As you may expect from a small town such as Elgin, the entertainment scene isn’t going to set the world alight. Nevertheless, the Elgin Musical Theatre brings excellent amateur productions to the town hall, we have a local jazz club with more than 25 years’ worth of experience and a football club that dates back to the 19th century, too.
Entertainment in Elgin
Elgin Town Hall is the top entertainment venue in town. The local landmark dominates Trinity Place, the open square right at the heart of town. Since 2018, Elgin Town Hall has been a community venue, curating a wide range of productions, including everything from tribute acts to TV comedy stars like Jack Dee. It’s a large space, and the acoustics are great, so it can attract some impressive acts and shows to Elgin.
In terms of amateur dramatics, Elgin Musical Theatre is a local company that puts on a production every March in Elgin Town Hall. It specialises in musicals and operettas, and the standard is exceptionally high. It’s also a registered charity and occasionally puts on shows in the surrounding area. However, if you’re planning on seeing a show, your best bet is the Town Hall.
If you’re after some sporting action, Elgin City FC is a semiprofessional club, which plays its home games at the Borough Briggs stadium on Boroughbriggs Road. Here’s a little fact for any pub quiz fans reading: All 478 seats in Borough Briggs were originally fixed at St James’ Park, the home of Newcastle United. The Geordie club granted Elgin its seats when its ground was renovated at the turn of the millennium. Anyway, back to Elgin City; the club was founded at the end of the 19th century, and while it’s never played in the SPL, it’s still worth checking out for football fans. Plus, the tickets are cheap.
Again, if you’re after some musical entertainment, Elgin Town Hall should be your first point of call during your stay. It’s the top venue in town and just a 10-minute drive from our Elgin hotel, and there’s plenty of parking in Trinity Place.
You may also want to check out the Moray Jazz Club, which takes over the Elgin City Football Club Social Club on Boroughbriggs Road every Thursday. Entrance is only a fiver, and you’ll be treated to some of the most talented musicians in the area, as well as guest performers from further afield. The quality is always excellent, and part of the charm is not knowing what to expect when sitting at your candlelit table and waiting on the band.
It’s one of our top recommendations in terms of Elgin nightlife, but Dicey’s Bar also deserves its place here in our favourite live music venues. The boisterous High Street pub comes alive with regular live music, karaoke and open mic nights. Check to see what’s on during your stay, and pay a visit if anything takes your fancy.