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Nature Nippers at Newhailes

Nature Nippers at Newhailes

Newhailes
Dates between : Thu 1 May - Thu 4 Dec

A very popular event for the under 5’s and their parents If you want your child to enjoy playing outside and discovering the natural world then Nature Nippers is for you!

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3 April – Muddy Worms: How many muddy worms can you charm from the ground!

1 May – Natty Newts at NTS Inveresk Lodge Gardens (EH21 7TE): See these natty newts up close and make one to take home.

5 June – Colour Catchers: Go on a colour hunt around the grounds and make a beautiful butterfly.

We take a break for the summer holidays in July.

7 Aug – Fun with Flowers: Ever wanted to watch a plant grow? Now’s your chance! You can make a nature bracelet and hat too.

4 Sep – Windy Wilderness: Make your own bubbles and flag to claim your wilderness.

2 Oct – Greenman Walking Sticks and Fairy Wands: Fashion your own Greenman walking stick or Fairy wand then take it for a nature walk around Newhailes’ grounds.

6 Nov – Hungry Hungry… Birds!: Get messy making your own bird feeders to take home.

4 Dec – Christmas Cards: Create Christmas cards to share with your family and friends.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. We will be outside so wellies and warm, waterproof clothes are a must.

Booking essential: 0844 493 2124 or lothianranger@nts.org.uk


  • 01 May 2014 : 10:00 - 11:00
  • 05 Jun 2014 : 10:00 - 11:00
  • 07 Aug 2014 : 10:00 - 11:00
  • 04 Sep 2014 : 10:00 - 11:00
  • 02 Oct 2014 : 10:00 - 11:00
  • 06 Nov 2014 : 10:00 - 11:00
  • 04 Dec 2014 : 10:00 - 11:00




For further information please call 0844 4932124 lothianranger@nts.org.uk

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Newhailes Nature Detectives Club

Newhailes Nature Detectives Club

Newhailes
Dates between : Sat 17 May - Sat 20 Dec

The Lothian Ranger Service is looking for children between 7 and 12 to join the Newhailes Nature Detectives Club.

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The first event on the 18 January is all about getting to know your trees. There's loads of fun to be had and if your child is into nature or wildlife this is a great opportunity to learn more and have fun doing it.

For more details phone Stuart Whittaker on 0844 493 2124 or email lothianranger@nts.org.uk


  • 17 May 2014 : 10:00 - 11:30
  • 16 Aug 2014 : 10:00 - 11:30
  • 18 Oct 2014 : 10:00 - 11:30
  • 15 Nov 2014 : 10:00 - 11:30
  • 20 Dec 2014 : 10:00 - 11:30




For further information please call 0844 493 2124

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Cadbury Easter Egg Trail

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail

Newhailes
Fri 18 Apr - Mon 21 Apr

Turn eggsplorer with us this Easter as you follow the trail, collect the clues, solve the puzzle and win a Cadbury treat!

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There are Cadbury Easter egg trails at 45 of our places across Scotland and they’re all completely different – the perfect excuse to try your hand at more than one!

Join in the family fun with us this year as you follow the trail, collect the clues, solve the puzzle and win a Cadbury Easter egg!

Egg & Spoon Races and other Easter fun for all the family

Suggested donation £2 per child for the trail


  • 18 Apr 2014 - 21 April 2014 : 11:00 - 16:00



  • Child : £ 2.00



For further information please call 0844 4932125

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Garden History - Challenges, problems and opportunities ~ a case study

Garden History - Challenges, problems and opportunities ~ a case study

Newhailes
Tue 6 May

Since acquiring the estate of Newhailes in 1997, the Trust has faced a number of conservation challenges to do with the house and designed landscape, and with public access. An introduction to the property will be followed by a practical exercise, intended to illustrate some of the factors affecting management decisions, and the processes by which these are reached.

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Would you like to learn more about Garden History? If so, then why not join us on a journey of discovery?

