St Andrews Day

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  • 27 November 2008

While Homecoming 2009 will be the real biggie in terms of Saltire-waving celebration, various Scottish cities are building up to it with unprecedented displays of patriotism this St Andrew’s Day. Virtually every tourist attraction in Edinburgh (or at least most of those on the Royal Mile) has got some sort of special offer or celebration happening this weekend. Princes Street Gardens and Glasgow’s George Square, meanwhile, are being turned into centres of tartan-trimmed activity in the days leading up to our national hootenanny, with concerts, ceilidhs, storytelling and history events, all for free! For a complete list of country-wide celebrations, check out www.scotland.org/standrewsday

Glasgow and Edinburgh, Thu 27–Sun 30 Nov.

Shindig: St Andrew's Day Concert

George Square is transformed into a sea of Saltires and a celebration of the best in Scottish culture with a free concert featuring some top Scottish musicians. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

St Andrew's Festival

A series of events will be organised in celebration of St Andrews Day including Christmas Lights Switch On, Beating Retreat and St Andrews Day Procession. This year will see the inaugural 'Son et Lumiere', 'Scotland the Highlights', staged in St Mary's Quad on the evenings of the 29 & 30 November. The production will…

Celebrating St Andrew's Day

High energy pipe fiends Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson present a workshop for intermediate players at 3pm and evening performance at 8pm. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

St Andrew's Ceilidh

Join the Ian MacCallum Scottish Dance Band for an evening of reeling shenanigans. Tartan optional. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

Celebrating St Andrew's Day with Tartan Intarsia

A workshop aimed at knitters who can already knit/purl with confidence. Learn how to work from a graph using the intarsia technique. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

St Andrew's Day Event: Edinburgh Zoo

Free entry to the zoo for one day only. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

St Andrew's Day Event: Scottish Parliament

Free tours of the Scottish Parliament building with sampling of Scottish food and drink in the Parliament Shop. Booking essential. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

St Andrew's Day Event: Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park

For St Andrew's Day there's 20% off everything in park shops, cafés, outdoor activities, bike hire and bike accessories as well as free face painting and the launch of a free photographic competition with prizes. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

St Andrew's Day Event: Scottish Mining Museum

Kids go free for one day only. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

St Andrew's Day Event: The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary

2 for 1 entry for one day only. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

St Andrew's Day Event: The Real Mary King's Close

Kids go free (2 children under 15 and over 5 per adult) into the hidden closes for one day only. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

St Andrew's Day Event: Jacobite Cruises Ltd

All tour options are free for St Andrew's Day. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

St Andrew's Day Event: Mercat Tours

Children go free on the gruesome history tours around Edinburgh's Old Town and underground Vaults. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

St Andrew's Day Event: Highland Wildlife Park

Visit the Amur tiger, Japanese macaques and red panda as well as much more Scottish and European wildlife for free. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

St Andrew's Day Event: Camera Obscura & World of Illusions

One free child per full adult admission to Edinburgh's Camera Obscura, which features fantastic views of Edinburgh and three galleries of optical experiences. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

St Andrew's Day Event: The National Wallace Monument

Free admission for all visitors as a special St Andrew's Day treat. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

St Andrew's Day Event: Paisley Museum, Art Galleries and Observatory

Get 10% discount in the Museum shop on St Andrew's Day. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

St Andrew's Day Event: National Museum of Scotland

St Andrew's day is the perfect time to reflect on Scottish culture past and present. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

St Andrew's Weekend Celebrations

A series of traditional music performances, Scottish country dances and children's workshops in honour of our patron Saint.'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

Blairgowrie and East Perthshire St Andrew's Day Celebrations

A busy weekend of St Andrew's Day events including a massed Pipe Band display, torchlight procession, ceilidh, story telling, children's fun fair, market, vintage car rally, concert and craft fair.'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

Radio Tay Day Out

Radio Tay will broadcasting the Bill Torrance show from City Square. Celebrations Activities will include face painting, ceilidh band, treasure hunt, highland dance competition, highlander tot competition and food tasting.'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

Face of Scotland

Have your photo taken with a Scottish backdrop and take away a framed copy or download your photo from Overgate's website.'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

Celebrate Scottish Music and Dance

Wellgate Shopping Centre will host a celebration of Scottish music and dance with bands, young pipers and highland dance troupes performing. There will also be a special performance of Scottish songs by 100 children from Dundee's Youth Music Initiative at 1pm.'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

Go Wild with St Andrew

Step back in time and take part in Medieval Day, with falconry, Clydesdale horses, displays, competitions, performances and stocks with sponges.'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

