May Bank Holiday Weekend

At Camera Obscura we are enjoying the warm weather this weekend and thinking of things to do in Edinburgh on Bank holiday Monday.

If you are a in the city centre why not take the time and check out the Lego model display at the National Museum of Scotland  – https://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland/whats-on/build-it-a-museum-made-from-lego/

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It has an amazing Lego display of the National Museum built by renowned Lego brick artist Warren.

If the weather changes this afternoon (we never have faith in the Scottish sunshine) why not see a film?

If you have the kids, have already watched, ‘Avengers; Infinity War’ and want something else to see that’s not too expensive, why not check out Odeon Kids – http://www.odeon.co.uk/kids/

These early morning movies show slightly older films but at a much cheaper price. It is a great way to catch up on films you may have missed without being as expensive.

The Vue cinema does a similar experience called Mini- Mornings. Find out what’s showing at https://www.myvue.com/offers/mini-mornings

Alternatively, if the sun is shining and you’re looking for something to do, why not say hello to us at Camera Obscura. Our Camera Obscura “show” works best during sunny days and we would love to see you.

Written by Christine McCleary

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Celebrating a Super weekend!

Edinburgh Evening News Superhero Weekend

At Camera Obscura and World of Illusions we have had fantastic fun helping supporting the City of Superheroes activity in Edinburgh city centre, helping celebrate the new Marvel film Avengers: Infinity War.

Did you know that our Rooftop Terrace was used by the film crew to capture the best scenic views of the city to use in the movie? See if you can spot some of Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks while watching the film.

During the weekend of 27-29 April we dressed up and had fun with some amazing local superheroes, big and small! Including Super mum and her children pictured below.

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Even Super Cameron the bear felt brave with his cape and mask and dared to go through our Vortex Tunnel. It takes super human strength go through this marvel in one go, but he succeeded.

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For all those that took part in the celebrations you may have hung up your capes, but the adventure is just beginning because Camera Obscura will be announcing the winners of our Infinity Stone Scavenger Hunt. We will be contact the lucky winners via email to confirm their prizes of £20 Amazon Vouchers or free Cineworld tickets.

Written by Christine McCleary

Have A Super Weekend with us at Camera Obscura!

At Camera Obscura and World of Illusions we are very excited for the newest Marvel film Avengers, Infinity War.

We are celebrating the upcoming release of the film (due to come out this Thursday, 26th of April) by offering visitors a superhero weekend!

  • Dust off your capes and masks and visit us dressed as your favourite superhero. Visitors who are dressed up as superheroes will receive 50% off ticket prices from Friday 27th – Sunday 29th April to celebrate the Avengers Infinity War release.
  • During your visit, this weekend only, you can explore Camera Obscura and World of illusions to find our very own infinity stones that will be hiding around the attraction. You can pick up our Infinity Stones Trail at reception at the weekend to power your own infinity gauntlet.

If you are as excited as we are you can check out a film countdown online to add to the suspense.

https://days.to/until/avengers-infinity-war

The city of Edinburgh has been all a buzz since the filming of the movie took place last year. The Edinburgh Evening news even stated:

“The movie is the largest production Edinburgh has ever hosted, and it is a real credit to the city that the feedback from Disney’s producers, directors and actors was all so positive and that they loved the city so much.

Read more at: https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/entertainment/in-pictures-stars-at-avengers-infinity-war-fan-event-ahead-of-edinburgh-date-1-4720750

We hope you have a fantastic weekend with us and you can check out more events happening around the city at http://edinburgh.org/things-to-do/city-of-superheroes/.

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If you are dressing up over the weekend you can share your photos with #cityofsuperheroes or if you are visiting Camera Obscura you can share via our social media pages.

Written by Christine McCleary

 

Inspired by M.C.Escher

At Camera Obscura several of our interactive exhibits are inspired by the works of M.C Escher (1898-1972).

Escher was famous for his works of impossible construction. We have may   copies of his works in the building from his “Ascending and descending” 1960’s Lithograph, “Relativity” and more.

