Bring your caravan when visiting the Edinburgh Festival
Arts Festival 2019!
The Edinburgh Festival of the Fringe as it is often called started off small in the late 1940s and has grown ever since to become the world`s largest art festival. Last year in 2018 the festival was held over most of the month of August and incorporated 3,548 shows with over 55,000 performances in 317 venues across the city. This event shouldn`t be mistaken for the Edinburgh International Festival which is held at the same time and is by invitation only and comprises of performers of music, theatre, opera and dancers from around the world.
The Fringe has no committee to select who can perform so it is classed as an open access arts festival, with this said you can imagine that the standard of performance can range from the awful to the sublime. In modern times the comedy section has an award presentation for the best comedy show called the Edinburgh Comedy Awards (was called Perrier Comedy Awards) and these awards have launched the career of a many a household name in the British Comedy scene. Some of the most famous comedians who won the award include Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie and Alan Davies.
There is an official Fringe Magazine that categorises all the shows available into comedy, theatre, dance, cabaret, musicals etc. Though comedy is by far the largest category and the most popular with paid and free acts being performed every day and night.
This year the Fringe starts from Friday the 2nd of August and culminates just over 3 weeks later, on the 26th of August. The venues used this year come in all shapes and sizes; venues can range from the established Assembly Rooms to in the past even a public toilet; no stone is left unturned when looking for a venue.
If you are thinking of attending the Festival this summer then you should be aware that accommodation attracts a premium and can be hard to find as this is the most expensive time of the year to visit Edinburgh. A good alternative would be to bring the caravan, below is a popular caravan site on the west side of the city:
Address: Royal Highland Centre,
2019 Opening Times - 1 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
The premium pitches are ideal for caravans and campervans. Also the site has easy access to transport via tram and bus stops nearby that will transport you quickly into the city centre (approx. 25mins).
Per person per night prices: Adults = £16, Children (3-15) = £5.50, Under 3s = Free, Participants = £13 (minimum 10 night stay), for more details check out their website www.edinburghfestivalcamping.com
Meadow Pitches are available for caravans, campervans, motorhomes, or trailer tents as well as tent pitching with parking. You can bring Pup tents or Awnings/Gazebos as long as everything you bring fits within your 8x8 metre pitch.
For more information on what is on this year at the Fringe then please go to their official website www.edfringe.com
A Popular Choice Performing At The Fringe This Year
Zach and Viggo
Comedy (clown, absurdist)
Underbelly Cowgate, Venue 61, Aug 9-10, 16-17, 23
Norwegian-American double act who recently won an award at the Brighton Fringe, review stated - "inspired stupidity and anarchic energy".