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The Edinburgh Festival is a collection of arts and cultural festivals that take place in Edinburgh each summer, predominantly in August. The original and largest of the festivals is currently the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which is larger than any other similar event worldwide. Although these are separate events that are created by various different organisations and therefore unrelated, many regard them as one event forming the largest annual cultural festival in the modern world.
Some of the festivals that make up the Edinburgh Festival are the Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. As the original and official festival, the Edinburgh International Festival provides classical and contemporary theatre, opera, music, dance, visual arts, talks and workshops.
However the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is now the largest of the festival since its creation in 1947 and it entertains visitors with theatre, comedy, music, musicals, dance and children’s shows.
Owned by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Edinburgh Zoo is one of the city’s biggest attractions. ≥Home to many different species, Edinburgh Zoo is a great day out for all of the family with over 600,000 visitors entering each year. The Zoo is the only one in Britain to house Giant Pandas and Koalas, and they were the first to breed penguins in captivity. Edinburgh Zoo’s gardens also boast one of the most diverse tree collections in the Lothian area.
Set in 82 Acres of parkland, the Zoo holds many fascinating talks and presentations about the residents who include Leopards, Jaguars, Lions, Tigers and Sun Bears. As well as providing an enjoyable experience for tourists, the Zoo is also involved in many scientific pursuits including captive breeding of endangered animals, research into animal behaviours and participation in various conservation programmes that take place throughout the world.
Arthurs Seat and the group of hills that surrounds it forms most of Holyrood Park and is located in the centre of Edinburgh, a mile east from Edinburgh Castle. Standing at a height of 822ft (250.5 metres), it provides hill walkers with panoramic views of the City of Edinburgh, and it is relatively easy for visitors to climb with a number of routes available depending on difficulty. It is the largest of the three parts that make up Arthur’s Seat Volcano and it is a site of special scientific interest, designed to protect important geology, grassland and uncommon plant and animal species.
Whilst visiting Arthur’s seat, visitors are advised to look out for the remains of St Anthony’s chapel, which is the only building remaining in Holyrood Park. Although little is known about the chapel, it is thought to have been built in the 1300’s as an outlaying chapel for Holyrood Abbey.
What’s to say? The Edinburgh festival is the largest arts festival in the world. It’s highly unlikely that you haven’t heard of it. For three weeks in August, Scotland’s capital is host to all manner of entertainment, and us lovely folk at Dreamhouse Apartments thought we’d shortlist a few for you…
The Fringe Festival is probably best known for its vast offering of comedy, it’s the Glastonbury of Giggles. There are free shows, paid shows and impromptu shows. We’re especially fond of Al Murray, Reginald D Hunter, Mark Thomas and The Notorious Mary Bourke. Obviously, this is just a drop in the ocean of laughs available.
Music-wise we’d suggest wandering around and stumbling upon acts. Many will be playing for free, others will command a minor entrance fee. Click for the list.
You can’t shake a stick without hitting a cabaret or burlesque act these days, and the Edinburgh Fringe is no exception. Click here to see the full list of performers and buy tickets.
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