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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

28 and 29 November - across Scotland

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 Dumbarton Castle, Glasgow Cathedral and Rothesay Castle.

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.

Ceilidh on the Canal

26 November - Kirkintilloch

Southbank Marina hosts a fantastic evening of activities for all the family including live music and entertainment. Free events surround the main Ceilidh including the release of Wish Lanterns and a fireworks display (weather permitting).

Tinsel and Torchlight Procession

27 November - Smith Street to Dalry Cross

Countdown to Christmas in Dalry as the festive lights are switched on. Meet Santa in his sleigh and join in the fun of the fairground.

East Renfrewshire St Andrew's Day Festival

26 - 30 November - Giffnock

East Renfrewshire joins in the Homecoming finale celebrations. The festival includes local musicians and internationally renowned Scottish bands. Join in the storytelling face painting and family fun day on 28 November or meet Santa at the winter festival day in Eastwood Park on 29 November.

Lights on the Loch

29 November - Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell

Enjoy a fun-filled day at Strathclyde Country Park. There will be charity fun runs for all the family and music throughout the day. The Homecoming celebrations will end in a spectacular fireworks event over Strathclyde Loch and music from X Factor finalist of 2008, Laura White.

West Dunbartonshire St Andrew's Homecoming Festival

27 - 29 November - Dumbarton and Clydebank

West Dunbartonshire will host the best of traditional and contemporary Scottish music, sourced from local talent, emerging and established Scottish artists. Enjoy the concert and Ceilidh-based events taking place at Clydebank Town Hall and Dumbarton's Denny Civic Theatre.

Burns Cottage Free Preview

30 November - Burns Cottage, Alloway

Enjoy an exclusive free preview of the newly refurbished birthplace of Robert Burns.





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