What’s On

Please note that changes and/or cancellations to this list can occur which are not notified to us so please check with organisers if unsure.

Some useful numbers: 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 Library – 01595 743868; Shetland Museum & Archives – 01595 695057.

Some useful hall links: Aith Hall/Rankin Lounge – Bigton Hall – Brae Hall – Carnegie Hall – Cunningsburgh HallMossbank Hall – North Ness Hall – Ollaberry Hall – Quarff Hall – Sandness Hall – Sound Hall – South Nesting Hall – Staney Hill Hall – Symbister HallTrondra Hall – Vidlin Hall – Voe Hall – Walls Hall


all month: Films & Events at Mareel

until 6th: Shetland Arts – Wellbeing Writing workshops with Genevieve White, 7.30pm, Mareel

until 9th: Islesburgh Drama Group presents their 33rd pantomime, ‘Ali Baba an Twartree Thieves’, by Mandy Phillips, in the Garrison Theatre at 7.30pm  Matinee on 2nd at 2.30pm

1st: Book Launch of ‘Wild Shetland: through the seasons’ by Brydon Thomason at a Meet the Author event in Shetland Museum, 6.30-8pm

1st: Boo Hewerdine & Heidi Talbot in concert at Mareel, 7.30pm

2nd & 9th Dec: Northern Lights Fitness – Introducing Tai Chi & Qi Gong in The Mission, Harbour Street (see www.northernlights.fitness/)

2nd: Book Launch of ‘A Midwife in Africa’ by Mona McAlpine in Sound Hall, 2pm

2nd: Living Lerwick – Lerwick Christmas Parade from Victoria Pier at 3.15pm

2nd: Album Launch by Laeverick & Special Guests in Burra Hall, 7 for 7.30pm

2nd: Aith Hall – Live Music with Rack n Ruin

2nd: Lerwick British Legion – Live Music with Do Not Cover / No Half / The Fiction, 9pm-1am

3rd: Christmas Craft Fair & Sunday Teas in Whiteness & Weisdale Hall, 12noon-4pm, in aid of Relay for Life

3rd: Walls & District Agricultural Society – Christmas Farmers Market + Teas etc in Bixter Hall, 12.30-4pm

3rd: Shetland Accordion & Fiddle Club – Local Club Afternoon in Lerwick British Legion, 2pm

5th: Voe Hall – AGM (note amended date) in the hall at 7pm

6th & 20th: Alzheimer Scotland – ‘Does Du Mind?’ reminiscence group meet in Staney Hill Hall, 2.30-3.3.0pm

6th: Hoswick businesses’ Shopping Evening, 5-9pm + Sandyburn Singers in the visitor centre at 7.15pm

6th: Wastside businesses’ Festive Shopping Night, 6-9pm

6th: Voe Hall – Christmas Market & Winter Teas, 6-9pm

6th: Sound Hall – Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party, 7pm, book your place on 695409 by 1st Dec

7th, 14th, 21st & 28th: Alzheimer Scotland – TLC Talks carer group meet at 66 Burgh road, 103.0am-12noon

7th & 14th: Alzheimer Scotland – Yarners Group reminiscence sessions in Hoswick Visitor Centre, 2.30-4pm (check with 01950 431406 beforehand)

7th: Islands Centre for Net Zero – Drop-in Open Day in Islesburgh Community Centre, 1-6pm

7th: Alzheimer Scotland – Gadderie group Museum visit + tea/coffee, 2-3.30pm

7th: Shetland Museum – ‘A Night of Vagaland’: festive evening of poetry readings, music etc, 7-9pm

7th: Voe Hall – La Leche League

8th: Beatrice Wishart MSP – Surgery in Parliamentary Office, 171 Commercial Street, 12noon-1pm

8th: Alzheimer Scotland – Shanty Sing Along with Soup at Scalloway Youth & Community Centre, 1.30-3.30pm

9th & 10th + 16th & 17th: Living Lerwick – Santa’s Grotto at bottom of Charlotte Street, 11am-4pm each day, proceeds to RNLI

9th: Aith Hall – Traditional Music Session in Rankin Lounge from 8pm

9th: GLK Promotions presents Abba Xmas Party (Tribute) Show + Arthur Nicholson in Clickimin Centre, tickets £25 from High Level Music

10th: Christian Aid – Christmas Carols at Café Song in Lerwick Methodist Church, 7pm

10th: Sandwick Carnegie Hall – Festive Soup & Sweet

10th: Aith Hall – Christmas Party

11th: Shetland Mandolin Band meets in Islesburgh Community Centre at 7.30pm

12th: Shetland Young Farmers – Charity Tractor Run starts at the Marts at 7pm, around the town to the Anderson High School, in aid of the RNLI

