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Art Exhibition

Throughout the Festival

The Arts Exhibition has been a cornerstone of the Crail Festival since its beginning 37 years ago.  It will be held in Crail Town Hall  19th -29th July (10am-4pm).  Admission free.  This will be an exhibition of the work of local artists and crafts  people, both amateur and professional, all very talented. The work ranges from drawing, painting and digitally manipulated images to applied art, complemented by crafts and designs.



Bowling Club Taster

17th July - 2pm - 5pm

Why not pop along to Crail Bowling Club and have a go at lawn bowls?
You’ll be shown how to play. It’s lots of fun and there are prizes to be won!​ Entry fee includes snack and soft drink.
Please wear completely flat shoes.  Bowls and other equipment will be provided. 

For kids 12 to 16 years

Crail Bowling Club



Robin Hood

19th July - 6:30pm

 Illyria is back! This summer, the award-winning company presents Robin Hood, an action-packed heist for the whole family. A team of cheeky misfits swoop in to bring down the greedy Sheriff of Nottingham, and they never miss. This fast-moving production delivers huge laughs, swashbuckling adventures, and well-deserved revenge! Pack a picnic and cheer on the underdogs as Illyria hits the target in another unforgettable season of outdoor theatre. 

Doors open at 5pm for you to enjoy your own picnic before
the show starts at 6:30pm

£20 adults £10 (12-16 yrs old)
Castle Grounds


Bowling Match

20th July - 2pm

Crail Bowling Club v Crail Festival Society.

For the first time ever there will be a friendly match between the Festival and the Bowling Club. Fun day for all and the bar will be open! What’s not to like!
The prize giving will follow in the clubhouse

Crail Bowling Club

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Jamie the Jester


21st July - 1:30pm

Come and join Jamie The Jester for a fun packed show for children - lots of magic, fun and lots of silliness. One not to be missed.

Age 4-8

Crail Kirk Hall

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22nd July - 8pm

 McFleetwood - Scotland's tribute to Fleetwood Mac.  Celebrating one of the most iconic bands of all time, McFleetwood perform the classic sounds of Fleetwood Mac by recreating the finger picking styles of Lindsey Buckingham, the beautiful smokey tones of Stevie Nicks, backed by a rhythm section who bring to life the solid grooves of Mick Fleetwood and John McVie.  McFleetwood's energetic performances will satisfy Mac fans old and new with classic hits such as Go Your Own Way, Don't Stop, Dreams, You Make Lovin Fun and many more
Crail Community Hall

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Morning at the Movies

24th July - 10am

Set in a seaside town on the Italian Riviera, LUCA is a story about a boy experiencing an unforgettable summer. Luca shares his amazing adventures with his friend Alberto, but their fun is threatened by a deeply held secret: they are sea monsters from a world below the water's surface.

Cert U 

Please bring own drinks and snacks (no nuts, please)

Crail Kirk Hall

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Bake Off

25th July - 10am

Come and create your own cupcake designs at this year’s “Halloween” bake-off! The choice of design is yours, what unique creations can you come up with? Older children will be given the chance to cut and shape their creations. The cupcakes, icing and tools are provided. A fun packed and ever popular session!

Age 6-14

Crail Legion Hall


Cairn String Quartet

25th July - 8pm

Formed in 2007 whilst busking on the streets of Glasgow, the Cairn String Quartet are graduates of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).  Pop and rock princesses at heart, the four ladies are passionate about music, write and arrange their own material performing throughout the UK, Europe and North and South America and North Africa, as well as providing backing strings for over 300 solo artists and bands including Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene, Frightened Rabbit, Twin Atlantic and Echo and the Bunnymen.


Crail Community Hall

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Festival Quiz

26th July - 8pm

This very successful quiz night is being revamped for 2023, with a new quizmaster, Alan Ferguson and a new format. It will no doubt test and tease you with an imaginative range of questions across a wide range of topics....Fifteen teams of six....Make up a team and save money with a table ticket for 6 for £24 or buy single tickets for £5. A good fun night with some excellent prizes.


Table of 6: £24 Individuals £5
Crail Community Hall

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Zoolab - Animal Explorer

27th July - 11:15am

Run by Zoolab - How slimy is a snail? Do millipedes actually have a million legs? Are cockroaches really creepy? Get up close and hands-on with our unique Animal Explore workshop for 5-15 year olds. Guided by your expert Zoolab Ranger, you’ll see a menagerie of mammal’s, insects, amphibians and arachnids - What will you be brave enough to hold?

Age 5-15

Crail Community Hall


Geli Print

28th July - 10am

Come along and try your hand at Geli Printing. We will be printing with a Geli plate using found objects and foliage from the seaside. You will then use your prints to create a booklet. A great chance to exercise your creativity!

