Our ceilidhs are lively, friendly, informal and fun for all ages. You’ll be made welcome whether you come on your own or with a party. You don’t need to know what to do – a caller will explain the dances and there are lots of friendly folk to give you a hand and get everyone up dancing.

St Bride’s Centre, Orwell Terrace, Haymarket, Edinburgh EH11 2DZ

There is a licensed bar in St Bride’s. Please note that your own alcohol cannot be brought in to the venue as this contravenes the licence. Water is available free of charge.SMG-ceilidh-dancers

Doors open:
7.30pm with dancing from 8pm – 11.30pm

£9.00/£7.50 concession in advance
£10.00 on the door (no concession) if there are tickets left!

Since the venue is a community centre, children are welcome, so long as they are not in the bar area. Bear in mind that ceilidhs can get quite energetic, so they may be less suitable for younger children. Children aged 5 to 16 are charged at the concession price. Children under 5 get in free but need to be issued a ticket, so please contact the SMG office by phone or email to ask for a free child’s ticket

People come dressed in jeans, full highland dress – and everything in between

Our ceilidhs often sell out – you may get tickets at the door on the night, but please buy in advance to be sure!

Volunteers from Scots Music Group host each ceilidh. Personal announcements can be made during the break, for example, a birthday, wedding or any other type of celebration. If you would like an announcement made please email the SMG office at least 10 days beforehand with your message.

We run a fund-raising raffle during the break. If you have a prize you wish to donate, please call the SMG Office on 0131 555 7668, or bring it along on the night.

Please note that the Scots Music Group office is not staffed on Fridays or at weekends.

For dates, bands and to buy tickets
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I don’t have a partner to dance with…can I come along on my own?

Yes! There is no need to bring a partner. All our ceilidhs are relaxed and welcoming, so whether you come alone or with friends, we’ll soon have you birling on the dance floor!

I’ve never been to a ceilidh before….how will I know what to do?

At Scots Music Group ceilidhs, our bands have experienced callers who will walk you through dances before you start.

What should I wear?

Our ceilidhs are informal, so wear clothing you are comfortable in. Layers are good idea as it can get very warm with all the dancing. Oh yeah…and sensible shoes. Heels are not recommended!

Can I bring children or teenagers?

Since the venue is a community centre, children are welcome, so long as they are not in the bar area. Bear in mind that ceilidhs can get quite energetic, so they may be less suitable for younger children. Children aged 5 to 16 are charged at the concession price. Under 5s get in free but need to be issued a ticket, so please contact the SMG office by phone or email to ask for a child’s ticket.

Could I reserve a table?

For groups of 10 or more people we can reserve tables for you but only until until 8.15pm. Please email the SMG office at least 10 days before the ceilidh you are attending with your details.

Who is eligible to buy a concession ticket?

Concession rate applies to students, pensioners, people receiving benefits, jobseekers/unemployed, unwaged (e.g. carer, stay at home parent), and children aged 5 to 16.

What payment method can I use to purchase tickets?

For online tickets you can pay by credit card, debit card or using a PayPal account.

On the door tickets can only be paid for by cash. The closest cashpoint to St Bride’s is at the Co-op on Dalry Road.

Do I need to print bring a printed ticket with me?

No, you don’t need to bring a printed ticket to gain entry to the ceilidh. If you have purchased a ticket online we will have a note of your name which you just need to give to the box office volunteers. If a friend has purchased a ticket on your behalf you just need to give their name to gain entry.

On the day of a ceilidh what time do the ticket sales stop on your website?

You can purchase tickets through the SMG website until 4pm on the day of a ceilidh. Any unsold tickets will be available to buy in person when doors open at St Bride’s at 7.30pm, on a first come first served basis.

Please purchase in advance to avoid disappointment as our ceilidhs often sell out!

If online sales have ended before 4pm we have sold out of our online allocation. There may however be a small number to purchase on the door.

How can I buy a ticket after 4pm on the day of a ceilidh?

If we have any unsold tickets they will available to buy on a first come first served basis so come along to St Bride’s at 7.30pm when doors open. We try and update the SMG facebook page with ticket availablilty so check our page to see if we’re sold out or not.

Can I get a refund for my ceilidh ticket?

Unfortunately not. Similar to most concert venues and other regular Edinburgh ceilidhs, our tickets are not refundable or exchangeable for another event – not least as these ceilidhs are also fundraising events for SMG. At a sold out ceilidh we’re happy for you to resell your excess tickets yourself. However our ceilidh volunteers are unable to resell tickets on your behalf.