25 things to do on a holiday in the East Neuk of Fife

25 things to do on a holiday in the East Neuk of Fife

Here are 25 things we have done as a family whilst on holiday at Sandcastle Cottage. There is definitely something for everyone on a holiday in the East Neuk of Fife and St Andrews.  As seasoned holidaymakers in the area, there are of course some glaring omissions but we thought the selection might inspire you if you’re considering a break here.

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A Spring Break in Crail

A Spring Break in Crail

Things to do on a Spring Break in Crail

A Spring Break in Crail is a time for you to relax, unwind and get away from it all. Our garden is full of spring flowers and is a great place to enjoy warm spring days. You will find all manner of things happening locally.  A good source of information in advance of your visit is our Events Page or our blog.

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Sandcastle building in Crail

The 2010 competition

This year the East Neuk Festival is bringing sand sculpture to Crail once again as part of the wider East Neuk Festival  which is on in venues throughout the East Neuk from 29 June – 3 July 2011.

BBC Scotland’s Culture Café (28 June episode) spoke to Jamie Wardley – Sand Sculptor from Sand in Your Eye before he set off for Crail to start work on his latest sculpture.  Over the next 4 days at Crail, Jamie will be creating a new sand sculpture following last year’s wonderful  Sand Train which was created outside the Honeypot Guest House and Tea Room in the centre of Crail.

 

Jamie Wardley's Sand Train - Crail 2010

Jamie Wardley's Sand Train - Crail 2010

Jamie uses tools such as a shovel, builders trowels, hand trowels, craft knifes, and even brushes for the final details to build huge sand sculptures in different venues all over the world.

This time, the sculpture he’s building is a closely guarded secret, with the first person to guess what it is being eligible for a prize.  When Janice Forsyth, the BBC Scotland presenter asked if he would be creating a sandcastle, Jamie replied:

“A sandcastle is actually a really difficult thing to make”

Janice wasn’t at the East Neuk Festival last year, but confirmed she did come to the Crail Festival, and competed in the Sandcastle Competition.  Jamie asked her if she had won, and she replied: “We were robbed! ….we made a submerged Tardis. We made the roof of the Tardis appearing out of the sand and we grabbed a blue bucket and made that a light.” They didn’t win, but said Janice,  “We did get an insight into how much fun it could be if you just let your imagination roam.”  If you look really closely at the first picture I think you can just make out the light on the Tardis!

So if you’re stuck for something to do with the kids this holiday, why not get them working on some sand sculptures? If you’re in Crail on the 23rd July 2011 – Sandcastle Cottage is sponsoring the Sandcastle Competition as part of the Crail Festival once again this year.  Come along and join in – bring an active imagination!

 

Turtle on Crail Harbour Beach

Come along and join the fun!

 

Crail Food Festival – Social Networking in Action

Crail Food Festival Leaflet

Crail Food Festival Leaflet

As owners of Sandcastle Cottage, we have had a base in the village of Crail since 1982. It’s a lovely village, and over the years we’ve had a small circle of friends and acquaintances there through neighbours, old friends who’ve lived here for a while, and some of the other holiday home owners we’ve got to know via emails and occasional meet-ups in Crail.The great thing we’re finding about the growth in new technologies (grouped loosely together under the umbrella term ‘social media’) is that we’re getting to know lots more people in Crail by sharing our knowledge of how to be social on-line.Yesterday, at one such meeting, Peter Salkeld, Graham Anderson and I were discussing how to make the most of the tools available on the internet to publicise an event which Graham’s driving forward – next summer’s Crail Food Festival.Peter was remarking that in days gone by, we’d have put up posters round about Crail and the local villages, and maybe we’d have attracted some local people and a few tourists to come to such an event. More recently, we’d have advertised by building a website and using the website address on our poster campaign to allow people to find out more about the details of the festival. But over the last 5 years, new tools have been emerging which should allow us to publicise our event to many more people, which will hopefully lead to the event being a commercial success as well as great fun and a lovely day out in Fife – or the centrepiece of a weekend stay here.We were discussing Twitter and Facebook and how they can be used to help us to make the most of our event.We have a website for the Crail Food Festival, and it’s currently being developed as we contact more potential sponsors and participants who will want to come to Crail to showcase the best of Food and Drink in Fife and Scotland. We also have a Crail Food Festival Facebook page where friends can participate and hear the latest news, and a Crail Food Festival Twitter account where we’ll be building a following by adding friends and helpful Tweets about food in Fife and more details of the events as they become available.Our discussion yesterday centred around the power of these new tools to encourage our friends to visit the website for the event, put the date in their diaries, and most important of all – to come along and support the event.A little Facebook workshop developed as we discussed the difference between having a personal account on Facebook – all three of us: Graham, Peter and Susan have them, but there was a little clarification on how Facebook Pages – such as this one for Crail Food Festival were different from our personal accounts.When it came to the Twitter discussion in our meeting however, we needed to have a concrete example of how Twitter is at the basic level a really helpful tool. Graham plucked an example out of the air. He said: “here’s the thing – I’m going to Dundee this afternoon. What if I were to ask on Twitter where I should go for a coffee?” (As the owner of the Honeypot he’s keen on people asking that type of question :)). I said that the first thing you’d have to do is make sure that you have enough followers who know Dundee well to get a chance of getting an answer – but I’ve got quite a few followers on my @2crail account – I’ll have a go.Here’s what happened:I sent out a Tweet:[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/2crail/status/7041681375367168″]A little later in the afternoon came the reply from Kim Adamson:[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/DiscoveryDundee/status/7088387152416768″]Then Kim followed it up with a further reply:[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/DiscoveryDundee/status/7089029606547456″]And, another suggestion arrived from our friend Finlay – just a bit too late for our coffee-drinking decision (but one to store away for next time):[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/Caiplie/status/7096468598951936″]As our friends Kim and Finlay had been so helpful, I thanked them for their help:[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/2crail/status/7099710301020160″]But guess what? Our little chat about coffee had attracted the attention of another Twitterer – our friend Harriet @fictionwitch – who did another thing which good Twitter friends do: she ‘retweeted’ the thank you note – thus giving more exposure to all of the Twitter accounts mentioned.What a super result from our little coffee friends experiment. Do you have an example of how Twitter or Facebook friends have helped you out that you’d like to share? Add a comment below if you do.