The Arts and Crafts Exhibition has been a cornerstone of the Crail Festival since its beginning 35 years ago. This will be an exhibition of the work of local artists and crafts people, both amateur and professional, but all very talented. The work ranges from drawing, painting and digitally manipulated images to applied art, complemented by Crafts and designs.
Crail Town Hall
17th July - 27th July, 10am - 5pm
Come along young and old, and build your best ever sandcastle. From mermaids to anchors and boats, from pizzas to Ferraris, the creations get better and better every year.
Sponsored by St Leonards, St Andrews.
Wednesday, 17th July, 10am
The fantastic Bluewater Band with their sensational lead singer, Felipe Schreiberg, will be making a very popular, early return to Crail. This is Blues at its melodic best with their unique sound derived from a smooth blend of the haunting Chicago sound with the earthy, plaintive, moody tones of the Mississippi.
During our workshops our young wizards will create potions with a mix of ingredients and mischief! Each wizard will also make a magical slime to take home and take part in a challenge using wizard pens... feel free to dress as your favourite wizard!
This is a fantastic opportunity to explore the hidden back lanes and secluded nooks of this lovely village, as well as see some great gardens! Opening over two days, as part of Scotland’s Garden Scheme, you will be inspired by a wide range of gardening styles, and some equally wonderful plants, which can grow in Crail’s mild climate.
Tickets are also available at 2 Castle Street, Crail on 20th & 21st July
Take the opportunity to get up close to an iconic collection of birds of prey. This year there will be ten static display sessions where you can hear all about the different birds, ask questions and even have a little hands on time. A very informative and unforgettable experience!
Tickets are available for each 15 minute session and we are limited to four places per session.
Come along and have fun at our first ever rock stacking competition. You will have an hour to create the tallest stack that you can, everyone working together. Parents are responsible for any under 10’s taking part.
You’ll have plenty of time, during this hour long animal handling experience, to get up close and personal with Zoolab’s creepy, crawly animal colleagues – like African land snails, snakes… and many more.
We join forces with Crail Folk Club to present a bumper folk night featuring BBC Radio 2 award winner, and three time Scots Singer of the Year Siobhan Miller. On her return to the club Siobhan will be joined by her regular musicians. Also on the bill we have Jim Malcolm, Perthshire folk royalty, and his wife Susie. If that wasn’t enough Johnny Izatt will bring his wide range of music to start the evening.
Michael Christian Durrant, a hugely talented classical guitarist, will be making a very welcome return to Crail. Michael does not really need any introduction to a discerning, enthusiastic Festival audience. Acknowledged as "A forerunner in the new generation of classical guitarists" Michael is one of the most versatile and dynamic who continues to establish himself as one of the UK's finest and creative musicians. In addition to his much anticipated appearance in Crail his high profile 2019/20 tour will take him to Japan, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Germany and the Cayman Islands.
Formed while studying on the prestigious BA Applied Music Course at the University of Strathclyde, Something Blue are one of the finest wedding and function bands in the UK.
Featuring some of Scotland's most in demand session musicians, Something Blue have an amazing blend of technical ability, strong vocals and energetic live performances that make them THE must have band to close this year's exciting Crail Festival. Dancing is obligatory! No excuses!
Grab your nets and pails. Pull on your wellies. You’re ready to join local marine biologist, Bernie McConnell, for two hours of discovery in Crail's rock pools. Come and join the fun and see what you can find!
Blazin' Fiddles are a contemporary Scottish fiddle band from the Highlands and Islands. Mix hot fiddle players with wonderfully sympathetic piano and guitar arrangements and you discover why no other band in the last decade has captured Scottish fiddle music's variety, energy and sensitivity like Blazin' Fiddles.
Catriona MacLeod, from the West of Scotland, but more recently London based, becomes Cat Loud, the Scottish cabaret singer, a confident, comfortable performer who can combine soulful torch-singing with forthright stage banter. Hecklers beware! Her mixed sharp tongued and comedic interludes in marked contrast with her intoxicating brand of interpretive husky singing can stun, surprise and captivate any audience. This lady can melt hearts!
Les Barker is a very talented, prolific English poet and author who is famous for his comedic poems and parodies of popular songs. Both his amusing and serious songs have been covered widely by other singers. Les has a magical, innocent sense of the ridiculous; and his shrewd observation and imaginative powers of description create powerful and, at times, poignant, images. We can only wonder how he will deal with Brexit!
This is a fantastic opportunity to explore the hidden back lanes and secluded nooks of this lovely village, as well as see some great gardens! Opening over two days, as part of Scotland’s Garden Scheme, you will be inspired by a wide range of gardening styles, and some equally wonderful plants, which can grow in Crail’s mild climate
Tickets are also available at 2 Castle Street, Crail on 20th & 21st July
Get hooked on crabbing! Bring your bucket, net, line and bait and join the Crail crabbers. This is your chance to compete for the most and biggest crabs in Crail yachting pond. Crabulous fun for all ages.
Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
Run by PGA Professional David Snodgrass, you will have the opportunity to prove 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. Own transport required to Crail Golfing Society.
Edinburgh-based, American vocalist, Ali Affleck, is bandleader to the acclaimed Copper Cats. This all star Scottish band performs New Orleans jazz and blues in an energetic, humorous, highly authentic, vintage style. Ali loves to share the stage and revels in the artistry of her band with their feisty, classic front line brass section.
Come and collect your Scavenger Hunt forms from the Town Hall. How many of the items can you find around Crail? The fastest back with all the items are the winners and will receive a prize. Everyone taking part will get a treat when they hand back their forms at the end.
Saturday, 27th July, 10am
Where are the Broons?
Come on all you super spotters, collect your 20p entry sheet from the Festival Box Office in the Town Hall and see how many Broons you can find in the Crail windows. Everyone who returns a completed form will receive a treat!
Hugh Jackman stars as the wildly colourful 1800’s impresario P T Barnum, who founded the Barnum and Bailey circus. This show is leaving its viewers with a song in their heart, a spring in their step, a smile on their face and a tear in their eye. (PG)
A class for adults. Learn the basics of making craft paper by hand using simple equipment in this workshop with artist Philippa Mitchell. You will begin with making pulp using recycled and other fibres, then cast small sheets of paper. The class runs from 10am to 12noon and 1pm to 3pm. Lunch from 12 noon to 1 pm.
The popular Festival Quiz returns in a new format with a new team asking the questions. It will remain a standout evening with fun and friendly competition at its heart. A great way to finish off the weekend.
Can a new team challenge and take over the winner’s spot? Teams of six.
We always enjoy bringing live theatre to Crail, the more so when it is the inimitable Illyria, a highly acclaimed, very professional open-air company who will perform The Tempest in the Castle Grounds.
Illyria has an unmatched reputation for innovation so their interpretation of one of the great Shakespeare plays will be well worth watching.
Throughout literature, towers and turrets have been depicted as places of secrets, mysteries and magic. Think of Camelot; The Lady of Shallot; Rapunzel; Harry Potter; Dracula; The Sleeping Beauty to name but a few. Your challenge this year is to design and make a cluster of towers and turrets which project a feeling of mystery. You may want to create your own story to stimulate and support the designing process.