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Edinburgh Fringe: An Insider's Guide

With the Fringe Festival in full swing, we caught up with Sean at Cruise Edinburgh for some top tips and advice for this year's event:

Edinburgh festival engulfs the entire city for the month of August (July 25th- August 25th). It continues to be the biggest arts festival in the world and with over 400 venues spread over the capital and it can certainly all seem quite daunting at first!

If you're having trouble deciding what to see, our advice is that you grab a festival brochure with all the shows and listings and flick through it with a highlighter or, alternatively, hit up the Fringe website. For the tech-savvy amongst us, there's a free Apple and Android Fringe smartphone application that provides all the information you'll ever need at the tap of your finger. There's everything to see here at the Fringe; from dance to drama, comedy to cabaret, magic right through to music and so much more, we're certain you'll find something for you.

Strapped for cash? Don't fear as there are a plethora of events, acts, exhibitions and shows that do not come with an entrance fee. And with the streets teeming with street performers, you can have a ball without spending a penny. Fringe festival needn't be a costly affair, so check out the 'Free Fringe' section on the website or in the app for more information.

Along with all of the shows and performances taking place in Edinburgh over the month, the city also undergoes a massive transformation. Pop-up restaurants, bars and even a pizza caravan appear all over the city. In fact, George Street (the home of Cruise Edinburgh) is partly closed off and filled with decking, tables and chairs, pop-up bars and restaurants. Perfect for some daytime drinks or lunch in the sun. And don't forget to pop by the store whilst there.

Set in such a beautiful, multi-cultural city, the Fringe is the perfect time to visit Edinburgh!