Escher created many masterpieces in his time and used reflective surface and distorted reflections in some of his works.

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The image above was taken from http://www.mcescher.com/gallery/back-in-holland/three-spheres-ii/

It is a great site with a vast collection of the Escher’s work and more history about the artist himself. At Camera Obscura we were inspired to take some modern-day Escher inspired photos.

Pictured below are our “Escher” inspired photo’s using the scenery of our attraction and a clear UV contact juggling ball – we hope you enjoy.

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This photo was taken during a rare day of blue skies on our rooftop terrace.

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This hypnotic ball of light and colour was captured in our “Infinity Corridor”.

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This stunning photo was taken in our “Giant Kaleidosphere” which is on our ground floor where you enter the building.

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We hope you have enjoyed our colourful reflections. When visiting Camera Obscura if you have taken any interesting or abstract photos, why not share them on our social media? We would love to see your works of art too!

Facebook & Twitter: @camobscura

Instagram: @camobscura1

Written by Christine McCleary

Easter in Edinburgh 2018

We are really excited for the Easter Holidays at Camera Obscura and we a few recommendations of things to do whilst the schools are off!

For the toddlers, why not check out “Magic Carpet Mini’s” which is a fun workshop for those under the age of five. It takes place at the National Museum of Scotland and advanced booking is essential so you don’t miss out.

This free workshop introduces new objects to the children as they play through music, stories and play. This fun activity is running from the 23rd of February to 30th March 2018.The sessions start at 10.30am and another at 11.30am. Each session runs for 25 minutes and if it has peaked your intertest find out more at:

https://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland/whats-on/magic-carpet/?item_id=#

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For the rest of the family you could enjoy a traditional Easter egg hunt at the Georgian House.

This Easter egg hunt takes place at the beautiful Georgian House located on Charlotte Square. Families are invited to come and join in the fun which is taking place from 30th March 2018 – 2nd of April 2018. The price is standard admission entry for entry plus an extra £1 per Easter egg hunt you enjoy. To book or to find out more information on the event follow the link below or call 01314580200.

http://www.whatsoninedinburgh.co.uk/event/016553-cadbury-easter-egg-trail-at-the-georgian-house/

 

blog2At Camera Obscura we love a good puppet like our T-rex picture above. Our simple puppets can’t quite compare with Puppet Animation Festival which is taking place from 25th March until the 15th of April. If fancy some family friendly entertainment look no further. The festival will be visiting various locations in the city including; Edinburgh’s Libraries, North Edinburgh Arts, Craigmillar Community Arts, Arts South Edinburgh just to name a few. To find out more have a look and join the fun: www.puppetanimationfestival.org

We hope you have fun this Easter and come visit Camera Obscura & World of Illusions if you are in the city centre!

Written by Christine McCleary

Purple Friday

February is LGBT History month and today, Friday 23th February is “Purple Friday” a day for the people of Scotland to help show support for LGBTI equality and inclusion.

Purple signifies the purple stripe on the LGBT rainbow flag which stands for spirit. This Purple Friday you can take action to help stamp out prejudice.

This year’s theme focuses on the #EverydayHero the person whose small gestures promote an inclusive atmosphere for LGBTI people.

There are several ways in which you can show support, by wearing purple, having a rainbow bake sale, taking to social media to nominate your #EverydayHero, a person that makes your day better in some small way. You can also find out more about LGBT History Month events and Purple Friday at lgbthistory.org.uk.

At Camera Obscura we will be showing our support by turning our Camera Obscura Tower purple, and flying our rainbow flag over the city with pride.

We hope that you will be joining us to help spread awareness.

(Banner image from Studio Two Photography studio2photography.co.uk/)
(Image Below Taken from www.lgbthistory.org.uk/whats-on/2018-everyday-hero-celebration/)

Written by Christine McCleary

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Valentine’s Day 2018

Valentine’s day is approaching and we do love a good excuse for a day out or some chocolate.

