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In just under a month’s time, the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival will kick off in the Scottish capital for three weeks of unmissable performances and shows. The festival began in the aftermath of World War Two when several performers who were not involved in the official attempt to enrich European cultural life staged shows in the city. The Fringe Festival has now been running for more than 60 years and is now the largest arts festival in the world. This year’s festival looks set to be just as successful as those in previous years with thousands of comedy, literature and music fans flocking to Scotland’s capital city for a taste of the Fringe.
If Edinburgh is known for one thing the world over, it’s festivals with more than ten held throughout the year in this historic city. The 67th Fringe Festival kicks off on Friday 2nd August and lasts for three weeks with the cobbled streets and historic venues playing host to a wide variety of performers. Unknown artists looking to kick start their career in style line up next to well-known favourites such as Omid Djalili, Sarah Millican and Al Murray promising something for everyone from comedy to theatre and music. The festival has launched the career of numerous comedians including Stephen Fry, Eddie Izzard and Hugh Lawrie so you can be assured of an evening of laughter whoever you choose to see!
As the capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh is a great place to enjoy a city break and you’ll find plenty of things to do if you fancy a break from the festival. Start on the Royal Mile where Edinburgh Castle has stood since the Iron Age and is now home to the Crown Jewels. If you’re feeling energetic, climb Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano, which offers the best views of this glorious city. The Royal Yacht Britannia is now permanently docked in the port district of Leith and an afternoon spent exploring this vibrant and bustling area is certainly not to be missed while you’re in Edinburgh.
Finding holiday accommodation in Scotland during festival season can be a little tricky to say the least but the flexibility of a self-catering cottage is a great option. We have a number of cottages in Edinburgh itself and within easy reach of the city so you’re sure to find something which suits you. Once you’ve found great value accommodation with Sykes Cottages, your next step is to plan how to spend your time in Edinburgh. One of the best things about the festival is the large number of free events which take place on a daily basis. You’ll also want to pay a visit to the Half Price Hut where you can pick up half price tickets for selected events happening that very day. What could be better than that?