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


Imbolc Ceremony

Sunday, 31 January 2:00 pm

Standing Stones of Stenness

The Imbolc ceremony marks the point in the year when we celebrate the first signs of spring becoming visible – although still cold, the light is clearly returning.

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06 - 27

The Secrets of the Sea: Underwater Archaeology Around Orkney

Saturday, 6 February 10:30 am


Get a glimpse of Orkney’s hidden heritage at a special exhibition at the Orkney Museum.

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The Dark Horse (15)

Saturday, 6 February 7:15 pm

West Side Cinema

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start £5 / £3 under 16 on the door

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13 - 20

We Are Our Journey

Saturday, 13 February 10:30 am

Pier Arts Centre, Stromness

An exhibition showing developmental work by Norna Sinclair, Orkney College`s Fine Art Textile third year undergraduate student.

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27 - 30

Farmers Market

Saturday, 27 February 10:00 am

Masonic Hall

Fresh Local Produce & Farmers Market

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The Lobster (15)

Saturday, 5 March 7:15 pm

West Side Cinema

Somewhere in the near future, single people face a choice: Join a program to find a mate in forty-five days or be transformed into an animal.

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Spring Equinox

Sunday, 20 March 10:00 am

Ring Of Brodgar

The Spring Equinox ceremony marks the point in the year when the time of the light and the time of the dark in each day is equal.

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22 - 24

Jazz Festival

Friday, 22 April 12:00 am

Stromness Hotel

A weekend of traditional jazz with players from around the UK and a sprinkling of local talent to ensure a true Orcadian flavour.

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22 - 12

Poppies: 'Weeping Window'

Friday, 22 April 12:00 am


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

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16 - 22

Orkney Nature Festival returns for 2016

Monday, 16 May 12:00 am

The county’s fourth annual Nature Festival will run from Monday 16 to Sunday 22 May.

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Battle of Jutland Centenary Anniversary

Tuesday, 31 May 12:00 am

Kirkwall and Lyness

Plans to commemorate the Battle of Jutland, the largest naval engagement of the First World War - 31 May 2015

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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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25 - 28

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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Dounby Show Day

Thursday, 11 August 12:00 am

West Mainland Agricultural Show Park

Dounby Show Something for everyone.

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01 - 07

Orkney Science Festival

Thursday, 1 September 12:00 am

Plans for 2016 taking shape

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