Out of the Blue Drill Hall
36 Dalmeny Street, Leith, EH6 8RG
Phone: 0131 555 7100
Out of the Blue Arts and Education Trust’s mission is to provide affordable and appropriate spaces, resources, projects and opportunities for the residents of Edinburgh to be creative in multiple locations.
Since 2004 Out of the Blue’s headquarters has been the Out of the Blue Drill Hall, a building of considerable historical and cultural significance to the Leith community.
The Drill Hall was built in 1901 for the Royal Scots Regiment, designed by the renowned architect Sir Rowand Anderson, who also designed the National Portrait Gallery on Queen Street and the McEwan Hall at Edinburgh University.
Following Out of the Blue’s 2015 ‘Gretna 100’ project, which marked the centenary of the Gretna rail tragedy, and the impact it had on the Leith community, the Out of the Blue Drill Hall was regraded from ‘B’ to ‘A’ listed
Careful, sustainable restoration and regeneration has transformed this former military building into a participatory and inclusive arts and cultural centre, with artists’ studios, rehearsal and performance areas, exhibition spaces and a well-reviewed café.
The Out of the Blue Drill Hall is a vibrant, fun, and inclusive place, where people can experience all kinds of innovative contemporary arts, enjoy the creative atmosphere, meet, discuss, eat, relax, learn.
If you can’t visit us in person this Doors Open Days weekend please enjoy a virtual visit below.
Visit in Person
The Out of the Blue Drill Hall will be open to Doors Open Days visitors on Saturday 25th September from 10am-4pm.
We will be running tours of the building and our monthly Out of the Blue Flea Market will be open in the Main Hall from 10am-3pm.
The licensed Drill Hall Cafe will also be open and serving delicious snacks and refreshments.