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Edinburgh News: Edinburgh Castle Free Open Days were on Saturday 28th.& Sunday 29th.November 2009 - see below for details!
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 Edinburgh Castle free admission - Edinburgh Castle was offering free admission on Saturday 28 &Sunday 29 November 2009 to commemorate St.Andrew’s Day  . (Archive Edinburgh Castle News)  

Edinburgh Castle Concerts Rod Stewart ,Simply Red , these entertainers will perform in July 2010.      

Rod Stewart Edinburgh Castle Wednesday 14 July 2010
Rod Stewart Edinburgh Castle Thursday 15 July 2010
Simply Red Edinburgh Castle Sunday 18th July 2010

Rod Stewart -Rod Stewart's most popular song was “Maggie May " and we have been inundated with requests for Rod Stewart tickets since it was announced that Rod Stewart was to appear at Edinburgh Castle .Rod Stewart looks like being the biggest event at Edinburgh Castle this year, and it  would seem 2010 will be a big year for him as Rod Stewart will be appearing at many other prestigious events worldwide . Rod Stewart Edinburgh Castle tickets are being sold on Ebay so if you want a Rod Stewart ticket it looks like you will have to get bidding very soon while there are tickets available.

Cheryl Cole Girls Aloud is probably the best known member of the Girls Aloud line-up, her name before marriage was Cheryl Tweedy. Girls Aloud have become one of the most successful British girl groups of the decade. Girls Aloud Edinburgh Castle Friday July 25 2008 for your chance to see the girls perform live on stage.

BOYZONE Edinburgh Castle-Boyzone are to perform a one-off show at Edinburgh Castle this summer, it was revealed Friday 8 Feb. 2008. Boyzone the Irish boy band will be putting on a spectacular live concert in July, following a Boyzone comeback tour taking in dates across the UK and Ireland. Ronan Keating is the most popular Boyzone member.

Edinburgh Christmas Market from Germany – The Christmas Market in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Mound Precinct  is a highly popular annual Edinburgh Christmas event. The German Christmas Market  will run for a period of 4 weeks from 27 November 2008 to 24th. December 2008. The German Christmas Market will be situated at The Mound  alongside the fairground attractions  in East Princes Street Gardens the home of the Walter Scott Monument . The German Christmas Market last year was larger and better than ever before and when we attended the market we found the  visitors were enjoying the seasonal delights on offer, including steaming mugs of mulled wine. (Edinburgh Castle  News)

Edinburgh Capital Christmas 2008 Winter Wonderland has become an established Edinburgh Christmastime event. The Edinburgh Winter Wonderland delights locals and Edinburgh visitors alike, as it affords them the opportunity to ice skate in the great outdoors with Edinburgh Castle as a fantastic backdrop ! We look forward to this event .

Torchlight Procession Thursday 29 December : Edinburgh New Year Celebrations started on Thursday 29 December with the magical Edinburgh Torchlight Procession - an event for all the family. The Edinburgh Torchlight Procession left Parliament Square at 6.30p.pm. Participants in the procession raised flaminging torches and weaved their way through the historic streets of Edinburgh to create a river of fire that finished with a spectacular firework finale. Proceeds of the Edinburgh Torchlight Procession go to Radio Forth's Help A Child Appeal and One City Trust. Special guests included the Up Helly'AA Vikings and The Clann. Vouchers for torches were available in advance from Edinburgh 's Hogmanay ticket outlets. (Archive Edinburgh News)

The world premiere of the film The Adventures Of Greyfriars Bobby took place in the Vue Cinema, The Omni Centre in Edinburgh. In attendance at the Greyfriars Bobby film screening were Christopher Lee and Scots actors James Cosmo and Kirsty Mitchell, Ardal O'Hanlon and canine star Bobby also attended the sell-out premiere. A party for the guests at Edinburgh Castle followed the film event which was in aid of Barnardo's and the Dogs Trust .Edinburgh Castle features in the film, The Adventures Of Greyfriars Bobby which tells the story of loyal West Highland Terrier Bobby who stood by the grave of his late master in Greyfriars churchyard. Director John Henderson and producer Christopher Figg said they were determined to tell the "true story" of Bobby and rejected the version portrayed in the 1961 Walt Disney Greyfriars Bobby film. Edinburgh Castle played an important part in a number of scenes, and in the portrayal of how the One o'Clock Gun acted as the signal for Bobby to leave his master's grave for his lunchtime meals The use of historic locations such as those used in Edinburgh Castle definitely adds to the overall character and integrity of the Greyfriars Bobby film The film tells how loyal pet Bobby is entrusted to Ewan, a shy young man, after the death of his master John Gray. Despite their friendship, Bobby refuses to leave his late master's side, sleeping on his grave in Greyfriars churchyard night after night.Ewan, played by Oliver Golding, is forced to act when a new dog licensing act puts Bobby's life in danger. A statue of Bobby was erected in memory of the dog outside Greyfriars churchyard. The Adventures Of Greyfriars Bobby film was released nationwide on Friday 10th February 2006. (Archive Edinburgh News)

