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2018 Festival - date is confirmed as Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July. The Festival will again include our 'Anster Fair' craft and food market in the big marquee on the harbourfront.  Traders wishing to book their pitches should download and complete the Traders Booking Form and returh it to the relevant Festival organiser as the contact details on the form 

The main themes of the 2018 Festival will include :

  • Anster Fair - revival of the burgh's historic market with a big food and crafts fair, plus street theatre and entertainers 
  • Feis Anster - a celebration of traditional music, dance and song, with pipe band parade 
  • Anstruther Muster & Classic Boat Rally - visiting yachts and historic boats 
  • History - Viking Re-enactment, history walks, Battle of May isle centenary procession, historic photographic exhibition

And there will be a dedicated free disabled-friendly minibus service to the harbour from burgh’s car parks, with signing on incoming roads diecting visitors to the car parks 

NEWS - meetings of the Festival organisation will be held on the folowing dates : 14 March/ 11 April/ 16 May/ 13 June/ 18 July. Meetings are held on Wednesdays at 7.30pm in the Community Meeting Room of Anstruther Town Hall, Cunzie Street, Anstruther. Anyone wishing to be involved in the Festival is welcome to attend

Festival 2017 - Friday 26 to Sunday 28 May - the Festival had a full slate of events from Friday evening to Sunday night.  Click on the above icons for what was in the Festival Programme and for details of the main themes of the Festival. 


The Festival opened on the evening of Friday 26 May with 'Feis Anster" (pronounced Fesch Ainstair) - a celebration of traditional Celtic music, dance and song.

Feis Anster started with a pipe band parade through the town to the harbour by the City of St Andrews Pipe Band.

This was followed by a display in the Festival's pier marquee by Dunedin Dancers, one of Scotland's top scottish country dance troupes. Friday evening finished with a big dance ceilidh led by renowned local ceilidh band Nackytoosh.

Saturday in the marquee saw local band Measach giving their contemporary take on traditional ceilidh music, and Iain Gray accompanying his Gaelic songs on guitar

Feis Anster was sponsored by the Spindrift Guest House


The Festival again revived Anstruther's historic market day 'Anster Fair', all day on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May

The Anster Fair marquee at the Folly harbourfront had stalls selling local artwork,  seafood and artisan foodstuffs, with kids activities and street entertainers, including some giant seagulls.

There was live music throughout the day and late into in the evening in both marquees, despite torrential rain on Saturday evening.  Visitors were given Anster Fair information bags filled with leaflets from local attractions and businesses

Anster Fair was sponsored by Muir Homes. See photos


The 2017 Festival weeekend included the Anstruther Muster, organised by Anstruther Sailing Clubwith its  annual gathering of visiting boats. 2017 was ihe Muster's 20th anniversary, and the Muster included a Boat Jumble organised by the Fisheries Museum Boats Club to raise funds for the Reaper's restoration. The Muster was sponsored by Anstruther Fish Bar. For some brilliant photos see

Muster trophies awarded were :

  • Oldest Boat - Christina II from Limekilns, skippered by Alan Colqhoun
  • Smallest Boat -  Ivy G from Gourdon, skippered by Bill Gerard
  • Best Dressed Boat - Oceanic III from St Monans, skippered by Kenny Smith 
  • Furthest Travelled Boat - Ivy G from Gourdon, skippered by Bill Gerard

The Festival's Classic Boat Rally saw a dozen historic yachts and fishing vessels berthed from Friday to Sunday on the middle pier, pontoon and Folly harbourside

The trophy for Classic Boat of the Year was won by 'Deineira' from Arbroath, skippered by Karl Abel. For details of the boats attending and some great photographs,  see 


Anstruther Lifeboat Open Day on the Saturday of the Festival gave visitors the opportunity to tour the lifeboat station  and go on board the big lifeboat and meet the crew, while the inshore lifeboat crew gave rescue demonstrations

 Anstruther's Scottish Fisheries Museum Open Day was on the Saturday of the Festival, with free entry  for all, and with a procession by the Fisher Lass & Lad to the Festival marquee for their naming ceremony - see      

The Museum's Reaper 70' sailing drifter was open to the public on both Saturday and Sunday, and on both days the Fisheries Museum's Model Boat Club Exhibition was held in the old Sun Tavern building and there were guided tours of the Museum Boatyard Workshop explaining the restoration work on historic vessels in progress there.  There were guided Anstruther History Walks on both Saturday and Sunday

In the Festival's Best Dressed Shop Window competition, the results were  First : The Flower House, Second : Gibbles, Third: Halo

A reminder of the East Neuk's wartime past was the Scottish Submariners Memorial Service at noon on Saturday 28 May for the 1918 Battle of May Island, in which over 100 Royal Navy submariners perished. And there was a full house in the Festival's pier marquee for the Muster's traditional  inter-denominational Service of the Sea at 11am on Sunday morning

Festival Grand Raffle - the Festival again held its grand raffle in 2017, with some super prizes donated by local businesses including dinner for two at the Cellar, Anstruther's own Michelin starred restaurant. Prizes were awarded at the Festival evening music event on Sunday 28 May

Harbour Festival meetings - next meeting to be advised

Our sponsors in 2018 

Fife Local Community Budget
& Common Good Fund
Building at Silverdykes - Cellardyke

The Spindrift Guest House,

    Isle of May Ferry Isle of May Boat Trips  
SailingcruisingScotland Anstruther Sailing Club      


Anstruther Harbour Festival Trust is a registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation under Scottish Charity Number SC046562

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