The “What’s On” listings below represent our pick of the events taking place in St Andrews and surrounding area over the coming weeks and months.
These are just a few of the wide selection of events on offer in St Andrews. For a more comprehensive list, we recommend a visit to the excellent Event St Andrews website – this is a superb, independently-compiled comprehensive list of occasions large and small, and is especially good for community and University events.
Very occasionally, event organisers have to change arrangements at the last minute – so before travelling any distance, we always recommend you contact the individual event directly to check that it is still going ahead as planned. Our Facebook and Twitter pages are another excellent way of hearing about any late changes.
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St Andrew’s Day – Students Celebrate
On St Andrew’s Day, celebrations occur across Scotland to honour our nation’s patron saint. Having been named after St Andrew himself, this day holds particular importance in our beautiful, coastal town.
What better reason for the entire community to come together and celebrate all things that make this town such a special place to live?
‘Students Celebrate’ invites all St Andreans, locals, visitors and students alike, to join together for a day of festive, family fun at a fair on Madras Lawn.
At the fair, you will be able to sample delicious treats from local food vendors, sip mulled wine from the St Andrew’s Wine Company, and snap up some unique gifts for your loved ones at stalls run by some of the town’s renowned independent retailers.
Meanwhile, families can get in the season’s spirit by enjoying Christmas themed carnival-style booths; you might even get a chance to see Santa!
….the fair is FREE for everyone to attend, so please join us to celebrate both St Andrew and St Andrews with plenty of Christmas cheer!
Contact The Fellowship of St Andrews for further information.
Fife Farmers’ Market
Offering a wide selection of meat, fish, dairy, fruit & veg, preserves, beverages, baking & confectionary, crafts, soap and many other items. Look out for the special cookery demonstrations too!
The market starts from 9am and finishes around 1pm, taking place at the North Car Park on Argyle Street, KY16 9B.
Read our top tips for the market here and for further information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
St Andrew’s Day – Lantern Making Workshops
As part of theSt Andrews Day Celebrations and in preparation for the evening’s parade there will be several lantern making workshops throughout the day. During these fun 2-hour workshop’s you will make and decorate your very own willow and tissue paper lantern. You will then be able to join the lantern parade with your own creation.
The enchanting parade will take you from the world’s largest outdoor ceilidh at Westport down to the Harbour where you’ll enjoy a St Andrew’s themed theatrical fire show telling the fable of how Regulus became shipwrecked off the North East coast of Fife with the bones of Saint Andrew, and came ashore in what would later become known as the town of St Andrews that we all know and love. This will be followed by a magnificent fireworks display to end the celebrations.
There will be three separate workshops in the Town Hall throughout the day. The times for each workshop are as follows:
9.00.am – Family workshops
11.15.am – Family workshops
3.30.pm – Ages 12+ workshops
All ages welcome to the Family Workshops, however, under 12’s must be accompanied by an adult. Aged 12 and above only to the final workshop (13:30 – 15:00). Please wear old clothes and shoes as the glue can be a little messy.
One ticket equals one lantern to be made – Click here to book
St Andrew’s Day, Street Ceilidh
At this year’s St Andrews Day celebrations, the world’s largest street Ceilidh is back by popular demand hosted by comedian, Susan Morrison.
The inclusivity of the Ceilidh ensures that everyone can take part. So no matter if you’re young or old, an experienced dancer or a beginner or have never danced before – this is definitely for you!
In keeping with old traditions, there will be lots of dancing, laughing and fun taking place at the Westport end of South Street.
The Ceilidh will run from 6 – 7 pm on the 2nd of December and will be followed by a lantern procession to the Harbour which will culminate in a theatrical re-enactment of the fable of Regulus bringing St Andrews Bones to the shores of what would become the town of St Andrews that we all know and love. This re-enactment will be followed by a magnificent fireworks display from the harbour wall.
No experience is necessary, so come along with your family and friends for an evening of culture and tradition that you will never forget.
St Andrew’s Day Procession, Fire Show & Fireworks
Following the Street Ceilidh head down to the Harbour in a magical lantern-lit procession led by the City of St Andrews Pipe Band.
Why not join one of our three lantern making workshops earlier in the day to carry your own custom lantern.
There will also be lanterns available to buy on the day – watch this space for more information.
The procession will begin at 7 p.m. at the Westport End of South Street, then will go to the top of South Street and then follow The Pends down to the harbour. If you are joining in the street Ceilidh then you will already be in place ready to begin. If not then please arrive between 6.30 p.m. and 6.45 p.m. to be ready to march for our Patron Saint!
At the Harbour there will then be a fifteen-minute fire theatrical re-enactment depicting the Fable of Regulus bringing the bones of Saint Andrew to the edge of the world and becoming shipwrecked off the coast of the town that would later become the town of St Andrews that we all know and love.
The celebrations will end with a spectacular fireworks display from the Harbour.