9th December 2016
Established 1872. Online since 1996.

This Month

These details are subject to change or cancellation without prior notification. Check with organisers if unsure.

Some useful numbers:

CLAN – 01595 697275; Islesburgh Community Centre – 01595 745100; Shetland Amenity Trust (SAT) – 01595 694688; Shetland Arts – 01595 743843; Shetland Arts Box Office – 01595 745500 (www.shetlandarts.org); Shetland Museum & Archives – 01595 695057.


all month: ‘Island Antics’ – Exhibition of Smirk Cartoons upstairs in Islesburgh Community Centre

until 10th: Islesburgh Drama Group presents their 31st Pantomime ‘Mother Goose’ by Alan P. Frayn in Garrison Theatre

until 13th: Shetland Aid Trust – Charity Shop at Salvation Army Building, North Road, open 10am-4pm

until 24th: Bonhoga Gallery Exhibition: ‘Noup & Noost’ by Bert Simpson


Shetland Labour Party – CLP Meeting in Radio Room, Islesburgh Community Centre at 6pm

Shetland Accordion & Fiddle Club – Local Club Night in the Shetland Hotel, 7.30pm


Alzheimer Scotland – Memory Lane Café in Methodist Church, Walls, 11am-2pm

Shetland Field Studies Group – Illustrated Talk ‘A Voyage from Tierra del Fuego to South Georgia and the islands of Tristan da Cunha and St Helena’ by Allen Fraser, in Room 12, Islesburgh Community Centre at 7.30pm

Mid Brae Inn – Bubblerock Disco fom 9.30pm


& 11th: Robinson & Morrison, Weisdale – Santa’s Grotto, 11am-4pm on 10th; 12noon-4pm on 11th

& 11th: Living Lerwick – Santa’s Grotto in Lerwick Lifeboat Station, 12noon-4pm

& 17th: Shetland Arts – ‘Christmas Crafts’ Bairns Workshops, 2pm in Mareel

Christmas Shopping Event in Gulberwick Hall, 12noon-4pm

Shetland Choral Society – pop in for Carols & Cakes in Islesburgh Community Centre, 2.30-5.30pm

Mid Brae Inn – BGD Efternoon Karaoke, 2.30-6pm

Ollaberry Hall – Christmas Bake Off Homebakes Sale, 3-5pm; Fish & Chip Night, 5-7.30pm

Ness Accordion & Fiddle Club – Variety Concert with local artists in Bigton Hall, 7.30pm

Delting Up-Helly-A’ Committee – Quiz & Curry Night in Mossbank Hall, 7 for 7.30pm

Bixter Hall – Informal Music Night, 8pm

Mid Brae Inn – Bubblerock Disco from 9.30pm

St Magnus Bay Hotel – GTL Disco


Soup & Sweet Lunch in Delting Boating Club, 12.30-2.30pm, in aid of Samaritans

Bridge End Church of Scotland – ‘Carols & Colours of Christmas’ decorated windows + Teas & Homebakes, 2-5pm

Shetland Film Club – ‘Havera: the story of an island’ + ‘Ragnar’ & short films showing in Bigton Hall at 3pm

Levenwick Mission Hall – Christmas Service at 3pm

Muckle Roe Hall – Community Carol Service, 6pm

Westerskeld Chapel – Carol Service, 6pm

Lerwick Brass Band Carol Concert in South Nesting Hall, 7.30pm

Shetland Bird Club – Talk on ‘Bobby the Birdman’ by Jonathan Wills & Mike McDonnell, in Islesburgh Community Centre at 7.30pm

Fishermen’s Mission – Christmas Nightcap Service in Lerwick Baptist Church, 8pm


Alzheimer Scotland – Memory Lane Café in Moorfield Hotel, Brae, 10am-12noon

Alzheimer Scotland – Carers’ Group & Positive Dementia Group Christmas Lunch in the Lerwick Hotel, 12 for 12.30pm

Mareel – Buddy Holly & The Cricketers, 7.30pm


Old Haa Trust – AGM in the Old Haa, Burravoe at 7pm

Mareel – Film Quiz, 7pm

Walls Hall – Christmas Carol Concert with Lerwick Brass Band + Marjolein Robertson, 7.30pm


Shetland Library – Bookbug Toddler Session at Old Library Centre, 2-2.45pm

Alzheimer Scotland – ‘Does Du Mind? Memories of Christmas’ in Shetland Museum, 2-3.30pm

Shetland Country Music Club – Variety Concert with local artists in St Columba’s Church, 7.30pm


also 16th & 19th: Shetland Arts – ‘Christmas Crafts’ Adults Workshops at Mareel & Bonhoga

Alzheimer Scotland – Memory Lane Café in Quoys Baptist Church, 10am-12noon

Alzheimer Scotland – Memory Lane Café in Sandwick School, 2-4pm

Alzheimer Scotland – Knit & Chat in Upper Café, Mareel, 2-4pm


to 18th: Davie Henderson’s Peerie Xmas Spree with Nordic Fiddlers Bloc and Christ Stout & Catriona McKay in Shetland Museum on 16th, 7.30pm; Muckle Roe Hall on 17th, 7.30pm; Sandwick Carnegie Hall on 18th, 3pm

