Official Guide to Edinburgh

Half term adventures in Edinburgh this autumn

16 October 2020

Half term this year is a little different, but there are still plenty of adventures to be found. Remember to book ahead, and make sure you’re following the latest guidance on group sizes, masks, handwashing and social distancing.

Where’s Wally Spooky Museum Search, at the National Museum of Scotland

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In partnership with Kids in Museums and Walkers Books, the National Museum of Scotland has a spooky search activity this Halloween. Pick up an activity sheet and search the collections for that famous stripey sweatshirt.

Find out more and book on the Museum website >

Find Penguins and Pancakes at Edinburgh Zoo

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The Zoo are offering special pancake breakfasts this half term for the whole family. You’ll get an exclusive encounter with the penguins in your own family ‘bubble’, and then you can head inside for breakfast and crafts before exploring the rest of the zoo.

Find details and book on the Edinburgh Zoo website >

Take a tour of chocolate at the Chocolatarium

Chocolatarium Edinburgh

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Learn about how cacao grows, how chocolate is made, and experience the tasting room. The Chocolatarium offer a 90 minute tour for anyone aged 6 and over, just off the Royal Mile.

You even get to create your own custom chocolate bar with as many toppings as you like!

Find out more and book on the Chocolatarium website >

Explore the Halloween Trail at the Botanics

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You can book a free slot to wander the Botanics yourself this half-term, but why not add a little magic. Join Caley the Garden Witch and Mi-agh the cat to find all the materials you need to create a scarecrow to protect the plants!

Find out more and book on the Botanics website >

Visit the Edinburgh Dungeon, Home of Halloween

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For screaming scares and jumps round every corner, there’s no better place than the Edinburgh Dungeon. For Halloween this year, they’ve brought back their Séance show, which tells the tale of one of Edinburgh’s creepiest ghost stories. A tour of the Dungeons includes live actors, immersive theatrical sets, spectacular effects and thrilling rides.

Find out more and book on the Edinburgh Dungeon website >

Blood and Guts with the Surgeons’ Hall Museum

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Discover the Twists and Turns of Edinburgh’s Medical History on this walking tour of the old town. You’ll learn about the intrigues and rivalries between anatomists, surgeons and physicians. Your guide will share some unique stories of chloroform tea parties and pioneering women, along with all the gory details of Britain’s first famous serial killers, Burke and Hare.

Find out more and book on the Surgeons Hall website >

Bring down the casino and rob the safe with the Big Escape

The Big Escape Edinburgh

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If you’re looking for something to do outdoors with older kids, why not try this virtual escape game. Join Dan Rooney and his Crew of hackers and safe crackers on a city adventure. You can sign up to play any time through an app on your phone, and spend a few hours solving puzzles and cracking codes with your whole family.

Find out more and sign up on the Big Escape website >