Social Events in Edinburgh, Scotland This Week

Let’s explore social events in Edinburgh, Scotland happening this week. Local events are a great way to meet new people and make new friends. Look through this page and consider going out and socializing during one of these social events.

Social events are great and offer a world of possibilities. You can make new friends, learn new skills, see things from different perspectives and it’s fantastic for your mental health. And never before has companionship and being able to spend time with others been as important as it is today.

You probably remember being a kid and going up to another person your age and saying, “Do you want to be friends?” and that was pretty much that. Friend made. Alas, it’s not quite as simple now that we’re grown up, but it doesn’t have to be as difficult or as awkward as we think. There are thousands of people out there who would love to meet up with others, finding them just takes a bit of help and that’s what we’re here for.

On this page, we hope you’ll find some interesting events in Edinburgh where you can make some new friends.

Local Groups’ Events in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Gay Men’s Book Group – May 2024 Meeting – ‘A New Life’ by Tom Crewe

Edinburgh Gay Men's Book Group - May 2024 Meeting - 'A New Life' by Tom Crewe

◦ When: Wednesday, May 22nd

◦ Where: The Outhouse

The Edinburgh Gay Men’s Book Group is open to all gay, bi, trans men and queer identifying men, and is one of the LGBT Health and Wellbeing Centre’s Community Groups. At our May Book Group meeting we’ll be discussing ‘The New Life’ by Tom Crewe.

We’ll be meeting **in person** on Wednesday 22nd May at 7pm to discuss the book. This will be our first in person book group meeting for over 4 years and(…)

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☘️ F*ck the Small Talk #2

☘️ F*ck the Small Talk #2

◦ When: Wednesday, May 22nd

◦ Where: Edinburgh

**🎟️ Sign up here: [epicllama.typeform.com/ftstedinburgh](https://epicllama.typeform.com/ftstedinburgh) 🎟️**

F\*ck the Small Talk has traveled the world from Berlin, Melbourne, London, Lisbon, to Mexico City, and is now coming to **Edinburgh for the first season**! 😎

**📦 WHAT’S THIS ABOUT?**

FTST is a one-of-a-kind social experience where strangers come together for an afternoon of meaningf(…)

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A Majority-Minority Britain by the 2060s?: David Coleman on Demographic Change

A Majority-Minority Britain by the 2060s?: David Coleman on Demographic Change

◦ When: Friday, May 24th

◦ Where: Scott Monument

In 2010, the Oxford professor of demography, David Coleman, wrote that

“if overall net immigration continues as projected by the [Office for National Statistics]…then the ethnic composition of the United Kingdom would be radically transformed within the current century…the White British population [falling] below half [of the total UK population] by the late 2060s…

“History is not sanguine abo(…)

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Ministry of Testing Edinburgh May Event

Ministry of Testing Edinburgh May Event

◦ When: Thursday, May 23rd

◦ Where: Craneware

## Details

**Ministry of Testing Edinburgh 2024 May Event**

\*\*Location:\*\*
Craneware
1 Tanfield
Edinburgh
EH3 5DA

***Please, bring along photo ID***

**Agenda**

* 1800 – 1830 Pizza and networking
* 1830 – 1835 Intro
* 1835 – 1855 Bryan Jones – Soft skills of being a Tester
* 1855 – 1910 Break
* 1910 – 1945 – Software Testing Careers Panel
* 1945 – 2015 – Close

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May Meetup – Community Evening

May Meetup - Community Evening

◦ When: Tuesday, May 21st

◦ Where: FanDuel

We’ll be meeting at **FanDuel** on Freer Street (their new offices, next to the canal), on **Tuesday** 21st May, 18:30 for drinks & pizza, a 19:00 start for the talks.

Our talks are geared towards introducing members of our community, to facilitate networking, mentorship, learning and collaboration. People with all levels of technical expertise are welcome.

This month we have a showcase of mini (…)

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Fala LaLaLa

Fala LaLaLa

◦ When: Wednesday, May 22nd

◦ Where: undefined

A shortish hilly mid week ride from Dalkeith High School heading south up to the village of Fala, then east to Humbie (where we will catch a coffee) and return in two loops.

