Be The First To Bloom With The Tram

Posted on Tuesday, 25th July 2017 at 11:00

An epic outdoor experience, ‘Bloom’ will combine public artwork, animation, lighting and music to mark the launch of this year’s Edinburgh International Festival, and the city’s tramway is giving away tickets for the spectacular event.

On Friday and Saturday (August 4 and 5), Bloom will transform St Andrew Square into a magical night garden, and followers of Edinburgh Trams on social media have a chance of enjoying the best views, whilst avoiding the queues, with advance tickets.

Dean Anderson, Edinburgh Trams Customer Experience Manager, explained:

“The free event starts at 10pm, but a limited number of tickets are available allowing entry an hour earlier. We’ve secured 10 of the sought-after passes for the opening night to give away and all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning one is like or share our social media posts.

“We’re really getting into the festival spirit as excitement builds ahead of the Edinburgh International Festival opening event. Our specially ‘wrapped’ tram that’s promoting a packed festival programme is already turning heads and we’re also looking forward to the launch of our all-night services immediately after Bloom comes to a close on Saturday night.”

During August, trams will run through the night at weekends, with services running approximately every 30 minutes between midnight on Saturday night and 5.30am on Sunday morning. Trams will also operate tram until approximately 2am on the opening night (1am from the City Centre) to help people get home from the event.”

“These additional trams will help festival-goers to make the most of the late-night performances that are such a feature of the city’s world-renowned showcase for the arts,” Dean added.

The entrance to the venue will be located at the east end of George Street which is most easily accessed from the Princes Street tram stop. Immediately prior to and during the event, St Andrew Square tram stop will be closed to allow the event to take place however trams will continue to operate to/from York Place.

Further information about Bloom, described as a platform for the flowering of the human spirit, can be found at

For the chance to win tickets look out for special posts on Edinburgh Trams' Twitter and Facebook feeds. The competition closes on Monday 31 July.