Despite the cold, all of Scotland is warming up for our patron saint’s day on November 30th.
This weekend is jam-packed full of St Andrew’s Day celebrations, and in my opinion the epicentre is St Andrews.
Here’s a few of our top tips for celebrating St Andrew’s Day, whether or not you’re visiting St Andrews for the St Andrews Festival.
Find out why St Andrew is Scotland’s patron saint, why the saltire is our flag, and why a little Fife settlement named Kilrymont changed its name to St Andrews and became a European centre of pilgrimage. Our resident history expert Karen Nichols has better answers than Wikipedia! Read all about it in our blog post blog.standrews.co.uk/....
Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook feeds for our pick of the top events taking place in St Andrews this weekend for the St Andrews Festival. We have a fantastic array of music, food, drink, plays, storytelling, ice skating and fireworks, as well as the traditional ceilidh and torchlight procession.
If you’re an audiophile – or if you prefer audio files – here’s a podcast from STAR, the University of St Andrews Student Radio station: St Andrews Festival – interview with our Festival blogger Luisa Ruocco. They also caught up with Chloe Matharu for a pre-gig interview.
For your viewing pleasure, sneak a preview of some of the bands who'll be entertaining us over the weekend by checking out these YouTube clips:
Red Hot Chilli Pipers - Clocks
Chloe Matharu - She moved through the fair
Lulo Reinhardt - Katharina
Black Sheep Music Society - Live in Glasgow
If you are in St Andrews, take this rare opportunity to visit our wonderful museums and historic sites for free! Enjoy golf history and memorabilia at the British Golf Museum, explore the Bottle Dungeon and the claustrophobic counter-mines at St Andrews Castle, and enjoy a breathtaking (and often breathless) view of St Andrews from the top of St Rule’s Tower; all without paying a penny. Many of the free museums have extra special family events planned for the weekend; don’t leave without dropping in on MUSA’s 2nd birthday celebrations.
Treat yourself to a delicious St Andrews Day dinner, following the fantastic recipes of Scottish chef Andrew Fairlie. There’s traditional cullen skink, roast shoulder of lamb with potato and onion, and spiced winter fruit served with creamed rice pudding. If you’ve made it into St Andrews for the St Andrews Festival, head to the Undercover tent on Sunday 28th November, 1.30-4.30pm for the Taste of Scotland Festival Food Fair. Here you’ll be able to buy most of the ingredients for St Andrews Day dinner at the special farmers market, and enjoy live cooking demonstrations from local food hero Christopher Trotter.
Then, to burn off some of your St Andrews Day feast, put on some celtic music and teach yourself the steps to some of the most popular ceilidh dances. This will give you a head start if you’re in St Andrews on Saturday night (27th November) for the legendary Nae4Wimps Ceilidh at the Undercover venue. It starts at 6pm and is always good fun; no experience required!
So, hopefully there are enough teasers here to tempt you to visit St Andrews this weekend, but even if you can’t make it, do try some of these ideas and we’ll know you’re here with us in spirit!