It’s happening – are you coming?

This years Edinburgh Fringe Festival IS going ahead, but has escaped the world’s attention almost completely! In most years ‘The Fringe’ is the third largest ticketed event in the world, beaten only by The Olympics and the Football World Cup, but of course this is not ‘most years’.

So, what’s different about the Edinburgh Fringe this time?

Comedians and writers are usually cramming the talk shows on TV and radio to plug their latest creations. There are adverts and apps to plan your visit to The Edinburgh Fringe. Hotels have to be reserved many months beforehand, and Edinburgh is rammed with excited international audiences. So what’s different this year?

Social distancing will be observed, but that just means shorter queues for audiences doesn’t it? Some venues are not practical for reduced numbers, so several new venues have made themselves available. The performers themselves have been deprived of their stage time for so long, which means some big names are coming. Many tickets are available and at bargain prices too. Edinburgh needs to welcome its visitors back, so if you’re new to Edinburgh and delights of The Edinburgh Fringe, this could be a great time to experience it!

Get the best Edinburgh Fringe App!

One really great resource is the Plan My Fringe app. Put together by a couple of Edinburgh Fringe enthusiasts, to schedule the must-see performances and make the most of their time in this great city. It allows you to filter and select the events which appeal, making sense of what can be a confusing and crowded list of options.

Great accommodation awaits

Booking accommodation in Edinburgh during August is usually a pricey and difficult challenge, but not this year. Visitors are crowding to the coasts, the hills and the lochs, and have yet to return to the cities, so there are some great rooms available for all budgets.

One of our favourites is the elegant and luxurious Crescent House, in Edinburgh’s gracious New Town. Not only is Crescent House itself an Edinburgh Fringe venue this year for ‘The Art of Hospitality’, but owners Paul and Mike also offer all guests a tutored nosing and tasting of Harris Gin. They also offer Art Tours of some of Edinburgh’s leading galleries. These need a couple of weeks’ notice to set up, but do bear them in mind should you visit Edinburgh later in the year.

Ginspired Choices to the Edinburgh Fringe

Whilst you’re in Edinburgh, you’ll be working up a thirst after all that cheering and laughter, and some of our favourite bars will be very happy to welcome you. Try The Jolly Botanist in the west end at Haymarket, or the vast array of gins at 56 North in West Crosscauseway. Panda & Sons on Queen Street harks back to the American speakeasy style, while The Royal Dick Bar at Summerhall is on the site of the former Edinburgh Vet School. The Indigo Hotel on Princes Street hosts Juniper, and the Sheraton Hotel in Festival Square is home to One Square. Dragonfly at West Port is a little further out, but worth the trip for their fabulous cocktails.

Limited edition Edinburgh Gin bottling. Designed personally by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, writer, comedian and television producer

If you have time you might enjoy a Gin Distillery tour. Edinburgh Gin in the West End’s Rutland Place is an obvious choice. Treat yourself to the limited edition Edinburgh Gin bottling designed personally by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, (writer, comedian and television producer) Now available from their online shop. All profits from sales of this beautiful bottle will go to Edinburgh Festival Fringe acts to help fund the arts recovery in 2022.

Pickering’s Gin is also central and well worth a visit. The Holyrood Distillery offers combined whisky and gin tours – truly something for everyone here.

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The Cultural Destination

So while your chuckle muscles are enjoying the Edinburgh Fringe shows, and your culture vulture instincts are being fulfilled, why not treat your taste buds too? Savour the flavours of some of Scotland’s fabulous gins in our beautiful, and very welcoming capital city.

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