Days Out Lothian

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Alien Rock - Edinburgh
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Alien Rock - Edinburgh
alien rock was Scotlands first dedicated indoor climbing centre and has been providing a fun, exciting and friendly venue for indoor climbers since 1994. Indoor climbing is suitable for almost all ages and abilities from the complete novice to experienced climber, whether you visit individually or as part of a group of friends. alien rock is...
Almond Valley Heritage Trust
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Almond Valley Heritage Trust
All the family will enjoy a wonderful day out at Almond Valley Heritage Centre, situated at the heart of Scotland just outside Livingston, West Lothian. Nestled in a pleasant riverside site with woods and green spaces that extend for almost a mile, there's so to do and see. The picturesque buildings and paddocks of Mill Farm are home to many...
Almondell and Calderwood Country Park
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Almondell and Calderwood Country Park
Almondell and Calderwood Country Park is a 220-acre Country Park in Mid Calder, offering woodland and riverside walks, picnic areas and seating and barbecue facilities (although booking for barbecues is essential).  The Park's Visitor Centre also has an aquarium,  a function room and sells refreshments.  The Ranger Service based at...
Beecraigs Country Park
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Beecraigs Country Park
Nestled high in the Bathgate Hills near the historic town of Linlithgow, Beecraigs caters for a wide range of leisure and recreational ACTIVITIES within its 370 hectares (913 acres).  Advice, information, venison sales, craft sales, gift vouchers and refreshments are available from the Visitor Centre.  There are charges for the use of...
Birkhill Fireclay Mine
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Birkhill Fireclay Mine
Situated in the Avon Gorge beside Birkhill Station, the Fireclay Mine is well worth a visit for all but the very young, old or infirm. The experienced guides show you the underground workings, the 300 million year old fossils and describe the life of the fireclay miners. Tours last approximately an hour and are co-ordinated with the railway...
Black Hart Edinburgh Tours
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Black Hart Edinburgh Tours
Descend into Edinburgh’s Legendary Underground City, where a population once lived in utter misery. Black as Satan’s jammies, with a fascinating history to match, this lost metropolis is a sight you will never forget.
Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway
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Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway
The Scottish Railway Preservation Society is dedicated to the advancement of Scottish railway heritage. It has the largest collection of railway locomotives, carriages, wagons, equipment and artefacts outside the National Railway Museum.
Brewers Fayre Queens Crossing - Edinburgh
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Brewers Fayre Queens Crossing - Edinburgh
  At the Queens Crossing you'll find pub food as it should be! With our every day great value menu, our dedicated and friendly team will ensure you of a memorable visit and a warm welcome. So whether you're shopping in nearby Edinburgh, visiting the Bridges or Port Edgar, make sure you pay us a visit and experience our famous hospitality ...
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions - Edinburgh
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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions - Edinburgh
The Camera Obscura show is a fascinating and highly amusing way to see the city and learn about its history. This unique experience has delighted and intrigued people for over 150 years. It is a 'must' on any visit to Edinburgh. From inside this mysterious Victorian rooftop chamber, you see live moving images of Edinburgh projected onto a viewing...
Clown Around Indoor Play Centre - Edinburgh
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Clown Around Indoor Play Centre - Edinburgh
Clowaround is Edinburgh's leading activity centre and children's party place! A family run venue where Julie and her team welcome you all year round for children's parties and hourly drop in play.
Craigie's Farm - Edinburgh
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Craigie's Farm - Edinburgh
Craigie’s is the perfect place for little ones to discover that food comes from a farm, not a supermarket. Whether it’s picking (and probably eating) a punnet of strawberries, hearing a hen cluck, meeting a little lamb, or becoming a Nature Detective on our special trail, there’s plenty to discover and lots of open-air farm fun...
Create Craft Cafe
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Create Craft Cafe
We offer a range of Mobile ideas allowing us to bring our Create experience to you. We can visit schools linking in with various key points within the curriculum or calendar date. We visit any type of organisation such as nurseries, parent & toddler groups, colleges, retirement homes, scouts or brownies, Sunday schools etc.

