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Edinburgh Festivals – Dive In or Duck Out?

09 August 2016

Every August Edinburgh opens its doors to artists, comedians and performers from all over the world as the city plays host to the world’s biggest arts festivals.  With thousands of performers putting on thousands of shows, there’s something for everyone, although choosing what to see can sometimes be a daunting and exhausting task.  So, with this in mind, should you dive in or duck out of the festivals?  Well, why not do both? We asked our friends at the Scotch Whisky Experience for their top tips...

Dive In to the National Museum of Scotland After Hours

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Enjoy a unique flavour of the Fringe and explore the National Museum of Scotland after hours on Friday 12, 19 or 26 August, with each night featuring hand-picked performers, music, comedy and bars, along with entrance into their current exhibition - Celts.  This adult-only extravaganza also offers the chance to view the museum’s ten new innovative gallery spaces showcasing fashion, design, science and tecnology.

Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF (website)

Duck Out with the Morning Masterclass at The Scotch Whisky Experience

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Put your senses to the test when they are at their freshest with a Morning Masterclass at The Scotch Whisky Experience.  Kicking off at 10am each morning, the 90 minute session provides the opportunity to get up close and personal with Scotland’s national drink, including a sensory perception test, a comparative tasting of four Scotch whiskies and a private viewing of the World’s Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky.

354 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE (website)

Dive In to a variety show

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If you can’t decide what to see, then why not head along to a variety show?  Held in venues across Edinburgh, this fixture brings together the best performers from across the city, with some famous faces regularly putting in an appearance as well.               

Mound Pl, Edinburgh EH1 2LU (website)

Duck Out with a trip to Portobello Beach

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If the sun ever makes an appearance, then Portobello Beach is only a short bus ride away.  The beautiful golden sands stretch for two miles, making it perfect for swimming and sunbathing.  You’ll regularly find buskers serenading visitors with their tunes and there are a selection of bars and cafés offering refreshments – be it an ice cream or a well-earned glass of wine.

Dive In to the Virgin Money Half Price Hut

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A day out at the Fringe can be pricey, so be sure to make the most of the Virgin Money Half Price Hut.  Located on The Mound, there are thousands of last-minute tickets available at half-price every day from the second week of the Fringe.  The Mound also plays host to the world’s best street performers, buskers and entertainers throughout August.

The Mound Precinct, Edinburgh EH2 2DF (website)

Duck Out with a cookery course at the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School

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Why not learn a new skill whilst in the city with a one-day cookery course at the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School?  Set in a Georgian town house, the school is a real haven for foodies, with a range of courses to suit every taste and budget, including an introduction to Japanese Cuisine, a Beer and Food Matching evening or some top tips on Easy Entertainment.

7 Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JE (website)

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