Edinburgh news about Jools Holland’s Jam House coming to Edinburgh ....Jam House news Fri.18th.November - Jools Holland will not be in attendance at the opening of The Jam House Edinburgh as he will be appearing with his Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra on Friday18th.November in Cheltenham at The Centaur Cheltenham Racecourse and on Saturday 19 th November Jools and the Orchestra will be in Portsmouth at The Guildhall. (Archive Edinburgh News)

Jools Holland’s vision of the best in live music, great food and good times will be a reality in Edinburgh as of Friday 18th.November 2005, as Jools Holland and Luminar Leisure open The Jam House - a unique new entertainment venue in Scotland.
Based inside the 24,000sq ft former BBC Broadcasting House on Queen Street, Jools Holland’s Jam House is a music club based on a similar American concept called House of Blues, clubs which can be found in LA and Chicago. Jools Jam House will have an 84 seat fine dining restaurant, bars, and most importantly, be fully equipped as a live entertainment venue, attracting local bands and celebrity guest stars alike. See the full story about the Jam House here at Jools Holland - Jools Holland Jam House Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Christmas Lights Switch On was on 22 November 2007 . The Edinburgh 's Christmas Lights always look fantastic and this year people are commenting that they have never seen Edinburgh looking so good for the Christmas celebrations (Archive Edinburgh News)

Edinburgh Castle Summer Nights Concerts Robin Gibb Bee Gees concert is on Sunday 16th July 2006 . Robin Gibb Edinburgh concert informationEdinburgh Robin Gibb Bee gee original is now apearing on his own backed by a full orchestra and we are assured that Robin Gibb will be entertaining Bee Gees fans with many of the Bee Gees monster hits fron the past-you could be Jive Talking after this concert. (Archive Edinburgh News)

Edinburgh Westlife the popular Irish boy band will be back at Edinburgh Castle.Westlife concert tickets go on sale this Friday 10th.Feb.2006 and the Edinburgh Westlife concert tickets will go fast. Westlife appeared at Edinburgh Castle in the summer of 2004 (Archive Edinburgh News)

Il Devo Edinburgh Castle Concert has been confirmed and Il Devo will be delivering their brand of clasical songs in the Il Devo style. Il Devo tickets for the Edinburgh Castle concert are being sought after already and we are being inundated by requests for Il Devo and the other Summer Nights at Edinburgh Castle performers tickets. (Archive Edinburgh News)

Edinburgh Farmer's Market – The Edinburgh Farmer's Market is now a weekly event held every Sataurday on Castle Terrace. The Edinburgh Farmer's Market runs from 9am to 2pm the Edinburgh Farmer's Market is situated on top of the Castle Terrace Car park at street level. (Archive Edinburgh News)


The Bank of Scotland FIreworks Concert 2007 Sunday 2 September with music provided by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, playing great American music live, will start at 9p.m in Princes Street Gardens and the Edinburgh Festival Fireworks Concert has a running time of approx 45mins. (Archive Edinburgh News)

Edinburgh Castle News: Extra attractions at Edinburgh Castle open for Edinburgh weddings

A historic chapel on the top of Edinburgh Castle, which until now has hosted only the weddings of members of the armed forces, has been opened up to all couples who want to marry.

Edinburgh Castle expects a rush of bookings for the unique opportunity to be married at St Margaret's Chapel, reputed to be the oldest building in Edinburgh. The 12th-century structure, which will only be used for religious services, holds 25 and was the only building spared by Robert the Bruce when he took over the Castle.

The news comes as renovation work on the Queen Anne building, an 18th-century former barracks at the heart of the castle, is completed and this will also be offered as a wedding venue.
Edinburgh Castle as a wedding venue allows couples to use Scotland's most famous landmark. Private evening tours of the castle, including a viewing of the Crown Jewels, can be also be arranged for guests attending the wedding (Archive Edinburgh News) .
The Daily Record Competition Win a Wizard Weekend with JK Rowling as she unveils the story of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince . One lucky Daily Record reader will be at the amazing Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince book launch party at Edinburgh Castle to meet JK Rowling. The winner of our amazing Harry Potter competition will join 69 other youngsters, aged 8-16, at Edinburgh Castle for a magical weekend They'll hear the author JK Rowling read from her new book, get their own signed copy of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince , take part in a Hogwarts School -style banquet and get the chance to question JK Rowling at a special Harry Potter press conference. The Daily Record will provide the winner with luxury accommodation for two nights, from Friday, July 15. The Daily Record Harry Potter contest closes at noon on Friday, May 20, 2005. The competition is organised by The Daily Record and the UK publishers Bloomsbury- (Archive Edinburgh News)

