Teeny Tiny Toddler Fest ‘17

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It’s finally that time of year again.  No, not Christmas or Hogmanay:  Teeny Tiny Toddler Fest is back and this year bigger than ever!  To help you organise your visit, check out our special schedule of events available to download below.

Big Schedule of Events!

This year we have an under-the-sea theme for Teeny Tiny Toddler Fest. Come and enjoy the six floors of interactive exhibits, fabulous workshops developed by Developmental Psychologists, play-stations with hands-on fun from Camera Obscura and all the usual favourites. Make coloured shadows fish theatre, swim without getting wet, take unique family photos, and watch your toddler delight in their mixed up reflections.

Extras include a Quiet Room for feeding, relaxing and sharing a free cuppa with friends or if you want to take advantage of our tickets being valid all day, there are great local discounts if you would prefer to check out some of the cafés in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town.

Toddler Fest will run from Friday the 13th until Sunday the 22nd of January.  Although we might add more activities as the event nears, we’re pleased to release a preliminary calendar of activities down below.  Pick a day, any day, and have a look below to see what you and your Toddler will be enjoying together this Toddler Fest, and don’t forget to grab your tickets at www.hubtickets.co.uk !

Festive Fun in Edinburgh

At Camera Obscura we are excited about the run up to Christmas! We wanted to share some of the exciting events that taking place across the city.

The Street of Light will be back this year after its huge success last year, it will take place at a new location on George Street. The stunning light show will take place from 21st of November right through 24th of December. It will have a fantastic display of over 60,000 lights alongside synchronised music – it is truly spell binding.  For those of us at Camera Obscura that saw the lights last year we would definitely recommend!

street-of-lightImage found via http://www.edinburghspotlight.com/2015/11/streetoflight/

Of course Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas here in Edinburgh without two visible features – The Big Wheel and of course Edinburgh’s Christmas Market. There is nothing like freezing in the December cold with a mug of mulled wine and pretzel in one hand.

The Big wheel is a noticeable addition to Princess Street and will be operational from 19th November – 7th January 2017, it will be open from 10 am each day but remember its first come first served. It is a fantastic way to see the city and we bet you’ll want to go on the Big wheel more than once!

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Image found via https://www.theinnonthemile.co.uk/edinburghs-christmas/

The Christmas Market will return once more and delight us with its mulled wine, fresh foods, warmth and haven of Christmas trinkets. This year the Christmas market will be open until 10pm meaning you never miss the fun.

For those good boys and girls writing their letters to Santa you’ll have to be quick as The Royal Mail will need them sent in by Friday 9th December to send them to Santa himself!letter_to_santa_logo

Camera Obscura will also be joining in the festive activities this year with free Christmas face-painting in our gift shop throughout the festive period. We have some beautiful Christmas displays and Christmas hampers available in our gift shop, perfect for those who are hard to buy for.

We will also be supporting Save the Children’s Christmas jumper day on Friday 16th December and we look forward to coming to join in our Christmas fun!

Halloween Fun!

We hope everyone has had a fantastically spooky Halloween this year, the staff here at Camera Obscura certainly enjoyed getting dressed up!

Take a look at some of the wonderful costumes…..

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Until next year…. Lets hope its even spookier!

 

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween……. We love everything weird and spooky here at Camera Obscura, so you can tell why we’re very excited for it to come along! Every year we decorate our building with everything Halloween related so we can join in the fun! We’re always trying to add a little spook and scare into our already weird and wonderful building!

Our shop love Halloween so much they’ve got some Halloween bits that you can pick up for yourself! Here are some staff favourites, if you’re looking to add to your Halloween decoration collection or looking for a gift with a theme!

First favourite product chosen by staff are these amazing firefly jars. They come in all different colours and would make great home decorations all year round! Even better they’ve been reduced in price by 25%, so are the bottles are now only £7.50 and the jars are only £3.50!

If you fancy getting your hands on some of these Lenticular photographs, we have around 20 different ones to choose from! They are £10 each, but are currently on offer for Buy One Get One Free! If you fancy a book of Witches’ Spells, these lovely little books cost £4.

And last but not least… an X-Ray book.

This book features a vast amount of real life x-rays of humans, animals and all things odd… very spooky and only £14.99.

If you like the look of this book, any of the other favourite picks or want to have a look at anything else we have on offer, stop by our shop!

We hope everyone has a Happy Halloween!

A Great Body of Work

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The Human Chameleon – Body paint Artist Johannes Stoetter

A new exhibit in the Magic Gallery features images created by visual wiz Johannes Stoetter. The world renowned body painter tricks the mind by creating body paintings that transform his living models into objects inspired by nature including animals, fruits, flowers and more. According to the World Body Painting Championship 2012, body-painting to him is a way of “creating a unity between an image and a person”, and is made especially unique by the fact that the artwork is alive and able to move. Each of Stoetter’s art pieces are painstakingly planned and take up to 5 months to design and up to 8 hours to paint. Unlike canvas paintings however, these body-painting’s only exist for a few hours. Steal a peek behind the scenes of Stoetter creating his famous paintings The Chameleon and The Parrot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yHkAac-KG0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMwvsePCvPM

 

written by Maria Grenman

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gay Pride in Edinburgh 2016

At Camera Obscura we are excited to support Gay Pride here in Edinburgh as you can see with our colourful addition to our Rooftop.

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Scotland’s national LGBT pride festival, starts with a March and rally, and afterwards is a festival encompassing live music from Scottish and international acts. It takes place on the 2 July 2016.

If you are looking to support Gay Pride in the city here are some events to look out for; of course the Gay Pride march that will take place here in Edinburgh. The March route will start later than previous years due to the Queens March taking place on the same day.

March Route this year will take place down Royal Mile, Past Scottish Parliament, Abbeyhill past the Regent Bar, Royal Terrace, down onto Leith Walk (onto the pavement at RBS at corner of London Road/Leith Walk Roundabout).The march will disassemble at The Omni Centre at Greenside Row at the top of Leith Walk.

The march is expected to take between 45-60 mins with a possible stop briefly at bottom of the Royal Mile to allow the Police to reopen the road at Parliament following the Queens Parade. This information and more is available at http://prideedinburgh.org.uk/march/ if you are interested.

At Camera Obscura we will add photos on the day is show the exciting events in Edinburgh and how our staff support Gay Pride 2016.

 

written by Christine McCleary

Teeny Tiny Toddler Fest ’16 Schedule of Events Out Now!

It’s finally that time of year again.  No, not Christmas or Hogmanay:  Teeny Tiny Toddler Fest is returning to Edinburgh!  To help you organise your visit, check out our special schedule of events down below!

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