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Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert. For up to date information on the day, be sure to follow the Edinburgh International Festival on Facebook and Twitter.
Where is the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert?
The 2017 Virgin Money Fireworks Concert takes place in Princes Street Gardens.
When is the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert and how long does it last?
The concert will take place on Monday 28 August at 9.00pm when Karen Matheson and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra will perform a special concert for Gardens ticketholders. At 9.30pm, the second half of the concert commences with fireworks, ending at 10.15pm approximately.
When do gates open?
Gates will be open for priority ticket holders by 6.45pm and for standard ticket holders by 7.30pm. We encourage you to arrive in plenty of time as we expect queues. Give yourself the best chance at picking your preferred spot in the Gardens! The Floral Clock entrance often has the longest queues, so don’t forget that you can also enter via the other entrances on King’s Stables Road or the West End of Princes Street.
Are children allowed into the Gardens?
Yes, children are welcome in the gardens. Children under 5 are free but ticketed. Standard price tickets are available for children over that age.
Can I bring chairs into the Gardens?
You can bring a small chair if necessary, but we would encourage people not to for the sake of your fellow fireworks-goers. Please don't bring a table. We'd like everyone to be able to see and for everyone to be safe.
Do I need a ticket for the event?
You can book tickets for the seated ticket area at the Ross Theatre, inside Princes Street Gardens, and a non-seated ticket area in Princes Street Gardens. Tickets are on sale now.
Gates opening times will be confirmed closer to the day of the event.
What does a Priority Entry ticket get me?
A limited number of Priority Entry tickets are available and will allow you to gain access to the Gardens a full half hour before the gates open to standard ticket holders. You can choose this option when booking your tickets.
Where can I find transport and access information for Princes Street Gardens?
Visit the Getting Here section for the latest information. Further travel and access information will be updated on these pages nearer the time of the concert.
Can I take food and drink into Princes Street Gardens?
You are very welcome to bring food and drink into the Gardens. A picnic is a great idea. In the interest of public safety, we ask that you do not bring any glass bottles or containers, or tables which can be tripped over into the event.
Is there an area for wheelchair users or those with mobility requirements?
There will be a designated area for wheelchair users or those with other mobility requirements, but this will have a limited capacity and will be filled on a first come first served basis. This is located in the Gardens on the bottom path, which can be accessed with a Princes Street Gardens general admission ticket.
Can I take photos of the event?
You are very welcome to take photos at the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, photography is welcome, but remember to take some time away from your camera to enjoy the event and soak up the atmosphere.
We’ll be taking plenty of photographs and videos of the event for you to see and share, so don’t worry too much about capturing your own. Please be respectful of the people around you and don’t use flash photography.
If you do take any photos that you want to share online, you can tag them #VMFireworks
Are there any items I cannot take with me to the event?
There are a few items that are not allowed at the event for health and safety reasons:
- aerosols over 250ml
- flares and fireworks
- offensive weapons (such as knives with long blades)
- laser pens
- megaphones, air horns
No animals except registered guide dogs are allowed to the event. Please be mindful that the sound of fireworks may be frightening for pets.