Bloomsbury Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince competition Prize includes: travel to Edinburgh and accommodation in Edinburgh for 2 nights, 15 and 16 July 2005 , and all activities related to the Harry Potter Launch Weekend for the one winning child and their parent or guardian. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Competition is open to all residents of the UK and the Republic of Ireland .. Bloomsbury Publishing has organised this Harry Potter competition. Children must have a parent/guardian chaperone to look after them for the duration of the Harry Potter Children’s Press Conference Weekend. No purchase necessary. Competition closes 1 June 2005 , 5.00 pm UK time (Archive Edinburgh News)

Sunday 15th.May 2005
Canadian Competition :Raincoast Books.Grand Prize is a trip for two(one cub reporter age 8-16, plus one guardian) to Edinburgh, Scotland, including:* Roundtrip Airfare from Canada * 4 Nights Accommodation in Edinburgh * Ground transportation to/from airport/hotel* attendance for the cub reporter at the Edinburgh Castle midnight reading by J. K. Rowling from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, a signed copy of the book, and attendance at the Children's Press Conference on Sunday 17 July 2005 Canadians aged 8 to 16 are eligible to win a trip for two (for the winner and his/her parent or guardian) to attend the launch weekend events at Edinburgh Castle. Entrant must obtain the consent of his or her parent/legal guardian in order to enter the Contest. Complete contest rules and regulations will be available shortly. Contest Starts June 1 and runs until June 16 t h 2005 (Archive Edinburgh News)

Edinburgh Castle , which will be transformed for a weekend into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, for the launch of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. JK Rowling herself will appear - as if by magic - from a secret panel in Edinburgh Castle ’s Great Hall at the stroke of midnight . Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince at the Castle is great for tourism and we are sure that most children and adult Harry Potter fans alike, would like a look inside Hogwarts School at Edinburgh Castle after the transformation.

Tuesday 17th.May 2005
Bloomsbury 's Publicity Director Katie Bond said "The reading will form that 'magic midnight moment'," and” It will be filmed and widely syndicated after the event. The whole weekend is also being filmed for a later TV programme. We think Edinburgh Castle is the perfect venue. It dominates the city on the hill, and with its spiral cobbled street leading up to it, and the suits of armour and stained glass windows in its Great Hall, it really is like Hogwarts. Edinburgh is also a fitting location because all the Harry Potter books were written there, in large part." (Archive Edinburgh News)

Wednesday 18th.May 2005
Below we list the most popular Harry Potter searches compiled from the worldwide web during the month of April 2005, and we hope you find them intersting -

No.1.harry potter and the half blood prince

No.11 harry potter picture

No.2. harry potter and the goblet of fire

No.12 harry potter 4

No.3 harry potter 6

No.13 harry potter 4 movie

No.4 harry potter and the prisoner of azkaban

No.14 harry potter and the chamber of secrets

No.5 harry potter movie

No.15 harry potter and the order of the phoenix

No.6 movie harry potter game

No.16 harry potter quiz

No.7 harry potter and the goblet of fire movie

No.17harry potter and the goblet of Fire trailer

No.8 harry potter fan club

No.18 harry potter new book

No.9 harry potter book

No.19 harry potter and the sorcerer stone

No.10 harry potter book 6

No.20 harry potter official website

Thursday 19 th.May 2005
American kids can now get involved in the greatest event ever, the launch of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Edinburgh Castle . There was initially disappointment in the USA that there was not a contest for them, but we are publishing details here of the American contest which may have the greatest contest prize of all.

Scholastic has announced an essay contest for U.S. fans to receive their own copy of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" as well as a vacation to London . All you need to do is write an essay no more than 300 words explaining why you "Love Reading Harry Potter." Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Contest, Scholastic Inc, 557 Broadway, New York , NY 10012 (Archive Edinburgh News)

The Harry Potter Contest open to legal residents of the United States not older than 18 as of June 16, 2005.

Grand Prize: Ten grand prize winners and one parent/legal guardian per winner will be flown to New York City on July 14, 2005 to appear on "NBC's Today" and participate in a presentation ceremony on July 15, 2005 . The winner and guardian will then be taken to New York's JFK Airport and will depart on American Airlines last flight out of JFK Airport to London on July 15, 2005 and will receive a free copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince after midnight: . Sponsor: Scholastic Inc., 557 Broadway, New York , NY 10012 USA Contest closing date - All entries must be received by June 16, 2005.