13th: Alzheimer Scotland – Drop-in Afternoon at 66 Burgh road, 1-3pm

15th: Lerwick British Legion – Live Music with Fully Licensed, 9pm-1am

16th: Lerwick British Legion – Live Music with The Bashies, 9pm-1am

17th: Lerwick British Legion – Family Christmas Bingo, 3-5pm

19th: Lerwick Brass Band – Carol Evening in Lerwick Town Hall, special guests The Loose Ends, 7.30pm, donations on door

20th: Sandwick Carnegie Hall – Christmas at the Carnegie

22nd: Lerwick British Legion – Live Music with Scaldin Bragg & Do Not Cover, 9pm-1am

23rd: Lerwick British Legion – DJ Nicola Barrie, 9pm-1am

31st: Lerwick British Legion – Hogmanay with Live Music by May & Mackie, 9pm-1am



12th: Scalloway Fire Festival

14th: Shetland Accordion & Fiddle Club – Local Club Afternoon in Lerwick British Legion, 2pm

25th: Shetland Maritime Heritage Society – Winter Programme: ‘Industrial Boats’ with Shetland Film Archive, in Islesburgh Community Centre at 7pm

29th: Shetland Accordion & Fiddle Club – Pre-Up-Helly-A’ Night in Lerwick British Legion, 7.30pm

30th: Lerwick Up-Helly-A’ & Junior Up-Helly-A’


9th: Nesting & Girlsta Up-Helly-A’

15th: Shetland Accordion & Fiddle Club – Local Club Night in Lerwick British Legion, 7.30pm

16th: Uyeasound Up-Helly-A’

16th: Northmavine Up-Helly-A’

22nd: Shetland Maritime Heritage Society – Winter Talk Programme: ‘The North Boats’ with Brian Smith, in Islesburgh Community Centre at 7pm

23rd: Cullivoe Up-Helly-A’

24th: Norwick Up-Helly-A’


1st: Bressay Up-Helly-A’

8th: South Mainland Up-Helly-A’

10th: Shetland Accordion & Fiddle Club – Local Club Afternoon in Lerwick British Legion, 2pm

15th: Delting Up-Helly-A’

28th: Shetland Maritime Heritage Society – Winter Talk Programme: ‘Swan LK243: Restoration and Beyond’ with Brian Wishart & Maggie Adamson, in Islesburgh Community Centre at 7pm

28th: Shetland Accordion & Fiddle Club – Guest Artiste Night & Tune Competition Results in Lerwick British Legion, 7.30pm


26th & 27th: Shetland Young Fiddler of the Year


2nd to 5th: Shetland Folk Festival


15th to 21st: UnstFest 2024


(some events/attractions only operate seasonally; check locally for details)


Mon (fortnightly): Aith Hall – 500 from 7.30pm

Mon (Sep-Apr): Lerwick Bridge Club meet in Islesburgh Community Centre, 7pm

Mon & Fri: Living Well Hub – Drop-in Sessions at Brae Youth Centre, 10am-2pm on Mon; 10am-4pm on Fri

Mon: Rebel Fitness Classes in Sandwick Social Club: Senior Circuits 10.30-11.20am & Shredmax & Tone, 6.20-7.20pm

Mon: Rebel Fitness Classes in Gilbertson Park Games Hall: Hiitstep & Tone, 6.15-7.15pm

Mon: ‘Move It or Lose It’ exercise classes for over 60s in Sound Hall, 6-7pm

Tues & Thur (summer): Traditional Music Sessions in the Marlex (Douglas Arms) Lerwick from 8pm

Tues: Cuppas@Quoys – Community Café in Lerwick Baptist Church, 10am-12noon (Dementia Inclusive Activity)

Tues: Walk Da Rock ‘Health Walks’ in Scalloway at 10am and in Lerwick 2pm

Tues (term time): Brae Community Library open 4-6pm

Tues: Jazzercise class in South Nesting Hall, 6.15pm

Tues: Rebel Fitness Classes in Sandwick Social Club: Rebel Circuits, 6.20-7.20pm

Tues (fortnightly): Traditional Music Sessions at Asta Golf Club from 7pm

Tues: Northmavine Fiddle & Accordion Club meet in Hillswick Hall, 8pm

Weds (weekly, term time): ‘Bounce, Stay & Play’ in Sandveien Neighbourhood Centre, 1.30-3pm, run by New Life Church

Weds (exc. 1st Wed of month): Rebel Fitness Classes in Islesburgh Community Centre: ASN Sensory Sessions, 6.30-7.30pm

Wed (first Wed of month): The Well – worship experience for later life at Lerwick Methodist Church, 2-3pm (Dementia Inclusive Activity)

Wed: Living Well Hub – Drop-in Sessions at Scalloway Youth & Community Centre, 9am-1pm & at Speldiburn Café, Bressay, 2-4pm

Weds: Jazzercise in Lerwick Masonic Hall, 6pm

Weds: Shetland Fiddlers Society meet in Islesburgh Community Centre, 7-9pm

Weds: Traditional Music Sessions in the Lounge Bar, Lerwick from 8pm

Thur: Walls Hall – Toddlers, 9.30-11.30am

Thur: Walk Da Rock ‘Health Walks’ in Westsandwick, Yell at 12noon and South Mainland at 2pm

