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Summer 'not' School 2018

Summer ‘not’ School is back again for 2018! Join the Dynamic Earth Team for the adventure of a lifetime during the summer holidays exploring Edinburgh’s wild spaces in and around Holyrood Park.

Young Explorers (ages 7-9 years)

Week one: 09-13 July 2018 - SOLD OUT

Week two: 23-27 July 2018 - SOLD OUT

A taster of what to expect:

  • Immerse yourself in the history of Holyrood Park from the perspective of its many residents through exploration, clue-finding and storytelling
  • Carry out real scientific investigations to learn more about conservation
  • Take part in team building exercises that promise to get you thinking as well as laughing!
  • Discover what it means to be a Global Citizen and become a champion of sustainable living!

Outdoor Academy (ages 10-13 yrs)

16th-20th July SOLD OUT

A taster of what to expect:

  • Try your hand at citizen science investigations
  • Contribute to real conservation methods to help keep Edinburgh alive and healthy
  • Learn and practice outdoor skills to be remembered for life!
  • Find out how you can help transform our world through the Sustainable Development Goals

Discovery and Adventure Days (ages 7-13 yrs)

31st July SOLD OUT

1st August - SOLD OUT

2nd August - SOLD OUT

NEW for 2018, these stand-alone days offer the opportunity to those that can’t or don’t want to sign up for a full week to still experience the excitement of outdoor activities with Dynamic Earth. Book just one, two or even three days of exploration, challenges and fun all held in and around Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat.

Things for the grown-ups:

  • The core programme will run between the hours of 10:00 and 16:30 on the dates specified.
  • Early drop off can be made from 8:30 and participants must be picked up by 17:30.
  • Price is £165 this includes a non-refundable deposit of £45.
  • Discovery and Adventure Days are £35 each and should be paid in full at the time of booking. 
  • Places are extremely limited with only 24 spaces available per programme. We advise you book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment as places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


To book a place download and complete the booking. You can either pay the full amount or a £45 non-refundable deposit.

To pay the full amount please click here.

To pay a non-refundable deposit please contact Craig Smith on 0131 523 1233 or email Full payment due 3 week prior to event.

Download Booking Form

In case you needed any more motivation to join us here is what some of our previous participants and their parents or guardians thought of the programmes:

From parents and guardians:

  • Our daughter had a fantastic time: she came home happy, buzzing and exhausted and grubby each day, which is exactly what we hoped for.
  • My child enjoyed it and seemed to learn a lot. She was not worried about the new experience and was happy going back each day.
  • He loved it! Especially the volcanic discovery and weather experiments.
  • He was energised after each day and keen to tell us lots he had done, and each morning he bounced off looking forward to a new day.

From the participants:

  • I really enjoyed it because we were outdoors most of the time. I really enjoyed the art.
  • I loved it! The leaders were great and I loved doing the cloud spotting.
  • I enjoyed doing new things and the staff were nice.
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