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Dalkeith Country Estate
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Dalkeith Country Estate
Dalkeith Country Estate is a very special place. Only 5 miles from Edinburgh city centre, Dalkeith Country Estate is your great centre for a fun family day out. The exciting adventure playground has giant slides, tree tip walkways, rope swings and its famous flying fox zip slide. It's not all fast and furious fun, re-charge your batteries...
Dunbar Leisure Pool
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Dunbar Leisure Pool
Create a splash at Dunbar Leisure Pool, the ultimate centre for aquatic fun for all the family! The pool has a beached area with water characters for younger children to play on, as well as a wave machine, water jets and flume. Dunbar Leisure Pool also offers a variety of fitness classes, sports coaching sessions, a health suite with steam room...
East Links Family Park
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East Links Family Park
East Links Family Park is a 20 acre small farm, which provides a fun and safe environment for families to enjoy a day out. Groups of all ages are catered for and there is also an educational element for those who wish it with Animal Information Boards, Quiz sheets and Education Barn. With more than 60 different activities as well as all...
Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World
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Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World
Why not visit us today for a great day out!  Enter our tropical rainforest paradise and discover… Tropical Rainstorm Experience what a tropical rainstorm is like 1st hand Fish Feeding Animal Handling Join our experts and get the chance to handle tarantulas, snakes and millipedes PLUS many other fascinating daily occurrences...
Edinburgh Castle
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Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle dominates the city of Edinburgh like no other castle in Scotland, and Edinburgh Castle is unequalled in the whole of the British Isles. Over one thousand years of history sit on top of the famous Edinburgh rock, and when you see Edinburgh Castle you will understand why over a million visitors a year visit Edinburgh Castle. ...
Edinburgh Dungeons
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Edinburgh Dungeons
The Edinburgh Dungeon brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages, scenes and rides in a truly unique and exciting walkthrough experience that you see, hear, touch, smell and feel. It’s hilarious fun and it’s sometimes a bit scary. We love it. We know you will too. Here's why:    ...
Edinburgh Zoo
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Edinburgh Zoo
Welcome to Edinburgh Zoo, the largest and most exciting wildlife attraction in Scotland, commited to the highest standards of animal welfare, conservation and environmental education. In just one day, you can meet over 1,000 wonderful animals, in our beautiful parkland setting on the outskirts of Edinburgh. And you can also enjoy a wide range of...
Five Sisters Zoo Park
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Five Sisters Zoo Park
The Zoo has grown into an exciting collection of over 100 different species of animals, birds and reptiles from all around the world and we hope that your visit will be a fun, enjoyable and educational one for all ages. The Five Sisters Zoo was established in 2005 and is the only wildlife attraction centre in West Lothian.  We are located...
Glenogle Swim Centre - Edinburgh
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Glenogle Swim Centre - Edinburgh
Glenogle Swim Centre Glenogle Rd, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH3 5JB Tel: 0131 343 6376  
Gorgie City Farm - Edinburgh
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Gorgie City Farm - Edinburgh
Gorgie City Farm has been a much-loved part of the local community in Edinburgh for the past 30 years. We are dedicated to inspiring local people and tourists at our farm. We are proud to offer courses in agriculture, gardening and handicrafts for adults and children. We delight in educating and entertaining city kids with hands-on, exciting...

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John Muir Country Park
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John Muir Country Park
John Muir Country Park covers some of the most spectacular East Lothian coastline and is a haven for wildlife and people too. From the Castle Ruins in Dunbar, to the Peffer Burn six kilometres to the north, the Park includes the Cliff Top Trail, with fine views of the sea and the historic Bass Rock; the long sandy sweep of Belhaven Bay; the River...
Leith Waterworld - Edinburgh
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Leith Waterworld - Edinburgh
We are the only leisure pool in the city which means flumes, fast flow channel, wave machines and the river run, but most importantly fun! We also have the Island and a Multi Sensory Play Area both designed to be mentally and physically stimulating as well as being loads of fun with a tempting ball pool.
