From traditional folk music in a very unusual venue to side-splitting comedy, via a gastronomic adventure and a step back in time to an epic battle – The Saltire Festival 2017 programme really packs a punch. Have a look today and see what events float your boat!
The fantastic opening concert, St Andrew’s Day Trad Fest, takes place under the wings of Concorde at the National Museum of Flight. Award winning Scottish bands Breabach and Barluath perform with a stunning opening from East Lothian’s Massed Pipes and Drums.
The Festival, which is supported by Scotland’s Winter Festivals programme, boasts more big names like one of Scotland’s best-known voices, Eddi Reader, and one of our home-grown comics, Craig Hill. Tickets are understandably selling fast so make sure you don’t miss out.
Councillor John McMillan, East Lothian Council’s spokesperson for Economic Development and Tourism, said:
“Some of us may be suffering from summer festival withdrawal symptoms so why not remedy that by getting your tickets for the Saltire Festival, which is just around the corner – literally, for those of us lucky enough to live in East Lothian!
“While other festivals focus solely on music, food, sport or comedy The Saltire is, I think, unique in covering such a wide range of interests. I’m very proud that the programme is so inclusive for people of all ages and passions! It also manages to showcase both our natural East Lothian environment and our fantastic venues, including the National Museum of Flight, Musselburgh Racecourse, The Brunton and historic Seton Collegiate Church near Longniddry. This year we’re also aligning with the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology and with next year’s Year of Young People.”
Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for International Development and Europe, said:
“Our patron saint, St Andrew was known for being strong, sociable and fair, encouraging people to share what they had with those in need.
“Celebrating St Andrew’s Day presents a powerful opportunity for Scots to keep the spirit of St Andrew alive, by coming together and helping others within their community. This year, a wide range of events will take place across Scotland from Friday 17th November until 3rd December where communities will be invited to champion the values of St Andrew by coming together in a celebration that helps others.”
- Events include:
Saltire Night Zip – Foxlake Adventures, Dunbar, Thursday 30th November to Sunday 3rd December.
Saltire Race Day – Musselburgh Racecourse, Thursday 30th November.
St Andrew’s Day Trad Fest – National Museum of Flight, Thursday 30th November: Scotland on Film, a celebration of Scottish cinema shot on location in Scotland - The Brunton, Musselburgh, Thursday 30th November.
Candlelight Concert, Rura & Joy Dunlop – Seton Collegiate Church, Longniddry, Friday 1st December
Prestonpans Battlefield Tour – from Meadowmill Car Park, Prestonpans, Friday 1st December.
Skerryvore: The Saltire Live, with support from Rant – The Brunton, Friday 1st December.
Foxlake Tartan Trail 10K Night Run – Foxlake Adventures, Dunbar, Friday 1st December.
Gin Dinner – Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa, North Berwick, Friday 1st December.
An evening of music & art featuring Callum Easter, Davy Henderson & Dr Salad with décor provided by Church of Gloss – Belhaven Parish Church Hall, Dunbar, Friday 1st December.
Saltire Twilight Golf – Musselburgh Links Golf Club, Saturday 2nd December
Epicurean Fusion – Corn Exchange, Haddington, Saturday 2nd December
Eddi Reader: The Saltire Concert – The Brunton, Saturday 2nd December
Foxlake Tartan Trail Nocturnal Ultra – Foxlake Adventures, Dunbar, Saturday 2nd December
Comedy Club 4 Kids – Maitlandfield House Hotel, Haddington on Sunday 3rd December
Craig Hill & Friends: Saltire Stand Up – Maitlandfield House Hotel, Haddington, Sunday 3rd December
The Saltire Festival marks both St Andrew’s Day and East Lothian’s unique position as the birthplace of the Saltire flag. The Saltire Festival has received support through Scotland’s Winter Festivals event fund.