ONFife's COVID-19 Update

Updated: 7 August, 2020

Panto will be back bigger and better in 2021!

Over the last few months we have been carefully monitoring the situation in relation to theatre provision in line with Scottish Government guidelines.

Central to this has been the delivery of our annual panto and assessing the impact potential restrictions would have on the overall experience for customers.

Such is the continuing uncertainty around how the coming months will unfold that, like many other cultural organisations and theatres, we have had to make the difficult decision to suspend plans for Snow White at the Adam Smith Theatre this Christmas.

We know this will be as disappointing for customers as it is for us.

Panto is a fantastic seasonal celebration in the greatest tradition of theatre, creating memories across the generations, which is why we are determined to make ‘Panto 2021” even bigger and better and it will return with the all-time favourite Cinderella.

Stop press: While we’ll have to wait until 2021 for the magic of panto, we’re definitely not in the business of cancelling Christmas! We are currently putting the finishing touches to a fantastic and exciting alternative, a theatrical event that promises to be one of our most magical Christmas experiences ever! Watch this space and keep checking back for updates!

Museums and Galleries

We are delighted that the ‘big three’ ONFife museums and galleries are re-opening on the following dates: 

  1. Monday 3 August St Andrews Museum re-opens 
  2. Wednesday 12 August Kirkcaldy Galleries and Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries re-open 
  3. Wednesday 12 August is also the date our Local Studies service will be available at Cupar Library, Kirkcaldy Galleries, Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries, and also the Archives Room at the Collections Centre, Bankhead. 

While restrictions are in place, the number of people we can have in the buildings at one time is limited so are operating a booking system that gives you an allocated timeslot. 

To book your visit and find out more CLICK HERE.

ONFife Libraries

Missed your library? Good news - ONFife Libraries are on their way back!  

From Wednesday, 5 August, we are delighted to be welcoming members back into 23 branches. As you would expect, there will be safety measures and restrictions in place to ensure the wellbeing of staff and customers. As we can only have a limited number of people in each building at one time, there will be a queuing system, you should wear a face covering if you can and keep your visit short. 

Public access PCs will also be available again but with restrictions to allow for physical distancing and cleaning. 

You can find out more here.

The process is being done over a short transition period fully in line with Scottish Government guidance on public libraries and Fife Council guidance.  The pace of the re-opening ensures the safety of staff and customers and allows us to welcome you back into branches gradually in a way that you will be confident about using.  

Connect & Collect is still available at Methil and Leven Libraries. Find out how to Connect & Collect HERE. 

New alfresco eating and drinking at Adam Smith Theatre

We're all looking forward to Kirkcaldy favourite Kangus Coffee House joining The Advantage Café & Bar at the Adam Smith Theatre this week.

They'll be at the venue with their unmissable mobile van but don't think Kangus is only about fantastic coffee. The business is bringing a mouth-watering vegan-friendly take-away option to visitors of The Advantage - very tasty and definitely not for vegans only! And while it's a take-away service, if you are ordering a breakfast or lunch from the Advantage menu and taking a seat in the sunshine, then you’ll be able to have your take-away coffee or cake from Kangus too.

The Advantage Café & Bar is bringing together some of Fife's best-loved food and drink to celebrate summer outdoors. It will be popping up at the venue every Friday and Saturday, giving the town centre a great place to enjoy an alfresco coffee, breakfast, lunch, chill-out with a cooling drink – or indulge in a bit of escapism in these challenging times with a luxury afternoon tea.

And if you've just found your holiday plans have changed, you can still sit outside in the sunshine for lunch or a drink and imagine you're on a far away costa.

The café and bar operates fully in line with Scottish Government guidelines and appropriate social distancing and distancing. There is also a take-away option.

The Advantage offers a real taste of summer with a big helping of great producers – including much-loved Kirkcaldy favourites Kangus Coffee House, with its amazing vegan food, and the Buffalo Farm; from St Andrews is the award-winning Jannettas Gelateria, St Andrews Brewing Co and Eden Mill Gin; and providing hand-crafted bespoke afternoon tea is amazing produce from cake and food experience company Hatters from Newburgh.

Click HERE to find out more and to book a table and time!


Last month we made the difficult decision to postpone our theatre programme in all venues until spring 2021. We made this decision with heavy hearts but resolute in our commitment to reopen in 2021 safe, sound and strong.     

We are contacting customers who bought tickets for events in 2020 (in event date order) and would like to assure those affected that we are looking to re-schedule as many as events as possible, but should you prefer not to reschedule you can choose between a gift voucher or refund for your tickets. To see the current status of the event you had booked, click HERE. 

We continue to closely follow Scottish Government guidance on easing the lockdown and will continue to provide further updates in the coming weeks. 

These are unprecedented times and as a registered charity, your support is more important than ever.

Every donation we receive helps us to:

  • Maintain the most comprehensive libraries network in Scotland
  • Offer a great range of high quality, entertaining and inspiring events in our theatres
  • Continue to offer universal free entry to all our Museums, Galleries and Heritage Sites
  • Exhibit stunning world-class art in our galleries
  • Give young people in Fife the chance to get involved in the arts
  • Keep our venues welcoming and accessible to everybody

Every contribution, no matter how small, really does make a difference. Click the botton below to donate online.


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