With spring just around the corner and the days finally starting to feel longer, St Andrews is set to become a hive of activity this month. Here, to help you make the most of it, is the lowdown on events coming up this month – you won’t want to miss out on these!
Scotland’s annual poetry festival has a huge line up this year, which certainly won’t disappoint. The festival is now underway with so many different events to offer, and runs for the whole month, so if you’re not planning your trip until later in the month, you won’t have to miss out. This year’s festival has a heavy focus of geo-heritage, meaning that fossils are making a big appearance this year. You can listen to poetry about the fossils, and then see them for yourself. If you’re a keen collector, you can even take your own fossils to show to St Andrews Palaeontologists. Whether you’re a history enthusiast or want to educate the kids, it’s a great festival to get involved in.
Victorian Visions at MUSA
This exhibit is on Discovery and Restoration in St Andrews, focusing on the Victorian era. Here, you can see how archaeologists are uncovering cathedral ruins and how they are working to restore the famous Old Course and University buildings. You can also view the town’s first photographs and see life as it was during St Andrews development in the 19th century. Again, one for the history enthusiasts, there’s plenty to learn. Visit the site here.
St Andrews Concert Series 2016-17
March sees the continuation of the St Andrews Concert Series. This month, on Thursday 9th March you can go and see The Anglo-Italian Connection. Anna Huntley (mezzo-soprano) and Emma Abbate (piano) will be performing a selection of songs by Respighi, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Finzi and Britten. The Concert Series is part of the Chamber Music Concerts at the St Andrews Music Club. More information here.
Out of the Box: Spring Frieze
A continuation of monthly ‘Out of the Box’ events, March’s session, inspired by the Japanese festival, Hanami (cherry blossom tree festival) brings a mystery trail, magical mask making and birth sign investigation using the Chinese Calendar. These events are free at MUSA. They are predominantly self-led and make a great family activity. More info here.
Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club
If you fancy a laugh, a night out with your partner or a gathering of friends then on Wednesday 29th March you can enjoy a night at the Comedy Club at the Byre Theatre on Abbey Street. In one night of entertainment you can watch four fantastic comedians, enjoy a variety of jokes, audience interaction and well-established stand up comedy.
On Thursday 30th March, the St Andrews Whiskey Society is hosting a Whiskey Tasting. All proceeds go to the charity Water Aid and will no doubt be a great chance to gather with friends and of course taste some fine whiskeys – you might want to leave the children at home for this one!
With all this going on in St Andrews in the coming month, why not get out and about and experience something new to put a real ‘spring’ in your step?