Just Back From: The Edinburgh Fringe

Helen is just back from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the biggest celebration of arts and culture in the world.

Held every August in Scotland‘s capital, the three week festival showcases creative energy from across the globe. With over 50,000 performances of over 3,000 shows, at nearly 300 venues across the city, there really is something for everyone.

My Highlights


The buzz is electric and with so many nationalities represented both amongst the visitors and the performers, this is a time to move out of your comfort zone and try new things. It
feels like a party all the time.

Edinburgh's Royal Mile

My Top 5 Things To Do

1. Free walking tour of the Royal Mile organised by the local council – it really is free!

2. Wander and take in the street performances and leave plenty of time to be spontaneous.

Street performers

3. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is on at the same time (or at least most of it) and is an amazing experience with its firework display, marching, music, dancing etc.

4. Pop into the Virgin Money Half Price Booth and get tickets for something you wouldn’t normally go to.

5. Walk up Arthur's Seat and great views of the city, it’s just a short walk from the centre.

Edinburgh castle

Good To Know Before You Go

Weather wise, you will get every season in one day so pack accordingly. Layering is the key to be comfortable throughout the day and night. Avoid umbrellas as with so many people around they are impractical; opt instead for a waterproof jacket with hood.

If you want to eat anywhere in particular make a reservation, or you will be disappointed.

A Word Of Caution

The Fringe programme is huge and takes some digesting. If you are really keen to see someone or something, book before you go. However, there is lots available on the day and often at a lower price, so it’s worth being flexible. The venues are spread across the city so factor that into your schedule or you could find yourself arriving late and being refused

Helen, and a Scottish piper

Anything Else?

Wear really comfortable shoes as you will be walking a lot.

What I Wore And Packed

To travel in I wore:

  • Capri pants
  • Lightweight top
  • Jumper
  • Shoes
  • Jacket

And I packed:

  • 2 pairs of trousers
  • 3 shirts
  • Shoes
  • Pashmina

When it comes to a bag I used my RedDog BagPod. I love it for travel; it's great, light, lots of
pockets make it easy to find everything, and looks smart too. I love the key ring and added to my bunjee for my mobile phone it was perfect.


Posted by Helen – WhatToWearOnHoliday.com