Edinburgh is getting very, very busy these days as it gears up for the start of the Fringe this week. The atmosphere during August in Edinburgh is electric with hundreds of street performers and thousands of shows, from stand-up comedy to opera and everything you could possibly imagine in between.
We got the train from Longniddry and were quickly in the bustle of Waverley station. Whilst there are a lot of shows at the Fringe for children I haven’t attempted taking our rather lively daughter to any just yet. Instead we spent a good while enjoying the street performers on the Royal Mile. We were there quite early but there was still a lot of music and entertainment to enjoy.
We had our first trip to the Central Library and also the Children’s library, both on Gearge IV Bridge, just off the Royal Mile. The Central Library is Edinburgh’s first public library and is a typically imposing building with a large number of books, a cafe and some exhibition spaces.
The Children’s library is somewhat more modern inside. It’s well thought out with lots of cosy places for children to settle down with a book and good facilities including a craft room and weekly workshops. The library is open to anyone, although you would need to be an Edinburgh resident to take out a book.
After a child-friendly lunch in Pizza Express (there are many other options, especially for those without a toddler) we walked to St Andrews Square. During August St Andrew’s Square is one of many areas of Edinburgh that become open air entertainment and eating/drinking hubs. Edinburgh Gin have a really good bar at St Andrews Square too, which I highly recommend!
We all had fun day in Edinburgh but were ready to get home for a rest. Aberlady is an ideal place to dip into the fun of the Fringe but then to quickly get back to peaceful East Lothian for a more relaxing time by the sea.