The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the world’s biggest arts festival and it’s taking over the Scottish capital for the whole of August. Last year, 45,464 performances took to hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh, including big names in the world of entertainment alongside unknown artists kicking off their careers.
Read on to find out how you can get involved…
You really will find something for everyone at the Fringe Festival— from cabaret and comedy to children’s shows, music and opera in over 250 venues, and not forgetting the street performers you’ll find at every turn. This year’s festival excitement is gearing up on Twitter with the hash tag #unbored, so if you’re in need of a dose of entertainment, look no further…
Get involved: You can view the impressive 2014 programme of events online here, or order a paper copy to be delivered as a memento of the festival. And don’t forget to download the free official App for iPhone and Android— you can browse the programme, buy tickets, search for shows and view a map of the festival venues all from your smartphone.
Where to Stay
Edinburgh is home to hundreds of impressive hotels, so you’ll be spoilt for choice, whether it’s classic opulence or a trendy boutique style you’re after. If you can’t decide, these are our favourites:
Edinburgh’s impressive champagne bar/restaurant/boutique hotel is one of the most talked-about places to go in Edinburgh. All rooms come with Egyptian cotton sheets, plasma screen televisions, a DVD library, pre-loaded iPods, White Company toiletries and GHD straighteners, and if that’s not luxurious enough for you, opt for the legendary Georgian Suite or the impressive Black Room.
Book your room here.
The Balmoral is the perfect Edinburgh destination, located right in the city centre with views over the Castle. It has a Michelin-starred restaurant and a Scotch bar that’s home to over 400 whiskies, and a kilted doorman will greet you on arrival. There’s a range of rooms and suites to choose from, from the anything-but-ordinary Classic Rooms to the seriously impressive Royal Suite.
Go here to book your room before they go.
The Chester Residence
If you need a little more space, the Chester Residence comprises 23 five-star luxury apartments. Choose from the Penthouse Suite, which has an impressive open-plan kitchen/drawing room or the two-bed, two-bath Club Apartment if you’re travelling in a group. The Chester Residence won UK and Europe’s Top Luxury Hotel and UK’s Top Small Hotel 2014, so you know you’re in for a treat…
Make a reservation here.
It’s littered with bars and restaurants all year round but make sure you pay George Street a visit during the Fringe festival. The road is closed to traffic to make room for pop-up bars and restaurants and outdoor seating areas. We can’t guarantee there’ll be sunshine, but we can guarantee a fantastic atmosphere.
The Virgin Money Half-Price Hut
If you find yourself at a loose end, swing by the Virgin Money Half-Price tent and see what tickets are on sale for half their usual price. It’s open from the 6th-25th August, from 10am-9pm every day.
The Pure, The Dead and The Brilliant
This new satire from acclaimed writer Alan Bissett is already one of the most talked-about events in the Fringe programme, addressing the upcoming referendum on independence. It’s a hilarious look at mythology, politics and history that’s sure to be the play everyone remembers. It’s on every day from the 1st-17th August in the Assembly Rooms, and you can pre-book your tickets here.
Ways To Get Unbored
Follow the Fringe Festival on Twitter (@edfringe) or Facebook for their hilarious ways to get #unbored. Our personal favourites? “Draw a moustache on your face” and “Hang a sign on a door that reads ‘voice operated’”. We dare you.
Let us know which shows you’ll be going to by tweeting us @LittlefishFX or @LFXKatie (and don’t forget to add #unbored!)