2017-08-18 06:30 pm
King`s Cross Train Station
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.
Plan of the trip
18:30 meeting at the King`s Cross Train Station (by the Starbucks)
18:45 making our move to the platform. If you arrive any later than that (even a minute) we may not be able to wait and you will have to find your own way to get in and to catch up with us on the train. it may be difficult (or even impossible) as you will not have the ticket, so please give yourself plenty of time to arrive.
19:00 From London King’s Cross, arriving in Edinburgh at 23:30.
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 23:30.
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.
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.
After that we will go to see a comedy 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. 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.
Afterwards we will continue to party in the town! 🙂
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 checkout 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.
We will see another show before grabbing some food and catching the train.
16:20 – 20:48 to Kings Cross
*Please note that the Fringe program is not available until June, so we will only be able to confirm the shows then. We will aim for well rated comedy shows – something that everyone should like. Last year we did a great job on this.
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.
- train tickets
- city tour
- Ceilidh evening
You don’t have to pay for the shows as there are plenty of free ones.
- food and drinks
- any optional activities you will come up with
Please pay the deposit today. This will reserve your spot.
You can pay the remainder of the money at your convenience, but no later than three weeks before the trip. To make the second payment, just go back to the website, choose the ‘remainder’ option from the list and make the payment.
DISCLAIMER and T&Cs:
INSURANCE: You also confirm that you will be responsible for your own insurance and make sure that it is at an appropriate level for this trip and activities you will be participating in. In addition to your own Personal Civil liability insurance you will need an individual insurance for multi-risk and multi-activity holidays (expenses of cancellation, research – help, repatriation, medical expenses, theft of luggage, etc.) appropriate for the activities to be undertaken as part of the holiday. The general travel insurance is often minimal and rarely adapted to the active holidays. Please check the details with your insurance provider.
BAD WEATHER: With all the crazy stuff happening with the weather recently, please note that we may be prevented from doing some of activities due to unpredictable weather events. If this is the case replacement activities will be offered.
Please note that, unless the trip is cancelled, the payments are non-refundable, as the costs need to be paid in advance. However, you may be able to sell your place to your friends or other group members if you follow this procedure: http://katsadventures.com/#plx_progress_faq_section