Samhuinn Fire Festival 2016

This information is specific to Samhuinn Fire Festival 2016. This page is here for reference and it is likely that details will change for 2017. Information about 2017’s festival will be posted closer to the time. Although the date of Samhuinn does not change year by year, the venue and time of often do so please don’t use 2016’s information for listings or articles, online or otherwise, for 2017’s event. Thanks!

Samhuinn 2016 poster by Sonya Hallett


Samhuinn Fire Festival 2016


9pm on Monday 31st October 2016


This year we’re returning to our traditional home! We will be processing down Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile to West Parliament Square, where the stage performance will take place.

Is it a ticketed event?

No. Tickets are not required for the Samhuinn Fire Festival. Attendance is by donation. You can donate your chosen amount to one of our lovely Bucketeers on the night, or via PayPal.

At Samhuinn, the veil between the worlds draws thin and the spirits gather close to bear witness as the courts of Summer and Winter battle for control of the seasons. In her wild ecstasy of grief and sorrow, the Cailleach ushers the last breath of Summer’s opulent decadence into the beyond to make way for the icy storms of Winter’s dark reign.

More information

About Samhuinn Fire Festival
Samhuinn Audience Experience
Samhuinn 2016 Performance and Production Groups
Samhuinn 2016 Court (Cailleach, Summer King and Winter King)
Samhuinn 2016 Blues
Samhuinn 2016 Event Coordinator

BFS online

Official Samhuinn 2016 Facebook event
Beltane Fire Society on Facebook
Twitter: @BeltaneFS #samhuinn2016
Instagram: @BeltaneFireSociety #samhuinn2016

For families with children

Families with children are welcome at the Samhuinn Fire Festival at parental discretion. Please familiarise yourself with the Accessibility section below before deciding whether or not you feel the event will be appropriate and enjoyable for your litle ones. We are also hosting a Family Samhuinn event on the afternoon of Saturday 29th October.


The processional route down the Royal Mile is on a cobbled incline with kerbed pavements. West Parliament Square, where the stage performance will be taking place, is also cobbled and paved, and there are some bollards towards the road side of the space. 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. The festival is stewarded and complies with all relevant health and safety requirements but please be aware that it takes place in the dark with a mobile audience of thousands. For accessibility-related questions, please email in advance.

We request that you treat BFS performers and production crew, as well as your fellow audience members and the festival site, with respect and consideration so that we can share our celebration together safely and happily.

We are proud to be part of the year-round festival landscape of Edinburgh, keeping our incredible event in the heart of the city, but we do not want to negatively impact our environment or the residents and businesses who are kind enough to welcome us.

If you have questions about the festival itself, please email in advance. Please note that BFS cannot advise on parking or accommodation in, or travel to or within, Edinburgh.

Our Samhuinn 2016 poster was designed by Sonya Hallett.