Written by Alistair Grant Tuesday, 12 March 2013 10:04
What with Glasgow recently playing host to the Glasgow Film Festival and the annual celluloid extravaganza that is the Edinburgh International Film Festival not due for another three months or so, you could be forgiven for thinking a trip to the west coast is your only option if you wish to indulge your cinematic cravings in the capital this spring. Fear not, however – Edinburgh actually has a lot to offer in the way of motion picture thrills and spills.
Choosing a cinema can be as important as choosing a film. After all - get it wrong, and you face paying upwards of a fiver on an uncomfortable and frustrating experience. It‘s for this reason that it’s maybe worth knowing a bit about the local cinemas before you venture out into the city in search of your next fix of cinematic entertainment.
Written by Alistair Grant Friday, 15 February 2013 14:18
Edinburgh is a beautiful place; a cultural smorgasbord of old and new, wild and refined. Full of stunning scenery and an array of enticing attractions, it’s unlikely you would ever find yourself at a loss for things to do during the day - but what about when the sun goes down?
Thankfully, as well as being one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Edinburgh is also a fantastic city in which to hit the town and soak up the nightlife. With a variety of bars and clubs on offer, there really is something for everyone; whether you’re after a quiet conversation over drinks or a raucous evening dancing in a dingy cellar to the latest chart anthems, Edinburgh has it covered.
Written by Alistair Grant Thursday, 07 February 2013 21:20
Edinburgh is a romantic city – albeit a windy, chilly one at this time of year. With its cobbled streets, mysterious, twisting closes (a Scots term for alleyways) and ancient buildings steeped in stories, it is a city full to bursting with romance and mystery. The city of Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson and, for a few years at least, Robert Burns, it’s a place where the imagination can run wild and where the streets teem with life and activity. Simultaneously a modern, cosmopolitan capital and a breath-taking glimpse into the ancient past, there really is nowhere else like it.
Thus, Edinburgh is the perfect city in which to spend Valentine’s Day. It might not be able to offer the warm, balmy weather of many European destinations, but the bracing northern breeze and dramatic, overcast skies have an allure of their own which is nigh on impossible to resist. Besides, the cosy cubby-holes and warm hearths of the Old Town and the trendy restaurants, shops and bustling bars of the New Town offer plenty of retreats from wintry gusts.
Written by Gareth Thomas Saturday, 14 July 2012 09:08
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Written by Mark Howitt Friday, 23 December 2011 08:59
There is some debate as to when pantomimes actually began: some historians say that they were introduced to England in the early 18th century, others reckon that it wasn't until 1804 when Cinderella was performed at Dury Lane, London. Regardless, Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without a trip to the pantomime. And, if you're in Edinburgh for the festive season, there's quite a choice.
The daddy of them all is the annual Kings Theatre panto which this year is ... Cinderella! It's probably fair to say that it is far removed from the version staged in London 207 years ago but if it's traditional 'boo', 'hiss' entertainment that you're after then this is the one for you. Allan Stewart, Andy Gray & Grant Stott are past masters at this stuff and you won't be disappointed.
Written by Mark Howitt Thursday, 01 September 2011 14:33
'Doing the Edinburgh Festival' can be an expensive business, no doubt about it. Ticket prices have crept steadily upwards over the last few years and booking fees have started to appear, but there are still many ways to save money. Here's a few of them ...
There are over 6,000 completely free shows on the Laughing Horse Free Festival, most of them staged in Edinburgh's bars. And what have you got to lose going to anything that costs nothing? There's a lot of comedy but I'm particularly intrigued by Anyone for a Witch Hunt?, a play described as a cross between Arthur Miller's The Crucible and Father Ted.
The Edinburgh International Festival has a reputation for being particularly pricey. And yes, the top priced ticket for St Petersburg's famed Mariinsky Opera at the Festival Theatre is £72 but - with all due respect to those involved in Anyone for a Witch Hunt? - we're talking world class opera here. Equally you can get a ticket for £16. Particularly good value are the Queen's Hall series of morning concerts where you can get a ticket for £8. Admittedly that's standing in the gallery but where else can you see baritone Bo Skovhus for less than the price of lunch?
Written by Laura Suarez Thursday, 01 September 2011 14:32
There's only a few weeks to go before the Edinburgh International Festival & Edinburgh Festival Fringe start. Already taxis & buses carry adverts with the grinning faces of this year's up-&-coming comedians. Last year the Fringe had almost 2 million ticket sales and this year there are over 2,400 shows so you would be forgiven for thinking that nothing much happens in Edinburgh before festival season kicks off in August.
And while it does feel like the calm before the storm there's still plenty to see.
Somewhat overshadowed by its bigger festival brothers, the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival starts today & runs to 31st July. As ever the programme is an eclectic mix: Courtney Pine, Curtis Stigers, the Robert Cray Band (all playing in the intimate Queens Hall), the unique sound of Swedish electronica merchants the Magnus Öström Band, a resurrection of the Vegas! night club as well as the traditional - and completely free! - Mardi Gras in the Grassmarket on Saturday 23rd.
After a fantastic 2010-11 season at the Royal Lyceum Theatre the Lyceum Youth Theatre get their chance to (literally) take central stage this weekend (22nd & 23rd July) with a double bill Blood Wedding & It Snows. The young company's last show Bassett was flawless and you can see these two plays for a mere £8.50.
Written by Travelsupermarket Thursday, 01 September 2011 14:32
This is a guest post from travelsupermarket.com.
Edinburgh isn’t normally the first place of you’d think of when looking to take away your kids for a few days, however there’s more than enough on show to entertain the family.
Normally a popular city breaks destination for people who want to see Edinburgh Castle, watch the Military Tattoo or check out the Fringe Festival, Edinburgh is also filled with things to keep children happy whilst you’re away for a few days, so read on and find out what to do & how much it costs.
Written by Laura Suarez Thursday, 01 September 2011 14:28
For those of us who like to keep fit and enhance our green credentials by cycling while on holiday, there’s a great new aid to help us navigate across the fifty miles or so of Edinburgh’s dedicated cycle paths.
The Bike Station, a city-based charity that recycles bikes, has launched an interactive map which it plans to update regularly using “ambassadors” with access to mobile technology.