Summer 2018 Events

Emma Simpson Student Services Officer


May 8, 2018

I hope you're getting excited about your time in Scotland this summer! We've put together a range of events for you that will get you properly immersed into Scottish culture and maybe trying some new experiences! Below is a first look at what you've got in store! 

Event registration opens Thursday, 10 May at 12 noon (EST) in your Arcadia Passport. And don’t forget, if an event is full you can add yourself to the waitlist to be notified automatically if more spaces become available. See you soon! 

Thursday 21st June - Sunshine on Leith

A classic Scottish musical based on the music of The Proclaimers! Follow the highs and lows of Ally and his friend Davy as they return home to Leith, Edinburgh, from serving in Afghanistan. Both struggle to learn to live a life outside the army and to deal with the everyday struggles of family, jobs and relationships. 

The musical features many of the Proclaimers well-known songs including I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), Sunshine on Leith, Letter From America, and I’m On My Way.

Saturday 23rd June - Escape Rooms

Trapped inside one of four customised rooms in Glasgow, your problem solving skills will be pushed to the limit! Locked in your room with your team, your goal is to escape within 60 minutes. This is achieved by completing a series of challenges which allow you to unlock the next one and eventually the safe which contains the key for the door. Code breaking, observation and mental dexterity are just some of the areas that will be tested, but the bigger test will be in your skill as a team. You'll have be organised and communicate constantly; bounce every idea off someone else - as crazy as some may seem, they may be the right answer and your ticket to escaping...

Tuesday 3rd July – Summer Ceilidh

Ceilidh is the Gaelic word for a visit or gathering, a ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee) once involved a gathering of friends who sang, told stories, played music, recited poetry or debated the topics of the day, creating their own evening’s entertainment. A modern-day ceilidh usually involves Scottish country dancing to traditional Scottish folk music. The ceilidh will be taking place at the Summerhall in Edinburgh with a band and a caller who will teach the dances.

Saturday 14th July - Loch Lomond Highland Games

We will travel from the central belt of Scotland to Balloch, a village situated on the southern tip of Loch Lomond, to watch the Loch Lomond Highland Games. The games began in 1967 to promote tourism by a group of local businessmen in the Balloch area. Today the games are known to be one of the top three Highland Games in all of Scotland and even includes over £15,000 in prize money. The traditional events include Running, Cycling, Wrestling, Tug o' War, Tossing the Caber, Weight over the Bar, Throwing the Hammer, Ball and Weight and the Highland Dancing.

Following lunch in the town of Balloch, we will take a boat trip around Loch Lomond, the largest expanse of fresh water in the whole of Britain. We’ll learn about the loch and its history, passing by its many islands. While admiring the beautiful scenery, keep an eye out for some of Scotland’s wildlife including fallow deer, red squirrels, buzzards, voles, and the endangered capercaillie.

Sunday 22nd July - Pentland Pony Trek

Join us on a trek as we explore the Pentlands, the hills to the south of Edinburgh, on sure-footed ponies! Horse riding is immensely popular in Scotland and is a fantastic way to get out into nature and discover a part of the country you might not have otherwise visited. This event is open to everyone, regardless of skill – first time riders and experienced equestrians are all welcome.

Learn More About Co-Curricular Themes & Excursions in Scotland