with easy access routes to the Royal Mile and the Waverley train station. It’s clear that even Hollywood shares our love for this beautiful city. If you are a fan of the Avengers films and would like to visit Edinburgh to see the film crew in action, we hope that you will stay with us. Tel: +44 (0) 131 225 5084 / Email: [email protected]