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Home | Explore | Culture | The St Andrews Lammas Market is back

The oldest surviving medieval street fair is back! Albeit on a smaller scale than usual due to ongoing restrictions, it is great to see the famous Lammas Market which plays such a huge role in this town’s heritage return.

This year, the market will run from 13th – 17th August, and will take over Market Street and some of the adjacent South Street, and fill it with an array of stalls, the very best local food and drink and fun fair rides.

Situated within walking distance to all of our St Andrews properties, take a stroll in to town to support this local tradition and have a wonderful day out in doing so.

Lammas dates back to the pagan festival of harvest, celebrating the first harvest of the year as new loaves were brought into church to be blessed. The Scottish Festival of Lammas became a holiday which would be held as a local gathering, to sell crop and celebrate the hard work that goes in to bringing it to harvest to feed the town.

In the weeks leading up to Lammas Day, communities were at their highest risk of starving, as food stock from previous harvest’s depleted. The celebration heralded the new harvest and the hope of a return to more prosperous times.

At the end of the 20th century, only two Lammas Fairs remained, one of which was aptly in the historic town of St Andrews.  

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