Thursday 19 th.May 2005
These are a selection of the searches that have just come into the Edinburgh Castle website News Section: Harry potter contest half blood prince, Edinburgh competition Rowling, harry potter competitions, Edinburgh Castle Hogwarts, new harry potter competitions, harry potter contest Scotland, j k rowling reading on 17th july in edinburgh, bloomsbury harry potter and the half blood prince competition, harry potter competition in Edinburgh castle. (Archive Edinburgh News)

Friday 20 th.May 2005
NEW YORK -- Sessalee Hensley, fiction buyer for Barnes & Noble books said the runaway hit of the summer will undoubtedly be Harry Potterr and the Half-Blood Prince, which comes out in July. Scholastic, Inc., the U.S. publisher of J.K. Rowling's fantasy series, has announced a first printing of 10.8 million copies of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the largest such printing for a hardcover release in the United States. The previous record holder was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix , which came out in 2003 with a first run of 6.8 million. "Summer is our best selling period. We get three solid months of sales and with a Harry Potter book coming out it,sales figures will be really great," Hensley of Barnes & Noble said. (Archive Edinburgh News)

Friday 20 th.May 2005

The Financial Times Harry Potter Competition Win the chance to meet JK Rowling at Edinburgh Castle
Published: May 20 2005 17:35 | Last updated: May 20 2005 17:35 The FT launches a competition aimed at every child who is potty about Harry Potter. The prize? A once-in-a-lifetime chance to review JK Rowling’s latest blockbuster, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, for the FT and to question her at a news conference. The winning child - who must be aged between 8 and 16 - and a parent or guardian will travel to Edinburgh on Friday, July 15, arriving in the grounds of Edinburgh Castle in a horse-drawn carriage. Along with around 70 other youngsters, the FT’s representative will be taken to the Edinburgh Castle Great Hall - a dead ringer for the one at Hogwarts School - where on the stroke of midnight , as the new book is officially published, JK Rowling will read extracts and hand each child a signed copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince . On Saturday evening the winners will gather for a banquet at the Castle while the accompanying adults are entertained elsewhere. At 11a m on Sunday the children will be able to put the questions they have devised to Rowling before filing their stories. So how to unlock the magic? Each Saturday for three weeks, starting today, we will publish questions to which only the truly Hogwarts-savvy will know the answers. In the final week, we will provide an application form, asking entrants to give answers to all three questions, and to submit a 400 word review of their favourite Harry Potter book. The closing date for entries is June 13 and the winner will be notified by June 20. The FT will pay the cost of transportation within the UK and weekend accommodation for the winner and guardian. The publishers Bloomsbury will organise and pay for the activities in Scotland . Question one : Who did Harry rescue from the lake?


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince won't quite take up all the shelf space when it hits bookstores July 16, but it might seem that way. With 10.8 million U.S. copies, it's the largest initial-print run in history. Secrecy is tight about the sixth and penultimate adventure in J.K. Rowling's series, but we do know that more characters will meet an untimely end.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be available from July 16 and covers Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

30th.May 2005 The interest in Harry Potter at Edinburgh Castle has been amazing and 75% of our visitors to our Edinburgh News Section are asking for details of the various Harry Potter competitions that are taking place around the world with lots of visitors from Australia and America, followed by our frinds in Canada, and a surprising amount of interest coming from countries in the Middle East -interesting to see the requests that have been arriving daily for Harry Potter in Arabic. (Archive Edinburgh News)

30th.May 2005 The next Harry Potter movie " Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix " will start filming in the spring of 2006, for release the following year in June, and amazing broomstick chase sequences along the River Thames are forecast with Harry zooming past famous London landmarks on the famous broomstick.

Wed.1st.May New York -- magic books. One lucky American library is going to be able to cast a spell on its readers by displaying the first American edition of ""Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and the Half-Blood Prince," signed by J.K. Rowling herself. It's the top prize in a sweepstakes from Scholastic, Inc., the American publisher of the series about the boy wizard.
Scholastic officially announced the sweepstakes Wednesday morning 1 st..June. The Harry Potter contest is open to every public library in all 50 states, with mailed entries due by June 30. The winning library will be selected and notified on July 1, but will have to keep the news quiet for the next two weeks. On July 15, representatives from the library will be presented with the signed Harry Potter book in New York . They will have to wait until 12:01 a.m. on July 16, the official release date of the” Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” book, to take permanent possession of it.
Barbara Marcus, executive vice president at Scholastic, said giving the first signed copy of the sixth book in the Harry Potter series to a library seemed a natural fit, since the Harry Potter series has been a blockbuster in encouraging children to read.
"It just made sense to match up Harry Potter ... and to connect it to a place where children get the exposure to a lot of books," she said. (Archive Edinburgh News)

