Beltane Fire Festival 2018

This information is specific to Beltane Fire Festival 2018. This page is here for reference and it is likely that details will change for 2019. Information about 2019’s festival will be posted closer to the time. Although the date of Beltane does not change year by year, some other details may do so please don’t use 2018’s information for listings or articles, online or otherwise, for 2019’s event. Thanks!

Celebrate the first signs of summer with a wild mix of fire, drumming, and acrobatics on a scale not seen anywhere else in the world.

BELTANE FIRE FESTIVAL marks the changing seasons by bringing the ancient Celtic festival to a modern audience. For one special night, a huge cast of otherworldly creatures lead thousands of spectators on an unforgettable procession around Calton Hill. Through spectacular fiery displays and immersive storytelling, we show the May Queen transforming the Green Man from his wintry guise so they can rule together over the warmer months.


Monday 30th April, gates open at 8PM, performance begins at sundown and finishes by 1AM.


Calton Hill, Edinburgh – entrance from Waterloo place


£9 + booking fee in advance, £13 on 30 April

£4.50 + booking fee for children aged 2-16.

All children under 2 years old go free.

Tickets are available exclusively from Tickets Scotland.


Families with children are welcome at parents’ discretion. Many of the spectacles are performed with little clothing, and a great deal of enthusiasm: it’s up to you to decide what’s appropriate for the younger members of your family. All children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult and have their own separate ticket. Children under 2 years old go free.

Please see our Accessibility section for a fuller description of the performance to help you decide whether Beltane will be suitable for your wee ones.

We are also hosting a FAMILY BELTANE event, which will be a fun afternoon of storytelling and drama games. Details about this will be released soon.


Calton Hill involves a sloping ascent and the festival takes place in darkness with some areas becoming very crowded, so you may want to consider attending with a friend and arriving early to ensure your comfort.

There will be loud noises, mostly in the form of drumming, and some flashing lights in the form of pyrotechnics and flash photography.

Some costumed performers will be mingling, in character, with our witnesses throughout the evening. There will be some partial nudity.

The festival is stewarded and complies with all relevant health and safety requirements.

BFS cannot advise on parking or accommodation in, or travel to or within, Edinburgh.

For accessibility-related questions, please email in advance.


About Beltane Fire Festival

Beltane Audience Experience

Beltane 2018 Group Info