Edinburgh has been described as many things – “Auld Reekie”, the “Athens of the North” and even the “Venice of the North”. Now a weekend away to Venice does conjure up romantic trips down canals but the closest we can compare in Edinburgh is when the Old town feels like a canal due to rain!

If you want to inject some fun into Valentine’s day we would always recommend to see us!

Camera Obscura is the perfect place for a fun first date or day out in Edinburgh just what you need on the run up to Valentine’s day!

We have discovered that most of our visitor numbers come from adult couples visiting together. Our rooftop views are stunning and the perfect spot for a photo or two.  It is a fantastic viewpoint for the city and you can always reenact the pose from Titanic if you want to (we have all been tempted to at some point).

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The Camera Obscura ticket is also valid all-day so if you manage to get a booking for a romantic meal at The Witchery or Angels with Bagpipes (for example) we are just a stroll away for some entertainment.

Now Camera Obscura is not just fun and games we are very passionate about romance because we have been so lucky to have so many engagements at our attraction.

Our Victorian Camera Obscura has also aided with romance by helping couples propose to each other over the last few years. Either our Tour Guides or the Fiancé will be visible from our Camera Obscura will that clear and important message “Will you marry Me?”. Thankfully everyone who has proposed with us has always said yes! A record we hope will continue.

If a formal proposal is too much of commitment you can always have a trial run with our Auto-Wed. This light-hearted exhibit can “marry” you for a cheap and cheerful £2. It is not legally binding so you should be safe but does include a wedding certificate to treasure and of course a set of wedding rings.

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We do hope you have a fantastic February and if you pop in around Valentine’s day why not share your most romantic photos with us via Facebook or Instagram?

Written by Christine McCleary

Robert Burns & Burns Night 2018

At Camera Obscura we are looking forward to celebrating Burns night supper tonight.

We are going have a quick look at “Rabbie” Burns life and things to do in Edinburgh to help celebrate the life of a beloved poet.

Robert Burns was born on January 25, 1759, in Ayrshire, Scotland. He is an iconic Scottish figure gracing our ten pound notes and whose works of poetry are still recited to this day.

Burns was a cheeky lad, a romantic and a legend in his own right, managing to father 12 children in his lifetime before his death at the age of 37. He certainly had a way with words and flattery so it’s no wonder that he has captured the hearts of so many.

Burn’s suppers are hosted on the poet’s birthday to celebrate his life and his works. The first ever Burn’s Supper was hosted by friends of late poet marking the five year anniversary of his death. They ate, drank, and reminisced about their fallen friend by reading his works.

You could pay tribute to the poet by visiting the Robert Burn’s monument here in Edinburgh that resides on Regent Road just by Calton Hill.

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Others prefer to attend a Burn’s Night Supper and ceilidh that are hosted all around Edinburgh. Due to the popularity of the poet, most events must be pre-booked, however you can have a look at “The List” which mentions a handful of celebrations happening in the city, check out the link below:

https://www.list.co.uk/events/burns-night/

If you don’t want to go out, many have a quiet celebration at home. If you want to know more about Robert Burns we have a few recommendations for you.

Artist David Begbie created a steel sculpture of Robert Burns which will feature in the Burns Unbroke Festival in Edinburgh which starts from today until March the 10th 2018. You can find out more here https://www.summerhall.co.uk/burns-unbroke/

The artist has been quoted saying ““I am proud to be Scottish, and Robert Burns is certainly Scotland’s most famous poet. This, combined with his relationship with Alison Begbie, his first real love and the inspiration for many of his works, over two centuries later, inspired me to create this portrait.” – David Begbie.

We hope you have a fantastic Burn’s Supper!

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Written by Christine McCleary

Panda on the Roof – Giant Lanterns of China

It’s a New Year and an exciting time for us at Camera Obscura. We had record visitor numbers over the festive period, but now the festive season is over you may be wondering what to do in Edinburgh in the New Year.

