Celebrate the glories of the season in Fife with art trails and exhibitions, floral festivals, poetic extravaganzas and so much more
As the days grow longer and winter finally loosens its frigid grip, there's no better place to enjoy spring's many gifts than Fife. Many perennial favourites mark their return this time of year, from festivals of poetry and ideas to creative trails exploring the artistic forces alive and at work across the Kingdom of Fife. With so much going on, we've put together a list of some truly unmissable events taking place this season for you to enjoy.
Revel in the first offerings of spring at Cambo Gardens, which are hosting a series of events and activities to celebrate the emergence of the estate's stunning woodland snowdrops. The festival includes family workshops and activities, woodland trails, studio sessions and the annual Imbolc Fire Party. Snowdrops Festival, Cambo Gardens and Estate, Kingsbarns, St Andrews, until Fri 8 Mar.
Lada Wilson: SOUTH
Inspired by the Scottish Fisheries Museum's rich history, exhibitions and geographical south-facing position on the shoreline, artist Lada Wilson's solo exhibition will transport you to sunny climes, no matter what the weather outside. In SOUTH, Wilson explores the concept of 'south' and the many notions it conveys – as being warm, different, somewhere we have to sail the seas to reach – through photography, prints, collages, kiln-fired glass and ceramics. Pop by on 25 May during the museum's Open Day and enjoy free entry, as well as an exciting range of entertainment and activities. Lada Wilson: SOUTH, The Scottish Fisheries Museum, St Ayles, Harbourhead, Anstruther, until Sun 3 Mar.
One of the top poetry festivals in the UK, StAnza returns for its 22nd year in the beautiful town of St Andrews. Famous for its friendly atmosphere and international scope, StAnza's 2019 programme features the likes of Imtiaz Dharker, Ishion Hutchinson, Menna Elfyn, and Caroline Bird, as well as plenty of new and emerging voices to discover, with a focus this year on verses from the Mediterranean and beyond. With more than a hundred readings, interdisciplinary performances, discussions, workshops, open mics and exhibitions to discover in and around St Andrews' historic town centre, there's truly something for poets and poetry-lovers of all stripes. Moreover, this year's themes of Off the Page and Another Place will offer a pressing interrogation of the current state of our climate and political discourse, and consider how poetry can offer a positive vision forward. StAnza, various venues, St Andrews, Sun 3 Mar–Sun 10 Mar.
Fife Whisky Festival
Sample the 'water of life' at the Fife Whisky Festival, which returns this spring with an exciting list of exhibitors from Fife and beyond. Enjoy exclusive tasting classes throughout the day and meet some of the best whisky producers in the country. You'll love every dram minute – so cheers to that! Fife Whisky Festival, The Corn Exchange, Cupar, Fri 8 Mar–Sun 10 Mar.
Adam Smith Festival of Ideas
Celebrate the philanthropic and academic ideas of Kirkcaldy's most famous son at the Adam Smith Festival of Ideas. The great Eddie Izzard has been announced as the main headliner, and Sir Tim Berners-Lee – you know, the inventor of a little thing called the internet – will be delivering the famous annual Adam Smith Lecture, alongside internet entrepreneur Rosemary Leith, to mark the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web. If you need a wee break from higher thoughts, snack on local and exotic delicacies at the Adam Smith Food Festival, or enjoy the plethora of family activities taking place throughout the weekend. Adam Smith Festival of Ideas, Adam Smith Theatre, Bennochy Road, Kirkcaldy, Wed 13 Mar–Sun 17 Mar.
Dunfermline Comic Con
Comic book artists and writers from across the globe will be showcasing their work at Dunfermline Comic Con, which is fast becoming one of the highlights of the UK comic convention calendar. The guest line-up for 2019 features heavy-hitters like Marc Ellerby (Rick and Morty, Doctor Who), Sarah Graley (Rick and Morty, Kim Reaper) and Mariko Tamaki (Lumberjanes, This One Summer), and will include special panel events, signings, interactive attractions, displays, comic drawing classes and a cosplay competition. Dunfermline Comic Con, Pittencreiff Park, Dunfermline, Sat 30 Mar.
Scotland's Daffodil Festival
Enjoy a blooming great day out by browsing through the hundreds of different types of daffodils and other spring flowers on display at Scotland's Daffodil Festival. Enjoy a woodland daffodil walk, come along for some talks and tours or have a wander around some of the stalls which will be selling some of the best local food, drink and plants. Scotland's Daffodil Festival, Backhouse Rossie Estate, Past Collessie, Sat 13 Apr–Sun 14 Apr.
Fife Whisky Festival
Attention thrill-seekers! Europe's largest and oldest street fair returns to Kirkcaldy Waterfront. Bring the family along for a fantastic day out and enjoy a huge selection of rides, funhouses, attractions, trampolines, street food and much more. Why not challenge your friends to a round on the dodgems, enjoy candy floss on the hobby horses or enjoy some amazing food from one of many catering stalls? The truly brave at heart can also take a spin on the market's gravity-defying fairground rides to enjoy some amazing panoramic views of the Firth of Forth. Links Market, Kirkcaldy Waterfront, Wed 17 Apr–Mon 22 Apr.
Open Studios North Fife
Whether you're looking for a special something for a friend's birthday or inspiration for your own creative projects, Open Studios North Fife is an excellent opportunity to meet artists and also discover the rural gems of picturesque Fife. Fife-based artists, designers, jewellery makers and photographers will be opening the doors of their homes and studios to offer an opportunity for visitors to find out more about their creative processes and browse through work which is available for purchase. Open Studios North Fife, various venues, Sat 4 May–Mon 6 May.
Another unmissable tour of Fife's creative offerings is Artline, a truly unique exploration of the region's art, poetry and history. Eleven venues along Fife's coastal railway line open their doors to showcase once-unused and semi-derelict spaces that have found new purpose as studios and heritage centres. Each building will featuring a mixed programme of arts and crafts, poetry and historical artefacts on display. Artline, various venues, Fife, Sat 4 May–Sun 5 May.
The cleverly titled StAnza is a literary festival that focuses on verse. Joining the locals for readings, performances, slams, open mics, jazz, films, workshops and poetry-related art exhibitions, and installations are a host of local and international wordsmiths. Among those taking part are Imtiaz Dharker, Harry Giles…
This open studio event gives you the chance to visit professional artists, designers and makers in their own workspaces. Artists from across the north of Fife open up their adapted sheds and bespoke studios to display paintings, ceramics, jewellery, textiles and work in glass, metal and wood. Commission work, purchase…
Comic book convention with stalls selling original art and collectables, a cosplay competition and panels with visiting comic artists and writers.
'The Dunfermline con was one of the best I've ever attended in the UK. From the enthusiastic volunteers who looked after us so well to the number of parents who brought…
An in depth galanthophile garden tour exploring our national snowdrop collection and winter gardens, the history of snowdrops at Cambo and more. With Lady Erskine or Head of Horticulture Fay MacKenzie.
Celebration of the philanthropic and academic philosophies of Kirkcaldy's most famous son. The headliner this year is Eddie Izzard, and the annual Adam Smith Lecture will be delivered by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Rosemary Leith.