Tuesday 6 th. June 2005- I enjoyed speaking today to Carrie Anne Lunde from Edmonton Canada , Carrie is in Edinburgh on holiday, and she works in the Children’s Department of Coles in Edmonton Alberta . She said that Coles were planning a big midnight event on the 16 th. July for the launch of the new Harry Potter book. Carrie informed me that Coles staff will be in costume and there will be fun and games for the children. She said Coles have a lot of advance orders for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and that J.K.Rowling is definitely their best selling author in their children’s books department. Carrie enjoyed her visit to Edinburgh Castle and she will have plenty to tell the children at the launch, as she has been in The Great Hall at Edinburgh Castle , and on the night of the Harry Potter launch on the 16 July it will be turned into Hogwarts for the special occasion. Carrie is studying to obtain a double major in English and Medieval history and Coles where she works is in The Southgate Shopping Centre. Carrie's final comment was "can't wait until July 16th" (Archive Edinburgh News)

Wednesday 8 th.June-India Harry Potter Competition -Coimbatore: The retail chain Odyssey, speci ali sing in books, music, toys, stationery, gifts, and multimedia, with branches across South India, is launching a contest and pre-booking for Harry Potter fans in the Coimbatore and Salem regions. The "Harry Potter" series has certainly reactivated reading among children across India and the world. What is significant is that J.K. Rowling's book has given a fresh lease of life to the business of books. There is enough evidence in the rise in the reading habits of children, ever since the launch of the Harry Potter series. "Harry Potter and the Half blood Prince" by J.K. Rowling is the sixth novel in the best selling Harry Potter series, and will hit the stands on July 16. The Harry Potter contest with few questions, is of skill and not of chance. Odyssey is offering the book at a special price for the children who are pre-booking with them. The special price offered is 15% less from the list price. The children also get a special Harry Potter collectible cube worth Rs.125/- and a chance to win a trip to London/Oxford to visit the Harry Potter haunts/locations, or win other exciting Harry Potter merchandise. The children, who wish to participate in the Harry Potter contest, could pre-order a copy before July 3, and the winners will be announced by July 6. A winner will be chosen from all the correct entries, and sent to London/Oxford to participate in the Harry Potter Fan Trips, from July 31 - August 2 organised by a USA-based travel and tour company, including a Ride on Locomotive 5972, the train used as the "Hogwarts Express" in the Harry Potter movies.The Harry Potter contest with few questions, is of skill and not of chance. Odyssey is offering the book at a special price for the children who are pre-booking with them. The special price offered is 15% less from the list price. The children also get a special Harry Potter collectible cube worth Rs.125/- and a chance to win a trip to London/Oxford to visit the Harry Potter haunts/locations, or win other exciting Harry Potter merchandise. The children, who wish to participate in the Harry Potter contest, could pre-order a copy before July 3, and the winners will be announced by July 6. A winner will be chosen from all the correct entries, and sent to London/Oxford to participate in the Harry Potter Fan Trips, from July 31 - August 2 organised by a USA-based travel and tour company, including a Ride on Locomotive 5972, the train used as the "Hogwarts Express" in the Harry Potter moviesThe prize also includes a full day of activities, featuring a virtual re ali ty flying game, a presentation by Oxford lecturer Robin Briggs, who will discuss the history of witches and wizards based on his studies of witchcraft trials across Europe . The winner is also entitled Wedto a return airfare for 2 to London through Colombo , plus airport transfer to a hotel and back for the Harry Potter Fan Trips.Other expenses like food, local travel etc will have to be borne by the winner –contact the Odyssey store in Coimbatore on 0422-5360044 or Salem on 0427-5538711 for full details. Odyssey is a premier retail chain with 12 branches across Chennai, Hyderabad , Coimbatore , Trichy, Salem & Varanasi . Visit www.odysseystores.com for details and pre- booking online.

