Looking to light up your weekend in Linlithgow? How about the Festival of Christmas Trees?

The 3rd Annual Festival Of Christmas Trees is taking place this weekend at St Michael’s Parish Church, Linlithgow, right next to the Palace. The theme this year is ‘Around the World’ and features Christmas trees decorated inspired by countries of the public’s choice. There will also be refreshments including a warming mulled wine and or hot chocolate from the “Hot Chocolate Bar”. Not to mention the stunning interior of St Michael’s itself. Tickets are priced at Adults £5, Children £2 and free for the under 5s. Family Tickets (2 adults, 2 children) are £10. Tickets will be available to purchase at the door. The event is being run today from 10:30-19:00 and tomorrow (Sunday 8th December) from 14:00 – 19:00. For more information, please contact Margaret Johnston at [email protected]tconnect.com.

Linlithgow comes 4th in nationwide poll to find most beautiful High Street in Scotland

Linlithgow has come 4th in a nationwide poll to find Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street. Having received 14% of nearly 5,000 votes cast, Linlithgow only just missed out to Milngavie in East Dunbartonshire for third place, which scored 15%. Kirkwall came in first followed by its island town neighbour, Lerwick. The national competition for Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street is run by two of Scotland’s most well known organisations for place and the environment – Scotland’s Towns Partnership, the national body for towns in Scotland, and Keep Scotland Beautiful, the environmental charity which campaigns to keep Scotland green, clean and sustainable. Entries are judged on factors including horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility, and community participation. The online vote took place over a four week period through the Scotland’s Towns Partnership website. Phil Prentice, Chief Officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, said, “This competition is all about recognising the work and effort of local people to make their high streets the best they can be. It’s not just an award for a high street, it’s an award for the people who occupy them. I’ve seen first hand just some of the innovation and forward thinking used in Kirkwall and it is a real demonstration of what can be achieved with creativity and determination. I want to warmly congratulate Kirkwall, and all of the worthy towns who were shortlisted. It’s no secret that our high streets have been under pressure for the past few years, but this competition gives us hope for the future. When people come together and take ownership of their places, great things can happen and big challenges can be overcome.” Katie Murray, Communities and Place Manager at Keep Scotland Beautiful, commented, “Every participant in the competition deserves recognition for the benefits that they are delivering across Scotland – helping everyone to enjoy cleaner, greener and more beautiful communities.”

It’s not too late to register for free tickets to visit Scotland’s top historic sites over the St Andrew’s Day weekend!

Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, and Blackness Castle, the 15th century fortress overlooking the Firth of Forth, are among over 30 top Historic Scotland attractions taking part over the St Andrew’s Day weekend. Historic Environment Scotland (HES) have thousands of free tickets to give away to some of the country’s best-loved historic abbeys, palaces, castles and cathedrals as Ticket Giveaway returns for 2019 on Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December. Be quick though! Members of the public only have until 5pm on Thursday 28 November to register online and apply for tickets to the attraction of their choice. Over 30 top Historic Scotland sites throughout the country will be taking part, including iconic castles in Edinburgh and Stirling; the Border Abbeys and the world-famous Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae in Orkney. This year’s campaign was launched at Jedburgh Abbey, just one of the sites participating in the giveaway. The theme of this year’s photoshoot was Abbeys, inspired by the Beatles Abbey Road album which celebrates its 50th year anniversary this year. Commenting on this year’s Ticket Giveaway, Stephen Duncan – Director of Commercial and Tourism at HES said, “I’m delighted to announce details of this year’s Ticket Giveaway, which offers free entry to a host of our winter-opening ticketed attractions over the St Andrew’s Day weekend. We want to encourage communities to Come Together and explore Scotland’s history and heritage this St Andrew’s Day. Whether it be abbeys, castles, churches or palaces, there’s Something for everyone.” To register for your free tickets – click here.
Title photo : Historic Environment Scotland