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                Christmas at Earthship Fife 2014

Ever thought of making your Christmas wreath whilst watching the swans on Kinghorn Loch?  SCI at the Earthship Fife Visitor Centre are offering a Xmas event with a difference this year. Wreath-making, knitting, rag-rugging, home-made cakes and steaming hot chocolate - what more could you ask for!  And to make your wreath extra special, children can gather natural materials on a storytelling trail around the woods and paths nearby.
Take some time out and make Christmas with us at the Earthship on...
Saturday 6th December 2-4pm
Bring a torch for home time!

For further information, contact Louise on 01592 891884 or

We have a great summer of events planned for the Earthship's 10th anniversary...
scroll down to find information about our Waste Not Want Not Competition for families and
free children's workshops...information about our Skills-sharing days at the Earthship coming soon)...

Make Waste Win – the Waste Not, Want Not Competition

It's the summer holidays. Are you running out of activities for the kids already – things that won’t break the bank?

SCI at the Earthship are challenging you and your family to create something useful out of the everyday things you normally throw away – whether paper, cloth, metal, plastic or wood  -- whatever it’s made of, what can you make out of it that’s new?And what’s even better – the prizes are vouchers for more family activities, from ceramics painting at Potter About in Burntisland to a family day pass to the Outdoor Adventure Park & Indoor Barn at Cluny Clays by Kirkcaldy!

From now until 14 September the contest is on. The only rules are that your project must be useful, and not just art - something that can be used, for example at home, in the garden or at school, be made as much as possible out of waste material (but you can use new items to attach it together, such as string or nails) and be no larger than 1mx1m and fit on a table.

Entries are due in by Sunday 14th September; contact us first to confirm your entry at  or 01592 891884 for more details, or with any other questions. Then join us on Saturday, Saturday 20th September, for an exhibition of all entries and awarding of the prizes!

We can’t wait to see your creations. Waste really is a winner!


Free Children’s Tours and Creative Waste Workshops

To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we are running free children’s tours and creative waste workshops for all ages – put Friday 8th August and Saturday 6th September in your diaries.

On each of the above dates we will put on an interactive children's tour around the Earthship and a workshop where you will transform everyday household waste into something creative, and probably useful!

Workshop times:

11am-12 Interactive Earthship tour

1-3pm Creative Waste Workshop

You can book either or both. Bring a packed lunch and enjoy spending some time at Craigencalt!

Recommended age 8-12 years, children must be accompanied by an adult. Younger siblings are welcome too but must be supervised. There are limited places so booking is essential.

For the adults... we are also running Skill-sharing Days once a month - dates and topics to be confirmed here.

To book and for more information contact Louise on 01592 891884 or

We’d love to see you at the Earthship this summer!

Skill Sharing Days at the Earthship with SCI

To celebrate the Earthship's 10th anniversary, we have planned a series of free skill-sharing sessions. If you are interested in coming along to any, or all or the workshops, please get in touch to book your place.

Date: Saturday 23rd August – Biofuels
Earthship Fife Visitor Centre
Richard Brewster
from Kinghorn is happy to share his knowledge of the Do's and Dont's of running you car on Biofuels. With 10 years experience he has plenty to share!

Date: Saturday 13th September – Home Energy
Earthship Fife Visitor Centre
Greener Kirkcaldy
will share the latest information on home energy grants and show you how to make a energy-saving radiator panel.

Date: Saturday 20th September – Bring Your Own Instrument
Earthship Fife Visitor Centre
Music sessions with Caro Bridges from the much loved Caro Bridges and the River band. Bring your own instrument and have a go in good company. Everyone is welcome, including complete beginners. Caro's skill and creativity will be irresistible, and you'll soon be playing and smiling at the same time!

Date: Friday 3rd October – Hydrogen Office tour
Venue: Hydrogen Office, Methil

A trip to the
Hydrogen Office in Methil, Fife and talk on the Energy Park. The Hydrogen Office Project is a demonstration centre for renewable energy technologies, in particular hydrogen storage. Visitors will experience first hand the wind turbine, electrolyser, hydrogen storage tank, fuel cells and ground source heat pump.

Date: October/November (TBC)
Time: TBC
Earthship Fife Visitor Centre
Creative Woodworking
with Brotus Rural Crafts

To book, call SCI on 01592 891884 or email


Sustainable Communities Initiatives hosts many different events throughout the year. We are currently working on the programme of workshops, visits and skills sharing days for the upcoming months. We would like to hear from you so we can best meet your needs. Please, help us by answering a few simple questions. The survey takes less than 5 minutes. Thank you!

Previous events...

The Eartship Birthday Event

Speakers Programme in Eco-building tent

Paula Cowie
, who brought the Earthship to Scotland, will talk briefly about the last ten years of the Earthship, and will be available for questions.

