Chief Concierge David Musk's Guide to Autumn in Edinburgh


As the nights draw in and the autumn colours transform the city’s green spaces, Edinburgh is a beautiful location to explore at this time of year, with plenty of activities taking place across the capital. Whether you are planning a family staycation or a romantic city escape, our Concierge team can open doors to the city’s most amazing experiences and are always on hand to ensure a memorable, remarkable stay in Scotland – tailored entirely to you.

Proud member of the prestigious Clef d’Ors – “the Golden Keys”, awarded to the world’s leading concierges – our Chief Concierge, David Musk, has worked at The Balmoral for over 13 years. Here, David provides his top selection of autumn activities for all ages and interests during your stay with us at The Balmoral.

For Art Lovers

Bright Shadows - Scottish Art in the 1920s
City Art Centre
12 September 2020 - 6th June 2021

Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s is timed to mark 100 years since the dawn of the ‘Roaring Twenties’. The exhibition showcases over 35 artworks selected from the City Art Centre’s own collection of fine art, including oil paintings, watercolours, drawings, etchings and sculptures. Featured artists include D.Y. Cameron, Stanley Cursiter, Dorothy Johnstone, William McCance, Eric Robertson and William Wilson, as well as the Scottish Colourists S.J. Peploe and J.D. Fergusson.

Ray Harryhousen - Titan of Cinema
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two)
24 October 2020 - 5 September 2021

Film special effects superstar Ray Harryhausen elevated stop motion animation to an art. His innovative and inspiring films, from the 1950s onwards, changed the face of modern movie making forever. For the first time, highlights chosen from the whole of Ray’s collection will be showcased, which will be the largest and widest-ranging exhibition of his work ever seen, with newly restored and previously unseen material from his incredible archive.

For Family Adventures

Penguins and Pancakes
Edinburgh Zoo
Various dates 13th-18th October 2020

In small groups to allow for social distancing and family ‘bubbles’, a guide will lead the way to the penguin enclosure where you’ll learn amazing facts about the species and have the chance to see them up close before the gates open to the public.

Leaving the penguins to enjoy their breakfast, you’ll then head over to the Mansion House to have yours and take part in a craft activity. You’ll also make your own cuddly toy to explore the Zoo with for the rest of the day!

Pick Your Own
Craigie’s Farm
Various dates throughout Autumn

Escape the city and prepare for spooky season by picking your own pumpkins at Craigie’s Farm, just a stone’s throw from Edinburgh. From Early September to late October, you can also pick fresh apples straight from the orchard, featuring varieties you won’t find in any supermarket. After picking your own pumpkins or apples, why not enjoy lunch or a sweet treat from the on-site café while the kids run wild in the play area?

For After Dark

Drive In Movies
Edinburgh Airport
Various dates 29th October - 1st November 2020

With Halloween just around the corner, Edinburgh International Film Festival and Unique Events have announced a special Halloween programme for their outdoor Drive-In Movies at Edinburgh Airport series.

The series promises to be a fun event for the entire family with plenty of entertainment prior to each screening and a packed programme of classic scary movies featuring Ghostbusters, The Lost Boys, Jaws, Halloween and much more.

Wondrous Woods
Hopetoun House
21st October - 15 November 2020

Set within the unrivalled spectacular estate of the magnificent Hopetoun House, embark upon a stunning creative lighting journey through the winding mystical pathways of the Wondrous Woods. Explore the wandering trails, delight at the beauty of the natural surroundings and the secret trails of the 300 year old woods as you make your way on foot through 2km of pathway.

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