Celebrate Scottish Science

Enjoy a special display and follow the Scottish Inventor Trail to visit the local biodiversity showcase. Free entry for one child with every paying adult.'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

Friday Night Music

St Andrew's themed night pipers, fiddlers and dancing.'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

Celebrate Dundee's Many Cultures

Dundee International Women's Centre host a celebration of music and dance from a diverse array of cultures.'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

Concert by Fair Witness

Lunchtime concert at the Steeple Church with vocals, fiddle and guitar.'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

Indoor Shinty Tournament

Indoor shinty tournament for primary school aged children. Times and prices are still to be confirmed. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

Evensong Service at St Andrew's Cathedral

Evensong Service at St Andrew's Cathedral and special Charity torchlight procession leaving from Inverness Castle.'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

Northern Meeting Park Arena - Moray Firth Radio Firewalk

Take part in the Moray Firth Radio Firewalk, a torchlit procession, and raise funds for Cash for Kids.'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

St Andrews Day Concert in the Park

Top fiddle player Bruce Macgregor will open the show, followed by the popular Red Hot Chilli Pipers, with support from local bands. The show will end with a Giant Strip the Willow.'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

Stirling's Farmers' Market

A busy market with 20 to 25 stalls, traders gather on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Producers represent a good cross-section of some of Scotland’s finest food and drink suppliers, from Churchill's wild venison, Barker's Highland beef and Arbroath Fishery's fresh and smoked fish to Bellfield Organic vegetables and soft…

St Andrew's Day Event: Free Entry

Thank St Andrew for the chance to visit many of Historic Scotland's fantastic properties for free. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

Shindig 2009

Celebrate Scotland's patron saint with a good old hoolie: the Big Burns Bash, Shindig concert and Big Family Ceilidh, which is family friendly dancing in George Square with Bahookie, Skerryvore and the Vatersay Boys. 'Part of St Andrew's Day 09'.

St Andrew's Day Event: Edinburgh

The capital throws St Andrew a party to remember this year, spanning three days. The event kicks off with a Happy March through the streets of Edinburgh at 10.45am on Sat. Over the weekend there's a performance of the musical play 'Clarinda', storytelling sessions, children's activities, music from Salsa Celtica and The…

St Andrew's Day Event: Special Guided Tour

A tour of the highlights of the vast collection at the National Museum of Scotland. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

St Andrew's Day Event: Special Guided Tour

An insight into the myths and realities of Scottish identity through a tour of the collection at the National Museum of Scotland. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

St Andrew's Day Event: Special Guided Tour

A special tour entitled 'Royalty and the Scots'. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

St Andrew's Day Event: A Slice of Life

Travel back in time and encounter real characters from Scottish history in the Museum. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

St Andrew's Day Event: Sunday Morning Music

Mairearad Green and Anne Massie provide some traditional Scottish musical entertainment as you stroll through the museum. 'Part of St Andrew's Day. In association with Live Music Now! Scotland'.

St Andrew's Day Event: Royal Edinburgh High School Dancers

Traditional Scottish dance. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

St Andrew's Day Event: Alba Brass

The Scottish quintet performs a work inspired by the collections at the National Museum. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

St Andrew's Day Event: Harmeny School

Angus Lyons and Ruaridh Campbell accompany the young musicians as they rework the traditional combination of fiddle and accordion. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

St Andrew's Day Event: Lauren McColl Trio

Winner of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2005, the ensemble provides some contemporary music with the help of Barry Reid and Mhairi Hall. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

St Andrew's Day Event: John Kenny

A rare chance to hear the fanfare of a carnyx with this reconstruction of the Iron Age Celtic war horn. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

St Andrew's Day Event: Hermitage Park Primary School

The Leith choir performs a mix of Scottish music, from the traditional to The Proclaimers. Anne Massie and Mairearad Green accompany. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

St Andrew's Day Event: YDance

The National Youth Pipe Band joins Scottish Youth Dance for a demonstration of some of the best young talent in Scotland. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

St Andrew's Day Event: The Pictish Trail with The Fence Collective

Johnny Lynch, aka The Pictish Trail, is joined by members of The Fence Collective to promote their debut album 'Secret Soundz Vol 1'. Featuring James Yorkston, King Creosote and more. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

St Andrew's Day Event: Timberbush Tours

One child free per full adult fare on day tours from Edinburgh and Glasgow. Free Famous Grouse whisky and shortbread sampling at the Edinburgh shop. 'Part of St Andrew's Day'.

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