Crail counts down to a festival for all

Barbara Dickson will headline this year's Crail Festival on August 1.
Barbara Dickson will headline this year's Crail Festival on August 1.
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Some of the biggest names in music and entertainment come to the East Neuk for the Crail Festival this month.

The annual event, which is now in its fourth decade, takes place from July 22 to August 1.

Christine Bovill will also be entertaining crowds at the event which runs from July 22 to August 1.

Christine Bovill will also be entertaining crowds at the event which runs from July 22 to August 1.

Kicking off this year’s popular family friendly event will be an afternoon at the movies with ‘Singalong-a-Frozen’ followed by a family ceilidh with band, Cutting Edge.

The festival continues with some 30 events taking place offering something for everyone, both young and old.

The putting green, which attracted over 2700 rounds last year, is already open once again and organisers hope to beat last year’s total before it closes on August 23.

A festival spokesman said: “The ever popular art festival will be open every day and following last year’s success we will again be holding a street market at Rumford, Nethergate on Saturday, July 25.

“It’ll feature stalls, entertainment including Sci Fi Jim and Rich Young, Crail Community Choir and a magician, and children’s games.”

For the young family members there is a packed programme of activities including workshops in art, dance, ceramic dragons and monsters, and the chance to take part in a rock pool guddle, fossil hunt, fairytales and fables and competitions including putting, crabbing and sandcastles.

And back due to popular demand, the festival quiz night has been reinstated.

This year’s music programme will include an evening with Fife Opera, classical violinist Charlotte Rowan makes a welcome return and a performance by singer songwriter Christine Bovill.

There will also be music from Mike Whellans, the One Man Blues Band, Grace Black, Robyn Stapleton (BBC Scotland Young Trad Musician of the Year 2014) and her trio, and Swede Dreamz.

Topping the bill this year will be Fife’s own Barbara Dickson.

For more information on the event visit www.crailfestival.com