Age 6-14

Crail Legion Hall

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Scavanger Hunt

29th July - 10am

Come and collect your Scavenger Hunt forms from the Town Hall. How many items can you find around Crail? The fastest back with all the correct items will receive a prize but everyone taking part will get a treat when they hand back their forms

12 years and under

Crail Town Hall

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Where's Bernie's Seal

Throughout the Festival

Come on all you super spotters and see how many pictures of Bernie's Seal you can find in the windows and noticeboards around the village.  Everyone who returns a correct completed form will receive a treat.

For children 12 years and younger

Forms from Crail Town Hall


Fossil Hunt

19th July - 10am

Don your sturdy shoes and join the geologists from St Andrews University as we discover fossil evidence to show what the environment of Fife was like 340 million years ago. Please note we will be walking over uneven and sometimes slippery terrain.   

7 - 107!  Under 10's to be accompanied by an adult

Meet at Pathhead Nursery


Rock Pool Guddle

20th July - 10am

Grab your nets and pails. Pull on your wellies. You’re ready to join local marine biologist, David Paterson, for two hours of discovery in Crail’s rock pools. Come and join the fun and see what you can find! Please note we will be walking over uneven and sometimes slippery terrain.

7 years and over.  Under 10's to be accompanied by an adult.

Meet at top of Hen's Ladder

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Papa Mo Band


20th July - 8pm

The Papa Mo Band is a genuine 70's Rock & Blues 'Party Band' bringing classic songs from famous bands of that era to your dance floor. The band has been entertaining audiences at festivals, charity fund raisers, pubs and clubs across Scotland since they were teenagers, playing covers and original songs. So get up and dance to The Rolling Stones, T-Rex, The Kinks, Free, Bad Company, Rory Gallagher and a host of other classics!"


Crail Community Hall

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James Grant &

Halleluiah Strings

21st July - 8pm

James Grant is one of the most renowned and respected performers Scotland has ever produced. Drawing from a broad palette of pop, folk, soul, country and blues influences, and interweaving his solo compositions with Love and Money favourites, James twins darkly literate, melodically lush songcraft with his richly potent vocals and virtuoso guitar work, leavening his performances with dashes of wickedly acerbic humour. Music to stir the heart and soothe the soul.

Crail Community Hall




23rd July - 12pm

Come along young and old, and build your best ever sandcastle. From mermaids to anchors and boats, from fish and animals, the creations get better and better every year

Crail Harbour Beach

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24th July - 1pm

Get hooked on crabbing. Bring your bucket and fishing net, a fishing line and bait to join the Crail Crabbers. This is your chance to compete for the most and the biggest crabs in Crail yachting pond. Crabulous fun for all ages.

Children under 10 years must be accompanied by an adult. 
Please be aware that surfaces may be slippery

Roome Bay

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Krafty Kids

25th July - 2pm

Don’t miss out on this action packed afternoon constructing seaside themed finger puppets, pirate hats and treasure boxes. This swashbuckling afternoon will keep all crafty young buccaneers busy. Leave your eyepatch and parrot at the door and follow the pirate map as young pirates rotate around the activities and will have lots of lovely creations to take home.

Age 6-12

Crail Legion Hall

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Art Workshops

26th July - 10am & 1pm

Run by Crail Art Group - “Creative Crail” is the theme this year. You will be get the opportunity to use different methods of adding images to preprinted pictures of Crail, using bought stamps, creating stamps, colouring using watercolour, colour pencils and collage to create your own masterpiece. Wear old clothes.

10am - Age 5-8,  1pm - Age 8-14

Crail Legion Hall

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Ceramics Workshop for Adults

27th July - 10am

Run by Jenny Rae - In this workshop we will be building columns using the slab technique in a free and intuitive way. Once constructed, the vessels will be decorated using a variety of methods including the use of coloured slips. The completed columns will then be taken to my studio and once dry, will be fired to stoneware temperatures 1260 degrees centigrade, making them frost proof. If possible, bring with you a cardboard tube approx 15cms wide 30cms high Cotton tea towel (not towelling) and packed lunch

Crail Legion Hall


Zoolab - Climate Crusader

27th July - 12:30pm

Run by Zoolab - We are calling all climate-conscious 7-15 year olds to explore biodiversity, deforestation and endangered animals in Climate Crusaders. We discuss how informed personal choices as consumers can protect animals and habitats worldwide. The workshop investigates consumption issues, looks at alternatives and teaches us about recycling and other ways to reduce the damage caused by climate change. There will be an opportunity to meet and handle Zoolab animals

Age 7-15

Crail Community Hall

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Viking Shield Workshop

28th July - 1pm

Unleash your Inner Viking and Create your own Viking Shield. We will use mount board and a variety of art materials to create your own unique shield inspired by designs from Norse mythology.

Age 6-14

Crail Legion Hall


Putting Competition

29th July - 2pm - 5pm

The Graham Cox Memorial Trophy
The Helen Main Memorial Trophy

Get the whole family involved in our annual straight play putting competition.  Score card, putter and ball will be provided but if you so wish you can use your own.

