St Andrew’s Day


St Andrew’s Day on 30 November is Scotland’s national day. It is a powerful opportunity to show how important kindness continues to be for all of us and how much we value it as a nation. Every gesture of kindness makes a difference and everyone benefits from sharing it.

Sharing kindness on St Andrew’s Day demonstrates that we are open, welcoming, friendly and inclusive and we have compassion for others and the communities we live in at our core. #WeAreScotland

It’s also an important moment to come together in our communities to spend time with each other and enjoy local events. A range of events will take place across Scotland to mark St Andrew’s Day and more information on these will be added here soon.

How Can You Get Involved?

As we approach St Andrew’s Day this year, we’re asking people across Scotland to stop, reflect and appreciate how valuable the kindness we show each other is every day. We want people to connect and share kind thoughts, words and actions with family, friends, neighbours and communities near and far.

We’ve teamed up with artist Emily Hogarth again this year to create a bespoke illustration that encapsulates the spirit of St Andrew’s Day and reflects acts of kindness and togetherness that have taken place throughout this year.

This illustration can be emailed, sent by text or shared across your social media pages to help send a message of kindness across our country and beyond.
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St Andrew’s Day Events

BEMIS Scotland Bringing Communities Together

BEMIS Scotland will celebrate St Andrew’s Day  2021 by supporting ethnic minority communities  to deliver a series of events championing inclusivity, diversity and community spirit across Scotland between the 26 and 30 November.

From a special online fundraiser organized by Highlands Supports Refugees right through to a special St Andrews Diversity Cup, organised by Cambria Amateur Football Club, 16 community events are set to take place across the country, aiming to bring people together to have fun, be inspired about other cultures and support diverse, vibrant communities.

These events will take place between 26 and 30 November in community spaces across Scotland from Aberdeen to North Lanarkshire, aiming to share a warm welcome to all who wish to join in.

To find out more, please visit www.bemis.org.uk.

St Andrew’s Fair Saturday

St Andrew’s Fair Saturday 2021 is a cultural festival running from 26 November to St Andrew’s Day, 30 November. It is Scotland’s contribution to Fair Saturday, a global movement to bring about change through art and culture and aims to celebrate the arts and spread support for social and cultural causes.

Over 90 events including exhibitions, poetry, literature, theatre and dance performances, workshops and guided walks will take place throughout the country in a range of locations from the Scottish Borders to the Isle of Skye. The programme offers the chance to come together in person in a variety of settings from church and village halls, to local markets, cinemas, arts venues, hotels and even distilleries! A special photography exhibition celebrating kindness in Dundee celebrating the people, organisations and businesses who have gone out of their way to help others in their local community over the past 18 months will take place as a live event in City Square Dundee and streaming online.

There is the opportunity to join in online for a number of poetry recitals, literature events and music concerts virtually through the Fair Saturday website.

To find out more, please visit https://standrews.fairsaturday.org/

Eventscotland Supported Programme Of Events Taking Place Across Scotland

EventScotland is supporting a range of online and in-person activities from live music to illuminations, torchlight parades and street theatre.  This will give both visitors and locals the opportunity to come together and celebrate Scotland’s values, world- class culture and unique heritage.

The Festival of Small Halls, Isle of Skye

The SEALL Festival of Small Halls is held in venues on Skye and Raasay bringing Scotland’s finest traditional musicians to some of the nation’s most remote rural halls. The festival is a celebration of island life and Highland musical heritage centred around Scotland’s national day. The festival includes concerts and workshops and culminates in the popular Big Cèilidh at the Sligachan Hotel on St Andrew’s Night. To find out more please visit: www.seall.co.uk

St Andrew’s Day Torchlight Parade

Glasgow is getting ready to light up for this year’s St Andrew’s Day Torchlight Parade. Visitors can enjoy a night of outdoor entertainment at Glasgow Botanic Gardens where they’ll be dazzled by fire performers, street theatre, live music and of course the parade itself. The parade will start off at Glasgow Botanic Garden and make its way down Byres Road passing many well-known attractions before ending at the South Front of the University of Glasgow. For tickets visit: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/halo-arts/st-andrews-day-torchlight-parade-2021

Big St Andrew’s Day Hoolie

2021 will see the event brought back to life post-COVID giving local community and regional visitors the chance to celebrate Scotland’s National Day through a series of free events showcasing Scottish culture. The format is similar to previous years and includes a Community Market (supporting charities, local artisans, music, food & drink), Pipes & Drums Torch Parade, Waterfront Fireworks Display, Music Stage and Scotland’s Largest Outdoor Ceilidh. The event will take place on the 27 November 2021 for more info visit: www.standrewsday.com/

Caledonia Festival

The Caledonia Festival brings together an amazing talent of creative arts to celebrate St Andrew’s Day in Scotland. This inaugural hybrid event on 30 November offers a mix of free online virtual viewing during the day with film, theatre and music as well as a live ticketed comedy evening in Stirling, hosted by Raymond Mearns with Stuart Mitchell, Jay Lafferty and headliner Vladimir McTavish. For more information visit: www.caledoniafest.scot

Oban Winter Festival

Come to Oban Winter Festival, pick up something special at the markets laden with hand made goods, visit the fairgrounds, join the pipe bands, ceilidhs and choirs celebrating St Andrew’s Day. Wonder at the evening light shows before relaxing with a special winter Festival Cocktail. So much to see, do and experience at this fun filled family festival 19-28 of November for more info visit: www.obanwinterfestival.com

All events taking place this St Andrew’s Day can be found on the visitscotland.com website here

St Andrew’s Day Schools Debate

One of the most prestigious school debating competitions in Scotland, the St Andrew’s Day debating tournament will virtually bring together S3 to S6 pupils from schools all over the country to discuss and debate topics chosen to highlight the value of kindness in today’s society. Held on one day with three rounds leading up to a Grand Final, this is the 15th anniversary of the debate which will see 60 pupils participate from schools across Scotland. The Grand Final will be livestreamed on YouTube at 4.30pm on the 30 November and open for public viewing via this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiTFqKzMfS0&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=English-SpeakingUnionScotland