The Saltire Festival 2022

November 2, 2022

The Saltire Festival is back for 2022 and there’s a great programme of events to choose from – all held in East Lothian – the home of the Saltire flag.

Based around St Andrew’s Day on 30th November, The Saltire Festival is an annual celebration, bringing you the very best of Scottish entertainment from traditional to modern music and from film screenings featuring Scottish stars of stage and screen to celebrations of Scotland’s rich cuisine – and much more!

This year’s festival kicks off on Monday 21st November and runs until Friday 2nd December, starting with the Saltire Raceday at Musselburgh Racecourse. On Wednesday 23rd November, there will be a screening of the film ‘My Old School’ at The Brunton starring the iconic Alan Cumming in the true tale of a grown man who passes himself off as a pupil at a Glasgow school. The Brunton also hosts music legends Barbara Dickson and Hue & Cry.  



The programme features a Saltire Farmers’ Market in Haddington where you can pick up some locally produced ingredients and conjure up your own St Andrew’s Day feast! Those thinking ahead to the festive season should make sure to get along to the Victorian Christmas event at Prestonpans Town Hall. There will also be the traditional St Andrew’s Day service in the Parish Church at the birthplace of the Saltire, Athelstaneford, on Sunday 27th November.





2022 is Scotland's Year of Stories and the Saltire Festival is the perfect opportunity to showcase events shining a spotlight on stories inspired by, written or created in Scotland. East Lothian has played a vital part in much of Scotland’s history and continues to help shape modern Scotland today. A collaboration with the Edinburgh Book Festival brings an interactive storytelling event for families to The Brunton, which is also hosting a comic performance of some of Robert Burns’ gothic poetry and the very tasty  ‘Stories and Scran’ which is exactly what is says – readings from authors accompanied by delicious food!



For more information about the Saltire Festival visit



Jackie Gardiner
Author: Jackie Gardiner

Visit East Lothian