£2 / £1
Crail Bowling Green



Throughout the Festival

Polish your putting skills again this year!
Open 2 - 6pm
Weekends in June and September
Daily July and August

Adults - £2 per round.
Children 16yrs and under - £1

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Junior Football


19th July - 5pm

Run by Fife Active coach Chris Hepburn, you will be given the opportunity to test your football skills in fun challenges with prizes to be won. Open to everyone, those already playing football or anyone giving it a try for the first time. If possible bring own shin guards but equipment is available on the night.

Boys and girls aged 6-13 years

Beechwalk Park

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Chocolate Workshop


20th July - 1pm & 3pm

One for young nippers! Create your very own CHOCOLATE CRAIL CRAB with Sophie from the Pittenweem Chocolate Company. Working with our custom made crab shaped mould, children will have the opportunity to add their unique splash of colour and creativity to their chocolate. We will provide lots of edible treasures, inspired by the ‘art’ of the ocean to adorn your edible masterpiece to then take home.

Age 7-14

Crail Legion Hall

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Rock Stacking


21st July - 11am

Come along and have fun at our hugely successful rock stacking competition! You will have an hour to create the tallest stack with the most stones or the most imaginative stack, your decision.

Parents are responsible for any under 10's taking part

Roome Bay

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Street Market

22nd July - 11am - 4pm

Our Festival Street Market continues to go from strength to strength in terms of the number, diversity and quality of the stalls. Browsers and buyers could not wish for anything better. Food and drink outlets will feature and there will be fun and games for children, so ideal for a family outing. (We run five activities for children from 11am-3pm)

Free Entry

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23rd July - 7:30pm

The Kammerphilharmonie Europa gives a guest performance at Crail Festival for this very special concert. The ensemble is made up of some of the most talented young musicians from across Europe who tour and perform around the world with award-winning soloists Pawel Zuzanski (violin), Andrej Sur (violin) and Cyrill Gussaroff (trumpet).

£16.00 adults, £8.00 (under 18)
Crail Church

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Travelling Tent


24th July - 8pm

Two blues singers from the early twentieth century – Ma Rainey and Bessie - shot to fame and fortune through travelling tent shows, which were the real birth of the blues. 
These travellng circuses, minstrel and tent shows were the most popular form of entertainment before film. 
Now as part of the 2023 Crail Festival, acclaimed singer Nicole Smit takes us back in time with a show celebrating the music of those 1920s tent shows with an all-star cast including Tenement Jazz Band.


Crail Community Hall

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Junior Golf Skills

25th July - 5pm

Run by PGA Professional David Snodgrass, you will be given the opportunity to test your golf skills in fun challenges with prizes to be won. Open to everyone, those already playing golf or anyone giving it a try for the first time. Equipment is available on the night. 

Sponsored by Crail Golfing Society

For Boys & Girls Aged 6 -14​

Crail Golfing Society

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Junior Football

26th July - 5pm

Run by Fife Active coach Chris Hepburn, you will be given the opportunity to test your football skills in fun challenges with prizes to be won. Open to everyone, those already playing football or anyone giving it a try for the first time. If possible bring own shin guards but equipment is available on the night

Boys and girls aged 6-13

Beech Walk Park


Zoolab - Animal Hunt, Early Years

27th July - 10am

Join Zoolab use their ethical animal encounters for a story-based workshop perfect for 3-6 year olds! Based on a classic children’s tale, Zoolab’s expert presenter takes children on a fantastic hypothetical animal hunt through different habitats - grass, river, mud, a forest and a snowstorm - before coming face to face with an array of amazing Zoolab animals! There will be an opportunity to handle Zoolab animals
Age 3-6

Crail Community Hall

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Claire Hastings

27th July - 8pm

Crail Folk Club comes to Crail Festival with a double bill of Claire Hastings, and Dougie Mackenzie and Brian Miller.
Joining Claire will be Jenn Butterworth; one of the most notable folk guitarists in the UK acoustic music scene. Jenn was last seen at Crail with Laura-Beth Salter back in 2022. In recent years she was awarded ‘Musician of the Year’ from the Scots Trad Music Awards, and was nominated for the same title in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Claire will also be joined by first class fiddle player Laura Wilkie. Laura is another highly sought after musician on the scene who has toured across the world in various different groups including Kinnaris Quintet with Jenn Butterworth


Crail Community Hall

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Comedy Night Adults Only

28th July - 8pm

Crail Festival is delighted to welcome not one, not two but three of the brightest comedians from around the country.

Neil McFarlane, Bill Dewar and Matthew Bayliss will entertain you in this evening for over 16's only


Crail Community Hall

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Crail Festival Finale

29th July - 8pm

Crail Festival finale in aid of Families First St Andrews - dance away to the Jiggers - one of Scotland's best Ceilidh and Disco bands. A collective of folk musicians based in various towns and villages around Scotland, they mostly play at private events like weddings and parties, having played over 3000 gigs since the band's inception in 1997.
Take part in the Raffles/Auction to raise money for this great cause

Hot Food will be provided at the interval

£20.00 adults only
Crail Community Hall

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