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Anstruther Harbour Festival 2016 will be held on Saturday 4 to Sunday 5 June, and will again include the Anstruther Muster of visiting boats, the Classic Boat Rally and the Fisheries Museum Open Day. Click on the images above to see 2015's programme and event details - our full 2016 programme will be posted here shortly

On Saturday 4 June the Festival will start with a pipe band parade, and there will be a display by top scottish country dancing troupe Dunedin Dancers.

From Saturday morning till late afternoon the Museum's 70' Reaper sailing drifter will be open to the public, with an interval during which Reaper will have a short sail, to bring in the Fisher Lass & Lad for their inauguration ceremony. Saturday noon will see the Scottish Submariners Assocation memorial service for the 1918 Battle of May Island.

All day Saturday the Scottish Fisheries Museum's Open Day will allow free entry to the Museum, and the Museum's workshop will host the Model Boat Club'a annual exhibition. On Saturday afternoon, St Ayles Coastal Rowing Club will be running their Community Challenge, with teams from local organisations and businesses competing in rowing skiff races

Saturday evening will feature the Festival's ceilidh in the big marquee with celebrated local ceilidh band Nackytoosh, followed by a big Fireworks Display.

Morning and afternoon on both Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June we'll be reviving 'Anster Fair', Anstruther's historic annual market day, immortalised in the epic poem by local man William Tennant  Our Anster Fair will have craft stalls and local artisan food sellers in a dedicated big marquee on the Folly harbourfront, plus art workshops, live music and childrens' activities in the Festival's other big marquee on the middle pier, and street entertainers, plus special events in the Fisheries Museum.

Sunday noon will see the interdenominational Service of the Sea in the Festival's big marquee, and in the evening there will be music events also in the big marquee

Photos and report on the 2015 Festival  - the full report and key photos of last year's Festival are on our Previous Festival page, together with links to all the photos. The photos below show just a few of the highlights.


Stop press - for Courier report on 2015 Festival, see

Festival Grand Raffle - the Festival will again be running its grand raffle in 2016, with prizes to be awarded at the Festival evening music event on Sunday 5 June. Raffle tickets will be available in local busineeses from early May  and will be on sale at the door at the Festival marquees.  Last year's Raffle was a great success with lots of fabulous prizes donated by local businesses - including Spindrift Hotel, Cellar Restaurant, Anstruther May Princess Pleasure Cruises, Osprey of Anstruther Rib trips, Craig Millar Restaurant St Monans,  East Pier Cafe/Smokehouse St Monans,  Boathouse Bar & Bistro Anstruther, Haven Restaurant Cellardyke, Pittenweem Cocoa Tree Chocolates, La Petite Epicerie Deli Anstruther, Ru An Fhodar Smokehouse St Monans, Ardross Farmshop, Crail Smoked-fired Wholefoods Shop, Crail Honeypot Tea Room, Crail Pottery, Balgove Larder St Andrews, Kingsbarns Distillery, Cambolicious Beer Festival, Days Gone By Jams & Preserves

Next Harbour Festival meeting -  the next AHF planning meeting for the 2016 Festival will be on Wednesday 4 May. Meetings are held  in the meeting room at Anstruther Town Hall. Note this is not the usual Burgh Chambers room but is the meeting room in the Library at the other end of the Town Hall building. Futher meeting date is 1st June. Anyone interested in helping with the Festival is welcome to attend.

Our sponsors in 2016 -

Fife Council Common Good Fund and Community Events Fund   ANSTRUTHER













Anstruther Community Council

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