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The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

After its cancellation in 2020, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is taking place in 2021 for three weeks from the 6th-30th August. The festival is the world’s largest celebration of arts and culture, spanning a total of 24 days and welcoming performers of every persuasion.

The Fringe began in 1947 when eight uninvited theatre groups arrived during the official Edinburgh International Festival. Undeterred by their lack of an official status, they used some of the city’s smaller venues to perform to the gathered crowds. Since then, the ‘Fringe’ has helped to hone the skills of some of the finest comedy and acting talent from the UK and abroad, including Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie, Mike Myers, Robin Williams and Rowan Atkinson (that’s Mr Bean to you and me). The festival combines theatre, comedy, dance and music from big names in the industry to unknown artists looking to start their career.

The Fringe is an open-access event, meaning that none of the performers is required to audition to take part; they simply apply for space, do their own promotion, and hope an audience likes what they do. This space for creativity gives artists the opportunity to tell their story in their own way. Traditionally, the centre of the Fringe is in front of St Giles’ Cathedral on the Royal Mile, almost directly opposite the entrance to Cheval Old Town Chambers. If you are thinking about visiting Edinburgh in August, you can’t help but be swept up in this incredible festival.

The festival takes place in approximately 300 different venues across the city, including historic sites such as St Giles’ Cathedral, the ‘haunted’ 1700s Old Town Underground Vaults, and the Physic Garden, located behind Cheval Abbey Strand Apartments at Holyrood. Top tip, if you are a keen comedy fan, be sure to visit The Stand Comedy Club during the festival; it’s just a short walk from Cheval The Edinburgh Grand.

Full list of venues: https://www.edfringe.com/take-part/putting-on-a-show/finding-a-venue

Tickets can be booked online: https://tickets.edfringe.com/

Where to stay:

Cheval The Edinburgh Grand

If you are after a taste of luxury during your stay in Edinburgh, Cheval The Edinburgh Grand has everything you could possibly need under one roof, complete with a state-of-the-art bar and lounge on the fourth floor. The residence is situated in New Town Edinburgh on St Andrew Square, a bustling area home to restaurants, pubs and high end shops.

Cheval Old Town Chambers

Located on the Royal Mile, it doesn’t get better than Cheval Old Town Chambers, with unique shows and performances taking place up and down the city’s iconic street during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Enjoy the spectacle from your luxurious apartment in the heart of the action.

Cheval Abbey Strand Apartments at Holyrood

Cheval Abbey Strand Apartments at Holyrood is superbly placed next door to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and is adjacent to the Scottish Parliament. To top it off, it’s a 10-minute walk to reach the main Old Town area, where you’ll find an extensive range of restaurants, bars, shops and other attractions guaranteed to keep you busy during your visit.  Each apartment has its own identity and is decorated with soft, neutral colours highlighting some of the building’s original exposed stonework.

If you need any recommendations on the best places to eat, we’ve got you covered! Check out our blog post. https://www.chevalcollection.com/blog/foodieguidetoedinburgh/

To book accommodation, please visit our website: https://www.chevalcollection.com/

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