Wednesday 8 th.June 2005 –Harry Potter ITV fan search is on - A search for the biggest Harry Potter fan has been launched by ITV TV bosses. The lucky winner will beat the world's press and be the only person in the UK to interview Harry Potter creator JK Rowling about the forthcoming book Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The one-on-one will be screened on ITV1. JK Rowling is hosting a Harry Potter weekend at Edinburgh Castle to coincide with the publication of the new book on July 16. The lucky winner will be one of 70 children invited to the Edinburgh Castle to attend a special kids-only press conference with the author on July 17. The lucky winner will beat the world's press and be the only person in the UK to interview Harry Potter creator JK Rowling about the forthcoming book Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The one-on-one will be screened on ITV1. Rowling is hosting a Harry Potter weekend at Edinburgh Castle to coincide with the publication of the new book on July 16. The entries will be whittled down to four fin ali sts who will compete in a TV contest with the help of a parent or guardian. "This is a fantastic opportunity for a true Harry Potter fan to meet their heroine and find out the answers to questions that they've always wanted to ask her," a spokeswoman said. "It's a TV interview that everyone wants but only one child in the UK will actually get. "We will give them all the training and help they need to ensure it's a must-see TV event and with their love of all things Harry Potter we are sure they will have dozens of burning questions to put to the author." To apply, log on to www.itv.com/ harry potter or write to Harry Potter Fan, PO Box 54216 , London W14 0SQ explaining what makes you such a big Harry fan. The closing date for entries is June 17.

Tuesday 19th June 2005 - Edinburgh Harry Potter. Watch out for new Harry Potter Edinburgh information. (Archive Edinburgh News)

Wednesday 8th.June 2005-Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre- High Society Cole Porter's masterpiece opened Monday night at the.Edinburgh Playhouse and the writer will be at the show tonight to review the show. High Society is the musical that features some of Cole Porters most famous songs immortalised by Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby in the 1956 film High Society which also starred Grace Kelly. The famous High Society songs include” Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”.” True Love” and "Well, Did You Evah” High Society is at the Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre until Saturday 11 th. June 2005 so hurry along and get your High Society tickets from the Playhouse Theatre box office now! -Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre 24 hour telephone bookings phone 0870 606 3424-see the Edinburgh Entertainment section for for full details and the reveiw.

Edinburgh.New Year Celebrations 2005 - Edinburgh visitors get a chance once a year, to participate in the Edinburgh New Year Celebrations. Edinburgh Castle always has the latest news from Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle. Edinburgh New Year - we always have the best information here! (Archive Edinburgh News)

Friday.13th May. 2005
Good news, J.K. Rowling announced this morning that she will launch the sixth Harry Potter book "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" with an exclusive reading at Edinburgh Castle . J.K. Rowling will read from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle minutes after midnight on Saturday July 16 2005.The event will be broadcast on television and radio stations around the world. In addition, 70 junior reporters, aged between eight and 16,will be invited to the Edinburgh Castle event. Selected English-speaking newspapers from around the world, including newspapers in Britain , Ireland , South Africa , Australia , New Zealand and Canada , will run Harry Potter competitions to find the lucky young journalists.The cub reporters will meet J. K. Rowling after her Half-Blood Prince reading,and be presented with a signed copy of the book. Later on Sunday, the reporters will get to ask J. K. Rowling questions about Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince at a special children's press conference.The selected newspapers will run Harry Potter competitions from May 14, and bookshops and libraries in the Republic of Ireland will also run them-. (Archive Edinburgh News)
Saturday 14 th.May 2005
The Observer Competition The winner of the Observer’s Harry Potter Competition will arrive at Edinburgh Castle in a horse drawn carriage on Friday 15 July and, on the stroke of midnight, listen to the author J K Rowling read from her opening chapter of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince before receiving a signed copy of the book. He or she will have Saturday to read Harry Potter the Half-Blood Prince, and dine at a banquet at Edinburgh Castle, then on Sunday become The Observer's reporter by putting a question to J K Rowling at an exclusive Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince press conference. The Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Launch Weekend in Edinburgh Castle is organised by Bloomsbury , the publisher of J K Rowling’s Harry Potter books. - (Archive Edinburgh News)

The Wallbed Workshop, London

I never fail to be impressed when I am exposed to innovation, especially in home design, when one can gain extra space in a property, and so increase the value! The Wallbed Workshop on Battersea Park Road, London, has one of the best selections of wall beds in the whole country. The Wallbed Workshop is the place to buy a wall bed so that you can utilise space in the best possible manner. What sets The Wallbed Workshop apart from normal wall bed retailers and fitted furniture suppliers is that Jose Perez, their retail shop manager is a practical man, and before he became the Wallbed Workshop manager he was one of their highly skilled wall bed fitters. José is one of the most knowledgeable and friendly people I have encountered on the London retail scene, and it was a joy to listen to Jose as he is enthusiastic, and righty so, about the quality of his wall beds on display.

