One of the glasshouses at the St Andrews Botanic Garden

The period after Christmas as can sometimes feel like a slump after all the bustle of the festive season but January can actually be the perfect time to take a break and go exploring somewhere new. At this quiet time of the year there are many bargains to be had and it can be easier to get reservations at otherwise popular establishments. On a bright winter’s day in St Andrews, you can enjoy fantastic, bracing walks in the beautiful parks or along the coast and then treat yourself to a warming supper in front of a roaring fire. On a dull day, there is enjoyment to be discovered indoors, including the many distilleries within easy reach – or, simply enjoy what we have to offer locally. Hours can be spent seeking out hidden gems in bookshops before sampling a steaming hot chocolate in a cafe. Our independent wine and cheese shops are a joy to explore and the very knowledgeable owners will ensure you leave with the perfect product for you. Keen golfers will also be delighted to discover a number of winter golf packages available with vastly reduced green fees. Here are a few other ideas to help you to make the most of your time in St Andrews if you’re looking for things to do throughout January.

Friends of the Botanical Gardens Lecture

On Tuesday 9th January, you are welcome to attend a lecture in the School of Chemistry at St Andrew’s University. As well as a great opportunity to enter the world famous university buildings, Simon Jones will be delivering a fascinating and free talk on Enclosure design for Eclectic Diners: Plants in Zoos.

Beethoven ‘Emperor’ Concerto

A very special opportunity to experience a powerful and moving performance of this concerto, conducted by Clemens Schuldt and performed by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the great pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja. Leonskaja has decades of experience and is a master pianist who is able to bring Beethoven to life through her fantastic interpretation of the music. The performance will be held in Younger Hall on Wednesday 31st January. Classical music fans should put this date in their diary, this is not to be missed.

St Andrews Farmers Market

St Andrews Farmers Market is held on the first Saturday of the month, which in January is the 6th. With up to 30 busy stall holders you will be treated to an array of produce from meat, dairy, fish, fruit and vegetables to crafts, plants, flowers and cakes. You may even be lucky enough to catch a cookery demonstration. The market runs from 9am – 1pm. The early bird catches the worm.

MUSA – Encountering Africa: Henri Garden’s life and photography in colonial French West Africa 1894-1939

Until February 25th 2018, the Museum of the University of St Andrews (MUSA) will be exhibiting photographs by Henri James. James was an ethnographer, linguist and talented photographer who captured images of landscapes, architecture and colonial life in West Africa. A visual treat to seek out whilst you’re visiting the dynamic and exciting space that is MUSA.

With plenty on to inspire even the person with the worst ‘January blues’, there’s never been a better place to start the new year.

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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