The National Trust for Scotland is the custodian of many of the nation’s finest historic gardens and designed landscapes, and holds a wealth of expertise and knowledge on the gardens within its care. In this course, we seek to unravel the mysteries surrounding our garden conservation and management work; to learn where to source and how to make sense of historical information relating to gardens in Scotland; and how to interpret and use it to make appropriate garden management decisions.

Within the context of its unique portfolio of historic gardens, the National Trust for Scotland’s School of Heritage Gardening is delighted to offer this course once again. The course will be presented by experienced garden historian Christopher Dingwall, in partnership with the Trust’s specialist staff including Gardens Advisors, Head Gardeners, and Garden Archaeologists.

Lectures / Field trips: £45.00/day Assessment Fee: £65.00 Advance booking of entire course (12 lectures/Field trips & Assessment/Certificate fees): £645 Lunch can be arranged by prior arrangement – please contact us for details.


  • 06 May 2014 : 10:00 - 16:30



  • Adult : £ 45.00



For further information please call 0844 493 1680 or email shg@nts.org.uk

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Behind the Scenes House Tour

Behind the Scenes House Tour

Newhailes
Dates between : Thu 29 May - Thu 25 Sep

Join one of our guides to see the rooms not currently on the tour at Newhailes House.

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Learn about their history and conservation issues.

Tours start at the Visitor Centre.

The tours start at 4.15 and 4.30 they will last approximately an hour and a quarter.

Members £7, Non-members £13 (Concs £6/£11). Max 6 per tour.

Booking advised on 0844 493 2125 to avoid disappointment.


  • 29 May 2014 : 16:15 - 17:30
  • 26 Jun 2014 : 16:15 - 17:30
  • 31 Jul 2014 : 16:15 - 17:30
  • 28 Aug 2014 : 16:15 - 17:30
  • 25 Sep 2014 : 16:15 - 17:30




For further information please call 0844 4932125

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Wildflower ID Walk

Wildflower ID Walk

Newhailes
Sun 1 Jun

Join us for a Ranger led Walk to learn about the many wildflower species at Newhailes Estate.

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Find out a little more about wildflower species at Newhailes and how to identify them.

There'll be a question and answer session afterwards with the onsite ranger.

Tea and coffee will be available.

Pre-booking essential.

This event is suitable for 10 years and up.

Tea or Coffee supplied at the end of the walk is included in price.


  • 01 Jun 2014 : 11:00 - 12:30




For further information please call 0844 4932124 or email lothianranger@nts.org.uk


Pre-booking is essential.

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Newhailes Detectives Nature Club - Edinburgh Zoo

Newhailes Detectives Nature Club - Edinburgh Zoo

Newhailes
Sat 14 Jun

Detectives Summer Outing to Edinburgh Zoo.

The Lothian Ranger Service is looking for children between 7 and 12 to join the Newhailes Nature Detectives Club.

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There's loads of fun to be had and if your child is into nature or wildlife this is a great opportunity to learn more and have fun doing it.

Pre-booking essential.

For more details phone Stuart Whittaker on 0844 493 2124 or email lothianranger@nts.org.uk


  • 14 Jun 2014 : 09:30 - 16:30




For further information please call 0844 4932124

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Outdoor Theatre  - Shakespeare's Macbeth

Outdoor Theatre - Shakespeare's Macbeth

Newhailes
Sun 27 Jul

Shakespeare's MacBeth performed by The Festival Players Theatre

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A popular favourite since it was first performed, this great story of superstition, ambition, and retribution, takes the audience on a roller-coaster ride from a ‘blasted heath’, through a Scottish Castle, to a moving Forest.

Three weird and mysterious sisters, a ghost-ridden banquet, murder, prophecies, visions, and spells are all ingredients in this swirling cauldron which is Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”.

Performed by The Festival Players Theatre Company in front of the house at Newhailes.

Dress warmly and bring a picnic and rug or low seating. No wet weather provision.

Advanced booking www.nts.org.uk or 0844 493 2125.


