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5 Things to do in Edinburgh this Summer

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The summer appears to finally be upon us! The sun has been shining and the temperature is rising – what should you be going to see and do though, I hear you ask. Well, it just so happens that Edinburgh Editor is here with some suggestions. On top of the Fringe and the Book Festival there are a plethora of other activities and events on in and around town – we’re sharing 5 with you today, but there are loads more (expect another instalment soon).

Commonwealth Games

Whilst the main body of the XX Commonwealth Games is in Glasgow this summer (23rd July to 4th August), Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool (build for when the games have previously been in Edinburgh) will be hosting the diving. It’s the easiest way to soak up some of the Games without going to Glasgow. The competition lasts in Edinburgh from the 30th July to the 4th of August – rumour has it there are still a few tickets remaining! Visit Glasgow2014.com for details.

Film Festival

Moved to the end of June so it wasn’t engulfed by the other festivals in August, the Edinburgh Internaltional Film Festival is one of the longest running film festivals in the world. Showcasing films from low-budget art house cinema to bigger, star-studded affairs, shorts to documentaries there is a hugely diverse selection of cinema experience on offer. Hosted at venues across the city it is also one of the most accessible film festivals around – I can recommend ‘Club Sandwich’ (a Mexican coming of age drama), which I got to see last weekend.
More details and full programme are here on the EIFF website.
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Generation – National Galleries

A new initiative kicking off this summer, Generation is a nationwide project aiming to promote and celebrate the work of artists from Scotland who have emerged in the last 25 years. This cool project is spanning some 60 venues across the country, with all Edinburgh’s main arts venues (like the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, National Gallery and City Art Centre) all taking part. Whether you want to learn about specific artists or learn about some new ones, this is the project for you.

All the venues and artists involved can be found here; it runs until the end of the year.

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Truely one of the most spectacular event of its kind in the world, the Tattoo (as it is commonly referred to) showcases some of the most exciting military displays around. Combining bagpipes, country dancing and military acts from across the globe this show would be excellent in any setting, but taking place on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle with the Castle itself used as a moody and constantly changing backdrop it is nothing short of spectacular. If you’re just visiting then it is a must see.
Runs nightly (exc. Sundays) 1st-23rd August, tickets here.

Foodies Festival

One for the food and drink lovers amongst us – Foodies Festival is weekend long celebration of everything that’s so wonderful about (mainly) local food and drink producers. With lots of producers offering samples and tips for using their wears it’s a great place to introduce yourself to some new delight. There’re also lots of different demos and talks on throughout the weekend to inspire your creativity.
Foodies runs 8-10th August, tickets and further info on their website.

What else is coming up that you think people should see? Let us know on Twitter or in the comments below.
An Edinburgh native who loves discovering the new places and rediscovering old favourites, then taking photos and writing about it.

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