Take a break from the bustle and expense of the Fringe and explore the city through its Police Boxes, as this year sees the return of the popular Edinburgh Police Box Festival. Once again the doors of these mysterious spaces will open across the city to welcome inquisitive individuals and provide insight into the new life of these community monuments and Edinburgh’s own architectural heritage.
The Edinburgh Police Box Festival takes place on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August 2017. Visit any of the boxes between 11am and 4pm each day.
The boxes are unique to Edinburgh: the Festival is a chance to celebrate this part of Auld Reekie’s heritage. This year, we’re excited to be joined by the 1940’s Police Box, which has been fully restored and offers a glimpse at the working life of Edinburgh’s finest. When they were originally used, officers patrolled according to a regimented schedule, using the boxes as a resting spot, a space to write reports (with pen, paper and immaculate handwriting, of course) and even a makeshift cell!
This year we are proud to work in collaboration with Who Cares? Scotland, an organisation dedicated to raising awareness of issues that can affect young people in care. Who Cares? Scotland representatives will take pride of place in our New Town box where they’ll be greeting the public with their own specially designed tartan scarves.
Come and celebrate the architecture, heritage and new life of these miniature former police stations. All events are accessible to all ages and free of charge. The Police Boxes have a broad range of new ‘lives’, including art, literature, costume, street food, florists and charitable work, with a range of activities to engage everyone.
Edinburgh Police Boxes can be found on Facebook.