Part of Historic Environment Scotland
Children building a scrapyard outside from wooden pallets

[Postponed] Tinkertown

Monday 13 April 2020 to Friday 17 April 2020

Engine Shed

Family friendly

Least technical

Event Description

In light of updated Scottish Government advice regarding Coronavirus we have taken the decision to postpone this event until further notice. If you would like to keep up to date about our events please sign up to our newsletter.



1. a mischievous child.

“little tinkers, we were”


2. attempt to repair or improve something in a casual or desultory way.

“he spent hours tinkering with the car”

This spring holiday we are excited to welcome Tinkertown to the Engine Shed, in collaboration with the City of Play. Join us to construct a scrap timber town right outside the Engine Shed, inspired by buildings found across Scotland. 

Tinkertown will provide the opportunity for everyone, including young people and families to foster their sense of place-making through play. This is a free event for children and families to design, build and play as they like with hammers, saws and pallets!

On Wednesday 15, Thursday 16 and Friday 17 April, Tinkertown will be open to everyone.

No prior registration is required from Wednesday - Friday, though numbers may be limited to avoid overcrowding. 

Bring your learning group

As well as having three full days for families to get involved, on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 April, we’re inviting school-holiday clubs, Beavers, Brownies or other local groups to join in the fun. To bring your group along on these dates, arrange with us in advance by contacting

Additional information

  • All children under 16 must be supervised by an adult, with all participants receiving a full health and safety briefing prior to commencing the activity

  • Tinkertown will take place outside the Engine Shed so please dress appropriately for being outdoors

  • Saws, hammers, nails and wood provided


During the course of public events we may take photographs for use on our website or other promotional material. This would be done under the lawful basis of legitimate interests. 

For any photographs of individual children we will ask for your consent. If you have any questions about this please speak to the photographer, or see our privacy notice. You can also contact our Data Protection at

Select from 5 available dates until Fri 17 Apr 2020

(This calendar is for informational purposes only, please select a date when booking your tickets.)