As soon as Christmas is over and January hits, it’s time to start thinking about holidays and where you want to visit in 2013. At the top of a lot of people’s list this year is Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh. Here is a breakdown of some of the main events in Edinburgh this coming year:
Edinburgh Science Festival 2013 – 23rd March to 7th April 2013
Celebrating their 25th anniversary, Edinburgh Science Festival is asking futurists what the next 25 years will have in store. This year will also feature Edinburgh’s first Mini Maker Faire on Sunday 7th April in a celebration of all things DIY. This is a perfect chance for makers, designers, carpenters and engineers to showcase their work. The full programme list is out on the 31st January, so watch this space!
Edinburgh Kiltwalk 2013 – Sunday 19th May 2013
Starting at Murrayfield stadium, the Edinburgh Kiltwalk is a staggering 26 miles. Whether you walk, skip, jump, run or just support from the side-lines you are guaranteed a great day out. As a spectator you will enjoy the site of 2,500 people running, as well as a day of entertainment, banter and bagpipes. The funds raised go to Scotland’s leading children’s charities.
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013 – 19th to 30th June 2013
Showcasing some of the world’s best cinema, the Edinburgh Film Festival is a chance to celebrate all things film. Steeped in history, the festival is famous for introducing new film talents to the world. It is a festival about the passion of film, so if you enjoy all things cinematic you will not want to miss out. You will not be disappointed.
Edinburgh Festival Fridge – 2nd to 26th August 2013
The Edinburgh Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world. With the action starting in the first week of August through to the third week, watch and be amazed by some show-stopping acts ranging from cabaret to comedy. Grab a discounted ticket at the half price hut, to make sure you bag a bargain and make the most out of your stay. Whether you go for a weekend or for the full three weeks, make sure you book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay: 30th December 2013 – 1 January 2014
Looking to the end of the year, bringing in the New Year with the Hogmanay celebrations is a popular choice with thousands of locals and tourists alike. The array of live music, fireworks, pyrotechnics and giant screens make the evening a night to remember and a brilliant way to bring in the New Year.
Whatever event you are attending in 2013, make sure you book your accommodation in advance because Edinburgh is known to get busy over the summer period. Serviced accommodation is always a popular choice for events such as the Fringe, but Edinburgh also offers a wide range of hostels and hotels. If none of the events above take your fancy, Edinburgh has many other notable attractions such as Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Edinburgh Zoo, which make it a fantastic place to visit for all the family.