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Friday 1st to Sunday 10th August 2014 10 days of possibly the best small festival in the world‌ email:

Thank you to all our Festival 2014 supporters … without you there would be no Festival!

This year’s Festival supporters have truly Bridged the Gap! From the amazing cross-community support at our fundraising Quiz to the array of inspirational contributions to our Programme and everyone’s enjoyment of the week.

relax in the McTaggart’s Green Room – then we will celebrate the conclusion of another great Festival at the FREE ForthRoad Family Ceilidh. Once again, our printed Programme was produced free of charge by Standard Life lnvestments.

We would like to thank Fife Charities Trust for their support along with Creative Scotland for their Live Literature programme, which is managed by Scottish Book Trust. This support has provided three leading Scottish authors – Lari Don; Anita Govan; and Millie Gray – allowing us to put on all their sessions free of charge.

Our Box Offices will be run efficiently by The Pharmacy, McTaggart’s and The Purple Shop.

Our Marquee – the Hub of our Festival – is sponsored once again by AVD Ltd, who supply all our lighting, sound and AV equipment. The week will kick off with The Purple Shop Sports Day, you will be able to enjoy Inglis Vets Pet Show, The Aberdour Pharmacy Village Affair, Molson Coors Brewing Company Bar, Abbott Risk Consulting Raft Race and Ronde Bicycle Outfitters Haughcross, while our Big acts can

Raffle prizes will be donated, quizzes designed and sold, events co-ordinated, materials supplied and venues provided by: Aberdour Cultural Association, The Aberdour Hotel, Antiques & Gifts, No. 6, The Cedar Inn, The Cedar Inn Social Fund, Coastal Reflections, The Crescent, Crowning Glory, ExxonMobil, Foresters Arms, ForthRoad, Hearts Desire, Molson Coors, Pure Definition, Room with a View, The Woodside Hotel and the Mitchells. As ever, a huge THANK YOU from the Festival Committee to all our wonderful supporters.”

Welcome to the

31st Aberdour Festival I am very delighted to introduce the Programme for the 31st Aberdour Festival – packed with many more events than ever before! We trust everyone will find something of interest this year. We even had to schedule events on the first Friday as there was no room anywhere else in the Programme to accommodate them! Following the very successful 30th anniversary programme we took stock, reviewed and considered changes to the format to keep the Festival as fresh and exciting as it has been for the past three decades. We also asked you, the festivalgoers to tell us what you liked and what you wanted more of; we hope this year’s extended programme has achieved this! However, we don’t want to stand still as we continue to develop the Festival year-on-year. So throughout the Festival we will be asking you for your views and comments which will help the Committee develop next year’s programme. After all, the Aberdour Festival is YOUR festival. This year’s programme has been made possible thanks to the generous contribution from Big Lottery Celebrate Fund. The theme Bridge the Gap brings together all of Scotland’s main events for 2014 – Homecoming; Commonwealth values, cultures and games; 100th anniversary of First World War; 50th anniversary of the Forth Road Bridge; and closer to home the 10th anniversary of the twinning between Aberdour and Corte Franca.

Throughout our programme this year you will find exciting workshops, events, activities, performances and exhibitions that celebrate and explore all these things; Scottish Culture, Sport, First World War Heritage, Science and Engineering, International Arts and Diverse Cultural Opportunities. All of which will bring the 31st Festival to life. At its heart sits Aberdour Festival’s commitment to celebrating the values of the Commonwealth. In particular we have built a very strong children’s and youth programme to reflect the importance the Commonwealth places on investing in young people. Beyond this you will find opportunities through the 10 days that promote tolerance, respect and understanding; encourage you to take part in sport and physical adventures; provide time for you to think and engage on important issues like protection of the environment, equality and celebration of diverse cultures. Without the support of the village the Committee would not be able to put on such an extensive 10-day programme so thank you to everyone who has and will help to deliver this year’s Festival. However we still need more volunteers so if you can help for an hour, an afternoon, a full day or for the whole 10 days! please email: letting us know when you are free. I hope you all enjoy this year’s Festival. Thanks Roy Devon 2014 Chairman On behalf of the Aberdour Festival Committee


Festival exhibitions Friday 1st-Sunday 3rd August Exhibitions by local artists –– Friday 1 August 6.00pm-9.00pm –– Saturday 2 August 11.00am-6.00pm –– Sunday 3 August 12noon-5.00pm –– Various venues across the village –– FREE

Feature Exhibition: Facing Time –– Friday 1 August 6.00pm-9.00pm –– Saturday 2 August 11.00am-6.00pm –– Sunday 3 August 12noon-5.00pm –– The Boathouse, Hawkcraig Point –– FREE Sam Wade (Kinetics Moving Sculpture) likes to think his kinetic sculptures tread a fine line between art and engineering, exploring the long tradition of form-through-motion by combining movement and machinery with, he hopes, a degree of precision, humour and truth to materials. He works mainly in stainless steel, aluminium, brass, copper, Perspex and wood to construct a sculpture rather than carve or cast it. Kinetic: ‘an assemblage or sculpture, made up of parts designed to be set in motion by an internal mechanism or an external force.’ His kinetics range in size from large constructions destined for outdoor settings to smaller indoor works: his collection of wall clocks are kinetics literally playing with time.


Peter Hallam is a well-known, self-taught painter working primarily in oils on canvas. He is a very individual artist who has painted from an early age and has developed a very unique style. The colours in his work are always striking and though his figurative paintings have an abstract feel, they are emotionally engaging. His work has been exhibited throughout the UK and in the USA, including the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. In 2006 he won the Cravens Art Prize at Northumbria University. In March 2014 he exhibited at The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle as the main artist for their Spring Exhibition. Chris Hall is an internationally acclaimed sculptor making a welcome return to Aberdour. His figurative sculpture has a deep empathy not only with the stone and the wood that he works with but with the human spirit. He seems to connect us to a primal shared source that eludes time. Winifred Fergus is presently working on a series of wildlife paintings; animals that are common in the landscape around her studio in rural Aberdeenshire. The paintings are sensitive yet unsentimental. Jim Livingstone over the past few years has made several painting trips to the West Coast of Scotland. These landscapes come from this period, painted from watercolour studies.

Festival exhibitions Friday 8th-Sunday 10th August Heritage Exhibition – HMS Tarlair: Aberdour’s role in the fight against the U-boat –– Friday 8 August 12noon-9.00pm –– Saturday 9 August 11.00am-5.00pm –– Sunday 10 August 1.00pm-5.00pm –– Church Hall –– FREE At the beginning of the First World War the German U-boat (unterseeboot or submarine) had become a major threat. Its large-scale destruction of merchant shipping caused not only great loss of life but also a fear that the British population would be fatally starved of materials and food. Between 1915 and 1918 the Admiralty Experimental Establishment Station, HMS Tarlair, located at Hawkcraig Point in Aberdour, was the centre of a highly concentrated effort to defeat the German U-boats. The work carried out at HMS Tarlair is of local and national interest. During its short period of operation, major technological advances were achieved, not only in the detection of submarines, but it was one of the first instances of collaborative work between civil and military scientists and researchers.

Heritage Exhibition – Aberdour’s history –– Friday 8 August 12noon - 9.00pm –– Saturday 9 August 11.00am-5.00pm –– Sunday 10 August 1.00pm-5.00pm –– Church Hall –– FREE Alongside the HMS Tarlair exhibition will be items of more general interest concerning the history of Aberdour. Those of you who visited last year’s local history exhibition and enjoyed the display of old photos will be pleased to hear that there will be more of the same this year. We are grateful to all those who have made this material available. There will also be a small display relating to the Hewitt brothers who are commemorated in a plaque in St Fillan’s Church and on the war memorial outside the Church Hall. We are grateful to David Graham for making this material available.


Friday 1st August Morning events Cartoon film animation workshops for children –– 10.30am-12.30pm  Age 7-12 –– 1.30pm-3.30pm  Age 13-16 –– Aberdour Primary School –– Tickets: £8.00 (20 spaces available per session) Consent Form required. Kicking of this year’s bumper Festival Programme we are bringing the Commonwealth Games to life through our first ever Film Animation Workshop! Draw your own characters and bring them to life in a cartoon film! All your films are put online too and will be shown at the BAFTAs on Wednesday. Imagine a journey to a Commonwealth country. Make a film about your favourite sport, or maybe make friends with magical creatures from a faraway place; your imagination is the only limit! The workshop is run by Red Kite Animation

Afternoon events BIG KIDS Fun Tennis Competition –– 4.00pm-6.00pm –– Aberdour Tennis Club –– £4 book in advance (24 spaces available) –– Age 10+, Consent Form required. Come along and play some tennis on a mini red court, with small rackets and red balls – it’s great fun! All abilities welcome – it’s anyone’s game – prizes for winners. Playing groups organised on the day. Rackets provided. Remember, suitable footwear must be worn! Please contact Lynn Slater ( to book.