Thur: Rebel Fitness Classes in Sandwick Social Club: Soulsa® 6.20-7.10pm & Rebel Tone 7.20-7.50pm

Thur: Jazzercise in Walls Hall, 6.30pm

Fri: Rebel Fitness Classes in Lerwick Baptist Church: Rebel Babies 10-10.45am & Senior Aerobics 11am-12noon

Fri: Shetland Library – ‘Shetland Memories’ event in the Library Activities Room, 3-4pm

Fri: Rebel Fitness Classes in Gilbertson Park Games Hall: Intense Focus 5.15-6pm & Totally Shredded 6-6.45pm

Sat: Rebel Fitness Classes: Outdoor Bootcamp Rebel Circuits 9.30-10.30am, venue decided each week

Sat: Jazzercise in Quarff Hall at 10am

Sat: South Mainland Dance Club meet in Carnegie Hall, Sandwick, 7.15pm-9.15pm

various: Paths for All Health Walks (Dementia Inclusive Activity) contact 01595 807494

Living Lerwick events (www.livinglerwick.co.uk)

Shetland Gallery at Sellafirth, Yell (www.shetlandgallery.com)

Vaila Fine Art  Gallery (www.vailafineart.co.uk)

Bonhoga Gallery at Weisdale Mill (www.shetlandarts.org.uk) 

Films and events at Mareel (www.tickets.shetlandarts.org/Sales) 

Shetland Craft Trail (www.shetlandartsandcrafts.co.uk/crafttrail.html) 

Creative Kids Art & Craft Club at Toll Clock Centre & Sandwick SYCC (see Facebook)

Shetland Reel Distillery, Unst (www.shetlandreel.com)

Lerwick Brewery Tours (www.lerwickbrewery.co.uk)

Speldiburn Café / Good as New Shop /Art Gallery (www.bressay.org)

Hoswick Visitor Centre, Sandwick (www.facebook.com/HoswickVisitorCentre)

Sumburgh Head Visitor Centre (www.shetlandamenity.org/visit-sumburgh-head)


Living Lerwick events (www.livinglerwick.co.uk)

Burra History Group, Easthouse Croft, Papil (www.facebook.com/Burra-History-Group-238479633663189)

Shetland Museum & Archives (www.shetland-museum.org.uk) 

Shetland Textile Working Museum at Bod of Gremista (www.shetlandtextilemuseum.com) 

The Cabin Museum, Vidlin (www.facebook.com/TheCabinMuseum)

Whalsay Heritage Centre (www.whalsayheritage.co.uk) 

Bressay Heritage Centre open (www.bressay-history-group.org)

Cunningsburgh History Group (www.facebook.com/cunningsburghhistorygroup)

Quendale Water Mill (www.quendalemill.co.uk) 

Tangwick Haa Museum, Northmavine (www.tangwickhaa.org.uk) 

Unst Heritage Centre (www.unstheritage.com)  

Unst Boat Haven (www.unstheritage.com) 

Scalloway Museum (www.scallowaymuseum.org) 

Old Haa, Burravoe, Yell (www.oldhaa.com)

Crofthouse Museum, Dunrossness (www.shetland-museum.org.uk)

Fetlar Interpretive Centre (www.fetlar.com)

Hoswick Visitor Centre, Sandwick (www.facebook.com/HoswickVisitorCentre)

Up-Helly-A’ Exhibition, Galley Shed, St Sunniva Street

Cullivoe Up-Helly-A’ Exhibition, Cullivoe Galley Shed, Yell (www.facebook.com/cullivoeuphellyaa)


Sailing Trips on Dim Riv longship from Victoria Pier (www.dimriv.com)

Shetland Seabird Tours – Noss Boat Trips (www.shetlandseabirdtours.com)

Simmer Dim Charters Boat Trips from Aith (www.simmerdimcharters.com)

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

Seabirds-and-Seals Noss Boat Trips (www.seabirds-and-seals.com)

Mousa Boat Trips (www.mousa.co.uk)

Westside Sea Adventures (see facebook page)

Island Vista Tours (www.islandvista.co.uk)

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

Nicolson’s Tours (www.nicolsonsgroup.com)

Go Shetland Tours (www.goshetlandtours.co.uk) 

Grantfield Garage Private Tours (www.grantfieldgarage.co.uk) 

J & DS Halcrow Shetland Explorer Tours (www.shetlandexplorer.co.uk)

Robertsons Tours (www.rrobertsonandson.com)

Discover Shetland Tours (www.discovershetland.net)

Shetland Nature Tours (www.shetlandnature.net)

Shetland Rural Experience Tours (www.shetlandruralexperience.co.uk)

Sumburgh Head Visitor Centre (www.shetlandamenity.org/visit-sumburgh-head)

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