The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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"For three weeks in August the Edinburgh Festival Fringe opens the doors, streets and alleyways of an entire city to an explosion of creative energy from around the globe." The Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Welcoming artists and audiences from around the world, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival, returns to Scotland's capital city from 3rd to 27th August 2018! You'll find all of the festival's accessible performances on this page, plus reviews and information about disabled access at each of the venues on Euan's Guide. 

Free tickets for Euan's Guide reviewers!

Once again we've got free Fringe tickets to give to our reviewers! The Fringe are working hard to improve accessibility for festival-goers, and your disabled access reviews help to show what's working and what's not for audiences with access requirements. 

Please fill out your details below to request your tickets and follow the instructions to book your show. You can browse audio described, signed, captioned and relaxed performances on this page.

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What's on?

Take a look at the latest accessible performances during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018! If you have any specific access requirements, it's recommended that you book using the Access Bookings team.

Collecting your tickets

The following collection points have level access provisions and are managed by Fringe staff:

Fringe Shop: wheelchair accessible, with a power assisted door, hearing loop, and dropped counter.

Fringe Box Office: Level access via a steep slope, a hearing loop, and a dropped counter.

Virgin Money Half Price Hut: Hearing loop. There is no dropped counter, but staff assistance is available.

Use the Welcome app if you'd like to request assistance before arriving at the Fringe Shop or Box Office.

Changing Places Toilets

During the festival there will be five Changing Places in central Edinburgh. A Changing Places toilet is an accessible toilet with an adult-sized changing bench and hoist.

The Changing Places toilets can be found at:

  • Fringe Changing Place, corner of Windmill Street and Chapel Street, EH8 9LE, 10am – 10pm (03 – 27 August).
  • National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, EH1 1JF, 10am – 5pm.
  • The Scottish Parliament, 1 Horse Wynd, EH99 1SP, hours vary – visit to view opening times.
  • Edinburgh International Book Festival, Charlotte Square, EH2 4HQ, 10am – midnight (11 – 27 August).

Fringe Sensory Backpacks

Photo of a Fringe sensory backpack including water bottle and fidget spinner.

Photo: A Fringe Sensory Backpack.

The Fringe Society has a supply of free sensory backpacks for children and adults on the autism spectrum to borrow during the Fringe. Inside each of the backpacks you'll find a fidget toy, earplugs or ear defenders, a photo story describing the Virgin Money Street Events, a map of Edinburgh, and a list of relaxed performances at the Fringe.

To borrow a backpack, head to the Fringe Shop on the High Street remembering to take a form of photographic ID with you. You can also collect a backpack from the Edinburgh International Conference Centre or the Fringe Shop in Waverly Mall.

Festival hang-outs

During August Edinburgh there are dozens of outdoor hubs where people gather to meet before or after a show. Here's a selection of the places that tend to be buzzing!

The Pleasance is where you will find shows from new and established acts and the natural courtyard space is filled with picnic tables and parasols, which can be really popular if rain makes an appearance.

George Square is transformed into a colourful garden with oversized furniture, bar tents and gourmet street food that's popular with festival-goers. 

It's hard to truly escape the buzz of the Fringe, but if you're looking for a little calm, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a good place for a picnic on the lawns.