What is the staging like?
Here are some images of the Byre In The Botanics staging on opening night 2016. This will be similar for 2017 but even better (if that’s possible!)
What if it rains?
We know that a Scottish summer can sometimes have unpredictable weather! The seating for the stage has a covered roof and sides so there will be shelter against the rain. All events will go ahead in the event of wet weather. We recommend wrapping up warm in case it’s a cool night and bringing a waterproof in case of showers while walking through the Gardens to the auditorium.
Is there seating?
All events at Byre In The Botanics are fully seated. Seats are plastic and laid out auditorium style. A limited number will have cushions – if you wish, you can bring your own cushion.
Is the seating reserved?
Seating is unreserved, so if you would like to sit near the front or are arriving in a large group we recommend arriving early to secure your preferred seats.
Will there be food and drink?
Please note that your own food or drink (soft or alcoholic) cannot be brought into the venue (this will be monitored). You can pre-book a deli picnic hamper for two packed with cheese, salami, artisan bread, strawberries and more for only £25 – or make it a real night to remember and treat you and your date to a hamper with a bottle of chilled Prosecco (£25 per bottle) or Tattinger Champagne (£40 per bottle). These will be available to order at the checkout or by calling the Box Office on 01334 475000. We’ll also be firing up the BBQ with Fife’s very own Screaming Peacock. A full bar will also be on hand through out the events with hot and cold drinks.
How Do I Get To Byre In The Botanics?
The Botanical Gardens are a very special location in the heart of St Andrews. The Gardens are just a short walk from the main shopping areas and car parks. We have a direct walking path from the Argyll Street Car Park in the centre of town, which is just a 270 yrd walk over the original railway viaduct to the BITB site (see map below). Please note that there is no parking available at the Botanic Gardens for these events.
Dropping off or walking from the town centre car parks is the easiest method of access.
Local taxis are available to drop directly at the entrance to the site and pick up post event. Event running times will be posted on the individual event pages as they become available.
By Rail – The nearest railway station to St Andrews is Leuchars, situated around six miles from the town. The station facilities include 24 hour parking, a waiting room and taxi rank.
Those travelling to St Andrews by train should take the Edinburgh to Aberdeen line to Leuchars. For those travelling from south of Edinburgh, this line links up with the East Coast Main Line from London to Edinburgh, which allows visitors to travel from London to Leuchars on a direct route. This East Coast line also calls at stops including Newcastle, Durham, York, Doncaster and Peterborough.
Visitors also have the option of taking the Caledonian Sleeper service, which runs between London Euston and Leuchars overnight.
From Leuchars, St Andrews is easily reached by the number 99 bus every 15 minutes from the station, taxi or car.
By Bus – St Andrews is easily accessible from across Scotland by bus. Most bus services arrive and depart from the bus station in the centre of town. When the ticket office within the bus station is closed, visitors should buy tickets for their service from the bus driver using cash.
The Stagecoach in Fife 99 service runs from St Andrews to Dundee, via Leuchars approximately every 15 minutes during the day. The bus journey from St Andrews to Leuchars takes around 15 minutes.
St Andrews is on a number of cycle routes and can be easily navigated by bike. The Botanic Gardens has ample cycle bays at the main entrance to the Gardens and the town itself has ample bike racks.
Driving to St Andrews is relatively simple, with the town signposted from Edinburgh and within Fife. Driving from Edinburgh takes approximately one hour and 20 minutes, driving from Glasgow takes around one hour and 45 minutes. It takes around half an hour to drive from Dundee.
St Andrews is a small town, and a car is not always necessary to get around. If you do decide to drive around St Andrews, please be aware that parking is limited and that it can be difficult to find a space at certain times of year. Much of the on-street parking in the centre of town is metered, and coins are required to pay. Metered parking in the town is limited to a 2 hour stay.
There are a number of options for free parking in St Andrews, including the car park close to the Petheram Bridge roundabout, and car parks along the East and West Sands beaches. Some streets in the centre of St Andrews can also have free spaces, although these are usually quickly filled.
On street parking is not advisable around the immediate residential area around the Gardens.
How accessible is the Byre In The Botanics site?
Byre in the Botanics is an outdoor event held within St Andrews Botanic Gardens on a grass, tree lined performance area. Shelter will be provided under a large marquee with a level, wooden, carpeted floor. Once inside the performance area, access to the Marquee will be via temporary tracking. Public paths leads right to the St Andrews Botanic Gardens Main Gate and our Box Office . Level access with room for two people or wheelchairs side by side on a hard surface to the final ticket check point. Caution should be taken from this point accessing the Concert Performance space — the gradient is fairly steep but smooth ( Tarmac ) , this is wide and assisted. There will be stewards available to assist wheelchair users and people with limited mobility as required . We also provide multiple wheelchairs that the stewards will support / push to make the small access path a little easier if required.
Is there disabled parking at the site?
There is no customer parking on site but we have reserved a limited number of 20 spaces per event at the nearby Cannongate Primary School for Blue Badge holders only (approximately 8 – 10 minutes walk from the main gate). These need to be booked in advance from on a first come first served basis via our Box Office on 01334 475000 (phone and in person only, not online). Taxis and Blue Badge Holders are permitted to drop off directly at the main entrance, where you will find Box Office accessed via a hard surface (red ash) car park.
Are there accessible toilets on site?
There are accessible toilets on site throughout the entire season, situated a short distance from the main stage.
Are dogs allowed on site?
Only assistance dogs are welcome on site. An area for drinking and toileting will be provided.