The Best Free Events at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

by Steve Alexander

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the UK's biggest cultural event and tickets have been on sale since January. For those that missed the early start, fear not, as there are still a number of free performances and events available for audiences at this year's festival. Here are some of the top picks amongst this year's free and non-ticketed events.

Fancy seeing the likes of David Beckham, Margaret Thatcher, and Jesus Christ battling it out on the dance floor for first prize? Well why not take a look at the Gypsy Charms' Celebrity Dance-off. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is famed for its unusual, shocking, and sometimes downright un-P.C. performances is this is no different. The show is a bit more low-brow than the usual avant-garde shows on display at the Fringe, however it offers an easy-going and entertaining break from the serious and depressing performances.

From comedians to poets to actors, the PBH Free Fringe Festival organises a series of performances every year, which are free for everyone to enjoy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The city will host 36 venues this year which promises to be the biggest yet. Head over to the London is Funny event at the Ciao Roma venue if you're feeling lucky, as it promises to host four of the world's best comics.

It's definitely worth a visit as previous performers have included Josh Widdecombe, Rufus Hound, and Paul Sinha. The identities of the performers are not revealed until the opening night though. Giving audiences plenty of opportunity to enjoy this event, it's held from Saturday August 4th until Saturday August 25th.

Whilst many hotels will be anticipating the Fringe crowds, it is still possible for visitors to find cheap hotels in the city. The Newtown Apartments offers accommodation for short or long-stay visitors, ideal for those that are planning to stay for the entire festival. The selection of rooms available consists of studios or one-bedroom apartments consisting of twin or double beds, which are particularly helpful for couples.

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