Anstruther’s popular Harbour Festival takes place this year on Friday and Saturday, July 28/29. The website, www.anstrutherharbourfestival.co.uk, will give detailed information on the events, activities, and entertainments for all ages and interests taking place each day. Two marquees on the harbour front — one for music, dancing, entertainment and kids’ activities, the other for crafts people and food producers selling their goods — ensure the fun (practically!) never stops over the two days.
A new enhancement to the AHF is the handicapped-accessible mini-bus, which will bring people from the parking area near the Waid down to the harbour front, so there’s no excuse not to come along and enjoy the day with friends and family.
Also new this year, the AHF will highlight Scotland’s Gaelic influences via storytelling, music, dance and Gaelic language mini-lessons. A ceilidh Saturday afternoon is followed by an evening ceildih, with more dancing at the kids’ disco on Sunday afternoon. Popular local musicians including Demi Forsyth, the George Street Sessions musicians, and the Alan Shedlock and George Brown bands will be performing throughout both days.
Shiver me timbers!! A Pirate show AND a Medieval Viking invasion both land on this East Neuk shore front — but you’ll want to stay and see what happens rather than running for cover!
If you’ve never been to the AHF before, this information about previous years’ AHF will give you an idea of what does take place and what you can look forward to seeing/enjoying yourself…
Anstruther Harbour Festival, 26th – 28th May 2017
Key events at last year’s and previous year’s festivals included:
- the Anstruther Muster, organised by the Anstruther Sailing Club with its gathering of visiting boats from all over Scotland’s east coast and further afield
- Classic Boat Rally of historic yachts, motorboats and working boats, with information sheets on each boat displayed at the quayside
- Coastal Rowing Regatta with racing between rowing skiffs from all along the Fife coast, organised by St Ayles Rowing Club
- Scottish Fisheries Museum Open Day
- “Reaper” 70′ sailing drifter open to the public
- Anstruther Lifeboat Open Day
- Pipe band march and country dancing display to open the Festival on Friday evening
- Ceilidh Saturday evening in the Festival marquee
- Music and street entertainers on the harbourfront
- Scottish Submariners Association Memorial Service for 1918 Battle of May Island
- Exhibition by Scottish Fisheries Museum’s Model Boat Club
- local produce stalls and artisan/craftspeople displaying their goods for sale
- Other entertainment includes dancing displays, childrens shows and events,
- “Service of the Sea” inter-denominational ceremony on Sunday, to close the Festival