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December 2019

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Sunday 1

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10:00 Young Adult Bookgroup The YA Bookgroup is our informal monthly gathering for our young adult readers where we discuss the latest in young adult fiction and culture. It’s the perfect opportunity for young adult readers to share book recommendations and meet new people, and perfect for aspiring editors and writers alike – ages 12+; Topping & Company Booksellers, 7 Greyfriars Garden, KY16 9HG [map]; Books Kids

13:00 - 15:00 Indoor Car Boot Sale tables cost £10, phone 01334-474140 to book – in aid of Cosmos Centre funds; Cosmos Centre, Abbey Walk [map] ; Sale

Monday 2

19:00 St Andrews Community Council Meeting Burgh Chambers, St Andrews Town Hall, Queen’s Gardens, KY16 9TA [map]; Meet

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Tuesday 3

16:00 - 20:00 The Christmas Market local food and craft, drinks and live music – a celebration of producers and makers; Balgove Larder, Strathtyrum, KY16 9SF [map]; Craft Food & Drink Music

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Wednesday 4

16:00 - 20:00 The Christmas Market local food and craft, drinks and live music – a celebration of producers and makers; Balgove Larder, Strathtyrum, KY16 9SF [map]; Craft Food & Drink Music

18:00 - 20:00 General Election Hustings on Transportation organised by St Andrews Space for Cycling (SASC). To submit a question please email averill.marks1@gmail.com; Gateway Centre, North Haugh, KY16 9RJ [map]; Environment Politics

20:00 Salley Vickers: Grandmothers Salley Vickers joins us to celebrate her latest novel: Grandmothers tells the story of three very different women, and their relationship to the younger generation. Fiercely independent Nan, glamorous Blanche, and shy, bookish Minna, all discover the lessons of their own pasts, and explore the nature of change; Topping & Company Booksellers, 7 Greyfriars Garden, KY16 9HG [map]; Books

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Thursday 5

16:30 - 21:30 Toppings Christmas Evening celebrate Christmas in St Andrews with a warming glass of mulled wine, mince pies, and a cosy browse in the bookshop. Our booksellers will be on hand to give you plenty of bookish suggestions and advice, and we’re also offering a free present wrapping service with a gorgeous selection of wrapping paper; Topping & Company Booksellers, 7 Greyfriars Garden, KY16 9HG [map]; Books

19:00 Fine Wine Tasting Dinner at The Peat Inn A fine wine dinner focusing on the great classic wines of the world. Join Rose at this sumptuous four course dinner at one of Scotland's best restaurants. Sample eight different fine wines matched alongside Peat Inn Michelin-star chef/proprietor Geoffrey Smeddle's wonderful dishes; The Peat Inn Restaurant, Peat Inn, by Cupar, KY15 5LH; Food & Drink Out of Town

19:00 - 21:00 How to reach Zero Emissions Professor Sir Ian Boyd, former Chief Scientist at DEFRA, gives his views on the lifestyle and other changes needed to respond to the climate crisis. (followed by St Andrews Space for Cycling AGM) [Facebook]; Lecture Room 2, Gateway Building, North Haugh, KY16 9RJ [map]; Environment Talk

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Friday 6

10:15 - 11:15 Baby MUSA @ the Bell Pettigrew: Polar Express allows your little one to discover some of the fantastic things found in museums through stories, songs, art and messy play – drop-in activity is for babies, pre-school children and whoever looks after them; Bell Pettigrew Museum, Bute Medical Buildings, KY16 9TS [map]; Kids

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Saturday 7

09:00 - 11:30 Christmas Wreath Workshops in this festive class, our floral experts provide you with all the seasonal sprigs, stems, greenery and know-how to create your very own Christmas wreath – booking required; Steak Barn, Balgove Larder, Strathtyrum, KY16 9SF [map]; Craft

09:00 - 13:00 Farmer’s Market food, drink, crafts, cosmetics, fuel, craft, etc; Market Street; Food & Drink Free Sale

