Five excellent ways to escape the Edinburgh Festival

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Despite our best intentions, it’s easy to quickly grow tired of the Edinburgh Festival’s effect on the city.

The masses of people, the constant bustle, the queues. By week two or three you might find yourself looking for an escape.

We’ve got you covered. Here are five worthwhile things to within an hour of the capital this August.

Fringe by the Sea – North Berwick

Take refuge from the Festival crowds in picturesque North Berwick, only half an hour from Edinburgh by train.

A host of top Fringe names will decamp to the seaside town for the event, including the likes of Jo Caulfield and Zoe Lyons. With live music and theatre you’re spoiled for choice in one of Scotland’s most beautiful seaside towns.

August 8-14 / more info

#FRINGEBYTHESEA #northberwick

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Musselburgh Races

Ideal for thrill seeking individuals, the racetrack in Musselburgh is a true spectacle, wonderfully kept and for many it is a chance to try something new.

With regular races on the flat you’re sure to see some high octane action and who knows, you might even back a winner.

Spend the day like a member of high society by taking advantage of the packages on offer which include a champagne on arrival and a picnic in the pavilion.

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Absolutely brilliant snap from today's #EdinburghCup Raceday sponsored by @edinburghgin. #Edinburghraceday #Edinburgh #thisisedinburgh

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Pittenweem Arts Festival

Attracting over 25,000 visitors, this festival is a celebration of art in every form; exhibitions throughout the day and by night music, drama and film.

This is a festival which breaks the mould with endless variety, showcasing home interiors, modern art and pottery. For budding artists, it is an excellent chance to attend workshops and see talks from the professionals.

All of this coming to Pittenweem, “the jewel of Fife”, a small seaside village with award winning fish and chips and only a bus trip away from Edinburgh.

August 6-14 / more info

Scotland is so stunning 😍

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Innnerleithen Music Festival – Scottish Borders

The Innnerleithen Music Festival makes a return for 2016, coming up near the end of August. For those who want to experience traditional Celtic music, this is a must see.

Set in the glorious Scottish Borders, the festival showcases a wide range of acts from local up and coming artists to internationally recognised talent.

There is plenty of opportunity to get hands on with workshops where you can practice with instruments the Celts invented centuries ago.

August 19-21 / more info

Go to Glasgow

It’s not all about Edinburgh in August. Glasgow has a wealth of cultural events planned too.

The Merchant City Festival is already up and running with visual art, dance, fashion & design and film.

August 1-7 / more info

This man is absolutely loving life 🌞 #merchantcityfestival #glasgow

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For music fans, Summer Nights 2016 will host a series of concerts in Kelvingrove Park with an extremely diverse line up.

From Van Morrison to Super Furry Animals, the lively Glasgow crowds are sure to make it one to remember.

The full line-up:

Aug 4: Van Morrison
Aug 5: Idlewild, C Duncan (plus special guests)
Aug 6: Super Furry Animals (plus special guests)
Aug 7: Lloyd Cole and The Leopards, Justin Currie and The Pallbearers
Aug 11: Primal Scream (plus special guests)
Aug 12: Electric Honey Sessions
Aug 13: Eddi Reader, Kris Drever
Aug 14: Will Young (plus special guests)

August 4-14 / more info

#kelvingrovebandstand #kelvingrovepark looking forward to Van Morrison next week 👌#vanmorrison #glasgow #2016

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Film fans should get along to Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens. For two nights only you can enjoy an outdoor cinema experience with classic films and modern hits.

Best of all, it’s completely free of charge, just pitch up early to claim your spot of grass. Sorted.

August 18-19 / more info

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