Family Fun at St Giles’ Cathedral

Here at St Giles’ we welcome families of all shapes and sizes from across the world to enjoy the space and history of our cathedral. Updates on family friendly events at St Giles’ will be posted here.

cathedral crafts logo 3Join us for our arts and crafts workshops at
St Giles’ Cathedral where you can try your hand
at the crafts of the Trade Guilds of Old Edinburgh!

Upcoming sessions:

Saturday 28th April           2pm – 4pm
Saturday 19th May            2pm – 4pm
  • Workshops are open to children aged 5 – 15 with accompanying adult.
  • Maximum of 20 – 25 children per workshop.
  • Places will be given on a first come first serve basis.
  • Workshops will take place in the Moray Aisle, to the right of the Welcome desk.
  • Participation is by recommended donation of £2 per child with all
    proceeds gratefully received towards running costs.

Past Events

Robert Burns Family Day

Saturday 27th January 2018

Join us for a full day of family fun celebrating the life and legacy of Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns.

10:30am – 1pm: Burns Music Workshop

Suitable for ages 8 and upwards.
Reserve your place in this workshop by getting a Free Ticket

Learn to sing Robert Burns’ best known songs and enjoy musical accompaniment and the option to perform in St Giles’ Cathedral. The workshop will be led by Shonagh Murray, a singer, composer and a recent graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a MA in Musical Directing.

10:30 -12pm: Music Workshop
You will learn lyrics, tunes and practice performing a selection of Burns songs. Handouts are provided and Shonagh will lead you through each song.
12:15pm – 1pm: Lunchtime Concert
As a group, you’ll then get have the option to perform the selected songs as part of our Lunchtime Concert series, with accompaniment provided by Shonagh Murray on piano. Our Lunchtime Concerts are free to attend so why not invite family and friends along to enjoy your performance!

1pm – 2pm: Burns Poetry Workshop

Suitable for children aged 5-12.
Reserve your place in this workshop by getting a Free Ticket

Come and get your bairns into Burns with our fantastic poetry workshop at St. Giles’ Cathedral! Hear some Burns poems, learn about his life and write their own Burns inspired poem in this hands-on workshop. The workshop will be led by Catherine Wilson, local poet and performer and an organiser of Edinburgh’s collective “Loud Poets”.

This workshop will cover Burns from the basics to encouraging kids to write for themselves. It will give children an introduction to his poetry through poems such as: “Up in the Morning Early”, “To a Mouse”, “A Red, Red Rose” and more before encouraging them to think about his words. Participants will then be able to create and decorate their own poem, from an acrostic or fill-in-the-blanks poem, to getting them to write about something they love!

2:30pm – 4pm: Burns Cathedral Crafts

Suitable for ages 5 and upwards.
Free, no booking required.

Parents and children alike are welcome to join us for our free, drop in crafts session, with Robert Burns themed crafts and activities to round off the day.

All these events are free (reservation recommended for workshops), but all donations are welcome in support of future family friendly events at St Giles’.

Time Bubble TalesTime Bubble Logo

Come and enter the Time Bubble with your wee tot and travel back in time with
Debbie the Deer to learn about Scottish history through the eyes of a building that has witnessed it all!

Drop in workshops open to the public have been
CANCELLED until further
Visiting Nurseries are welcome to book a private sessions via email to

What you need to know about Time Bubble Tales!


Time Bubble Tales are our new sessions of story-telling, songs and sensory engagement activities, centred on a Scottish history and folklore theme, promising a fun and educational experience for both child and parent.


Our workshops are for under 4 year olds with an accompanying adult. At present we have a limit of 12 children per workshop.


They will take place in the main cathedral space at the Chancel.


Nurseries are invited to book private slots via email.

How much?

Entry is £2 per child, with all proceeds going towards running costs.
Workshop places will be given on a first come first serve basis
with no prior booking necessary.

We hope you’ll join us in exploring our unique Scottish heritage through the age old medium of storytelling and song.


For further information or general enquiries about any of the above events, please contact:

Fiona Murray Urquhart
Heritage and Culture Coordinator