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The Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Favorite thing Believe it or not the Edinburgh Military Tattoo is part of the Edinburgh Festival, so it’s another good reason to come here in August.
The first Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle took place in 1950 and has grown from strength to strength ever since. The spectacle has become extremely popular and consequently in order to get a good seat, or even any seat, it’s best to book well in advance. This also applies to hotels as well at this time of the year.
As you would expect, British and Commonwealth armed forces are at the centre of the performance, but there are also contributions from other countries, bands and choirs.
On the night we were here a thunderous flypast by RAF jet fighters opened up the proceedings, and although the heavens opened up as well, it never once dampened people’s spirits. Singers carried on singing, dancers carried on dancing and the bands played on.
The highlight of the performance though was when the massed pipes and drums came together followed by the singing of Auld Lang Syne and the playing of the Last Post.
A ‘Lone Piper’ played out the evening under a spotlight from one of the castle ramparts, and just as we thought it was all over a firework display erupted over the castle to end a most fantastic evening‘s entertainment.
This is definitely one of my favourite things to do in Edinburgh and I was glad that I’ve had the privilege to see it.

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Aug 08, 2014

The Fringe

Favorite thing 1947 saw the inauguration of the Edinburgh International Festival and has been pleasing cultured audiences ever since. The festival includes music, dance, opera, theatre, talks and workshops and for three weeks every August Edinburgh becomes a mecca for the arts.
From the very beginning unofficial acts were encouraged to join in the fun and ‘The Fringe’, as it’s affectionately known, has become as popular, if not more popular, than the official festival.
These days comedy seems to be the thing the majority of Fringe -goers like to see, and over recent years a multitude of well known comedians can thank the Fringe for kick-starting their career.
The great thing about spending time in Edinburgh at this time of the year is that there is plenty of free outdoor entertainment. Not only are various acts promoting their shows, there is also a wide choice of street entertainment as well.
This is one of my favourite things to do in Edinburgh, and plenty of fun and entertainment is guaranteed. Just a shame I can’t say the same about the weather.

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Aug 08, 2014

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Festival Parade.
Edinburgh at Christmas.

Yes they are all mine!

Fondest memory Good cheap bus service.

Christmas: New Year; Fringe,
Edinburgh International Festival.
& the Famous TATTOO.

Including Film and Jazz festivals.
History and photogenic City.

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Mar 27, 2005

The Beltane Fire Festival: On...

Favorite thing The Beltane Fire Festival:
On the 30th of April , there is always a festival on Carlton Hill . And a lot of people will gather there to join the festival . There used to be a huge parade of the people who have coloured their face and wore a little clothes . The performance is usually begin at 10pm , and would last till midnight .

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Nov 21, 2004
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Fondest memory I have so many fond memories of my time living in Edinburgh but among the most memorable are probably those when I spent Hogmanay (New years Eve to those non-Scots :)) at the huge street party that takes place annually on Princes Street. The atmosphere was amazing last time I was there. There are fireworks at midnight, live bands (this year was Moby), funfair etc The fair lasts all week and there are other events such as a torchlit procession.

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Feb 17, 2004

Fringe Festival

Favorite thing If you can be in Edinburgh over the three last weeks in late summer, you will have a great opportunity to follow one of the world's most important art festivals. You can choose between hundreds of theater performances, stand-up comedies, and variety of art-related events.

You can pick up the Fringe Festival catalogue at their official office in 180 High Street and you can also purchase the tickets there.

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Oct 08, 2003

The Street Party is the place...

Favorite thing The Street Party is the place to be for New Years Eve.
Although tickets are hard to come by, joining the First Foot Club give's you entry to the party.

If not there for New Years, allow a full day to trek around the castle. I found it easier to spread it over 2 days so that you aren't inundated with history.

Sep 08, 2002

Come in August for The...

Favorite thing Come in August for The Festival. At the same time, having lived in Edinburgh I know that The Festival is not all there is to this city. At other times of the year, if you're only going to be here a short time go on one of the numerous 'ghost tours' or tours of the 'underground cities'. Do this preferably when it's raining, for the proper ambience. This shouldn't be very hard in Edinburgh, as it seems to always be raining.

Fondest memory Unrelated to either the Festival or ghost tours, but if you happen to be in Edinburgh for New Years (Hogmanay as they call it here) you're in for a treat. Drunken revelry, fireworks, all on a massive scale. Also know as Snog-manay for the orgy of kissing that takes place at midnight and seems to continue for about an hour afterwards. Play the game and compete with your friends to see who can rack up the most snogs! The clubs are given late licenses to stay open until 5am. It will be impossible to get into any of these clubs, however, the atmosphere and the people spill out into the streets, so bring some cans of Tennants and mingle, stumble, slobber...however you feel like celebrating the New Year....

Aug 26, 2002

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Be there during the festival...

Favorite thing Be there during the festival in August.

Fondest memory The festival with all its crazy acts like 'Sing-a-long-a-Malcolm, as seen on TV' (Malcolm sang 'You are my Sunshine' in his very own way to anyone who would listen). There was also 'Inside Out Theatre' (see picture) performing their version of a James Bond movie. It was called 'The Man with the Golden Trumpet' and I was overjoyed when I later caught them in London's Covent Garden too! Apart from all the street performers and the festival, there is the official festival Fringe with theatre plays in every part of town. We opted for the 'Pocket Shakespeare Company' and their version of A Midsummer Night's Dream in Pilrig Park. You should have seen the man in the moon!

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Aug 26, 2002

Visit Edinburgh Castle & see a...

Favorite thing Visit Edinburgh Castle & see a military tatoo. No, it is not when a group of army lads line up & have their rank tattoed, it's a military march complete with bagpipes.

Fondest memory Spending a night with a good friend and having no accomodation & no money. Got to explore the entire city at night including the 24-hour toilet, train station & every local park.

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Aug 26, 2002

A must in Edinburgh is the...

Favorite thing A must in Edinburgh is the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. Some of the shows are extremely hard for forget good or bad! The buzz around the city and nightlife is hard to beat except maybe at the Edinburgh Hogmany at New Year. This is the party to be at in the world!!!

Fondest memory The pubs in Edinburgh! You are never far from one and most will recieve you with a true welcome especially in the city centre.

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Aug 24, 2002

the grassmarket the castle ...

Favorite thing the grassmarket the castle best though to buy one of these tickets to travel the whole of edinburgh theres lots of things during the festival we have so many which one to start the military tattoo the fringe (where all the world desends on edinburgh and partys for 5 weeeks

Fondest memory everything acting during the fringe living in the capital where history is rich

Aug 24, 2002

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