Events

Discover the real Orkney in a year-round programme of scheduled events across the islands. It's guaranteed to keep the whole family entertained.

01 - 31
MarOct

New WW1 Display Battle of Jutland & HMS Hampshire

Tuesday, 1 March 10:00 am

Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum, Lyness, Hoy

A new permanent exhibition has just been installed at Scapa Flow Visitor Centre & Museum as part of Orkney Islands Council WW1 commemorative programme.

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20 - 01
MarNov

The Loft Gallery - 2016 Exhibitors Calendar

Sunday, 20 March 10:00 am

St Margaret's Hope

2016 Exhibitors Calendar

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27 - 31
MarOct

On the North Russian Front an exhibition at Skaill House

Sunday, 27 March 9:30 am

Skaill House, Sandwick

With photographs, documents and memorabilia, this unique exhibition tells the story of HM Scarth (11th Laird of Breckness) and his part in the allied intervention in North Russia (1919).

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27 - 03
MarSep

Orkney Vintage Club Calendar of Events for 2016

Sunday, 27 March 10:30 am

Various

The Club was formed on 23rd November, 1982.

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30 - 10
AprDec

Orkney Arts & Crafts Exhibitions

Saturday, 30 April 10:00 am

Kirkwall Town Hall

From Bonnets to Bags, Creepies to Chairs, Bangle to Bowls - with such an amazing array of products you will be spoilt for choice.

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06 - 24
JulAug

Ness of Brodgar Excavations 2016

Wednesday, 6 July 11:00 am

Ness of Brodgar, Stenness

Guided Tours

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25 - 28
JulJul

Orkney Traditional Music Project 2016

Monday, 25 July 9:00 am

Visiting and Local Tutors. Learn new tunes and different styles of playing.

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31
Jul

Ness of Brodgar Open Day

Sunday, 31 July 11:00 am

Ness of Brodgar, Stenness

Continuous tours and demonstrations on site.

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31
Jul

Lughnasadh

Sunday, 31 July 6:30 pm

Ring of Bodgar

On Sunday 31st July 2016 at 6:30pm there will be a celebration of Lammas or Lughnasadh at the Ring of Brodgar.

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01 - 06
AugAug

YDance Workshops

Monday, 1 August 9:30 am

Kirkwall Grammar School

YDance has a free and exciting opportunity for young people in Orkney - a chance to get creative, have fun with dance and attain a Bronze Arts Award! If you're aged 12-18 and are interested in picking up some fun new dance skills, this is a great opportunity for you.

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05 - 20
AugAug

Orkney Agricultural Show Season

Friday, 5 August 9:00 am

Agricultural Show Parks

Orkney's Agricultural Shows - something for everyone!

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06
Aug

The Brand New Testament

Saturday, 6 August 7:15 pm

West Side Cinema

The Brand New Testament 'A film with a big heart and an even bigger imagination'. Time Out

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09
Aug

Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail concert at Skaill House

Tuesday, 9 August 7:30 pm

Skaill House

The Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail provides outstanding musicians aged 16 – 25 with the opportunity to learn about life as a professional touring artist.

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09
Aug

Talk by Martin Carruthers

Tuesday, 9 August 8:00 pm

St Magnus Centre

An Overview of Recent Fieldwork & Discoveries

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20
Aug

The Festival of the Horse and Boys' Ploughing Match

Saturday, 20 August 10:00 am

Beach at Sands O' Wright

The Festival of the Horse is a day long celebration of a time past, an echo from a time when farmers worked with horses.

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21
Aug

Ness of Brodgar Open Day Sunday 21st August

Sunday, 21 August 11:00 am

Ness of Brodgar, Stenness

Continuous tours and demonstrations on site.

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01 - 07
SepSep

Orkney Science Festival

Thursday, 1 September 12:00 am

Plans for 2016 taking shape

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03
Sep

Bisgeos Run

Saturday, 3 September 10:00 am

Westray

The day begins with a run/walk from the ferry terminal in RAPNESS to the BISGEOS near the NOUP.

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03
Sep

Following The Fleet - Drifters

Saturday, 3 September 7:15 pm

West Side Cinema

Following the Fleet: Drifters (PG) - a tour of Scotland’s major herring fishing ports with beatboxer and composer Jason Singh performing his live vocal score to John Grierson’s monumental silent film Drifters (1929).

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17
Sep

Embrace Of The Serpent

Saturday, 17 September 7:15 pm

West Side Cinema

Embrace of the Serpent (15) features the encounter, apparent betrayal and finally life-affirming friendship between an Amazonian shaman (the last survivor of his people) and two foreign scientists.

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25
Sep

Autumn Equinox

Sunday, 25 September 10:00 am

Standing Stones Of Stenness

On Sunday 25th September 2016 at 10am there will be a celebration of the Autumn Equinox at the Standing Stones of Stenness.

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30
Oct

Samhain

Sunday, 30 October 2:00 pm

Standing Stones of Stenness

On Sunday 30th October 2016 at 2pm we meet to mark the ritual of Samhain at the Standing Stones of Stenness.

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18
Dec

Winter Solstice

Sunday, 18 December 2:00 pm

Standing Stones of Stenness

On Sunday 18th December 2016 at 2pm there will be a celebration of the Winter Solstice at the Standing Stones of Stenness.

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