Family Ceilidh - New Dates

Burns’ Family Ceilidh - New Dates - choice of FOUR sessions.

A) A - Saturday 26th Feb 2-3pm B- Saturday 26th Feb 3.15 – 4.15pm C- Saturday 5th March 10-11am D- Saturday 5th March 11.15-12.15

All at St Mark’s Church 287 Portobello High St, Edinburgh EH15 2AR Suitable for families with children aged 3-9 years old, but everyone welcome. Please bring your own refreshments, and come ready to dance, in tartan if you would like to. Email to book your place, as numbers are limited.

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School age Family Ceilidh - New date: Sun 27th Feb 2-4pm

Corstorphine Old Parish Church, Corstorphine High St, Edinburgh EH12 7ST Everyone welcome, but this one is aimed at families with children old enough for school.

Email to book, as numbers are limited. Please bring your own refreshments.

Spaces limited; please email to book your place. Find out more here.


10 Reasons to host your own family ceilidh

  1. Ceilidhs are exhilarating, joyous events which make any occasion memorable.

  2. The physical nature of a ceilidh means young children let off steam and everyone gets a workout. (You’ll deserve the cake afterwards and everyone should sleep well!)

  3. Children will practise listening and responding to music in a fun, meaningful context.

  4. In a simplified Scottish dance, the figures require little skill or confidence. So even the dance-averse happily join in.

  5. A ceilidh is a great way for young and old to bond; it always works best when they partner up.

  6. Taking part helps young children develop social skills (turn taking, patience, courtesy etc.) and improves everyone else’s!

  7. A ceilidh provides entertainment that’s safe, absorbing and structured! (What more could a parent want?)

  8. Scottish dancing will develop a young child’s gross motor skills, coordination and balance.

  9. There’s a lot of simple counting (up to 8) involved. This will benefit your little ones.

  10. Why not keep Scottish culture alive.

Find out more here

CeilidhKids’ FAQS

What’s the ideal age to join in?

You can join in with your family from any age, even by bouncing along in a baby carrier, but those aged three and upwards will get most benefit. Any under-fives will need to partner an adult or older child.

Are Scottish dances tricky for young children?

We always adapt the dances to make them highly inclusive. In the past we have run many events for nurseries and those with additional needs.

How long does the dancing typically last?

It depends on the event and the group of people. We are happy to discuss your requirements, but 45 minutes to an hour is usually a good length.

Will you organise the whole event?

No! Just the music and the dancing. But we call and demonstrate the dances, join you on the dancefloor and provide the necessary equipment (PA system, recorded music and radio microphone, or a musician for a special occasion).