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The Festival City is warming up again – for once both literally and metaphorically. About time too! As we all know, the weather is unpredictable in Scotland, but one thing that is always predictable is the return of the Edinburgh Festivals!
With the summer days in full swing, the busiest month of the Edinburgh Festivals calendar is upon us. August is when the whole city is transformed into a buzzing land of entertainment, from the buskers on street corners to the takeover of the castle esplanade.
It’s probably the most well-known of the festivals and arguably the most variety too. From big names to unknown, free shows to the big seat-fillers, there is something for everyone. Acts come from around the world, and there are almost 3,500 shows to choose from across 300 venues around the city. There are musicals, operas, children’s shows, drama, comedy and magic, just to name a few. Please click here to find out more.
Also, don’t forget to check out the street food trucks dotted all around the city. And when you finally need to sit down, head to one of the many vibrant beer gardens across Edinburgh.
Running at the same time as the Fringe is the ‘original’ Edinburgh festival, the Edinburgh International Festival. Showcasing the very best of international performing arts companies since 1947.
From classical opera to headline-hitting international bands, last year saw the use of the Leith Theatre as the festival expanded across the city. The programme for this year can be seen here and with no doubt matches the diversity of previous years.
Also alongside the fringe is the spectacular Military Tattoo. People come from all over the world to witness this unique performance, held on the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade. There are performers from over 48 countries, performing to sell-out crowds of 220,000 across the season. Add that to the 100 million who then watch the televised performance, you can tell why tickets are so high on people’s wish lists. It’s an international favourite and is not to be missed!
Never underestimate the power of a good book! Launched in 1983, it has become one of the key events of the August calendar. There are over 900 events for people of all ages, from debates and discussion to the Baillie Gifford Children’s Programme, which can all be found in the heart of Edinburgh’s world heritage listed Georgian New Town. Take a look at the website for the full programme and make sure to book for some of the big headline events.
To book your tickets, please click here or stop by one of the many box offices each day to see what awaits! Prices for tickets do vary from free to £20 and most will be about £10 or less. Do visit the Virgin Money Half Price Hut for tickets to many of the festival’s events. Perfect for those wanting to be spontaneous as event tickets vary from day to day. Tickets are available for collection from 5 June at the Fringe Box Office on the high-street.
Part of the joy of Edinburgh Fringe is that many of the shows take place in venues that aren’t normally venues. Of course, many are in proper theatres, or upstairs in pubs, but others can be found in far more quirky places – many venues only pop up for the month of August.
The Fringe Programme listed 540 venues for 2018. So, while you should definitely check out the big venues, like the Underbelly theatres, it’s worth exploring some of the smaller places for an experience that’s totally unique. Please click here to find out more.
The Dunstane Houses is an independent, family-run, five-star boutique hotel, over 2 Victorian townhouses set across the road from each other, that offer guests the best of the Scottish capital. Set in two newly refurbished heritage buildings quite unlike anywhere you’ve ever stayed before, The Dunstane Houses is a breath of fresh Orkney air in the heart of Edinburgh. To find out more about our hotel please click here.
As one of the busiest times of the year for visitors, you may want to get booked as soon as possible to guarantee the best rates. Please click here to see our best rates during the festival.
You get the best of all worlds at The Dunstane. Although the hotel is in West Coates, a mainly residential area, you’re still only minutes from Edinburgh’s Princes Street and city centre attractions. The bus stop is also right outside our front door, making your trips up the road even easier!
Edinburgh Airport is a straight and easy fifteen-minute drive from the hotel, while the city’s Haymarket train station is also very near.
Our team are also on hand, to give the very best avidce on what to do, where to go and what shows to see. We love hearing what you’ve discovered too, so let us know of any great shows that we should recommend or hidden gems you have found.
Edinburgh really is the most beautiful city. Edinburgh during the Fringe however, is something else entirely! We look forward to welcoming you. Book your room online now, or call us on 0131 337 6169.