What's on this weekend
Saying goodbye to summer is hard but eased considerably by the promise of a Bank Holiday weekend.
If you're planning on squeezing the last drop out of the final weekend of the festivals, be sure not to miss EIF's La Cenerentola. Or, take yourself away from the bustle and enjoy one of our other suggestions with cakes, candles and culture.
Eat cakes and taste the secret garden
Michelin star chef Andrew Fairlie opened the door to his secret garden for the first in a series of collaborative afternoon teas this week. In celebration of the garden in full bloom, there’ll be fresh summer flavours such as strawberry, geranium and raspberry used throughout the menu. Andrew Fairlie’s Secret Garden Afternoon Tea is available in the newly refurbished Glendevon until 26 August, priced £40 per person.
To book visit gleneagles.com or Tel: 01764 69 4270.
See some well-kent faces
There's still time to catch the West End Character Project, a massive on-street photography exhibition featuring 90 images showcasing the people and places that shape Edinburgh's West End.
Running until 31 August on Coates Crescent and Shandwick Place. edinburgh-westend.co.uk
Weekend takeover at IOLLA
We already love eyewear brand IOLLA but this month the store has been raising the bar by opening it's lower showroom to bring festival vibes to Stockbridge every weekend. Head down for Laura Thomas' candle making workshop on Saturday and an A.M ceramics pop-up shop on Sunday. There'll also be avocado treats from The Pantry all weekend.
For advance bookings, visit iolla.com/pages/fringe or Tel: 0131 226 3085
La Cenerentola | 24-26
A real highlight of this year's Edinburgh International Festival, La Cenerentola dispenses with fairy godmothers and glass slippers, puts its Prince in disguise and transforms the wicked stepmother into a buffoon of a stepfather. Told through some of Rossini’s most sparkling music, this Cinderella story is packed with show stopping tunes and ingenious optical illusions.
For tickets, visit eif.co.uk