Basic Information

The 2022 program has successfully ended: check out “Summer 2022” for a detailed recap. 

We are organizing the 2023 program NOW! Approximate dates will be August 8-19 [arriving Edinburgh 8/8, departing on 8/19]. Participants immerse themselves in festival culture, viewing 2-3 performances a day with a small, friendly group of adults. Time is also available for sight seeing in Edinburgh and for enjoying the music, food, and street life. 

Participants purchase their own plane tickets and will be met at the Edinburgh airport upon arrival. 

Our accommodation is within walking distance of everything. We will share a gorgeous 5 bedroom, 5 bath Georgian house, with a kitchen, lounging area and living room, wi-fi, linens, towels, and a washing machine. (Once the house is full, there will be bed and breakfast rooms available right next door). Rooms are assigned on a first come, first-served basis.  

The cost of the 2023 program is $3200. per person in a double or twin room. Single accommodation can be arranged for a small surcharge.  Airfare NOT included.  A $1,000. deposit secures a spot in this limited program and is deducted from the total due in April. 

The program cost covers:

  • Accommodations in a restored Georgian home 
  • 17-20 theatre tickets, curated by an Emeritus Drama Professor
  • A “skip the line” tour of Edinburgh Castle
  • A Scottish Parliament Tour
  • Two group dinners (first and last night)
  • An international SIM card for your smart phone
  • Transportation from the airport to Edinburgh upon arrival

Our itinerary is flexible!

Each day will include some free time for exploring in addition to seeing performances that generally last no more than 70 minutes each.  Those who wish to see more plays will be offered additional advice on choices from among the 3,500 shows available. 

Optional activities include visiting the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Scottish Parliament, The National Art Gallery, the National Scottish Museum, or the Museum of Edinburgh. You can also hike Arthur’s Seat or Calton Hill for the views, or just people-watch at the ubiquitous outdoor pubs and restaurants.

A word of warning: before arriving at the festival, many past participants believed that seeing two plays a day might be too much! But not for long. Great performances are addicting, and the festival atmosphere is contagious–in the face of tourist attractions that never change, most participants saw extra performances almost every day with their free time. 

WeatherSummers in Scotland are usually cool–in the 50s at night and 60s during the day, and sometimes humid.  Inside spaces can be warm, while walking outside is usually bracing. Prepare for rain on most days, mixed in with spectacularly sunny periods.

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