Everyone is welcome at the Fringe and attending as a community group can be a rewarding experience.

We work closely with many communities across Edinburgh to support participation and attendance for all. If you want to bring your community group to the Fringe, but don’t know where to begin, we're here to help. Find out how to get started with our tips below:

Where do I start?

Finding a show

Look through the show listings using the Advanced Search tool on our website or app. You can narrow down the number of shows by choosing your preferred dates, times, genres, discounts, accessibility, age range and more. With that said, word of mouth is still one of the best ways to learn what’s going on, so make sure to ask friends, colleagues or even passers-by.
 
Fringe visitor browsing the 2019 Fringe printed Programme

Booking a show

You can book tickets and find information on shows and venues both online and on the app. You can also book over the phone or in person at a box office.

If you are booking for a group larger than 10 you might want to get in touch with us directly.

Our booking team know a lot about the venues, what the access and seating is like, whether a show has audience participation and much more. You can call a member of our friendly customer service team and ask them anything about the show you’re booking. Oh, and don’t forget to ask about our access booking service, which is available to anyone who needs it.

Getting here

Edinburgh during the Fringe is a busy place and latecomers may not be admitted to shows, so schedule in some extra travel time to get from A to B. Seating in a show (when available) is unreserved in almost all cases. If you want to sit together as a family or group, arrive together in plenty of time before the performance.

Parking can be difficult during the Fringe; we recommend walking, cycling or using public transport wherever possible.

Group of Fringe goers walking down the street during the Fringe

Packed lunch and breaks

If you’re bringing a larger group, you might want to think about places where you can catch a break from the hustle and bustle. We’ve compiled this list based on recommendations from local community groups.

If you have any additional tips on great places to take a breather, email them to [email protected] and we’ll add them to our map.


Please note that we don’t check each place ourselves and can’t guarantee they’ll provide exactly what you’re after.

What to wear?

High heels or wellies? Suit or tracksuit? Wear whatever clothes you feel comfortable in – you don’t need to wear anything fancy or formal at the Fringe. However we all know what the Edinburgh weather’s like, so make sure you’re prepared!

Fringe performer in full make-up promoting their show on the Royal Mile

Catch a free street event

Every day from 11:00 – 21:00 on the Royal Mile (between Cockburn Street and George IV Bridge) and the Mound (near Princes Street) there are family-friendly shows on the streets. You can see circus acts, musicians, living statues, arts and craft stalls and much more.

The street events are free, are on every day and are busiest at weekends, particularly in the afternoon. If you want to visit while it’s quieter, we recommend aiming for weekdays.

Street events performer doing a routine with a large stack of hula hoops

Tipping 

The only people who pay the street performers are the public who watch the shows, so don’t be alarmed when they ask for donations near the end of their performance. If you enjoy their show and can afford it, please put a donation in the hat – it helps them keep doing what they’re doing.
 
Street events performer receiving a tip from a young audience member

If you get lost or can't find your way...

Our friendly Street Team members wear bright red uniforms and are there to help in this situation. They can also help with advice and more to make sure you have a good experience.

Street events staff member in bright red t-shirt standing on the Royal Mile

Audience participation 

Street performers (and some Fringe performers in venues) will often ask for volunteers to help in their shows. Don’t panic: they’re talented at choosing people who’ll be confident on stage, and it can be a great way to get an extra-special Fringe experience. Volunteers are often picked from the front three rows. 

Street performer alongside a young volunteer from the crowd

Free shows

Many venues host free shows. Admittance to these shows is usually done on a first-come, first-served basis, or can be ticketed. Some free shows are advertised in the printed programme and others online. You can find them by using the Advanced Search tool.

If you’re planning to visit with a large group, we recommend you get in touch with the venue beforehand to make sure there’s space.

Group of young Fringe goers in the audience of a 2018 Fringe show

Still stuck? 

Contact [email protected] and we’ll do our best to guide you.