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The Top 10 Festivals in St Andrews, Scotland

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Freelance Journalist
Updated: 24 December 2017
St Andrew’s, Scotland is a beautiful place to visit and is rich in culture, history and entertainment. The region boasts a number of festivals: from farmers’ markets to poetry festivals there is something for everyone to enjoy. With such a diverse range of events in St Andrews it can often be hard to decide which one to go to. Here is our guide to the top 10 festivals in St Andrews for you to experience.

St Andrew’s Day Festival

St Andrew’s Day is celebrated annually to mark the feast day of St Andrew, and is normally celebrated on the last day of November. As the town is named after the saint, this is the ultimate place to celebrate this day and take part in the various national festivities.

Fife Jazz Festival

Fife Jazz Festival is held every February in St Andrews and is perfect for all those jazz lovers who want to experience their favourite music in scenic surroundings. The Fife Jazz Festival is packed with a variety of jazz performances, from the blues to swing and soul.

St Andrews Green Film Festival

St Andrews Green Film Festival plays host to some of the most inspiring films and documentaries highlighting issues regarding climate change, the environment and sustainability. The festival is normally held with week long events across the month of February.

St Andrews Farmers’ Market

There are often festivities and events held at St Andrews farmers’ market: a busy market with up to 30 stallholders showcasing a wide variety of produce. Check it out for a real taste of the St Andrews and its surrounding countryside.

StAnza Poetry Festival

The StAnza Poetry Festival is an annual poetry festival that is held in the month of March in St Andrews, Scotland. The festival showcases the best of poetry from the region and attracts an international audience as well as celebrities including writers, musicians and media personalities.

East Neuk Festival

The East Neuk Festival is an award-winning, critically-acclaimed festival which showcases music and literature in beautiful surroundings all over the beautiful East Neuk of Fife. It is a great event for visitors and the local community alike.

The Crail Food Festival

The Crail Food Festival showcases the wonderful food and drink available in Fife, St Andrews and the surrounding areas while aiming to highlight the produce of Fife and generate interest in using locally sourced food.

Pittenweem Arts Festival

This annual arts festival hosts an array of invited creatives, newcomers, and resident artists, who exhibit their beautiful pieces in homes, studios, galleries and public spaces throughout the village, making this tiny seaside spot a must-visit.

St Andrew’s Photography Festival

The St Andrews Photography Festival aims to celebrate the presence of prominent historic and contemporary photographers in Scotland and to recognise St Andrews as the home of Scottish photography. The festival includes talks, historical process demonstrations, and workshops, as well as an amateur photography competition.

Byre in the Botanics St Andrews

If you love entertainment amidst nature then you will absolutely enjoy the Byre in the Botanics event that is held in St Andrews: a season of spectacular outdoor concerts, performances and big screen films programmed by the ByreTheatre.