October in Crail – The Sun is at its best just now, with its raking angle turning the white wash to gold, and the making the green unbelievably intense. The leaves are dropping, the nights are closing in and there is an exciting Halloweeny feeling in the air! It’s a great time to head to the coast, enjoy the dramatic skyscapes, energetic seas and Autumn colours of the fields. Whether you walk, cycle or drive, don’t forget your camera and your binoculars – the low angle of the sun really brings out the best of the distant landscape and ship and bird spotters will be in heaven. There are loads of attractions that are open, special events for harvest, school holidays and Halloween. It’s a great opportunity to do a little stressfree Christmas shopping the old fashion way in some of the hidden gems of East Neuk, and to get cosy in pubs and cafes with stone walls, openfires or sea views. Here are our October Tips if you are AboutCrail.
Cainie Fruit Farm near Cupar- open till 31 Oct, so last change this season. Maize Maze, Bramble picking, Fri 23- Sat 24 Apple crushing and Pressing. Fri 29 and Sat 30 Special kids activities and pumpkin carving – Fr 29-Sat 30 7-9pm Pumpkin Festival and Torch Light Maze Nights. Pick your own pumpking from 15 Oct, frost dependent. Huge table of Christmas decorations, stocking stuffers and gifts 50% off Sale –Closed for season from 1 Nov.
Scottish Fisheries Museum Anstruther: 8 Oct to 31 Dec: Extravagansey! Exhibition of fishermen’s ganseys with the work of contemporary designer Annie Shaw. Sat 9- Sun 10 Oct – Pirates Ahoy! –get an insite into the real life of a pirate – loads of interactive activities. Free with entrance to museum:. 25– 31 Oct Pumpkin trail. Wed 27 Oct Slithery, Slimy – Zoolab’s Creepy Halloween visit! £6/£5 concessions, accompanied children free.
Scottish Deer Centre: Open every day 10-4h30, with guided tours, 9 species of deer, Red Foxes, rare breed sheep, falconry display, wolf eating (except Fri), Otter talk. Café with Costa coffee, homebaking and mouth watering meals. Retail incl gift shop, Edinburgh Woolen Mill and the Smoke House (with whisky tasting!) open till 5pm. 29-30 Oct evenings Halloween Event. Santa’s Grotto coming November. Children’s indoor and outdoor play area. Red squirrel Tree top walkway. Mon – Sat 10- 4h30, Sun 12- 4h30. Last entries 1 hour before closing.
The Secret Bunker: Open till the end of Oct, last chance this season! Café and gift shop. Daily 10-5pm.
Cambo Estate: Sun 17 Oct Ocotberfest Special opening in conjunction with Scotland’s Garden Shceme. Christmas fair coming Nov. Open daily 10am till 5pm. Adults £4.00 Children Free. Free Garden Tour – Every Tuesday at 1.30pm.
Kellie Castle and Gardens: Sat 16 Oct Apple Day – Sat 30 Oct – Sun 31 Oct A Haunting Halloween. Garden and Estate: daily 10-4, Castle: Thurs-Mon 1-4. Tearoom and Shop.
Falkland Palace: 17 Oct Apple Day, Sat 23 Oct – Sat 30 Oct Ghost Hunt, Thurs 28 Oct Spooky Halloween – children aged 6+. Sat 30 Oct – Sun 31 Oct Re-enactment of 17th Century Life and Warfare, Sat 30 Oct – Sun 31 Oct Palace of the Paranormal. Mon-Sat 11-5, Sun 1-5. Garden guided tour every Thurs, 12:30 & 2.30. The Royal Tennis Court will be closed.
Crail Museum and Gift Shop Open Sat 23 Oct, 10-4 and Sun 24 Oct 12-4. One of the last chances to see the Erskine Beveridge exhibition.
Here are some other AboutCrail Local What’s On Highlights:
Sat 9 Oct 10-12 – Coffee Morning Support the Winter Flowers of Crail –Our fabulous new volunteers won Crail a Silver Gilt award this summer – can’t wait to see what they have planned to cheer us up this winter – Crail Town Hall.
Sat 9 Oct 8h25 Fireworks display Dunhill Cup celebrating their 10th Anniversay Something beside the celebrity spotting! 10 min show with twice the usual sparkle! Best viewing spots are Links Road and the track in front of the Old Course Hotel.
Thurs 14 Oct 8pm Eddie Walker – Crail Folk Club – Acoustic ragtime blues guitarist and songwriter. Golf Hotel £5 at the door.
Sat 16 Oct 7.30 Crail Film Club – Doctor Zhivago, Town Hall Crail.
Fri 22 Oct 7h30-9h30 – Wine and Cheese Party – Crail Preservation Trust fundraiser – Tickets available from the Jerdan Gallery or on the door. Entrance: £5
Thurs 28 Oct 8pm – Singer’s night – Crail Folk Club – come out and show your talent! Golf Hotel £1.
Sat 30 Oct 10-4 – Christmas Card Sale in aid of charity (Crail Community Trust) Crail Community Hall.
Jerdan Gallery ‘Awesome Autumn’ exhibition continues till the end of the month.