Shetland Library – Bookbug Baby Session at Old Library Centre, 10.30-11.15am

Alzheimer Scotland – Memory Lane Café in Overtonlea Day Care, Levenwick, 11am-2pm


The Herra Hall – EGM in the hall at 7pm to discuss hall dissolution

South Shetland Darts Association – Conboy Cricket in Ness Boating Club, names in for 7.30pm

Legion Scotland Scalloway Branch – Xmas Raffle + Live Music

Shetland Country Music Club presents Country Rok in Lerwick British Legion at 9pm


also 20th & 21st: Alzheimer Scotland – Tea & Blether in Dementia Resource Centre, Burgh Road, 10.30am-12.30pm

Alzheimer Scotland – Sons & Daughters Group Social Evening in Dementia Resource Centre, Burgh Road, 7.30-9pm


Northmavine Fiddle & Accordion Club – AGM in Hillswick Hall at 7pm

Whiteness & Weisdale Hall – 500 at 7.30pm


Christmas Eve Carol Service at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Prince Alfred Street, 6.30pm


Legion Scotland Scalloway Branch – L. Jamieson Memorial Pool, names in for 2pm


Legion Scotland Scalloway Branch – Family Bingo, 7pm


Hogmanay with Fiddlers’ Bid in Mareel from 7.30pm


all month: Films and events at Mareel (www.shetlandboxoffice.org | www.mareel.org) 

all month: Shetland Museum & Archives exhibitions, events and activities (www.shetland-museum.org.uk) 

all month: Bonhoga Gallery at Weisdale Mill exhibitions (www.shetlandarts.org.uk) 

by arrangement: Shetland Craft Trail – Shetland Arts & Crafts members open to visitors (www.shetlandartsandcrafts.co.uk/crafttrail.html)

Mon: Drop-In Craft Day at Centre for Creative Industries, Sellafirth, Yell, 10am-12.30pm 

Mon: Circuit Classes at Sandwick Social Club, 7-8pm

Mon: Lerwick Bridge Club meets in Islesburgh Community Centre, 7-10.30pm

Mon, Tue & Wed: Alzheimer Scotland – Dementia Resource Centre open for drop in, 10am-1pm

Mon to Fri: CLAN Shetland Wellbeing Centre, St Magnus Street, open 10am-1pm (or at other times by arrangement, Tel: 01595 697275)

Mon to Sat: Shetland Family History Society open at 6 Hillhead, 2-4pm (www.shetland-fhs.org.uk) 

2nd Mon of month: Burra History Group meet in Easthouse Croft, Papil, at 7.30pm

Tue: Shetland Library – Click Session, 10-11am 

Tue: Lerwick Baptist Church – Cuppas @ Quoys, 10am-12.30pm

Tue: Sewing Group meets in Centre for Creative Industries, Sellafirth, Yell, 6.30-8.30pm

Tue: Traditional Music Sessions in the Douglas Arms (Marlex)

Tue, Thu & Sat: Vaila Fine Art – Gallery open 11am-5pm

Wed: Shetland Fiddlers’ Society meet in Room 10, Islesburgh Community Centre, 7-9pm (all welcome to play and listen)

Wed: CLAN – Gentle Yoga/Relaxation (mornings) in Support & Wellbeing Centre, 20a St Magnus Street, book in advance 01595 697275 

Wed: CLAN – Reiki sessions (evenings) in Support & Wellbeing Centre, 20a St Magnus Street, book in advance 01595 697275

Wed: Over-60s Drop-In Café at Scalloway Youth Centre, 2-4pm 

Wed: Tai Chi (for age 16+) in Room 12, Islesburgh Community Centre, 6.15pm

Wed: Lerwick Dance Club (Ballroom & Latin) meet in Room 16, Islesburgh Community Centre at 7.30pm (tuition provided)

Wed: Lerwick Bridge Club – Drop-in Sessions in Islesburgh Community Centre, 7pm

Wed: Traditional Music Sessions in Lounge Bar, Lerwick

Wed (term time): Yell Community Library open in Mid Yell JH School, 6-8pm

2nd & 4th Wed of month: Craft Night at Bixter Hall, 7pm

Thu: Alzheimer Scotland – Dementia Resource Centre open for drop in, 2-4pm

Thu: South Mainland Community History Group meet in Quendale Mill, 7.30pm

Thu: Circuits Class at Dunrossness School Hall, 7.30-8.30pm

3rd Thu of month: Cunningsburgh Hall – 500 at 7.30pm in the Ben End

4th Thu of month: CLAN Lunches at 20a St Magnus Street, 12noon-2pm

Thu & Sat: ‘Yell for Cancer Support’ Shop open at Aywick, 1-5pm

Thu & Sun: Da Wheel Bar (upstairs) open for Cocktails & Karaoke from 8pm

Fri: Cullivoe Hall – Club Room open from 8pm

Fri & Sat: Posers Nightclub open in Grand Hotel, 10pm-3am

1st & 3rd Fri of month: Mixology@Mareel (live DJs + cocktails & mocktails)

