How to survive the Edinburgh Fringe
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So, you’ve made the decision to go to the Edinburgh Fringe! Great! Well, you’re not alone. A combined audience of around 4.5 million people attended the festivals in 2017, so it’s a very busy time for Edinburgh. There’s also a huge amount of shows to see and things to do. Whether you’re just visiting for a few days, here for the whole month, or are a fearful Edinburgh resident dreading the crowds (like me), here are some tips and tricks to help you survive August in Edinburgh.
Plan ahead! Plan, plan, plan! There’s only so many shows you can see, and it can often be very overwhelming the amount of things there are. The Fringe app is super useful – you can buy tickets, search for shows, bookmark shows you like the look of and track all of your shows in a useful calendar. If you want to get the most out of your Fringe, this app is a must. As well as planning shows, you need to plan how you’re going to get around. If you’re walking around town, add at least 10 minutes onto however long Google Maps says it’ll take you to get anywhere. I normally double the journey time just to be safe. If you’re taking the bus, it’s likely it’ll take a bit longer too because there are a lot of tourists who don’t know how to use the bus. Download the Lothian Buses app to make your life slightly easier! Make the most of discounts and deals Most shows have previews on during the first few days of August, where the price of a show is substantially cheaper. If you’re in Edinburgh at this time, make sure to check this out! Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th August are 2for1 days, so you can get two tickets for the price of one – ideal for you and a friend.
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