Murrayfield Ice Rink - Edinburgh
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Murrayfield Ice Rink - Edinburgh
Learn to Skate Session with free tuition from our resident qualified coaches. Private Tuition available. Skate Hire is available with over 1000 pairs ranging from toddlers size 4 to Adult size 14. Safe friendly environment for all ages, particularly youngsters. Cloakroom and locker facilities. Locker keys available from the box office at...
Museum of Childhood - Edinburgh
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Museum of Childhood - Edinburgh
The Museum of Childhood is a fun day out for the whole family. Young people can learn about the children of the past and see a fantastic range of toys and games, while adults enjoy a trip down memory lane. Young people and adults will enjoy finding out about growing up through the ages, from toys and games to health and school days. Hands-on...
Museum on the Mound - Edinburgh
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Museum on the Mound - Edinburgh
Opened in 2006, this fascinating museum takes a fresh look at money – and much, much more. Art & design, technology, crime, trade and security – all feature in the story of money. We are open throughout the year and admission is FREE. We look forward to seeing you!
National Museum of Scotland - Edinburgh
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National Museum of Scotland - Edinburgh
National Museum of Scotland has key exhibits from all over Scotland and beyond. Viking brooches, Pictish stones, ancient chessmen, medieval oak carvings, ornate quaichs and Queen Marys clarsach. The unusual, the weird and the wonderful - all under one roof. Theres more Connect with Dolly the sheep, design a robot, test drive a Formula One...
National War Museum - Edinburgh
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National War Museum - Edinburgh
 This intimate museum, within the battlements of such a strategically-important fortification, reflects the lives of the many thousands of Scots who have been affected by war. The objects, the individual stories and the events which are detailed reveal the extent to which conflict and military service have influenced this proud nation’s...
Newbattle Swimming Pool
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Newbattle Swimming Pool
Opening times Monday 09.00 - 22.00 Tuesday 09.00 - 22.00 Wednesday 08.15 - 22.00 Thursday 09.00 - 22.00 Friday 09.00 - 22.00 Saturday 08.30 - 17.00 Sunday 08.00 - 18.00       Public Holidays Facilities and activities available Swimming pool programme 25m swimming pool ...
Newhaven Quay - Edinburgh
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Newhaven Quay - Edinburgh
FUN FACTORY (Indoor Play Building) OPENING TIMES    Sunday - Thursday 12noon - 8pm. Friday & Saturday 12noon - 9pm. PARTY PACKAGES    Are available from £5.99 please ring for details. CHARGES    £2.50 per child per hour.
Our Dynamic Earth - Edinburgh
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Our Dynamic Earth - Edinburgh
Days out in Scotland don't get much bigger or better than this! As you and your family tour the 14 breath-taking interactive galleries at Our Dynamic Earth, you'll be embarking on the journey of a lifetime. And the good news for the environment is that you and your fellow travellers wont leave a carbon footprint during your epic trip, since no...
Overboard Softplay - Polbeth
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Overboard Softplay - Polbeth
Overboard Softplay The Daks Building Polbeth Lothian EH55 8TJ Jan-2012 Name: Dee REVIEW : Looking at it from a child's point of view, it would be a good 2hrs out for the day. Of course THEY wouldn't know that it cost £20 for 4 children to get in, another £20 + to feed them plus 2 gullible adults, and that's not...
Palace of Holyroodhouse - Edinburgh
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Palace of Holyroodhouse - Edinburgh
The Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen, stands at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur's Seat. This fine baroque palace is closely associated with Scotland's rich history. The Palace is perhaps best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots, and as the...
Playbugs Play Centre
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Playbugs Play Centre
Play Bugs is the ideal place to have your child’s birthday party – so why not take the stress out of having a party at home and let us do the hard work. Our party zone will show you what we have to offer…and remember to let us know if you fancy something a little bit different….and providing it is not too difficult we...
Polkemmet Country Park
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Polkemmet Country Park
Polkemmet Country Park is a popular 68 hectare (168 acre) visitor attraction near Whitburn.  It is the former private estate of the Baillie family, who lived here for over 300 years. The old mansion house (since demolished) sat where the bowling green is today.  Polkemmet has a rich and varied history, with many interesting stories...
