The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, running this year from 2-26 August, has showcased and celebrated the best performance and entertainment emerging from around the world for nearly 70 years, taking in comedy, dance, music and theatre.
It’s been a launch pad for the likes of Eddie Izzard, Jude Law, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie and many more. And it’s constantly expanding – this year’s festival will feature 2,871 shows, performed by 24,107 artists in 273 venues.
If you’re among the hundreds of thousands who are planning to visit the Fringe, now in its third year of partnership with Virgin Money, we can help you make the most of your visit.
Become a Friend of the Fringe
From £25 – benefits include the official programme delivered to your door, exclusive e-bulletins to keep you up-to-date with what’s going on, a 2for1 ticket offer and more (see the Friends page on the Fringe website for more details)
Download the free Fringe App
Fringe app – search for “Edinburgh Festival Fringe” in your phone’s app store. The app enables you to buy tickets on the move, browse show listings, view exclusive listings for the Virgin Money Half Price Hut, locate the nearest shows starting soon and more, making sure you never miss the latest word on the street.
Use the Virgin Money Half-price Hut
with thousands of last-minute tickets available half price every day from the second week of the Fringe, it’s the place to grab a bargain. Visit the Hut at The Mound Precinct (outside the National Gallery of Scotland) from 7-26 August between 10am and 9pm, or use the Fringe app to check the Hut’s ticket availability before you travel.
Find the free Virgin Money Street Events
Every day on the High Street section of The Royal Mile and The Mound Precinct to see the world’s best street performers, buskers and entertainers as well as Fringe previews.
Try some free Festival shows
with the PBH Free Fringe, which operates over 30 different venues across Edinburgh, or the Laughing Horse, another programme of free shows across the city. Browse all free Fringe shows on the Fringe website by selecting ‘free’ in the special pricing menu.
Plan your trip
using the Fringe’s website, which has travel and accommodation information and general tips to make the most of your visit, including…
- Book your accommodation and travel in advance – hotels can sell out months before the Fringe so it’s wise to ensure as far ahead of your trip as possible that you have somewhere to stay. Look for deals on online travel sites, or check out The Festival Partnership, which offers apartments and flats from cheap student digs to period Georgian houses.
- Don’t just stick to what you know – the Fringe features many different art forms and you’ll get the best Fringe experience when you try something you normally wouldn’t, whether that’s stand-up, street performance, live music or performance art.
- Don’t try to take everything in – it’s impossible with the sheer number of shows on offer. Book in advance for shows you really want to see, and for everything else be prepared to take a chance. You may surprise yourself!
- Queues are unavoidable – Edinburgh’s population triples during the Festival – but queues can be a great place to get show recommendations and make friends, so make the most of your time in line.
- Dress for a Scottish August – that means be prepared for sun, heat, rain and cold.
- Don’t forget Edinburgh’s other many attractions – such as the Castle, Royal Yacht Britannia and Arthur’s Seat.