I am partial to a bit of hibernating in the deep winter. The Christmas holidays always remind me how therapeutic some down time is, while we make time for games and puzzles that never fit into our busy life at other times. So while I’m starting off the New Year with lots of big plans, I’m also planning a little more of this therapeutic down time. Many think this is when you can see Crail at its best, the way Crailers do, but whether you live here or are visiting, there is more to do than hibernate. We’ve gathered a few suggestions to help lift your spirits while the days get longer!
Burns night: Saturday 15 January 2011 – 9pm – Golf Hotel, informal night with free haggis, neeps and tatties! Crail Folk Club – Thursday 27 Jan 2011 – 8pm – Golf Hotel, tickets £3 at the door, includes meal of haggis, neeps and tatties! Cook in! Ardross Farm Shop has teamed up with the Elemental Kitchen to bring you a Burns Night recipe made with local produce. Get your haggis at Penman’s and your tatties and neeps at First Fruits (but shop early!). Or try their Valentines menu if you are here in February.
Snow Drop Festival at Cambo House: 1 February – 13 March 2011. You can visit the Snow Drop Woods during the day, or come at night and see it as never before, magically transformed by light and sound. Snow Drop by Starlight: 11-27 February 2011 – back by popular demand following it’s successful debut last year – tickets on sale now. The Great Gnome Hunt: 1 February – 13 March 2011.
Don’t miss the Mini Crail Festival in May – two great music events – tickets available on line now.
Open All Year: some of Crail’s best loved establishments are open everyday all year, including The Crail Pottery and The Golf Hotel. Because in Crail even some of the shops hibernate – here is a handy list for Spring Openings of other favourites: Crail Harbour Gallery – reopens 5 February 2011, Jerdan Gallery reopens 11 February 2011 with one of it’s great Previews – ‘Starter for 11’, The Honeypot Guesthouse and Coffee House reopens 12 February 2011, Crail Gallery – reopens 7 days a week in March, The Old House Interiors – reopens 4 March 2011, Crail Museum and Heritage Centre/Tourist Information Centre -Open Day 16 April – re-opens 22 April for Easter week (open weekends only in May). No need to wait for spring – Crail Museum and Crail Gallery (and sometimes the Jerdan Gallery) can also be open by appointment, so why not give them a ring!