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Edinburgh Fringe Festival: How To Prepare

Edinburgh Fringe Festival: How To Prepare
August 06
08:00 2015


The largest arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Fringe, kicks off on August 7th and finishes on August 31st. All 438 pages of the official Fringe brochure advertise 3,314 shows taking place this year (around 1/3 of these are comedy). If this is your first time going to the Fringe, this can be quite a daunting prospect, but don’t let yourself become overwhelmed! With a bit of preparation, you will be absolutely fine!

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Follow The Fringe On Social Media

You can keep abreast of what’s happening around Edinburgh, by following their social media channels. You may even hear of interesting acts that you want to see this way. One of Edinburgh Fringe’s greatest strengths is that you never know which newcomer is going to come in and steal the spotlight. Get ready to catch some of the best new performances.

A Map

Find a useful map online and print it off. There are more than 250 Fringe venues, so this will be a lifesaver. Fortunately, most shows are within walking distance of one another, but Edinburgh is still a city, so it’s easy to get lost.


During the Fringe, Edinburgh’s population almost triples, so you may struggle to find places to eat. Carry snacks around with you, and choose to go out to eat at unconventional times, where you’re more likely to find a seat. Research some delicious restaurants online before you leave and mark these on your map. Try to find places that are off the Royal Mile and harder to find for tourists.


Be Timely

For every performance, get there early. Many of the shows won’t allow latecomers to enter, even if you have bought your ticket in advance. It’s worth turning up half an hour before, so you know you can settle in with plenty of time to spare. There is always a fun atmosphere while you wait, with other Fringe goers!

Dress Wisely

It’s Scotland. If you don’t have comfortable shoes and a raincoat, you could be in trouble. However, given that the festival takes place in August, you should also stock up on sunglasses and sun cream too. You never can tell what the weather will decide to do – just be prepared for the best and the worst.



Don’t just limit yourself to a few particular performances. Take a chance on some other weird and wonderful works of art. If you’re worried about spending too much money, visit the Half-Price Hut for special deals on many of the performances. Otherwise, there are free-to-enter shows all through the month, and you can’t really argue with free, can you?

Public Transport

With the rise in traffic around this time of year, consider coming to Edinburgh on public transport. There are reliable rail and bus links throughout the country. Or, alternatively, you could choose to car share with all of your friends! The more the merrier!

Which performances are you looking forward to at this year’s Fringe? Let us know in the comments.

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Ava has written on a variety of topics over the last three years, including travel and days out. She enjoys large glasses of wine and learning Japanese!


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