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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22 - 12
AprJun

Poppies: 'Weeping Window'

Friday, 22 April 12:00 am

Kirkwall

Thousands of ceramic poppies will go on display at St Magnus Cathedral later this year as part of plans to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Jutland.

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23 - 04
AprJun

Form & Function

Saturday, 23 April 10:30 am

The Piers Arts Centre

eight Orkney Makers

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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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26 - 29
MayMay

Orkney Folk Festival

Thursday, 26 May 10:00 am

Various

The 34th Orkney Folk Festival will be held between the 26th and 29th of May 2016.

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27 - 29
MayMay

Sanday Soulka

Friday, 27 May 7:00 pm

Sanday Soulka...... .....Returns for year number SIX.

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28
May

Farmers Market

Saturday, 28 May 10:00 am

Masonic Hall

Fresh Local Produce & Farmers Market

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31
May

Battle of Jutland Centenary Anniversary

Tuesday, 31 May 12:00 am

Kirkwall and Lyness

Orkney will be hosting the national commemoration of the Battle of Jutland on the 31st of May, with a series of special cultural events to be held throughout the summer.

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31
May

An evening of music and dance

Tuesday, 31 May 7:30 pm

King Street Hall, Kirkwall

Kirkjuvagr Ceilidh Band invite you to join them for an evening of music and dance.

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02
Jun

The Maritime Relics of the World One: Surveying Orkney's Underwater Heritage

Thursday, 2 June 7:30 pm

Orkney College, Kirkwall

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04 - 11
JunJun

Orkney Wine Festival

Saturday, 4 June 12:00 am

Various Venues

The Orkney Wine Festival celebrates its tenth Birthday this year - still the only event of its kind in Scotland.

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04
Jun

A Double Anniversary Delight

Saturday, 4 June 7:00 pm

West Side Cinema

For this years 10th Anniversary of the Orkney Fine Wine Festival, we're screening the bizarrely brilliant 'DELICATESSEN' for it's 25th anniversary.

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06
Jun

Lassie Will Ye Go (Stromness)

Monday, 6 June 7:00 pm

Stromness Town Hall

Scottish singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and Storyteller. Featuring, Devil went down to Georgia, Orange Blossom special, Rabbie Burns, Gaelic, Fiddle in the Tax Office and The Phantom Fiddler

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07
Jun

Lassie Will Ye Go (Kirkwall)

Tuesday, 7 June 7:00 pm

St Magnus Centre, Kirkwall

Scottish singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and Storyteller. Featuring, Devil went down to Georgia, Orange Blossom special, Rabbie Burns, Gaelic, Fiddle in the Tax Office and The Phantom Fiddler

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08
Jun

Lassie Will Ye Go (St Margaret's Hope)

Wednesday, 8 June 7:00 pm

The Cromarty Hall, St Margaret's Hope

Scottish singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and Storyteller. Featuring, Devil went down to Georgia, Orange Blossom special, Rabbie Burns, Gaelic, Fiddle in the Tax Office and The Phantom Fiddler

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12
Jun

Hoy Half Marathon

Sunday, 12 June 11:00 am

Hoy

The Hoy Half Marathon is a low key race that fills quickly. Anyone interested is advised to apply as early as possible.

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16
Jun

Building the Ness of Brodgar - Talk by Nick Card

Thursday, 16 June 5:30 pm

Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall

The latest thinking, the latest news

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17 - 26
JunJun

St Magnus Festival 40th Festival

Friday, 17 June 12:00 am

St Magnus International Festival's 40th Festival in 2016, will be celebrating with 10 days of events from Friday 17 June to Sunday 26 June inclusive.

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20
Jun

Summer Solstice

Monday, 20 June 3:00 am

Ring Of Brodgar

On Monday 20th June 2016 at 3am there will be a celebration of the Summer Solstice at the Ring of Brodgar.

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03
Jul

St Magnus Marathon

Sunday, 3 July 10:00 am

The Birsay Community Association welcomes you to the inaugural St. Magnus Marathon.

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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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15 - 17
JulJul

Hoy Hoolie

Friday, 15 July 9:00 am

Hoy

Following the success of last years Hoy Hoolie, it is set to happen again this year over the weekend of the 15th, 16th and 17th July.

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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

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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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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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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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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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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