Party time as St Andrews celebrates our patron saint

St Andrew's Day & Xmas Lights
St Andrew's Day & Xmas Lights

Four days of events are set to begin today (Friday) as St Andrews marks the day celebrating Scotland’s patron saint.

A wide variety of events will be staged in the town between now and Monday, which is St Andrew’s Day and everyone is invited to get involved.

The number of activities taking place has grown in recent weeks and now over 50 things will be happening throughout the town.

Organisers of the weekend’s celebrations hope that people from both near, and far, will come into the town and remember St Andrew.

Patrick Laughlin, manager of St Andrews Partnership, said: “We are really pleased with the variety and quantity of this year’s St Andrew’s Day celebrations - no fewer than 52 events are being staged over the weekend, which is really remarkable for a fairly small town.

“We are all set for a fantastic weekend: the whole community is behind us and the weather forecast looks favourable.”

Over the course of the weekend there will be a whole host of activities, with something on offer for the whole family.

Events include several authors visiting the town to talk about their books; history talks at MUSA; food and drink events; exhibitions; a golf tournament; a ceilidh and local landmarks will be opening their doors to members of the public for free.

Speaking this week, Patrick added a reminder to the public: “Don’t forget that the celebrations run from Friday to Monday - there’s lots going on all weekend, not just on Saturday.”

Other highlights from the weekend include the traditional Beating the Retreat, which will take place tonight in South Street at 6.30pm.

Tomorrow (Saturday) a big street party and festive light switch on will take place in Market Street.

Visitors can enjoy almost five hours of free, non-stop entertainment with some top Scottish music from acts including Ashton Lane, Kirsten Adamson, White Feather Collective, and local a cappella group The Alleycats.

Mercury Award nominee King Creosote, who hails from the East Neuk, will be headlining the afternoon’s performances.

The town’s Christmas lights will be switched on at around 5.45pm.

Another highlight is the cabaret night at the Byre Theatre on Monday, which will bring this year’s celebrations to a close.

St Andrews Partnership is hoping that this year’s events will be bigger and better than last year and that things can continue to go from strength to strength in the future.

Patrick added: “Our long term aspiration is to make St Andrews THE pre-eminent place in the world to celebrate St Andrew’s Day.

“That may seem ambitious, but why not? “We think there’s no where more appropriate to celebrate St Andrew’s Day than the town which bears his name.”

For full ticket details and information on the weekend’s events visit www.visitstandrews.com