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The Guide: Weekend things to do and Homecoming events

Mike Russell, Culture Minister, with a large Historic Scotland ticket, photo courtesy of Rob McDougall
Celebrate St Andrews weekend with a free visit to a Historic Scotland site

Homecoming Scotland 2009 draws to a close with events across the country celebrating St Andrews Day and the finale of Homecoming year in Scotland.

Historic Scotland for free

The good people at Historic Scotland have waived their normal admission charges to Historic Scotland properties for the weekend.

Gain free entry to Historic Scotland sites and buildings including Edinburgh Castle, St Andrews Cathedral and Linlithgow Palace.

A special 'text for nearest' service has been set up by Historic Scotland. Text 'WEEKEND' to 84118, and you can find information on your closest free attraction and its opening times.

Homecoming Art Car Parade

28 November - Edinburgh

Enjoy a spectacular parade of vehicles of all shapes and sizes in a one-off event in celebration of Homecoming Year. This unusual parade is the first of this sort in Scotland and will boast a fantastic light and colour show as the artists move their incredible creations through the heart of Edinburgh.

St Andrews Festival

28 - 30 November - St Andrews

Celebrate Scotland's patron saint in St Andrews with an exciting mix of live music and drama against the dramatic backdrop of the UK's largest series of Son et Lumiere. Live music, guided walks, drama and exhibitions are part of the mix of the four-day-long celebration with the finale on St Andrew's Day featuring a torchlight procession, fireworks and street Ceilidh.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

29 November - Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Join Neil Oliver and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for a special concert for St Andrew's Weekend featuring music from the highly acclaimed TV series "A history of Scotland" written by Paul Leonard-Morgan. The SSO will be accompanied by God Help The Girl, McIntosh Ross and Eddi Reader.

The Saltire

29 November - Athelstaneford and Haddington

East Lothian, birthplace of the national flag in 832 AD, celebrates St. Andrew's Day with a programme of free events. The Saltire will be escorted by horse riders from Athelstaneford - where it was adopted 1,500 years ago - to St. Mary's Kirk, Haddington, for a candlelight ceremony.


30 November - The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

Hear the talent from this year's song-writing competition in Scotland. There will be a showcase concert open to the public in the Scottish Parliament on St Andrew's Day where the ten finalists will perform their winning songs.


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