The final countdown to the town’s weekend of St Andrews Day celebrations is now on.
Sharing its name with Scotland’s patron saint, St Andrews has a whole host of activities planned for next weekend and the programme of over 50 events definitely features something for everyone.
Events run from Friday, November 27 to Monday, November 30 which is St Andrews Day and organisers hope that both locals and visitors will enjoy them.
Among the highlights of the weekend are the big street party and festive light switch on in Market Street on the Saturday, followed by a ceilidh in the evening.
Almost five hours of free, non-stop entertainment will be on offer for the crowds gathering in the street, starting at 1.30pm.
The bill features Scottish acts including Ashton Lane, Bella and the Bear, the Coaltown Daisies, Kirsten Adamson, White Feature Collective, St Andrews a cappella group The Alleycats and local folk duo Rookery Nook.
The East Neuk’s own Mercury Award nominee King Creosote will be headlining the afternoon’s performances.
However if this doesn’t appeal to you, there’s plenty of other events happening around the town.
A number of authors will be visiting the town to talk about their books over the four day celebrations.
Among them will be Douglas Watt, Jenni Daiches, SG MacLean, Andrew Williams, Aly Munroe and newsreader John Mackay.
History talks will be taking place at MUSA and there will also be some food and drink events.
Fife’s food ambassador Christopher Trotter will be hosting some ‘Fine Food from Fife Conversations’.
Many local artists will be showing off their talents with exhibitions from St Andrews Art Club and St Andrews Photographic Society on display over the course of the weekend.
The traditional Beating the Retreat will take place on Friday, November 27 as part of the events launching the celebrations. Organised by St Andrews Community Council with assistance from Fife Council and St Andrews Partnership, this free event takes place in South Street, starting at 6.30pm.
A golf tournament between St Andrews and the rest of the world will be taking place on the Links courses, and local landmarks will be opening their doors to the public on the Monday, including the R&A Clubhouse.
This year’s St Andrews celebrations will end with a cabaret night at the Byre Theatre on the Monday.
A Chorus, a Couplet and a Clarsach will feature Phamie Gow and a supporting cast of five Scottish poets – Alexander Hutchison, Kirsty Law, Margaret Bennett, J L (Jennifer) Williams and Colin Donati.
For full details on all of the weekend’s events, tickets and times visit the website www. visitstandrews.com.