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History of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Tonight welcomes the opening night of the 2019 Royal Military Tattoo. 
In celebration of this we decided to share some things you may not know!

 

Image taken by Glory Days Team

Etymology of the term “Tattoo”

With the establishment of modern barracks and full military bands later in the 18th century, the term “tattoo” was used to describe the last duty call of the day, as well as a ceremonial form of evening entertainment performed by military musicians.

 

Early Days

In 1949 Edinburgh held its first Military Tattoo, the modest event was entitled “Something About a Soldier” a the aimed to portray the Army’s support of the International Festival.

The show was held at the Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens which still stands proudly below the castle.

We’d recommend visiting as a good comparison, as now, 7 decades later the show has progressed into the world-renowned showcase we know today.

 

Girl Power

In 1977 the first female took on the prestigious role of being the lone piper. Officer Elaine Marnoch took the role in her strides as she performed to the full battlements of Edinburgh Castle. Furthermore, in 2016, Scottish solider Lance Bombardier Megan Beveridge made history as the youngest piper to take on the role, aged 21.

 

Weather

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo performance takes place every weekday evening and twice on Saturdays throughout August and has never been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. (Us Scots aren’t scared of a bit of ‘dreich’ or ‘baltic’ weather)

Make sure to wrap up with plenty layers to stay warm during the performance.

 

Credit to the Official Edinburgh Tattoo Photographer

Fit for a Queen

In 2010 HM Queen Elizabeth awarded the event the title of ‘Royal’ to honour the celebration of 60th years running.

Which gives us the title we know it as today, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

 

Who’s in the Audience?

The stands at Edinburgh Castle can accommodate a nightly audience of 8,800 people.

This means that throughout the multiple live performances 220,000 people can enjoy the tangible atmosphere of the live show.

In 2018 the Tattoo was televised in 40 countries. This year between 100-300 million people are set to enjoy it worldwide.

 

Did you know?

The Tattoo benefits several charitable causes. It has been estimated that over £10 million have been donated to arts, military and civilian charitable organisations.

 

 

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo generates an astounding £88 million in revenue for Edinburgh’s economy annually.

The show benefits local businesses and is readily anticipated by the city.

 

Running alongside Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe the city is at its peak.

The Edinburgh August buzz is not to be missed! 

 

 

Visit the Tattoo with a bespoke travel package built for you by us at Glory Days.

Call us on 0131 556 3840 for more details.

 

Things to do in Edinburgh – June

Visiting Edinburgh this June?

Here’s our round up of exciting things to keep you busy in the city this month!

 

Edinburgh International Film Festival – 19th-30th June

Film Fest in the City outdoor screenings at St Andrew’s Square

According to Artistic Director, Mark Adams the festival offers “The chance for our audiences who come along to Festival screenings and get to see and sometimes meet some of the film talent involved is always a highpoint of the EIFF experience. We love to have guests at our screenings and to involve them in post-screening Q&A sessions and I think the guests themselves also get a kick out of the experience.”

See a variety of films at the International Film Festival. From ‘The Best of British’, to ‘World Perspective’ and ‘Phenomenal Women’ to ‘CineCuisine’, there’s really something for everyone this. Have a look at the official digital program now to build your perfect weekend.

Excitingly this weekend welcomes the start of the ‘In Person: Special Events’, hosted by Danny Boyle, shall offer an exclusive opportunity to hear from key big names in the film industry about their careers.

 

Royal Highland Show – 20th-23rd of June

From wellies to watches, feather hats to fabulous frocks and a stunning selection of bespoke jewellery, designer knits and country wear, the Royal Highland Show has many independent designers showcasing the best in contemporary fashions. Make sure to keep an eye out for the Highland Coos.

You can enjoy free talks and tastings in Scotland’s Larder Live! and the Cookery Theatre. A popular place for little ones is the RHET Discovery Centre, located on Avenue Q. There they can take part in cooking classes and learn more about where their food comes from.
There’s live music, great entertainment and lots to enjoy!

 

Find out more about what could get up to at the Highland show by looking at their website. 

 

 

Pride Edinburgh – 22nd of June

Pride Edinburgh, 2019

2019 is a huge year for the LGBTQI+ community as it marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in New York, which played as the global starting point for the pride movement. Many brave people from the transgender and drag queen community banded together and made a stand so that generations to could feel safe, loved and accepted.

Join the march on Saturday 22nd June for our 24th Edinburgh Pride Event to time celebrate diversity, what makes us all unique so be proud to say #ThisIsMe.

An Extra Tip from the locals! Make sure to head over to CC Blooms Bar after the march to catch Edinburgh’s biggest and brightest Drag scene, see their facebook for a round up of their event and show times.

