Edinburgh at any time of the year has got to be one of my favourite cities. The architecture and scenery that surround the city are stunning.
In August, Edinburgh hosts the Fringe Festival, the largest arts festival in the World. People from all around the World come to perform, watch and soak up the festival atmosphere.
The whole city is transformed, every possible venue hosts a number of shows a day and the streets are filled with street performers and people persuading you to come and watch their show.
Pop up beer gardens appear with fairy lights and food stalls selling pad thai and German sausages. You can easily visit the Fringe and spend very little money. There’s a ton of free comedy and loads of sights to see around the city which cost nothing.
The Royal Mile, Edinburgh’s most famous street, is bustling with performers thrusting flyers about and advertising their shows in some interesting ways. There are a few Virgin Money street performance stands where you can see snippets from shows and if you like something, go to see the full show later in the day.
The great thing about the Fringe is that there is something for everyone with a choice of over 3000 shows. You can find all the big names in comedy and lots you’ve never heard of before. Sometimes it’s fun to pick a show in a cool venue, this year there was a popular one on a bus!
Go with an open mind and see shows you wouldn’t normally choose. Although it’s nice to see some professional shows, I think the Fringe is all about the amateur shows and just wandering along the Royal Mile watching the street performers. Make sure to wear comfy shoes and layers for the unpredictable Scottish weather!