There’s lots of great information about what’s on in Fife in Welcome to Fife’s event diary , in neighbouring Dundee at https://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/events/ , in nearby Perth at https://www.perthcity.co.uk/calendar/. Or you can search further afield for things to see and do on Visit Scotland’s website.
So why not have a look to check out what’s happening nearby during your stay, or even plan your stay at Kilbride Cottage around one of the many arts, music, sports, car or food festivals and events that are held across the Kingdom every year.
Here’s a wee flavour of some of our favourites. We’ll add highlights as we find them so check back regularly for updates on future events.
- 26-30 June: East Neuk Music Festival – Classical music festival with great music played by the very best musicians in the world. We can do that! Whether its kora, harp, jazz piano, swinging violin, classical horn, solo, quartet, quintet, sextet, octet, orchestra, new, old, way-out or comforting familiar. Check out the programme at www.eastneukfestival.com/programme/ or have a look at their facebook page.
- 28-30 June: Bennetts British Superbikes at Knockhill – If you fancy a slightly higher powered weekend, then try the Bennetts British Superbike Championship (BSB). Some of the best bike racers in the world will be at Knockhill for three days of 180mph wheel-to-wheel action on 28/29/30 June 2019. Knockhill’s twists and turns always produce stunning elbow-to-elbow action for these 180mph Superbikes. More details here.
- 29 June: Ceres Highland Games – Or for a truly Scottish event, try the Ceres Games, the oldest free games in Scotland. There has been a market and games held here at the end of June, every year (except for war and during the period of the 1746 Act of Proscription) since 1314. In that year, the charter to do so was given to the people of the village by Robert Bruce in recognition of their support at the Battle of Bannockburn. The battle was fought in order to preserve the right of the Scots to determine how they would be ruled. See the Ceres Games website for more info.
- 2 July: Balgove Larder Night Market – Runs on the first Tuesday of the month 5-9pm, with street food, hot and cold vendors, live butchery demos, and live music. (Also on 6 Aug, 3 Sept, plus two Xmas markets on 3/4 Dec). More details – Balgove Larder Night Market
- 4th July: Scottish Fisheries Museum 50th Anniversary Celebrations – A flotilla of up to 50 boats will sail down the Forth and arrive in Anstruther to escort and welcome back the museums flagship, the Reaper, after major resoration in Rosyth, and to commence the opening ceremony of the 50th Anniversary of the museum. 2-6pm, see Scottish Fishery Museum
- 7 July: Ford’s in the Park – A brand new classic car show dedicated to Ford cars. Takes place at Lochore Meadows Country Park in Lochgelly. For more information or if you fancy a drive to Fife in your own classic Ford, why not enter your vehicle! See Fords in the Park
- 13-14 July: Bowhouse Market – A celebration of the best food and drink from Fife and beyond with a host of food and drink producers and the opportunity to try a great selection of street food. Bowhouse Market Weekend will showcase Farm-to-Fork eating. The market will be filled with stalls from Fife’s best food producers, and Bowhouse resident maker Bibi’s Bakery will be showing people how to make their own summer garden with sugar flower making workshops. More info here
- 15 July (Mon): Burntisland Highland Games – The 367th Burntisland Highland Games will take place on Burntisland Links, alongside the town’s annual summer fairground and close to an award-winning beach. Founded in 1652, these are the second-oldest highland games in the world and feature highland dancing, running, cycling and heavy events. Here’s their facebook page.
- 17-27 July: Crail Festival – Crail Festival prides itself in being community-based, run for the community by members of the community. Includes arts and crafts exhibition, sand castle competition, movies, music, craft and arts workshops plus an award winning putting green. Click to see more of what’s on at the Crail Festival
- 19-21 July: Anstruther Harbour Festival – Anstruther Harbour Festival returns in 2019 to include the Dunedin Dancers International Dance Festival. On Friday afternoon we start with a parade by St Andrews Pipe Band to introduce the Dunedin International Dance festival on the Anstruther Harbour. This is followed by a weekend of music, dance, Local foods and crafts including a number of Gaelic events at the picturesque Anstruther harbour. Full details will be available on the website. And you could visit the fabulous Scottish Fishery Museum at the same time!
- 19-28 July: Largo Arts Week – In addition to open artist studios and music performances, there are plenty of other great experiences to take advantage of during the arts week even. From tasty Street Food, Family events to guest speakers, there’s lots to see, hear and taste at Largo Arts Week. See largoartsweek.com
- 20-21 July: Cupar District Model Railway Club Annual Exhibition – An exhibition for young and old alike, with model railway displays from all over Scotland and the ever popular Lego layout that kids of all ages love! Trade support and light refreshments make this a perfect day out for all the family. Venue has disabled access and there is parking nearby. See their website here
- 20-21 July: Dundee Summer Streets Festival – This year’s theme is exploration. includes an centrepiece – the inflatable Luminarium in City Square, food and drink at the Farmers Market, Dundee tours and trails in Reform Street, Maze and lost of children’s activities, music and street theatre. See website for more details.
- 22 July: Outdoor performance, Shakespeare’s the Tempest – Some open air fun staged by Illyria. This performance takes place in the grounds of Crail Castle whatever the weather so pack your picnic, sun cream and umbrella to be prepared! More info and tickets here.
