Edinburgh Military Tattoo
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place throughout August at Edinburgh Castle. See the spectacular displays this summer with tickets now on sale.
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Updated: 25 February 2016
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, considered the highlight of the Edinburgh Festivals, will return in 2016 with the theme of Tunes of Glory.
The annual event will run from 5 to 27 August and will take place on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. Performances run from Monday to Friday with two shows held on Saturdays. There are no shows on Sundays.
The dazzling displays are seen against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle and combine music, theatre, ceremony and dance. This year the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday with theme of Tunes of Glory.
Bringing together the four corners of the world, the 2016 production will includes the Massed Pipes and Drums, New Zealand Army Band, Lochiel Marching Drill Team, Imps Motorcycle Display Team and Royal Jordanian Armed Forces Band and Drill Team.
About The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
The annual Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is performed against Edinburgh Castle’s majestic backdrop throughout the summer as part of the Edinburgh Festivals calendar.
The Tattoo sees fans travel from all over the world to Edinburgh Castle to witness the stunning displays, while the show itself echoes that global spirit as the Edinburgh Military Tattoo features performers from around the world. Over 46 countries have participated in the Tattoo throughout its 60+ years.
A big favourite of the Tattoo is the performance of the Lone Piper on top of the imposing walls of Edinburgh Castle. Performing at the end of each Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo performance, the Lone Piper’s haunting notes of The Black Bear ring across the area as the cast march off Edinburgh Castle’s esplanade.
In 2010, the queen awarded the Tattoo with a Royal title to celebrate the 60 years that it has been in existence. Thus, it became the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
The Tattoo lasts for approximately 1.5 hours and ends with a fantastic fireworks display, subject to weather conditions. Secure your 2015 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo tickets now and enjoy an evening of dazzling performances.