We have a calendar packed with activities and events this winter. Find out more about what we have planned for you in December! Not all events are open to the public, but we will share regular updates on them when we can.

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Our trusty Tuk-tuk, “Elvis” will be moving out of the reception area this week. This is because we are ready to start an exciting new project for our customer catering options!  We are installing a permanent catering counter in the entrance area. Once completed, this project will enhance the catering options for our customers with an expanded menu, improved seating options and flow of traffic for the entrance area.

Throughout December, our catering options will be temporarily reduced. This will allow time for construction, equipment testing and new training for our catering team. We appreciate your patience whilst we work on this project, and we can’t wait to serve up a fresh brew from our new counter in January!

We have made the decision not to reopen catering service for customers in the bistro area upstairs. Instead we’re focussing on a comfortable seating area for customers to enjoy, alongside group catering options for our performance teams, events or conferences. This space will also be temporarily closed whilst some changes are made.

If you have any questions or feedback on our catering options, please email hello@oriam.hw.ac.uk


Festive Opening Hours & Events

The countdown to Christmas is on and we have some festive fun planned for the next few weeks. We will also be adjusting our opening hours for a few days to allow all of our staff some quality time at home with family and friends after a very busy year!

December Adjusted Opening Hours:
Friday 16th – 06:30-17:30 *
Wednesday 21st – Friday 23rd – 08:00 – 20:00
Saturday 24th – Monday 26th – Closed
Tuesday 27th – Friday 30th – 08:00 – 20:00
Saturday 31st – Closed

January Adjusted Opening Hours:
Sunday 1st – Monday 2nd – Closed
Tuesday 3rd – Wednesday 4th – 08:00 – 20:00
Thursday 19th – 08:00 – 20:30 *

* 16th Dec & 19th Jan -for staff engagement days. Any dates not listed above, we will be open as normal.


29th December | 10:00 – 16:00

Join us for a day of relaxed fun activities for our winter open day on the 29th December! Keep the kids busy and try out some of our facilities and activities together. Inflatable fun, games and taster classes suitable for all. Grown-ups can also try out our Gym, Les Mills classes or even a Massage whilst the kids play.

Book your free tickets on eventbrite now.


Coming Soon!

Ronnie McGregor, an experienced Senior Physiotherapist, recently joined us at Oriam to lead out a new range of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation services for our community. We are now excited to announce the launch of our new Oriam Clinic! Final preparations are underway before we open for bookings in January 2023. Oriam Members, keep an eye on your emails! We have some exciting news just for you and first peak at our new Clinic webpage.

Once fully operational, Ronnie and a team of practitioners will be able to offer a wide range of specialist services and treatments including Physiotherapy, Massage, Podiatry, Hydrotherapy, Psychology and more. The Clinic will provide support for our sport scholars and performance teams, alongside appointments open to our members and local community.


It has been a busy start to the season for Squash, we have news from our Squash coach, Heriot-Watt Squash club, Scottish Squash and our Squash Scholars!

First of all, congratulations to Heriot-Watt Men’s Squash team who have had a successful run of matches both away and at home. You can get a full match report from Donna Lobban, Head Squash Coach over on the Sports Union news page.

Alongside coaching the HWU club and scholars, Donna has also been selected as a H//T Squash Activator as part of a Scottish Squash initiative, encouraging women and girls to get involved in the sport. We’ll have more details on what the program will look like soon!

We also want to wish Lisa Aitken, (Squash Scholar) and Donna (Head Coach) both the best of luck as they head off to Egypt to compete in the World Women’s Squash team championship from the 10th of December. They will be competing in rival teams, Lisa for Team Scotland and Donna for Team Australia, but we will be cheering both of them on as part of our Heriot-Watt community. You can watch their matches live online here.


A little bit closer to home, we are also excited to be co-hosting the JC Lindsay Scottish Junior Open in Edinburgh from 28th – 30th December. Matches will be held here at Oriam and at the Edinburgh Sports Club. Come along to find out more about the sport and see some of the next generation of squash athletes in action!


Applications now open

The Heriot-Watt Sport Scholarship program is growing with new specialist programs for Football and Squash alongside the longstanding multi-disciplinary Sport Scholarship program for individual athletes. The Sport Scholarship is a fantastic way to allow athletes to balance academic studies whilst continuing their sports career. Read the latest article from Heriot-Watt on our new Head Coaches for Football and Squash Scholarship programs here or find out more about the program and start your application here. We recommend interested athletes submit their scholarship application prior to confirming their UCAS choices.


We’re Hiring!

Our fantastic Oriam team is expanding with new roles now open for application. Check out our Job Vacancies page to find out more about the perks of working at Oriam and the roles currently available.