Family Beltane is a delightful BFS tradition that fell by the wayside for a while and was revived recently. Last year’s event took place on Calton Hill on the afternoon of the Beltane Fire Festival but this year it’s happening a whole week earlier and having a day all to itself. This means that parents who want to share Family Beltane with their little ones and still take part in the festival on 30th are easily able to do so. It also means that older children can attend both Family Beltane and the Fire Festival with their grown-ups without having to make it through a really long day.
This year’s Family Beltane celebration is taking place from 1.30pm until 4.30pm on Saturday 23rd April at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Cat, a BFS volunteer and the organiser of Family Beltane, explains “We’re really excited to be collaborating with the Scottish Storytelling Centre on such a fun activity. Since being a partner event in the Centre’s TradFest programme back in 2013, we’ve enjoyed a close connection based on our shared celebration of Scottish traditions”.
Tickets aren’t required for Family Beltane but there will be a donation box where attendees are welcome to offer a contribution towards covering the costs of the event. Activities, including storytelling, face painting, and arts and crafts, are geared towards children of five years old and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult. You can find out more at this page on our website and you’re welcome to register your attendance on our Facebook event page.
Photo of Family Beltane 2015 by Neil Barton