Art Root Open Studios: want a day out in sunny East Lothian? This year’s Art Root is the most ambitious to date and includes not only lots of open studios but also group exhibitions and a range of bookable workshops and events. Come and visit the talented artists and makers who live in this beautiful corner of Scotland – it’s only a few short miles from the city! Venues in North Berwick, Dunbar, Direlton, Pencaitland, East Linton, West Barns, Whitekirk and stops in between. Plenty of great cafes and tea shops in the area. Full details and PDF brochure here. A great day out guaranteed – even if the sun isn’t…..

Forth & Clyde

Edinburgh Canoe Marathon: a great opportunity for canoe and kayak marathon  paddlers to race in the heart of Edinburgh. The race is over four courses and there should be a distance suitable for all paddlers. Event starts at Meggatland Bridge, EH14 1DD: use car par on north side of canal only. Registration opens at 9.30am: briefings for medium (12k), short (6k) and junior (under 12s) races start at 10.40am, briefing for long race (18k) starts at 9.50am. Entry fees: senior £4, junior £3 plus you must for insurance purposes be a member of the Scottish Canoe Association or the British Canoe Union to participate – day membership will be available for £5.  Enter in advance by contacting, or on the day. More information here.

Colony of Artists: a varied collection of work on display in the artisan community of Abbeyhill Colonies. Over 30 artists in 20 venues open their homes to show painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, music and much more. 1-5pm, Abbeyhill Colonies, junction of Easter Road and London Road: for more information see website here. Arrival by bus or on foot is recommended.

Stockfest: St Stephen’s Street Traders’ Association Street Party: shopping events, live music, craft stalls, demonstrations, fun for all the family. 12 noon-5pm, St Stephen’s Street, Stockbridge.

Royal Scottish Academy

GENERATION tours at the Academy Building: free, discussion-led tours of the GENERATION exhibition, focusing on key themes and artists. 11-11.45am or 1-1.45pm, The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound. No booking required.

Bags of Art – September: cool and creative art for ages 7-12 with artists Tessa Asquith-Lamb and Louise Fraser. 2-4pm, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art ONE, Belford Road. No booking required: free.

Hearing Impaired Tour – American Impressionism: a New Vision. Free tour with portable loops for the hearing impaired, with artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb. 11am-12 noon, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art TWO, Belford Road. To book a free place contact the Information Desk on 0131 624 6560.

Harvest Festival at the Botanics: a celebration of the vegetable growing year for all ages. Discover the delights of growing your own vegetables with the Edible Gardening Project team: community garden produce show, fun activities, edible gardening advice, information about harvesting, cooking and storing crops, seasonal recipes, tasters and more. 1-4pm, John Hope Gateway and throughout the Garden, Royal Botanic Garden, Inverleith Row. Free, no booking required.


Seeds of Time: follow crop diversity pioneer Cary Fowler in this film about his impassioned journey to re-invent a global food system that can ‘live forever.’ UK Premiere and bike powered screening! 7.30-9.15pm (doors open 7pm), Gateway Decking (outdoors), Royal Botanic Garden, Inverleith Row. Tickets £6/£4 can be booked here. Part of the Take One Action Film Festival. 

St Giles at Six: Voiceworks. Vocal solos, duets and ensemble items from composers including Mozart, Morricone and Sullivan. 6pm, St Giles Cathedral, Royal Mile. Free: retiring collection.

Autumn Lecture: Rev Dr Marjory MacLean talks about the Forces Chaplaincy. 7-8pm (refreshments served at 6.30pm), Church Halls, Morningside Parish Church, Cluny Gardens/Braid Road, Morningside. All welcome.

morningside church