Animation workshops for adults –– 4.30pm-6.30pm –– Aberdour Primary School –– Tickets: £10.00 (20 spaces available) –– Age 17+ Creative opportunities aren’t just for the children. Red Kite Animation challenges the grown-ups to create their own works of animation art. Guided by our Festival theme, where will your imagination take you?

Evening events Talk: Madness and Mysticism –– 5.30pm-6.30pm –– Aberdour Primary School –– £3.50 at the door (includes a glass of wine/soft drink) –– Age 16+ This presentation considers the nature of psychosis: is it best understood as a spiritual journey or a pathological process? Dr Allan Beveridge, Consultant Psychiatrist at Queen Margaret Hospital, will consider the 19th century French poet, Gerard de Nerval, who described his mental breakdown in his novel Aurelia. Nerval sought to explain his breakdown in spiritual terms but also accepted the psychiatric treatment of his day. In the second part, the poet Jo McFarlane, described as ‘the Poet Laureate of the Scottish Recovery Movement’, will respond to the questions raised by Nerval’s novel by drawing on her experiences of mental illness and her own poetry.

Ice Cream Factory –– 6.00pm-6.20pm –– 6.20pm-6.40pm –– 6.40pm-7.00pm –– Aberdour Tennis Club –– Tickets: £2.50 (25 spaces available per session) Children and adults all welcome to come along and make your own magnificent ice cream sundae. We have ice cream, fruit, marshmallows, sweets, sprinkles, sauces and much more for you to create your masterpiece. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Consent form required.

Exhibitions by local artists Preview Night –– 6.00pm-9.00pm –– Various venues across the village with refreshments See page 2 for more information

Feature Exhibition: Facing Time –– 6.00pm-9.00pm –– The Boathouse, Hawkcraig Point See page 2 for more information

Arts and Textile Fashion Show

VERY BIG KIDS Fun Tennis Competition (Adults only) –– 7.30pm until everyone defeated (or exhausted)! –– Aberdour Tennis Club –– £ 4.00 book in advance (24 spaces available) –– Age 16 and over Are you up for the challenge? It’s the adults’ turn now to play some tennis on a mini red court, with small rackets and red balls – it’s great fun! All abilities welcome, prizes for winners. Playing groups organised on the day. Rackets provided. Remember, suitable footwear must be worn! Please contact Lynn Slater ( to book.

Live Music with Shenanigans –– 9.00pm onwards –– Cedar Inn –– Age 18+

Live Music with Clark & Boj –– 9.00pm-1.00am –– Foresters Arms –– Age 18+

–– 7.00pm-7.40pm –– The Institute, Shore Road –– £2.00 at the door Come and see the stunning work of local textile artists brought to life.


Friday 1st August continued

HOT TICKET EVENT! Great Grand Homecoming Hootenanny with Coaltown Daisies supported by Second Stages and guests –– 9.00pm to late (doors open 8.30pm) –– The AVD Festival Marquee –– Tickets: £3.50 –– Open to all If there is one thing about this village that holds true it is that, having stayed here, a little bit of Aberdour will always live in your heart. As 2014 is Scotland’s Year of Homecoming our Great Grand Hootenanny will, through a whirl of musical celebration, formally open this year’s 10 days of Festival fun, mayhem, reflection, beauty and our special time together. Aberdour Festival’s friends the Coaltown Daisies and our own Second Stages will host a night stuffed full of special guest appearances including Sandra MacBeth, Kenny Martin and Rab Thomson, bringing their multi instrumental talents to the night, along with some of our own local musical treasures. A night of traditional and not so traditional toe tapping, laughter filled Hootenanny time awaits for all. It’s the party to kick it all off. Aberdour Festival 2014 is GO!


Saturday 2nd August Morning events Fife Coast & Countryside Trust Aberdour Silver Sands Open Day –– 10.00am-3.00pm –– Silver Sands Beach –– FREE –– Age 6+ Throughout the day there will be sessions looking at butterflies, bees and bugs; the local habitat; the beach and shores; and the secret military operations. For more information on timings and the programme please visit

Festival Crowning –– 10.30am –– The AVD Festival Marquee –– FREE –– Open to all Please come to the Festival Marquee as colourfully as you can to see the Royal Party be crowned by Lisa Norman, Aberdour’s very own Commonwealth Queen’s Batonbearer. Thanks to the pupils and teachers of Aberdour Primary School, the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Rainbows and Brownies for their collaboration in making artwork for this year’s parade that reflects two of the themes of this year’s Festival – Bridge the Gap (with giant rainbows) and celebrating the diversity of the Commonwealth. Whatever the weather, come and turn the streets into a carnival of colour.

Festival Parade –– 11.00am departs The AVD Festival Marquee –– FREE –– Open to all And we’re off! Join the Festival King and Queen and their Royal Attendants along with the loud, lively, energetic and dynamic Edinburgh Samba School – a colourful Samba percussion and dance group, specialising in authentic rhythms from the flamboyant Carnival culture of South America - as they lead us through the Village to Dovecot and back to The AVD Festival Marquee for an afternoon of fun at the Village Sports and Gala Day.

Exhibitions by local artists –– 11.00am-6.00pm See page 2 for more information

Feature Exhibition: Facing Time –– 11.00am-6.00pm –– The Boathouse, Hawkcraig Point See page 2 for more information


Saturday 2nd August continued VILLAGE SPORTS AND GALA DAY supported by The Purple Shop –– 11.45am-4.00pm –– The AVD Festival Marquee and Silver Sands Playing Field –– FREE –– Open to all Straight from the Parade, there will be lots of fun, novelty races, opportunities to compete for some of Aberdour’s village trophies including the traditional Easter v Wester Tug o’ War! There will also be stalls like Welly Throwing, Beat the Goalie, Pedal Go-karts, Golf putting game and others – all set against some great summer sounds. There will be lunches provided by Aberdour Football Club (ASDC) – salads, filled rolls, quiches etc. along with teas, coffees and cold drinks. Full bar available from 12noon.

Toppy Star Pony Rides for kids –– 11.45am-3.45pm –– Cordoned off area of Silver Sands Playing Field –– £2.00 a ride –– Age strictly 4-9 An introduction to pony riding will be available for children this year, provided by Toppy Star Pony Hire, Falkirk. The ponies are calm, kind, gentle and well used to children riding and petting them. Children will be given the opportunity to gain confidence in handling ponies and will be taken for an individual walk, led by a qualified pony handler. Please note, no open toed shoes/sandals should be worn near the ponies and we ask that no dogs or pets come near the ponies at any time.


For more information visit or contact Kirsty Tudor on 07787871036.

Kingdom of Fife Static Falconry sponsored by Inglis Vets –– 11.45am-4.00pm –– Cordoned off area of Silver Sands Playing Field –– FREE –– Open to all There will be an educational static falconry display at our Gala Day, provided by Kingdom of Fife Falconry. Talks will be given on the different birds of prey, and there will be the opportunity to hold birds and get photos taken. Children need to be aged 5+ to hold the birds. The Gala Day Finale will be for the first time a Mega Inter-Village Water Fight organised by the Scouts. Bring your own water guns and pistols, super soakers, water blasters and we will see who can work as a team, and has the most firing power! We advise that you wear eye protection.

Afternoon events Flower Festival –– 12noon-6.00pm –– St Fillan’s Church –– FREE

Evening events Live Music with Stevie Agnew –– 9.00pm –– Cedar Inn –– Age 18+

Live Music with Dirty Betty –– 9.00pm-1.00am –– Foresters Arms –– Age 18+

HOT TICKET EVENT! Family Party Night and BBQ with CHIL –– 7.30pm to late –– The AVD Festival Marquee –– Tickets: £6.50 adult/ £3.50 children/ Pre-school children free –– Open to all By popular demand CHIL return this year to perform their exciting and energetic classic rock and pop covers from the 1950s onwards that will have everyone dancing and partying away the night! They have played throughout Scotland for many years and gained a reputation as one of the best covers and party bands in the country. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear them perform again as part of the Festival!


Sunday 3rd August Morning events Festival Service –– 10.30am-11.30am –– St Fillan’s Church –– Open to all

The Village Market & Fun Day –– 11.00am-4.00pm –– The AVD Festival Marquee and Tented Village –– Silver Sands Playing Field –– FREE –– Open to all Our Village Market will once again this year showcase some of the finest products from Fife and Scotland – food, drink, crafts, homewares and skincare! Come along for a wonderful shopping experience right here in the Festival Marquee. Full bar available from 12noon.

