The Edinburgh Festival season 2012 is upon us! The 3 August is the day events at both the Fringe and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo start. To get you in the mood, we’ve collected some hints and tips on how to make the most of August 2012 in Edinburgh. Some of these suggestions have been contributed by members of our staff. Others have been inspired by chatting to guests of previous Festivals, exploring their impressions and experiences in conversation…
- Be spontaneous about some shows, but become an early bird in regards to others. If you know you’d definitely like to see your favourite comedian/author/artist in Edinburgh this year, do book your ticket as far in advance as possible. However, once you’ve arrived in the Scottish capital keep an open mind (and ear!) about other performances – often the most stunning shows of the festival are an unexpected find.
- Save money by coming to Edinburgh early and catching some show previews. Scan the Fringe programme for preview shows. You’ll be able to attend these performances at the very start of the festival when a lot of performers are still finding their stage feet!
- In August, a walk through the city centre feels like one big magic adventure…you wouldn’t want to miss this atmosphere for the world! Still, if you’re in town for a few days you might come to appreciate a quieter spot, away from the buzz of the crowds. An early morning walk along the lush banks of the Water of Leith might be all you need to restore your enthusiasm for the festival!
- Regardless of which shows you’re looking to see, or where in Edinburgh you’re staying, chances are you’ll spend a lot of time walking around the city centre. Make sure you come prepared for the Scottish summer: bring sun protection – and your winter coat!
- Make the most of the Half-Price-Hut on the Mound. Visit it early in the day to buy tickets at bargain prices for the same day!
- Book your accommodation in advance – often every single bed gets taken on a night in Edinburgh during August – so do plan ahead. Although, keep in mind you won’t spend much time asleep. Edinburgh’s shows start at breakfast time and finish in the wee hours of the morning!
- Edinburgh in August is a truly extraordinary place to be! For more info on how to prepare for a visit to the Scottish capital in August please visit the official Fringe website and speak to friends who’ve done it before. You’re of course very welcome to direct further questions to our reception staff here at The Walton before or during your stay.