What's On In August

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August is an exciting time for events, particularly in the vibrant city of Edinburgh. We’ve brought together our top suggestions for you to plan your next adventure.

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Edinburgh Festivals

Throughout August

In August, Scotland’s capital becomes a hive of art, performance, talks and music as annual festivals call the city their home. We’ve collated information for all the festivals here so you can find the perfect event for you. From the International Festival, to the Fringe, to the Art and Book Festivals, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Edinburgh this month.

Edinburgh International Festival
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Edinburgh International Book Festival
Edinburgh Art Festival


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Dundee: V&A BSL Interpreted Tour- Video Games

Monday 5th August 2019, 3:45pm – 4:45pm

Join a BSL interpreter and explore the world of videogames. Discover how they’re made and learn about the people who create them. Advance booking recommended.

Find out more.


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Manchester: Fairytale Adventure

Thursday 8th August 2019, 9:00am – 4:00pm

A fun event for kids, join a quest on East Lancashire Railway to find missing magical gems alongside your favourite fairytale characters. Booking essential. Thursday, August 8th from 9am.

Plan your adventure.


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Birmingham: Grease The Musical

Captioned: Thursday 15th August 2019, 7:30pm
BSL Interpreted: Wednesday 21st August 2019, 7:30pm
Touch Tour: Saturday 24th August 2019, time tbc.
Audio Described: Saturday 24th August 2019, 2:30pm

Catch a performance of one of the world’s most beloved musicals at the Birmingham Hippodrome this month. With special guest star Peter Andre on selected dates. They are offering captioned, BSL interpreted, and audio described performances throughout the month, as well as a touch tour of the set and costumes.

More information.


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Edinburgh: Ian McKellen on Stage

Sunday 25th August 2019, 12:00pm

A legend of the cinema and the stage, see Gandalf in the flesh at the Assembly Festival this month. Sir Ian McKellen will perform pieces from his best loved performances and speak about the highlights of his life and career. Booking for the signed performance on Sunday August 25th is essential.

Event information.

Locations: Edinburgh, Dundee, Manchester, Birmingham

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