Groups, clubs and activities
Parent and toddler groups
Parent and toddler groups, also known as play groups, mother & toddler or baby groups, are great to meet other parents, make new friends and your children will enjoy playing with others their own age.
Click on the links below for details of parent and toddler groups near each Scottish campus:
Childrens softplay areas
Softplay is a great way for your child to have fun in a safe environment. It can be a particularly good activity for rainy days!
There are a number of softplay areas near to each Scottish campus. Click on the links below for more information including opening times, prices and location:
International Wives' Group
The Chaplaincy on the Edinburgh Campus offers a meeting of the International Wives' Group every Friday 12.45pm–2.15pm.
This group is not only for wives but is also for partners and children of international students studying at Heriot-Watt, and provides a great way to meet people and make new friends. The group regularly have family day trips to the beach, fun days, crafts and cooking days.
Please visit the Chaplaincy website for information and details of events.
Swimming is a fun, energetic sport which can improve your fitness, make you feel good and help with relaxation. For a list of swimming pools in your area, including opening times and location, please visit the relevant website:
For information on the many local libraries in Edinburgh, please visit the Edinburgh Libraries website which provides details about joining and using a library and opening hours.
Libraries also hold ‘Bookbug Sessions' where you can join other parents and children and read together. For more information please visits ‘Bookbug Sessions'.
There are two libraries in Orkney. For more information on the location and opening times please visit www.orkneylibrary.org.uk.
Fitness and exercise classes for adults and children
Everyone benefits from exercise and Edinburgh holds a wide variety of classes, activities and groups to join. Our Edinburgh Campus has fantastic onsite facilities for adult fitness and exercise classes. Visit Oriam for further details. Edinburgh Leisure offer fitness and exercise classes for adults and children at various locations around Edinburgh. For specific information on what is offered please visit the Edinburgh Leisure website.
There is an excellent summer camp available at Heriot-Watt University called Kings Camps. Kings Camps is for children and young people from four to 17 years of age. It is a great way for children to make new friends in the summer holidays, enjoy many sports and have new exciting adventures. Kings Camps provide a high quality, enjoyable experience that helps children develop and reach their potential, bringing together the very best elements of sports and holiday clubs to provide friendship, fun and exciting adventures for young people.
The Queens Leisure Centre in Galashiels is a popular sports venue with fantastic facilities. There are many activities held here for children and adults. Please visit the Queens Leisure Centre website for more information.
The main leisure venue in Orkney is the Pickaquoy Centre in Kirkwall. The Centre also hosts concerts, art show and much more. For more information visit www.pickaquoy.co.uk.