- 25-27 July: St Andrews Visitor icentre – three days of festivities planned from 25 – 27 July to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the tourist information service. Shop Local suppliers, representatives from local attractions and tour guides will be there each day to promote their products and meet with visitors. There will also be food samples kindly available from some of our other suppliers who are unable to join us. Meet the likes of the Scottish Bee Company, St Andrews Museum, the Wee Neuk Ceramics and Scotia Spice. Pop in anytime between 10am – 4pm. More info on Visit Scotland’s Website
- 26 July: Burntisland Outer Heritage Trail Guided Walk – Free guided walk by Burntisland Heritage Trust exploring the towns heritage beyond the town centre. Also takes place on 30 Aug and 27 Sept. Click here for details.
- 3-11 August: Pittenweem Arts Festival – One of Fife’s oldest festivals which is a celebration of the visual arts taking place in galleries, homes, garages, sheds, studios and basically anywhere art can be displayed throughout Pittenweem. A true feast of Scottish art in a beautiful coastal village! See Pittenween Arts Festival
- 2/3/4 August: Glamis Castle Country Fair and Horse Trials – the inaugural Glamis Castle Country Fair And Horse Trials. Over the three days there will be plenty to do – from shopping at the diverse array of trade stands, craft stalls and artisan food stalls to watching (or even taking part in) the high octane dog agility. There will also be a fun dog show, & birds of prey. Alongside all of this is the horse trials, a grand stage for the grassroots rider, giving those who compete at novice level or below the opportunity to take part in an event in stunning surroundings usually the preserve of an international competition. More info on their facebook page, or https://glamiscountryfair.co.uk/
- 3 August: Cupar Vintage Festival – Music, food, drinks, stalls, classic cars, dancing, vintage clothes, hair/make up, and more at the Crossgate in Cupar.
- 6 Aug: Balgove Larder Night Market – Runs on the first Tuesday of the month 5-9pm, with street food, hot and cold vendors, live butchery demos, and live music. (Also on 2 July, 3 Sept, plus two Xmas markets on 3/4 Dec). More details – Balgove Larder Night Market
- 9 August: Women’s Tour of Scotland, stage 1 (cycling) – The first ever women’s tour of Scotland is a 3-day event which travels through Fife on Friday 9 Aug. Starting in Dundee and cycling to Pitencrieff Park in Dunfermline, the event will be contested by many of the top women’s teams in the world – plus the cream of Great Britain and Scotland’s female cycling talent. Culminates on 11th in Edinburgh’s iconic Holyrood Park. See Women’s Tour of Scotland for more info and details of the routes through Cupar/North East Fife not far from Kilbride Cottage.
- 10-11 Aug: Bowhouse Market – Another chance to enjoy the the best food and drink from Fife and beyond with a host of food and drink producers and the opportunity to try a great selection of street food. Bowhouse Market Weekend will showcase Farm-to-Fork eating. The market will be filled with stalls from Fife’s best food producers, and Bowhouse resident maker Bibi’s Bakery will be showing people how to make their own summer garden with sugar flower making workshops. More info here
- 11 August: Outdoor performance, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves – Open air performance staged by Illyria. This performance takes place in the walled garden of Strathtyrum House in St Andrews whatever the weather so pack your picnic, sun cream and umbrella to be prepared! More info and tickets here.
- 17 – 18 Aug: Scottish Vintage Bus Museum Open Weekend and Transport Collectors Fair – The weekend will feature vehicle displays and special guided tours of the hidden gems within the locked sheds amongst the many things to do and see. Plus the usual array of vehicle displays, trade stands and refreshments. You can even bring your own bus if you have one ! See website for more info
- 3 Sept: Balgove Larder Night Market – Runs on the first Tuesday of the month 5-9pm, with street food, hot and cold vendors, live butchery demos, and live music. (Also on 2 July, 6 Aug, plus two Xmas markets on 3/4 Dec). More details – Balgove Larder Night Market
- 9-15 Sept: Solheim Cup Women’s Golf – The Solheim Cup is the pinnacle of women’s golf with the best players from Europe and the USA going head-to-head in match play format. The 16th edition of the event takes place at Gleneagles (about 45 minutes from Kilbride Cottage) and promises to be one of the highlights on the world’s sporting calendar in 2019. See Solheim Cup website.
- 26-29 Sept: Dunhill Links Golf Championship Golf – A unique championship played at the Home of Golf in nearby St Andrews. The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is one of the world’s leading golf events. It is a magnet for golfers from every corner of the globe. A celebration of links golf, it is played over three magnificent courses – the Old Course (St Andrews), the Championship Course, Carnoustie (near Dundee) and Kingsbarns Golf Links (10km south of St Andrews). See website for details.
- 17-20 Oct: St Andrews Voices – Scotland’s only festival dedicated to the voice and vocal music. A varied programme of events in nearby St Andrews showcasing the versatility and beauty of the human voice. Includes opera, cabaret, Lieder, folk, spoken word, choral, a capella, early music, new music and more. See website for more info.
- 3-4 Dec: Balgove Larder Festive Night Market – Festive night market with street food, hot and cold vendors, live butchery demos, and live music. More details – Balgove Larder Night Market
- Details of more August – Dec events coming soon!