Edinburgh gets warmed up for Beltane Fire Festival

Updated: Apr 26

Tickets are now on sale for the Beltane Fire Festival, due to be held on Carton Hill on the evening of Saturday, April 30th.

The Beltane Fire Festival is a modern reinterpretation of an ancient Gaelic celebration of the transition out of winter and into spring, which has been taking place in Edinburgh since 1988. Centred around the lighting of the Beltane bonfire – symbolic of purification, healing and new life – and the story of the Green Man and the May Queen, Edinburgh’s Beltane celebrations are the largest of their kind in the world and have traditionally attracted around 10,000 revellers from across the UK, Europe, Asia and the USA.

Tom Watton, Chair of the Beltane Society Board, said “Beltane is a living, breathing festival, and we are very much looking forward to bringing our community back together in person to celebrate this year..."

After two years of the Festival being held online due to the pandemic, the organisers are excited to welcome guests back in person for this year's festivities: "Beltane 2022 will be a wild, vibrant, exciting, fiery celebration involving performers from Scotland, the UK and across Europe. And we can’t wait.”

Full details of the 2022 Beltane Fire Festival can be found at https://beltane.org/, where you can also find the link to secure your tickets online.

Historically, Edinburgh's Beltane celebrations largely took place on Arthur's Seat. When re-imagining the festival in the late 20th century, the event's organisers settled on Carton Hill for the more central and accessible location that it offers, whilst still remaining true the festival's traditional focus on being in close relationship with the natural world.

In the spirit of this year's celebrations, we would recommend stopping at one of the many great restaurants in this part of the city before the Festival commences, to make sure you are well prepared for an exciting evening of performances and revelry!

Those wishing to indulge their carnal appetites might wish to visit Fazenda, Smoke Stack, Bubba Q, or The Smiddy for some flame-grilled Scottish steak or barbeque. Each is within a 15-minute walk of Carlton Hill, and is sure to set you up well for an evening around the bonfire.

Alternatively, those seeking a vegan-friendly way to mark the occasion would be well advised to visit Dough on Rose Street, whose wood-fired pizzas are amongst the very best in Edinburgh. Better yet, they boast a great selection of vegan options.

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