Edinburgh Castle

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Free Entry – St Andrews Day 2011

Edinburgh Castle will be FREE to enter on 30th November 2011
in celebration of St Andrews Day.  Expect long queues though!

Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry Exhibition

Bonnie Prince Charlie’s victory told through embroidery in Prestonpans Town Hall.  Well worth a visit.

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Borders Scrap Store

If you feel inspired to do something creative after visiting the tapestry, you could always call into Borders Scrap Store at Fisherrow Centre, South Street, Musselburgh.  The Scrap Store is packed to the rafters with bargain priced yarns and fabrics, cardstock and paper – and all sorts of crafty items.  It is open Wednesdays 9.30 – 4 p.m.


In ancient Peking, in the little known Scottish enclave of Musselburgh, only one boy can help the evil Abanazar find the magic lamp that will make him the most powerful warlock in the world. That boy is Aladdin. However, Aladdin couldn’t care less about such things; he only has eyes for the beautiful Thistle Blossom, the bonniest lass in the land.

Will Aladdin realise the danger that Abanazar poses? And will he be able to save the family steamie? Well, with the help of his silly brother Wishee Washee, a magical flying carpet and the Genie of the Lamp, he might just.

Written and directed by Liam Rudden and produced by Brunton Theatre, the team responsible the highly entertaining productions of Dick McWhittington, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Sinbad And The Little Mermaid and Mother Goose this is a brand new pantomime for 2011.

2 p.m. Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh

Magic Carpet

Museum of Flight
 10:30 (30 mins)
Cost: Free
Booking: Limited places – sign up on the day at the Information Desk in the Entrance Hall and then meet at the Inckkeith Lighthouse Lens in the Grand Gallery.

The magic carpet introduces little ones to some of the fantastic things in the museum through stories, songs and activities.

Edinburgh’s Christmas

East Princes Street Gardens – a Highland Village-style market selling top of the range food, drink, clothing and jewellery from all over Scotland plus rides and fun for all the family, including the big wheel, carousels and helter skelter, plus gentler rides especially for wee ones.

Mound Square – a range of traditional German crafts, toys, sausages and gluehwein to get you in the festive spirit.


Darren Whitehead Exhibition

Award-winning wildlife artist Darren Woodhead, is back at SOC HQ, Waterston House, Aberlady, with a brand new exhibition “From Tyne to Coast” which runs until Wednesday 25th January 2012 (daily 10am to 4pm).

Flag Heritage Centre

The Athelstaneford site is a 4-star visitor attraction, comprising the Flag Heritage Centre, the Saltire Memorial and the historic Parish Church and graveyard. The Heritage Centre is open daily between 09:00 and 18:00 from April to October – and on St. Andrew’s Day. Admission is free. You can download the Information Leaflet .

St Andrew’s Day app

St Andrew's Day app

Celebrate St Andrew’s Day with this free iPhone and Android app from Scotland.org. Search for events in Scotland and find out what is happening across the rest of the world to celebrate Scotland’s national day.

Get ideas to host your own celebration – including recipes, a whisky tasting guide and a special St Andrew’s Day music playlist. Or why not gen up on your Scottish knowledge with our animated history of St Andrew.

Download it for FREE from the iTunes app store

Download it for FREE from the Android Market

Need more ideas:

Try this St.Andrew’s Day Quiz

Design your own tartan

Plant a tree – it is National Tree Week

Bake some shortbread

Explore Scotland’s history online

Make your own Lewis Chessmen