Exhibiting thousands of shows in theatre, comedy, dance and music, to name only a few, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is renowned as the largest arts festival in the world. Every August, the beautiful Scottish capital becomes host to big names, and independant artists, whether to make the audience laugh, cry, interact or think, these incredible performances are sure to make an impact. If you are going to Edinburgh this month make sure you don’t miss out on the notorious event, and with a rich heritage the city offers even more to see, with the grand Edinburgh Castle, stunning Royal Botanical Gardens and the famous Royal Mile. We have pulled together a guide on who to see, where to stay and what to do on your cultured trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016.
With sold out shows in America, the eccentric duo are sure to be the highlight of this year’s Fringe. Taking you on an absurd journey of wild imagination and ‘pure idiocy’, critics assure you will be entertained and laughing throughout. The pair, who have been compared to the likes of Monty Python and Saturday Night Live and are winners of the Best Comedy award at the Brighton Fringe, will be performing right through the festival. It is unmissable.
The Underbelly Theatre is located just off the historic Royal Mile. Exuding in Scottish heritage, this quaint street has so much to offer, get yourself to the Fudge House for a heavenly piece of locally made fudge, or enjoy a tasting of the best Scottish Whiskeys at the Whiski Rooms. Need a place to stay? The Witchery is an extraordinary building with the Gothic suites which each boast their own unique charms, indulge here for a romantic stay.
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Two of the biggest UK comedians will be performing solo at the Pleasance Theatre, over looked by Arthur’s Seat. After taking a break from comedy and the release of her new book, Katy Brand takes to the stage this August with a hilarious and delectable story of her born-again Christian teenage self. Nish Kumar, also, opens up to the audience with funny anecdotes of his experiences and thoughts of politics and society, taking the title as top UK rising star with much praise from the critics he is a must-see at the festival.
A short walk from the city, the Holyrood Park is a unique city attraction. Hike to the top of Arthur’s Seat, an ancient volcano, for a stunning full view of beautiful Edinburgh, clamber along the crag side and marvel at the picturesque abbey ruins of St Anthony’s Chapel. After an adventurous trek, fuel up with locally sourced mouthwatering pulled pork sandwichs from Reekies, and for a perfect night sleep, check out Airbnb, great accommodation away from the bustling city centre.
The Mound and Edinburgh New Town
A “spell-bounding” immersive experience, Kai Fischer presents true stories of those who braved the unknown and travelled into beyond Earth. Audience members are given headphones, to devour a forceful program with a dynamic music score to accompany the incredible accounts.
In the heart of the city, explore culture, history and heritage at the Scottish National Gallery, National War Museum and Edinburgh Castle, or cross over the railway tracks to Edinburgh New Town and Princes Street and indulge your sartorial needs with high-end designers and quirky boutiques. Brunch at the Wildfire for locally sourced deliciousness, and for book and beer lovers sneak off to The Oxford Bar, famed by Scottish author, Ian Rankin, it has a select choice of enticing craft beers.
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With two enthralling pieces, the major contemporary dance company will captivate audiences in Edinburgh this month. Choreographed by Crystal Pite, Emergence interprets the movements and behaviours seen in nature as dancers swarm around the stage in a mesmerising performances of chaos and elegance. From an all male cast, MC 14/22 is a celebration of masculinity, representing biblical scenes of the 12 Apostles it shows beauty in the dancers’ powerful physicality and sensuality.
Take a breath of fresh air in The Meadows, a large expanse of greenery right in city centre it is always thriving with activity in the summer, but you are sure to find a quiet spot for a moment of calm if needed. For a quick snack, grab a Bratwurst from the On The Roll cart, or pop to the Potting shed, it’s quirky scene offers rustic pub grub, craft beers and even live music. The Quartermile Luxury Apartments are a homey alternative to hotels, overlooking The Meadows and a short walk to the rest of the city’s attractions it is ideal for your schedule-filled trip.