Camera Obscura is supporting Edinburgh Zoo with its “Giant Lanterns of China”; this includes beautiful displays of lanterns dotted around the city for you to discover along with the event itself taking place at Edinburgh Zoo.

We are currently looking after one the Zoo’s panda lanterns at the front of our building which you can see in picture below.

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This unique display of lanterns at Edinburgh Zoo helps highlight the long-standing support Edinburgh Zoo has had with China and the ongoing help in raising panda numbers.

Edinburgh was all a buzz when Tian Tian (the female panda) and Yang Guang (the male panda) first arrived in the city back in 2011. They have captured the city’s hearts and we are always hoping that baby pandas will arrive in the future.

This Winter Edinburgh Zoo has a beautiful visual treat by displaying over 450 Chinese giant lanterns to discover across the Zoo itself. The event will also host Chinese performers and wintery food and drinks to keep you warm whilst you enjoy the displays. The full route takes place over a one mile loop and will take about one hour and a half to complete.

Tickets can be booked online through Eventbrite, Edinburgh Zoo’s ticketing partner or at Edinburgh zoo itself. Tickets will only be available at the door if there is availability. Due the event’s high demand we recommend booking in advance so you don’t miss out! The Giant Lanterns of China will be running up until the 25th of February 2018 so catch it whilst you can. To find out more or book tickets just follow the link below;

https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/giant-lanterns/

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Written by Christine McCleary

Teeny Tiny Toddler Fest ’18 Day Planner 2 (Other places)

If you find yourself with some extra time after visiting all of the floors in the Camera Obscura, and your kids are still itching for some activities, we can recommend you pay a visit to either the National Museum or the Museum of Childhood, the latter one located right on the Royal Mile.

The museum is the first of its kind in the world; it is dedicated to the history of childhood with a great collection of old toys and board games to admire with nostalgia, you might find things you or your parents used to play with, and you’ll get to share it with your kids. Look out for the Puppet Theatre, they might have it on depending of the time of your visit, and don’t forget to snoop around the gift shop, they have a wide selection of Scottish books for children. There’s no fee to enter but the building is not that buggy-friendly to be honest, so you might have to leave any prams by the desk and take your kids with you for the tour.

Outdoorsy stuff

For the ones that are a little bit more daring, there are a lot of outdoor options despite the cold January weather: Princes Street Garden, The Royal Botanic Garden and Gorgie Farms are great places to explore with your winter jackets, not that far from the Camera Obscura.

Princes Street Gardens is the closest one; the garden is beautiful all year round but will be closing around 18:00 each day during the winter months. At the West end of the garden there is a play area with ramps, tunnels, slides and roundabouts suitable for toddlers. Older kids might enjoy better some train spotting from the Waverley Bridge on the East side of the garden. It might be a tad too cold for a picnic but you can enjoy strolling around with a great view of the Edinburgh Castle above you and the Walter Scott Monument next to you.

We can also recommend paying a visit to the Royal Botanic Garden, it is a beautiful place in all seasons and it is really accessible for prams, with levelled and ramped ground floor access and lifts. Inside there is a Chinese garden, a rock garden, the Scottish Heath Garden and the Queen Mother’s Memorial which looks like a little maze that kids will definitely enjoy and it could also serve as great location for an impromptu photoshoot of your favourite baby model.

The garden is free of entry but you do need to pay a small fee for the Glasshouses, which might be worth checking out, especially due to the cold, unfortunately they are not that accessible for buggies, so be warned. The garden is so big that they have a restaurant in the John Hope Gateway building, and two cafes: the East Gate Cafe and the Terrace Café for any snacks or toilet check-ins.

Last but not least, we are also big fans of Gorgie Farms: an urban farm with a café, just over a mile away from the Camera Obscura. It is a great opportunity for kids to get close to farm animals: pigs, cows, goats, sheep, chicken, etc. There is no entry fee but donations are welcome as the farm offers different services to the community, fresh produce, pet minding, etc. We are pretty sure that kids will love finishing their day out in town surrounded by mud, animals and vegetables.

Written by Simon Maracara