  • 27 Jul 2014 : 19:00 - 21:00



  • Adult : £ 12.50
  • Child : £ 7.00
  • Family : £ 38.00
  • Concession : £ 11.00
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For further information please call 0844 4932125

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Outdoor Theatre - Peter Pan

Outdoor Theatre - Peter Pan

Newhailes
Sat 23 Aug

Peter Pan produced by Heartbreak Productions.

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Pick your team and help Peter in his quest to bring the dastardly villain Captain Hook and his pirate crew to justice - whether you’re five or 95, this energetic and enthralling adaptation of the J. M. Barrie classic by Heartbreak Productions guarantees audiences an enchanting experience full of magic, laughter and excitement.

Dress warmly and bring a picnic and rug or low seating. No wet weather provision.

Advanced booking www.nts.org.uk or 0844 493 2125.


  • 23 Aug 2014 : 18:00 - 20:00



  • Adult : £ 12.00
  • Child : £ 7.00
  • Family : £ 36.00
  • Concession : £ 10.00
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For further information please call 0844 4932125

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Bat Walk at Newhailes

Bat Walk at Newhailes

Newhailes
Tue 9 Sep

On this ranger led walk we will be finding out what bat species we can discover.

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Join us to learn more about the bats at Newhailes Estate.

Pre-booking is essential.

Children must be accompanied with an adult.


  • 09 Sep 2014 : 08:00 - 10:00



  • Adult : £ 4.00
  • Child : £ 3.00



For further information please call 0844 4932124 or email lothianranger@nts.org.uk

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Newhailes Detectives Nature Club - Bat Walk

Newhailes Detectives Nature Club - Bat Walk

Newhailes
Sat 20 Sep

Join us for a Bat Walk at Newhailes.

The Lothian Ranger Service is looking for children between 7 and 12 to join the Newhailes Nature Detectives Club.

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There's loads of fun to be had and if your child is into nature or wildlife this is a great opportunity to learn more and have fun doing it.

Pre-booking essential.

For more details phone Stuart Whittaker on 0844 493 2124 or email lothianranger@nts.org.uk


  • 20 Sep 2014 : 20:00 - 21:30




For further information please call 0844 4932125

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Nature Hike from Fisherrow Harbour to Newhailes Estate

Nature Hike from Fisherrow Harbour to Newhailes Estate

Newhailes
Sun 21 Sep

Come along and join the Lothain Ranger Service on a Nature Hike starting from Fisherrow Harbour cutting through Newhailes Estate and back to the harbour.

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Along the way we'll be looking out for all things to do with nature, birds, trees and wild flowers plus many more.

Meet at Fisherrow harbour. For more details and to pre-book please contact the Lothain Area Ranger.

Pre-booking is essential.

This event is for 10 years upwards.


  • 21 Sep 2014 : 10:00 - 12:00



  • Adult : £ 5.00



For further information please call 0844 4932124 or email lothianranger@nts.org.uk

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Dr Samuel Johnson is said to have described the library as ‘the most learned drawing room in Europe’, while philosopher David Hume borrowed books from its collection.

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Opening times

Estate: all year, daily, dawn to dusk.

House: 18-21 April, Fri-Mon 12-5; 3 May to 28 Sep, Thur-Mon 12-5.

Shop, Stables Cafe and Visitor Centre: Weekends in April from 11-4 except Easter 18 -21 April Fri - Mon 11-5; 3 May to 28 Sep, Thur-Mon 11-5; weekends in Oct 11-4.

Guided tours only. Tours last approx 1¼ hours, starting every 30 mins from Visitor Centre. First tour departs 12.00; last tour departs 3.30pm. Please allow 15 mins prior to tour departure to collect tickets and view introductory film. Booking advised to avoid disappointment.

For conservation and safety reasons no backpacks or back baby carriers are permitted in the House.

Reservations are not always necessary, though advised for holiday weekends and in order to avoid disappointment.

Tel. 0844 493 2125

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