Festival/Tattoo/Hogmanay Etc., Edinburgh
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.
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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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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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....
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!
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.
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.
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
Go see one of the festivals. All summer long Edinburgh is full of music, theatre, dance and comedy. There also is a book festival and a film festival and the Military Tattoo on the square in front of the castle.
The Fringe Festival is excellent. The city is really crowded during July and August, but September is much better. And there still are a lot of things worth seeing.
Must see music and firework show at end of Edinburgh festival (end of August)
For good food and atmosphere, try the Witchery in the Royal Mile (just down from Castle
Fondest memory: Walking along Princes street on a summer evening
Go for Hogmanay! A lot of Europeans and Aussies seem to know about this New Year's Eve event, but most Americans lack the knowledge. It is *definitely* worth it! It was a fantastic experience for Y2K and the people are some of the friendliest on the planet.
Fondest memory: We went for Hogmanay and had a blast. Edinburgh is one of the cleanest cities. 200,000 people partying on New Year's Eve and well past midnight, yet the next day you could barely tell there had been a celebration. :)
Edinburgh is my favorite city in the world; it has such a fantastic history and the people are great.