Edinburgh is a vibrant European Capital city and none more so than during the Festival Fringe. The Classroom team will help you once there, but here are some useful pieces of information before you travel:
Is there a registration deadline? Just 100 places are available and registrations will be accepted on a first come first served basis. We anticipate heavy demand so we strongly recommend that you register as soon as you can. Remember the early bird registration bonus for those signing up before October 31st 2013.
How do I get there? Edinburgh International Airport is just 20 minutes drive from the city centre. This is your easiest way to arrive. Major US and Canadian carriers fly there nonstop from various US and Canadian cities. There are also excellent connections through London Heathrow, Amsterdam and Paris. We can help you with your airline reservations. Glasgow is Scotland’s second city and Glasgow airport is about a 1 hour drive from Edinburgh. It also is served by US and Canadian carriers. Remember many flights from North America to Europe are overnight. Therefore you will need to depart the US/Canada on Wednesday July 30th in order to arrive in Scotland on Thursday July 31st.
Edinburgh is also well served by the rail network, and Edinburgh Waverly is city centre station. Quick and regular train service from London and many parts of the UK connect to Edinburgh.
How do I get from the airport or station to the Classroom site? Dedicated Classroom free shuttle bus service will be provided between Edinburgh airport to Queen Margaret campus on July 31st (8am to 2pm) and August 13th (7am to 2pm). Staff will be at the airport to assist you. For those arriving at points other than the airport, a fast train service is available from Edinburgh Waverly Station to QMU (the stop is Musselboro) and just 5 minutes journey from Waverly Station. Taxi service from central Edinburgh is approximately £15-20. Your final trip documents will include a Classroom hotline if you run into any difficulties getting to the campus.
What time do I need to be at registration? Classroom registration will be open on campus between 8:00am and 6pm Thursday July 31st and from 9:00am -11:00am on Friday August 1st for any late arrivals. The first event will begin at 6pm on July 31st.
Where are the Classroom workshops and sessions held? Final details will be in your trip documentation. But all Classroom sessions will be held on the QMU campus which boasts excellent theatrical facilities.
What is my dorm room like? The QMU campus is less than 10 years old. All the rooms are single occupancy, well sized with desk, comfortable bed and a private bathroom. Sheets, towels and basic toiletries are provided. Free wifi is also provided in the rooms and the public areas around campus. Entry to dorms is via secure key card and each dorm room is by individual key. 24 hour security is provided by uniformed guards. Breakfast is provided daily and a full cafeteria serves meals throughout the rest of the day. There is also a shop for essential items and snack food.
What to pack: the name of the game is casual. During the Classroom there will never be a need to be dressed formally. If you intend to hit some clubs or nicer restaurants a pair of chinos and collared shirt would be good for the guys but otherwise shorts, jeans and tee shirts are the name of the game. Comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended. You will have a city bus and train pass to get you over any long distances, but the traffic in the city centre can be congested so walking is often the quickest mode of transport.
The Weather: the age old question and one impossible to predict in Edinburgh. The average temperature in August is high 60s but you could find days when it hits the mid 80s and the next day its 50 and raining. So bring tee shirts but also a sweatshirt and a rain proof jacket.
How much extra cash to bring? Much depends upon your spending habits but typically a lunch can be picked up for £5-7 (US$8) and a pub dinner for £12-15 ($20). The local currency is the Pound and US/Canadian dollars or other currencies are typically not accepted. Our recommendation is that you do not carry large amounts of cash and instead rely upon ATM machines which are readily available on campus and around the city. They will dispense local currency at a very favorable rate. Major credit cards are also widely accepted.
How much shall I pack? The normal recommendation is pack your suitcase and then remove half of the contents and leave it at home! Travel light and remember you can always buy extra toiletries or essential items if you need them. Laundry services are available on campus. If you do have essential medications be sure to bring extra supplies plus any prescription scripts with you in case you need refills. Do NOT pack any prescription medications in your checked baggage.
How do I find out about other cool stuff going on during the Festival? The main Fringe website is www.edfringe.com But in additional to the Fringe, there are other festivals also taking place in the city at much the same time. These include:
Can I come early or stay late? While Classroom team cannot directly assist you with other travel arrangements in and around the UK, there are some useful resources available to assist you. Visit Scotland is the official travel office of Scotland, Visit England can provide similar assistance south of the border. In additional Visit Britain is a wealth of useful tips and information for travel throughout the UK.
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