 

 

The March is set to follow this route;

11:30: Pride Marchers to assemble at Scottish Parliament on Parliament Green by Horse Wynd.12:00: Speeches will commence from invited guest speakers a top a Lothian Double Decker Bus.

12:30: Pride Scotia March moves off, heading North and turning left into the Canongate, proceeding ahead into the Canongate, then the High Street. Continuing west up the High Street, turning left at Lawnmarket Junction into George IV Bridge, continuing along George IV Bridge, a slight left into Bristo Place, Turning Right into Potterrow, ahead into Potterrow. Turning Right in Crichton Street.

13:15: Turning right into Charles Field, The Pride Scotia March arrives at the EUSA Campus the Site of the Pride Edinburgh 2019’s This Is Me Festival

 

To find out more details about how to get involved with Edinburgh’s Pride on their website or the Edinburgh’s Pride official facebook page.

 

Race for life 5k – 23rd of June

Edinburgh’s Race for Life 5K

The race for life 5k is thousands of people uniting with one purpose – to raise valuable funds for life-saving research.

The race is happening at 11am on Sunday the 23rd of June and it’s not too late to take part. Bring your dogs, your pushchairs, your friends and family and join a city that’s ready to make a difference!

The Edinburgh Holyrood course is set in the amazing grounds of the Royal Park in the centre of Edinburgh. The route starts and finishes on the field adjacent to Holyrood Palace and runs around Arthur’s Seat, taking in the beautiful views across Edinburgh. This event is mainly on footpaths and has one large incline.

Register to take part in the run here.

 

Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland Exhibit – 26th of June- 10th of November

An exciting new exhibition, ‘Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland’ is being launched at the National Museum of Scotland. Even today the defining images of Scotland are made up of the dramatic highland landscapes, heroic histories, bagpipes and tartan. This exhibition considers the origins of these ideas and explores how they were used to represent Scotland around the world. Explore an alternative truth for Scotland from propaganda, military regimes, music, literature and costume that birthed Scotland’s journey into the global imagination.

The exhibit is free for Museum Members, £10 for Adults or £7.50 for Concessions

Watch the full launch video for the exhibition here.

John Knox, ‘Landscape with Tourists at Loch Katrin’, oil on canvas, 1815, National Galleries of Scotland

 

 

For more inspiration on what to do in Edinburgh this June check out Edinburgh Tourists Guide .

 

 

Remember, keep us updated with your Edinburgh Adventure using @destinationedinburgh and @glorydays.edinburgh on Instagram and Facebook for the chance to feature on our social media feeds.

 

 

Hogmanay Packages Now Completely Sold Out!

We have now completely sold out of packages for this year’s Edinburgh Hogmanay Street Party!
However if you are still keen to take part in the festivities, give our office a call and we would be happy to put you on our waiting list for any cancellations. Alternatively you can pre-register your interest for next years celebrations.

Give the Gift of Glory Days this Christmas

Did you know that many of our packages are bought as gifts for friends and loved ones? Struggling to find the right gift for that special someone?
Then why not purchase a Glory Days package? We have a range of sporting and travel packages available to suit a range of budgets and tastes, from horseracing, rugby, motorsports, festivals, golf and many more. Simply see below for our popular choices. With each gift you will receive a complimentary personalised gift voucher to present to your loved one detailing their trip.
All from a small deposit and balances due 10 weeks prior to arrival, it’s a complete bargain. Just get in touch to order.

Golden Oldies Rugby Festival: Cardiff 2016

We’re proud to announce our sister organisation Glory Days UK is part of the official event management team for next years Golden Oldies Rugby Festival in Cardiff (21st – 28th August, 2016). Aimed at those over the age of 35, this will be an absolute corker with teams from around the World taking part. Held in The Millennium Stadium, this is a fitting venue for an event that is a celebration of Rugby.

If you are interested in putting a team forward for this event please do not hesitate to contact us on 1300 475 899 or email info@glorydays.com.au

2016 Golden Oldies Rugby Festival

We’re proud to announce we are part of the official event management team for next years Golden Oldies Rugby Festival in Cardiff (21st – 28th August, 2016). Aimed at those over the age of 35, this will be an absolute corker with teams from around the World taking part. Held in The Millennium Stadium, this is a fitting venue for an event that is a celebration of Rugby.

If you are interested in putting a team forward for this event please do not hesitate to contact us on 0131 556 3840 or email info@glorydays.uk.com

Edinburgh Hogmanay Street Party Packges Now On Sale!

Our sister group Destination Edinburgh is now selling packages for this year’s Edinburgh Hogmanay Street Party. There are a variety of hotels on offer so why not browse through their selection by clicking on the below:

Destination Edinburgh Hogmanay Packages

Make your Hogmanay and New Year Celebrations that bit more special and book your package today!