The ancient town of St Andrews in Fife is gearing up to celebrate the day of Scotland's patron saint with a 4 day weekend of festivities next month.
The St Andrew’s Day Celebrations, which will run from 27 - 30 November, are part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals - a programme of events funded by the Scottish Government and managed by EventScotland.
A new website has been launched with all the information you’ll need for the weekend at www.standrewsdaycelebrations.com
Ideal for families, students, and everyone in between, the St Andrews Day Celebrations will be a weekend of unforgettable festivity, all in recognition of Scotland’s cultural history and the people who continue to make it.
Highlights of the long weekend will include an open-air ceilidh and the town’s annual Festive Lights Switch-On. Notably the celebrations will encompass the St Andrews Food and Drink Festival.
New for this year – a St Andrews v the Rest of the World golf match will be played on the famous New Course.
Additionally, the celebrations will feature the final few days of ‘Previously…Scotland’s History Festival’, as the festival decamps from Edinburgh to St Andrews for the weekend.
Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, said: “St Andrew’s Day marks the start of Scotland’s winter festivals and is the perfect opportunity to celebrate all that is great about Scotland – including our thriving contemporary culture, our rich heritage and our world-renowned warm and friendly welcome.
“That’s why, once again, we are proudly encouraging Scots and Scots at heart from around the world to join us in celebrating our national day at one of hundreds of brilliant free events and attractions taking place across Scotland from 28-30 November – including, of course, in St Andrews itself, where an excellent four-day programme of events is planned.”
The climax of the festivities will be the events on St Andrew’s Day itself – an afternoon of free, open-air activities will take place in Andrews’ historic town centre on 30 November.
Headline act Eddi Reader and her band will feature – one of Scotland’s best-loved performers, renowned for her emotive and passionate renditions of modern and traditional songs. Supporting acts will include – top folk-rock band Anderson McGinty Webster Fish; the Edinburgh Banghra Crew and Siamsoir Irish Dance Performance Troupe and street theatre – paying tribute not just to traditional Scotland but also to contemporary, multicultural Scottish society.
As darkness falls, the St Andrews Festive Lights will be switched on and the event will transition into a traditional open-air ceilidh – 2000 party-goers, young and old, are expected to join in.
Several local organisations are helping to plan and deliver this year's celebrations under the coordination of local charities the St Andrews Partnership and The Fellowship of St Andrews.
Further events and exact timings will be announced over the coming month – for all the latest details, please visit www.standrewsdaycelebrations.com