Edinburgh Fringe- First Time Visitor

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I am hoping to visit the Edinburgh Fringe this year, some shows I am going to are to review them so I can put them on here and some I am just going to show to see for the enjoyment they will bring me.

However its been really hard to plan my diary, a) so many shows I want to see but not sure which b) lots of the shows are in the evening, causing diary clashes.

So to get over this, how did I manage to actually book any in?

With thousands of performances spanning comedy, theatre, music, and more, it can be tough to know where to start. The Fringe is a massive event, and even seasoned festival-goers can struggle to narrow down their must-see list.

The key I found is to focus on the genres and styles that interest you most, and not feel pressured to try and see everything. My advice would be to browse the programme beforehand and make a shortlist of shows that catch your eye. Look for up-and-coming comedians, thought-provoking theatre, or musical acts you’ve been meaning to check out. That way, you can plan your days around the performances you’re most excited about.

And don’t be afraid to take a chance on something a bit different too. Some of the most memorable Fringe experiences come from stumbling upon a hidden gem of a show. So leave room in your schedule for spontaneity and you might just discover your new favourite artist. Remember, though, that the Fringe isn’t just about the shows – it’s about the whole atmosphere of Edinburgh during August.

Don’t forget to pace yourself, either. The Fringe can be exhausting if you try to cram too much in. Schedule in some downtime to explore Edinburgh’s beautiful parks or grab a pint in a cosy pub. And bring comfortable shoes – you’ll be doing a lot of walking!Lastly, be prepared for the unpredictable Scottish weather. One minute it might be sunny, the next you could be caught in a downpour. Layers and a small umbrella are your friends here.

WIth the above advice that I would give you, I have planned my visit like this:

I became aware of shows by browsing listings and choosing shows which appeal to me, both as a reviewer and audience member. I then created a diary planner, slotting in shows. I have also kept a day totally free, my plan is to watch street performers and watch shows on the hoof. No pre planning on that day, just take it as it comes.

My diary for evening shows is full, so now I am looking for any morning/ mid afternoon shows. I also check location of shows to make sure I can get there. I have focused my theme this year more on personal stories/ overcoming barriers presented in shows.

I have also included a mix of shows, from comedians to plays.

Go and have fun and build some spontaneity in your day, if you really want to see a show, book ahead. However try to keep your day flexible. Go and support the artists, its an international festival so try to support all.

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