Enjoying the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for less

It’s just four days away from the official start of the 2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, with the Edinburgh Festivals’ Cavalcade this coming Sunday at 2.30pm marking the start of Edinburgh’s festival season - make sure you pop along and catch the many floats and bands sure to be making their way along the route.

With many Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows costing around the £10 mark, August can become an expensive month. However there are a few ways to save to enjoy some shows for less:-

The opening two days (Sunday 6th of August and Monday 7th August) provide a 2 for 1 offer, where many shows can be enjoyed for effectively half price. Check out the official Edinburgh Fringe website, pick up a programme, head to the booking offices or call 0131 226 0000 for more info. On Sunday night The Edinburgh Blog will (hopefully) be enjoying ‘Jim Henson’s Puppet Improv - Adults Only’ through this 2 for 1 offer - tickets work out at ¬£8.75, rather than the hefty ¬£17.50 on any other night. Unfortunately this show has sold out on the Fringe 2 for 1 offer, but many more are still available.

Another way to enjoy the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for less is to take advantage of the preview shows, with some starting tonight. For instance the show ‘Lucy Porter - The Good Life’ has previews for tonight, Thursday and Friday for just ¬£6.00 instead of the usual ¬£11.50. At the time of writing only the Thursday show has availability, but if you want to save a few pounds the previews are another great feature of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and there are plenty more previews to take your pick from.

Finally the ‘Half Price Hut’ will be operational by Princes Mall from the 8th of August until the 28th. From 11am ’til 9pm all shows offering half price tickets for that day will be displayed on a sizable screen, and you’ll be able to book half-price tickets for them. Yes, these will be the less popular shows, but it’s a great way to enjoy Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe for less and just because a show is not so popular doesn’t mean it’s no good (although it could be pretty bad). Good luck!

The Edinburgh Blog will be reviewing a selection of shows over the Edinburgh festival season, so check back often to see what we think is worth a trip. If you would like to review any Edinburgh Festival shows or provide any festival stories please e-mail mailXtheedinburghblog.co.uk, where X is @.

With so much happening through August though, one things for sure: Edinburgh’s a great place to be.

One Response to “Enjoying the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for less”

  1. great tips it can be very expensive going to that many gigs hopefully will be able to save some money next year

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