What’s on in St Andrews in November 2019

Don’t let the dark November days fool you, there is still plenty to see and do in St Andrews. Whether you’re looking for a bit of culture, music or beautiful scenery, November in St Andrew’s has it all.

The Arts

Fife Contemporary have worked with curator Amanda Game to bring to St Andrews Museum an exhibition which will explore how Scottish artists communicate their thinking through ‘physical acts of mark-making’. The exhibition, Lines from Scotland will showcase a variety of art forms including tapestry designs and animation to demonstrate how the arts have evolved in Scotland. If you’re looking to immerse yourself in a thoughtful visual display, the collection will be at the Museum between Sat 9 Nov and Sat 22 Feb. The museum itself boasts a variety of exhibitions, talks and children’s activities and with free entry and a café full of delicious treats makes for a great day out for the whole family.


St Andrew’s is home to Scotland’s largest telescope – the James Gregory Telescope (JGT)! The University of St Andrews School of Physics and Astronomy hosts an open night in November where enthusiasts can get a close up of the JGT and the University’s other telescopes. Astronomers will be available throughout the evening to answer any burning questions and there is likely to be additional activities for children. A specific date has not been set yet but keep an eye on the University of St Andrews Observatory Facebook for updates. Otherwise the JGT is open every first Wednesday of the month between 7-9pm.

Cambo Gardens

Heralded as the best garden to unwind in by one of its visitors, Cambo Gardens is truly a sight to behold. The Walled Garden dates back to the 1800s and the Cambo team work hard to showcase magical horticulture. With an enchanting play area and a fun woodland trail, children (and pets!) will also enjoy a visit. Why not visit the Gardens on Saturday 16th Nov or Sunday 17th Nov and get yourself into the Christmas spirit. During this weekend the Cambo will be holding a Christmas Makers Market with lots of stalls to browse and food and entertainment to enjoy.

St Andrews Day – the Big Hoolie

November 30th is St Andrews Day and where better to celebrate Scotland’s patron saint than in the town of his namesake. The fun will start with on South Street with live music and a good old Scottish dance. Thereafter join the Torch light parade which will leave from Blackfriars chapel and make its way to the West Sands. Finish the evening in style at West Sands with a stunning firework display.

Fringe of Gold

St Andrews proudly hosts Scotland’s festival of wind, brass and percussion between 13-16 November. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness local musicians creating musical harmony with international and national performers. This year, festival regulars The Wallace Collection will partner Stockholm Chamber Brass to deliver Sun, Swedes and Scots, a captivating programme with world premieres from composers Andrew Powell and Francisco Coll.

The festival will take place across St Andrews with performances from St Andrews Music Society, St Andrews Chamber Orchestra, Tullis Russell Band, St Andrews Brass and members of The Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. Of special interest is an intimate concert performed by the Scholarship Wind Quintet which will be held at the Bell Pettigrew Museum of Natural History on Saturday 16th November.

With all this to see and do, no matter what the weather in November, there’s no reason you should have a dull time in St Andrews.

Why not stay with us and experience our amazing Coach Houses, or take our lodge with it’s private hot tub for that extra dab of luxury. More at https://www.standrewscoachhouses.co.uk/

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