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Anstruther Harbour Festival: New Services & Activities

Tue 17 Jul 18

Anstruther’s Harbour Festival  on the weekend of July 28/29, 2018 has made many new changes/additions to it,  all to appeal and interest visitors of all ages...

New this year:  A Wheelchair accessible mini bus,  making round-trip transfers from the Waid Academy parking area to the harbourfront.

New this year:  Gaelic-related entertainment in musical performances,  storytelling sessions and dance demonstrations.

New this year:  The Medieval Methil Living History Group making its' first visit to Anstruther as it re-enacts aspects of Viking life, crafts, and everyday skills. Demonstrations will include leatherworking, chain making, weaponry, spinning, dyeing, apothecary, alchemy and cooking.   Medieval Methil's range of colourful historical characters include gentry, peasants, merchants craftsmen, clergy and warriors, and their mission is to offer a living picture of Scotland's history.

New this year:  The Fizzgig TheatreCompany drop anchor for shows from 1:30 to 2:30 each day. Help young Jim Hawkins find the hidden treasure, fire cannon balls at Long John Silver as this totally interactive show is the old classic "Treasure Island"  performed like you have never seen before. Visits with the performers before/after the show let you meet the cast and learn what it takes to be a fearsome if funny pirate.

New this year:  a junior ceilidh Saturday afternoon, and a kids’ disco on Sunday afternoon.

New this year:  storytellers weaving their magic both afternoons with stories of fisher lads and lasses.


Anstruther’s historic  market days are recreated in two marquees on with one marquee dedicated to arts/crafts/artisans selling jewellery, knitted garments, photo and beach artwork, decorative goods, and more.  “Foodies” – or the just hungry – can visit charity bake tables, fresh farm foods, specialty baked goods, sauce makers and other purveyors of sinfully delicious, for at-home enjoyment.

The second marquee will have music and dance performances,  bands playing and a Saturday evening ceilidh,  and kids activities such as storytelling, crafts, facepainting, junior ceilidh and disco, throughout both days. 

On Saturday at noon-time, the Scottish Submariners Association holds a memorial service to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Battle of May Isle,  in which 104 men lost their lives as two submarines sank and five ships were seriously damaged on the night of January 31, 1918.

The Anstruther Muster’s annual gathering of visiting boats travel  from all along the Forth and points beyond.  The Classic Boat Rally has historic fishing luggers, yachts and working boats dropping anchor in Anstruther’s marina as they contend for “best of...” prizes.

A schedule of events and updated information is on the Anstruther Harbour Festival website, and a banner will alert everyone to the timing of various activities.  Updated information can also be found on the AHF FaceBook page.

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