Start point at Dalkeith High School / Community Campus (first left at the traffic lights heading East after Aldi’s) and just at the start of the large car park area within the school grounds (near the Sustans sign). (EH22 2PS(…)

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Forage walk and anniversary drinks at dreadnought

Forage walk and anniversary drinks at dreadnought

◦ When: Saturday, May 25th

◦ Where: Dreadnought Leith

Meet at the Dreadnought before a foraging walk around North Fort Street Park and along Hawthornvale Path. We will look at different wild plants, trees and fungi and focus on how these can be used in brewing, as well as discussing beers that use forage ingredients. We will also discuss different food and medicinal uses, as well as how to collect sustainably and safely, with a focus on being mindful(…)

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Is it possible to find peace in the age of anxiety?

Is it possible to find peace in the age of anxiety?

◦ When: Monday, May 20th

◦ Where: Black Ivy

We would love to welcome you along to discuss our next topic, can we find peace in the age of anxiety?
Gathering at 730 for drinks and chat and then the main discussion begins at 8 and goes till 9 (ish!!).
See you there!(…)

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Exploring DORA – Can DevOps capability metrics help drive better agile practices

Exploring DORA – Can DevOps capability metrics help drive better agile practices

◦ When: Tuesday, May 21st

◦ Where: People’s Postcode Lottery

**Event Details**

Our LAE event this month welcomes Geoff Johnson who will talk on “can DevOps capability metrics help drive better agile practices”. His talk will introduce Google’s DevOps Research and Assessment programme key metrics, explains how the Technical, Process and Cultural capabilities can align to lean agile principles and showcases how a large organisation is using them to try to im(…)

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Edinburgh Summerhall Writing Group (at The Gallery Bar)

Edinburgh Summerhall Writing Group (at The Gallery Bar)

◦ When: Tuesday, May 21st

◦ Where: MF Coffee Shop

Working on a poem, a novel, an article, or an essay? Whatever you are writing, this session is about helping each other stay focused and motivated. We will be following the Pomodoro Technique, which entails writing for 25 minutes, followed by a 5-minute break. We share our aims for the session at the beginning, and then debrief at the end. All writers welcome.

Sessions will be held in The Gallery(…)

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Lunch @ Vittoria on the Walk/Post meal drink @ Brunswick Book Club

Lunch @ Vittoria on the Walk/Post meal drink @ Brunswick Book Club

◦ When: Friday, May 24th

◦ Where: Vittoria on the Walk

Now reopened after refurbishment and split into 2 separate spaces Vittoria on the Walk and The Brunswick Book Club.

I have booked a table for lunch at Vittoria on the Walk (A La Carte menu) https://vittoriarestaurant.com/vittoria-on-the-walk/#1

I have also booked a table at The Brunswick Book Club for a post meal drink so we will get the chance to see both venues.

There are a couple of steps at(…)

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Friday Night Games @ The Hampton By Hilton Hotel

Friday Night Games @ The Hampton By Hilton Hotel

◦ When: Friday, May 24th

◦ Where: Hampton by Hilton Edinburgh West End

**TYPICAL GAMES**: Everything from party games to strategic epics!
**GAMES LIBRARY**: BYO, plus small library on site
**FOOD & DRINKS**: Bar + Starbucks, some food (See pics, staff may be slow to serve due to numbers attending).

**What better way to celebrate the end of another week than with some drinks, chat and games!** The Grassmarket centre cant take us this week, so were testing out a new b(…)

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Pub Quiz – Amber Rose

Pub Quiz - Amber Rose

◦ When: Monday, May 20th

◦ Where: Amber Rose Pub

Come and join us for a fun Dr Paul quiz. This week it’s a £50 jackpot for the cash part of the quiz (£2 to enter). Main quiz is free – bar tab plus other prizes to be won.

We can meet from 7.30 pm for drink/food/chat before quiz (quiz starts at 8pm).

2 tables booked under “Elaine Mackie”

Hope to see you there.(…)

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Thamel Nepalese

Thamel Nepalese

◦ When: Saturday, May 25th

◦ Where: Thamel Edinburgh

This is the new restaurant from the Gautam’s and Solti family. Details available on Instagram.
[https://www.instagram.com/thameledinburgh/p/C3se7hjIj7H/](https://www.instagram.com/thameledinburgh/p/C3se7hjIj7H/)

Not open yet, but excited to see what it’s like.
£1 event fee payable on the night to cover meetup costs.(…)

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Shut Up & Write!

