Edinburgh is Exciting All Year Round
Scot Gin Fest (12th May)
Firstly, let’s start with something that has become increasingly in demand over the past year, Gin! That’s right the Gin industry has been booming, in particular in Scotland and that is because Scotland is leading the way in distillation, with over 70 per cent of the production of the Gin consumed in the UK occurring north of the border, and according to market research site Euromonitor sales of gin could overtake the sales of whisky by 2019.If you happen to be a Gin lover then you’ll be thrilled to hear that the Scot Gin Fest will be stopping at several locations across the country, including the Caves in Edinburgh. Here you will be able find out and taste the best of Scottish gins including the likes of Eden Mill, Isle of Harris, Granite North and McLean's and become the ultimate gin expert in the masterclass. There’s very limited availability left so be sure to snap up your tickets here https://scotginfest.co.uk/tickets/
Edinburgh International Magic Festival ( 11th -19th May)
Magic, to many, is something that brings a great deal of excitement and ultimately challenges us to believe in the impossible. It has the ability to bring together thousands of people all over the world in complete awe. So with that being said if magic fascinates you then be sure to visit the Edinburgh International Magic Festival. Founded in 2010, MagicFest produces the UK’s largest magic event. Every year MagicFest attracts over 12,000 people at 80 different events across the city from free installations to the world-class Gala show at the Festival Theatre. The aim of MagicFest is simple, to bring the art of the art of magic to new places and new audiences as it is not only a tool for entertainment but also for engagement. They see magic as being the Art of the Impossible and that it shows our world in a completely wonderful, whimsical and diverse way and they hope that their audience will see this too and ultimately be inspired to imagine. To get your tickets for this extraordinary event see here - Magic Fest Tickets
The Whisky Stramash (19th - 20th May)
Whisky and Scotland are two things that go hand in hand. As stereotypical as it is you cannot deny the truth. Whisky is known around the world as being one of Scotland’s top exports, if not the very top, but why? Well in Scotland’s there’s over 90 distilleries (four different regions: Islay, Islands, Speyside, Campbeltown and Lowlands) and whisky accounts for over 85% of Scotland’s food and drink industry. So it’s no wonder why the fine spirit is popular. With that being said, if you’re a passionate whisky enthusiast then Edinburgh’s Whisky Stramash is the perfect destination for you. The Whisky Stramash is a combination of many elements and experiences. You’ll get the opportunity to sample, and of course purchase, an array of whisky from Scotland and abroad. The Stramash is such an event of mystery that the organisers haven’t fully revealed what they have in store, you’ll just need to keep your eyes peeled on their website for more! (the wait hopefully shouldn’t be much longer…)
Hidden Door (25th May - 3rd June)
Edinburgh is known worldwide for it’s famous Fringe Festival, and quite rightly so as it is a wonderful event. However, another Edinburgh festival that brings together many talented artists is far lesser known. Hidden Door is an arts organisation which aims to utilise urban spaces as a platform for fresh new artists, musicians, theatre-makers, filmmakers and poets. They aim to showcase the newest of talent and create alluring areas for the public to explore and discover. What’s even more pleasing to hear is that this event is volunteer-run and not made to gain a substantial profit. This year, the festival is planned to return to the old Leith Theatre and to the State Cinema. Both of these buildings have a great significance to Leith and were once thriving in days gone by. If you like mixing the old with a new modern then this event is festival for you.
Pride Edinburgh (16th June)
Edinburgh’s Pride 2017 was a superb day! The sun was shining brightly and diversity and equality were present in all its forms and everyone at pride. Pride 2018 returns on the 16th June. This year marks 23 years since Pride began in Scotland with the first ever festival being held in 1995. The traditional Pride march aims to provide a platform for politicians, activists, but most importantly it allows all individuals in attendance to celebrate. The Festival has live music, a health and community fair and much more. If you wish to come along to this event all are welcome, it’s free and you’ll be guaranteed to come away with a huge smile on your face.
The Royal Highland Show (21st-24th June)
This year the iconic Royal Highland Show is celebrating its 178th birthday! The event has become very significant in Edinburgh’s annual calendar. Here, the best of farming, food and rural life is showcased. Not to mention it makes a great day out for all the family! From getting up close to Scotland’s top livestock to tasting some delicious food & drink, and Scotland’s Larder Live, the Royal Highland Show is the best place to experience rural living. To book your tickets in time see the link here - https://www.royalhighlandshow.org/visitors/
Scot Fest (6-7th July)
Calling all 90’s babies, or just music lovers for that matter because coming to the Scot Fest debut is Boyzone, East17, B*Witched, Liberty X and many more! This is an outdoor family-friendly event with an action-packed kids zone, fairground area, petrolhead zone, and camping. A simply fantastic weekend event for all. To get your tickets, see here for more - Scot Fest Tickets.
Bananarama (20th July)
Bananarama sounds like a dessert, however, it’s not (well it might be somewhere) but in this case, it’s the iconic 80’s girl band. The group is playing a one-off gig at Edinburgh Castle and this will be their first ever outdoor live performance. Known for their songs such as ‘Venus’ (see the Venus razor advert) and ‘Cruel Summer’. Bananarama will definitely inject you with that feel good factor and what better time to do it! With 80’s culture popping up everywhere from the ever so popular Netflix series ‘Stranger Things to fashion itself, get yourself a ticket and step back in time for one night only!
Tough Mudder's Cousin in the City (25th August)
Like a challenge and happen to be sporty? Then take part in the Tough Mudder 5K Run in the surrounds of Holyrood Park. Here you can take on 5K of interesting obstacles, and enjoy the unique Tough Mudder atmosphere all while staying clean and dry, as opposed to being soaking wet and or knee deep in mud. After you and your team have completed the course, why not spend the afternoon in the Mudder Village where you can kick back and enjoy music, street food and craft beer into the evening. It’s a fab weekend for all. If Edinburgh sounds like the ideal city for you and your team then why not check out the Tough Mudder City Guide to help you along the way.
Edinburgh Coffee Festival (6th October)
Nowadays, wherever you go it’s very easy to spot a coffee shop or even just someone drinking one as you pass them. It’s almost as if more people go out for coffee than a drink. However, if you like coffee and take a great interest in it, or just want to discover what all the fuss is about, then head to the Edinburgh Coffee Festival. That’s right a coffee festival, this city seems to have a festival for just about everything! The festival will be celebrating the city’s lively coffee scene as well as allowing visitors to watch demonstrations, take part in workshops, listen to talks and of course drink and buy coffee from the local vendors. Just don’t drink too much as a caffeine crash will take the fun out of your day!
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