You've probably got plans already, but if not, we've worked together again with Akva and Hemma, a couple of modern, Scandi-style bar/restaurants, which will be meeting points for a couple of very informal Knit Nights on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th March. Come along with your knitting/crochet and join in — but we ask you to register in advance so the venues don't get flooded with knitters and crocheters!
There's food and drink with a Swedish twist, and at Akva (but not at Hemma) the option to swap tickets for wristbands on Wednesday evening (see below for more information on that). Places are necessarily limited and we can't add numbers to these registrations, so further down the page we've got a few other ideas for you to run with. Edinburgh hosts huge numbers of visitors year round so there are always options!
Akva is located close to the city centre; Hemma is very near the Scottish Parliament. Both bars are close to the 300 bus route (in previous years this was bus no. 35) so if you're coming back into town after a workshop at the Risk Factory or the Water of Leith Centre on Thursday - this would be a convenient stop. The bars serve food and drinks with a Swedish twist.
Akva, 129 Fountainbridge, EH3 9QG and Hemma, 73 Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh EH8 8AU
4pm till late!
Free! Food and drink is available for you to buy.
There are two slots: 4pm to 7pm, and 7pm to 10pm (or later if you wish!). Click on a button below to take you to a page where you can register.
The booking system helps the venues to gauge numbers, it's not a guaranteed seat reservation. Akva and Hemma would appreciate it if only those who have registered come to the venues. If you register for a slot from 4pm-7pm, remember that there are others coming at 7 and later :-) Read on for more information! Thanks.
A quick note about the booking system - it may prompt you to set up a password but that's not necessary. You can register up to 4 people and will need to provide names (you can ignore the email address field). We aren't able to add extra people to any registrations at a later date, sorry!
If you bought an EYF ticket online, you will be able to pick up your wristband at Akva on Wednesday between the hours of 4pm and 7pm (a change from what was in a previous newsletter). This will enable even quicker access to the marketplace in the mornings and it helps us to manage the queues even better. If you *just* want to pop into the venue to collect your wristband there's no need to register, but we really don't want to fill Akva to bursting point! You will still get into EYF if you skip Akva :)
What to expect at Akva and Hemma
There’s no programme or anything, we simply asked Akva and Hemma if they could be meeting spots for knitters because we like them. The evening is what YOU make of it, it’s not up to us :-) We will be busy setting up the marketplace for you on Wednesday or at our Big Knit Night on Thursday!
What does booking a slot mean?
Booking the slot doesn’t mean that you have a table or seat reservation. It’s just a mechanism to help the venues understand how many people are coming so that they can plan. For this reason, too, Akva and Hemma would appreciate it if only those who have registered come to the venues! We are sure you will understand.
Do I need my knit night booking confirmation for Akva/Hemma?
Yes, please bring this so it can be checked off the list at the venue. This is to help Akva and Hemma to be able to work efficiently! Thanks.
Can I stay beyond my booked slot?
In principle yes, nobody will eject you from your seat :-) Saying that, if you’ve arrived very early, had a nice time for a couple of hours and see that people are arriving for the next time slot, the venues ask you to allow others the chance to sit down and order food.
I want to collect wristbands for my friends, can I do that?
We only give out wristbands for tickets that were purchased by you and for which you have the ticket.
Will I be able to buy a ticket for EYF?
No - you will only be able to pick up your wristband/s, and only at Akva on Wednesday, not at Hemma. Bring your e-ticket along (printed please!).
What if I don't manage to register at Akva or Hemma?
There's no shortage of places where you can organise a small get-together. Edinburgh can be a lot of fun to explore, so have a great time!
As well as Akva and Hemma, the Boda Bar group has several much smaller places along the 300 bus route. If you're looking for somewhere in Leith we can recommend Victoria, Boda and Sofi's - they don't serve food but have a really relaxed atmosphere and would work well as places to meet up and knit.
Akva is located at the end of the Union Canal, a waterway that connects Edinburgh with Glasgow. The venue is easily accessible on foot from the city centre. Alternatively, take the Number 300 Bus which stops very close to the bar. The name of the stop is "Port Hamilton".
129 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh EH3 9QG
Hemma is found near the Scottish Parliament, in the Old Town. It's quite a bit smaller than Akva, and this means capacity is lower.
The Number 300 Bus stops on the Royal Mile at Canongate Kirk. Turn down Crichton's Close which takes you to Holyrood Road.
73 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AU