Family Encounters at the Botanics

The majority of the Family Encounters offer takes place over two weekends in the stunning surroundings of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Family Encounters at the Botanics

About Family Encounters at the Botanics

The outdoor programme celebrates the creative talents of artists based in Scotland and will bring an array of artistic adventures up close to families. You can expect pop-up dance performances, adventure trails, audio journeys, and sightings of undiscovered creatures, all in a Covid-safe environment.

Detailed programme on our website HERE

The programme is free to enable as wide access as possible, but you will need to book a (free) time slot through Eventbrite in advance. Time slots will be released on Thu 20 May 12noon for the 1st weekend of the Festival and on Thu 27 May 12noon for the 2nd weekend. We are sorry that due to Covid restrictions, the number of time slots available are limited.

Ages 0 - 5 yrs

Saturday 29 May 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 30 May 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 5 June 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 6 June 10:00 - 17:00

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