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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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
St Andrews Highland Games
The annual St Andrews Highland Games, a fantastic, fun day out for the entire family.
Events include Running, Cycling, Heavy Weights, Tug-of-war, Solo Piping and Highland Dancing.
Great for locals and visitors to St Andrews alike.
The St Andrews Highland Games 2017 will be held on Sunday 30th July at Station Park, in front of the Old Course Hotel on the entrance to the town.
More information here.
Model Railway Exhibition
The East Neuk Model Railway Club’s annual exhibition returns to St Andrews Town Hall (in the town centre, on the corner of South Street and Queens Gardens) on 5 and 6 August 2017.
Saturday 5th – open from 10.00am to 5.30pm
Sunday 6th – open from 10.30am-5.00pm.
Admission: Adult £4, Child £2.50, Family £10.
Pittenweem Arts Festival 2017
Pittenweem currently has around 30 artists resident in the village and many more in the surrounding chain of small fishing villages set along the lovely East Neuk coastline.
The annual Arts Festival hosts an exciting mixture of well-established invited artists, newcomers and resident artists, who exhibit in homes, studios, galleries and public spaces throughout the village and its environs.
Over 9 days, visitors are offered a wide variety of exhibitions, workshops, performances, talks and children’s events, all related to the arts.
Free entry to all exhibitions 10am – 5pm daily.
The Pittenweem Arts Festival 2017 will take place from 5th – 13th August.
Visit the festival’s site here for more information on this fantastic annual event.
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