Attending a festival or event is a great day out for everyone and an opportunity to visit somewhere you haven’t visited before. Read more
5 things to do on a Spring Break in Crail
When you come to visit Crail, you’ll find all manner of things happening locally. A good source of information in advance of your visit is the About Crail newsletter,
For those who’ve left it to the last minute to book a holiday, all you need to do to find out when Sandcastle Cottage is next available is to put the dates you require into our Book Now box (to the right or scroll down if on mobile) for an instant quote. Read more
St Andrews Food and Drink Festival
We’re watching the plans for a month-long celebration of fabulous Food From Fife unfold, in the form of the St Andrews Food and Drink Festival which will be taking place in November 2015, Read more
We’re just back from an 11-night stay at Sandcastle Cottage, and have enjoyed lots of things around the East Neuk of Fife and St Andrews. As seasoned holidaymakers in the area, there are of course some glaring omissions which we’ve visited before or didn’t do this time round, but we thought the selection might inspire you if you’re considering a break here.
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 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!
It was a very exciting day at the Harbour Beach. Low tide, overcast but warm – a tractor was grooming the beach as contenstants arrived, and quickly vied for their favorite spot. Some choose the top where the sand is finer and others choose the bottom where the wetness is great for molding. The beach was fairly full as budding sculptors both local and visiting sketched out their plans and began digging, pilling and carving! An amazing amount of found objects were collectedand used to embellish the designs, from pebbles to fish bones, crabs to flowers, seaweed to thistle! Competitiors of all ages came out to show their expertise, some worked alone, and others worked in with families and friends and everyone had a good time. The sun came out for judging which was witnessed by the boats that sat in the incoming tide waiting to enter the harbour and one local said this is how it used to be when they were young with the beach full of youngsters.We spend a lot of time building sandcastles on the beach, but it was lovely sharing the experience with so many other enthusiasts today! We worked hard enough thatwe thought we earned ourselves an ice cream at the Beehive!