St Andrews is once again gearing up to celebrate Scotland’s patron saint’s day with a four-day weekend of festivities next month – and this year’s events look set to be the largest ever seen in the town.
The St Andrew’s Day Celebrations, running from Friday 27th to Monday 30th November, are once again being planned and co-ordinated by local charity the St Andrews Partnership. The Celebrations form part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals, a series of events supported by the Scottish Government.
A wide array of local organisations are helping to deliver this year’s programme, which contains over 50 different events. For many, the highlight will be the afternoon-long free spectacle in Market Street on Saturday 28th, which will see two stages filled with the best of Scottish music, including both nationally-known stars and local performers, culminating with the switch-on of the town’s festive lights. A procession will then lead revellers to the now-famous, annual open-air ceilidh organised by the Fellowship of St Andrews, with up to 1,500 dancers expected to take part.
The St Andrews v The Rest of the World Golf Match on the New and Jubilee Courses – which was a sell-out last year – will return, as well as the Open Doors events on St Andrew’s Day itself, when local landmarks will be opened up for free tours.
Brand new this year, a special St Andrew’s Day concert will be held at The Byre Theatre; a series of Scottish history talks (in conjunction with the University of St Andrews), author talks and book signings will take place; and – to celebrate Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink – a St Andrews Harvest Feast will take place in the Town Hall on the eve of St Andrew’s Day.
St Andrews Partnership’s Chairman Jim McArthur said, We are delighted to be launching this year’s programme of events, and there will be further announcements about our headline acts over the coming days. We’re especially pleased to be including around a dozen events being staged by community organisations – this will add a real sense of local authenticity and participation. St Andrew’s Day will once again be an opportunity for us to celebrate Scotland’s culture, here in the town named after our patron saint.”
Fiona Hyslop Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, said: “This year’s programme is shaping up to be another wonderful celebration of Scotland’s national day with something for everyone to enjoy. Each year the celebrations in St Andrews get bigger and better and as one of Scotland’s flagship St Andrew’s Day activities, they are sure to bring in visitors from near and far.”
“We are proud to support the St Andrews Partnership and the community in their work to celebrate St Andrew’s Day as part of Scotlands Winter Festivals. These events are only possible thanks to local people and organisations passionate about Scotland.”
Further events, ticketing details and exact timings for all the events will be announced over the coming month – for all the latest details, please visit our What’s On pages. A printed programme and dedicated event website will become available in October.