Whether you’re planning a relaxing Easter break or looking for something to keep the whole family entertained during the holidays, you will find plenty of things to do in and around St Andrews this month. Many of the region’s top attractions are celebrating Easter with events throughout the long weekend.
2nd April – Balgove Larder welcomes back its popular Night Markets. The market runs on the first Tuesday of the month between April and September from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. You can sample treats from a variety of vendors and enjoy street-style food throughout the evening along with live music.
6th April – St Andrews Farmers Market is organised by the Fife Farmers’ Market Cooperative and takes place on the first Saturday of every month. There are around thirty stall-holders selling a range of fresh produce, preserves, crafts and drinks and sometimes a pop-up restaurant. Entry is free and the market can be found at the North Car Park on Argyle Street.
13th & 14th April – Make a point of visiting Scotland’s Daffodil Festival at Backhouse Rossie Estate. It’s a unique opportunity to see the first daffodil cultivars ever created in the UK from the wild Wordsmith style daffodils along with hundreds of different historic, modern, scented and rare daffodils. There will be demonstrations, talks & tours as well as a woodland daffodil walk, 9-hole putting, and lots of different stalls. Tickets are available at Universe.
13th and 14th April – For foodies the Bowhouse Food Market at Balcaskie Estate in St Monans is a must-visit. Held over two days between 10:00am and 4:00pm food lovers get an opportunity to taste and buy local produce, watch cookery demonstrations and enjoy live music. Entrance is free, but it does get busy so recommend you arrive earlier in the day.
19th – 22nd April – Scotland’s Secret Bunker – Easter Re-Enactment
Get a real feel for what the bunker would have been like when it was fully operational, with the volunteer ‘military’ re-enactors. You will have to get past Gate Control first of course, and watch out for the armed security guards at the entrance to the tunnel.
19th – 22nd April – Enjoy an Easter egg hunt at one of Fife’s National Trust properties where the children can run through muddy woodlands, colourful gardens and along nature trails. Falkland Palace, Culross Palace and Hill of Tarvit are all taking part in the 2019 Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt.
Back for another year, St Andrews Castle and Aberdour Castle include their Easter Eggsploration Trails in the normal admission price. Families are invited to find all of the clues and complete the challenge throughout the day.
20th April – Immerse yourself in the ground-breaking design and culture of contemporary videogames at the V&A Dundee’s new exhibition Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt. You can explore the creative process behind these playful, radical and provocative games through original design, concept art and prototypes. Be mesmerised by large-scale installations and have fun playing engaging interactives. Celebrate the very best of international digital creativity with new commissions and a series of special events, talks and workshops. Tickets for the first of these events will be available to book from 10.00 am on 1st April.
On Sunday 21st April, Rufflets will host our own Easter Egg Hunt for guests joining us for Sunday lunch or Afternoon Tea. The Easter Bunny has hidden chocolate eggs across the grounds and we need your help to find them. To book, please call 01334 460890.
21st & 22nd April – With free entry, free parking and free entertainment, the Craigtoun Easter Fayre is always a great family day out. The Jolly Jigglers will be performing on the main stage on Saturday between 12:00 noon and 2:00pm and on Sunday it will be Jamie the Jester’s turn to entertain the crowds. There will be story-telling in the Teepee and Claddach Farm will be bringing along their alpacas and some other animals who all love to be petted.
If you haven’t booked somewhere to stay, we still have some mid-week availability in our self-catering lodges from just £70 per night for the whole family. Explore availability and rates here.