Edinburgh Fringe – how to spend your days

The ever-popular Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival, transforms the Scottish capital every August with its many wonderful sights and sounds – but how can you ensure you’re making the most of your visit?

With the city overflowing with theatre, comedy, dance, cabaret and much more – last year’s Fringe saw almost 4,000 shows taking place across 300 venues – there’s so much to see and do.

However, the city’s choice Apex Hotels represents a great place to kick-start your Edinburgh Fringe 2018, with the ever-welcoming and knowledgeable staff at our Waterloo Place, Grassmarket, City of Edinburgh, and Haymarket locations all helping to give you the inside track.

We at Apex think you can get the best Edinburgh Festival experience possible by planning ahead and booking early, while enjoying some of the city’s best accommodation across our four great hotels. Here are a few handy tips from us on maximising a few packed days of entertainment:

Day one

AM – The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society operates two great street performance spaces – the High Street on the Royal Mile and the Mound Precinct – where Fringe-goers can enjoy free previews of hundreds of shows across four stages. It’s a great place to start and get a feel for what you might want to see more of.

PM – Check out Scottish Comedy Magician of the Year, Elliot Bibby, in his unmissable ‘McMagic Moments’ show at The Voodoo Rooms. Be quick – he’s enjoyed sold out runs at the Fringe for the last four years. This year, you can catch him at The Voodoo Rooms from 3 to 26 August.

Day two

AM – Now that you’ve gotten a taste for all things Fringe, take another trip up the Royal Mile and visit the Virgin Money Half Price Hut on Mound Precinct to grab a bargain with thousands of half-price tickets available. It’s a great way to enjoy top Edinburgh Festival entertainment for less.

PM – Still can’t get enough of the movie phenomenon The Greatest Showman? Then why not try out the sing-along screening that’s showing at the Assembly Rooms on a nightly basis from 3 to 26 August where you’re invited to become part of the show?

Day three

AM – If you’ve brought your little ones along, then get your dancing shoes on for CeilidhKids at the Fringe, taking place on mornings throughout August at The Counting House on West Nicolson Street. This free family workshop is ideal for three to seven-year-olds, allowing them to get a fun taste of traditional Scottish music.

PM – For anyone who’s ever bought a Jason Donovan record or enjoyed his stage and screen appearances across the past four decades, then you might want to check out ‘His Amazing Midlife Crisis’ show which will see Jason in conversation with performances of a few of his greatest hits for good measure. It’s hitting the Assembly Rooms from 22 to 26 August.

Day four

AM – Another great outing for kids is Science Magic with treble award-winning Irish comedian Dónal Vaughan, taking place at The Free Sisters on Cowgate from 2 to 26 August. Dónal’s winning mix of science and comedy is sure to go down well with youngsters of five years and older.

PM – Remember the much-loved Blue Peter? Then why not try ‘Once Seen on Blue Peter’ at the Assembly Rooms starring former presenters Peter Purves, Janet Ellis, Peter Duncan, Mark Curry and Tim Vincent?

Try also looking further afield to less frequented Fringe venues, including Dance Base, Greenside, or Space, for a chance of discovering the next big thing.

Edinburgh Fringe 2018 has so much to offer – and Apex Hotels with their great facilities and central locations could be your best venue of all.