If you are thinking of visiting Edinburgh outside of the hustle and bustle of the summer festivals, autumn is definitely the time to do it!
Taking advantage of the end of the tourist season, you can enjoy all kinds of events: music, sports, art and culture, festivals… as well as the activities included in the inlingua Edinburgh social programme. In autumn we have tours around the city, cultural excursions, social events, whisky tasting and, of course, the traditional pub-night that takes place every week.
The Classic Pedal for Scotland ride, the Challenge is now heading towards its 18th year! The 46 mile ride from Glasgow to Edinburgh is the event’s most popular and attracted 7,500 participants in 2015.
The award-winning Botanic Lights event at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is back. This year, the event will take visitors on an all-new journey of light around the Garden, exploring regions of the world where the Garden’s plants and trees originate.
The Edinburgh Storytelling Festival celebrates the art of live storytelling with a fun filled programme for both adults and children to enjoy. Activities include readings, workshops, talks, events and exhibitions. It is inspired by the sense of togetherness of a traditional Scottish Ceilidh and its tales, anecdotes, music and singing.
Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November. People of all ages and walks of life will come together in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces to share and enjoy books and reading. They will be joined in this celebration by Scotland’s authors, poets, playwrights, storytellers and illustrators to bring a packed programme of events and projects to life.
If you are a inlingua student, you can also enjoy a lot of social activities every week. Some of our favourite things to do are:
Arthur’s Seat Walking Tour
Arthur’s Seat is a popular attraction because climbing to the top takes only about 20 minutes and the views over Edinburgh, Fife and the North Sea are amazing.
Portobello Beach tour
You might not want to jump in the sea in November but you’ll be astounded by the beauty of the scenery!
Rosslyn Chapel Cultural Excursion
Founded in 1446, as the Collegiate Church of St Matthew, Rosslyn Chapel today attracts visitors from far and wide, drawn by its unique and mysterious carvings and the beauty of its setting.
Traditional Pub Night
Every week the pub night takes place in one of many pubs in Edinburgh, where teachers and students can enjoy some beers outside the school environment.
So don’t hesitate and come to Edinburgh in autumn! What are you waiting for?
This month our resident video-maker, Anousone has been creating some great short films to give you an insider’s view of our social programme. So far we have recorded our popular Whisky Tasting and Inlingua Unplugged sessions which you can find on our YouTube channel.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (also known simply as “the Fringe”) is a major event which takes place every year. For 25 days in August, Edinburgh is completely transformed with thousands of performers flocking to the capital for a chance to showcase their work in one of hundreds of venues around the city centre.
The Fringe started in 1947 when a handful of theatre companies turned up uninvited to the official Edinburgh International Festival to perform for the large theatre crowds that had already gathered in the city. From these humble beginnings, the festival has now grown into the largest arts festival in the world and, in 2014, the Fringe featured a record number of 3,193 shows.
Even today, any act in the world can sign up to perform at the Fringe so you will always find an extremely varied mix of shows, from established celebrities and musicians to student theatre companies and aspiring artists. Popular acts featured in the festival include cabaret, comedy, dance, live music, theatre and circus.
This year the festival will take place from 5th – 29th August and you can see the full schedule here. Don’t forget you can also explore the best the festival has to offer with our English Plus Festivals course! We’ll also have the chance to visit the Fringe on our social programme throughout August.
Look out for these other festivals happening in August too!
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As the world’s leading festival city, Edinburgh has plenty to offer all year round. If you’re planning on visiting in the summertime, you can take advantage of longer days to appreciate the best of the city’s architecture, cafés, beaches and gardens. If you’re still thinking of things to do, check out our selection of 20 things to do in Edinburgh in summer 2016!
The Hidden Door Festival is back for its third year running! It will take place in last year’s venue, the Secret Courtyard which you can find hidden somewhere along King’s Stables Road. As always, the festival will showcase the best new work of Scotland’s artists, musicians, theatre companies, film makers and poets.
This event gets bigger and better every year! It’s a great festival with a relaxed atmosphere. Choose from a selection of music stages and performances or browse some of the food and merchandise stalls scattered around the meadows over this weekend.
This boutique festival takes place in Dumfries & Galloway and offers a fun selection of music, cinema, cabaret, comedy and workshops. Morcheeba is set to headline the event alongside a varied programme of local and international artists!
The Edinburgh International Film Festival is the world’s longest-running film festival and showcases a selection of critically acclaimed UK and international films from a wide range of diverse genres. The event takes place in various venues, including outdoor cinemas around Edinburgh.
This festival is back for another year to bring some of the most spectacular magicians and illusionists to Edinburgh. There will even be magic workshops if you feel like trying your hand at this mysterious art form!
For 10 days in July various venues across Edinburgh will present performances from some of the best jazz and blues artists from around the world. From samba to soul, there’s something to suit every musical taste!
This is the UK’s largest annual celebration of visual art and the good news is that it’s mostly free to attend! Last year’s festival included over 40 exhibitions taking place across Edinburgh’s galleries, museums and artist-run spaces.
Thanks to Edinburgh’s wonderfully diverse international community, it’s a great place to enjoy the Olympics. Watch along with the rest of the world in one of the city’s many pubs and dedicated sports bars, including Platform 5 which is just a 10 minute walk from our school!
This world-renowned performance combines music and dance, Massed Pipes and Drums, Massed Military Bands, cultural troupes, singers and the iconic Lone Piper with a spectacular display of lights and fireworks, all against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. The show sells out every year so don’t forget to book in advance!
It’s the largest arts festival in the world and it takes place every year right here in Edinburgh. The city is completely transformed over 25 days in August with thousands of performance flocking to showcase their work in hundreds of venues around the city centre. A once in a lifetime experience!
The Edinburgh International Book Festival presents over 750 events involving everyone from brand new authors to to some of the most famous names in world literature. Previous participants included Al Gore, George R. R. Martin and J. K. Rowling!
Delve into Scottish culture and practice your English with a fun an varied programme featuring whisky tasking, ceilidhs, traditional Scottish pub nights, city tours, museum and gallery visits, music nights, film nights and much more!
Scotland’s biggest music festival attracts over 85,000 people every year and never fails to impress with its star-studded line up of contemporary and legendary artists. This year’s headliners include The Stone Roses, Calvin Harris and Red Hot Chili Peppers!
Ever seen your favourite band perform in a castle? If your favourite band happens to be Stereophonics, you’re in luck! They’re playing Edinburgh Castle for 2 dates in July. Or you could take a quick train journey to Glasgow to see Coldplay, The Offspring, Beyonce, Rihanna and many more perform over the summer season.
It’s not the first thing you would think of doing in Scotland but believe it or not, our beautiful country is home to some of the best beaches in the world. There’s even one in Edinburgh which is well worth visiting on a sunny summer afternoon!
You don’t have to wait for the Meadows festival to enjoy Edinburgh’s plentiful green spaces. During the summer, Princes Street gardens is packed with people from all over the world stopping to enjoy a well-earned rest from shopping and sightseeing while the Meadows will be filled with locals playing football or enjoying a picnic in this luscious green park.
One of the best things about living in Edinburgh is the easy access you have to the rest of Scotland. Take advantage of your weekend to explore the Highlands or visit another historical city like Stirling.
Whatever you choose to do, we hope you have a great time and don’t forget to share your experiences with us! 🙂