Afternoon events Exhibitions by local artists –– 12noon-5.00pm See page 2 for more information

Feature Exhibition: Facing Time –– 12noon-5.00pm –– The Boathouse, Hawkcraig Point See page 2 for more information


Flower Festival –– 12noon-6.00pm –– St Fillan’s Church –– FREE

The Donkey Brae Run –– 1.00pm –– 7 Mile Race starts followed by 2 Mile Race and the Fun Run –– AVD Festival Marquee and Silver Sands Playing Field –– Register Aberdour Primary School (10.00am-12noon), no entries accepted after 12noon –– 7 Mile Race (Age 17+) – pre-race registration by Monday 21 July –– £10.00 (£8.00 SAL/UK Reg) On the day registration  £12.00 –– 2 Mile junior race (Age 9+)  £3.00 –– Family Fun Run (open to all, under 9s need to be supervised by a responsible adult) £2.00 or £6.00 per family One of the key sporting events of the Festival, join hundreds of competitors from across Scotland as they take on the challenge of the great Donkey Brae Run. Entry forms can be downloaded at or picked up in local leisure centres and libraries. On-line entry at donkey-brae-races Enquiries 01383 860210 or 01383 860375/donkeybrae@

Evening events Artwork in Braefoot underpass – stories from Aberdour –– 5.30pm-6.30pm –– Braefoot underpass on the Fife coastal path between Aberdour and Dalgety Bay –– FREE –– Open to all The underpass has been decorated with images created by Alan Grieve, local community artist, from stories told to him during the 2011 Aberdour Festival. Why not wander along to meet him and find out about the tales that inspired the artwork?

HOT TICKET EVENT! Comedy extravaganza with Gary Delaney and guests in association with Mirth of Forth Comedy –– 8.30pm-11.00pm (doors open 8.00pm) –– The AVD Festival Marquee –– Tickets: £10.00 –– Age 16+ Gary Delaney headlines the comedy show at this year’s Aberdour Festival. He is a razor sharp one-liner comedian, who is widely regarded as being the most quotable comic on the circuit. Gary is a regular guest on Mock The Week, Radio 4’s Loose Ends, Radio 5’s 7 Day Saturday and Radio 2’s Russell Kane’s Whistle-Stop Tour. Supporting Gary will be white-haired Irishman Caimh McDonnell and two Fife acts – Richard Pulsford and Diane Stewart. Caimh regularly performs at all the major clubs within the UK and internationally. Caimh is a writer for TV and recent credits include The Sarah Millican Television Programme and A League of Their Own. Burntisland’s Richard has a wealth of experience performing at hundreds of gigs; earlier this year he performed his first one-man show ‘Richard Pulsford is Going On’ at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, a show he will be taking to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Dunfermline born Diane tells funny stories about being a woman who walks the fine line between bitterness and cake, telling observational tales of being a round woman living in a square world.


Monday 4th August Morning events Golf Tri-Am 2014 –– 8.00am earliest tee-off time –– 6.30pm latest tee-off time –– Aberdour Golf Club –– £9.00 per team payable to the Club Professional Stroke Play Competition for teams of three – male, female or mixed – with at least one member of the team a member of Aberdour Golf Club and all players holding a current club handicap. The Competition is Stroke Play over 18 holes, the two best Nett scores counting at each hole. Each team is responsible for recording their own Nett scores and should book their own tee time directly with the Club Professional. Tee times can be booked from Monday 21 July onwards.

1st Steps Dance & Movement Classes –– 10.00am-10.45am Age 0-3 (30 spaces available) –– 11.00am-11.45am Age 4-7 (20 spaces available) –– The Institute, Shore Road –– Tickets £3 –– Children aged 4+ can be left unaccompanied, Consent Form required No matter how young, you can start building your physical skills at any age. 1st Steps provide fun dancing, singing, action, stories, rhymes, play and movement classes for babies and young children. This stimulating activity helps to develop imagination and physical confidence. Classes run in a friendly and informal manner so you can be safe in the knowledge that your child will learn


dancing in a fun and secure environment. For more information visit www.facebook. com/1ststeps or contact Susan Lamb 07528173585.

Writing for kids? That must be easy! –– 10.00am-11.30am –– Aberdour Primary School –– FREE –– Age 16+ Lari Don is an award-winning children’s author, who has written picture books, adventure novels, collections of myths and legends, and a new teen thriller. In this workshop she will share the challenges and privileges of writing for children, and knock down a few myths about kids’ books (it’s certainly not easier to write for children than adults, and you don’t have to be a teacher or a granny to understand what children like reading...). Come along and see if you too could fire the imaginations of the next generation. An interactive session, ideal for anyone considering writing children’s books or already giving it a go!

Build your own Viking Puppet with Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre –– 10.00am-12noon –– The AVD Festival Marquee –– Tickets: £3.00 (20 spaces available) –– Age 6+ –– Children can be left unaccompanied, Consent Form required. Continuing our celebrating of diverse cultures join puppeteer experts Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre to learn how to make a puppet from times gone by

and how they are used in different cultures to make stories come to life.

Arts and Crafts Drop-in Workshop –– 10.00am-1.00pm –– The AVD Festival Marquee –– £3.50 at the door –– Age 4+ –– Children over 9+ can be left unaccompanied, Consent Form required. Come and take part in a range of fun, themed arts and crafts activities: create your own felt flags, make a kite with Amy, create something amazing with recycled materials or celebrate the many cultures of the world by making Commonwealth-themed bunting. This is run as a drop-in event, so there may be waiting time to take part in some of the more popular activities.

Extreme Sports on the Beach –– 10.00am-1.00pm –– 1.30pm-4.30pm –– Silver Sands beside the Café –– Tickets: £10.00 (32 spaces available per session) –– Age 8+ (adults welcome) –– Children can be left unaccompanied, Consent Form required. All champions need to build stamina, have courage and learn to go for it. Extreme Sports introduces you to the adventurer you always wanted to be. Try out kayaking in the waters of the bay, improve your mountain biking skills and conquer the climbing wall. Qualified instructors will lead all the activities and all equipment will be

provided, including the bikes. It is advisable to bring a change of clothes, towel, spare shoes, water bottle and snack.

Flower Festival –– 10.00am-5.00pm –– St Fillan’s Church –– FREE

Afternoon events Lari Don – Writer in residence –– 12noon-2.00pm –– The AVD Festival Marquee Lari Don, award-winning children’s writer, will be sitting in a corner at the Festival Marquee writing her next novel. She would be happy to discuss how she writes, answer any questions you have about writing and probably pick your brains for character names… She’ll be sitting typing… But she’s happy to be disturbed!

Myths of the Vikings: Thor’s Magic Hammer and the Apples of the Gods –– 2.30pm-3.30pm –– Aberdour Primary School –– Tickets: £5.00 (accompanying adults go free) –– Age 5-12 –– Children can be left unaccompanied, Consent Form required. All cultures of the world have always had their Gods. “In the Beginning there was only ice and fire – with the great emptiness of Ginnungagap in between.”


Monday 4th August continued So begins the Creation of the World of the Norsemen. Gather around and hear stories of ODIN King of the Gods, THOR and his mighty hammer and LOKI – the shape changer and mischief maker. Battle ‘Frost Giants’, dodge magical beasts and feel the thrill of storytelling, just as the children of the Norse once did. Performed by Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre,

The Magic Word! –– 2.35pm-3.25pm –– Aberdour Primary School –– FREE but ticketed (15 spaces available) –– Under 5s family event, accompanying adults go free Award-winning picture book author Lari Don will read from her most recent picture book, The Magic Word, encourage you to play with your own magical ideas, and share one of her favourite traditional tales. A fun story session to build the imaginations of wee ones and their families.

Gardeners’ Question Time and afternoon tea –– 3.00pm-5.00pm –– The AVD Festival Marquee –– Tickets: £6.00 –– Open for all Troubled by your trees? Baffled with a bush? Pestered by pests? Flustered with your flowers? Bring all those blooming questions to Aberdour’s Gardeners’ Question Time, or just come to enjoy an informative afternoon with guest panellists, chaired by Trevor Francis


MBE. This event, hosted by Aberdour Village in Bloom, includes a delicious afternoon tea.

Lari Don – Writer in residence –– 4.00pm-5.30pm –– McTaggart’s Lari Don our author in residence has picked up her books and made her way across the village to McTaggart’s for a well-deserved cup of tea but she is still happy to discuss how she writes, answer any questions you have about writing and probably pick your brains for character names!

Talk: How Tourism Is Saving the Desert Lion – A Tale of Life with the Himba Tribe of Northwest Namibia –– 5.30pm-6.30pm –– The Institute, Shore Road –– £3.50 at the door (includes a glass of wine/soft drink) –– Open to all Fifer Penny George spent two years living with the remote Himba tribe of Namibia, working with them to develop community tourism businesses. The wider aim of this project was to reduce the high levels of poaching of the endangered wildlife we commonly associate with Africa – lion, elephant, rhino and leopard. Penny will share fascinating photos and stories of her experience, whilst challenging the audience to consider the hot topic of wildlife conservation from the African perspective.

