It's official; sun, sea and sand season is finally over. Parasols and beach chairs are being sorrowfully stacked away and sunscreen and shades have been reluctantly tossed to the back of the cupboard for yet another year. But, not to worry! You don’t need to start prepping for hibernation JUST yet! Arguably, Fife’s most beautiful season is now apon us; autumn!
Think crisp woodland walks under tumbling golden leaves and sparkling waterfalls, red squirrels, woolly gloves, a smooth dram of whisky in one of our cosy pubs to warm the cockles after a wander around our historic villages or a comforting mug of hot chocolate and marshmallows in front of a toasty roaring fire… Bliss!
Fife also continues to be a lively and vibrant hub in these autumnal months and our events calendar is jam-packed with exciting festivals, concerts, tours and talks; plenty to keep you occupied.
Start making your to-do list and check out some of our exciting autumn events you have to look forward to over the season:
Food & Drink
Enjoy a selection of food and drink while listening to readings from some of Fife’s best loved authors at A Taste of Fife which takes place at St Andrews Library on the 26th of September. Throw some music in from the fantastic James Yorkston and you have the perfect night out. Gorge yourself on great writing, give your ears a treat and enjoy a taste of Fife! The event starts at 7.30pm
Why not also watch some live cooking demonstrations, sample some delicious food and drink and discover some of Fife’s best nosh at Fife's Farmer's Markets. The St Andrews market is held on the first Saturday of the month, Dunfermline (second Saturday), Cupar (third Saturday) and Kirkcaldy (Last Saturday). The markets run from 9.00am - 1.00pm and showcase a wide range of quality local produce including meats, cheese, craft beer, condiments, organic vegetables and gifts.
Experience one of the world’s top golfing events, the Alfred Dunhill Championships which takes place in St Andrews and attracts both golfers and golf fans from across the globe. The Championship is a unique golfing event which incorporates two competitions; a professional golf tournament and a golf contest which sees celebrity amateur golfers play against the professionals. The event takes place from the 26th – 29th of September on the Old Course and Kingsbarns Golf Links.
If you have a need for speed and fancy something a little more fast-paced, head to Knockhill Racing Circuit on the 6th of October to witness the Scottish Motor Racing Championship season finale which culminates the racing season in a positively spectacular fashion. The event features a whopping 18 action-packed car races and racing classes throughout the day and is sure to be an unforgettable experience for those self-confessed thrill-seekers.
Music & Arts
Visit Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries between the 7th of October and the 2nd of February where you will have an unique opportunity to witness the master in action, Fife artist, David Mach, build a larger-than-life sculpture for his exciting new exhibition, Odyssey, which is inspired by sea containers and their continuous journey across the globe.
If music is more your thing, St Andrew’s Voices, which runs from the 17th to the 20th of October, is definitely one for your list. Immerse yourself in the beauty and versatility of the human voice and discover a spectrum of genres including acapella, choral music, opera, folk and more in a range of venues across the town of St Andrews. Don’t miss the festival’s newest installation, Luxmuralis, which will see light projection artists and the festival’s ensemble in residence create a spectacular light show at the Holy Trinity Church between 7.00 - 10.00pm on the 18th and 19th of October.
See how arts and science combine at St Andrews Photography Festival which runs from the 4th to the 27th of October. This year’s exhibitions explore how photography has evolved with the help of scientific advancements and how photography is a vital tool in various fields of science such as space exploration and biology. The festival will showcase lots of exciting exhibitions, photgraphers, talks and workshops over the month.
Spooks and Spirits
With Halloween just around the corner, sign yourself up to some ghostly gatherings in Fife... if you dare!
On the 26th of October, entertain the kids at the Craigtoun Country Park Halloween Event where they can enjoy lantern making, fancy dress competitions, a kid's disco and spooky stories. You can also head along to the Hill of Tarvit Manshionhouse where you might meet the resident ghosts at their Halloween Ghost Tour. The children’s tour takes place at 6.15pm and the adults event runs from 8.00pm.
OnFife are hosting a special Samhain family event at selected venues with games and ghost walks and for the grown-ups, you can catch a late-night screening of John Carpenter’s classic, Halloween (18), at 11.00pm at the Adam Smith Theatre on the 26th of October.
The Scottish Fisheries Museum are also hosting a selection of paranormal escapades including Haunted Halloween Investigations which will be taking place on the 25th of October right through until the early hours. Mr Hutton, the ghost of Smith and Hutton boatyard, will also be at the Museum to take you on a spooky tour on the 26th of October at 2.00pm.
For more information about these events and to find out what else is on in Fife, download the free Fife Events app on Google Play or the App Store or visit www.welcometofife.com/events