Travel clinic: the Edinburgh FringeThe dilemma Please help me to persuade my husband and teenage daughters that a trip to the Edinburgh Fringe needn't be a) "expensive" or b) "boring". I've wanted to go for years but they are resisting the idea. Caz, by email
Eclectic, colourful, frenetic and inspirational, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (3-27 August) is the perfect trip for teenagers with low boredom thresholds. And frankly they are the only ones with the stamina to do it justice. A spooky puppet show, all-female Roller Derby and Comedy Club 4 Kids (like an adult club, but without the rude bits) are just some of the family-friendly highlights of this year's programme (edfringe.com). Keep costs down by visiting the free shows, picking up same-day tickets at the Half-price Hut and by opting for self-catering, although you'll need to move quickly to bag a good deal. Homeaway.co.uk still has about 50 apartments to rent during the festival. Prices for a two-bedroom flat a 15-minute bus ride from the centre start from around £660 per week. Alternatively, youth hostels can be a good budget option for families. Four nights in a family room at the smart and friendly Edinburgh Central hostel costs £440 for four (syha.org.uk).
Of course there's an outside possibility she might be referring to some spooky puppet show other than The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre in Boo Lingerie - A Socky Horror Show, but we find that hard to believe. Such a shame we've already finished the posters and flyers. "Vaguely referred to in passing by the Observer" would have looked so good on there.
The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre present not one but two new shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2012: Boo Lingerie - A Socky Horror Show every night at 10.40pm and Chunky Woollen Nits - The Family-Friendly Hour at 11am. Tickets are now on sale, book now!
See all other Socks tour dates in the Scottish Falsetto Socks Gig Guide.