What’s on in St Andrews in October 2019

With the leaves changing colour and a bit of a nip in the air, it can only mean one thing. October is upon us, and stunning autumnal weather is well on its way bringing with it a glorious array of colours to change the already stunning scenery in and around the area of St Andrews. But don’t worry – this change in weather doesn’t mean there is nothing to do. In fact, there are a huge number of interesting events taking place in St Andrews this month.

Ghost tours

As the weather gets cooler and the nights get darker, what better way to explore St Andrews than by taking part in one of the very popular St Andrews Ghost Tours? These take place at regular intervals during the evening. Dogs are welcome and whilst the walks are not suitable for those with walking difficulties, the routes covered are fine for wheelchairs and scooters.


We can’t mention all the things to do in October without of course mentioning at least one of the Halloween activities in the vicinity of St Andrews. This year the Halloween Spooktacular at Craigtoun will take place on Saturday 26th October. This will be a ticketed event, so will need to be booked in advance, but if previous years celebrations are anything to go by, this promises to be a great event to really get you in the Halloween spirit.

Local Ghost Tours will be turning it up a notch for Halloween with a children’s walk and an adult Halloween themed walk taking place on the 26th as well.

Vintage Ploughing Championships

For something a little bit different, why not check out the Scottish and European Vintage Ploughing Championships. Taking place at Bowhouse Farm, St Monans, 200 competitors will be battling it our with horses, vintage, modern and classic ploughs in a number of categories during this two-day competition. This is the 57th year of the annual Scottish Ploughing Championship and will also be playing host to the 22nd European Vintage Ploughing Championships. It promises to be a really unique event that will be sure to have something for everyone to enjoy.

Music and Theatre

If you prefer your entertainment to have a more musical quality to it then the Byrd Theatre has a very full programme for the month of October that has something for absolutely every taste. Everything from The St Andrews Opera Society with a stunning performance of Orphee and Euridice, featuring a clever modern twist on an old classic, to the musical stylings of Rock Icons. There are also a significant number of events taking place under the banner of Voices19, these include opera-based events, plays and vocal events. There are also a number of these events that are aimed at a younger audience and are a great way to introduce your children to the wonderful, magical world of the theatre. Whilst not all of these events take place at the Byrd Theatre, they will all be held in close proximity to St Andrews.

While the weather might be turning darker, there are certainly plenty of things to do in October that will be sure to brighten the days and nights in St Andrews.




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