The venues are spread far and wide across St Andrews (or at least, as far and wide as a small town like St Andrews allows you to go...). From St Andrews Castle to the ancient University Quad, we like to think all our venues are pretty special, and certainly unique.
The Barron Theatre
Formerly the Crawford Arts Centre, the Barron Theatre has been home to local and student drama and art for many years, and now has a new lease of life as St Andrews' own dedicated student theatre and home to Mermaids, the University of St Andrews Theatre Fund. The Barron is a black box studio space with a capacity of 55.
The Byre Theatre - Studio and Auditorium
St Andrews' very own theatre, and five star arts venue, The Byre Theatre is one of Scotland's premiere performance spaces. The theatre hosts two performance spaces, a bar and bistro as well as various exhibition areas, and is the regular host of touring productions and, increasingly, student theatre. The A.B. Paterson Auditorium is the Byre's main stage with an audience capacity of around 220, while The Laurence Levy Studio is a flexible black box studio space with a capacity of 50 - 80.
The Union - Venue I, Venue II, The Salad Bowl and The Beer Bar
St Andrews Student's Association plays host to a variety of venues including Venue 1, the largest performance and club space in St Andrews. Home to the Union’s headlining events, it’s where most big nights out eventually end up. Venue 2 is situated on the top level of the Association building, offering a panoramic view of central St Andrews. With a slightly more intimate atmosphere, a fully equipped bar and access to catering facilities, Venue 2 hosts everything from stand up comedy to dubstep nights.
The Younger Hall is the University of St Andrews Music Centre, and as well as a stunning concert hall, is also the University's most formal venue, and every summer sees off another generation of graduating students. Not content with all that, Younger Hall has, in more recent years, hosted some of the biggest social events of the St Andrews student calendar. For On The Rocks this year, it will see The Symphony Orchestra and Asian fashion show Sitara take to it's stage
The New Picture Cinema House
A little bit quirky and more than a little bit retro, you just don't find cinemas like this anymore. An independent cinema with one main screen and two smaller cinemas, The New Picture House shows all the latest releases as well as classics and cult favourites late every Wednesday. The NPH is a faithful patron of the Half Cut Film Festival, returning again to St Andrews this year.
A romantic ruin perched precariously on the cliff, the castle is at the heart of the ancient history of St Andrews. A fortress has stood on the cliff edge above the creatively named 'Castle Sands' since the late 11th century, and has been the seat of the many wealthy bishops of the burgh. Destroyed and rebuilt many times, after the reformation the Castle fell into its current state of faded glory, and in the mid-17th century its stone was used to help rebuild the pier. Despite this, an impressive ruin and some seriously creepy dungeons remain. This year the ceilidh and performances of Shakespeare's Macbeth will be held in this spectacular setting
St Salvator's Quad and Chapel
If a student mentions 'The Quad', they usually mean this one. It's the centre of academic life in St Andrews. The University's St Salvator's Chapel and cloisters lie to one side, and lecture theatres old and new are housed in the surrounding buildings. Steeped in history, and brimming with traditions, this is one amazing venue.
St Mary's Quad
St Mary's Quad is the centre of historic St Mary's College and the school of Divinity of the University of St Andrews. The Quad contains athorn tree said to have been planted by Mary Queen of Scots during her many visits to St. Andrews, and also contains the beautiful King James Library founded by King James VI/I - probably one of the best-kept secrets in St Andrews. For On The Rocks 2012, St Mary's will see the Summer Fayre hosted by the Charities Campaign for some (hopefull) sunny fun.
The Original Botanic Garden was founded by the University of St. Andrews in 1889 in the precincts of St. Mary's College by a group of enthusiasts led by Dr John Wilson. The aim at St Andrews Botanic Garden continues to be to create not only an amenity in which to relax and enjoy the beauty and atmosphere, but also to provide a scientific garden for teaching and research purposes. This year it will hold the On The Rocks Youth Theatre performance of Revolting Rhymes.
St Andrews Episcopal Church
The congregation at St Andrew's Church enjoys a wide range of different worship services. All are within the Anglican (sometimes called Episcopal) tradition. Some services are more modern in style, some more traditional, some noisier and more boisterous, others quiet and reflective.
Buchanan Lecture Theatre
The newly refurbished Buchanan Theatre is a performance venue which is situated at the eastern end of Market Street. For this year's festival it will hold the Half Cut Short Film Festival People's Choice event, so come along and support your favourite film.
The Gateway Galleries are the University's temporary exhibition venue. They hold around four exhibitions each year, on subjects appropriate for a University gallery, drawing on the University’s or other collections.