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edinburgh fringe

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edinburgh fringe

my girlfriend and i are heading up to edinburgh for the fringe, it will be my first time.

just wondering whether theres anything to know beforehand? what to expect, what kind of shows/entertainment, whether to pre purchase or if its safe to go up and decide whilst there etc etc

also considering going to the tattoo, so if anyone could confirm whether its worth it would be greatly appreciated :)

thanks in advance!!

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1. Re: edinburgh fringe

The official Fringe website is here


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The shows are from the very familiar like remakes of classic to the downright bizarre with everything in between and I think there are just over 3500 shows this year. So much 'Stand Up' you go home never wanting to see another comedian till next August. Watch last years Tattoo on YouTube and decide for yourself if it is your thing. Unless there is something that you feel is a 'Must See' book when you get here. One word of warning

" There is one hell of a lot of 'Crap ' on offer" so read reviews once you are here and watch acts on the High Street & Mound where you will possibly get some free or 1/2 price tickets

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See this recent thread for some good advice.


It's really like nothing else. Enjoy.

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you'll love it! have a look at the programme (above!) and see the shows you really wat to see, and book one or two... then take a punt on others by just wandering around.

Take layers, waterproofs, and a spare liver!! enjoy!

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Usual caveat regarding Edinburgh in August - if not done so already, book accommodation yesterday!

Lothian Bus service within the city is good, so no need to book the very expensive city centre hotels.

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Most venues are like sauna - wear hot weather clothing (or layers if it's cold outside) and take a bottle of water!

there's usually a half price hut in the city centre which is good for picking up last minute tickets for that day. If you can't get tickets for something you really want to see through the fringe box office then it's worth trying the venue direct as they sometimes have their own allocation of tickets.

If you want to see any of the big famous names e.g. people off TV you need to book now.

Booking tables for food can be difficult as a lot of places know they can fill their tables on foot fall so you might have to wait for dinner. This can be a pain if you need to eat between shows.

Bring an open mind and sharp elbows for getting through the crowds!

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