Please join Curious Kat’s Adventure Club for the world
famous Fringe, the festival in Edinburgh. The Edinburgh City is a treat in itself. Scotland’s capital, with its beautiful and dramatic skyline, is truly one of the world’s greatest cities.
The cobbled streets of the Old Town lead you past mysterious gothic buildings, up to the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, the center piece of the city. Below the Castle’s rocky pinnacle lies the New Town to the north with its 200 year old Georgian splendour.
During Fringe it really comes to life, buzzing with street
performers, visitors and night life. More about the festival at the end of the event description.
The trip I prepared for you tries to capture the essence of
it all, leaving you with a bit of free time to explore and hang out about the town. You will have an excellent host, one of my dearest and oldest friends, Dom. He is an excellent organiser and group leader.
Price: £260 early bird price, if paid in full by the end of May. It includes pretty much everything (train tickets, accommodation, city tour and performances) except for food and drinks and any optional activities you will come up with. :)
In June the price will go up to £275 and July to £290. The deposit of £150 (+£5 paypal fee if paid via paypal) needs to be paid upfront as there have been a lot of costs and expenses already and I had to pay for various tickets and reservations.
Please pay the deposit via Paypal on RSVP or directly to this account: http://www.adventureclub.biz/pages/Bank_account/ and email me at [masked] to let me know that the payment has been made so that I can confirm your place.
The reminder of the money has to be paid by 15 July 2013.
Plan of the trip:
We will take the 19:00 train from King’s Cross. The trains make the trip a bit more expensive, but they are so much more comfortable than the flights and only take 4 hours and 30 minutes city centre to city centre, without us having to pay for the extra expensive airport transport, go through the check in, security and wait for hours, just to find out that Easy Jet has been late again. And we have the flexibility to choose the time we
travel at, so we don’t even have to take a day off from work on Friday and we can get back at a decent time on Sunday evening. We will arrive in Edinburgh at 23:17.
We will be staying in a lovely hostel (more details below) located in a walking distance from the station, right in the heart of Edinburgh. It has excellent ratings (over 90% on all scales), lovely garden and very helpful staff.
Friday night we will probably just get a good night rest to
be ready for an adventure packed day on Saturday.
11am, guided walking tour of the city. After the tour we will grab lunch at the town and wander around, checking out the street performers.
At around 3pm we will head off to The Rat Pack Stand-up
Comedy show. This should put us in a good mood for the rest of the evening. The show starts at 3:45 and lasts for 1 hour. Different, top comedians every day in a cool, laid-back stand-up show with Rat Pack music, drinking and silliness. Hosted by Malcolm Hardee Award nominee 2012 Nathan Cassidy, ‘Gloriously entertaining’ (Chortle.co.uk), in one of Edinburgh’s most glamorous, big cabaret rooms. The Rat Pack comedians are suited and booted, all on stage for the duration, and ready to do something looser than their usual club set, creating a vibe reminiscent of a Vegas Rat Pack show.
After the show we will grab some food. It may be the time to check out the famous Scottish haggis?
In the evening we have a special treat. We will be joining a
Ceilidhs, which is a traditional Gaelic social gathering, which usually involves playing Gaelic folk music and dancing. We will arrive there around 7:30 and make sure we have a couple of drinks before the madness starts at 9pm and the bands (Flaming Heather, HLI, Scott Leslie, Willie Fraser) start playing live music.
If you have not done this before, don’t worry, neither have
I. All dances will be walked through and called. And they will start with slow easy dances and get gradually faster and more complicated. Ladies: Please don't wear high heels or stiletto heels for this night. It's dangerous for you and also for others.
We will take it easy, see a show, have a coffee somewhere in
the main street, and just hanging out in the midst of the festival, soaking in the buzz and bustle of the Fringe. The check out is at 10:30, so it would be good if we have it all done before leaving for the town - but we will be able to leave our bags in the hostel.
The show we will see is a comedy ‘And They Played Shang-a-Lang’, last year’s sell out that tells us what life was like growing up in 70s Edinburgh. Told through laughter, tears and music, we will follow Jim's life as he negotiates the stormy waters of 70s
adolescence. From school playground to school disco we witness his life through his eyes as it unfolds around him. Witness his first encounters with death and his stumbling dealings with the opposite sex. This production has it all! A strong young cast brings this story to life with a verve and energy that will leave you crying out for more. It starts at 12:50 and lasts 1hour and 30 minutes, which leaves us plenty of time to catch the 4pm train, getting us to London for 20:42.
The hostel has been voted Number 1 Hostel in Scotland 2008,
2009, 2010 & 2011 as well as being named in the Top 10 Best Hostels in the World for 2010!! (Hostel World.) Check out the view from the hostel window!
•Truly superb location under the castle ramparts
•Open 24 hours every day of the year
•Bed-side lockers in all rooms
•24 hour Safe for total security.
•Vibrant atmosphere with a choice of lounges
•Pick up point for a Free city walking tour
•Big lounge with Jukebox, pool table, piano, free tea & coffee
•Free hair dryers
•Big screen movie lounge with both Scottish and mainstream movies
•Internet lounge with Wi-Fi
•Posh lounge with piano and fire place
•Hot and powerful showers
•Large self-catering kitchen
•Breakfast for only 1.80
•Laundry service 3.50
•Clean bed linen (with properly fitted sheets)
•Sunny and cheery patio
•Minutes from the bus and train
•Fabulous views over the city
•Scottish owned – backpacker run
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (The Fringe) is the world's largest arts festival, with the 2012 event spanning 25 days totalling over 2,695 shows from 47 countries in 279 venues. Established in 1947 as an alternative to the Edinburgh International Festival, it takes place annually in Scotland's capital, in the month of August. The Fringe is a showcase for the performing arts, particularly theatre and comedy (which has seen substantial growth in recent years), although dance and music are also represented. In 2012, 36% of shows were comedy and 28% theatrical productions. Theatrical productions range from the classics of ancient Greece, William Shakespeare and Samuel Beckett to modern works. In 2012, 1,418 shows were having their world premiere.
The Fringe is an unjuried festival – with no selection committee, and therefore any type of performance may participate. The Fringe has often showcased experimental works that might not be invited to a more conservative arts festival. In addition to ticketed, programmed events, the Festival has included a street fair, located primarily on the Royal Mile. The Festival is organized by the Festival Fringe Society, which publishes the programme, sells tickets, and offers advice to performers. Their offices are on the Royal Mile