One Month, One City.. The Edinburgh Festival

As one of the most exciting and diverse events throughout the globe, Edinburgh Festival has something for everyone! Each summer, the streets of Edinburgh are invaded with artists showcasing their talents, with live shows, plays, comedy, music, and so much more. Edinburgh Festival refers to a combination of several separate events being hosted throughout Edinburgh and with a wide variety of performances, street fairs and workshops, there is something here for everyone.

Only the Best – Edinburgh International Festival

The Edinburgh International Festival was the first established event of the many which now make up Edinburgh Festival. This festival showcases the best of international music, dance, opera and theatre every year. This part of the Edinburgh festival only displays high quality artists from around the world, and also hosts art exhibitions and workshops which anyone can enjoy.

Something for Everyone!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world with over 40000 performances and 2500 shows spread across hundreds of venues throughout Edinburgh each August. This is an open festival where anyone from any walk of life can have the opportunity to perform. This month long event has a core focus in comedy and theatre, though dance and music are also featured. In addition to the ticket events, there is a street fair held on the Royal Mile. Many successful comedians and actors started their careers at this event, including Steven Fry, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson and several theatre companies. As anyone can be a part of the Festival Fringe, the talent is very mixed, but the atmosphere will always win through every year, guaranteeing an exciting experience.

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Located at Edinburgh Castle each summer is a series of military performances from the British Armed Forces, and international military bands and even includes performances from African tribes. It is a very significant part of the Edinburgh Festival – tickets have sold out each year for the past ten years, and it has never been cancelled since it began in 1950. Over 30 countries have been represented at the Military Tattoo. As an exciting part of Edinburgh Festival, this is something that anyone can enjoy.

Along with these events every year, the Edinburgh Festival includes an Art Festival, Book Festival, Music Festivals and much more. At Edinburgh Festival, the culture of the world is there for everyone to experience, and it is an unmissable event. So get yourself there if you can.

John Stevens work for a wedding reception venue in Edinburgh and really looks forward to the Edinburgh Festival every year and recommends you get yourself there.

Edinburgh Festival Accommodation 2013 – Latest Deals

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Hotel Deals

Edinburgh Festival Hotel Deals

The Edinburgh Festivals (yes, there are many) are almost here and the excitement is starting to build – just like the rain storms.

Most people planning to visit this year’s festivals will already have booked their accommodation but there are always rooms and accommodation deals available if you know where to look – see below.

Tickets for the major events will almost be sold out but there are still plenty tickets for many smaller, but none less entertaining, performances and gigs.

For those new to Edinburgh’s Festivals, there are the Big Five festivals during August, namely;

There are also loads of other smaller festival going on in August too, such as the The Festival of Spirituality and Peace, The Turing Festival and The Festival of Politics - the last one is a favourite of mine.



TIP: Edinburgh has dozens of festivals to visit throughout the year. Festivals are not just for August, or Christmas.

I’m not going to start trying to tell you what is on at each of these festivals in August, other than amongst all these events there will be something to excite, educate and entertain you, regardless of how hard-nosed or weary you feel.

There are two approaches to enjoying Edinburgh festival time. The first is to sit down with all the programmes for all the festivals and to plan your itinerary hour by hour, day by day. The second approach is to just turn up, speak to people to get their reviews, and to rock up to things that tickle your fancy. Which way will you go?

With so many people coming to visit Edinburgh all in the same month, accommodation can become expensive. That’s why it’s doubly important to check out Edinburgh Hotel Deals in August.



Fortunately, many modern student properties are opened to the public as accommodation options during the summer. Some of these are;

These properties are modern, stylish and have loads of facilities that normally only students get to enjoy, such as gyms, pools, cheap bars and cheap restaurants. Student accommodation is great for families and groups looking for a bargain.


If you have any questions about Edinburgh’s Festivals or Edinburgh in general, please contact us using the Enquiry Form on the left. Enjoy.