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Happy Burke-Day to the World's Smallest Museum!

By Alexander Clapperton, January 27, 2018 - 2:07pm
The Mad Monk celebrates with William Burke's skin

Has it been a year already? Yes, this weekend our small but perfectly-formed exhibit of awfulness celebrates its frightfully festive first anniversary.

The William Burke Museum, which displays only ONE exhibit, a calling card case made out of the skin of notorious Edinburgh "bodysnatcher" William Burke, celebrates its first birthday on 28th January 2018, exactly 189 years after the execution of William Burke which took place on the 28th January 1829.

Princess prepares to pump again

By Web Monster, July 3, 2017 - 3:04pm
Princess Pumpalot: The Super-Farting Bean Mystery front cover

As our keenest followers will know, Witchery Tours founder Robin Mitchell also created the windy, rugby-loving Princess Pumpalot in the successful children's book of the same name.

The Princess and her Wiffyville chums then took a step further, jumping from the page to the stage at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013. They haven't left since, with 2017 marking an astounding fifth year of full-throated flatulent fun.

What is a Cadie?

By Adam Lyal, July 23, 2016 - 3:35pm
The Cadies & Witchery Tours shop, 84 West Bow.

It's a familiar site in Edinburgh's West Bow to see visitors (and some locals) standing in front of our wee shop staring at the name above the door: The Cadies & Witchery Tours. Within seconds of spying our name, the front door creaks open and we prepare ourselves for the expected question: "What in the world is a Cadie?"

A load of (colourful) balls as Tum Bin 2 comes to West Bow

By Adam Lyal, May 5, 2016 - 4:47pm
Neha Sharma and Aditya Seal filming a scene for Tum Bin 2 in West Bow, Edinburgh

One does sometimes see some curious sights in the hideous heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, but this might just take the biscuit.

This morning as I pried up my cellar door and stepped outside to dispose of last night's gardy-loos, I was startled by a large, rainbow-coloured beach ball landing with a soft "poomp" right next to me upon the cobbles, as though having fallen from some height. Well, I thought, that's a funny time for a stag party to be out and about, but not unprecedented I suppose ...

Artist spotlight: Katy Jones

By Adam Lyal, February 14, 2016 - 4:19pm
Witchery Toons character illustrations by Katy Jones

The Cadies & Witchery Tours are proud to support Scottish artists, and our shop on Victoria Street boasts work for sale by several highly talented individuals, but our longest-standing and most prolific contributor has undoubtedly been portrait artist and illustrator Katy Jones.

Meet West Bow Sheba

By Adam Lyal, November 11, 2015 - 4:22pm
West Bow Sheba, The Witchery Tours' guard-dog (and friend)

Residing in our wee shop in Edinburgh's Old Town is a lucky dog known as 'West Bow Sheba'. Trained to stay deathly still at all times, Sheba -- resplendent with four small modest wheels and a scary mask to protect her anonymity -- is presently employed as our in-house guard dog.

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