Enjoy A “Day Out” Or Night In To Celebrate St Andrew’s Day

– Something for everyone this St Andrew’s Day –

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This St Andrew’s Day weekend (28 November – 1 December) there is a type of celebration to suit all with free and discounted entry for days out and delicious recipes for a cosy night in.

As part of this year’s St Andrew’s Day celebrations, Scots and visitors have the chance to get out and about and experience everything from segways and swimming to storytelling and animal safaris.

With over 200 venues and attractions offering free or discounted entry across St Andrew’s weekend (28 November – 1 December) there is an activity to suit all ages and families of all sizes.

If a cosy night in is more up your street, there are a variety of delicious recipes that have been specially created to celebrate St Andrew’s Day like Adam Newth’s St Andrew’s Day Fish Dish with Scottish Smoked Haddock and Andrew Fairlie’s Rosemary Roasted Scotch Lamb.

These recipes and the many others available use the best of seasonal Scottish produce to celebrate Scotland and Scottish food on the day of our patron saint.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, said: “St Andrew’s Day 2014 is the perfect opportunity to celebrate all that is great about Scotland – including our thriving contemporary culture, our rich heritage, our world-renowned food and warm and friendly welcome.”

To find out what’s on in your area this St Andrew’s Day, visit http://www.scotland.org/standrewsday

For some recipe inspiration for a St Andrew’s Night In, visit http://www.scotland.org/nightin


Hundreds of attractions across Scotland will be opening their doors to visitors and offering free or discounted entry to celebrate St Andrew’s Day this weekend Friday 28th November – Sunday 30th November.  To download the vouchers visit http://www.scotland.org/winter.



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I received this delightful little fairy set from Carddies in the post to review on Friday.  The timing was perfect giving my daughter the whole weekend to play with it.

Each Carddies set contains 12 double sided little Card People, 12 colouring pencils, 12 plastic stands, 1 double sided scene card and 1 box to keep everything in.  Each side of the Card People can be coloured in and one side of the Scene Card too.  The other side of the Scene Card has a picture of each figure with space below where their name can be written.

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My daughter opened it straight away, began giving the figures names and colouring them in.  She loved it.  In fact, it was played with all weekend.  She even took it along with her to her grandparents.  The great thing about the set is that, with a child’s imagination, the scenarios for bringing the fairies to life are limitless.

Aside from the fact that it kept my daughter busy most of the weekend my most favourite thing about Carddies is the size of the box.  It is perfect for popping in your handbag or kids bag and taking along whenever you might need something to keep children entertained.  And best of all everything fits neatly back in the box when done.

I would definitely recommend this toy.  It’s ideal for taking along whilst travelling or for giving as a gift.  I will be purchasing another for my daughter but with 12 to choose from the problem is deciding which one!

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Carddies are currently running a special offer (promotional code XMASOFFR) on orders placed before 31 December 2014 (while stocks last):

  • Save 10% when you purchase 1 Carddies set;
  • Save 15% when you purchase 2 or 3 Carddies sets;
  • Save 20% when you purchase 4 or more Carddies sets.

To receive this discount enter code XMASOFFR in the “Gift Card and Promotional Codes” box at the checkout when placing your next order from the Carddies own store at Amazon.

(Postage is payable to Amazon under their usual terms and conditions (a minimum total spend of £10 is required for Free Super Saver delivery).