Celebrate the first signs of summer with a blazing mix of fire, drumming, and acrobatics.
Bid farewell to winter at Beltane Fire Festival, which gives summer a warm welcome with a huge display of fire play, music, and immersive storytelling.
For one special night, hundreds of otherworldly creatures will descend on Calton Hill to mark the change of the seasons. When the drums start to thunder, the May Queen awakens and leads her followers on a spectacular procession, watched by an audience of thousands against the backdrop of Edinburgh's stunning skyline.
Beltane Fire Festival brings ancient Celtic traditions to life with a unique modern twist. Through dazzling fiery displays, elaborate costumes, and interactive performance, we show the May Queen transforming the Green Man from his wintry guise so they can rule together over the warmer months.
Capacity is limited and previous festivals have sold out, so get your ticket in advance to secure your place. If we sell out before the event, there will not be any tickets available at the gate on the day of the festival.
Adult tickets cost £11 (including booking fee) before the festival, and go up to £15 (including booking fee) on the day of the event.
Child tickets cost £5.50 (including booking fee). There are also a limited amount of low-income tickets for £5.50 (including booking fee).
Please read customer information before booking as no refunds can be given.
TERMS OF ENTRY
● Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult with a ticket.
● Parents and guardians please note - this event contains semi-nudity and uninhibited behaviour, your discretion is advised.
● Strictly no glass bottles on site.
● As flash photography can be very distracting for performers, we ask that you switch off the flash on your phone or camera, please - and if you can, we’d absolutely recommend experiencing our festival without using either at all.
● The Beltane Fire Society aims to provide a welcoming and celebratory atmosphere. Harassment of performers or other audience members will not be tolerated.
Please do not bring the following things to the hill:
● Glass bottles
● Fire toys or fireworks (we have enough fire, we promise!)
Customers using a wheelchair can get access to the hill using the accessible entrance on Carriage Drive, but please be aware that due to the nature of the event there are no viewing platforms. Some hard standing is available but the grassed area of the hill can be uneven. A wheelchair-accessible toilet will be available.
Carers for patrons with a disability or otherwise requiring accompaniment will be provided with a free ticket.
There will be loud noises, mostly in the form of drumming, and some flashing lights in the form of pyrotechnics and flash photography. Some costumed performers will be mingling, in character, with our witnesses throughout the evening. There will be some partial nudity.
First Aid, ambulance service and welfare will be in attendance.
If you have any accessibility related questions, please email your query to firstname.lastname@example.org.