Getaway Information

The dates for the 2020 Festival Getaway will be August 6-16 [arriving Edinburgh 8/6, departing on 8/16].

Participants will buy their own plane tickets and will be met at the Edinburgh airport on the morning of August 6.

Our accommodation is within walking distance of everything and near bus lines.  We will share a gorgeous 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms 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 2020 program is $3700. per person (not including airfare) with a discount ($3,200) for those sharing a room. The cost covers:

  • accommodation in a lovingly restored Georgian house
  • 18+ theatre tickets
  • a city tour (bus or walking, depending on our group)
  • two group dinners
  • an international SIM card for your phone
  • transportation from the airport to Edinburgh. 

Returning participants of the program receive a discount–check with Jenny. 

Our daily itinerary will look something like this:

8-9:30      Breakfast, check-in with Jenny for day’s options 

10-1           Midday group show and/or museum visit, art exhibition, tour

1-2:30       Free time

3-5             Afternoon show, or free time

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

7-9            Group show

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

I’m happy to send you the more detailed actual itinerary for the 2019 program. Remember that shows usually last no more than 60-80 minutes. 

Every day differs depending on what shows are selected for the group, and every day Jenny will attend additional performances (alone or with interested participants.) There will be optional excursions (such as art exhibitions, Royal Botanic Garden walk, or a tour of the Scottish Parliament). 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. 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 have time to share and discuss our experiences together. 

A word of warning: those who have accompanied me on this trip in the past initially thought 2-3 shows a day would 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 purchase your additional tickets at a reduced rate.

Summers in Scotland are 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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