The Real Mary King's Close marks 10 years in action with Close Fest

The Real Mary King's Close marks 10 years in action with Close Fest

The spooky underground festival kicks off on Hallowe'en and features tours, storytelling and cabaret

Many pass through this famous Old Town location all year round but what better time to explore its leaky underground walkways and shadowy paths than on All Hallows Eve? Experience the Real Mary King’s Close in all its haunting glory in the very first Close Fest, a week-long festival of special events from murder mysteries and drama to music and comedy to celebrate the attraction’s tenth year.

Quite suitably, the series kicks off on Hallowe’en (Thu 31 Oct) with Fringe favourite The Dark Truth Tour. This tongue-in-cheek, interactive tour through Edinburgh’s murky past is definitely one for those looking for a particularly spooky way to spend their Hallowe’en.

You’ll no doubt have heard of the famous gravediggers Burke and Hare but if you’re daring enough then haunting psychological drama Burke will teach you everything you ever wanted to know (and everything you’d rather not) about one half of the grim Scottish criminal duo on Sun 3 Nov.

If you fancy something a little cheerier, check out Twonkeys Blue Cadabra, Paul Vickers’ award nominated cabaret Fringe show, on Wed 6 Nov. Then after a week of murderous makeovers, spooky book readings and underground sleepovers, everything is brought full circle with a special Murder Mystery Evening on Sat 9 Nov. It’s an especially haunting game of whodunit set during World War II and something the thrill seekers among you will not want to miss.

CloseFest, Mary King’s Close, Edinburgh, Thu 31 Oct—Sat 9 Nov.

Close Fest

The Real Mary King's Close hosts this week-long spooky festival which covers music, tours, talks and more for brave-hearted folks all over.