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About the event

Get into the Christmas spirit and spread some festive cheer at the world-renowned Edinburgh Christmas Markets. Enjoy a weekend of activities with your partner in the Scottish capital, including taking in the magical and festive illuminated trail at The Royal Botanic Gardens and sampling some delicious treats and wares at the legendary Christmas Markets.

Whats involved?

  • Explore the city and visit the Christmas Market.

  • Weekend break for Members and their spouse/partner

  • Please note this activity is open to couples only

Will it cost me to attend?

Blesma activities are free to all Members – the only expense is getting yourself to and from the initial meeting point. If funding your travel costs could be a problem, speak to your BSO.

What is the selection process?

The activities selection process is done on a needs basis. Those who will benefit the most from attending an activity will be given priority. This is done on the recommendation of their BSO. Those Members who have not attended any activities before, or who have not attended that particular type of activity before are considered next. Once the initial list is selected, all other applicants go on the reserve list. Should someone drop out, the same process is applied to select someone from the reserve list.

How much notice will I be given?

We do not discriminate! Activities are there for all Members and Widows to enjoy.

How does the reserve list work?

Being on the reserve list does not automatically mean you will not get to attend the activity. In 2017, 54 per cent of people selected for an activity dropped out, meaning that almost half of attendees for all activities were selected from the reserve list. In 2017, 97 per cent of slots were filled despite the high drop-out rate. The remaining three per cent were mostly last-minute cancellations that were too late notice to fill (i.e. the day before).

I have never been on a Blesma activity?

Currently, only 4.3 per cent of Members apply for activities. If you are one of the 95.7 per cent who hasn’t been on an activity before, perhaps because you have concerns about how you will cope, or you don’t know what to expect, please get in touch with either your BSO or the Activities Team directly on 020 8548 3519. They can advise on what might be suitable for you.

Who will lead the activity?

Blesma Support Officers and Outreach Officers lead the events. In addition, of around 50 activities run in 2017, 22 were led by Members. We rely on Members volunteering to lead an activity, so if you are interested in doing that – please let us know! Do note that you will need to be qualified for some events.

Am I deserving of a Blesma activity, what if others are more in need?

We do not discriminate! Activities are there for all Members and Widows to enjoy.


“It was a really well thought out trip and executed fantastically. The whole weekend was incredible, but if I had to name a highlight, it was the meal Heather and myself went for on our own. It was the first time in a long time that we were able to go out and enjoy a meal as a couple. It was a beautiful setting in a beautiful location.”

Frank Yates


Contact Us

For more information please contact the Activities Team
Tel: 0208 548 7094