Saltire Festival

Visit East Lothian | Thursday 31st October 2019 10:27am

The clocks have gone back, it's darker earlier and there is a definite frosty bite in the air.  But don't let that deter you from enjoying East Lothian's coast, countryside, attractions and events.

East Lothian is home of The Saltire, Scotland's national flag, and we're delighted that The Saltire Festival returns for 2019.  To celebrate its 10th anniversary and St. Andrew's Day, the programme is packed with a range of events across the county.


The Brunton, Musselburgh

Sun 1st Dec, 8pm - Big Country & The Rezillos join forces as a double-bill!  Big Country will perform their classic hits including Fields of Fire, In a Big County, Wonderland & Look Away. The Rezillos shot to fame with their debut single, I Can't Stand My Baby. They reformed in 2002 after playing Edinburgh's Hogmanay Festival and won over a new generation of fans.

Sat 30th Nov, 7.30pm - Join the talented Barbara Dickson and her Full Band as she performs her hit songs including Answer Me, Caravan Song & I Know Him So Well.  The concert will open with support from Yorkshire based singer-songwriter, Edwina Hayes.

Wed 27th Nov, 7.30pm - Experience Scotland on Film with a screening of the historical drama ‘Robert the Bruce’.  Angus Macfadyen reprises the role he played so memorabily in Braveheart as Scottish Leader Robert the Bruce in this retelling of the legendary story.

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Dirleton Castle

Sun 1st Dec, 1.30pm - Come along to Dirleton Castle to experience a special 'Man at Arms' talk which tell tales of siege warfare and castle life, with a selection of medieval weapons on show.  No booking required, included in admission price.

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Haddington Farmers' Market

Sat 30th Nov, 9am-1pm - Widely recognised as the friendly farmers’ market, savour the atmosphere at Haddington Farmers’ Market on St. Andrew’s Day itself.  Stallholders will be selling a wide variety of local produce presented in an inspiring and innovative way.  While you’re there you can pick up some St. Andrew’s Day recipes so you can cook your very own dishes at home.  A great opportunity to talk directly to producers about the provenance of the food and the growing and rearing methods.  


Foxlake Adventures

Fri 29th Nov, 6pm  - Get ready to run either a 5K or 10K trail run through the illuminated woodland with the foxes in the woods surrounding Foxlake in the dead of the night.  It’s time to don the head torch and join the ranks of over 200 runners under the stars as you meander through trails surrounding Foxtrail HQ.

Sat 30th Nov, 4pm - Take on the challenge of the Nocturnal Ultra marathon. The format is simple: 5km, 6 hours, furthest distance wins – all under darkness.  You can choose to tackle the course on your own or share the challenge in a relay team.  There may be a few surprises along the way!  

These events are Saltire themed, that means all things tartan and blue and white are welcomed!

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Prestonpans Battlefield by Night Tour

Thurs 28th Nov, 7.30pm - Join battlefield historian, Arran Johnston, for an atmospheric exploration of Prestonpans Battlefield, uncovering the forgotten story of the battle.  This walking tour visits many of the location's main landmarks, including Tranent Churchyard, the Waggonway Fields & Bankton House Doocot.  The tour lasts approx 2 hrs 30 and starts and finishes at Meadowmill Sports Centre, Prestonpans.

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Lanterne Rouge: The Launch Open Day & Party

Thurs 28th Nov, 12.45pm - Celebrate the launch of the Anthology 'Lanterne Rouge': The Last at the Lanterne Rouge Cafe in Gifford.  The Anthology is a compilation of poems on the theme of 'The Last'.  Lanterne Rouge is the name given to the cyclist in last place in several cycle races including the Tour de France and this beautiful book, printed locally, will do justice to the theme, the poets and this amazing county.

The day will consist of a free drop in event from 1pm-4pm with live music and poety from Yester Primary School pupils followed by an evening party from 7pm-9pm when you will have the opportunity to hear readings from the published poets themselves.  The evening party is a ticketed event and includes wine & nibbles - all proceeds to St. Columba's Hospice.  Space is limited so book now to secure your place.  

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Saltire Raceday

Mon 25th Nov - Celebrate the run up to St. Andrew's Day with the excitement of jump racing at Musselburgh Racecourse.  Treat yourself to a great day out and take up position close to one of the hurdles or fences as the horses speed past!  Why not come dressed to impress and wear something tartan.  Doors open 11.30am, first race 12.45pm, last race 3.30pm

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St. Andrew Service

Sun 24th Nov, 11am - An annual St. Andrew Service commemorating the association between Scotland’s patron saint and Athelstaneford.  Tradition has it, that close by the village, a battle was fought in 832AD in which the dramatic appearance overhead of a white cross against a blue sky inspired the Scots/Picts to victory.  This was to lead to the St. Andrew’s Cross or Saltire being adopted as the national flag.

At the close of the service, pipers will lead the Minster and the congregation to the Memorial where a new Saltire will be blessed and hoisted.  Pipers will then lead a procession to meet horseriders who will be presented with flags to take to the historic battle site.


Make sure you check out the full programme of events at www.saltirefestival.com, and come celebrate a fun packed St. Andrew's Day with us in East Lothian - home of the Scottish flag.