Christmas is Coming Early to Midlothian

Newbattle Abbey College is preparing to get into the Christmas spirit early by opening its doors to welcome the local community to the ninth annual ‘Christmas at Newbattle’ celebration on Saturday 23 November from 11am to 4pm. See the full event programme here.

There will be an array of Christmas stalls selling a wide variety of unique gifts, including pottery, jewellery, artwork, wooden crafts and more, many of which are handcrafted by local individuals. In addition to this, there will be face painting and bee computer games for children, Christmas music, song and poetry. There will also be an opportunity to bring along your instrument to take part in a traditional music session. And of course, Santa will make a guest appearance!

Principal Marian Docherty said: “Christmas at Newbattle is a wonderful community event and we are very much looking forward to hosting this year’s celebration in partnership with many local businesses and organisations. It is one of the first festive events in Midlothian’s calendar with poetry, Christmas readings, woodland walks and Gaelic singing and will appeal to people of all ages. We’d like to invite everyone to come along and enjoy it with us.”

Also on offer to purchase will be home-baking, soup and mulled wine.

Entry costs £3 per adult and children go free. Tickets are available from the College reception or on the day. Disabled access and free parking are available.

For any enquiries please call: 0131 663 1921.

Planning for the Future Together: Weds 22nd May 2019

Conference ProgrammeNewbattle Abbey College is proud to host a national event to celebrate the crucial role of adult learning in Scotland and plan for its future development.

Planning for the Future Together is a conference that reflects a productive partnership between all the main sectors and agencies which support adult learners across the country.

The keynote address will be delivered by Richard Lochhead MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science. Please click on the conference programme opposite to learn about our exciting programme.

Beekeeping for beginners resident weekend

Click for event programmeOver the 8th and 9th June, we will provide you with the theory of beekeeping along with some practical experience. This is an opportunity to learn about bees in a beautiful, historical location – Newbattle Abbey College.

The fee is £350 and includes all accommodation, food, course fees, workshop notes and provision of protective clothing (deposit £100).

To find out more, please click on the programme opposite, or to book your place email events@newbattleabbeycollege.ac.uk, or call 0131 663 1921

Gaelic Family Learning Weekend on 11 and 12 May 2019

Gaelic Family Learning WeekendFor children and parents in Gaelic medium education. Come and experience a weekend packed full of activities to improve and develop your Gaelic. Free accommodation available for overnight stay (£30 booking fee applies).

Over the weekend you will have the chance to participate in:

  • Campfire storytelling
  • Field craft skills
  • Making a time machine to go back to living in medieval times
  • Making percussion instruments from sticks in Lord Ancrum’s Wood
  • Sing with Gilliebride Mac’Illemhaoil

Literally All Happening at Newbattle

Literally@Newbattle, Midlothian’s first ever literary festival, takes place on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April 2019. The two-day festival of words, stories and ideas focuses on engaging with children, young people and families living in Midlothian. Friday morning is for invited primary schools in Midlothian, but all are welcome for Friday evening’s exciting programme of music and poetry, featuring BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year, Karine Polwart and the Scottish Poet Laureate, Jackie Kay. Saturday offers a diverse programme of events for all ages including; Gaelic storytelling, poetry and writing showcases, script-writing, and rap/hip-hop workshops, contemporary fiction and crime panels. Join us and find out more by clicking here.

Open Day on 13th March 2019

Open Day web graphicCome and find out about Newbattle Abbey College. We are holding an Open House on Weds 13th March 2019 between 3 and 7pm. Please join us to investigate our fantastic college courses and our fascinating guided tours of Newbattle’s A-listed estate and buildings. Explore the potential for holding your weddings, conferences and tailor-made events here. Discover why we are more than a college.

Gaelic Weekend, 9th and 10th March 2019

Poster explaining the Gaelic WeekendA Gaelic weekend for all levels of learners on 9th and 10th March 2019. A chance to improve your Gaelic and meet other learners and speakers. Free accommodation available for overnight stay. Come and experience a weekend packed full of activities to improve and develop your Gaelic.

The weekend is FREE and funded by GLAIF (The Gaelic Language Act Implementation Fund). Contact gillt@newbattleabbeycollege.ac.uk or telephone 0131 663 1921.

Click here to view the poster with more details.