May News

Tuesday 4th May 2021

Out of the Blue have thrown the big blue front doors wide open, and we are welcoming customers back to the Drill Hall cafe, which is serving delicious food and drink in the airy and beautiful historic drill hall. The Times recently reviewed the Drill Hall cafe as ‘The beating heart of Leith’ and one of the 5 best cafes in Scotland. We look forward to the time when we can re-launch a programme of events including the monthly Flea Market. Until then…

WE ARE OPEN Monday to Friday: 10am – 4pm. We have lots of space to make for a physically distanced, comfortable and sociable experience.

The Out of the Blue public spaces can once more be booked for use by small numbers of people as outlined on our website Book a Space page. 

Our lovely creative spaces are available to enable people to meet, teach, learn, rehearse, record, and plan within the current restrictions. We can help you get back to appropriately socially distanced activity. To view our spaces online and decide which space is right for your meeting or creative activity, visit our Book a Space page and make your enquiry.

Thank you for your support.

The Out of the Blue team 

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    Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny St, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG

  • Covid-19 restrictions

    From 26th April there was easing of restrictions in relation to education, hospitality, galleries, retail, services – but indoor numbers are restricted.

    Out of the Blue have consequently re-opened for appropriately social distanced conviviality and activity from Monday 26th April.

    As things stand, from 17th May more events will be allowed, with currently unspecified capacity constraints. We will bring back our events, classes, workshops, and exhibitions when safe to do so.

    Full statement from Out of the Blue Arts and Education Trust.

  • Cafe Opening Hours

    Monday – Friday 10.00 – 16.00

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    Over the course of 2021 Out of the Blue will continue to offer opportunities for artists and members of the community to learn, participate and earn income.

    We use the space we have developed in 6 buildings in Edinburgh for studios, workshops, classes, projects, exhibitions, social enterprises, events, clubs, music making, markets, a cafe and more.

    Our all year round activity helps create the culture of the city, supporting the local economy and having positive social impact for the thousands of individuals and organisations we work with.

    We would humbly accept a financial donation, however small, in support of our work.




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