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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Book Launch and Signing
Visit J&G Innes in St Andrews this Saturday (24th) between 11.00am and 12 noon to meet author John McManus, who will be signing copies of his new book “Coal Mining in the East Neuk of Fife”.
John McManus surveys the geology and social history of the mines in the East Neuk and of the people who explored, owned and laboured in the area. Coal-mining in the East Neuk, was an industry which began many centuries ago, flourished all too briefly and ultimately declined. Applying a deep understanding, gained from his lifelong interest and scholarly achievements in studying the geology of the area, John McManus takes the reader on a graphic and fascinating tour of the mining industry in this beautiful part of Fife, and in so doing shines a light on aspects of its cultural and economic history which have, until now, remained less well known.
Ceres Highland Games
Ceres Highland Games are the oldest free games in Scotland, always held on the last Saturday of the month of June, every year (except for war) since the charter to hold the Games was given to the people of the village by Robert Bruce in 1314 in recognition of their support at the battle of Bannockburn.
A fantastic day out for the whole family, the games include bagpipes, kilts and all the usual outdoor pursuits.
This year’s games will be held on the 24th June.
More information can be found here.
East Neuk Festival 2017
This award-winning, critically-acclaimed festival offers great music and literature in beautiful, atmospheric and plain quirky places all over the beautiful East Neuk of Fife – providing the highest standard of live arts for local residents as well as the wider community and visitors to the area.
Although the festival focuses on classical chamber music, world, jazz, folk and electronica have also featured. In addition to the musical celebrations, there have been specially commissioned films, exhibitions, art installations and literature events as well as guided walks.
A wide range of venues throughout the area, from small churches, an ex-nuclear bunker, caves, an RAF base, a Scout hut to stately homes & gardens.
While the programme is being finalised, one thing is guaranteed – each festival presents something new and unusual!
The East Neuk Festival 2017 takes place from 28th June to 2nd July.
Visit the festival website here for all the latest information.
Byre In The Botanics St Andrews
Following its hugely successful debut in 2016, the beautiful Botanic Gardens in the heart of St Andrews will again host ByreIn The Botanics – a season of spectacular outdoor concerts, performances and big screen films programmed by the ByreTheatre.
Taking place in a fully-seated and covered marquee, Byre In The Botanics 2017 runs from Thursday 29th June to Saturday 29th July. Big names visiting St Andrews this summer include Midge Ure with his Something From Everything tour (22 July), the ‘Queen of British Blues’ Elkie Brooks (15 July), arguably the greatest current proponents of traditional Scottish music Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham (29 June), jazz icon Chris Barber with his big band (27 July) and a rare live set from songwriting legends Gallagher & Lyle (29 July).
Making a welcome return to Byre In The Botanics are last year’s runaway favourites, the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys who will bringing their authentic Louisiana party sounds to St Andrews on 20 July, with other live music highlights including the toe-tapping Glenn Miller Orchestra UK led by Ray McVay (8 July) and dynamic Celtic beats from Mànran (7 July).
This year’s event will host the only Scottish performances of OperaUpClose’s Olivier Award-winning production of the classic romantic opera La Boheme (13 & 14 July), with a fresh new English language translation making opera entertaining and accessible for all. Fans of Diversity won’t want to miss the Scottish debut of the jaw-droppingly talented Dutch street dance crew The Ruggeds (1 July), who come to St Andrews fresh from working with Justin Bieber and Rita Ora, and those wanting to show off their own moves can practice their best Virginia Reels and Strip The Willows at two Grand St Andrews Ceilidhs (6 & 28 July), with a live band led by top broadcaster and musician Billy Anderson.
The Byre In The Botanics big screen will be showing a host of favourite family movies including Frozen (7 July), The Secret Life of Pets (21 July) and Up (28 July), with fun activities before the films ranging from Gruffalo Trails around the Gardens to a fascinating plant potting workshop.
Fife street food company Screaming Peacock will be firing up the on-site BBQ to serve up local wild venison burgers whilst the BITB bar is fully stocked with locally brewed ales alongside wines, fizz and cocktails. BITB audiences can also pre-order deli hampers for two, packed with olives, charcuterie, cheese, fresh bread, Fife strawberries and homemade scones – with even the option of adding a bottle of chilled Taittinger to make it a real night out to remember.
For tickets, visit www.bitb17.com or call 01334 475000
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