Potter Around
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Potter Around
Potter Around is a ceramic painting business and craft studio based in Kirknewton on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Please ‘potter around’ our site and discover more about us and the enthusiasm we have for unique hand painted pieces and crafts.
Prestongrange Museum
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Prestongrange Museum
Prestongrange is a site of major importance in the story of Scotland's Industrial Revolution. It was the location of a sixteenth-century harbour, a seventeenth-century glass works, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century potteries and a nineteenth/twentieth-century coal mine and brick works. Remnants of these former industries can still be seen, and...
Royal Commonwealth Pool - Edinburgh
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Royal Commonwealth Pool - Edinburgh
New 25m teaching pool with a moveable floor Improved 50m pool that can be split by a boom into two 25m pools New 25m diving pool with a moveable floor New dry land training area for divers Larger gym with three fitness studios/activity areas New changing village including a family changing area New reception area and cafe New...
Sandemans Edinburgh Free Tour
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Sandemans Edinburgh Free Tour
We believe in supporting our local communities and are committed to giving a voice to self-employed guides who have chosen Edinburgh as their home. By ensuring that every native English speaking guide represents our unique style of mixing history and story-telling while maintaining their own personality and flair, we’ve become one of the...
Scottish Seabird Centre
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Scottish Seabird Centre
The Scottish Seabird Centre is an award-winning five star wildlife attraction with something for everyone, come rain or shine: Discovery Centre, boat trips, gift shop and café at North Berwick.
Scrambles - Edinburgh
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Scrambles - Edinburgh
Scrambles now includes; a giant area for babies, toddler zone, play frame for children 2 - 5 years old, and a play frame for children up to 9 years old. And if that wasn’t enough we have also developed Scrambles very own party area and a fantastic new café!
Space Bugs - Broxburn
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Space Bugs - Broxburn
Escape to the stars for an hour of rockets and crazy aliens in one of the best soft play venues around. Kidz will certainly remember this glimpse into a future of space tunnels, starship slides and laughter with all our soft play toys! Space Bugs will keep children active in an exciting fun and safe environment. We also offer supervised...
Space Bugs @ Craigwoods
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Space Bugs @ Craigwoods
Escape to the stars for an hour of rockets and crazy aliens in one of the best soft play venues around. Kidz will certainly remember this glimpse into a future of space tunnels, starship slides and laughter with all our soft play toys! Space Bugs will keep children active in an exciting fun and safe environment. We also offer supervised...
Tantallon Castle
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Tantallon Castle
A formidable stronghold set atop cliffs on the Firth of Forth, Tantallon Castle was the seat of the Douglas Earls of Angus, one of the most powerful baronial families in Scotland. Tantallon served as a noble fortification for more than three centuries and endured frequent sieges. Visitors can enjoy wild flowers in season and touch the replica...
Tenpin Edinburgh Fountain Park
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Tenpin Edinburgh Fountain Park
When it comes to bowling at Edinburgh Fountain Park, we're the experts. At Tenpin you'll find plenty of lanes where you can show off your strike to your friends, family or colleagues. We offer children, teen and adult parties, corporate celebrations, great nights out and cures for boredom, as well as tasty food and refreshing drinks from our Beach...

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The Cadies and Witchery Tours - Edinburgh
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The Cadies and Witchery Tours - Edinburgh
The award-winning Cadies & Witchery Tours invite you to join our fearless phantoms for a suspenseful and mirth-filled tour of Edinburgh's Old Town. Step back a few hundred years as Adam Lyal (deceased) and his spooky chums bring the Capital's grisly past vividly to life.
The Imagination Workshop - Edinburgh
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The Imagination Workshop - Edinburgh
We’ve got everything you and your friends need to have a brilliant time making something special. Drop in for crafty fun at the studio in Edinburgh or sign up for a holiday workshop. Have a crafty partyor let us help make your event extra special.
The Lime Kiln
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The Lime Kiln
The restaurant has a deck for enjoying fine weather and external children's play area but if the weather is less friendly then younger children can have fun in the tots TV room (for pre school kids). 
