FRINGE REVIEW – Festival in the Sky, Princes Street Gardens

Dining in the sky

Dining in the sky

Edinburgh Spotlight took to the sky high above the city  this afternoon in a unique experience of dining 100ft in the air.  It was a  press event, so this review is not a true report of what you may experience, but will certainly give you an idea of what to expect.    

Preparing for lift-off

Preparing for lift-off

We were warmly welcomed by the ‘sky hosts’ who helped put our minds at ease as they strapped Alison in safely to the very comfortable leather seats (they even recline a little).  Keith was given the opportunity to stand with the chefs in the centre to enable him to take photos of the spectacular views. 

The only way is up...

The only way is up...

A full safety briefing was given before lift off to the aptly name ‘The only way is up’ by Yazz and the Plastic Population.  The ascent was very smooth, and we hardly noticed moving skywards  – but a face to face encounter with the castle confirmed that we were indeed 100ft in the air.   Alison absorbed the views from her swivel seat and took pictures for posterity (and even phoned her mum to say hello!) 

Smooth ascent

Smooth ascent

The food sample that was given was of good quality and similar to the ‘light lunch’ offered on the menu.  Again, it wasn’t a true reflectionn of the food offered on a standard flight.  You are strapped to the seat so securely, that you have to bring the food to your mouth so perhaps not the best idea to wear you Sunday best in case of spillage.  Both your plate and drinks glass are loose on the table and may move around a little. 

Daytime food on offer

Daytime food on offer

Practicalities 

You may want to make sure your laces are tied...

You may want to make sure your laces are tied...

– Before boarding, you are assigned a numbered seat and you put your belongings  in the corresponding  numbered shelf.  Shoes that are not  secure, need to be placed here as well i.e flip flops and loose sandals.  The ground beneath the table is made from artificial grass and fine for bare feet. 

– It’s a little cooler at 100ft than it is at ground level, wear a jacket. 

– For those with long hair, bring something to tie it back with in case of wind blowing it into your face and for ability to eat food properly. 

– You need to take responsbility for cameras and mobile phones – we had ours firmly around our necks. 

Table with a view

Table with a view

– There is a bar for pre and post flight drinks with limited seating inside.  

– The toilets that you use are the public ones at the West Princes Street Gardens. 

All the little questions like ‘what do I do if I need the toilet when I am up there?’ are answered on the Festival in the Sky website.  People of all ages are allowed on board as long as you meet the minimum-height requirement of 1.5metres/4 foot 11 inches.   

Don’t delay in booking your tickets .   You can buy your ticket online, on site at the Sky Garden or through the box office on +44 (0)131 226 0000.   

You can follow this exciting adventure on twitter and join their facebook page.   

Friendly & efficient staff

Friendly & efficient staff

Suitable for disabled?   The staff we encountered were extremely friendly and helpful and as long as you are able to transfer from your wheelchair and into a slightly higher seat, then you can take part in this unique event.  There are a couple of straps that need to be put in place between your legs and across your body  but it is definitely achievable  if you can transfer.

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