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Festival 2017 - this year's Festival will be held from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 May, opening on Friday evening with the Pipe Band Parade, Scottish Country Dance display and ceilidh in the Festival's big marquee.   2017 is also the 20th anniversary of the Anstruther Muster, and Anstruther Sailing Club will be organising something to remember for Muster visitors at the Festival. On Saturady and Sunday  Muster will include a Boat Jumble organised by the Fisheries Museum Boats Club to raise funds for the restoration of the Musum's historic sailing drifter "Reaper"

The Muster'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 Anstruther Sailing Club secretary

The Festival will again feature its Anster Fair market with its art,crafts and food stalls selling local artwork and food products, in the Festival's Anster Fair marquee at the Folly harbourfront. Traders 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.

And Anstruther Lifeboat Open Day on the Saturday of the Festival willgive 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 will have its Open Day on Saturday 26th of the Festival, with free entry  for all. The Museum will be providing various maritime-themed attractions and events  on Saturday, and will be open on Sunady 28th, where normal entry charges apply, including free entry for children 

The Festival will have a full programme of music events from Friday through to Sunday evening

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.

Last Year's Festival  was held on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June 2016 .  Click on the Programme image above for the detailed programme of what was on at the Festival. Click on the other icons if you want to find out about the Maritime/ Anster Fair/ History/ Music & Dance themes of the 2016 Festival


The Festival opened at 10am Saturday 4th June with a pipe band parade by City of St Andrews Pipe Band. Throughout the day there were be music events in the Festival's harbourside marquee and in the Festival's main marquee down the middle pier. From 6pm there was a display by top scottish country dancing troupe Dunedin Dancers followed by a ceilidh in the Festival's big marquee featuring celebrated local ceilidh band Nackytoosh, with a licensed bar.

The ceilidh closed at 1030pm on Saturday for the Festival’s Grand Fireworks Display at the harbour. The display by Midnight Storm Fireworks utilised a huge range of effects from dragon eggs to spinning butterflies, and with a sequence of projectiles which landed on the water before exploding with colourful fountains.

On both Saturday and Sunday of the Festival we revived 'Anster Fair', Anstruther's historic annual market day, immortalised in the burlesque epic poem of the same name written by local man William Tennant in 1812, which is set in the Scotland of James VI.

Our Anster Fair 2016 had craft stalls and local artisan food sellers in a dedicated big marquee on the Folly harbourfront and in the old Sun Tavern building next to the Museum, 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 - see our Anster Fair page for details

As usual, the Harbour Festival weekend saw the harbour full of visiting boats for the annual Anstruther Muster and for a Classic Boat Rally of historic fishing vessels, yachts and working boats.

On Saturday afternoon, the Museum’s historic 70’ sailing drifter ‘Reaper’ brought  in Anstruther Fisher Lass & Lad for their naming ceremony, following which Reaper was open to the public. All day Saturday the Scottish Fisheries Museum's Open Day allowed free entry to the Museum.

Also on Saturday afternoon, St Ayles Rowing Club held their Community Challenge rowing skiff races, with competing teams from local organisations and businesses.

STOP PRESS  For the East Fife Mail's article, on the Festival,  see   For the Courier's article, see

NEWS - the Anstruther Harbour Festival organisation has been granted charitable status by the Scottish Charity Regulator. The charity name is 'Anstruther Harbour Festival Trust' and the Trust is a registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation under Scottish Charity Number SC046562.

Festival Grand Raffle - the Festival again held its grand raffle in 2016, with prizes  awarded at the Festival evening music event on Sunday 5 June.  Prizes included vouchers/gifts for Spindrift Hotel Anstruther, Cellar Restaurant (Michelin-starred), Craig Millar Restaurant St Monans, Haven Restaurant Cellardyke, Anstruther, Royal Hotel, Anstruther May Princess Pleasure Cruises, Osprey of Anstruther Rib trips,  East Pier Restaurant/Smokehouse St Monans,  Boathouse Bar & Bistro Anstruther, Pittenweem Cocoa Tree Chocolates, Ru An Fhodar Smokehouse St Monans, Ardross Farmshop, St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese, Balgove Larder St Andrews, Carpet Sun Anstruther, Crail Honeypot Tearoom, Elie Deli, See this link for the detailed list of the prizes - /userfiles/files/RAFFLE%20PRIZES%202016v3.pdf

Our sponsors in 2016 -

Fife Council Common Good Fund and Community Events Fund   ANSTRUTHER









Anstruther Community Council

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


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