St Andrews and The East Neuk annual events
St Andrews and The East Neuk of Fife is rich in history, culture and entertainment. This area is home to a diverse range of events, from food festivals to poetry festivals, there’s something to suit everybody’s taste.
St Andrew’s Day – Last week in November
This special day celebrates Scotland’s patron saint, and what better place to celebrate than in St Andrews itself. A 5-day long celebration, a number of local organisations come together to deliver 25 different events over the period. Over the weekend, the afternoon-long free spectacle showcases the best of Scottish music, followed by a family open-air-ceilidh, which is the known as the largest of its kind in the world, with up to 1,500 dancers usually partaking. The event also involves a St Andrews v Rest of the World golf match, food markets and much more.
StAnza Poetry Festival – First week in March
Held every March, the StAnza poetry festival attracts international audiences, including celebrity writers and musicians. This week long poetry celebration is now recognised as one of the leaders of its kind in the UK and Europe.
The East Neuk Festival – First week in July
First established in 2004, this award-winning festival takes place across multiple venues over 5 days in summer each year. The festival showcases music and literature that originates both locally and from all around the world.
Crail Food Festival – Mid June
A weekend of food and drink in stunning surroundings, what more could you want? This annual festival set over a weekend compromises of plenty of sampling as well as demonstrations and talks from producers across Fife.
Cambo Snowdrops – Daily from 1st Feb – 10th March
Kingsbarns is home to Cambo Estate, which is world famous for snowdrops and where the Plant Heritage national collection. There are now over 350 different varieties of Snowdrops within Cambos woodland, with special events taking place annual to celebrate their arrival, including exhibitions, tours, crafts and activities.
Pittenweem Arts Festival – First week in August
Each August, this small fishing village comes to life when artists gather to exhibit their work in houses, galleries and public spaces throughout the village. Over the 9 days in which the festival runs, the 25,000 visitors expected each year are offered a wide variety of workshops, children’s activities exhibitions and much more.
Lammas Market – First week in August
The Lammas Market in St Andrews is the oldest surviving medieval street fair and plays a huge part in the town’s local heritage. The fair consists of a continental market, market stalls, food, drink and fun fair rides. Held from a Thursday to Tuesday, the market runs to end on the first Tuesday of August each year, completely taking over Market Street and overflowing into the adjacent North and South street.