Best ever Aberdour Festival marks its 30th anniversary in style ...

One of the acts who will perform at Aberdour Festival
One of the acts who will perform at Aberdour Festival
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The 30th Aberdour Festival kicks off tomorrow (Friday) and this year’s line up is set to be one of the best ever!

The event, which runs until August 4, will feature all the favourites such as the opening parade, the Donkey Brae Run, the fun-packed children’s programme, the picnic at the castle, the beach day with the sandcastle competition and raft Race.

Jo Caulfield

Jo Caulfield

The parade - which has a flora and fauna theme this year - will kick off at 9.30 a.m on Saturday, making its way from the marquee through the village to Aberdour Castle for the crowning of the king and queen at 10.15p.m. After the crowning, the parade heads back to the marquee for the village sports and gala day.

There will also be some fantastic new activities and one off shows for 2013.

The highly acclaimed comedienne Jo Caulfield opens the festival with her Better the Devil You Know show in the AVD Festival Marquee tomorrow night (Friday). The Village Market on Sunday is a staple of the festival calendar but this year there are more stalls, featuring some of the finest local produce and crafts. Iain Spink will be there with his freshly made Arbroath Smokies.

Live music this year includes a not-to-be-missed acoustic set from Donnie Munro, local Fife band The Coaltown Daisies and the UK’s number one Bruce Springsteen tribute band, The Rising.

Fifers are also being offered the opportunity to learn Flamenco dance. There are workshops to suit all ages from five years and upwards.

All classes take place on Monday, July 29 at the Institute, Shore Road. 1.30 - 2.30 p.m for kids aged five - 10 (accompanying parents too); 3.00 - 5.00 p.m for ages 11-15 and 5.30-7.30 p.m for adults of all ages.

And to bring the festival to a close, organisers have again lined up the Haughcross – a brilliant cyclocross event both for competitors and spectators.

Roy Devon, festival chairman, said: “With it being the 30th year we’ve put our all into bringing a fantastic mix of events to Aberdour – I can’t wait for it to start!”

Kirstie Ross from the organising committee said: “There are so many great events happening that it’s really hard to pick out the highlights.

“I’m probably most looking forward to meeting John Whaite, the winner of last year’s Great British Bake Off, when he comes to judge our Bake Off and sign copies of his book. It’s all going to be amazing.”

For more information visit www.aberdourfestival.org.uk.