We cannot believe that the summer is over at Camera Obscura but we are fully prepared to enjoy the horrific treats that come with October – Halloween!
Whether we are hearing ghostly foot -steps on our musical stair case or our View Cams are catching ghostly figures at night; there is something for everyone at Camera Obscura and Edinburgh on the run up to Halloween 2017!
Instead of auguring whether the Nightmare Before Christmas is a Halloween or a Christmas movie we have a few recommendations for fun over October.
There’s a nip in the air and that not just the Scottish weather if you are looking for some frightening fun you may want to explore;
St Giles Cathedral is a traditional hotspot for ghoulish walking tours that show all the haunted areas of the city, hopefully you finish the tour all in one piece.
There is also the Samhuinn Fire Festival, which takes place in Edinburgh on 31 October 2017 at 9pm. It is run the Beltane Fire Festival Society who creates a colourful performance depicting characters from ancient folklore with fire and music. The Samhuinn Fire Festival in Edinburgh is a feast for the senses and a sight to behold. The festival is the pagan celebration of the end of the harvest season and arrival of winter.
For younger ghouls and trolls there is “Halloween Hop Monster Mash up” which takes place at The Jam House Edinburgh, located just behind George Street. It promises to be a day of Halloween hop dancing, ghoulish games and frightful face painting. Parties commence throughout the day at 10-11.30am / 12.30 – 2pm / 3pm – 4.30pm. It is suitable for children who are walking to ten years old. Tickets are £9.00 each and we recommend to book soon so you’re not disappointed.
Of course at Camera Obscura we too will dress up and have some fun; we keep you updated via our social-media. Until then remember this Halloween drink, eat and be scary!
At Camera Obscura we have been viewing the city of Edinburgh and its skies since 1853. Since we opened as a tourist attraction we have seen many incredible things like sun shine in Scotland, solar events and even the odd eclipse. We were spoiled last month with beautiful views of the Northern Lights from Calton Hill in Edinburgh.
This is why we are so excited to tilt our head to the skies during October 2017 to hopefully catch a glimpse of both the Draconid and the Orionid Meteor showers.
The Draconid meteor shower, also known as the Giacobinids, is the first of the 2 meteor showers to grace the skies in October. The Draconids owe their name to the constellation Draco the Dragon, and are created when the Earth passes through the dust debris left by comet 21 P/ Giacobini-Zinner. This meteor shower is usually known as a sleeper with very few meteors, but watch out because the dragon might wake up and many shooting stars may race across the sky. It is due to hit it’s peak on 7th and 8th October and is best viewed just after sunset.
The second of the 2 meteor showers in October is the Orionids. The Orionid shower is created when debris from the passing Halley’s Comet comes into contact with Earth’s atmosphere every October. It should be visible from October 2 to November 7, but will hit its peak on the nights of the 20th and 21st of October.
Tips for viewing these visual treats are, avoid city lighting as this can interfere with your viewing experience, watch with your friends and family not just for safety but also for warmth! Of course wear sensible clothing but if you’re local to Edinburgh or Scotland we presume you do this anyway and lastly if you can bring a good chair or seat, it will make all the difference.
We hope you are able to wish upon a shooting star or meteor over October and would also love to hear about your star gazing adventures via Facebook or twitter.
For all you muggles out there that have been hiding under a rock you may not have notice the magic in the air last weekend. We had a great time here at Camera Obscura joining in the celebrations for Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary! Whether you are a brave Gryffindor, a kind Hufflepuff, an intelligent Ravenclaw or a sly Slytherin there is something for you at Camera Obscura!
During the weekend we enjoyed reliving our childhood magic by having sorting hat ceremonies throughout the day, where lots of new wizards and witches were sorted into their appropriate houses, Harry Potter face painting so you too could have the mark of he who cannot be named, and lots of fabulous Harry Potter gifts and sweets to buy, including a competition with one lucky winner!
It truly was a celebration of 20 Years of Harry Potter Magic!
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.
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 !
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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-KG0https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMwvsePCvPM
At Camera Obscura we are excited to support Gay Pride here in Edinburgh as you can see with our colourful addition to our Rooftop.
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.
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!