Contact : Jose L. Perez - The Wallbed Workshop 290 Battersea Park Road, London SW11 3BT Tel:: 020 7924 5300 Fax: 020 7924 7119

Article Added: 6th July 2005


Entry Added: 28th October 2004 (Updated 3rd November 2004 and 15th November 2004, 18th November 2004, 07th January 2005)

Scottish Football page coming soon!

Scottish football (soccer) attracts a lot of interests from visitors and we at Edinburgh Castle feel that our visitors to the Edinburgh Castle website will enjoy exposure to the Scottish football scene. Edinburgh football is represented by the two main football teams: Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian Football Club. These Edinburgh football clubs both date back over a 100 years.

Entry Added: 18th November 2004 (Updated 07th January 2005)

Edinburgh Castle News: free entry day at Edinburgh Castle will be on Saint Andrew's Day

  Edinburgh Castle Open Day - St Andrew's Day 2004
FREE open day at Edinburgh Castle this year is on St Andrew's Day, 2004.

This year the date for the free open day is Saint Andrew's Day, 2005. Last year Edinburgh Castle was open free on to celebrate Saint Andrew's Day. Edinburgh Castle Biz had a Canadian associate attend the free open day . She normally likes ruined castles but liked St. Margaret's Chapel and the old prisons where the French prisoners were kept after the Napoleonic Wars. Our visitor also enjoyed the Edinburgh Castle dog cemetery and the spectacular views of the city from the Castle ramparts. As usual the castle was extremely busy with local Edinburgh people and overseas visitors taking advantage of this opportunity for a free day out at Edinburgh Castle. (Archive Edinburgh News)


Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Picardy Place City Centre

Picardy Place
Opposite Omni Centre/Playhouse Theatre
click on the picture

The new Holiday Inn Express Picardy Place Edinburgh by Holiday Inn Edinburgh City Centre is a listed Georgian building which has been transformed into a welcoming hotel perfect for the business and leisure traveller. A short walk from Princes Street and Waverley Railway Station, the hotel is an ideal base for your stay in Edinburgh.

Entry Added: 11th June 2004

 Edinburgh News: Queen Mary 2 ocean liner visits Edinburgh

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The Queen Mary 2 made it's inaugural visit to Edinburgh, and was at anchor to north of South Queensferry. The Queen Mary 2's passengers were ferried to an fro by launches to the South Queensferry Quayside, and were then taken by bus to Edinburgh City Centre, for a sightseeing and a shopping expedition.

The passengers also had the opportunity while in Edinburgh to visit the historic and picturesque old town of South Queensferry. South Queensferry sports many traditional Scottish shops including kilt makers and antique shops, along with a good selection of restaurants and pubs offer typical Scottish fayre. A welcome new addition to the High Street of South Queensferry is the Morroco Pier Hotel, which is an oasis of modern design in an otherwise very traditional Scottish town. The Morroco's bedrooms are comfortable and some have magnificent views to the River Forth and beyond. The hotel has a function room where weddings and other events are catered for.


Edinburgh News: Living TV's 6ixth Sense with Colin Fry hits Edinburgh

Living TV's (Sixth Sense) 6ixth Sense with Colin Fry

6ixth Sense with Colin Fry

Leading psychic medium Colin Fry, of the popular Living TV show 6ixth Sense with Colin Fry, is due to appear in Edinburgh this week at the Playhouse Theatre. LivingTV is normally the only place where you can see Colin Fry’s "sixth sense" gift at work.

Living TV's 6ixth Sense With Colin Fry opens up the mysterious world of the paranormal and brings it into the bright light of the talk show. Life takes many twists and turns, but Living TV's 6ixth Sense With Colin Fry is the only show that allows people to peek around that last turn to touch the ‘other side’.

6ixth Sense with Colin Fry

Playhouse Theatre Edinburgh
Tickets available at Box Office
0870 6063424



So don’t be afraid, make friends with the paranormal this week, and come and experience the wonder of Living TV's 6ixth Sense with Colin Fry!


The meaning of "sixth sense"

Your "sixth sense" is the intuitive feeling that you sometimes have that tells you that something good or bad is going to happen. We all have five senses - the sense of taste, the sense of hearing, the sense of sight, the sense of smell, and the sense of touch. This "sixth sense" cannot be explained by the other five senses; it is something that cannot be explained by logic. The expression "sixth sense" means the same thing as "gut reaction", or "gut feeling". Your gut feeling about something is your personal or intuitive feeling about something - sixth sense.

Events at Edinburgh Castle

Friday13th.May..J.K. Rowling announced this morning that she will launch the sixth Harry Potter book "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" with an exclusive reading at Edinburgh Castle . J.K. Rowling will read from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle minutes after midnight on Saturday July 16 2005.The event will be broadcast on television and radio stations around the world more news about Harry Potter at Edinburgh Castle here. . .

