The Venue


Summerhall supports the Fair Fringe Charter. All Summerhall employees – permanent and seasonal – are paid above minimum wage. Our festival contracts entitle our team to rest breaks, equal pay for young and older workers, minimum hour or full time contracts, paid transport for late nights, Trade Union access, consultation on rota changes and 100% of tips. We have an anti-bullying and harassment policy and an equal employment policy.


Summerhall is proud to have achieved Level 2 of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society’s Access Award.

  • Unstepped access to Summerhall is via the side gates on Summerhall Square, to the right of the building as you look at it from the street. Taxis and other vehicles can drop passengers off here.
  • Parking for Blue Badge holders is available on single yellow lines near to Summerhall.
  • Detailed access information for all our venue spaces is available on our website here.
  • If you have access requirements you can book your tickets via or 0131 226 0002
  • All our FOH staff have received disability equality training.
  • Accessible performances: audio described, captioned, BSL interpreted and relaxed performances are listed on our website.
  • This year, in partnership with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, we have supported several captioned performances from 14-17 August. These are listed on our website and marked in this brochure with the CAP symbol.

The style and age of our building – it’s B listed and over 100 years old – means that physical access is challenging. We try and make up for that with good attitudinal access. If you have any suggestions for improvements, please let us know.


Summerhall is doing its best to minimise the environmental impact of the festival. We are a member of the Green Arts Initiative.

All year:

  • We have over 2.5 million bees on our roof!
  • We have 2 new charging points for electric vehicles.
  • We are cycle-friendly. We provide sheltered bike parking for staff, residents and visitors, and pool bikes for staff to use for meetings.

At festival time:

  • We are flyer-lite. We discourage flyering in our courtyard and control where flyers can be placed around the venue. We tell all our companies this in advance so they don’t over-order and inform them about how to dispose of any surplus print for recycling at the end of the festival.
  • We and all our food vendors serve takeaway food and drinks in recyclable or compostable containers – please help us by disposing of these appropriately.
  • Our ‘plastic’ glasses are actually made from recyclable materials (PET).
  • We provide drinking water on all of our bars and you can also fill up water bottles from our taps.
  • Our lovely Summerhall keep-cup not only reduces the number of disposable cups used but gets you money off your coffee! You can buy one from our shop and cafe counters.
  • There are recycling points in the cafe, courtyard, venues and bar areas, for glass, mixed recyclables and general rubbish & food waste. Please help us recycle more waste by disposing of your litter into the correct bins.

Electric car charging points at Summerhall

Photo: Tom Forster