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May 3 & 24 Anster Harbour Festival Meetings

Wednesday May 3 and May 24  at 7:30pm  will see the last two planning meetings of the Anstruther Harbour Festival taking place before the big event itself. The Meeting Room in the lower level of the Anstruther Town Hall will see volunteers learning more about the Festival, which takes place May 26-28, and choosing which “job” they’d like to help out with.

Assisting visitors with information is the primary job, of course, as information about events taking place, schedules of music and dance performances, places to eat and shop,  parking location and other information is provided to visitors by volunteers  being the friendly face of Anstruther.

The event draws thousands of family-friendly, all-ages visitors to the weekend event.  This year, new musical acts will be on board in the marquee on the middle pier, while another marquee showcases crafts, and artisanal food products.  A popular combination of music, dance, kids activities, rowing demonstrations, Classic Boats in the marina, evening dances, and the  Scottish Fisheries Museum naming the Fisher Lad and Lass  ensure there is plenty to see, do and enjoy by everyone.

These May 3 and May 24 meetings are open to everyone, and volunteers are most welcomed to come along.


Funbox Highland fling

Hoots mon and help ma boab! Take the high road (or the low road) and get roamin in the gloamin for Funbox’s brand new show. Join Anya, Kevin and Gary and Bonzo the dog as they take a trip to the Highlands of Scotland to battle midgies, become monarchs of the glen and hear the skirl of the bagpipes in their latest singalong adventure. There’s silliness galore and songs to sing in this crazy new show for 2017. You’ll need to help us get the Funbox open – which contains everything you need to sing a song or have an adventure – but which of our special keys should we use? You may even be lucky enough to help the gang on stage!
Packed with family favourites like ‘Shove yer granny aff a bus’, ‘ Tattie Soup’ and ‘The midgies are comin ‘, as well as brand new songs, Highland Fling is the perfect treat for kids of all ages – from nought to ninety
Wear something Tartan and join the hoolie

Anstruther Town Hall

Sunday 4th June 2017

1pm and 3.30pm

Tickets available from

If possible please do not bring pushchairs or prams, if needed they must fold for easy storage.
For those who require additional assistance, please contact us before the event.


Publicise Business/Service in Festival Business Bags for £15

The Anstruther Harbour Festival is Friday/Saturday/Sunday, May 26-28 this year.  A major event in the East Neuk, it brings visitors and families to the Anstruther/East Neuk area for a weekend of music, dance, kids’ activities, arts/crafts, Rowing Club competitions, the Scottish Fisheries Museum Open Day, the Muster, and more. Self-catering and holiday rental visitors visit to learn more about the East Neuk and enjoy the leisure it offers.
Last year, the East Neuk/Fife business information bag had 58 inserts and was appreciated by visitors to the Festival. Sightseeing venues, activity centres, restaurants/pubs/cafes, accommodation providers, crafts people, farm shops, and food/drink producers could highlight themselves by inserting a sales/marketing piece into 500 bags. Festival visitors then took away a ready-made bag with information about places and things they could plan to visit and enjoy.
For £15, your business card, flyer, brochure or booklet will be inserted into 500 bags which will be handed out at an information table at this year’s Festival.  Please note that ONE insert into 500 bags is £15; if you’d like to insert multiple sales pieces, each additional sales piece is an additional £15.  If you’re unable to have a table in the crafts marquee at the Festival, this is a way to have a presence at the Festival and put your information into the hands of AHF visitors.
 Just deliver/send 500  pieces of the business card or brochure or flyer or booklet you want inserted to:  AHF Info Bag, c/o Pets Pantry, 56 High Street, Anstruther, Fife; KY10 3DH.
items to be inserted need to be received at Pets Pantry by May 16 to give us time to assemble the bags.
Include  £15 payment  via cheque, cash, or money order; you will receive acknowledgment of your payment and insert being received.
Money raised from this information bag will be used towards expenses incurred in putting on the Festival.   For more info, email

Cheese-making & Nest-building — could YOU do either??

Farm life & cows vs. island life & rare birds — is there any contest between the two?? Not if you’re Jane Stewart of the St. Andrews’ Farmhouse Cheese Company, and David Steele of the Isle of May where birds, marine life and other flora/fauna are under his protective management. Tuesday, April 4 at 7pm, they will both be at Jane’s restaurant to talk about cheese-making, nest-building, and the whys and wheys of building businesses and environments where everything just thrives and soars to new heights. £5pp, come along for a coffee, some friendly visiting, and some interesting conversation.


Live music: Yorkston Thorne Khan at Dreel Halls, Thurs 30th March

There’s live music at Dreel Halls this Thursday from Yorkston Thorne Khan, who are on tour to promote their second album ‘Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars’.

They are an experimental collaborative group that includes James Yorkston, one of the most “influential singer/songwriters on the Scottish folk scene”, Jon Thorne, best known as jazz double bass player with electro outfit Lamb and Suhail Yusuf Khan, award winning sarangi player and classical singer from New Delhi.

Special Guest: Pip Dylan.

Tickets £10 in advance from the Community Kist or on door.
Doors 7:45pm – Licensed Bar.

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April 4 Meet/Greet Business Meeting at St. Andrews’ Farmhouse Cheese Company

The East Neuk Local Tourism Association (ENLTA) is having another of its’ popular and enjoyable meet & greet business gatherings on Tuesday, April 4, at the St. Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company restaurant, beginning at 7pm.  The restaurant, known for its’ fresh home-cooked meals, wonderful countryside views, and on-the-premises cheesemaking (with a viewing window to watch the process!) is located at the Falside Farm in Pittenweem, off the B9171 road, and not far from Anstruther, Pittenweem, and Arncroach; telephone number is 01333-312580. Entry is £5 per person, with coffee and shortbread as refreshments.