Evening events Feed your imagination: supper and young writers’ workshop with Lari Don –– 6.30pm-8.00pm –– McTaggart’s –– Tickets: £5.00 for two course meal (20 spaces available) –– Age 11-14 –– Children can be left unaccompanied, Consent Form required. A chance for keen young writers to meet author Lari Don, explore their imaginations and discuss how to write a thrilling story, all whilst sharing delicious food at McTaggart’s. Lari is an award-winning writer for younger readers has just published her first novel for teen readers, YA thriller Mind Blind. She will share her techniques for creating tension, drama and excitement, and inspire you to create your own (possibly criminal!) characters.

Service of Remembrance –– 8.00pm –– War Memorial –– Open to all St. Fillan’s and St. Columba’s joint Service of Remembrance to commemorate the start of the First World War.

HOT TICKET EVENT! Fabulous Festival Jazz Night with The Copper Cats supported by Marty Waugh and his band in association with Fife Jazz Club –– 8.00pm to late (doors open at 7.30pm) –– The AVD Festival Marquee –– Tickets: £10.00 –– Age 16+ One of the highlights of this year’s Festival will be some outstanding jazz. Headlined by Scottish Vocalist of the Year, Alison Affleck, who is a real ball of fire on Scotland’s jazz scene. The old tunes are her forte, you are sure to be up dancing to her music. She fronts a new combo of all stars, The Copper Cats – Colin Steele on trumpet, Danielle Price plays tuba and the renowned Konrad Wiszniewski on tenor sax. To open the evening Marty Waugh and his band will perform a swinging account of the American songbook. If you love Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin and Dean Martin this is for you! Accompanying him will be Euan Stevenson, one of the best young pianists in the country, expert bassist Ed Kelly, and prominent reed player Dick Lee. Mike Nisbet plays guitar, and Davide Rinaldi is on drums.


Tuesday 5th August Morning events Mini Commonwealth Games at Cluny Clays –– 9.30am-12.30pm (bus leaves Aberdour Station car park at 8.45am and will return at approx. 1.00pm) Cluny Clays, by Kirkcaldy ( –– Tickets: £14.00 includes transport (60 spaces available) –– Age strictly 9+ (due to the Air-rifle shooting activity) –– Children can be left unaccompanied, Consent Form required. The Mini Commonwealth Games mixes fun and adventure games with archery, golf, heptathlon field sports, an obstacle course and air-rifle shooting. They are organised and run by kids’ co-ordinators and instructors from the Cluny shooting team. The archery and air-rifle shooting ranges are indoors, but the games are very much outdoor based and children should dress for the weather… all weather! Bring a water bottle and a snack. Let’s see which team will win the Games!

Jo Jingles –– 10.00am-10.45am Family session (walking-5 years), older siblings welcome –– 11.15am-12noon Jingle Babies, 3 months-walking –– Aberdour Primary School –– Tickets: £4.00 (35 spaces available per session) –– A ll children must be accompanied by an adult


More exciting opportunities for babies, toddlers and pre-school children to practice their physical co-ordination and skills. Jo Jingles are the UK’s largest provider of music, singing and movement classes for early years. The sessions are interactive, educational and fun and include a mixture of traditional and modern songs, percussion instruments and props. For more information visit or contact Julie on 01383 734080.

Eco-system Nature Trail –– 10.00am-11.30am –– Wildlife Garden, Aberdour Primary School –– Tickets: £3.00 (32 spaces available) –– Age 5-12 –– Children can be left unaccompanied, Consent Form required. Looking after the world around you is an important thing to practice from your earliest years. Have fun playing games, exploring our local eco-systems and learning about the beasties and plants that are all around us with our local experts from the Ecology Centre.

Flower Festival –– 10.00am-5.00pm –– St Fillan’s Church –– FREE

Afternoon events Zumba Kids –– 12noon-12.45pm –– Church Hall –– Tickets: £3.00 (30 spaces available) –– Age 5-12 –– Children can be left unaccompanied, Consent Form required. Kids get fit, rock out and have a blast! Zumba Kids is a high-energy fitness class, packed with specially choreographed routines and music from around the world including hip-hop, reggaeton and cumbia. Zumba Kids increases focus and self-confidence, boosts metabolism and improves coordination. For more information contact Gill Mahady on 07738890908.

Tea dance –– 1.30pm-3.30pm –– The Institute, Shore Road –– £3.00 at the door Enjoy afternoon tea, good company, music and dance.

SCIENCE AFTERNOON Starlab and Science Workshops –– 1.45pm-5.00pm Age 3-5 at least 1 adult must accompany a maximum of 3 children (adult goes free) –– 1.45pm-5.00pm Age 6-8 –– 1.45pm-5.00pm Age 9-10 –– Aberdour Primary School –– Tickets: £3.00 (30 spaces available per session) –– Children aged 6+ can be left unaccompanied, Consent Form required.

Expand your horizons and think big, one day you could be the next Peter Higgs or Stephen Hawking. Heriot-Watt University is providing fun, educational, scientific workshops that include playing around with miniature robots, spectrometry, lenses & lasers and making ice cream with liquid nitrogen.

Starlab and Bridge Building workshop –– 2.40pm-6.00pm –– Aberdour Primary School –– Tickets: £3.00 (20 spaces available) –– Age 11-15 –– Children can be left unaccompanied, Consent Form required. This will be an innovative, team bonding, engineering-based bridge building project, provided by the Construction Industry Training Board. During this workshop the participants work together to create a large, free standing suspension bridge. In the process they learn about Science, Design, Technology and Maths in a fun way. Let’s find out which team has the best design in the end! Included in all tickets for the Science Afternoon is a free Starlab Planetarium experience, provided by St Andrews University, tailored for each specific age group. The shows demonstrate what the sky will look like that day and incorporate discussions about the sun, moon and stars; the constellations; stories that ancient civilizations have told about them; and the Planets and why they “wander” across the sky.


Thursday5th Tuesday 1stAugust Augustcontinued continued Evening events Evening Starlab Planetarium Experience –– 6.00pm - 6.45pm –– Aberdour Primary School Gym –– FREE but ticketed (20 spaces available) –– Age 16+ For adults not wanting to miss out, a free Starlab Planetarium show is on offer after the kids’ Science Afternoon.

Talk: Letters to Mandela – your words can change the world –– 5.00pm-6.00pm –– The Institute, Shore Road –– £3.50 at the door (includes a glass of wine/soft drink) –– Age 10+ Pictures and extracts by author Denise Stephani who will be discussing her books - including international award-winning Letters to Mandela. Denise will also talk about her background and creative process, as well as encouraging Fifers to publish their work! Her other books include Po-tree, Proze & Pix; In the Wings – Trials and Transformation of the Alien Ballerina and Kidz Mandela.


HOT TICKET EVENT! Picnic at The AVD Festival Marquee with Jonathan Veira – supported by Room with a View –– 7.00pm to late (doors open 6.30pm) –– The AVD Festival Marquee –– Tickets: £8.00 The venue for the picnic moves under cover this year. Bring your picnic to the Festival Marquee where tables and chairs will be set out for your convenience. To mark the 10th anniversary of Aberdour’s twinning with Corte Franca, you will be able to experience a selection of Italian delights: there will be some Italian tidbits to sample and the Festival Bar will have Italian wines and beers available. Enjoy the wonderful entertainment provided by Jonathan Veira. Jonathan, bass baritone, celebrated 25 years on the operatic stage in 2010. His 25th anniversary saw him on the Glyndebourne stage as the wicked stepfather Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola by Rossini. He has performed across the globe in a variety of roles and musical styles from Mozart through to John Adams. In addition to his operatic roles, Jonathan regularly broadcasts on BBC radio and television and has recorded numerous CDs and television programmes in many genres including light entertainment and religious broadcasting, particularly with Songs of Praise.

Wednesday 6th August Morning events Five a Side Football –– 10.00am-11.30am –– Aberdour Football Club –– FREE (18 spaces available) –– Age 5-8 –– Children can be left unaccompanied, Consent Form required. Love football? Aberdour Football Club invites boys and girls along for their own fun five a side tournament. Teams will be organised on the day by the ASDC coaches.

Outdoor Activity Day at Fordell Firs –– 10.00am-1.00pm –– Fordell Firs Scout Activity Centre ( meet at the Fordell Reception –– Tickets: £12.00 (25 spaces available) –– Age 8+ –– Children can be left unaccompanied, Consent Form required. Face the challenge and have more fun than you knew you could have outdoors. Come along to Fordell Firs and try some of the many adventurous pursuits available there. Ticket holders make your own way to Fordell Firs; we will meet at the Reception at 10.00am.

Flower Festival –– 10.00am-6.00pm –– St Fillan’s Church –– FREE

Games Zone (incorporating the Wii Competition) –– 11.00am-2.00pm –– Aberdour Primary School –– £2.00 at the door –– Age 6+ –– Children 8+ can be left unaccompanied, Consent Form required. So you are not Mr or Miss Sporty Champion of the year? Don’t worry – we offer a different kind of competitive session for you in the Games Zone. Drop in any time for lots of games: table tennis, air-hockey, table football and an X-box and Wii Competition. Have a go at the Super Mario-Kart Time Trial and Wii Sports Challenge. Prizes for under 10 and 10+ age categories. Bring a packed lunch and pocket money for snacks and drinks.

