Events for St Andrew's Day 2011
- Lauren Mayberry
- 18 November 2011
Live music, ceilidhs, free and discounted entry to nation’s key landmarks
Visit for free
As part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals, the weekend before St Andrew’s Day will be enhanced with money-off deals for some of the nation’s key landmarks. You can get cheap or free entry to Glasgow Science Centre (check out the intriguingly named ‘Science in a Sporran’ event) and the Castle, Camera Obscura, Scotch Whisky Experience, Surgeons’ Hall Museum, Royal Botanic Gardens, Dungeon, Usher Hall and National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh (26–27 Nov, times, prices and restrictions vary. www.scotland.org/culture/festivals/winter-festivals/whats-on/).
Ceilidhs and Parties
Glasgow is hosting five days of celebrations at George Square (26–30 Nov, prices and times vary. See glasgowlife.org.uk), starting off with the Shindig (26–27 Nov, free). The family-friendly ceilidh will also have an ice rink and a storytelling zone, plus a projection of a saltire onto the City Chambers.
Round the corner at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, The Royal Scottish National Opera present A St Andrew’s Day Party with Phil and Aly (26 Nov, £12.50–£34, 7.30pm), a traditional musical event with help from the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. For smaller folks, there’s the St Andrew’s Day Baby Ceilidh at Paisley Museum and Art Gallery (30 Nov, £2 per adult, 11am) welcoming toddlers and their family members who want to celebrate the national saint.
Edinburgh University Student Association is doing a double celebration in both The Venue and Teviot Row unions, including traditional grubbings and ceilidh activities (30 Nov, £5–£6, 8pm). The National Museum of Scotland will be hosting Live Music Now, with Michael Haywood and Laura Grim performing (26 Nov, free, 3.15pm).
Outside the cities, The Saltire 2011 is a five day festival in East Lothian (25–30 Nov, times and prices vary, see eastlothian.org.uk/thesaltire2011), kicking off with a themed raced day at Musselburgh before a special Haddington Farmers’ Market (26 Nov) and a concert at St Andrew’s High Church (30 Nov). Edinburgh Castle will host the city’s official celebrations, with two days of fire and frost themed events (26–27 Nov, free, 11am). Elsewhere in Edinburgh, St Giles’ Cathedral will open its doors for a long evening of music and lighting (29 Nov, £3, 8pm). The 26 Treasures Project 2011 (30 Nov, free, 10am) also launches its Scottish leg on St Andrew’s Day, in which 26 writers have written about objects from the National Museum of Scotland with the results on display in the galleries until Burns Night.