Come And Enjoy Saltire Festival 2017

Saltire Festival

You're invited to celebrate St Andrew’s Day and everything uniquely Scottish as The Saltire Festival returns to East Lothian from 30th November to 3rd December.

Prepare to enjoy the very best of Scottish music, arts, entertainment, innovation and food and drink, with events ranging from horse racing to wine, whisky, comedy and of course, haggis!

Celebrating the Scottish Flag, the festival reflects the story of the how the Picts and Scots gained victory when a Saltire appeared in the sky over Athlestaneford. The Saltire has since been Scotland's flag, so come and celebrate its history and heritage with loads of family fun.

Once again the Council's Arts Service is partnering the festival and has signed up a number of leading Scottish traditional music performers and award-winning artists to perform.  Performers on the bill include Eddi Reader MBE, Breabach, Rura, Joy Dunlop, Skerryvore, Rant, Barluath and East Lothian Massed Pipes & Drums.

Plus, new for this year is Saltire After Dark - with a 10K night run and a new nocturnal ultra at Foxlake Adventures; and Twilight Golf, an opportunity to play Musselburgh's oldest golf course in the dark, with LED balls.

Take a look at some of the events
taking place during the festival:

St. Andrew's Day Trad Fest: Breabach
Thursday 30th November at 7pm

The opening event of the festival celebrating Scotland's traditional music supported by Barluath & East Lothian Massed Pipes & Drums.

This event will take place at the National Museum of Flight set under the amazing background of Concorde! Featuring 'Breabach' winners of Folk Band of the Year and Album of the Year at the 2016 Scots Trad Music Awards and this year nominated Best Group at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Scotland on Film
Thursday 30th November
The Brunton, Venue 1, Musselburgh

A celebration of Scottish cinema shot on location in Scotland.

Tommy's Honour (PG)
Time: 2.30pm

Churchill (PG)
Time: 7.30pm

Skerryvore: The Saltire Live
Friday 1st December at 7:30pm
The Brunton, Venue 1, Musselburgh

Scotland's Best Trad Rock band with support from Rant!

Skerryvore - The 2016 Scottish Traditional Music Live Act of the Year, blend pipes and whistles, fiddle, accordion, guitar and vocals, along with keys, drums and bass, producing a mix of soulful songs and rousing tune sets, guaranteed to get feet tapping!

Rant join forces to create a sound which is both rich and lush.  Using just their fiddles, they weave a tapestry of melodies, textures, layers and sounds.

Comedy Club 4 Kids
Sunday 3rd December at 2:30pm
Macdonald Marine Hotel, Cromwell Road, North Berwic

Cracking entertainment for children over the age of six, they have the best comedians on the UK circuit doing what they do best... but without the rude bits!

Eddi Reader: The Saltire Concert
Saturday 2nd December at 7.30pm
The Brunton, Venue 1, Musselburgh

Eddi Reader is one of Scotland's most prolific and instantly recognisable voices with a remarkable career. From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings joyous life to all forms of song.

She topped the charts with Fairground Attraction in the 1980s - with their debut single, Perfect, and album, First of a Million Kisses, won three BRIT awards, and is much heralded for her reworking of the songs of Robert Burns and subsequent solo albums.

 Candlelight Concert: Rura & Joy Dunlop
Friday 1st December at 7pm
Seton Collegiate Church, Longniddry

An evening set in the beautiful Seton Collegiate Church and lit only by candlelight, featuring beautiful music from Scotland's finest musicians.

Rura's exquisitely rugged yet refined blend of fiddle, Highland pipes, flute, bodhran and guitar has won a devoted following in many corners of the globe, amongst audiences and critics alike.

Joy Dunlop performs Gaelic music and song in a contemporary way that always remains true to its roots.

 Craig Hill and Friends: The Saltire Stand Up
Sunday 3rd December at 6pm
Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa, North Berwick

A special one off event where Craig Hill welcomes to the stage, guest comedians from both on and off screen for a night of the very best in Scottish stand up comedy. Hosted by Jo Jo Sutherland.

Foxlake Tartan Trail 10K Night Run
Friday 1st December
at 7.30pm

This race is something special... it's in the dark and Saltire themed.  With a party atmosphere during and after the race, don the head torch,  get involved with our blue and white theme or add a splash of tartan and enjoy a run through the woods lit blue and white to celebrate St. Andrew's Day.

Foxlake Tartan Trail Nocturnal Ultra
Saturday 2nd December
at 4pm

Participants will run a 5K loop competing to cover the most ground in 6 hours!  With both a solo event and a relay team event, you can choose to tackle the course on your own or share the challenge in a team.

Saltire Raceday
Thursday 30th November
Opens at 11am, first race at 12.55pm,
last race at 3.35pm

Celebrate the run up to St. Andrew's Day with the excitement of jump racing at Musselburgh Racecourse. 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.

Epicurean Fusion
Saturday 2nd December from 5pm-10pm
Corn Exchange, Haddington

A food and drink event organised by Haddington Wines & Whiskies celebrating the best of East Lothian & Scotland!

Introducing a range of local whisky & gin distilleries, breweries and wineries from biodynamic regions of the world, food tastings and encounter.  There will also be cooking demonstrations and ideas of how to create your own St. Andrew's Day menu.

The Saltire Festival
30th November - 3rd December 2017
Find out more here...and don't miss a thing!


The Saltire Festival is supported by EventScotland’s Scotland’s
Winter Festivals 2017-2018 events programme.