Afternoon events Lego trains –– 12noon-3.00pm Drop in –– Church Hall –– FREE donations to Save the Children –– Open to all Marvel once more at this Lego model railway and at David Graham’s patience as he allows your little angels loose on the controls! As usual there will be a Lego model competition, this year’s theme is in keeping with the overall Festival theme “Bridge the Gap” – prize for best one.


Wednesday 6th August continued Aberdour Festival Bake Off with special guest judges John Whaite and Mrs Lonie –– 12noon-3.00pm –– The AVD Festival Marquee –– £ 4.00 at the door (includes tea/coffee and baking!) –– Open to all (if you would like to enter a Signature Bake please register your interest by email to, through our Facebook page or with Mrs Lonie) Bring your Commonwealth inspired Signature Bake along from 11.30am (sweet or savoury, only rule is it must have been baked in the oven and have been inspired by the Commonwealth). This year we have two categories – one for under 16s and one for over 16s. Judging will commence at 12.30pm. There will be prizes for both categories, with 6 finalists from the over 16s category chosen to compete in the live Technical and Showstopper Challenge – we will provide the ingredients and equipment. While the finalists are completing their challenges, there will be a question and answer session with John Whaite, winner of the 2012 Great British Bake Off, and watch demonstrations by other special guests (whilst sampling some of the Signature Bake entries!) The afternoon will be hosted by Susan Rae, BBC Radio 4. John will sign copies of his new book John Whaite Bakes at Home at 2.30pm – reserve your copy from Inkspot and Silverleaf Booksellers ( or 01506 204450) who will have a stall at the event. There will also be a number of other stalls to browse all day, catering for all your baking needs.


Funky and Fun Humba Dance Workshops –– 2.00pm-2.30pm Pre-school and family (15 spaces available) –– 3.00pm-3.50pm Age 5-10 (15 spaces available) –– 4.00pm-4.50pm Age 11-16 (20 spaces available) –– 5.00pm-5.50pm Age 16+ (20 spaces available) –– The Institute, Shore Road –– Tickets: £3.50 under 16s/£4.00 16+ –– Children aged 5+ can be left unaccompanied, Consent Form required. Denise Stephani award winning international dance instructor and author has already entranced us with her talk on Nelson Mandela, now join her in learning all about Humba, where African traditional dance meets western street dance. At these funky workshops you will not only get to learn and practice a range of different African dance forms you will also hear fun facts about their origins and how they connect to dance cultures around the world

Aberdour Pet Show – sponsored by Inglis Vets –– 2.30pm-4.30pm (registration of pets from 2.00pm) –– Shore Road Park –– Entry fee for pets £1.00 (50p donated to SSPCA) –– Open all ages All pets welcome, the more challenging the better! Special prize this year for the most exotic animal from a Commonwealth country! Dog classes from puppy to veteran. Come and have fun! Pet Show teas at Aberdour Tennis Club 1.00pm to 4.30pm, entry £2 adult/£1 children (tea/coffee/ juice and cakes).

A Musical Interlude Celebrating Chemistry and Music –– 5.30pm-6.00pm –– Church Hall –– £2.50 at the door (includes a glass of wine/soft drink) –– Open to all A Persistent Illusion Trio for clarinet, cello and piano by Julian Wagstaff. This is a live performance of a trio for clarinet, cello and piano, inspired by the past, present and future of chemistry in this part of Scotland. It was written by Scottish composer Julian Wagstaff and will be performed by professional classical musicians from Scotland’s leading ensembles. This piece was commissioned by the Royal Society of Chemistry (Edinburgh and SE Scotland Local Section) in 2011 to celebrate International Year of Chemistry that year.

Zumba® The Original Dance-Fitness Party –– 5.45pm-6.45pm –– Aberdour Primary School –– Tickets: £3.50 (50 spaces available) –– Age 13+ (children aged 13-16 must attend with an adult) Are you ready to party yourself into shape? Forget the workout, just lose yourself in the music and find yourself in shape at the original dance-fitness party. Zumba® classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Before you know it, you’ll be getting fit and your energy levels will be soaring! It’s easy to do, effective and totally exhilarating.

Evening events Fisher Lassies –– 6.30pm-8.00pm (doors open from 6.00pm) –– The Institute, Shore Road –– £5.00 at the door –– Open to all The Fisher Lassies are an a cappella group with a well-established reputation in their home territory of the Scottish Borders; originally down to perform at last year’s Festival but had to withdraw at the very last minute due to Elsa Lemaitre’s serious accident; they are back this year to fulfil their commitments. Drawn chiefly from traditional sources, their songs range from the haunting and atmospheric to the joyful and uplifting. Limited bar available.


Wednesday 6th August continued Aberdour Sports Five a Side Football –– 7.00pm-8.30pm –– Aberdour Football Club –– FREE (22 spaces available) –– Age 9+ –– Children can be left unaccompanied, Consent Form required. Boys and girls, just turn up, we’ll sort out teams! All welcome. Please come suitably dressed and bring water.

FESTIVAL FILM NIGHT AND BAFTAs –– 6.30pm to late (doors open 6.00pm) –– The AVD Festival Marquee –– Tickets: £6.50 adult/£3.50 child (includes late film for over 15s) –– If you want to come along for the late film only ticket price is the same but you get a free drink

6.30pm Feature film – Madagascar (U) Come along dressed as your favourite character from this timeless classic – prizes on the night for the best dressed. At New York’s Central Park Zoo, a lion (Alex), a zebra (Marty), a giraffe (Melman) and a hippo (Gloria) are best friends and stars of the show. But when one of the animals goes missing from their cage, the other three break free to look for him, only to find themselves reunited ... on a ship en route to Africa. When their vessel is hijacked, however, the friends, who have all been raised in captivity, learn first-hand what life can be like in the wild as they try to get home.


Following a short break, and a chance for refreshments at the bar, we will move on to:

8.15pm BAFTAs Brilliant Aberdour Film Talent Awards: an hour of short films by local people. If you have made a short film (approx. 5 minutes) and would like to have it shown, please email at least a week before. Submissions of all types are welcome from all ages and there will be prizes for our favourites on the night. Films from the animation workshops held earlier in the Festival will be showcased. Following another short break, and a chance for refreshments at the bar, we will move on to:

9.30pm Late Film – American Cousins (15) –– £6.50 at the door (includes a free drink from the late bar) Two American Mafiosi, Gino and Settimo, take refuge in the Glasgow cafe owned by their Scottish/Italian cousin. But cousin Roberto isn’t the tough guy they’d expected. His strengths are fish frying and stamp collecting, and he thinks Magnum 45s are a type of ice cream. Gino and Settimo try to repay Roberto’s hospitality by chasing off a debt collector who wants his property, but their strong arm tactics alarm him and he realises they aren’t the PR consultants they claimed to be!

Thursday 7th August Morning events Commonwealth Animal Magic Party –– 9.30am meet at Clock, parade to The AVD Festival Marquee –– 10.00am-10.45am Magic Show and snack –– The AVD Festival Marquee –– £3.00 at the door (adults free if accompanied by a paying child) –– Age 3-5 Come dressed as your favourite animal from a Commonwealth country and join the parade to the Festival Marquee where you will explore stories about them through magic and balloon modelling with Alexander the Great and enjoy a snack kindly provided by Aberdour Playgroup. Or you can come straight to the Festival Marquee for 10.00am – you’ll still get the snack!

Anita Govan –– 10.00am-12.30pm –– Aberdour Primary School –– FREE but ticketed (16 spaces available) –– Age 13-17 Run by Stirling’s Makar Anita Govan. This is a vibrant, active and fun workshop on performance poetry for young people taking inspiration from this year’s Festival themes. Using games and physical exercises this workshop will help you discover what a Slam/ performance poem really is and how to create your very own. If you are really brave you could always consider performing your work in this year’s Village Affair! (not compulsory though)

Outdoor Activity Day at Fordell Firs –– 10.00am-1.00pm –– Fordell Firs Scout Activity Centre ( meet at the Fordell Reception –– Tickets: £12.00 (25 spaces available) –– Age 8+ –– Children can be left unaccompanied, Consent Form required. See Wednesday 6th August for more information.

Flower Festival –– 11.00am-5.00pm –– St Columba’s Church –– FREE As the Flower Festival changes location, come along and see the new display at St Columba’s.