10:00 - 15:30 Christmas Antiques Fair St Andrews Town Hall, Queen’s Gardens, KY16 9TA [map]; Sale

10:30 - 12:30 West Sands Beach Clean help the West Sands Ranger Team to carry out a Beach Clean – wear sturdy shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather. No need to book just come along; Entry Point 4, West Sands Road [map] ; Environment Outdoors

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Sunday 8

09:00 - 11:30 Christmas Wreath Workshops in this festive class, our floral experts provide you with all the seasonal sprigs, stems, greenery and know-how to create your very own Christmas wreath – booking required; Steak Barn, Balgove Larder, Strathtyrum, KY16 9SF [map]; Craft

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Monday 9

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Tuesday 10

10:00 Bookbug free story, song and rhyme sessions for babies, toddlers, pre-school children and their families; St Andrews Public Library, Church Square, South Street, KY16 9NN [map]; Free Kids

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Wednesday 11

19:30 SOC: Members’ Night talks by local members; St Andrews Town Hall, Queen’s Gardens, KY16 9TA [map]; Nature Talk

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Thursday 12

07:00 - 22:00 UK General Election Politics

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Friday 13

18:30 Rufflets Christmas Party Night Celebrate your Christmas Party Night at Rufflets St Andrews. These special festive events offer groups of all sizes the opportunity to join in the fun and atmosphere of larger parties. Meet friends and colleagues in the Long Gallery Bar before moving through to the Garden Room to enjoy a delicious three course dinner. Afterwards, let us take care of the entertainment, and celebrate the season late into the night; Rufflets Hotel, Strathkinness Low Road, KY16 9TX [map]; 01334 460893; events@rufflets.co.uk; £37.50 per person; Food & Drink

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Saturday 14

09:00 - 11:30 Christmas Wreath Workshops in this festive class, our floral experts provide you with all the seasonal sprigs, stems, greenery and know-how to create your very own Christmas wreath – booking required; Steak Barn, Balgove Larder, Strathtyrum, KY16 9SF [map]; Craft

10:30 Kiddie Ceilidh free for the kids to come and learn how to do some of the basic Ceilidh dances, coffee and breakfast available to purchase for the adults; Forgan’s, 110 Market Street, KY16 9PB [map]; Kids Free Dance

14:00 Ian Rankin: Westwind the author talks about his ‘lost’ thriller, first published in 1990; Hope Park & Martyrs Church, St Mary’s Place, KY16 9UY [map]; Books

18:30 Rufflets Christmas Party Night Celebrate your Christmas Party Night at Rufflets St Andrews. These special festive events offer groups of all sizes the opportunity to join in the fun and atmosphere of larger parties. Meet friends and colleagues in the Long Gallery Bar before moving through to the Garden Room to enjoy a delicious three course dinner. Afterwards, let us take care of the entertainment, and celebrate the season late into the night; Rufflets Hotel, Strathkinness Low Road, KY16 9TX [map]; 01334 460893; events@rufflets.co.uk; £37.50 per person; Food & Drink

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Sunday 15

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Monday 16

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Tuesday 17

16:30 - 21:30 Toppings Christmas Evening celebrate Christmas in St Andrews with a warming glass of mulled wine, mince pies, and a cosy browse in the bookshop. Our booksellers will be on hand to give you plenty of bookish suggestions and advice, and we’re also offering a free present wrapping service with a gorgeous selection of wrapping paper; Topping & Company Booksellers, 7 Greyfriars Garden, KY16 9HG [map]; Books

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Wednesday 18

19:30 SCO: A Rose in Winter SCO Chorus Christmas Concert - programme includes Sally Beamish: In the Stillness, Margaret Rizza: Mary Slept, Judith Weir: Drop down ye heavens, Kerry Andrew: Hevene Quene, Cecilia Mcdowall Ave Regina, Anton Bruckner Locus Iste, Ave Maria, Virga Jesse, Praetorius arr Sandström Es ist ein Ros entsprungen and music by Tallis, Kenneth Leighton, Sir James MacMillan and traditional Christmas carols; Holy Trinity Church, South Street, KY16 9UH [map]; Music

