Edinburgh in Autumn

By Laura McCulloch

Nobody will argue with the beautiful Autumn foliage that Edinburgh has to offer, and as the new season descends on the city, here are our favourite events on the calendar. We have got you covered with everything from fire to farming festivals.

Edinburgh Cocktail Week

Image by Erin Kirsop

Scotland’s largest Cocktail Week pours back into the capital in just under two weeks time, from Monday the 14th to Sunday the 20th of October.

Offering a more unique experience this year, ‘Camping with Cocktails’ will transform the festival square into an enchanted forest fit for cocktail enthusiasts. The new extension includes wigwams, fire pits, giant toadstools, pop-up bars and a starlit canopy.

The rooftop cocktail domes at the Glasshouse Hotel are another addition to the festival this year, providing Instagram-worthy views across the city’s skyline.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/edinburgh-cocktail-week-2019-tickets-53915786569

Edinburgh Sausage and Cider Festival

Back on the menu this October is Edinburgh’s Sausage and Cider festival on Saturday the 19th. The event at Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange boasts live music, a selection of craft beers and ciders, eating competitions and of course a selection of sausage meats from around the world.

https://www.seetickets.com/event/sausage-and-cider-fest-edinburgh/the-corn-exchange/1407823

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival returns on the 18th to 31st of October across various locations in Edinburgh, including the Scottish Storytelling Centre and the Royal Botanic Gardens. The annual celebration of live storytelling has described itself as ‘a warm,
friendly, invigorating experience, perfect for Autumn evenings’. This year’s theme ‘Beyond Worlds’ will showcase new and traditional stories, communications, music, dance and Canadian headlining acts.

https://www.sisf.org.uk/events/

Agriscot

Image by Sheila McColm

As part of an unsteady industry, Agriscot 2019 offers a chance for the country’s agricultural community to seek answers to the countless questions that farmers may share.

Now recognised as one of the premium events in UK agriculture, the Highland Hall in Edinburgh,
overflows every year with farming enthusiasts, as well as people curious to learn more about the industry.

A parade of Britain’s finest livestock, talks from industry professionals and trade stands from across the country will take centre stage on Wednesday 20th of November.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/agriscot-2019-registration-71257616449

Oktoberfest

West Princes Street Gardens will be transformed into a traditional Oktoberfest venue from 30th of October to 3rd of November. Aside from the beer, this event invites friends to celebrate food and drink and enjoy traditional live music inside a marquee fit for 1,200 people. Annually known to be extremely popular, this authentic experience offers student deals as well as Bavarian and VIP packages, ensuring there is something for everybody.

http://edinburgh-oktoberfest.co.uk/book-tickets/

Festival of Politics

The Scottish Parliament is welcoming a variety of leading public figures including Andrew Marr and Baroness Helena Kennedy to the 2019 Festival of Politics. Taking place from Thursday 10th to Saturday 12th of October at the Scottish Parliament, the event will focus on
future debates about important political and cultural issues. From Brexit talks, to the 2020 US presidential election, this is an opportunity for the Scottish public to contribute alongside MSP’s, journalists and commentators on some of the country’s largest issues.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dear-scottish-parliament-festival-of-politics-tickets-69273241129

Samhuinn Fire Festival

Image by Erin Kirsop

This fiery extravaganza perched on Edinburgh’s Calton Hill is a perfect way to get into the Halloween Spirit. The thrilling display is a modern replication of the Celtic New Year celebration, which presents a mythical story about the changes of Summer and Winter. Get
ready to wrap up this October 31st to watch dancing, drumming and acrobatics among other performances at the Samhuinn Fire Festival.

https://www.citizenticket.co.uk/event/samhuinn-fire-festival/

 

Fangtastic Halloween Events

halloween - credit to Ash Pryce.jpg

Photo Credit: Ash Pryce

It comes as no surprise that during this time of year things take a turn for the supernatural. With Halloween creeping up on us, Edinburgh gears up for an epic array of events that will test even the unspookable. These are just some of the highlights.

The Séance at Edinburgh Dungeon                                                                       6 Oct – 4 Nov

Halloween - Ross

The Edinburgh Dungeons. Photo by Ross Hempseed.

Throughout the city, the mention of Burke and Hare raises shivers up the spine as they carried out some of the most horrific and legendary crimes within the history of Scotland. On Halloween 1828, they murdered their last victim Madgy Docherty after a night of drinking and singing. Their fun came to an end that night as lodgers who grew suspicious of Burke and Hare called the police. Just eight years later, high above the city in a crook on Arthur’s Seat, a group of schoolchildren found 17 small coffins all containing miniature dolls thought to be representatives of Burke and Hare’s victims placed as a symbol for their proper burial.

Edinburgh Dungeon now bring a unique and potentially chair clutching experience where a Séance is held to contact the victims, who languish in the afterlife, tormented by the fate that had befallen them and help them reach a state of peace in the next life.

Ticket Price: £14.95

 

Frankomime’s Monster at The Banshee Labyrinth                                      26 Oct – 31 Oct

If you intend to delve thoroughly into the horrors of Halloween then a must see is this adults-only show which features gruesome characterisation and suitable mutilation of some classic horror songs. As part of the Edinburgh Horror Festival and to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein, the show promises to deliver a very unique experience for audiences.

Ticket Price: £5

 

Edinburgh Horror Festival at various locations                                           26 Oct – 31 Oct

Halloween Poster - credit to Ash Pyrce.jpg

Photo credit to Ash Pryce

It’s like your best nightmare come true: the Edinburgh Horror Festival will take over the city during the Halloween weekend. In the form of a micro convention, stalls, shows and talks will take place at the Banshee Labyrinth and Lauriston Castle.

Look out for Fringe Festival favourite Ash Pryce, who will return to the city for the EHF with another exciting act entitled ‘Psychic Conman Live’. The show will feature Ash flexing his psychic abilities with the audience and diving deep into their minds for answers they may not want to give. Prepare for a spooktakular weekend.

EHF will bring together a stellar array of ghoulish delights as it introduces horror fans to MonsterCon, a special event during Saturday 27th, for a feast of horror films and eerie books. Special guests include Dacre Stroker, a distant descendant of Bram Stroker, who remains the only living person able to produce new official Dracula material. Another star appearance at the event is Gordon Rutter, author of Paranormal Edinburgh and founder of the Edinburgh Forteans, who is well known for his investigations into the supernatural hotspot, the South Bridge vaults.

Tickets: £12 for MonsterCon convention

With such an amazing array of boo-witching entertainment across Edinburgh through October, why not get out to see it all … while you still can.

 

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