If you are taking a break in Fife this month, be sure to take in at least part of the Edinburgh International Festival which begins on 2nd August. You can expect to enjoy breath-taking performances over three weeks of non-stop entertainment. Edinburgh’s six major theatres and concert halls, a few smaller venues and often some unconventional ones too, come alive with the best music, theatre, opera and dance from around the globe. It’s pretty easy to hop on a train from Leuchars Station in St Andrews and arrive in Edinburgh just 1 hour and 15 minutes later. Trainline makes planning your journey easy with useful timetables and mobile ticketing and their app may save you time when booking in advance.
26th July to 4th August – The Aberdour Festival continues with its 10 day programme of music, events and culture. Set in the beautiful village of Aberdour, there is something for everyone to take in while visiting Fife, whether it’s yoga at the beach, art and craft workshops, zorb football or comedy evenings. Take a look at the full programme.
2nd to 26th August – The Edinburgh International Festival brings audiences and artists together from all over the world for three weeks when Scotland’s capital becomes an unparalleled celebration of the performing arts. Every year, the International Festival present a programme featuring performers and ensembles from the worlds of dance, opera, music and theatre. You can explore a full programme of events online and tickets are available for all International Festival events by calling Hub Tickets on +44 (0)131 473 2000, or by visiting in person at The Hub at Castlehill, Monday to Friday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. There is also a very handy app EDFEST.com with the full line-up of events taking place at several of the key venues as well as the facility to book and pay through the app.
3rd to 11th August – Pittenweem Arts Festival includes more than 130 artists and makers from all over Britain who exhibit in houses, studios, galleries and public spaces throughout the village. There are workshops, artists’ talks, competitions, walk and talk’s and more. Explore a full programme of events online.
3rd & 4th August – DEFEND FIFE WORLD WAR II FESTIVAL. East Scotland’s best military festival returns to Pitencrieff Park, Dunfermline and explores Dunfermline and East Scotland in the early-mid 20th century as people prepared for possible invasion during the Second World War. This summer, the festival will focus on the 1940/41 defenders of Fife. The event will feature the 1944 ‘push back’ against Axis forces in occupied Europe on various fronts. There will be indoor exhibitions in the Glen Pavillion as well as a tea dance, which was a Polish Army billet during the war. A section of Pittencrieff Park will form the WW2 weekend showground. For more information and tickets click here.
6th August – Balgove Larder Night Market. Stock up on fresh produce from Balgove Larder’s master butcher, vegetable growers and a range of delicacies from other local food and drink producers: from chocolates to cakes, craft beers to wines, as well as a carefully edited selection of craft makers. Visitors can choose from a menu of dishes straight off the BBQ or tasty street-food from the changing roster of vendors. Those looking for some entertainment will be able to enjoy live butchery demonstrations or music as they take in the atmosphere and sample the produce. The market takes place between 5:00pm and 9:00pm.
10th & 11th August– For a summer weekend packed full of some of the best local producers as well as the freshest summer produce, there are also plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained at the Bowhouse Food Market. Across the weekend there are a whole host of field to fork cooking demos, and if you’ve worked up appetite moving around the market between vendors head to the street food quarter to feast on savoury treats from the likes of family-owned Papamacs Gourmet Kitchen, Umi’s Kitchen and Cheesy Toast Shack. Those with a sweet tooth won’t want to miss out on the heavenly chocolate from Rebel Chocolate or the delightful bakes and treats from Artisana and Dundee Cheesecakes. For a caffeine hit stop off at Perc U Up and Flahute Coffee, or for something stronger there are tipples to try from Gintay and St Andrews Brewing Co. Entrance is free, but it does get busy so it is recommended to arrive earlier in the day.