Dancing within the streets at traffic-free occasion in Edinburgh metropolis centre – BBC Information


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Metropolis of Edinburgh Council

Residents and guests will likely be dancing on the cobbled roads of the Previous City in Edinburgh later because the second traffic-free day guarantees a bunch of occasions for revellers.

The second Open Streets occasion takes place from midday till 17:00.

It should embody swing dance and hip hop performances, quiet havens for guide worms in addition to circus abilities, strolling excursions and avenue video games.

The initiative takes place on the primary Sunday of each month.

The 18-month pilot undertaking sees streets together with a big stretch of the Royal Mile, Cockburn Avenue and Victoria Avenue closed to visitors and handed over to pedestrians and cyclists for the afternoon.

George IV Bridge, North Bridge and South Bridge will stay open as will entry to the foot and head of the Royal Mile.

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Metropolis of Edinburgh Council

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The primary Sunday occasion was a hit

Town council hopes to step by step improve the variety of streets which might be included after a break throughout the summer time months, and will ultimately see a loop of the Previous City closed to visitors for the occasion – together with Cowgate, the complete Grassmarket and Holyrood Highway.

Lesley Macinnes, Metropolis of Edinburgh Council’s transport and surroundings convener, stated: “What we achieved on the first occasion has not solely had an enormous constructive response from folks, not simply inside Edinburgh, nevertheless it’s a really clear sign of intent.

“We now have not performed this as a one-off – we’re doing it throughout an 18-month interval that we’re committing to.

“That enables us to construct that proof round what individuals are in search of, how individuals are reacting to it, the impression it’s having on this particular space.

“All of these features of it, we have to construct up information on.”

Open Streets occasion programme

A “hula hoop extravaganza” drop-in workshop will happen on the West Excessive Avenue from midday till 14:00, whereas all potential bike trials will happen on the similar location from midday till 16:30.

Avenue video games together with Join four, chess and badminton will likely be performed on the Excessive Avenue throughout the complete occasion, whereas a studying occasion for P3 to P5-aged pupils, “play on pedals”, will happen on the Grassmarket from midday till 15:00.

Self-guided strolling excursions could be picked up from the Scottish Storytelling Centre on Canongate, whereas The Cranny on Canongate will maintain a pot luck picnic from midday till 16:00 – inviting Canongate residents to carry baked items or a dish to talk in regards to the new group centre and concepts for gardening and humanities initiatives.

Kids could make tissue flowers and chalk a butterfly selfie at Chessel’s Court docket from midday till 16:00, whereas “studying havens” will likely be arrange at Sanderman Home Backyard, Chessel’s Court docket Backyard, Previous Tolbooth Market at Canongate the place free books will likely be on supply to learn.

Folks can attempt e-bikes with Hart’s Cyclery from midday till 16:30 on the Grassmarket finish of Victoria Avenue.

Hip-hop dance performances by home firm, Home of Jack, will happen on West Excessive Avenue from 13:15 to 13:35 earlier than an opportunity to hitch in.

Free circus abilities for all ages, together with spinning, twirling and juggling will likely be on supply on the Canongate from 14:00 till 16:00.

Free strolling excursions of the Royal Mile, that final about 50 minutes will go away from the Quadrangle at Metropolis Chambers between midday and 16:00 whereas Tai Chi show and taster classes will likely be obtainable between 15:00 and 16:00 at Parliament Sq. on the Excessive Avenue.

4 15-minute yoga classes will likely be held at Canongate from 14:30 till 15:30. Members ought to put on one thing snug.

Swing dancing may also happen at West Excessive Avenue from 15:30 till 16:30.

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