With weeks of soaring temperatures followed swiftly by torrential downpours and thunder storms; we can be in no doubt that the Great British Summer is most definitely here. While the weather may not always be perfect, the longer days and milder evenings are great for visiting many of the spectacular events in and around St Andrews this July.
Byre in the Botanics
The beautiful botanical gardens in the heart of St Andrews will once again play host to the Byre in the Botanics after the success of its debut in 2016. From the 29th June all the way through to the 29th July there will be a celebration of all things music, film and theatre performed live on stages with the botanic gardens as their breath-taking backdrop.
Byre in the Botanics is perfect for the entire family with blockbuster films being shown during the day to entertain the kids and an array of musical talent during the evening from a wide range of genres. Musical acts range from The Glen Miller Orchestra on the 8th, to The New Orleans Swamp Donkeys on the 20th and to Midge Ure on the 22nd. The month long festival will also keep you fed and watered with a range of beers, wines and cocktails from the BITB bar and food from Fife street food company Screaming Peacock.
Chamber Philharmonia Cologne
July seems to be a very musical month with more live music happening on the 17th with the philharmonic orchestra from Cologne, Germany performing at St Andrews Parish Church of the Holy Trinity. With a program of beautifully performed pieces from renowned composers such as Mozart and Tchaikovsky and featuring the classic Vivaldi’s Four Seasons; the evening promises to be a musical masterpiece for any lover of the classical genre.
St Andrews Fire Station open day
On the 22nd July the fire station at the heart of St Andrews will open its doors to visitors from 10am until 4pm. Take the kids down to sit in the fire engine and test the siren, check out the pole and where these heroes take a nap and grab some food. The whole family is bound to have a good time, the kids especially so why not head down and support our local heroes.
The Official Launch of the Kelpie Maquettes
The iconic Clydesdale horse is to be celebrated in style at the official unveiling of Andy Scott’s Sculpture of the Kelpies on the 29th July. There will be a parade starting at 10.30am on the day, starting at the Castle and coming to the Scores on the Bruce Embankment where the statues will sit. After the unveiling there will then be a carnival in celebration of the magnificent horse with the City of St Andrews Pipe Band and folk band Mosses and Lichens providing the music. There will be face painting, games, a bouncy castle and an array of delicious foods.
St Andrews Highland Games
Saturday 30th July will be the day of the annual highland games in St Andrews. It is a fun day for the entire family with events such as running, cycling, tug-of-war, highland dancing and much more. There is something for everyone as well as plenty of food and drink trucks to keep you going throughout the day.
It’s time to get those diaries out and start planning your summer in St Andrews – you’re sure to fill it in no time!