Alexander the Great presents A Magical Disco –– 11.15am-12.15pm –– The AVD Festival Marquee –– £3.00 at the door (adult free if accompanied by a paying child) –– Age 6-11 Join award-winning magician Alexander the Great for a fantastic and fun-filled magical adventure – ending with your very own Disco-Dance extravaganza. To find out more visit


Thursday 7th August continued Afternoon events St. Fillan’s Lunches –– 12noon-1.30pm –– Church Hall –– £3.00 at the door –– Open to all Choice of home-made soups, filled rolls, tea/coffee and biscuits and good fellowship.

Humba Dance Workshops/ rehearsals for Village Affair –– 1.00pm-2.00pm Age 6-10 –– 3.00pm-4.00pm Age 11+ –– Aberdour Primary School –– Tickets: £3.50 (15 spaces available per session) Love to dance? Want to show the village what you are made of? These Humba Dance workshops are designed for anyone who enjoys dancing no matter their experience. Humba brings together African traditional and western street dance into a fun and funky form that anyone can enjoy. The workshops will lead to a Humba Dance performance in this year’s Village Affair. Participants should come wearing appropriate clothing, shoes and with water. You need to be at the Festival Marquee at 6.45pm for a quick run through.

Lari Don – Writer in residence –– 2.00pm-3.00pm –– Aberdour Library, Shore Road Lari Don will be sitting in a corner in the Library writing her next novel at certain times during the festival. She would be happy to discuss how she


writes, answer any questions you have about writing and probably pick your brains for character names!

Orienteering with Kingdom of Fife Orienteers (KFO) –– 2.00pm-4.00pm (drop in at any time; course takes 20 minutes plus 10 minutes induction for beginners) –– K FO Tent, Silver Sands Playing Field, by AVD Festival Marquee –– Map costs £3.00 for families and £1.00 for individuals (must be 10+) –– Open to all –– Children aged 10+ can be left unaccompanied, Consent Form required. Take part in an exciting foot race using a special orienteering map. The aim is to get to all the points in the shortest time; the fun is in avoiding getting lost and beating your rivals! Take part as a family or compete with your friends. The course will run from the top of Silver Sands Playing Field down to Silver Sands Beach and the road to the car park. It should take about 20 minutes depending on your speed. There will be two courses on offer so don’t follow the team starting before you. A short introduction to orienteering lasting 5-10 minutes will be on offer to all participants.

Anita Govan –– 2.00pm-4.30pm –– Aberdour Primary School –– FREE but ticketed (16 spaces available) –– Age 18+ Meet Stirling’s Makar, Anita Govan. See her perform and get her expert feedback on your poems in performance. This fun and vibrant workshop will explode and explore what makes a poem, a performance poem

and how to breathe life, into what you have written. Take some inspiration from this year’s Festival themes if you like – and if you are really brave you could always consider performing your work in this year’s Village Affair! (not compulsory though).

Tigers and wolves, monkeys and bears… –– 3.30pm-4.30pm –– Aberdour Primary School –– FREE but ticketed (20 spaces available) –– Age 4-8 Lari Don has written a series of animal tales for younger readers, based on her favourite animal folklore from around the world. Find out why you shouldn’t trust a tiger and what to do when you meet a hungry wolf, and perhaps make up a few animal stories of your own.

Talk: Blurred lines – young people in a sexualised Scotland –– 3.30pm-4.30pm –– Aberdour Boat Club –– £3.50 at the door (includes a glass of wine/soft drink) –– Age 16+ Linda Thomson from the Women’s Support Project in Glasgow talks on her area of specialism and the organisations national campaign called ‘The Porcupine Campaign’. The campaign is about raising awareness of the prickly subject of the normalisation of porn and unequal gender roles in relations – through the internet and in particular social networking sites etc that our young people are accessing and being

influenced by in a way no other generation has had to deal with. The presentation is aimed at adults of children and young people – and particularly parents who might feel they are struggling with helping their kids keep safe, develop healthy informed relationships and avoid the pitfalls on the internet that are easy to become vulnerable through.

Baby Massage –– 4.00pm-5.00pm –– The Institute, Shore Road –– Tickets: £4.00 (8 spaces available) –– Age 0 to 12mths Join this group to relax you and your baby – this session will teach you techniques to help your baby’s digestive, immune, circulatory and nervous systems.

Fabled Beasts and Fantastic Adventures –– 5.00pm-6.00pm –– Aberdour Primary School –– FREE but ticketed (20 spaces available) –– Age 7-11 (and anyone who loves adventure) –– Children can be left unaccompanied, Consent Form required. Lari Don loves creating adventures, and she’ll share one of her favourite Fabled Beast series cliff-hangers with you, chat about the legendary gods and goddess stories that inspire her, and encourage you to create magical and legendary adventures of your own.


Thursday 7th August continued Talk: Mind the gap: income inequality in the UK –– 5.30pm -6.30pm –– The Institute, Shore Road –– £3.50 at the door (includes a glass of wine/soft drink) –– Age 16+ Inequality is the talk of the political town. Whilst poverty may always be with us, the squeeze on incomes seems to be affecting those on higher incomes as well. So what’s going on? Is the recession to blame, or is it something more lasting? This talk explores some of reasons behind the inequality debate and paints illustrative portraits of modern Scottish families. Stephen Blackman has over 12 years’ experience as a professional economist - in the private and public sectors as well as academia. His interests mainly include factors concerning households (jobs, income, debt and wealth) but he’s also interested in economic history and political economy issues. The views expressed are his own.

Evening events Pregnancy massage –– 5.30pm-6.30pm –– Aberdour Primary School –– Tickets: £4.00 (8 spaces available) Come along and learn some useful relaxation and yoga techniques to help you through your pregnancy, and more importantly your labour!


HOT TICKET EVENT Back from the Grave… The Village Affair: alive and kicking! supported by Aberdour Pharmacy –– 7.30pm to late (doors open at 7.00pm) –– Two intervals (it always gets naughtier by Act 3 so parents be warned) –– The AVD Festival Marquee –– Tickets: £6.50 adult/£3.50 children It’s the love affair you can’t resist, the village fruit cake made from a touch of X-Factor, a big ladle full of The Voice and Got Talent and a pint of Monty Python gone mad thrown in. It’s back, it’s bad, it’s ever unpredictable and the craziest ride in the Festival. Resuscitated, recovered, ridiculous and really silly... Hold on tight as we celebrate mainly ourselves and our great and grand diverse village talents in the way only we know how to do!

Quiz Night –– 7.30pm  –– Foresters Arms –– £5.00 per team book in advance at Foresters Arms (maximum of 4 per team) –– Age 18+

Fife Writes – Music, Verse, Stories and Open Mic –– 8.00pm-10.00pm (doors open at 7.30pm) –– The Woodside Hotel –– To book please contact George Sinclair Festival showcase for Fife writers and performers. Not only invited writers and performers, but participation from the audience will be offered to those who wish to showcase their writing or performance.

Friday 8th August Morning events Doodle and Splat –– 10.00am-11.00am Family session age 1-4, older siblings welcome (30 spaces available) –– 11.30am-12.30pm Age 5-9 (20 spaces available) –– The Institute, Shore Road –– Tickets: £4.00 –– Children aged 5+ can be left unaccompanied, Consent Form required. Join Doodle and Splat with your children creating works of art to take home and share with your family. You don’t have to worry about making a mess or have to clean up! The class combines imaginative play and organised art and craft activities, which this year will be based around the Commonwealth and Bridge themes of the Festival. Have fun, be creative and get messy at Doodle and Splat. For more information visit

Music Production Masterclass –– 10.00am-2.30pm (minibus leaves Aberdour Station car park at 8.30am and will return at approx. 4.00pm) Bring a packed lunch. –– Tickets: £20.00 includes transport (12 spaces available) –– Age 14-20, under 16s Consent Form required. Join DJ and music production specialist Simon Stokes, fresh from his work with the Radio 1 Academy, for a Music Production Masterclass at Shoogle Studios in Glasgow. Get involved in creating your own music using Ableton Live Software. Learn how to create

beats and percussion and how to start remixing music you love! You must have your own laptop and Ableton Live Software downloaded – a free, unrestricted 30 day trial can be downloaded from here:

John Henderson Backwoods Adventure – supported by Lonie’s Bakers and The Purple Shop –– 10.30am-3.00pm –– Meet at Purple Shop then Humbie Woods –– Tickets: £3.00 (60 spaces available) –– Age 8-12 –– Children can be left unaccompanied, Consent Form required. Dare to take on the Backwoods Adventure! Have fun and challenge yourself in our own woodland environment. Wear old clothes and shoes so that you can scramble about in the wild, wild woods. Sizzling sausages provided but please bring a drink. If there are any parents who want to accompany their children and assist with the Backwoods Adventure could they contact Robert or Charlotte on 01383 860846.

