What would you do?! #48HRFRINGE

Monday, 5 August 2013

Having lived in Edinburgh when I was little I've always loved heading to the festival, and by festival I mean the Fringe! The Edinburgh Fringe is one of my favourite times of the year, there is something for everyone and I never fail to find something new and exciting. When I heard that Premier Inn were running a competition to win two nights stay in one of their Edinburgh hotels (I'd pick the Princes Street one as it's so central and easy to get to) one  along with £500 spending money for 2 to spend on a 48 hour dream Fringe in the fair capital I knew I had to get involved!

I love heading along to Edinburgh on the train and spending the day trapsing along the Royal Mile, nipping into see shows and trying out old favourite and new restaurants for a wee bite to eat. I work in Edinburgh a few days a week but never tire of the city, for me it's one of the prettiest and I love spending time there especially during the festival!

For me a dream 48 hours spent at the Fringe would go a little like this;


One of my must-see shows for this year is Piff the Magic Dragon & Mr Piffles; I first came across the Piff at the 2009 fringe when he was out on the mile flyering for his show with Mr Piffles (a chihuahua dressed as a dragon in-tow) sadly the show was on too late for my friends and I to go and see it but I briefly caught them at Mumford and Sons when they were a support act. I was gutted I didn't know they were supporting and once again missed them, this summer I am making a conscious effort to go and finally watch the Piff and the adorable Mr Piffles! twitter: @thepiff
Pleasance Dome, 7.10pm.

I love comedy and would have to squeeze in a fair few shows, having seen Kai Humphries supporting Daniel Sloss last year in Stirling I would definitely go and see him again, Kai is hilarious live and had us all in stitches! twitter: @kaihumphries
Gilded Balloon Theatre, 8.45pm.

I like to try and see a real variety of shows at the festival and something I've been meaning to go see for years is The Big Bite Size Breakfast Show, which features a number of 'bite sized' short plays, as well as breakfast. The act has won numerous awards worldwide, definitely a part of my dream 48 hour fringe.


Of course where to eat when at the Fringe, there are so many options but my dream 48 hours at the Fringe would include a trip to The Pommery Bar which is a pop-up champagne bar housed in The Signet Library, what better way to spend an hour or two then sampling different champagnes in the beautiful surroundings of the Signet Library.

One of my all time favourite places to eat in Edinburgh is without a doubt The Mosque Kitchen on Nicolson Square, I think I'd head here for lunch on my second day for a much needed pick-me-up ahead of more shows and shopping in the capital. Mosque Kitchen serves up some of the best curries I have ever eaten and at the cheapest prices, it's always heaving when I pass it during the Fringe but with good reason, it's amazing!
Edinburgh is home to many amazing homes of cake but having heard so many amazing things about Lovecrumbs and having never been my 48hours would not be complete without a slice of cake and a coffee.
twitter: @hellolovecrumbs

And then some:

No trip to the Fringe for me is complete without a traipse along the Royal Mile, having traveled a fair bit,  I can truly say I've never experienced anything like it anywhere else, I love watching all the street performers and chatting to the people giving out fliers and finding new acts and shows to go and browsing at stalls and in shops, a must for me.
This year Lush has brought its Gorilla Perfume to Edinburgh for the festival, the Gorilla Perfume Showcase brings with it a chance to delve into the history of Lush perfume and smell Lush perfumes which are no longer available for purchase. Complete with an art gallery, sound booth experience and the opportunity to buy some exclusive perfumes, the showcase is another example of why I love the Fringe, there are so many different and exciting things to try out!
 76-78 East Cross Causeway, Edinburgh

There are so many other events and shops and cafes I would squeeze into my dream 48 hours but I could literally have you reading for 48 hours if I included them all, if you're heading to the Fringe I urge you all to even try and visit one of these places, I'd also make sure to spend time in The Grassmarket, I love Armstrong's and have heard Mary's Milk Bar is pretty amazing. George Street wise I really like Candy Bar where they have a very reasonable food and cocktail menu! One of my top show rec's is Omid Djalili I saw his warm up show in Falkirk and it was so funny, as you can imagine I could go on for hours with how I'd spend time and money at the festival alas I shan't... 

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