10 family-friendly Refugee Festival Scotland events

Looking for heart-warming family activities? Digital Content Volunteer, Mariia, explores events designed to foster connections, celebrate different cultures and create lasting memories.

Refugee Festival Scotland is a perfect opportunity for families to come together, bond and make new friends among diverse refugee communities. Here are ten family-friendly events you won’t want to miss.

1. Resilience in Flight with White-tailed Eagles

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What: Experience an outdoor workshop that explores resilience through the majestic flight of white-tailed eagles. This event is both educational and inspiring, offering a unique way for families to connect with nature.

To book your place, email hope.busak@rspb.org.uk

2. Hands on History – Glencoe Excavations

When: June 14-23, 10am-4pm

Where: National Trust of Scotland Visitor Centre, Glencoe

What: Dive into the history of Glencoe with this family-friendly excavation activity. Learn about the rich past of the area through hands-on archaeological digs, perfect for curious minds of all ages.

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3. Sharing Joy, Sharing Culture on Eid / مشاركة الفرح، مشاركة الثقافة في العيد

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Where: St Matthews Centre, 200 Balmore Road, Glasgow

What: Celebrate Eid al-Adha with a vibrant mix of food and cultural activities. This event is a wonderful opportunity for families to learn about and partake in the joyous traditions of Eid, fostering cultural understanding and community spirit.

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4. Come Fly with Me

Kite making workshops: 15 June

Where: MILK, 452 Victoria Road, Glasgow

Community picnic and kite flying: 16 June, 12-2pm

Where: Queen’s Park, Glasgow

What: Join MILK for free creative kite-making workshops on Saturday, 15 June in solidarity with all children who have been forcibly displaced from their homes. Then head over to Queens Park on Sunday, 16 June to fly kites together at a community picnic. Everyone is invited to bring food to share. Suitable for all ages, this event is a fantastic way for families to have fun, meet new friends and spend quality time together.

To book a workshop, email hellomilkcafe@gmail.com

5. Family Fun: Welcome to Aberdeen Art Gallery

When: June 15, 2-4pm

Where: Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen

What: The event features fun for all the family. Enjoy arts, crafts, music, and tours of the gallery, with refreshments provided. It’s open to everyone, and no booking is required. Interpreters are available for Arabic, Urdu, Dari, and Ukrainian speakers, and various access provisions are in place to ensure a comfortable visit for all attendees.

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6. Kite Festival

Make your own kite: 15 June, 11am-2pm

Where: D2 Creative Centre, Bo’ness

Kite festival community picnic: 16 June, 11am-2pm

Where: Bo’ness Foreshore

What: Learn to make and fly your own kites at this family friendly two-part event from Rainbow Muslim Women Group. On Saturday, 15 June there will be a free kite-making workshop run by art professionals. Families can then enjoy a community picnic and fly their new kites at the seaside on Sunday, 16 June. This event promises joy and excitement as you watch your handmade kites soar in the sky.

To book the workshop email hello@d2thecreativecentre.uk

7. Exploring Multilingualism Using Art-based Methods and Creative Practices

When: June 15, from 1.30-4.30pm

Where: Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow

What: Engage in creative practices to explore multilingualism through art. This workshop encourages families to express themselves and appreciate linguistic diversity in an artistic setting.

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8. Family Fun Day – День сімейних розваг

Where: June 21, 1-4pm

Where: 14 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh

What: Join the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain for a free afternoon of games, food and arts and crafts which will bring families together to celebrate and have fun.

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9. Picnic and Play with Licketyspit and Kin Kitchen

When: June 22, from 12-3pm

Where: The Hidden Gardens, Glasgow

What: This event is all about bringing families together for a magical experience filled with nature, creativity, and delicious food. Last year’s collaboration was a hit, and this year promises even more fun for children aged 3 to 12 and their families. Join the excitement as you discover nature’s secrets, engage in imaginary play, and unleash your creativity with workshops and activities. From crafting migrating butterflies to making your own potato character for the Whacky Potato Parade, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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10. Family Food and Fun Day

When: June 22 from 12-3pm

Where: Camperdown Country Park, Dundee

What: Join ScrapAntics for this free event celebrating the incredible contributions of refugees and migrants to the local community. Enjoy a traditional Ukrainian choir performance, savour delicious food prepared by New Scots, and participate in lively football games. With full accessibility, ample parking, and public transportation options, this event is perfect for families looking to enjoy a day of cultural festivities and fun activities.

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With more than 130 events taking place across Scotland between 14 and 23 June, Refugee Festival Scotland has something for everyone.

You can browse the full programme here