Everything Else

There is so much going on throughout the Nature Festival, that it's impossible to arrange it nice and neatly. Here are some of the more unique activities on offer.


Flower and Shrub Sale

Date: Saturday 19th May

Time: 11am - 2pm

Location: CLAN Cancer Support, 30 Victoria Street, Kirkwall, KW15 1DN (access from Watergate)

Organiser: CLAN Cancer Support Services

Contact details: 01856 873393; orkney@clanhouse.org

Booking required: No

Cost: Free

Age range: All ages welcome

The lovely people at CLAN undertake excellent work in supporting people who have been affected by cancer. During this year's Nature Festival, they will be running their annual Flower and Shrub Plant Sale to raise funds and awareness for their wonderful cause.

With the onset of spring, this will be a great chance to find something new and add a bit of colour to your garden. Why not start building your own backyard nature reserve and pick up some plants to attract birds, bees and other wildlife?


A Celebration of Nature

Date: Saturday 19th May

Time: Guided walk: 10:30am - 12:30pm

          Craft sale: 1pm - 4pm

Location: Stronsay Community Hall

Organiser: Visit Stronsay

Contact details: 01857 616 281; info@visitstronsay.com

Booking required: No

Cost: Free

Age range: All ages welcome

Visit Orkney's Island of Bays and enjoy the Spring Craft Sale. Local artists using local materials, to create works inspired by Stronsay's natural wonders. Here is just a taste of what to expect.

  • Hand-made jewellery by Marion Miller, using shells, seaweed and other natural materials
  • Selkie Glass - beautiful, fused glass made with local flora such as seeds and grass
  • Orkney Star Island's handmade soaps, made with seaweed and bere
  • ....and much more

There will also be a free guided walk at 10:30am. Join the Sanday Ranger and RSPB Scotland as we explore the coastal scenery around the Vat o' Kirbuster and Burgh Head, with seabirds, wildflowers and magnificent rock formations as our companions.

The walk should take about two hours, starting and finishing in the Vat o' Kirbuster car park. Please bring stout footwear and appropriate outdoor clothing.


Children's Creative Writing Workshop

Date: Saturday 19th May

Time: 2pm - 4:15pm

Location: RSPB Office, Stromness, KW16 3AG

Organiser: Wirdsmit Young Writers Group

Contact details: 01856 850176; orkney@rspb.org.uk

Booking required: Yes

Cost: Free

Age range: 8-14 years

Surely there are few greater inspirations for a writer than nature. Orkney's own Wirdsmit Young Writers Group are running a workshop during the Nature Festival, giving younger members of the community a chance to experience this for themselves. 

In the past, this celebrated group have covered a range of topics and even created their own book: "Wirdsmit: A Sea of Stories". This time around they will be focusing their attention on seabirds and the impacts that threaten them. If you have a youngster who'd like to try out writing or pick up a few tips, this is the perfect opportunity to do so while learning about an important part of Orcadian wildlife.


Nature Festival Service

Date: Sunday 20th May

Time: 11:15am

Location: St Magnus Cathedral

Organiser: St Magnus Cathedral

Booking required: No

Cost: Free

Age range: All ages welcome

Join the congregation at St Magnus' to reflect upon the important connections between faith and nature. Standing magnificently in the centre of Kirkwall, Britain's northernmost cathedral acts as both a physical and spiritual focal point for the town.


Stromness Museum Open Day

Date: Sunday 20th May

Time: 10am - 5pm

Location: Stromness Museum, 52 Alfred Street, Stromness, KW16 3DH

Organiser: Stromness Museum

Contact details: 01856 850025; custodian@stromnessmuseum.co.uk

Booking required: No

Cost: Free

Age range: All ages welcome

Come along to the Stromness Museum and explore the wealth of natural history displays, alongside many other fascinating exhibits. To celebrate the Nature Festival, entry will be free for one day only. Not only that, but a number of talks and special presentations are planned, including the announcement of the 2017/18 Cloud Competition winner.




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