The Museum of Edinburgh
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The Museum of Edinburgh
The Museum of Edinburgh is the City’s treasure box - a maze of historic rooms crammed full of iconic objects from the Capital’s past. Find out about the history of Edinburgh from the earliest times to the present day. Discover more about the city, its people, crafts and trades and the beautiful objects they created. As the Brass...
The People's Story Museum - Edinburgh
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The People's Story Museum - Edinburgh
The People’s Story explores the lives of Edinburgh’s ordinary people at work and play from the late 18th century to today. Visitors can see displays showing a bookbinder’s workshop, a wartime kitchen and much more, all packed with real objects. You can even see a former jail, an original part of this historic building.
The Royal Yacht Britannia - Edinburgh
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The Royal Yacht Britannia - Edinburgh
This magnificent ship has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. But, above all, she was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. Now in Edinburgh you are welcome on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences.
The Yard - Edinburgh
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The Yard - Edinburgh
The Yard was established in 1986 as a purpose built indoor and outdoor play facility and adventure playground for children and young people with additional support needs.
Time Twisters - Edinburgh
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Time Twisters - Edinburgh
TimeTwisters is the most amazing Indoor Adventure Soft Play Centre for children. TimeTwisters is conveniently located at Sighthill on the West of Edinburgh, just off the city bypass.
Tumble @ Portobello
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Tumble @ Portobello
Tumbles at Portobello is our Gymnastics and Softplay Centre. Tumbles is situated right on the beach, along the main Portobello Promenade, with views across the Firth of Forth. Tumbles is the City’s first, purpose-built gymnastics facility and softplay venue. Tumbles caters for all levels and ages, providing coaching programmes from...
Tumbles Softplay - Edinburgh
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Tumbles Softplay - Edinburgh
We all know how important it is for little ones to play, make friends, be active and tumble around from an early age.  That's why Tumbles softplay is the perfect place to keep your 0 - 5 year olds entertained and let them explore their imaginations in our soft play jungle themed area, designed specially for them. Based within...
Vogrie Country Park
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Vogrie Country Park
Vogrie offers a haven of tranquillity in the heart of Midlothian's countryside. It retains much of its character as a Victorian parkland estate, with sweeping carriage drives, beautifully landscaped vistas, an original walled garden and the baronial styled Vogrie House
Weans World Screening - Edinburgh
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Weans World Screening - Edinburgh
As Scotland’s leading independent cinema, Filmhouse is internationally renowned as a venue for dynamic programming and debate and is the most successful outside the BFI Southbank, formerly the National Film Theatre, in London. Our key aim is to challenge, inform and entertain through the delivery of an essential, intelligent and enlightening...
Wester Hailes Education Centre - Edinburgh
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Wester Hailes Education Centre - Edinburgh
Wester Hailes Education Centre has an extensive recreation and leisure programme which operates 85 hours per week, 52 weeks of the year, offering a variety of casual and coached activities to suit all ages and abilities. The central feature is the leisure pool which consists of a 25m free form swimming pool, encompassing a diving pool with a...

lothian.pngWelcome to the magnificent Scottish county of Lothian. If you need child friendly ideas where to take the kids, kids days out, or fun things to do with the kids in Lothian then we can help. We have family pubs with kids play areas, soft play areas, indoor play areas, outdoor play areas, playgrounds, aquariums, castles, stately homes, children's clubs such as Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Brownies, Guides, youth clubs, activity centres, Air, Sea, Army Cadets. We list children's entertainers in Lothian if you are planning a birthday, cinema, theatre, petting zoo, animal farms, children's farms, leisure hire, museum and art gallery, nature areas such as parks, and countryside walks and beaches. We have kids activities related to outdoor pursuits and sports such as swimming, ice skating, ten pin bowling and football centres. We list theme parks and Adventure Parks in Lothian. If you are looking for zoos with more exotic animals then we have them. Don't forget to look at the nearby counties of  Scottish Borders, Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway to see what they can offer you. We have days out with the kids in Lothian in and near :- Balerno, Bathgate, Bonnyrigg and Lasswade, Broxburn, Currie, Dalkeith, Danderhall, Edinburgh, Linlithgow, Livingston, Musselburgh, Newtongrange, Penicuik, Uphall, Whitburn.