The 2014 Anstruther Harbour Festival was held from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 August.   

Friday evening's pipe band march drew a very good audience, and the ceilidh in the marquee was well attended - with lots of audience participation in response to the excellent local ceilidh band Nackytoosh

Saturday started with a boat race on the Dreel Burn using hundreds of toy rubber boats. There was a good crowd for the craft and food stalls and street entertainers at the harbourfront, as the photo below left, although strong winds in the afternoon meant things closed early, and  the Jazz Band, Sea Shanty singers and kids' activities took place in the marquee rather than on the harbourfront

The strong winds also limited the number of boats attending the Anstruther Muster - only 24 visitors compared to the 50 to 100 boats of previous years, and also cut short the Festival's East of Scotland Boat Jumble. However the Festival's Classic Boat Rally was a great success, attracting more entries than last year and all of a very high standard. Photo above right shows a raft of historic Fifie fishing luggers at the Festival

See Previous Festivals for a full report and photographs on the 2014 Festival

The dates for the 2015 Anstruther Harbour Festival  are now available - 29 to 31 May, see Next Festival for more information


About the Anstruther Harbour Festival

The Anstruther Harbour Festival organisation (AHF)  was set up in 2013 to celebrate, support and promote the maritime, harbour and land based heritage, culture, activities and interests of the local community through an annual event.

The Festival is a community festival, aimed at celebrating the maritime traditions of the historic royal burghs of Anstruther Wester, Anstruther  Easter and Kilrenny & Cellardyke.

The Festival aims to revive the community spirit of the old Anstruther Lifeboat Gala and to bring life to the harbour and the town.  It builds on the success of the Anstruther Muster with its annual gathering of visiting boats, originally an initiative by Anstruther Community Council to regenerate the harbour, and which is now in its 18th year. The main focus of the Festival is to supplement the Muster's maritime events with a wide range of community activities for the benefit of local residents, visitors and holidaymakers.

So as key parts of the Festival we have

  • Anstruther Muster, together with the East of Scotland Boat Jumble and Classic Boat Rally, organised by Anstruther Sailing Club
  • Coastal Rowing Regatta, organised by St Ayles Rowing Club
  • Anstruther Lifeboat and inshore rescue boat on display, with rescue demonstrations 
  • Scottish Fisheries Museum events and Model Boat Club Exhibition
  • other entertainments for local residents, holidaymakers and visiting boat crew alike, such as ceilidhs and music events,  dancing displays, pipe bands, childrens shows and events, food and craft stalls

AHF's committee is made up of representatives from Anstruther Sailing Club, Anstruther Lifeboat, Scottish Fisheries Museum and its Reaper Boat Club and Model Boat Club, St Ayles Rowing Club, Food from Fife, Anstruther Improvements Association, Anstruther Community Kist, East Neuk Centre Trust, local businesses and interested individuals.

Anyone interested in helping with the next Festival is welcome to attend our monthly meetings held at Burgh Chambers at dates advertised in the Next Festival section of our website. Organisations interested in taking part in the Festival or in sponsoring the Festival should get in touch with AHF's Hon Secretary, as contact details below.

Anstruther Harbour Festival's Annual General Meeting was held on 13 November 2013 at Burgh Chambers, Anstruther


AHF Chairman : Ken Lawson - ken.lawson@btconnect.com

AHF Hon Secretary : Martin Dibley - martin.dibley@gmail.com

AHF Hon Treasurer and website administrator : Bill Kennaway - william.kennaway@btopenworld.com



Scottish Fisheries Museum, St Ayles, Anstruther : http://www.scotfishmuseum.org/

Anstruther Improvements Association : http://www.anstrutherimprovements.org/

Anstruther Sailing Club : http://www.anstruthersailingclub.org.uk/

Anstruther Lifeboat : http://www.anstrutherlifeboat.org.uk/

East Neuk Centre : http://www.eastneukcentre.org.uk/

Food from Fife : http://www.foodfromfife.com/1/1/0/Welcome.aspx


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