Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in the UK. I visited back in October as part of my trip Ireland during the TBEX blogger conference. I've never personally been to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival so I wanted give you some highlights from this article that was shared with us to hopefully inspired a visit.
The prestigious Edinburgh Festival is upon us for another year, and as usual there is an extensive programme of events overflowing with exciting shows and performances from a mix of performers ranging from hotly tipped up and coming talent along with some more well known names. Over three weeks, comedians, dancers, poets, artists, musicians, actors and performers from all over the world will be taking to the stage at one of the 300 venues that will play host to the highly attended Fringe festival, providing an endless stream of entertainment to the hundred of thousands of attendees.
This year's festival has no shortage of great shows to sink your teeth into, and with so many diverse and multifaceted shows to look forward to, there is no chance of getting bored for even a millisecond. As usual, the listings for the festival do not disappoint, and with cabaret, children's shows, comedy, dance, circus, music, opera, exhibitions, spoken word and theatre being just some of the entertainment categories, there is guaranteed to be something to appeal to everyone's tastes and interests. This makes the Fringe a perfect reason to go on a late holiday to Edinburgh this summer and enjoy all the beautiful historical sights, landscapes and culinary delights while also getting knee deep in modern culture at the festival during the day and night.
Visiting Edinburgh during the Fringe is one of the greatest ways to experience the myriad attractions the city has to offer its visitors and get them to soak up the infectious buzz and excitement that permeates the entire city over the whole three week duration, one of the best times to celebrate those hard-to-come-by late holidays. It is a time when locals and tourists alike are in high spirits, and it is simply impossible not to catch the happy bug from the joyous folk surrounding you. This is Edinburgh's Christmas, and the Fringe really is the gift that keeps on giving.
Planning to head to the Festival but no idea where to start or which shows are absolute must-sees this year? With thousands to choose from, it's no surprise that you may find it a little tricky to decide which to check out, so we're here to offer a helping hand, pointing you in the direction of some of this year's hottest tickets.
Comedy – Henning Wehn: Eins, Zwei, DIY
Popular German comedian Henning Wehn,who you may have seen on panel shows such as 8 our of 10 Cats and Have I Got News For You, will be performing his pun-filled show at Tonic at The Caves, from 31 July – 24 August.
Comedy – Jim Davidson: No Further Action
Comedy legend Jim Davidson will be telling the infamous story of his arrest, a rare chance to hear the story and all the gritty details from the man himself, at Assembly Hall, from 1 August – 25 August.
An enthralling and passionate music show featuring 16 dancers directed by renowned Scrictly Come Dancing star Arlene Philips, at Assembly Hall, 31 July – 25 August.
As well as these can't-miss highlights, one of the greatest things about the Fringe is making unexpected discoveries as you stroll around the city, walking into whichever venues take your fancy that day. Planning is important if you want to catch the most sought after and hotly tipped shows, as these often sell out before the day, but be sure to also leave a few days free where you can check out some newcomers. You will be pleasantly surprised by what you come across.