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. In May 2016 the Festival organisation was converted into a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) with the title Anstruther Habour Festival Trust (AHFT).

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 started in 1997. 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

AHFT's meetings are attended by 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.

Annual General Meeting - the AGM of Anstruther Harbour Festival Trust (AHFT) organisation was held on 15 November 2017 at 7.30pm at the Community Meeting Room, Anstruther Town Hall Cunzie Street, Anstruther. The following were elected as officeholders and trustees :

  • Chairman Martin Dibley
  • Honorary Secretary  Gail Sorley
  • Honorary Treasurer Bill Kennaway

Committee members apoointed were Jim Braid, Fiona Mitchell, Gordon Mitchell, Leah Tronel, Kevin Tronel. Additional trustees elected were Ken Lawson and Jim Braid

Conversion of AHF to charitable status - the Extra-ordinary General Meeting of the Anstruther Harbour Festival organisation held on Wednesday 3 February 2016 approved the proposal to apply to the Charities Regulator for conversion of AHF to a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), and approved the new constitiuton fo be adopted for the SCIO which will have the name 'Anstruther Harbour Festival Trust'. Click this link for AHFT Constitution 

The Scottish Charities Regulator accepted the registration of the Anstruther Harbour Festival Trust as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation on 17 May 2016, and AHFT's Scottish Charity Number is SC046562.



AHF Chairman : Martin Dibley - martin.dibley@gmail.com

AHF Hon Secretary : Gail Sorley - ansteractivities@aol.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

May Isle ferries : http://www.isleofmayferry.com/

Kelly Castle & Garden :http://www.nts.org.uk/property/kellie-castle-and-garden/


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