Business people are invited to come along with sufficient quantities of their business cards, brochures, pamphlets, any sales/marketing pieces that can be displayed on tables and taken away by others at the meeting that night.  Accommodation providers, restaurants/pubs/bars, service providers, food producers, crafts/artisan/artwork/textile creators, fashion/accessories, health/wellness providers — everybody who is in business (large, small or home-based)  is invited to publicise themselves by exchanging their information with others.

Guest speakers this evening will include Jane Stewart, the manager/owner of the St. Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company business. Jane, along with her husband Robert, sees the Farmhouse Cheese restaurant as a natural progression of their Falside Farm (which the family has farmed since the 1930’s), where the dairy cows are very contented cows due to the excellent care and living conditions they receive. The Stewarts also grow barley, oil rapeseed  and wheat — used in feeding the herd — and running the farm is an ideal circumstance of “field to plate” management.  David Steele is the Manager of the May Isle Nature Reserve and oversees the Isle of May.  David’s “juggling act” includes managing the Isle of May by welcoming the human visitors who arrive by ferry, at the same time the wildlife of the island — a huge variety of birds and marine life — are being protected and preserved from encroachment by those same visitors. Andy Peddie, Chairman of the ENLTA, will provide opening remarks and introductions, and there will be plenty of time before/after the meeting for visiting with other attendees and exchanging information and tips on starting, running, and creating a business.

This meeting will also spread the word further about the Fife Business Information Bag which will, again, be handed out at this year’s Anstruther Harbour Festival (May 26-28). Fife business owners can have a business card, flyer or brochure (or multiple sales pieces)  inserted into 500 Fife business information bags for a cost of £15 per insert (one insert  into 500 bags = £15; two inserts into 500 bags = £30, etc.). Information bags were distributed at last year’s Anstruther Harbour Festival and proved to be very popular for visitors to learn more about what Fife has to offer, while being an inexpensive, affordable way for businesses to promote themselves. For more information about the Fife Business Information Bag, or to let us know that you’d like to participate in this bag, please email


April 5 Harbour Festival Meeting Open to Everyone

With the Anstruther Harbour Festival getting nearer to its’ event dates of May 26-28, the putting-in-place of arrangements, logistics, entertainers, market-stall holders and more continues apace.

The next meeting is Wednesday, April 5 at 7:30 in the Meeting Room of Anstruther Town Hall, Lower Level, and this meeting is open to everybody who would like to learn more about what is scheduled for the Festival weekend.

Beginning on Friday evening, May 26 and continuing through to Sunday, May 28,  there will be a marquee for entertainment, dancing, kids activities/entertainment and other events on the middle pier, while a crafts marquee on the folly will showcase for sale homemade food/snacks, art work and crafts, ceramics, art cards/photos,  textiles, fashion accessories and jewellery, and more.

 Volunteers to help out over the weekend are being sought, and whatever spare time a person can offer to this event is most welcomed.  To volunteer, or learn what types of “jobs” volunteers can help with, please come along to the April 5 meeting, or email


Scottish Fisheries Museum Keeping Folks Busy with LOTS of activities, things to do

The Scottish Fisheries Museum has pulled out not one, but a number of entertaining tricks out of its’ hat as kids and grown-ups can explore various stages of history in workshops and presentations.  Looking for something to do during the cold, windy days of winter?  Come to the SFM for an enjoyable learning experience!

“Awesome Archeology”  will bring out the Indiana Jones adventurour, curious spirit in any kid as three different workshops explore three different ages of human history. The first, “Ruthless Romans,” is on Saturday 11th February, 2.00-3.30pm (Ages 7-12).  Did the Romans ever come to Fife? And if they did, what traces did they leave behind?  Find out as we learn about the objects they made and kids have a go at making wax tablets and wonderful mosaics.  The second, “Burials and Grave Goods” is on Saturday 11th March, 2.00-3.30pm (Ages 7-12), shows how archaeologists use bones and burial goods to learn about people from the past. The third, “Rubbish Pits and Cave Paintings” is on Saturday 8th April, 2.00-3.30pm (Ages 7-12).  As recycling wasn’t used by iron Age people, their rubbish pit remnants and cave paintings teach us what it was like to live at that time and what made up their lifestyle.  Each  of these sessions has an entry fee of £3, and prebooking is advised as space is limited.

Tuesday, February 14, from 5-7:15pm, has “Woven Communities,” an exhibition talk by Dr. Stephanie Bunn, who gives fascinating insight into the crucial role that baskets played in the Scottish fishing industry. Who made them, how they were made, and how they were used will be explored as she looks at a craft which still exists today.

Thursday 16th February —  is “Fabulous Photo Frames & Albums”  day as two sessions for two age groups of kids is offered: 11.00am-12.00pm (Ages 3-6); 2.00-3.00pm (Ages 7-12) Create the perfect place to store your favourite photographs as we use craft sticks, netting, and lots of other materials to create some fantastic — and personalised —  photo frames and photo albums. Take the tricks and skills home, and let the kids get an early start on gifts they’ve made themselves!

Booking for all of these events is advised, and entry is £3.00 per person.  To make bookings or ask questions, call 01333-310628, or email