TO HELP YOU NAV­I­GATE YOUR WAY THROUGH THE 68TH FRINGE, HERE ARE 10 TOP TIPS FOR BE­GIN­NERS:

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1 Get the Fringe pro­gramme. At a chunky 406 pages (plus the Fringe map), the pro­gramme has de­tails of all the shows and venues. It’s widely avail­able in Ed­in­burgh and is free. Also check out ed­fringe.com, where you can down­load a daily guide at ed­fringe.com/ daily-guide

2 Go early. The Fringe of­fi­cially opens on Au­gust 1, but many shows have pre­views, which start a cou­ple of days ear­lier. The tick­ets are cheaper and there tends to be a more in­for­mal, edgy at­mos­phere.

3 Look out for the 2-for-1 ticket of­fer in the Fringe pro­gramme. This is avail­able on Au­gust 4 and 5: for each full-price ticket bought, you will re­ceive a free one.

4 Visit the Vir­gin Money half price hut at the Mound Precinct. The hut opens on Au­gust 6 and has thou­sands of half-price tick­ets avail­able ev­ery day, for shows that day and the morn­ing of the fol­low­ing day only. In­for­ma­tion on what shows are on of­fer can be found at the hut, on ed­fringe.com and through the of­fi­cial Fringe app.

5 Keep a lid on it. With mid-range com­edy (ex­clud­ing free shows) cost­ing about £8 to £10 an hour and premium com­edy com­ing in at up­wards of £12 an hour, you can quickly rack up £50 a day in pur­suit of a good laugh. Which might not be so funny.

6 More gen­er­ally, pace your­self. With so much on of­fer, it’s tempt­ing to try to cram in all you can while you’re there. This may not be a bad thing, but if you find your­self start­ing to drift off in mid-per­for­mance, it prob­a­bly is.

7 Free and easy. Thanks to the The Free Fes­ti­val, PBH’s Free Fringe, La Fa­vorita Freesti­val, BBC shows (to en­ter via a ran­dom draw, go to bbc.co.uk/tick­ets), free tours, free fairs, free ex­hi­bi­tions and more, there’s an aw­ful lot that costs noth­ing — though in­vari­ably there will be a bucket at the free shows. You can also watch pre­views of Fringe shows and see street per­for­mances on The Royal Mile and on The Mound from 11am daily (and from 2pm on The Royal Mile on Au­gust 10).

8 Bike it. If you like cy­cling and haven’t yet booked a train ticket, you might want to con­sider book­ing a place for your bike in the guard’s van. It’s a great way to get from venue to venue, and a nice way to see the city. 9 Avoid the jam and take the tram. Ed­in­burgh now has a tram sys­tem up and run­ning — al­beit several years late and mas­sively over bud­get. You can take a tram from Ed­in­burgh air­port to Princes Street in the city cen­tre, which sounds ap­peal­ing if you’re fly­ing. It’s hard to be­lieve it’s for real, but it seems it is. For more info, go to ed­in­burgh­trams.com

10 The Ed­in­burgh He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion nor­mally has a fes­ti­val open day, of­fer­ing a taste of Jewish shows at the Fringe. It’s not hold­ing one this year, but ac­cord­ing to its web­site ( ehcong.com) it is gen­er­ally pos­si­ble to be hosted for meals on Shab­bat — though, as they don’t have a lot of read­ily avail­able sources of kosher food, you would need to let them know at least a week in ad­vance. There is no charge, but a do­na­tion to EHC would be “very much ap­pre­ci­ated”. Ed­in­burgh also has a Lib­eral Jewish com­mu­nity, Sukkat Shalom ( eljc.org).

Mu­si­cian and en­ter­tainer Daniel Cainer who will be at the fes­ti­val

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