Come Join Probably the Best Small Festival... in the Galaxy!

26th JULY - 4th AUGUST 2019

It’s a packed 10 day programme of music, events and culture that has something for everyone, all set in the beautiful Fife village of Aberdour.

This year Aberdour Festival is celebrating 50 years since man first laid foot on
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Aberdour Festival brings together a packed programme of music, talks, sport, dance, literature and the visual arts, and we sincerely hope that you will find there is something for everyone!

Meanwhile Back in Aberdour

What’s on at the Aberdour Festival 2019

Friday the 26th of July

Aberdour Scarecrow Hunt

12:00am - 9:00pm

Everyone

Follow the Aberdour Scarecrow Trail! For the third year, scarecrows are returning to Aberdour! Get your…

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Ice Cream Factory

5:40pm - 7:00pm

Fringe Experience Children Adult

Children and adults all welcome to come along and make your own magnificent ice-cream sundae. We have ice…

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Aberdour ART Festival Opening Night

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Art Everyone

Various venues around the centre of the village, with refreshments. What better way to start your Festival…

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Aberdour Art Festival

6:00pm - 4:00pm

Art Everyone

Aberdour ART Festival group presents a cornucopia of artwork to excite, challenge andappeal, featuring…

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Saturday the 27th of July

Festival Crowning

10:00am - 10:15am

Everyone

This year our Festival Crowning takes place in Shore Road Park. Come down to the park and celebrate the…

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Festival Parade

10:15am - 10:45am

Everyone

Aberdour’s newly crowned Royal Party will lead the parade through the village in true majestic style to the…

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Sunrise Yoga at the Beach

10:15am - 11:00am

Fringe Sport Everyone

Greet the day the Yoga way! Stretch and tone your whole body through simple series of yoga poses led by hatha…

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Gala Day

10:45am - 5:00pm

Sport Everyone

Begin the Festival festivities with a fun filled family day down at Aberdour Primary School.…

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Village Sports Day

10:45am - 1:00pm

Sport Everyone

There will be races from 10.45am for all age groups to suit all levels of fitness. Trophies will be awarded to…

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Aberdour Art Festival Exhibitions

12:00pm - 4:00pm

Art Everyone

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Flower Festival

12:00pm - 6:00pm

Fringe Everyone

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Rollerbeats

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Sport Everyone

Rollerbeats, the ultimate roller disco experience, is coming to the Aberdour Festival! Whizz round to your…

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Family Ceilidh w. Off Centre Ceilidh Band

7:00pm - 10:30pm

Music Everyone

Get down to Aberdour Castle with your dancing shoes on! What a wonderful venue for this amazing annual event…

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The Johnston Brothers LIVE & AND ON FIRE

9:00pm - 12:00am

Fringe Music Adult

This Popular Acoustic Duo Always Get The Foresters Arms Rocking And They’re Back, Come Join Us From 9pm till…

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Sunday the 28th of July

Sunrise Yoga at the Beach

10:15am - 11:00am

Fringe Sport Everyone

Greet the day the Yoga way! Stretch and tone your whole body through simple series of yoga poses led by hatha…

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Festival Morning Worship

10:30am - 11:30am

Fringe Everyone

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Aberdour Village Market Day

11:00am - 8:00pm

Experience Everyone

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Aberdour Art Festival Exhibitions

12:00pm - 4:00pm

Art Everyone

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Flower Festival

12:00pm - 6:00pm

Fringe Everyone

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Donkey Brae Run

1:00pm

Sport Everyone

The Donkey Brae races are once again part of the Aberdour Festival. Why not bring your friends and family and…

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Zorb Football

2:00pm - 6:00pm

Sport Everyone

Playing football in a giant inflatable body suits is simply hilarious! Get a team together with your friends…

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Easter V Wester Annual Challenge Football Match

2:30pm - 5:30pm

Fringe Sport Everyone

Come along and watch or join the legends of yesteryear. Trophies presentation at the Foresters Arms at 5.00pm.…

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Festival Bingo & BBQ

4:30pm

Fringe Everyone

Join The Foresters Arms Team For Pub Bingo! Enjoy A Burger Cooked On The BBQ. Our Newly Decorated Beer Garden…

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Monday the 29th of July

Golf Tri-Am 2019

8:00am - 6:30pm

Fringe Sport

Stroke Play Competition for teams of three – male, female or mixed – with at least ONE member of the team…

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5 @ Fordell Firs

9:30am - 2:30pm

Experience Children Teens

Can you face going sky high at Fordell Firs? For the first time older kids can get up there and adventure on…

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Arts and Craft Drop in Workshop

10:00am - 12:30pm

Art Children

Come along to the Institute and meet some of our Festival crew who will help you to create to your heart’s…

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Flower Festival

10:00am - 6:00pm

Fringe Experience Everyone

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Cosmos Planetarium – Blast Off!

