Pittenweem in August
Just 20 minutes drive along the coast to the east lies Pittenweem, a cosy, picturesque fishing village in the East Neuk( east corner) of Fife which has also become a desirable community for many artists who have settled there over the years. August sees the Pittenweem Arts Festival taking place, and it’s become a firm favourite of mine and thousands of other people who flock to enjoy the week long event.
I usually try to go on a weekday as it tends to be less busy, but this year it had to be a Saturday afternoon, that’s all I could manage with the B&B being so busy. It was lovely and sunny, and I parked at the car park by the Fife Coastal Path, and walked down the path towards the village giving one of my favourite views of the West Shore.
I was on a mission. I had decided to find a piece of work I really liked to add to my Pittenweem collection. As I wandered along the West Shore, there were people enjoying the beach, some clambering on the exposed rocks as the tide was out, others meandering along the path deciding now and then to go into one of the houses displaying an artists work. That’s another attraction of the festival, you get to go into peoples homes which have become the venue for each artists exhibition.
One of the delights of the Pittenweem Festival experience are the numerous dressed up bicycles dotted around the village, often with a witty title or message; they’re something to look out for as you make your way around the venues.
It wasn’t long before I found a piece of collage I really liked, so I made a mental note, and moved on to view more exhibits , and to stop off at the delightful Cocoa Tree Cafe to pick up some cocoa nib tea, some hot chocolate mix and a small bag of hand made chocolates. Then it was back to the venue where I’d found the piece I had decided to buy, via the small wynds ( small winding street) typical of these Fife villages.
All in all it was a lovely afternoon out, browsing a wide variety of work by talented artists and makers, in one of the prettiest villages in our locality. The 2016 date for the Pittenweem Festival is 7th to 14th August.
And the lovely piece I bought? It’s hanging in the hall for all to admire, but you’ll have to come and stay to see it.