We asked our Twitter followers for their top tips of advice that they would give to a first-time Fringe-goer. What they said may surprise you, excite you and help you prepare for your adventure #IntoTheUnknown!
1. Download the App to plan ahead
The Official Fringe App is a great way to get details for 3500+ shows in your pocket and help organise your Fringe adventure in advance. It also enables you to find what’s happening soon near you so it’s a great for discovering shows on the move.
Use the app for what’s on near me now— Katy Tingley (@katy_tingley) July 20, 2018
2. Wander the city streets and soak up the atmosphere
There is no atmosphere quite like the Fringe in full swing. Roam the Royal Mile, meander through the Mound – you’ll be astonished by the beauty of the city and exciting, often bizarre spectacle of the Fringe. Drink it in!
Wander the Royal Mile, watch the sites, drink in and enjoy the atmosphere! Wonderful! pic.twitter.com/VjCLU0lrTJ— Annie B (@beaverbrookes23) July 20, 2018
3. Be nice to the flyerers!
You’re bound to be approached by an eager flyerer promoting their show. Give them a minute of your time if you can – they’re working hard, often in the rain and they might even offer you a free ticket!
Be nice to flyerers, they’re working super hard. You don’t have to see their show, but try not to be dismissive.— Jade Allen (@jadeallencomedy) July 20, 2018
4. Pack a map and plan your route
Edinburgh’s Old Town can be a maze. If you are booking back-to-back shows, ensure you have enough time to travel between venues comfortably and keep in mind that Edinburgh is a multi-storey city with many hills!
Old Town can be a maze. Watch out for sneaky flat maps. The road you may need to be on might be underneath you. pic.twitter.com/TuuIkLWjr2— Aileen Flanagan (@AileenFlan) July 20, 2018
5. Pack for Scottish weather!
We often enjoy four seasons in one day here in Edinburgh! Be sure to check the weather forecast and pack a light rain jacket in case of a sudden downpour. There's no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes!
Decent lightweight raincoat with pockets big enough for flyers. Mine is white with glitter and I am VERY PLEASED.— Emily Carding (@emilycarding) July 24, 2018
6. Give yourself time to breathe
If it’s your first Fringe, it is easy to get caught up in the excitement of it all. Many Fringe regulars recommend taking the time to pace yourself – you won’t be able to enjoy all 3,500+ shows. In fact, it would take eight years to watch all performances at the Fringe this year! Remember that Edinburgh is home to beautiful nature where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the Fringe if it’s too intense.
It can all be a bit intense, pace yourself, I echo the lady who said ‘eat between shows’ to add to that, if you’re someone who needs breaks from busyness sometimes, Edinburgh’s a gorgeous city, find some peaceful #escapehatches so you get off the Fringe merry-go-round sometimes— StealthAspies (@StealthAspies) July 20, 2018
7. Comfortable shoes are your friends
Edinburgh is best explored by foot. When getting between venues, make sure you have comfy footwear. Back-to-back shows can mean a long day on your feet!
Comfy shoes & Go with the flow.😊— martin (@Maart2704) July 21, 2018
8. Check out the awesome street events!
Edinburgh is home to some incredible busking talent. Wander the Royal Mile and the Mound to be wow-ed by jugglers, acrobats, fire-breathers, escapologists and many more! Find out more about the new Virgin Money Street Events.
1. Go and watch the street performers, there is always a lot of talent busking around the city.— AshtonCarterMagic (@AshtonCarterUK) July 20, 2018
2. Once you have been amazed and entertained by the #busker, give them a couple of pounds to show your appreciation (It means I can eat 🍞 ) 😀
9. Above all, be spontaneous!
By far the most popular advice we received was to be spontaneous and try out new acts. Listen to word of mouth recommendations, check out the Fringe Programme and take risks with shows you choose!
Don't plan too much! Book a couple of things you really want to see but leave room for spontaneity. Some of the best shows I've seen have been free things I've been pulled into at 5 minutes notice as I've passed the venue or got a flyer on the Royal Mile on the day.— Roisin. (@RoisinFarmer_x) July 20, 2018
…and finally, sit in the front row and be the star of the show!
At comedy shows, make sure you sit in the front row and wear outrageous clothing. Your fellow audience members will be delighted as they will be less likely targets for the stand-up.— Stephen Dahill (@DahillStephen) July 20, 2018
Have a great Fringe!