St Andrew’s day events in Edinburgh 2013 including a music and dance extravaganza in the Grassmarket
2013 sees a packed programme of free events in the capital city to celebrate St Andrew’s Day. Unique Events and Underbelly will present award-winning Scottish performers in a music and dance extravaganza to take place throughout the afternoon and evening of Saturday 30 November in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket.
The St Andrew’s Day revelries, which are part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals, will feature Breabach in a unique collaboration with a stellar selection of Scottish artists including Dougie MacLean, Louis Abbott and Blazin’ Fiddles in a celebration of the national Bard – Robert Burns. This was originally presented in a sell-out event for Burns Night at Celtic Connections.
In addition to this line-up of great Scottish talent on Scotland’s National Day, families can spend the afternoon enjoying a whole range of ceilidh events and workshops – children can join dance workshops, write their own ceilidh tune, or settle in for some Scottish stories of myth and magic thanks to the Scottish Storytelling Centre. The whole family can birl away the afternoon in the outdoor ceilidh with the Cask Strength Ceilidh Band and enjoy a special performance from the Adam Sutherland Band.
Moving into the evening, the energetic can join a record-breaking giant Strip the Willow or try out the Silent Ceilidh.
The Grassmarket Market will be trading throughout the day from 10.00am to 6.00pm offering a range of quality foodstuffs from locally sourced vegetables, fish and meat to hot food with a distinctly international influence.
Free entry to Edinburgh attractions and other offers
- Free entry to Historic Scotland sites including Edinburgh Castle on 30th Nov and 1st Dec via Historic Scotland’s Ticket Giveaway website.
The special website is offering people the chance to apply for tickets to some of Scotland’s most iconic heritage sites. It will remain open until 5pm on Friday, 29th November.
People can apply for tickets for either Saturday 30th November or Sunday 1st December. In order to ensure a quality experience for visitors, the number of pre-registered tickets will be capped at each site. This includes 7,000 per day at Edinburgh Castle and 3,500 per day at Stirling Castle.
There is no limit to how many sites can be applied for, although visitors are being urged to be quick to register so they don’t miss out on the chance to visit a great historic property for free.
- On St Andrew’s Day itself, the Scottish Storytelling Centre has a variety of events to choose from.
- Free entry to Holyrood Palace and the Queen’s Gallery on Saturday 30th November (last entry 3pm)
- Surgeon’s Hall Museum has a special event featuring Richard Holloway, Geoff Palmer and Tom Devine on the 30th November – FREE
- Surgeon’s Hall Museum is also offering 2 for 1 entry to their museum from 18th November – 1st December inclusive
- Camera Obscura is offering one free child ticket with every adult ticket bought between 18th November and 1st December inclusive
- Dynamic Earth are offering one free child ticket with every adult ticket bought over St Andrew’s weekend (30th and 1st)
- The Real Mary King’s Close are offering one free child ticket with every adult ticket bought over St Andrew’s weekend (30th and 1st)
- 2 for 1 entry for The Botanics Glasshouse, 18th Nov – 1st Dec, voucher required.
- Free entry to the Museum of Edinburgh, 29th and 30th only, voucher required.
- Free child ticket with every adult at the Scotch Whisky Experience 18th Nov – 1st Dec, voucher required.
- 2 for 1 on the Mercat Tours Ghostly Underground Tour 18th Nov, 1st Dec, voucher required.
- Edinburgh’s Christmas will be fully open on St Andrew’s Day. You can read our feature on all there is to do.
You can also check up to date details and offers on the official website – Scotland.org. Please check every offer carefully as some are valid for certain days.
There is also St Andrew’s Day app you can download. For apple and Android. You can like St Andrew’s Day on Facebook and follow them on twitter @StAndrewsDay.