Meet the piano maker's favourite trees at the Royal Botanic Garden. This guided tour is specially produced to celebrate the installation of the 100-seater Pianodrome amphitheatre at the Garden and will visit trees species which have been used to build pianos over the centuries. Ideal for tree lovers and musicians alike.Find out more
In Summer 2018 artist Tim Vincent-Smith and his team will be building an amphitheatre entirely from discarded pianos inside the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. There’s one thing we are sure of – the #Pianodrome will be nothing without a buzzing creative community around it. You are invited to attend an action-packed afternoon exploring the potential uses of this incredible space. With live music, an interview with the makers, drop-in workshops and interactive installations.Find out more
An evening of music, dance, dynamic artworks and storytelling exploring the mathematics of sound and geometry. With interactive artworks created by the team that is building a #Pianodrome amphitheatre made out of discarded pianos, live performances from Edinburgh’s dynamic musical explorers Sink and a special collaboration with the Tinderbox Collective spanning five exhibition rooms in Inverleith House. This event is raising money for the build of the #Pianodrome.Find out more
From parakeets to Japanese knotweed, invasive non-native species are accused of harming our ‘native’ wildlife. Environmental journalist Fred Pearce challenges this widespread view and asks whether demonising these species is justified by science. In the vast majority of cases these species are model ecological citizens and some of the perceived 'problem’ species may even be the crucial first step towards repairing ecological damage caused by human actions and interventions. Maybe it is time we learnt to love this 'new wild’?Find out more
Join us for the Friends of Benmore's annual general meeting. The AGM will be followed by a talk - "Taking the Pea - forging the frontiers of sweet pea research" by Greg Kenicer, Senior Lecturer in Botany at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.Find out more
Join the #Pianodrome team as they disassemble one of the 52 pianos they will use to build their upcylced amphitheatre, with live commentary by the makers and musical interludes throughout. Appriciate the meticuloud workmanship and centuries' worth of innovation that has gone in to creating each one of these complex and beautiful machines.Find out more
Learn the basics of Buckyballs. Using the 88 keys salvaged from a single piano keyboard, we will piece together unique geodesic artworks based on Buckminster Fuller's theories about how to make efficient structures using maths. Participants will create their own geodesic models to take home, before working together to build a unique artwork that will grace the Pianodrome on its completion.Find out more
Explore the different sounds that can be made by tapping, bowing, plucking and blowing the various parts of a piano that has been fully dissected. Explore the resonant properties of different woods, metals and felt pieces. Develop your own instrument design with the help of our resident experts in woodwork and acoustics, and then get building! Participants will be allowed to take their completed instuments home with them.Find out more
Children's art and craft group (as a special holiday pop us event, suitable for kids age 0-10) taking place at Cambo Stables Visitor Centre. Bring a picnic or enjoy lunch at Nosebag Café (who will be doing a special deal).
Wild craft activities and explore the nature play area.