Getaway Information

The dates for the 2022 Festival Getaway will be August 10-21 [arriving Edinburgh 8/10, departing on 8/21]. The goal is to experience at least two shows a day, immersing yourself in the festival culture. 

Participants will buy their own plane tickets and will be met at the Edinburgh airport on the morning of August 10. If you arrive in Edinburgh before this date, you will need to find your own accommodation. 

Our housing is within walking distance of everything and near bus lines.  We will share a gorgeous 5 bedroom, 5 bath Georgian house, with a kitchen, lounging area and living room, wi-fi, linens and towels, washing machine and dryer. Rooms are assigned on a first come, first-served basis. 

The cost of the 2022 program is $3200. per person in a double or twin room. Single accommodation can usually be arranged for a small surcharge.  Airfare is NOT included.

The program cost covers:

  • accommodation in a lovingly restored Georgian house
  • 16-18 theatre tickets
  • a walking city tour (bus option available)
  • two group dinners (first and last night)
  • an international SIM card for your smart phone
  • transportation from the airport to Edinburgh upon arrival

Our daily itinerary will look something like this:

8-9:30      Breakfast, check-in with Jenny for optional theatre recommendations

10-1           Walking tour, museum visit, or midday group show 

1-2:30       Free time

3-5             Optional or group show

5-6:30      Early dinner on your own, or post-show meal with participants

7-9            Optional or group show

10-11        Post-show meet-up, drinks, etc. 

[Precise 2019 itinerary available upon request].

Performances usually last no more than 70 minutes.  The group will see 1-2 shows together every day, and you will receive all your theatre tickets on the day you arrive in Edinburgh. 

With the exception of performance events (which are ticketed), the itinerary is flexible:  those who want to truly immerse themselves in theatre can see up to 6 shows a day if they wish. Those who want to experience the city will have plenty of time to see the sights on their own. Informal activities, such as visiting the Botanical Gardens, the Scottish Parliament, art exhibitions, or the Scottish Museum, will be organized but optional.  Those who want to get in their exercise can hike up Arthur’s seat or Calton Hill for the views. Those enticed by pub crawls, can do so.  In other words, this is not a highly structured “tour,” but by living in close proximity, we will be able to share both our Edinburgh explorations and theatre experiences with each other.

A word of warning: those who have accompanied me on this trip in the past initially thought 2 shows a day might be too much for them.  But not for long. Great performances are addicting, and the festival atmosphere contagious–in the face of tourist attractions that never change, most participants saw extra performances with their free time. 

As a Fringe member, Jenny can book any additional tickets you may want at a reduced rate. 

Summers 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 most days, mixed in with spectacularly sunny periods.

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