Sat: Shetland Library – Storytime at 11.30am

Sat: Good as New charity shop in Brae Youth Centre open 2-4pm 

Sat: Burravoe (Peerie) Hall open from 8.30pm

Sat: Douglas Arms (The Marlex) – Karaoke

1st Sat of month: CLAN’s Makkin ‘n’ Yarnin Crafters Group meet at 20 St Magnus Street, 10.30am-12.30pm

1st Sat of month: Shetland Library – Basement Browsing, 2-4.30pm

1st Sat of month: Epilepsy Support Group (Shetland) – Social Meetings in Bressay Room, Montfield, Burgh Rd, Lerwick, 2-4pm

last Sat of month (exc. Jul & Dec): Shetland Scrapbookers meet in Methodist Schoolroom, 10am-1pm


daily exc. Thu (1/3 to 31/10): Lea Gardens at Tresta open 2-5pm

Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat & Sun (17/4 to 2/10): Old Haa, Burravoe open 10am-4pm; Sun 2-5pm

Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun (1/5 to 30/9): Bressay Heritage Centre open 10am-4pm; Sun 11am-5pm; also open Oct & Nov by arrangement (www.bressay-history-group.org)

Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun (1/5 to 30/9): The Cabin Museum, Vidlin, open 1-5pm

Tue to Sat (May to mid-Oct): Shetland Textile Working Museum at Bod of Gremista open 12noon-5pm (till 7pm on Thu) (www.shetlandtextilemuseum.com)

Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun (1/5 to 30/9): Whalsay Heritage Centre open 2-5pm; also open Apr & Oct by arrangement (www.whalsayheritage.co.uk)

Fri (summer): Knitting & Spinning Demonstrations at Unst Heritage Centre, 2pm

Fri (summer): Skerries Community Cafe in the hall, 2-4pm 

daily (25/3 to 30/9): Sumburgh Head Visitor Centre open 11am-5.30pm

daily (11/4 to 16/10): Quendale Water Mill open 10am-5pm; also open 1-10 Apr & 17-31 Oct by arrangement (www.quendalemill.co.uk)

daily (17/4 to 30/9): Tangwick Haa Museum open 11am-5pm; also open 1-16 Apr & Oct by arrangement (www.tangwickhaa.org.uk)

daily (1/5 to 30/9): Hoswick Visitor Centre, Sandwick open 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-5pm; also open Apr & Oct by arrangement

daily (1/5 to 30/9): Scalloway Museum open 11am-4pm; Sun 2-4pm (www.scallowaymuseum.org) 

daily (1/5 to 30/9): Unst Heritage Centre open 11am-4pm; Sun 2-4pm; also Knitting & Spinning Demonstrations, 2pm each Fri; also open Apr & Oct by arrangement (www.unstheritage.com) 

daily (1/5 to 30/9): Unst Boat Haven open 11am-4pm; Sun 2-4pm (www.unstheritage.com)

daily (1/5 to 30/9): Fetlar Interpretive Centre open 11am-4pm; Sun 12.30pm-4pm; also open Apr & Oct by arrangement (www.fetlar.com)

daily (1/5 to 30/9): Crofthouse Museum, Dunrossness open 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm (www.shetland-museum.org.uk)

Sat & Sun (May to Sep): Honestas Charters trips from Voe Pier, 10am & 2pm (www.facebook.com/honestascharters)

various: St Magnus Bay Charters Boat Trips (www.stmagnusbay.shetland.co.uk)

various: Shetland Marine Charters Boat Trips (www.shetlandmarinecharters.com)

various: Simmer Dim Charters Boat Trips (www.simmerdimcharters.com)

various: Sailing Trips on the Swan (www.swantrust.com)

various: Sailing Trips on Dim Riv longship

various: Shetland Small Group Tours (www.shetlandtours.co.uk)

various: Island Trails Tours (www.island-trails.co.uk)

various: Discover Shetland Tours (www.discovershetland.net)

various: Shetland Nature Tours (www.shetlandnature.net)

various: Selkie Ventures experiences (www.selkieventures.co.uk)

by arrangement: Nicolson’s Tours (www.nicolsonsgroup.com)

various: RSPB events and activities (www.rspb.org.uk/reserves)

various: Up-Helly-A’ Exhibition open in Galley Shed, St Sunniva Street

various: Gardens open at Highlands, Scalloway; Lea Gardens, Tresta; Nonavaar, Levenwick; Norby, Sandness; Cruisdale, Sandness; Keldaberg, Cunningsburgh; Lindaal, Tingwall (www.scotlandsgardens.org)


Every care is taken in the compilation of this list. If you are aware of any errors or need details amended or added, please contact our office or send an email to info@shetlandtimes.co.uk

About Shetland Times

The Shetland Times Ltd is Shetland’s leading communications organisation. Founded in 1872 the company publishes the islands’ popular weekly newspaper The Shetland Times.