With just over a month to go, Scots and Scots at heart are being encouraged to plan their perfect St Andrew’s Day weekend by taking advantage of the huge programme of offers, activities and events taking place across the country.
There are 560 free, two-for-one or child goes free activities and offers happening across 400 Scottish venues and attractions in the run up to St Andrew’s Day with downloadable vouchers available at www.scotland.org/standrewsday, presenting a variety of days out to suit every taste. As part of this year’s St Andrew's Day celebrations, Historic Environment Scotland will be offering thousands of free tickets to some of Scotland’s best known heritage attractions via a pre pre-registration scheme. Further details will be released later this month at www.historic-scotland.gov.uk.
In addition to the hundreds of offers going on throughout Scotland, a series of eleven funded events are taking place including the new Virgin Money Street of Light in Edinburgh and The St Andrew’s Day Fusion Festival in Dundee, through the Scotland’s Winter Festivals events programme, funded by the Scottish Government and managed EventScotland.
Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said: “St Andrew’s Day is going to be bigger than ever before with a huge range of offers and events taking place in the lead up to our national day. I’d encourage people to get together to celebrate and get involved in the fun and exciting activities taking place across the country.“The celebrations are part of the Scottish Government’s Winter Festivals programme which this year has been provided with a record £390,000 of funding to support 21 key cultural events in 15 local authority areas across the country.”
Those looking for outdoor activities can take advantage of two-for-one surf lessons with Coast to Coast surf school in Dunbar, kids go free canoeing in Lochgilphead and a two-for-one offer on Segway Safari tours in Loch Lomond.
Budding young scientists will get free entry into the Stratosphere Science Centre in Aberdeen, while water babies can enjoy the huge variety of swimming centres offering free child classes across the country.
Mike Cantlay, VisitScotland Chairman, said: “St Andrew’s Day is a chance to celebrate all the things that make Scotland so special - from our rich heritage and unique culture to our delicious food and drink and warm and welcoming people. This year is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet with a huge array of exciting events planned the length and breadth of the country. There really is something to suit all tastes! With 50 million people across the world claiming Scottish ancestry and the millions of others who simply love Scotland, the 30th November is the perfect time for the world to unite and celebrate Scotland, and what better way to do that there than in Scotland itself.”
A selection of home grown recipes are also available at www.scotland.org/standrewsday for those looking to celebrate St Andrew’s Day at home with friends and family.
To mark the celebrations, social media users are being asked to take to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to talk about their ideal St Andrew’s Day using the dedicated hashtag #mystandrewsday. Whether it’s sharing a picture of a Scottish landscape or landmark, posting a link to a Scottish recipe or sharing plans on how to celebrate St Andrews Day, #mystandrewsday will gather together everyone’s unique ways of celebrating.
To find out what’s going on in your area and download vouchers for your St Andrew’s Day out visit www.scotland.org/standrewsday
Scotland’s Winter Festivals is a programme of events which will run across Scotland in the lead up to St Andrew’s Day, through Christmas and Hogmanay, to Burns Night to promote and showcase Scotland as a modern and creative nation with a rich heritage. The programme will provide an opportunity to celebrate the best in Scottish music, arts, food and drink.