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What's on in Edinburgh

Ryder Cup 2014

Scotland, The Home Of Golf-The Ryder Cup 2014

For this first time since 1973, and for only the second in the history of The Ryder Cup, we will proudly welcome the world as Scotland plays host to the greatest tournament in match play golf, at the magnificent Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire. Be inspired and start planning your trip to Scotland, the Home of Golf!
The Ryder Cup takes place 23rd - 28th September 2014, Tickets are selling out fast so to avoid dissapointment book now!

The Edinburgh International Festival

Experience the unique atmosphere of Edinburgh in August during an unforgettable three weeks of the very best in international opera, music, theatre and dance.

The festival for 2014 is packed full of thrilling drama from some of the world's greatest directors, scintillating classical and contemporary dance, world-class opera from across the UK and beyond, and beautiful music from a whole host of international conductors, orchestras and soloists. Don't delay, start planning your Festival today and make sure you've booked your seats for one of the greatest arts festivals in the world.

When
Start Date: August 8, 2014
End Date: August 31, 2014

Contact Details
Official Event Website:
www.eif.co.uk
Phone: +44 131 473 2000

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The 2014 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The 2014 Tattoo will celebrate Our Home, Friends and Family.
As Scotland prepares to welcome the world as part of the exciting year of Homecoming, hundreds of Commonwealth participants are set to play a part in next the 2014 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Music, dance and precision display with the Massed Pipes and Drums, the Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, cultural troupes, singers and the poignant refrain of the Lone Piper against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
This will be the 64th extravaganza to be staged at the Scottish capital's ancient Castle - a spectacular and inspiring backcloth for this remarkable and internationally acclaimed event. With innovative production, heart-stopping sound, imaginative graphics, state-of-the-art lighting and specially commissioned fireworks, the 90-minute show is set to captivate a large cosmopolitan audience. The line-up of nearly 1000 performers includes hundreds of musicians, pipers, drummers, singers and dancers, as well as one of the World's most sensational percussion groups: Switzerland's Top Secret Drum Corps.
As ever, the emphasis is on sheer scale, colourful tradition, music, movement and spectacle with the show looking forward to delighting an international crowd with a rich story and setting.
As always, the exciting programme will include the unforgettable music of the Massed Pipes and Drums and the Massed Military Bands. Among the many bands taking part will be The Royal Regiment of Scotland and a stunning Combined Band drawn from The Royal Navy, Army and the Royal Air Force.
The show will be brought to an emotional and poignant close each evening as the Lone Piper, high on the castle ramparts, plays a haunting lament.

Where and When
Start Date: August 01, 2014
End Date: August 23, 2014
Address: Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
Postcode: EH1 2NG
Local Authority Area: Edinburgh City
Region: East Central Scotland

Contact Details
Official Event Website:
www.edintattoo.co.uk
Phone: +44 131 225 1188

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Edinburgh International Fringe Festival

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is unique - the largest arts festival on the planet which brings thousands of performances to Scotland's capital city and where many international stars have made their names. A genuine celebration of ambition, passion and creativity for over 50 years.

Top Five Things To Do At The Edinburgh Festivals!

1. Queue up, at least once, for tickets at the Edinburgh Fringe box office in the High Street (ideally at peak times)
Unless you have a severe aversion to queuing, this is actually a good way to hear about those word-of-mouth shows, to swap tips with the people in front and behind you, to be entertained by performers who know they have a captive audience - perhaps you'll even be given free tickets to something. Queue with a positive attitude and it's actually quite good fun.

2. Spend at least two hours outside the purple upside-down cow at Bristo Square
As a local, I relish the chance to spend any time here and not be surrounded by skateboarders and winos, but this space tends to become the hub of the Fringe during August. Big-name shows take place inside the cow, and big-name celebrities hang around to be spotted. If the sun's out (or if it's at least not raining), this is a great place to have a drink, a bite to eat and to watch the kind of people you only over see at this time of year.

Why at least two hours? As the shows in the cow run to a regimented order, you'll very likely see the stars of a performance spill out and mingle with the crowds, which all adds to the mash up-style atmosphere.

3. Do the Book Festival
Even if you've never read a book in your life and don't attend any of the events, the Book Festival in Charlotte Square Gardens is a real oasis of calm. If it's sunny, sitting outside sipping a glass of wine amongst a rather more sedate crowd can be a great chance to unwind and relax.

4. Join in
If you're watching a street performer at the Mound or on the Royal Mile and they pick you as a "willing" volunteer, don't shuffle your feet and / or run away. Swallow your pride and go for it. Sure, you'll probably spend half an hour of your life as a figure of fun with a bucket on your head, but just think of the Facebook photos your friends will gleefully post later.

Another top opportunity to become part of proceedings is to attend a show and sit on an aisle seat near the front. Performers don't have time to scan the assembled throng for a likely candidate: instead they'll grab the closest thing to hand. That could be you.

If you don't want to join in, do not sit there thinking "don't pick me, don't pick me". It is a little-known fact all performers possess an uncanny psychic ability to pick up on this...

5. Smile
Even when:

  • it's raining (it will rain: this is Edinburgh we're talking about)
  • you've turned up late for a show and been refused admission
  • you're standing at 3am waiting for a taxi that never arrives
  • the show you're watching makes your toes curl backwards so far they rip your socks
  • the queue for the bar is 15-deep and you have 3 minutes before your next show
  • your body clock has yet to readjust to the Edinburgh Fringe time zone
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This Is The Edinburgh Festival

Where else would you rather be?

Where and When
Start Date: August 1, 2014
End Date: August 25, 2014
Address: Venues across Edinburgh
Local Authority Area: Edinburgh City
Region: East Central Scotland

Contact Details
Official Event Website:
www.edfringe.com
Phone: +44 131 226 0026