Edinburgh Eight Steps

Eight Steps To A Better Fringe: Q3

Published on Sunday 28 July 2019

This summer we are asking some of our favourite Fringe people to offer their advice – sometimes sensible, sometimes silly – for getting the most out of the Edinburgh Festival in eight steps, by answering out eight quick quiz questions. Here are the answers to question three…

When people are reaching peak Fringe, what tips do you have for chilling out during the Festival?

Just These Please: There is no need to chill out in Edinburgh: it will be cold. Whilst it’s brrrrr-illiant to have so many amazing performances readily available, Edinburgh is also a beautiful city. Have a wander around, go to the museum and climb Arthur’s Seat.

Ian Smith: Find somewhere a bit away from the centre, or a cafe that not many people know about, to get away from the crowds. It’s nice to have a few moments with a bit of space doing nothing, as opposed to jostling for space with the silent discos on the already busy pavements.

James McNicholas: Go to the beach. Being hassled by seagulls instead of flyerers is a very welcome change.

Oliver Forsyth: When I’ve gone up as a punter, I often take the first flyer I get given and then pretend I’m selling that show. All of a sudden no one talks to you, sits with you or bothers you. Works a treat.

Naomi McDonald: George Square is pretty chill. I like to buy a falafel, sit on the grass and people-watch. It gives me a moment to space out when I can’t bear to watch another show, or I’m tired of running away from a comedian I once dated.

James Rowland: There are so many things to do, Edinburgh’s a big city and the Fringe is only a part of it, so go for a walk. If you’re stuck for inspiration as to where to go, just imagine if there was a massive hill in the middle of the city to walk up.

Andy Field: I tend to go lie down in the Meadows and smoke a joint, but I realise that might not be for everyone. Still, if you’d like a bit of second hand high, feel free to come find me and I’ll blow smoke in your face until you get sleepy. My show this year is at 2.10pm so I’ll most likely be available for this service everyday between 3.30pm and midnight.

Robyn Perkins: Chilling out during the Festival?! Nope. Haven’t heard of it. Actually, I am debating on whether to tell people this, as I don’t want it ruined, but Divino’s is an amazing Italian restaurant in Merchant Street. It is so central, but in a basement, so a different chill vibe. The food is incredible and the cocktails are just as great. Also, there is no cell service, so you are really away from it all. Other than that, if you have money, go to a spa and get a massage. If you don’t have money, climb Carlton Hill at sunrise. It’s quieter than Arthur’s Seat and the city is calm for just a couple of hours between 4-6am.

The Thinking Drinkers: Wander out to the Meadows and sit on the grass for a bit – maybe play a bit of pitch and putt. Or you could walk up Arthur’s Seat – but it’s bloody massive. It’s always good to go to a proper Edinburgh pub or bar as well – The Oxford Pub is an iconic Edinburgh boozer and Bramble, one of the best bars in the world, does a cracking cocktail.

Scream Phone: When we feel we’re needing a bit of down time nothing beats a picnic in the Meadows – weather permitting obviously! And, if you have the time, a trip to Portobello beach is amazing.

Micky Overman: Peak Fringe is utter dread, yes? Go to the Meadows and lie down, or go climb up Arthur’s Seat. Just do something non-Fringe to charge your battery. I hear you can take a bus to the beach! Do that! I’ll come!

John-Luke Roberts: Go and sit on the Meadows with a book.

Alex Gwyther: Know when enough is enough. Limit your time on the Mile and flyering. Work hard, but listen to your body and your mind. Meditate. Have a routine. Definitely have a routine.

Natano Fa’anana: Sit outside any of the venues and soak up the atmosphere with no obligation of seeing a show. Chill with a coffee or wine and then – when it feels right – then get up and see a show.

Joz Norris: Last year I went swimming every morning and that helped a lot. I also love climbing a big hill, either Arthur’s Seat or Calton Hill. And there’s a particular cafe I love to go to because nobody knows about it. I’m not telling you where it is.

Jordan & Skinner: Come to the People’s Republic Of Leith! We have a great market on a Saturday down at the shore and there’s loads of nice pubs and other places to hang out in away from Fringe town.

Al Samuels: Climb Arthur’s Seat – such a beautiful view of the city and the Firth. If that’s too daunting, climb Calton Hill. Not quite as beautiful, but not as strenuous either. If that’s too daunting, climb into bed and look at pictures of Edinburgh on the internet.

Samantha Pressdee: Go for a massage. There is nothing more relaxing in my opinion. If you don’t have time for a massage, there is always wine!

Ed Night: Arthur’s seat is a fucking tough walk, but I’ve always found it very good for perspective and tranquillity. Or maybe change your phone background to a picture of a waterfall or something.

Tanya Agarwal: Go for a walk somewhere that’s not Fringe mad. Believe it or not, as soon as you move out of the city centre it’s as if life has continued as normal and theatre doesn’t matter. It’s so refreshing to walk around somewhere were you’re not having a million flyers shoved in your face.

Julia Croft: Take one day where you commit to ignoring the whole Fringe – see no shows, cook dinner at home, watch a movie. Shut out the chaos just for 24 hours!

Sukh Ojla: Find a quiet green space. There are some little peaceful pockets in Edinburgh. Alternatively, take a day trip to Portobello beach and see how many miserable comedians you can spot.

Susan Harrison: Go for a walk up Arthur’s seat and turn your phone off. Or go for a swim and turn your phone off. Basically, turn your phone off.

Chelsea McGuffin: Sleep. Go to the park. Walk up the hill. Start all over again.

Eric Lampaert: Marijuana is available in all shady backstreets of the Festival.