Preparations are already under way for this year’s Fife Nativity, which has a new venue after being forced from its previous home.
Organisers of the popular outdoor production were left high and dry when Fife Animal Park, near Collessie, suddenly closed its doors earlier this year.
The play had been held there for four years, having re-located from Lochiehead Farm, Auchtermuchty, when Cupar couple Eugene and Jill Adams took over the reins.
But now it’s been confirmed that the 2014 event will take place at Cairnie Fruit Farm, just outside Cupar - a venue Eugene says is ‘perfect’.
“Cairnie just works on so many levels,” he said.
“It is so well-established and very popular, with excellent parking and toilet facilities as well as the opportunity to enjoy a pre-event drink or meal.
“Owners Cameron and John Laird are also very community-minded so we’re delighted to have formed this relationship with them. We see it as a fantastic opportunity.”
This year there’ll be five performances of the play, whose cast includes ‘ordinary’ people, live animals and a real baby as the infant Jesus.
Last year around 1000 people from all over the world came to see the play and it’s hoped that this year that number will top 1500.
“The fact that the venue is more central this year means that we’re more accessible to people in St Andrews and the East Neuk,” said Eugene, whose youngest daughter Chrissy had the honour of playing Jesus almost six years ago.
“We’ve already been approached by local groups like the Scouts and the Rotary Club with offers of help, so we’re getting more practical support than ever before.
“The fact we have more space means we can offer a more enhanced experience all round - but the story doesn’t change!”
Full details of how to book will appear on the website, fifenativityplay.org.uk, when it’s updated in September.