  Edinburgh Castle at New Year
It's always "good news" when someone takes you to view the splendour of Edinburgh Castle floodlit at night! (Archive Edinburgh News)

Edinburgh News: New Year in Edinburgh - Edinburgh Hogmanay

The World's Best New Year Festival... Edinburgh New Year. Watch this space for details on the largest New Year street party in the world... Edinburgh New Years

Torchlight Procession - the kick-off for Edinburgh New Year celebrations!

December 2007
This year will be the 16th. year of Edinburgh's renowned Torchlight Procession. The shimmering parade of music and fire leaves Parliament Square, by St. Giles Cathedral and proceeds to the top of Calton Hill. Here the Festival of Fire will culminate in a dramatic finale of music and fireworks.

The Edinburgh Hogmanay Street Party - Edinburgh Hogmanay Street Party passes are distributed each year usually by a ballot. Edinburgh New Year street party passes can be bought for this year's New Year event in the future so keep checking the news for the date of application.

31st December 2007
The famous Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party - music, dancing and celebrations with visitors from all over the world.
For more news and information on the Edinburgh's New Years events and ticket availability, please see our links page.

Edinburgh, Blondie and the Scissor Sisters performed at the Concert in the Princes Gardens New Year 2004! (Archive Edinburgh News)

31 December 2004 - Blondie appeared live in Edinburgh - Blondie's greatest hit was the disco classic "Heart of Glass". Blondie attracted a lot of attention when she appeared live at Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party. Blondie appeared live in Mexico City before her arrival in Edinburgh to perform at her Edinburgh New Years gig. One of Blondie's newer disc's is "The Curse Of Blondie". Edinburgh loved her!

The Scissors Sisters appeared in Dallas Texas prior to their coming to Edinburgh's Street Party on the 31 Dec 2004. The Scissors Sisters most popular album is "Laura", and the Scissors Sisters band consists of five guys and one girl - the Scissors Sisters Anna Matronic. Edinburgh Scissors Sisters fans were excited about the prospect of seeing the Scissors Sisters live in Edinburgh and they were not disappointed..(Archive Edinburgh News)

Fireworks at Edinburgh Castle

Saturday 30th August 2003 10:30pm (Archive Edinburgh News)

The ever popular spectacular fireworks display at Edinburgh Castle took place on Saturday the 30th of August 2003 at 10:30pm. This event is much loved and eagerly anticipated by the local people of Edinburgh and is obviously a fantastic attraction for visitors who happen to be in Edinburgh. Each year Princes Street is always packed to capacity to view this event and a good alternative viewpoint (by those in the know) is the Calton Hill Edinburgh. If one is into serious photography this is the place to set up your tripod!

Fireworks at Edinburgh Castle
Fireworks at Edinburgh Castle - Saturday 30th August 2003 10:30pm
  Viewing the Edinburgh Castle Fireworks
Sisters from Israel enjoying the fireworks in Edinburgh Saturday 30th August 2003

Queen arriving at Edinburgh Castle

Friday 29 November 2002 - 12:15pm (Archive Edinburgh News)

The Queen and the Duke of Kent arriving in her new Royal Bentley car for a reception with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

The Queen and the Duke of Kent

The Queen and the Duke of Kent

Her Majesty The Queen

Her Majesty The Queen arrives at Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Festival Fireworks

Edinburgh Festival Fireworks Concert 2006

Please note that the Bank of Scotland Fireworks concert takes place September 2007 . A new day and time for this fireworks concert , and a wonderful finale for the Edinburgh International Festival, and Edinburgh 's festival season. The fireworks will be set to music. Event sponsor for the Edinburgh fireworks concert is the Bank of Scotland.

The Edinburgh Festival Fireworks Concert Sponsor Bank of Scotland
2007, Edinburgh

Entry Added: 28 August 2004

Changing of the guard scrapped at Edinburgh Castle

March 2002 (Archive Edinburgh News)

Due to overstretched Army resources, this summer the army have withdrawn the sentries who perform the hourly changing of the guard at Edinburgh Castle Esplanade. In recent years the guards have only operated between May and October. The guards will now be completely gone, except for when there is a royal visitor to the City.

For years the sentry guards have been an important part of the Edinburgh Castle experience for tourists, and their departure ends centuries of tradition. Troops from Scotland, Australia, Jamaica and even England have guarded the entrance gate in the past, to protect the castle and Scotland's "Crown Jewels" which are stored inside Edinburgh Castle.

  Sentry guards at Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Accommodation

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Entry Added: 28 July 2004

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