Bring your caravan when visiting the Edinburgh Festival
Arts Festival 2016!
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 2015 the festival was held over 25 days and incorporated about 3,300 shows in over 300 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 5th of August and culminates just over 3 weeks later on the 29th of August. The venues used this year come in all shapes and sizes, from the established Assembly Rooms to 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,
2016 Opening Times - 4 Aug 2016 - 29 Aug 2016
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).
Book by Noon on the 1st of July and everyone in the group will receive a free breakfast, for more details check out their website www.edinburghfestivalcamping.com
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
Underbelly Cowgate, 6-28 August
Norwegian-American double act who recently won an award at the Brighton Fringe, review stated - "inspired stupidity and anarchic energy".