Visiting the festival

The 2017 Book Festival will run from 12-28 August.

Entry to the Gardens is FREE and EVERYONE is welcome! There is much to enjoy during a visit to the Book Festival, it's not only about the events. The Festival's home, the beautiful, leafy Charlotte Square Gardens (at the west end of George Street, a minute away from Princes Street), is a wonderful space in which to sit, talk, think, play and be entertained. You can see a favourite author, join in a workshop or debate, enjoy a cuppa in the café, a beer or a wee dram in the Spiegeltent, or simply park yourself on the grass (with or without a book) and soak up the atmosphere.

We run two independent bookshops in Charlotte Square Gardens - one for adults and one especially for children. They stock thousands of titles by visiting authors plus a wide array of contemporary literature, with all proceeds going directly back into the Book Festival.

There are plenty of refreshments on site with our three cafés offering a variety of fairtrade hot and cold drinks, light snacks, yummy cakes and ice-cream plus a fully-licensed bar.

And we have a mini-festival called Unbound - it takes place in the Spiegeltent from 9pm until 11pm and offers authors the opportunity to try new approaches. You can expect a mix of literature, music, a good glass or two of the fine stuff and a few surprises. It is absolutely free, so come along one evening with some friends and soak up the atmosphere. The full programme will be announced in July.

 Remember, entry to the Gardens is FREE and EVERYONE is welcome!