Below you can find all the RLS Day 2016 family events that take place in Edinburgh in the run-up to Sunday 13 November, Robert Louis Stevenson Day.

There’s something for the whole family to enjoy in our RLS Day 2016 celebrations! Keep your little adventurers busy by getting crafty at some of the city’s libraries, or come and see a swashbuckling show at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

In the separate School Programme section you can find resources for schools, including downloadable packs and information for teachers. Don’t forget to tell your teacher about the fantastic creative writing competition, with a chance to win a birthday party for RL Stevenson for your class. With cake!

Whether you’re baerns are into making treasure maps, treasure hunting, or snuggling in for storytime, RLS Day for families has plenty to offer, and nearly all of it is free. If your wee one hasn’t encountered RL Stevenson before, why not have a peek at A Child’s Garden of Verses, a timeless collection of poems which are a great introduction to his work.

Have fun, but watch out for pirates!

 

 

3.00pm

Book Time with RLS

Settle in for a cosy, family-friendly reading of a Robert Louis Stevenson story, and maybe be inspired to write your own adventure afterwards. Places will be limited so arrive early for a good seat.
Paper Tiger 6A/8 Stafford Street: – Free, no booking required.

 

 

 

12.30pm

Kidnapped Treasure Hunt


 
Take part in the Kidnapped Treasure Trail, delving around South Queensferry to find the hidden clues!
South Queenferry, meet at the Caledonia Scotia Kilt Shop, 6 Newhalls Road – Free, no booking required.

 

1.00-4.30pm

Robert Louis Stevenson Day at Craigmillar Library

An afternoon of events for kids aged 8+ to celebrate all things Robert Louis Stevenson including crafts, facepainting and a treasure hunt!
Craigmillar Library – Free, no booking required.

 

2.00pm-4.00pm

Kidnapped Day at Queensferry Library


 
A free drop-in event, with lots of Kidnapped activities for all the family.
Queensferry Library – Free, no booking required.

 

2.30pm-3.30pm

Create your own Treasure Island Map

Get crafty with this chance to create your own Treasure Island map. Will there be buried treasure? Will there be danger? Only your imagination can decide!
Leith Library, 28-30 Ferry Road – Free, no booking required.

 

 

 

12.30pm

Kidnapped Treasure Hunt

Take part in the Kidnapped Treasure Trail, delving around South Queensferry to find the hidden clues!
South Queenferry, meet at the Caledonia Scotia Kilt Shop, 6 Newhalls Road – Free, no booking required.

 

2.00pm

Kidnapped: When Kilts Were Banned

This timeless tale by Robert Louis Stevenson follows young Davie Balfour who, after the death of his parents, leaves home for the first time, only to be double crossed by his devious uncle and find himself kidnapped. With the help of Scottish rebel Alan Breck Stewart they try to escape the hands of the British soldiers and finally confront his sly uncle. Discover this essential Scottish story in Donald Smith’s gutsy, exhilarating adaptation. Let two actors, a chest and your imagination take you on an exciting, fast moving and adventure-filled story, perfect for all the family.

Scottish Storytelling Centre – £8/£6, book via the SSC website or call 0131 556 9579.

 


 

As well as the above events for families, there is a whole host walks, talks, performances, readings, tea parties and exhibitions taking place as part of RLSDay this year. Once again, some are held in hidden locations in our capital city, not often open to the public. Don a deerstalker and keep an eye out for the magnifying glass to find out more here.

Hot on the heels of last year, RLS Day invites you to a full week of city-wide Robert Louis Stevenson themed celebrations, with thanks to a wide range of enthusiastic local organisations, actors, tour guides and volunteers. Please note that spaces for particular events are often limited. Remember what we said about booking early to avoid disappointment?

 

 

With the support from a range of national and local organisations, downloadable education packages and giveaways are available as part of the RLS Day 2016 celebrations. Bring RLS alive in your classrooms with resources suitable for both primary and secondary schools. Full details can be found in our RLSDay School Programme section.