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Your Guide to The Edinburgh Festival Fringe VisitScotland / Kenny Lam, all rights reserved

Your Guide to The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which began in 1947 when eight acts hoping to perform at the Edinburgh International Festival were denied entry. Rather than heading home, the acts performed on the outskirts – or fringe – of the festival and the first Edinburgh Fringe Festival took place.

Today, the Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world, with crowds and acts descending from across the globe to take part in the iconic event. This year’s festival runs 4 - 28 August and promises to be a buzz of theatre, art, comedy and dance.


Next Stop Edinburgh

Did you know that DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro is just one hour from the bustling Fringe? Or why not leave the car and make use of the great local transport links?

Wake up to a delicious DoubleTree breakfast then head off for a day of excitement in the capital. With buzzing pop-up bars spanning the streets, hopping on the train at Dunblane Rail Station - with direct, one-hour routes to Edinburgh Waverley Rail Station - is a great option.

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What’s On

From adult-only Fleabag comedy to joyful circus acts, there’s something for everyone at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Check out our top picks:


The Science of Cringe: BBC comedy writer, Maria Peters, refreshes your most cringe-worthy memories.
Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams: Be amazed by gravity-defying stunts and follow the journey of two brothers who dream of joining the circus.


Dollhouse: Where tapdance meets performance art.
Heads Up: A pick-and-mix of the best new dance styles aimed at young festival-goers.

Traverse Theatre

Locker Room Talk: A hard-hitting performance about the way we use language.
Wild Bore: Outrageous comedy where performers explore critical reviews of their shows.

Pleasance Theatre

The Dreamer: A Chinese-inspired version of a Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Goody: Set in a travelling circus in the 1930s – discover the complex relationship between one man and his chimpanzee.

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Retreat to DoubleTree Dunblane

Escape the throngs of the capital and head back to the sanctuary of the Perthshire countryside. Stop for dinner in The Kailyard by Nick Nairn and indulge in Scottish cuisine, all complemented by a nightcap in our peaceful lounge bars.


Thanks to our direct rail links to Edinburgh and easy road access via the M9, we’re the ideal base for your Fringe Festival experience. Take advantage of our Summer Sale with up to 25% off a midweek break, with dinner and unlimited breakfast.