11:00am - 4:00pm

Experience Everyone

Enjoy a truly immersive voyage of discovery into intergalactic space. The Cosmos Planetarium is an immersive…

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Shinty Taster

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Fringe Sport Children

Aberdour Shinty Club will be hosting a Taster for children age 4 to 12. Come along and try Scotland’s…

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First Piano on the Moon

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Music Everyone

Adapting Mozart, Chopin and Scott Joplin for outer space requires a pianist be specially equipped. Will has…

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James Crawford – Scotland from the Sky

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Talk Everyone

James Crawford, author, historian and presenter of the BBC’s ‘Scotland from the sky’ will be landing at…

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Antiques and Collectables – An Evening with Trevor Kyle

7:30pm - 10:00pm

Fringe Experience Everyone

Aberdour “Village in Bloom” in association with Aberdour Festival presents ‘Antiques and Collectables…

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Comedy Night

7:30pm - 11:00pm

Comedy Adult

Rick Molland, an award-winning film maker and former Scottish Comedian of the Year runner-up, having proven…

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Tuesday the 30th of July

5 @ Fordell Firs

9:30am - 2:30pm

Experience Children Teens

Enjoy five hours of action packed fun with your friends at Fordell Firs! Here you can conquer Crate Climbing,…

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Flower Festival

10:00am - 6:00pm

Fringe Experience Everyone

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Mr Boom

10:00am - 11:00am

Music Children

Travel to the Moon in Spaceship Imagination with the amazing Mr Boom! Come and join in singing and dancing in…

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Water Skiing at Townhill Loch

11:00am - 1:00pm

Sport Children Teens

Come and try water skiing and feel the thrill of being out on the water, with fully qualified coaches. Start…

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Waterskiing at Townhill Loch

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Sport Children Teens

Come and try water skiing and feel the thrill of being out on the water, with fully qualified coaches. Start…

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Tea Dance

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Fringe Experience Everyone

Aberdour Day Care Centre would love to invite you to Trip the Light Fantastic at our Annual Tea Dance…

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John Fardell

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Talk Children Teens

In this fun interactive family event, Edinburgh-based author illustrator John Fardell (The Day Louis Got…

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Kenneth Macleod

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Talk Adult Teens

Ken MacLeod was born on the Isle of Lewis and lives in Gourock. He is the author of seventeen novels, from The…

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Energising Laughter with Kizer McKay (Laughter Yoga teacher)

6:30pm - 7:30pm

Fringe Experience Everyone

Come and laugh your cares away, find the child within and revive your energies with Kizer the Energiser.…

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Try Bowling

6:50pm - 9:00pm

Fringe Sport Everyone

Join us at Club night and try your hand at bowls. We have qualified coaches to support you and a licensed bar…

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Family Games Night

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Experience Family Everyone

Come down to the Institute for a fun-filled family games night, hosted by our one and only Colin McKinlay!…

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Iona Fyfe

8:00pm - 11:00pm

Music Everyone

Aberdeenshire folksinger Iona Fyfe is one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, rooted in the singing…

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Wednesday the 31st of July

Tennis Taster Sessions

9:30am - 11:45am

Fringe Sport Children Teens

Come and try tennis with fun games, matches and team challenges run by our experienced team of coaches. Open…

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Rory and Ruby

10:00am - 10:45am

Talk Children

Come and meet Alison Caldwell the author of Rory and Ruby. Listen to her read her wonderful stories, Sandy Bay…

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Flower Festival

10:00am - 5:00pm

Fringe Experience Everyone

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Rory and Ruby

11:00am - 11:45am

Talk Children

Come and meet Alison Caldwell the author of Rory and Ruby. Listen to her read her wonderful stories, Sandy Bay…

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Games Zone

11:00am - 4:00pm

Children Teens

The Institute is where it’s happening for lots of games organised by some of Aberdour’s fifth years who…

