The Holyrood Garden Party and Political Awards is the unmissable fixture in the Scottish political calendar for politicians, their staff, political journalists, the business community, and the public affairs sector, and is a fun opportunity to remind ourselves that cross-party relations aren’t always that cross!
The 2024 Holyrood Garden Party and Political Awards returns to its September slot this year and given we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of both the Scottish Parliament and of Holyrood magazine, there will be a particular focus on a quarter of a century of devolution and the characters that have delivered it. Held the week that MSPs return to parliament after summer recess, it is a nice ‘welcome back’ to parliamentarians and their staff.
The main event will be held as usual in a beautiful marquee in the grounds of Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden. The format will be a pre-dinner drinks reception, tables for dinner, and a sprinkling of political awards and chat throughout – with a tone that takes a more satirical view of how politics is conducted and reported within the Scottish Parliament. Former political adviser turned comedian Matt Forde will once again be MC for the evening and he will be joined by a special guest for a bit of a grilling on all things political and more…
The formal proceedings will be followed by the popular ‘Editor’s Club’ after-party, which will take place in the John Hope Gateway at the Botanic Garden and just a short walk (or stagger) through the gardens from the main event in the marquee and be the setting for an altogether more sublime affair with music, dancing, and ongoing chat. A time to really kick back and relax. And throw some shapes on the disco floor.
Follow the link here to see all the photos from last year’s event.