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Edinburgh August 2014

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What's on in Edinburgh in August 2014

Event of the Month | Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
(1 – 23 August)

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo is part of the world-famous Edinburgh Festival. Nearly a thousand musicians, drummers, pipers, dancers and singers will perform on the esplanade of the striking and iconic Edinburgh Castle. Over three weeks, more than 200,000 people will join together to experience a celebration of music and entertainment at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The Tattoo is referred to as a ‘global gathering’ with talented performers coming from all over the world to take part.

Edinburgh Castle Tattoo Fireworks

Ending with a stunning display of fireworks and red arrow or RAF flyover the Tattoo is a magnificent event which will leave your heart pounding and adrenaline high! If you can’t get tickets to the Tattoo you can take in the dazzling firework display over Edinburgh Castle from our Apex International and Apex City Hotels in the Grassmarket.

The Tattoo has always sold out in advance in recent years, so make sure to get your tickets sooner rather than later.

Location: Edinburgh Castle Esplanade


Edinburgh International Festival (8th – 31st August)

The International Festival was founded in 1947, just after the Second World War. Unlike the Fringe Festival, artists and companies take part on an invitation-only basis. During the festival you’ll get to experience theatre, classical music, opera and dance by performers from across the world. At the end of the festival, you’ll not want to miss the stunning fireworks concert which takes place at Edinburgh Castle.

Location: Various locations around Edinburgh


Edinburgh Art Festival (31st July- 31st August)

Scotland’s largest annual visual arts festival returns to Edinburgh this August. The festival, which showcased in 1947, showcases some of the Scotland’s most impressive contemporary art as well as exhibitions from some the most influential artists in the scene. Over 40 exhibitions will be taking place across the city, many of which will be free!

Location: Various locations around Edinburgh


Edinburgh Fringe Festival (1st July- 25th August)

By now, everyone knows about the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, it is after all the world’s largest Arts Festival. With over 40,000 performances taking place in 250 venues across the city, you’ll need to put some time and thought into choosing the performances you want to see. Highlights this year include shows from Brendon Burns, Al Murray and George Galloway.

Location: Various locations around Edinburgh


International Book Festival (9th – 25th August)

If you want to attend a somewhat quieter and more relaxing festival in Edinburgh this August, the International Book Festival might be just what you’re looking for. Book lovers will congregate in the surrounds of Charlotte Square, and together they will celebrate the books they love and discuss the big issues of our time. It’s the perfect spot to spend an hour or two reading your favourite book.

Location: Charlotte Square


SKC Dog Show (23th – 24th August)

If you’re a dog lover, why not attend The Scottish Kennel Club Championship Show this August? The event will take place across 2 days at the Royal Highland Showground. On Saturday you’ll be treated to Working, Pastoral, Utility, Toy and Agility competitions. On Sunday there will be Gundog, Hound, Terrier, Obedience and Agility competitions to enjoy. Bring the whole family and make it an event to remember.

Location: Royal Highland Showground


Mela Festival (31st August –1st September)

The talent of Edinburgh’s ethnic minorities will be showcased during the Mela Festival. Prepare yourself for some Bhangra beats, family fun and delicious food. The festival manages to attract more than 20,000 visitors, and this year looks set to be no different. Don’t expect to be allowed to stand back and spectate however… you’ll be expected to join in on the fun!

Location: Leith Links


Edinburgh Farmers’ Market (Every Saturday)

The Edinburgh Farmers’ Market has become an Edinburgh institution. Held every Saturday, and located a short walk from Apex International Hotel and Apex City Hotel, you’ll find a fantastic array of Scottish produce to tickle your taste buds.

Location: Castle Terrace, Edinburgh. EH1 2DP


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