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Festival 2017 - Friday 26 to Sunday 28 May - the Festival programme is now out  with a full slate of events from Friday evening to Sunday night.  Click on the above icons for the Programme and for details of the main themes of the Festiva. Click here to download the programmel 

The Festival opens on the evening of Friday 26 May with the launch of 'Feis Anster" (pronounced Fesch Ainstair) - our celebration of traditional Celtic music, dance and song, with a Pipe Band Parade, Scottish Country Dance display, Gaelic song, and a dance ceilidh with top local ceilidh band Nackytoosh in the Festival's big marquee on the middle pier. Plus hot food and a licensed bar. Feis Anster is sponsored by the Spindrift Guest House

The Festival will again revive Anstruther's historic market 'Anster Fair', all day on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May. The Fair will have  art, crafts and food stalls selling local artwork  seafood and artisan foodstuffs, all in the big Anster Fair marquee at the Folly harbourfront., kids activiies and street entertainers, and live music throughout the day and late into in the evening. Plus hot food and a licensed bar. Anster Fair is sponsored by Muir Homes

The 2017 Festival weeekend includes the Anstruther Muster with its  annual gathering of visiting boats.This is ithe Muster's 20th anniversary, and Anstruther Sailing Club will be organising a photographic display of 20 years of the Muster, and will be seeking to restore the Muster to its former glory through new sailing events and goodies for visting boats. On Saturday the Muster will include a Boat Jumble organised by the Fisheries Museum Boats Club. The Muster is sponsored by Anstruther Fish Bar

The Festival's Classic Boat Rally will see numbers of visiting classic yachts, motorboats, fishing vessels, lifeboats and working vessels berthed from Friday to Sunday on the middle pier of the harbour, with individual information boards giving each boat's history. Classic boat owners wishing to enter their boats in the Rally should contact the Sailng Club Secretary -

And Anstruther Lifeboat Open Day on the Saturday of the Festival will give visitors the opportunity to tour the lifeboat station  and go on board the big lifeboat and meet the crew, while the inshore lifeboat will give rescue demonstrations in the harbour.

Anstruther's Scottish Fisheries Museum Open Day will be on Saturday 27th of the Festival, with free entry  for all. The Museum will be open on Sunday 28th, where normal entry charges apply, including free entry for children. The Museum's Reaper 70' sailing drifter will be open to the public, on both Saturday and Sunday, and the Museum's Model Boat Club Exhibition will be held in the former Sun Tavern to the Museum. And two special events - Museum Boatyard Open Day on both Saturday and Sunday and a Boat Jumble on Saturday

And a reminder of the East Neuk's wartime past will be 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.

Harbour Festival meetings -  1st March, 5th April, 3rd May, 24th May - Anyone interested in helping with the Festival is welcome to attend.. Meetings are held at 7.30pm 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.

Traders - anyone wishing to take a stall in the Anster Fair market should email AHFT Treasurer and return this booking form /userfiles/files/AHFT%20Traders%20booking%20form2017.pdf  Note - stalls for Saturday are now fully subscribed but we still have a few stalls available on Sunday

Festival Grand Raffle - the Festival will again be holding its grand raffle in 2017, with prizes  awarded at the Festival evening music event on Sunday 28 May. 

Our sponsors in 2017

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

The Spindrift Guest House,



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

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