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Lego Trains & more…

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Experience Everyone

Come along and drive a LEGO train at this very large LEGO train layout. Bring along a LEGO model you have…

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Pet Show

2:30pm - 4:30pm

Experience Everyone

Tall, small, furry, feathered or scaled: all pets are very welcome, but do please keep them safe! Dog classes…

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Earth orbit welcomes careful drivers: space traffic control and the space junk problem

6:30pm - 7:30pm

Talk Everyone

Earth orbit currently hosts around 2000 operational satellites, along with a large number of dead satellites,…

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Mother & Daughters / Women & Girls Shinty Session

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Fringe Sport Everyone

Aberdour Shinty Club have a thriving women and girls section. The women’s development squad train on…

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Silent Disco

7:30pm - 11:00pm

Music Everyone

Dance to your heart’s content to great sounds which you will listen to on wireless headphones. There will be…

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The Coaltown Daisies

7:30pm - 11:00pm

Fringe Music

The Coaltown Daisies are a duo of singer-songwriters who write and perform dynamic folk, soul and americana…

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Born in the Borders Meet the Maker: Tap Take-Over and Gin tasting

7:30pm - 11:00pm

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Get Your “Real Ale Self “ involved In Our Meet The Maker Workshop, Get Your Taste Buds Tingling In Tasting…

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Thursday the 1st of August

AKF’s First Festival Futsal

9:00am - 2:30pm

Sport Children Teens

Futsal is fast-paced 5-a-side version of football. Played indoors with a heavier ball, Futsalis where Messi,…

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Jo Jingles

9:30am - 11:30am

Children

Jo Jingles are the UK’s leading provider of music, singing and movement classes for babies, toddlers and…

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Beach Exploration

10:00am - 12:00pm

Experience Children

Come and join the Ecology Centre and explore the beach and rock pools. Investigate all the creatures that call…

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Flower Festival

11:00am - 5:00pm

Fringe Experience Everyone

As the Flower Festival changes location, come along and see the new display at St. Columba’s.…

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St Fillans Lunches

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Fringe Everyone

Come along and join the Royal Party for lunch at the Church Hall. This monthly delight is provided by our…

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Nerf Wars

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Sport Children

Come and be part of the biggest Nerf battle ever! This year we have split the battle sessions into 3 age…

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Creation Station: Slime Making Workshop

1:00pm - 2:15pm

Children

Could this be… Slime from Space?!! The Creation Station is excited to bring you our amazing Slime Workshop.…

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Frank Glynn and Arnie Arnstein

3:00pm - 4:30pm

Talk Adult

Francis J (Frank) Glynn will launch his third book, Compass of Shame. It is a sequel to Veneer of Manners,…

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Kid’s Cricket Skills

4:00pm - 5:30pm

Sport Children Teens

Come and have a crack at cricket! A fun taster session of batting, bowling and fielding skills using soft…

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Time to Save Lives: CPR & Defibrillator Familiarisation

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Talk Everyone

Come along and learn or refresh your C.P.R. in a relaxed setting with Members of the Training Team from St…

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Easter v Wester Kid’s Cricket Match

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Sport Children Teens

Let the fun and game begin! Stay on after the practice or join in now for the main event, Aberdour’s first…

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Cricket BBQ and Bar

6:00pm - 10:00pm

Experience Everyone

No need to cook tea tonight! The Festival catering team will be on hand selling delicious BBQ food for…

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Easter v Wester Adult’s Cricket Match

7:00pm - 10:00pm

Sport Adult

The traditional Easter v Wester Village Cricket Match. A 20:20 game with some modified rules. Played with a…

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Mamma Mia

7:30pm - 11:00pm

Experience Adult

The Greek Islands are coming to Aberdour! Dig out your flares and take a chance on us as you transport…

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The Foresters Arms Festival Quiz Night

8:00pm - 11:00pm

Fringe Adult

Come along and test you knowledge At The Foresters Arms ever-popular quiz! Maximum of 4 people per team.…

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Friday the 2nd of August

Physi-ball

9:00am - 10:00am

Children

Physi-ball is part of the Enjoy-a-ball program just for toddlers. This session is an opportunity to take part…

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Graffiti Workshop

9:30am - 4:30pm

Art Children Teens Adult

Fancy creating your own Banksy-style selfie? Local artist Garry Downie will talk you through producing your…

