The Saltire Festival





The Saltire Festival is back for 2019 and we are delighted to be celebrating our 10th anniversary!  There will be exciting events marking St. Andrew's Day taking place across East Lothian from Sunday 24th November - Sunday 1st December bringing together the very best of Scotland in the Home of the Flag.

Our programme of events is shaping up well and we expect more events to be added, so please watch this space!


Saltire Raceday at Musselburgh Racecourse

Monday 25th November

Celebrate the run up to St. Andrew's Day with the excitement of jump racing.  Racegoers packages are available so treat yourself to a great day out and take up position close to one of the hurdles or fences as the horses speed past.  

Purchase your advance ticket before 11.59pm on 24th November to SAVE 5 per Adult.  (On the day price 22). Children 17 & under go FREE when accompanied by an adult.

Doors open: 11.30am, First Race: 12.45pm, Last Race: 3.30pm




Scotland on Film - Robert The Bruce

The Brunton, Musselburgh

Wednesday 27th November, 7.30pm

Angus Macfadyen reprises the role he played so memorably in Braveheart as Scottish Leader Robert the Bruce in this retelling of the legendary story.  This atmospheric film had its World Premiere at this years' Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Tickets: 8 (7)


Lanterne Rouge: The Launch Open Day

Lanterne Rouge Cafe, Gifford

Thursday 28th November, 1pm-4pm & 7pm-9pm

An open day event to celebrate the launch of the Anthology - Lanterne Rouge: The Last, which includes a mix of Scottish poetry.  The afternoon event will showcase poetry from Yester Primary School pupils, live music by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, grand raffle prize, luxury stovies or vegan curry and an opportunity to buy the newly published Anthology.  

In the evening, enjoy readings from nine of the published poets along with free wine & nibbles and again an opportunity to buy the Anthology.

The Anthology edited by Lanterne Rouge poet in residence, Stella Hervey Birrell, supported by successful Kickstarter Fund, all proceeds to St. Columba's Hospice.

Free entry!


St. Andrew's Day Haddington Farmers' Market

Court Street, Haddington

Saturday 30th November, 9am-1pm

Widely recognised as the friendly farmers' market come and enjoy the atmosphere on St. Andrew's Day itself.

Stallholders will be selling a wide variety of local produce presented in an inspiring and innovative way and you will be able to pick up some St. Andrew's recipes so you can cook you're 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.



Barbara Dickson Full Band Show

The Brunton, Musselburgh

Saturday 30th November, 7.30pm

Having started her career in the folk clubs in Scotland, Barbara Dickson recorded numerous hits songs.  In addition, she won many awards for her acting where she took on leading roles.

The concert will open with support from Edwina Hayes, a Yorkshire based singer-songwriter described by Nanci Griffith as "The sweetest voice in England".

Tickets: 32



Man at Arms

Dirleton Castle

Sunday 1st December, 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. For more information, please contact Dirleton Castle on 01620 850330.



The Rezillos & Big Country

The Brunton, Musselburgh

Sunday 1st December, 8pm

Featuring two great bands playing their much loved hits!

The Rezillos smashed into the rock scene and found themselves inadvertently caught up in the Punk or New Wave movement.  The band reformed in 2002 after playing Edinburgh's Hogmanay Festival.  They played exceptional sell-out shows in the USA and won over a new generation of fans. 



Big Country perform classic hits and live favourites.  Formed in 1981 by the late Stuart Adamson and Bruce Watson, Big Country are steeped in a stunning catalogue of proud and stirring hits songs.

Tickets: 32