It seems there is no bad time to visit Edinburgh…
Hogmanay? We’ve had that particular celebration nailed for a while now.
Summer? Well we host the largest arts festival in the world, so that’s definitely a good time to visit.
Christmas? We have recently checked this off the list too. There’s the ever expanding Winter Wonderland with Scottish market, fairground attractions and a multitude of other things to see, do and eat in Princes Street Gardens. St Andrews Square this year hosts an ice rink amongst other things so the theatre has been shunted up to Festival Square, just outside the Sheraton.
As we hurried though the driving rain to Festival Square, Alex and I mused that there really was nowhere better to be than Edinburgh, at Christmas or any other time of year – despite the dismal weather!
The staff at Festival Square Theatre were obviously aware of the situation and had cranked the heating up to ‘pure baltic ootside’.
We began shedding layers.
After fifteen minutes wait in the almost Saharan conditions we thought they’d given us a sauna thrown into the £13 ticket price – ‘a pure bargain’.
If you’ve been inside the Spiegeltent during the festival, it’s the same sort of set up. A number of shows running all day every day and into the evening until early January.
Morgan & West are a family magic act, to fit in with the season they have slotted their sleight of hand tricks and illusions into the familiar Christmas story – A Christmas Carol. The full title of the show becoming Morgan & West: A (sort of) Christmas Carol Magic Show!, long winded but accurate. This is a fast paced hour featuring high jinks, magic and illusion, along with a bit of audience participation. It was good to see the crowd pleasing sweets hurled at the crowd trick (very popular with the kids) – loved that when I was little!
Good family fun and a nice alternative to the family Christmas trip to the cinema or panto.