Shut Up & Write!

◦ When: Thursday, May 23rd

◦ Where: Starbucks Coffee

Having trouble focusing/being productive, or do you simply need a change of scene from your usual writing environment? Come along to Shut Up & Write! on Thursdays for an hour of focused writing, in an informal and supportive atmosphere. This is for writers of any genre and you do not have to share your work.

Most people who come find it helpful to be in the company of other people with the same g(…)

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Stockbridge Writers’ Den

Stockbridge Writers’ Den

◦ When: Monday, May 20th

◦ Where: The Antiquary Bar

This is a session for writers of any genre to get together and work on their novels, novellas, dramas, screenplays, odes and/or sonnets in an informal context – kicking off at the historic Antiquary Bar in Stockbridge.

Whether you’re well underway with your latest project or still waiting on the next big idea, this is a great way to meet other writers locally and make Monday evenings great again.(…)

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Intention setting over coffee and cake!

Intention setting over coffee and cake!

◦ When: Wednesday, May 22nd

◦ Where: undefined

Over tea, coffee and cake, we aim to to explore topics that challenge our perceptions and raise our awareness. This meeting we will look at intention setting. How to do it and does it work!

This event is designed for people looking to connect with like-minded individuals to explore aspects of consciousness and spirituality.

Whether you are a seasoned spiritual practitioner or just starting your (…)

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Tuesday Evening 6k+ Bruntsfield Social Run

Tuesday Evening 6k+ Bruntsfield Social Run

◦ When: Tuesday, May 21st

◦ Where: Bruntsfield Place

Join us every Tuesday evening at 18:15 for a social run starting at the corner of Bruntsfield Place and Bruntsfield Terrace – just by the Links.

Each week our lead, Jill, guides us on a run of between 6 and 10 km. Routes vary and include a mix of roads, trails, hills and flats.

These runs take place at an accessible speed (around 6:30m/km, 10:00m/mile), are more about social connection and wellb(…)

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Tranquility in the city

Tranquility in the city

◦ When: Thursday, May 23rd

◦ Where: EH15 3PX

This week we’ll visit Dr Neil’s Garden in Duddingston Village. Voted the “Most peaceful spot” in a UK city we can have a calming, (hopefully sunny) afternoon strolling around the garden with plenty of interesting photo opportunities.

More information on the garden can be found at https://www.drneilsgarden.co.uk/

We’ll meet at the gate at 1pm (Dr Neil’s Garden, Old Church Lane, Duddingston Villag(…)

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Tips to meet people at social events

You can make more friends at one party by showing interest in them than in a month by trying to meet people online. Meeting new people and making genuine connections in local events can be fun and easy if you go with the right mindset.

When it comes to meeting new people, nothing beats showing up in the real world. But none of the tips will work if you are not coming from the right place. Keep an open mind when attending social events. Reframe strangers as potential friends, it will make it much easier to approach conversations and fully engage in them.

When choosing an event, keep an eye on interesting themes, something you can relate to. Meeting new people in the context of mutual interest increases your chances of being friends.

Research events with the types of people you want to meet. They could be people in your age group, your field of work, or a specific neighborhood. Do not be too strict though, loosen up a little bit from your expectations.

Go where people are intentionally looking to make friends such as networking events where it feels normal and expected to walk up and introduce yourself.

In this digital era, apps and websites are the most convenient solutions for finding out about local events. If you are not sure where to look for events happening in Edinburgh, you can try out Whatsoninedinburgh.co.uk, List.co.uk, or Frommers.com.

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InterNations Edinburgh at Indigo Yard

InterNations Edinburgh at Indigo Yard

◦ When: Friday, May 24th

◦ Where: Indigo Yard

Since 1996, Indigo Yard bar and restaurant has provided the perfect setting to enjoy the best food and drink in Edinburgh’s West End.

They are passionate about their produce. With rustic style, and a superlative selection of beer, wine and cocktails, they work with the very best producers across both their food and drinks.

Indigo Yard is the place to be in the West End of Edinburgh.

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