Every year in August Edinburgh becomes a Festival City and the city centre is taken over by festival goings on and advertisings. I will rant a little in this blogpost, but first to make it clear I'm not anti the festival, I love the chance to go to so many theatre productions and literary events (though I don't go to anywhere near as many events as I used to, and the Edinburgh International Film Festival remains my favourite festival and that has now moved to June).
I also love the West End Craft Fair, which pops up every year during the festival and at Hogmanay
This pellucid hoverfly was happily sitting around the fair yesterday
However the various August festivals (primarily the International Festival, Book Festival and the ever expanding Fringe Festival) seem to get bigger and bigger every year and to take over parts of the town. And there are many less than pleasant aspects to that, for example, George Street is one of Edinburgh's most distinctive, historic streets but you'd hardly know that at the moment
Perhaps you want to wander through Edinburgh's beautiful Princes Street Gardens, the only sizeable public greenspace in the centre of town? Well, hurry now and make sure you're out by 4pm before these PUBLIC gardens are closed to the public for the sake of private ticketed events so no more summertime evening walks (just as these days you can now longer go for your once traditional Christmas Day wander through the park as it is then closed to prepare for Hogmanay)
Incidentally I was very pleased to find out today that North Face and Fat Face both accept worn out clothes for recycling, North Face also take worn out shoes (in any condition!).Very useful for those items of clothing that are unrepairable and not good enough to give to a second hand shop.
Also worth noting that bookings for City of Edinburgh's adult education programme for this autumn are now open - browse the courses and sign up here.