Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Group Accommodation

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The world famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is one of the most popular shows staged during Edinburgh’s festival season.  With spectacular performances by the UK Armed Forces, Commonwealth and international military bands and cultural performance groups from across the world it is one of the stand out events in the Festival calendar.

With over 1,200 performers taking part in the show for 25 days in August, it can prove quite a task managing the accommodation for such a large group.  For the past number of years Edinburgh First cater for the majority of these performers in accommodation close to the city centre.

The accommodation comprises of either single or double en-suite rooms, one unit is comprised of four and five bedroom flats with a shared living/kitchen area and bathroom.  The common rooms in each building are free to use by all Tattoo performers during their stay.  These areas comprise of sofas and TV’s, some have table tennis, pool tables and one even has a piano.  These areas are a great place for the group to socialise during their downtime.

Edinburgh Group Accommodation Lounge Area

Edinburgh First provide full board to all Tattoo performers as part of their package.  This includes three meals per day served within a large, modern self-serve restaurant on-site.  With 48 hours’ notice guests can order a packed breakfast or lunch meaning they will not miss a meal if they need to be somewhere else during these times.

Edinburgh First also provide full use of a large hall during the booking.  This spacious and flexible space tends to be used by the group as a rehearsal space as well as a place to host quizzes and other recreational activities.  A temporary bar is set up in the hall during the month which proves to be a popular place for the group to unwind after each show.

Edinburgh First also host a yearly ‘Welcome BBQ’, inviting all Tattoo performers to take part, even those staying elsewhere for the month.  This is a great opportunity for the whole group to get to know each other before the show starts.

Should the heavy costumes get caught in a rain shower during performances, access to each building’s drying room, which are set up specifically for this booking, is essential for the performers.  The group also have unlimited access to laundry facilities in each building which are ‘pay-as-you-go’ via an app or a top-up card purchased on-site.

2019 will be the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo’s 14th year using Edinburgh First’s accommodation as a base for their performers.  There are number of reasons for this:

  • The ‘village atmosphere’ which is generated by everyone living together in one space. The common spaces and bar provide a relaxed environment for everyone to socialise in between performances
  • There is 24-hour security on site which helps put performers’ minds at ease, especially with the specialist equipment and clothing that they have with them
  • Everything is catered for on-site including all meals and laundry

Clara Wheelan, Production Manager at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo says, “It can be challenging in some respects to accommodate such a large and diverse international cast, especially in Edinburgh during August. We have an ongoing and successful relationship with Edinburgh First – both the wider business and operational teams - working closely together to ensure the performer experience is just right, creating a home from home, which is particularly important when they are so far away from their home for a month.”

The repeat Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo booking proves that Edinburgh First can provide great accommodation solutions for group travel.  With Edinburgh First managing all accommodation and catering needs on sites close to the centre of town, group leaders can focus on managing the daily group activities.

For more information on group bookings please get in touch with Edinburgh First on 0131 651 2189.