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Enjoy-a-Ball

10:00am - 2:00pm

Sport Children

Voted as best UK activity, Enjoy-a-Ball is a sports coaching programme for girls and boys aged between three…

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Sunrise Yoga at the Beach

10:15am - 11:00am

Fringe Sport Everyone

Greet the day the Yoga way! Stretch and tone your whole body through simple series of yoga poses led by hatha…

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John Henderson’s Backwoods Adventure

10:30am - 3:00pm

Experience Children

Dare to take on the Backwoods Adventure! Robert, Charlotte and the gang are back to make sure everyone has…

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Flower Festival

11:00am - 5:00pm

Fringe Experience Everyone

Come along and see the flowers in a wonderful setting.…

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Bug Hunt

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Children

Join the Ecology Centre as they take you on an adventure to have fun and games discovering the mini-beasts…

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Combat Archery

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Sport Teens Adult

Dodgeball + Archery = Combat Archery! The newest, coolest thing since paint ball – without the mess! With…

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Stuart Cosgrove: A Talk about American Soul Music

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Talk Adult

Writer and Broadcaster Stuart Cosgrove will be talking about his critically-acclaimed Soul Trilogy of books,…

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N^S^: New Aberdour Space Administration

6:30pm

Experience Adult

Calling all Space Cowboys, aged 18 and over! An early evening expedition around Aberdour, calling in at local…

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The Foresters Arms Festival Big Bash

8:00pm - 11:00pm

Fringe Music Adult

Featuring Total Harmony, The Happy Haggis Show and Miss Meatloaf! Come Along and enjoy a fun filled night with…

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Saturday the 3rd of August

Beach Day

9:30am - 8:00pm

Experience Everyone Family

The Aberdour Festival 2019 Beach Day will hopefully be our biggest ever at Black Sands beach. There will be…

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Sandcastle Competition

9:30am - 11:45am

Everyone Family

The Aberdour Baby and Toddler group organise this popular event and with 2019 being the 50th Anniversary of…

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Sunrise Yoga at the Beach

10:15am - 11:00am

Fringe Sport Everyone

Greet the day the Yoga way! Stretch and tone your whole body through simple series of yoga poses led by hatha…

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Flower Festival

11:00am - 5:00pm

Fringe Experience Everyone

Come along and see the flowers in a wonderful setting.…

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Harbour Races

12:00pm

Sport Children Teens

Parental consent required and please note YOU WILL GET WET! Age 9-16 and must be able to swim 25m unaided.…

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Try a Sail

12:00pm

Sport Everyone

Try a sail will also be taking place during the day and details will be available closer to the date from…

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Beach Volleyball Tournament

12:30pm - 2:30pm

Sport Everyone

We are looking for 8 teams (2 people per team) to take part in the Aberdour Festival Beach Volleyball…

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Silent Adventure Disco

12:30pm - 3:00pm

Music Everyone

“Your moves are awesome – you just don’t know it yet’! One of the biggest hits at last year’s…

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Raft Race

3:00pm

Sport Everyone

This event is the highlight of beach day and maybe of the entire festival. The host for this ever popular…

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Cover 2 Cover

9:00pm

Fringe Music Adult

Get Your Dancing Shoes On, Raise Your Glasses For “Spillage In The Village” Aberdour’s Own Duo…

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Sunday the 4th of August

Sunrise Yoga at the Beach

10:15am - 11:00am

Fringe Sport Everyone

Greet the day the Yoga way! Stretch and tone your whole body through simple series of yoga poses led by hatha…

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Flower Festival

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Fringe Experience Everyone

Come along and see the flowers in a wonderful setting.…

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Open Gardens by the Forth

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Fringe Experience Everyone

Plant stall at 10 Manse Street. Proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support. Tickets available beforehand at The…

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Object of Desire

6:00pm

Fringe Drama Teens Adult

A nostalgic view of a 1950’s relationship through not so rose tinted spectacles, Object of Desire is a…

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Festival Songs of Praise

7:00pm - 8:00pm

Fringe Everyone

Come and enjoy the Songs of Praise singing the choices of many local people who will explain why they picked…

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“Craic in the Courtyard” at the Aberdour Hotel with Yard of Ale and invited guests

8:00pm

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Come along to the Aberdour Hotel’s covered courtyard and round off the festival with some great music, great…

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