Alastair Dawson
, an Organic Livestock Farmer come Ecobuilder from Kinross will talk about his experience of building an “earthship” type house on his farm. He will explain how planning has responded, several years after Earthship Fife was built, the design, materials and techniques he employed in building, and how all the implemented principles and systems are performing.

Becky Little, one of Scotland's leading experts in earth repair and construction will share with us some of her 20 years experience of the regional techniques of building with mud. She will take us through the history of earth building in Scotland and explain how the building technique gains a place on the sustainability spectrum.


The Earthship is opening for Spring on Sunday 23rd March (12-4pm) as part of the Fife Science Festival. Come along for this great free event for the whole family.

                      Science Festival at Earthship Fife Visitor Centre


Previous events:

Free Christmas workshops for the whole family! Come along on Saturday 14th December (12-3pm) to the SCI Christmas Fair at Young Community (Music) Hall, Thistle Street, Burntisland. Make your own Christmas wreath out of natural materials and festive recycled decorations, knit a Christmas gift, bake and make with gingerbread and listen to seasonal stories. You can also relax with a coffee and cake at the cafe and browse the handmade gifts for sale. Take some time out from running around shops and remember all the nice things about Christmas!

Christmas Fair


Events for children at the Earthship Fife Visitor Centre:

Want to be a detective during the October school holidays? Come along to the Earthship Fife Visitor Centre by Kinghorn Loch and take part in our Earthship close-up quiz to learn more about this amazing eco friendly building made out of old tyres. There’s a prize for every correct quiz.

Just drop in at any time during our holiday opening hours to take part:

  • Wednesdays 11am-2pm
  • Thursdays 11am-2pm
  • Fridays 10.30am-1.30pm

Cost: £1 per child (allow 30 minutes to complete)


No need to book, just turn up on the day!


Harvest Time Music and Storytelling Festival

Come and celebrate the beginning of Autumnal abundance at the Earthship Fife Visitor Centre, on the shore of Kinghorn Loch. SCI at the Earthship is hosting
a music and storytelling festival for families on Saturday 28th September (5-8pm).


Adults and families are invited to come along to listen to musicians and storytellers sharing Autumnal songs, music and stories, all powered by the Earthship’s renewable energy from the sun, wind and stream. The music will provided by Caro Bridges and the River; an Edinburgh based acoustic band playing folk-influenced music.


The Doorstep Bakery will bake delicious wood-stove pizzas and Fife Diet will provide a warming pot of nourishment, which can be washed down by local brews from the St Andrews Brewing Co.

Suggested donation for event: £5/adult, children free

For further information contact: Louise, SCI at the Earthship, tel: 01592 891884 or email:

                  and storytelling festival 28th Sept 2013


Saturday 24th August (12-4pm)

The Earthship Fife Visitor Centre will be open for drop-in visitors during The Ecology Centre Summer Festival. Free guided tours at 12.30pm and 2.30pm - no need to book just come along on the day

We will also be joined by Fife's Knitted Nature who will exhibit their amazing knitted flora and fauna - all examples of what you can find in Fife. There will be a knitting workshop, a nature quiz and a chance to win a knitted bat. Come along between 12-4pm.


Summer Events at the Earthship

Fife Science Festival 17th March


Eco Village
            Afternoon Tea 23rd March


3pm Children's workshop: Beetroot cupcake making and icing
3.30pm Walk to the Widows Land
4pm Adult workshop: Veggie pakoras


at The Earthship Fife Visitor Centre
23rd February 2013, 10.30am to 2.30pm
Free tours at 11.30am and 1.30pm
Come along for a free tour and refreshments and find out how you can help us run this unique building!


SCI Christmas Fair – 1st December 2012


This was a popular event as usual with a great turn-out. The workshops were all busy and everyone seemed to enjoy getting a chance to make things – children and adults alike. We’d like to thank everyone who helped make it such a success. The SCI Fair has become a bit of a tradition in Burntisland and we already have ideas for next year. So make sure you come along next year!

SCI Christmas
            Fair December 2012


Day of Stories 22nd September 2012

Love Local Christmas Fayre 2011

SCI worked together with the Fife Diet to bring the popular 'buy local' Christmas fayre to St Serfs Hall in Burntisland on 10th December - this year advertised as 'Love Local Christmas Fayre'.

There were lots of activities for adults and kids to enjoy - Xmas tree decorations to make, gingerbread making and icing, knitting with the Burntisland Knitting group and the ever popular wreathmaking. There were also stalls with local craftsmen, artists and food suppliers selling beautiful gifts and delicious treats. And for those who just wanted to sit down and take it easy, the Broomhill Gardens Association ran a lovely cafe with lots of homebaking and hot drinks, and a storyteller told Christmas stories to the children.

It was a great day and as busy as usual. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took part in making the fayre so enjoyable and to everyone who came along.