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St Andrew’s Day Celebrations

St Andrews, Fife 25-30 November 2016

Scotland ’s best and most authentic St Andrew’s Day Celebrations

St Andrew's Day celebrations 2014

On and around 30th November, there’s no better place than St Andrews to enjoy the very best of Scottish culture and hospitality.

Browse all the events below and download the full programme here: programme-2016.

FRIDAY 25 NOVEMBER

10am-4.00pm St Andrews Photographic Society Annual Exhibition, Town Hall. Admission free.

6pm-9.15pm St Andrews Table Tennis Club ‘Open Tables’ – free play for all 6pm-7.30pm followed by round robin tournament and buffet. Venue – Victory Memorial Hall. Contact forbes4030@btinternet.com for more details.

6.30-6.50pm Beating the Retreat Ceremony, South Street, with the City of St Andrews Pipe Band. This parade marks the official start of the St Andrew’s Day Celebrations. Outdoor event – free of charge.

7.30 for 8pm Toppings Bookshop presents legendary BBC reporter John Simpson in conversation, launching his new book. Booking required.

SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER

9.30am St Andrew’s Day Park Run. Get your St Andrew’s Day weekend off to an exhilarating start by taking part in this fun 5km route around the beautifully landscaped Craigtoun Park. Entry is free but pre-registration is required.

10am-5pm St Andrews Art Club Exhibition, Clubrooms, Argyle Street. Admission free.

10am-4pm St Andrews Photographic Society Annual Exhibition, Town Hall. Admission free.

10.30am-4.30pm Craft Fair (Fife Craft Association) at the Students Union, St Mary’s Place. Admission free.

11.30am-1pm St Andrews Walking Tour – Virginia Fowler, local resident and fully accredited Scottish Blue Badge Tourist Guide, invites you to join her on an illuminating walking tour of the town. Tickets £10 (donated to local charities). Booking essential.

12noon-4pm ‘A Flavour of Fife’ – enjoy free food and drink tastings from local restaurants and producers, and meet the people behind them. VisitScotland i-Centre, Market Street.

1pm-4pm Art and Craft Exhibition at the St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum, North Street (near the Cathedral). Admission free.

1.40 for 2pm Toppings Bookshop presents international bestseller Jodi Picoult in conversation, launching her new novel. Booking required – see website for ticket and venue details.

2pm-3pm Children’s Event – Experimental Archaeology. For 7-12 year olds. Develop your archaeological skills and learn about people from the past. At MUSA, The Scores. Free of charge, but booking essential via museumlearning@st-andrews.ac.uk.

2pm-6pm Family Street Party, Market Street. Join a crowd of thousands as we celebrate St Andrew’s Day with our annual FREE street party, featuring the best of Scottish music!

2.00-2.30pm Caroline Gilmour – up-and-coming Edinburgh singer songwriter

2.45-3.15pm Celter Schmelter – footstomping, good-time klezmer music

3.30-4.30pm Skerryvore – award winning Celtic rockers, fresh from a world tour

5.00-6.00pm Donnie Munro and Band – the former frontman of Scottish folk legends Runrig is renowned for his live performances.

6.00pm Switch-on of the St Andrews Festive Lights – this year, featuring some special international guests!

Street entertainers and local musicians will keep the party going throughout the afternoon. The Street Party and Lights Switch-on are sponsored by BID St Andrews & StayinStAndrews.

6.30-7.30pm The World’s largest St Andrew’s Day Ceilidh, Market Street. Beginners and experts, young and old alike are all welcome to join in this free-of-charge, fun event, dancing to the popular Kilrymont Ceilidh Band. Please wear sensible shoes! Event organised by the Fellowship of St Andrews.

7.15pm Handel’s ‘Messiah’, Holy Trinity Church, performed by the Heisenberg Ensemble feat. star baritone Ben McAteer. Tickets (£6-£12) available at the door.

SUNDAY 27 NOVEMBER

10am-5pm St Andrews Art Club Exhibition, Clubrooms, Argyle Street. Admission free.

10am Tee-off St Andrews v Rest of the World International Golf Match, New and Jubilee Courses. The third year of this fun, but also competitive, occasion. Advance booking essential – download entry forms from visitstandrews.com/plan/golf.

11am University Chapel service for St Andrewstide, St Salvator’s Chapel, North Street – followed by the traditional and photogenic St Andrews Pier Walk. All welcome.

11.30am1pm St Andrews Walking Tour – Virginia Fowler, local resident and fully accredited Scottish Blue Badge Tourist Guide, invites you to join her on an illuminating walking tour of the town. Tickets £10 (donated to local charities). Booking essential.

1pm-4pm Art and Craft Exhibition at the St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum, North Street (near the Cathedral). Admission free.

MONDAY 28 NOVEMBER

1pm-4pm Art and Craft Exhibition at the St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum, North Street (near the Cathedral). Admission free.

TUESDAY 29 NOVEMBER

1pm-4pm Art and Craft Exhibition at the St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum, North Street (near the Cathedral). Admission free.

7.30pm-9.30pm St Andrews Baroque Orchestra – Scotland’s only baroque community orchestra presents music by eighteenth-century Italian composers in the atmospheric setting of 15th Century St Salvator’s Chapel. Admission free.

WEDNESDAY 30 NOVEMBER – ST ANDREW’S DAY

All day Open Doors – famous buildings such as the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse will be open to the public. Free of charge, but tickets may be required for some venues.

1pm-4pm Art and Craft Exhibition at the St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum, North Street (near the Cathedral). Admission free.

2pm-3pm Hay Fleming and the East Neuk. A one-off display of this eminent local Victorian historian’s manuscripts, showing his deep affinity with St Andrews and area. Martyrs Kirk, North Street. Admission free.

7pm-11pm St Andrew’s Day Dinner – six top local chefs produce a memorable meal at the Old Course Hotel, using the finest Scottish produce. Booking essential. Tickets £75 (including welcome reception) – contact events@oldcoursehotel.co.uk

7.15-9pm The St Andrew’s Day Conversation, the Buchanan Theatre. This exciting new event for St Andrew’s Day brings together four leading Scots, each pre-eminent in their field: author Janice Galloway, broadcaster Muirel Gray, sculptor David Mach and politician Henry McLeish. They will talk about what ‘Scottishness’ means to them and how their own backgrounds have shaped their identities. The evening will be chaired by former BBC Correspondent Louise Batchelor, and audience questions will be welcomed. More details and ticket information here.