Flower Festival –– 11.00am-5.00pm –– St Columba’s Church –– FREE


Friday 8th August continued Afternoon events Heritage Exhibition – HMS Tarlair: Aberdour’s role in the fight against the U-boat –– 12noon-9.00pm –– Church Hall See page 3 for more information

Heritage Exhibition – Aberdour’s history –– 12noon-9.00pm –– Church Hall See page 3 for more information

Kids Rugby Taster Sessions –– 1.30pm-3.00pm –– Silver Sands playing field –– FREE (35 spaces available) –– Age 4-8 –– Children can be left unaccompanied, Consent Form required. An afternoon of energy packed physical fun to promote an interest in rugby in young girls and boys, carried out by Kirkcaldy Rugby Club. Kids will be divided into appropriate age categories and the session will include skills stations, obstacle courses and will culminate in a friendly taster game of rugby.

Head in the Clouds by Ipdip Theatre –– 1.30pm-2.10pm (40 spaces available) –– 3.00pm-3.40pm (40 spaces available) –– Aberdour Primary School


–– Tickets: £4.00 per person attending (including adults and babies) –– Age 0-5 Sheep shouldn’t look up, or they find themselves drifting in the sky with the clouds. Help poor Cirrus the sheepdog gather his floating flock. A sell-out at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, this interactive and sensory show is great for young children and adults to enjoy together. Performed by Ipdip Theatre.

Bridge the Gap –– 3.00pm-4.30pm –– The Institute, Shore Road –– FREE –– Age 18+ Best-selling author Millie Gray will be discussing and reading snippets from her books which are fictionalised social histories covering the period from 1907 to 1970s. As there has been so much change in the last hundred years that no one could have foreseen, she will also afford an opportunity for discussion with the audience on how ‘The Bridges’ have affected life in the Fair Kingdom of Fife and be asking has their presence had any effect on our greatest export… our bright young people.

Evening events Talk: HypnoBirthing –– 5.00pm-6.00pm –– The Institute, Shore Road –– £3.50 at the door (includes a glass of wine/soft drink) –– Age 16+ Experienced HypnoBirthing practitioner Bonnie Ewan will give a talk on the main elements of HypnoBirthing, which is growing in popularity. HypnoBirthing is a complete antenatal education programme for pregnant mums and their birth partners. Our philosophy is that pain need not be a natural accompaniment to birth, and that with correct mental and physical preparation, most women can achieve a safe, calm, more comfortable birth experience. There will be time for questions and answers at the end of the talk.

HOT TICKET EVENT! The Bon Jovi Experience plus guests in association with Rock Ya Events –– 6.00pm to late (doors open 5.30pm) –– The AVD Festival Marquee –– Tickets: £10.00 –– Age 16+ The Bon Jovi Experience are the world’s first and finest tribute to the great Bon Jovi and are the world’s ONLY tribute to have been requested by and to have performed live on stage with Jon Bon Jovi himself. The band features Jon Bon Jovi clone frontman Tony but unlike many other tributes the great musicians accompanying him are also top look-alikes, Ed (Richie Sambora) – Guitars; Lee (Tico Torres) – Drums; Steve (Hugh McDonald) – Bass; and Rich (Dave Bryan) – Keyboards. Individually and as a band they produce the looks and sounds of the real thing so closely Stuntman Mike are an alternative rock band from Glasgow. Inspired by the driving beats and bouncing riffs of bands such as Queens of the Stone Age, Black Sabbath and Kasabian and the melodic tendencies of The Police and Queen they have crafted their sound whilst striving to create as hard-hitting music as possible whilst delivering memorable pop hooks Kirkcaldy band Auxygen – uncompromised, uncontrived expression of sound played with vigour and an earnest hunger to connect and share with open-minded audiences. Quality, accessible, alternative rock Aberdour’s Second Stages are not your average indie rock band! They are a breath of fresh air, combining the influences of many different artists both past and present across different genres. Big things are coming this year and they really hope that you can come along and be a part of it! ORIGIN Sins began their musical journey in the late 1980s, when Glasgow posed and sulked with James Dean wannabes and NHS glasses were a must have. Now, with much anticipation, the Sins are back in 2013. A busy few months are on the horizon for the Sins, with more gigs, festivals and interesting projects in the pipeline


Friday 8th August continued Talk and book launch – “Listen Up” by Diana Maxwell Memories of the Hawkcraig Admiralty Experimental Establishment Station Aberdour, Fife 1915-1919. –– 7.00pm-8.30pm –– Church Hall –– FREE –– Open to all Diana Maxwell’s book introduces us to the disparate group of people brought together at the base in Aberdour in 1915 and the ground-breaking work that they carried out here. It is a story of people, place and technology that should be remembered, and Diana’s book is a tribute to those people and their achievements. Come and hear Diana as she tells us about the history she has collected (including stories from Aberdour residents) and pick up a signed copy of her booklet, hot off the press. Lewis Banks may also talk about some technical aspects of the work carried out at the base.

Live Music with FC Ukulele –– 9.00pm onwards –– Cedar Inn –– Age 18+

Live Music with Sandy Tweeddale –– 9.00pm-1.00am –– Foresters Arms –– Age 18+


Saturday 9th August Morning events BEACH DAY –– Black Sands –– Stalls and BBQ on the Shore Promenade –– 9.00am-4.00pm Black Sands and the Harbour is our venue for a range of exciting events to appeal to all ages. Enjoy the stalls, the Festival BBQ and street entertainment. There will also be Puppet shows throughout the day to keep the young ones entertained. The Boat Club will be open for excellent teas and home baking.

Sandcastle Competition –– Registration from 9.30am-10.15am –– Build from 10.15am-11.30am –– Followed by judging and prize giving –– FREE (donations of £2.50 to help Baby and Toddlers will be appreciated) As ever, the Aberdour Baby & Toddler group organise this hugely popular event, and will be waiting to greet you at the registration desk on the promenade. This year the following categories will be contested: Sandcastles and Sand Sculptures (individuals); Sandcastles (groups) children only; Sandcastles (groups) children and adults; and Sand Sculptures (groups) with or without adults. Just remember you can only use what you find on the beach for decorations and metal spades aren’t allowed! This year’s theme is the Commonwealth Games, so do your best… amaze us!

Percussion Workshops –– FREE Local drumming facilitator Chris Cimini will be hosting open workshops throughout the day where you can try your hand at a variety of percussion instruments. Experience the delights of releasing your inner rhythm and create a vibrant sound-drop for the Beach Day adventures. Percussion instruments will be provided but feel free to bring your own along and join the jam.

Festival Try-a-Sail as personal guest of the Skipper –– 11.30am-4.30pm –– Aberdour Boat Club –– Age 8+ with an accompanying adult Skippers of the Boat Club invite you to join them for a sail around the Bay. Please meet them on the Pier and you will be allocated to a boat on a first come – first served basis. If you have a lifejacket, please bring it with you. If not, don’t worry there will be some for your use.

Beach Volleyball Tournament (4-a-side) –– Registration from 12noon, play starts at 2.00pm –– FREE –– Age 14+

Afternoon events Raft Race – sponsored by Abbott Risk Consulting –– Build-up from 12.30pm –– The Race at 1.30pm –– FREE to enter or watch Be a part of one of the most spectacular events at the Festival! Brave souls come from far and wide to put to sea on the flimsiest of contraptions, for a shot at the fame that comes from being a Festival Raft Race winner! Prizes awarded to the winners, the best constructed raft, and the raft that best captures this year’s Commonwealth Games theme. Full rules are published on the website, or for more information email Andy Oldfield (

Flower Festival –– 11.00am-5.00pm –– St Columba’s Church –– FREE

Heritage Exhibition – HMS Tarlair: Aberdour’s role in the fight against the U-boat –– 11.00am-5.00pm –– Church Hall See page 3 for more information

Available for those who want a bit more competition. There is a cup available too!


Saturday 9th August continued Heritage Exhibition – Aberdour’s history

Village Football Match – Easter vs. Wester

–– 11.00am-5.00pm –– Church Hall

–– 4.00pm-6.00pm –– Aberdour Football Club

See page 3 for more information

Persons are able to participate provided they were brought up in, resident in, or currently visiting Aberdour but no ringers!! Celebrity referee and team captains. Potential players please contact Steven Dewar – 01383 860616.

Talk: Radiology in WWI by Diana Maxwell –– 12noon –– Church Hall –– FREE –– Open to all The First World War 1914-1918 resulted in terrible deaths and injuries. In the basement of Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Diana found an amazing collection of 24 Original glass X-Ray plates showing war injuries from WW1 dated 1918/1919. They were mainly from the Bellahouston Military Hospital, Glasgow. As far as Diana could find out, they are the only collection which has survived. She was able to identify 7 out of the 22 soldiers from their war records. The talk will follow the soldiers’ journey from the battle field to the military hospital and the development and role played by these early X-Rays in WW1. Slides of the glass X-Ray plates, which are of surprisingly good quality, will be shown and discussed.

The Big Easy –– 3.00pm onwards –– Cedar Inn –– Open to all Afternoon of live music – Blind Lemon from 3.00pm and Shameless from 9.00pm – with bouncy castle.