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Thursday 19

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Friday 20

18:30 Rufflets Christmas Party Night Celebrate your Christmas Party Night at Rufflets St Andrews. These special festive events offer groups of all sizes the opportunity to join in the fun and atmosphere of larger parties. Meet friends and colleagues in the Long Gallery Bar before moving through to the Garden Room to enjoy a delicious three course dinner. Afterwards, let us take care of the entertainment, and celebrate the season late into the night; Rufflets Hotel, Strathkinness Low Road, KY16 9TX [map]; 01334 460893; events@rufflets.co.uk; £37.50 per person; Food & Drink

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Saturday 21

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Tuesday 24

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Friday 27

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Monday 30

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Tuesday 31

18:30 Hogmanay Ceilidh see in the New Year in style with friends and family at Rufflets St Andrews! Be greeted with a glass of fizz on arrival before sitting down to enjoy a delectable four-course dinner. Dance the night away with a traditional Scottish ceilidh in our Garden Suite; Rufflets Hotel, Strathkinness Low Road, KY16 9TX [map]; 01334 460893; events@rufflets.co.uk; £95 per person; Dance Food & Drink

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Exhibitions and Long Events

Sat 5 October
- Sat 30 November Looking Back: A History of St Andrews Preservation Trust Join us as we take a look back at what the Trust has accomplished over the years, the people who have been part of making this happen and what the future holds for the Trust; Preservation Trust Museum, 12 North Street, KY16 9PW [map]; Exhibition

Sat 7 - Sat 14 December Art Club Winter Exhibition Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 12 noon - 5 pm; Art Club Rooms, 14c Argyle Street, KY16 9BP [map]; Art Exhibition

Sun 1 - Thu 19 December Christmas at Craigtoun mid-week lunches, Sunday morning breakfasts with Santa, Sunday afternoon visits to Santa’s Grotto – booking required; Craigtoun Country Park [map]; Food & Drink Kids Out of Town

Thu 28 November - Sat 4 January 2020 Mother Goose pantomime; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Kids Play

Sat 9 Nov - Sat 22 Feb 2020 Lines from Scotland The many and varied ways that Scottish artists develop and communicate ideas through drawing and physical acts of mark-making are explored by independent curator Amanda Game. Animation, archaeological records, botanical drawing, portraits and designs for tapestry are just some of the lines that will be included; St Andrews Museum, Kinburn Park, Doubledykes Road, KY16 9DP [map]; Art Exhibition

11:00 daily Walking Tour in St Andrews In this two hour leisurely tour, you’ll see all of the main sights of the town, whilst learning about its history and the unique culture that still stands today. It is a family-friendly tour and will be a leisurely stroll so suitable for all. Each guide has their own unique stories about the town so each tour is unique in it’s own way. Key sights: St Andrews Cathedral, St Andrews Castle, The Old Course, The University of Saint Andrews, St. Salvator’s Chapel and many more hidden gems too…; meet at Martyrs’ Monument, The Scores, KY16 9AT [map]; walkingtoursinstandrews @gmail.com / tel: 07934739456; £10 full/£9 concession; Outdoors Tour

Wed 4 - Sun 8 March 2020 StAnza 2020 poetry festival; various venues in St Andrews; Festival Poetry


Other St Andrews Events Sites

  • Byre Theatre — The Byre Theatre is a vibrant hub of cultural activity in St Andrews and is a focal point for the Arts in North East Fife. A year-round programme of events, shows, conferences, music and learning.
  • University of St Andrews — What’s on at the university. A wide range of events from the academic to the entertaining, many open to all.
  • University Museums — The University’s museums host a changing programme of events aimed at offering something for everyone.
  • Topping & Company Booksellers — Our events are lively occasions with the emphasis on direct communication between author and audience. The talks usually last about an hour, followed by questions, and then there is an opportunity to meet the speaker and have a book signed.
  • Waterstones Book Shop — Book and author-related events.

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