5 Great Things To Do Near Broomhouse this Spring

By Georgia
on Wed 20 Feb 2019

Broomhouse is a wonderful area, with so many things nearby, great neighbours and an exciting new community centre being built (opening this summer)!

We’re going to be spending some time in Broomhouse this Spring, so we thought we’d find out what’s happening in/near the local area…

Here are our ‘5 Great Free Things To Do Near Broomhouse’ this Spring:


When? Every Wednesday morning from 9.30-12.

Where? Broomhouse Cafe (St David’s Church)

Mojo Mum’s Group sessions focus on having a coffee, a blether and helping local mums find their mojo. The free sessions include things like hair and make up, facials, nail art, yoga, crafts, nutrition and more.

Call Nicky to find out more on 07927 558 277 or email ybprojectworker@broomhousecentre.org.uk


When? Every Wednesday at 10am

Where? The Out & About Group meets  at St Brides Church

Each week the Out & About group visits a different exhibition or museum, including the City Arts Centre. Everyone is welcome to come and join this friendly group.

Contact Margaret or Ailee at Gate 55 on 0131 458 5095 or email Ailee.Burns@ea.edin.sch.uk




When? Wednesday 6th March, 6.15pm (doors open at 5.50pm). Followed by a drinks reception at 7.30pm

Where? Craiglockhart Campus of Napier University

FREE Chancellor Talk Series with JJ Chalmers:”Finding your Commando Spirit”.

John-James Chalmers, “JJ”, has a remarkable story to tell. He faced adversity and had to adapt his life in a way that he could never have anticipated. As a former Royal Marine Commando deployed to Afghanistan in 2011, JJ served on the frontline in Helmand Province and was wounded by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) whilst on foot patrol.

Come and hear JJ’s inspiring talk about the significant challenges he faced, and how he has created a new direction in life, that saw him compete and win Gold in the Invictus Games, and forge a career in broadcasting with the BBC and Channel 4.


Click here for more information.



When? Sunday 3rd March 12.45pm – 2.30pm

Where? St David’s Church, 70 Broomhouse Crescent

St David’s and St Joseph’s Church join together for an afternoon of free crafts, games, stories and a family lunch.

Register your interest in coming along through their Facebook page or to glennox@churchofscotland.org.uk



When? Mondays 4pm – 5.30pm

Where? Wester Hailes Library

Do you know a young person with an interest in creating a drama, documentary or music video? Someone who might enjoy learning animation and watching/discussing other films?

Wester Hailes Library are offering a drop in for young people between the age of S1-S6 on Mondays 4pm – 5.30pm. Transport costs and food provided.

Any completed films will be entered into youth film festivals including the school’s competition at EIFF.

Contact dina@screen-ed.org for more information.



When? Weekly/Fortnightly

Where? Just round the corner!

Sounds like you’ve got a busy time ahead? Well we’ve added a sneaky number 6 as we’d like to ask a wee favour of you…

Not everyone in your local area gets to live as fun and exciting a life as you do.

There are approximately 4,760 people within a 1 mile radius of Broomhouse who are aged 65 and over, and of them, 1,798 live alone. That’s over 37% just in and around Broomhouse.

Of this local group it’s estimated that over 1,500 only have the TV as their main form of company each week, who have no family or friends to visit them and who struggle to get out by themselves.

These Broomhouse locals are lonely and isolated, and chronic loneliness has been shown to increase the chances of developing dementia by 64%.

We’re looking to change that. And there’s a way you can help that is right on your doorstep.

We are a charitable service that tackles loneliness by creating long-lasting friendships. We put together people of shared interests, who live locally to one another, for a cup of tea and a natter. Simple as that.

It’s very flexible, you can visit once a month, a fortnight or a week at a time that suits you, and we take time to match you with someone who shares your interests and is easy for you to visit. We have rugby fans rejoicing in shared wins, chess fanatics battling each other, cuddly pooches visiting dog lovers and more.

We’re looking for Broomhouse locals to sign up and be the difference to someone in your local community.

We can train you and match you in your local area and there’s a great community of volunteers who meet up monthly. Your travel and expenses are paid for. It’s that easy.

If you think you could spare a wee bit of time to visit someone in your neighbourhood then get in touch, we would love to hear from you.

From another area of the city?

We would still love to hear from you! We work across Edinburgh to tackle loneliness and are always looking for new volunteers.

Please help us by sharing this post with others.


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