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Festival 2017 - Friday 26 to Sunday 28 May - the Festival had a full slate of events from Friday evening to Sunday night.  Click on the above icons for what was in the Festival Programme and for details of the main themes of the Festival.


The Festival opened on the evening of Friday 26 May with 'Feis Anster" (pronounced Fesch Ainstair) - a celebration of traditional Celtic music, dance and song.

This started with a pipe band parade through the town by City of St Andrews Pipe band, followed by a scottish country dance display by Dunedin Dancers in the Festival's pier marquee, and the evening finished with a dance ceilidh with top local ceilidh band Nackytoosh.  

Feis Anster was sponsored by the Spindrift Guest House

The Festival again revived Anstruther's historic market day 'Anster Fair', all day on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May

The Anster Fair marquee at the Folly harbourfront had stalls selling local artwork,  seafood and artisan foodstuffs, with kids activities and street entertainers, including some giant seagulls.

There was live music throughout the day and late into in the evening in both marquees, despite torrential rain on Saturday evening. Anster Fair was sponsored by Muir Homes. See photos -



The 2017 Festival weeekend included the Anstruther Muster with its  annual gathering of visiting boats. 2017 was ihe Muster's 20th anniversary, and the Muster included a Boat Jumble organised by the Fisheries Museum Boats Club. The Muster was sponsored by Anstruther Fish Bar.  

The Festival's Classic Boat Rally saw numbers of visiting classic yachts and  fishing vessels berthed from Friday to Sunday on the middle pier of the harbour - see photos

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

Anstruther's Scottish Fisheries Museum Open Day was on the Saturday of the Festival, with free entry  for all. The Museum's Reaper 70' sailing drifter was open to the public, on both Saturday and Sunday, and the weekend included the Museum's Model Boat Club Exhibition and Museum Boatyard Open Days on Saturday and Sunday 


Muster trophies went to Deinaira from Arbroath for Classic Boat of the Year, Christina II from Limekilns for Oldest Boat, Ivy G from Gourdon for Smallest Boat and Furthest Travelled Boat, and Oceanic III from St Monans for Best Dressed Boat. In the Festival's Best Dressed Shop Window competition, the results were  First : The Flower House, Second : Gibbles, Third: Halo

A reminder of the East Neuk's wartime past was 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. And there was a full house in the Festival's pier marquee for the Muster's traditional  inter-denominational Service of the Sea at 11am on Sunday morning

Harbour Festival meetings -   next meeting to be advised

Festival Grand Raffle - the Festival again held 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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