The Ronde Haughcross – in association with Edinburgh’s Ronde Bicycle Outfitters –– Register at The AVD Festival Marquee (1.00pm-4.30pm) no entries accepted after 4.30pm –– FREE Primary School Age Races beforehand run by local bike club Carnegie Cyclones – look out on the website and Facebook for details. –– 4.45pm Youth, Novice and U16s Race starts  £8.00 –– 5.45pm Mass Start – Vets, Junior, Women’s Race and Men’s Open starts  £15.00 –– Silver Sands Playing Field For the third year the Aberdour Festival brings you a Cyclocross bonanza. Join us for an evening of highly charged cyclocross racing and much more. Experience the cheer of the crowd, and the ringing of cowbells. Spectators can enjoy racing of all abilities, from the best the UK has to offer to absolute beginners. Following the cyclocross a family ceilidh and BBQ will take place in the Marquee. Entry for spectators is FREE but all donations towards the costs for this exceptional event gratefully received. To coincide with this extravaganza there will be a bicycle trade village bringing you the world’s best

cycling brands. Entry enquiries via Ronde Bicycle Outfitters and check our Facebook page for any updates. During the racing The Go Figures will be playing in the marquee.

Forever Young: The Go Figures – sponsored by Counselling Matters

Dr Bike & Skills Coaching with MTBflo at the Ronde Haughcross

Before the Family Ceilidh come and join us on a musical journey as The Go Figures play two sets special to the Festival, one of Dylan’s songs and one of Neil Young’s material. The band is comprised of 6 very experienced musicians, who have toured extensively here and abroad, opening for and/or backing the likes of Grammy winners Dave Alvin and Jim Lauderdale, as well as The Scorchers’ Jason Ringenberg, Chuck Prophet et al. With three lead singers – male and female - and two lead guitarists, as well as bass and drums, there will be a rich and varied sound to the night’s gig.

–– Free bike safety check & minor adjustments –– Skills coaching for all ages and abilities throughout the day –– Come along early as spaces will be limited! –– For further info please contact:

Tribal Drumming Evening Workshop –– 4.30pm-6.00pm –– The Institute, Shore Road –– £3.00 at the door (30 spaces available) –– Age 12+ –– Children can be left unaccompanied, Consent Form required. For those that want a more focused drumming session to that available at the Beach Day, Chris will run a second workshop where you will learn about and practice drumming rhythms from the Commonwealth and beyond and add a few of your own. Tribal and rhythmic drumming at its best! Instruments will be provided but again feel free to bring your own.

–– 5.00pm-6.45pm –– The AVD Festival Marquee –– FREE but donations greatly appreciated –– Open to all

Evening events Family Ceilidh & BBQ with Off Centre Ceilidh Band – supported by ForthRoad –– 7.30pm-11.45pm –– The AVD Festival Marquee –– FREE but donations greatly appreciated –– Open to all Come and celebrate the end of the Festival Marquee with an energetic night of dancing with the fabulous Off Centre Ceilidh band. Suitable for everyone from 1 to 99, with a caller for those new to the sport!

Live Music with Second Stages –– 9.00pm-1.00am –– Foresters Arms –– Age 18+


Sunday 10th August Morning events

Afternoon events

Village Cricket Match – Easter vs. Wester

Gourmet Food & Wine Tasting

–– 9.30am-12noon –– The Bowl, Hawkcraig Road

–– 12.30pm-3.30pm –– Room with a View –– Tickets: £47.50 from Forth View Hotel only (01383 860402)

Will Easter retain the trophy they won last year? The village cricket match is a limited overs event, played with a soft ball. So all ages, gender and ability are welcome. Just turn up on the morning ready to represent your half of the village with honour! Cricket whites, equipment and ability not required! Spectators particularly welcome!

Robinson Crusoe Beachcomb Adventure –– 11.30am-1.00pm –– Black Sands –– Tickets: £4.50 for children (accompanying adults go free) (22 spaces available) –– Age 5-11 –– Children can be left unaccompanied, Consent Form required. Come and join in our Robinson Crusoe experience on Black Sands. Learn about the sea and beach: what is in them; why they are important! How would you survive if you were an adventurer who became a castaway? Make your own shelter and eat a beach-baked fishy lunch! Everything provided (by us, or the sea)! Run by The Ecology Centre, Kinghorn.


Wine Tasting afternoon at Room with a View Seafood Restaurant, with Paul O’Donoghue (fine wine specialist) Entoria Wines. Taste a selection of fine wines accompanied by samples from Room with a View’s Menu prepared by resident chef, Tim Robson.

Family Needle Felting Workshop with Amy –– 1.00pm-2.30pm –– Church Hall –– Tickets: £5.00 (6 adult and 6 children spaces available) –– Age 8+ accompanied by an adult This is your chance to learn a new crafting skill with your child and hopefully you will be able to continue crafting at home. Amy from Glitter and Stiches will teach you and your child how to create a colourful piece of felting. It is aimed at beginners, so you can learn together.

Open Gardens by the Forth –– 1.00pm-5.00pm –– Easter Aberdour –– £3.00 on entry plus raffle –– For all ages All proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Relief. Maps available for sale at The Green Witch - Mystique Moments. Plant sale at 10 Manse Street. Contact Caroline Cameron 01383 860609.

Lorna Reid Jazz Lounge –– 2.00pm to 4.30pm –– The Woodside Hotel –– Tickets: £8.00 (includes a cream tea) from Hotel or Grace Black (01592 750625) only –– Open to all An afternoon of jazz standards and new material from vocalist Lorna Reid accompanied by a trio of fine Scottish musicians.

Flower Festival –– 1.00pm-5.00pm –– St Columba’s Church –– FREE

Heritage Exhibition – HMS Tarlair: Aberdour’s role in the fight against the U-boat –– 1.00pm-5.00pm –– Church Hall See page 3 for more information

Talk: Aberdour Village Heritage Centre –– 3.00pm –– Church Hall –– FREE Bill Rennie – Chair of the Friends of Aberdour Railway Station – will give an update on progress towards the establishment of a village Heritage Centre in Aberdour railway station.

Heritage Exhibition – Aberdour’s history –– 1.00pm-5.00pm –– Church Hall See page 3 for more information


Sunday 10th August continued Evening events Fool Moon Variety Show –– 6.00pm-7.30pm –– The Institute, Shore Road –– £3.00 adults/£2 children at the door –– Open to all Featuring “A Scots Fairy Tale” by children and Carrie Todd in bardic tradition of storytelling with music, song and dance followed by local performers of all ages in a varied programme featuring dance, drama, storytelling, music, song. For more information contact Carrie on 07952945749.

Festival Songs of Praise –– 7.30pm –– St Columba’s Church –– Open to all


Craic in the Courtyard @the Aberdour Hotel – Poems and Pints –– 8.00pm-12midnight –– Aberdour Hotel The ale flows and the poems and songs spill out… Alistair McDouglad and the Yard of Ale host this immensely popular night. You are welcome to come along, join in or just listen.

Live Music with The Deal –– 9.00pm-1.00am –– Foresters Arms –– Age 18+

Ticket Information

Festival Box Offices

For those events listed in the programme as admission by ticket, these can be bought in person at the Festival Box Offices and will be available between Monday 23 June and Thursday 31 July, thereafter available from The AVD Festival Marquee.

There are four Festival Box Offices for all ticketed events:


Aberdour Pharmacy – cash and cheque only (tickets for Children’s events) 30 High St – 01383 860474

Tickets for all HOT TICKET EVENTS can also be bought online at

Concessionary Tickets For individuals who are in possession of a valid Fifestyle Premier Card, an adult ticket will be available at a reduced rate equivalent to the price of a child ticket where child tickets are available.

Children’s Events We will be selling children’s event tickets on Saturday 21st June at the Church Hall from 9.00am to 11.30am. From Monday 23rd June to Thursday 31st July they will be available at the Aberdour Pharmacy. Please note that some children’s events require a parental Consent Form. This is available on our website or the Aberdour Pharmacy. The completed Form should be taken to each event concerned. Children without a Consent Form will not be allowed to participate.

McTaggart’s – credit/and debit card accepted (subject to a 10% surcharge) 21 High St – 01383 860820 The Purple Shop – cash and cheque only 59-61 Main St – 01383 860405

The AVD Festival Marquee, Hawkcraig Road (from Friday 1 August) Please remember that these businesses are helping the Festival voluntarily. If the shop is busy with customers please be patient or call back later.

2014 Anniversaries and Events Quiz Don’t forget to pick up your entry forms for the annual quiz courtesy of Antiques and Gifts. Entry Forms £1.00 from Antiques and Gifts, Willie’s and The Purple Shop.

Fringe Events Please note that events coloured in Blue are Fringe events organised by others and not the responsibility of the Festival.

Whilst every effort has been made to keep it accurate the programme is subject to change.


Aberdour Festival 2014 Programme  

Your essential guide to the 2014 Aberdour Festival.