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  • Edinburgh is deserved of its reputation as the 'festival city', with an impressive year round calendar of events and an abundance of revelers. From the world's biggest New Years party, Hogmanay, to a celebration of Asian culture at the Edinburgh Mela, Edinburgh welcomes any excuse for a party.

    You can also read our guide to making the most of Edinburgh's festivals in August.

    Edinburgh Science Festival

    Now in its 20th year, the Edinburgh Science Festival is a must for those who want to uncover some of the mysteries of the world through science. The perfect day out for the inquisitive child who can't resist chipping in with 'Why?' at every available opportunity, the Edinburgh Science Festival makes for an exciting family day out. Find out more about the Science Festival.

    Leith Festival

    This community arts and music festival returns to Leith with some comedy, visual arts, dance, drama, film, literature and sport. For more information go to the Leith Festival website.

    Edinburgh International Film Festival

    Sean Connery. Steven Soderbergh. Al Gore. All have graced the Film Festival in recent years – alongside film fans here for premieres, big events and break-through stars. Find out more at the EIFF website.

    Edinburgh Royal Highland Show

    One of Britain's premiere agricultural shows, the Edinburgh Royal Highland Show is a must for those who enjoy the countryside, farming communities or simply, a good day out. With a wide range of animals on show, arts, crafts and plenty of food, the Royal Highland Show makes for a perfect family day out. Find out more at the Royal Highland Show website.

    Taste of Edinburgh

    Enjoy some of Scotlands finest foods at the Edinburgh Taste Festival in Inverleith Park. With such a wide range of flavours and foods, there's something for everyone at this celebration of all things culinary. Find out more at the Taste Festival website.

    Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

    An extensive programme of world class jazz and blues, as well as a host of free events like the popular jazz parade and Mardi Gras finishing in Edinburgh's historic Grassmarket. Find out more at the official Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival website.

    Edinburgh Art Festival

    A treat for art lovers, showcasing the very best of Scottish, National and International artists. Find out more at the Edinburgh Art Festival website.

    Edinburgh Military Tattoo

    Showcasing the musical and dancing talents of over 40 countries, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo entertains massive crowds, with the spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. The Edinburgh Military Tattoo is notoriously a sell out event, so we advise you book early. Find out more at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo website.

    Edinburgh Festival Fringe

    Perhaps the most famous of Edinburgh festivals is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Held annually, this is a celebration of just about everything you could possibly imagine, encompassing comedy, dance, story telling, theatre and more. From big name acts to the weird and wonderful, the Edinburgh Fringe has it all. Find out more at  Edinburgh Fringe's website.

    Edinburgh Foodies Festival

    A neat twist on the food festival theme, it brings the best chefs, restaurants and food and drink producers to town and throws them into the mix with the best of the Fringe Festival. More details at the official Foodies Festival website.

    Edinburgh International Festival

    Born in 1947, this is the daddy of UK festivals – now hosting a programme of classical music, theatre, opera and dance. There's something for everyone at the Edinburgh International Festival. View a full schedule of events at the EIF website.

    Edinburgh International Book Festival

    Readings, meet-the-author sessions, debates and more – including lots of events for children, teenagers and young adults. Find out more at the Edinburgh Book Festival website.

    Edinburgh Mela

    South Asian traditions and other cultures come together in a celebration of dance, crafts and colourful costumes. The Edinburgh Mela has it all, acrobatic dancers, traditional song, interesting chat and an eclectic mix of people and cultures. It all combines to create a truly unforgettable experience. To find our more about the Edinburgh Mela, visit the Edinburgh Mela website.

    Hogmanay in Edinburgh

    With the biggest new year's party in the world, why would you want to celebrate anywhere else? Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations are world renowned and the envy of many a city, with thousands of revelers flocking to Princes Street to watch the fireworks, sing, dance and celebrate the new year. Why not join the celebrations this year? View our range of Hogmanay Packages.

    Christmas in Edinburgh

    Why not spend Christmas in the UK's favourite city, Edinburgh? Recently awarded this accolade in the Guardian Travel Awards, Edinburgh offers a wealth of festive treats for the seasonal visitor, from the bustling Christmas market on Princes Street to the ice skating rink in Princes Street gardens. Have a break from it all before all the hectic Christmas activity begins, or do some last minute Christmas shopping in Edinburgh! View our range of Christmas accommodation packages.

    * Image courtesy of The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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