The Military Tattoo Show, a bit of history
Going for 68 years, the first official Military Tattoo show was held in Edinburgh in 1950. The term tattoo comes from a Dutch expression “doe tap toe” which meant back in the 17th century “turn off the tap”. It was then a signal played by a regiment’s Corps of Drums to signify to tavern they had close so the soldier would then get back home. The performance always starts with a fanfare, then perform the Massed Pipes and Drums, presenting a traditional pipe band set. The rest of the show changes every year, inviting army from all over the world, it finishes on rather astonishing fireworks. Over the years, the show has invited more than 48 country, and performs in front of 200000 people every year and never cancelled a representation because of weather condition.
Get ready for the tattoo:
Sold out for the 18th consecutive year so you will need to make sure you book it well in advance.
August being fairly cold in Edinburgh, and often rainy, sitting for 2 hours in the castle esplanade can be a bit painful. We strongly recommend you wrap up warm and get waterproof shoes and jacket. Please note that umbrella cannot be used in the sitting area.
preview Military tattoo show 2018