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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fringe Benefits

The world famous Edinburgh Fringe may be coming to an end for 2012, but many of the festival’s top venues are available for hire throughout the year.


Assembly Rooms


Taking centre stage is the newly refurbished Assembly Rooms which opened its doors to the public in July following an 18 month restoration. The home of the Assembly Rooms Fringe throughout August and hosting names including Stewart Lee, Liz Lochead and the National Theatre of Scotland, the venue will be open for events business from September 2012. The Music Hall and Ballroom are the largest spaces and offer the perfect setting for gala dinners, receptions, conferences or even a traditional Scottish ceilidh.



The Signet Library

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The festival home of the pop up Pommery Champagne Cafe Bar, the Signet Library is considered one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the country. The magnificent Upper Library is ideal for formal dinners, with menus created by award-winning caterers Heritage Portfolio, while the Lower Library can accommodate up to 220 guests for a drinks reception.



Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)

Providing a grand stage for some of the Fringe’s top performers, the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) is one of the world’s outstanding venues for conferences, conventions and exhibitions.  Centrally located, the EICC can accommodate conferences and events for 150 to 2,000 people with five event spaces including the largest, the Pentland Suite. The EICC’s new multi-level expansion complete with a stunning glass atrium is set to open in Spring 2013 and will offer even more flexibility to event organisers.



The Royal Scots Club

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the festival in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town, The Royal Scots Club’s Hepburn Suite has been transformed into an atmospheric setting for ‘The Rise and Fall of Little Voice’. The intimate venue, which offers free wifi and modern facilities, can cater for up to 200 and welcomes non-members. All corporate bookings benefit from competitive club prices for food and drinks, room hire and accommodation, while organisers can take advantage of a reduced day delegate rate of just £29.95 during September.



Our Dynamic Earth

One of the city’s leading tourist attractions and a unique venue for the Fringe in 2012, Our Dynamic Earth takes visitors on a journey through our planet’s past, present and future. Galleries can be incorporated into any function and guests can enjoy the beautiful Aurora Borealis as they sip champagne beside a real iceberg or listen to birds in the tropical rainforest. A dedicated conference space is available in the Biosphere, while the Ozone offers a bright and airy breakout area. 



The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh


Home for Space UK during the month of August the Quincentenary Hall and the King Khalid Building will be available for events business from September 2012. The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is now working together with Festival Theatre Edinburgh and can offer conference space for up to 1900 delegates.  Along with four-star Ten Hill Place Hotel it is the perfect location for gala dinners, launch parties, and meetings.