Notes for your diary - July 2014

by Helen Smith -

If, like me, you love the great outdoors, you'll love the Shetland Nature Festival, which runs from 5th to 11th July. There's a whole range of things on offer for young and old, you'll be amazed at what you'll find!

Don't worry that you're out of season to see Vikings, the Up Helly Aa exhibition is open at the Galley Shed in Lerwick. It’ll give you an opportunity to see where a lot of the hard work goes on to creating the annual extravaganza. Or you can pop along the Bonhoga Gallery, Bill Brown’s Message in a Bottle exhibition is on until 20th July, Carolyn Dixon’s exhibition of paintings of lighthouses and collagraphs of Orkney runs at the Gadderie at the Shetland Museum and Archives from 5th July to 17th August.

UnstFest 2014 runs from 4th to 13th July and, as you’d expect, it’s Britain’s most northerly festival. There are too many events to list here, so follow the link for the full programme. To give you an idea though, you can take part in a 5k run, go on guided tours, watch or take part in the Gutter Street Kartie race. Oh, and I almost forgot - there’s a competition for the best Unst Selfie! Time to get snapping!

If you’d like to see Shetland yoals in action, the Unst Yoal regatta is on the 12th July, the Burravoe Regatta is the following weekend and the Skeld Regatta runs from 24th to 26th - as well as watching the races, you’ll be able to enjoy a range of entertainment and live music.

The weekend of the 26th is busy, you can choose from the Sandwick Fun Day, Fetlar Fun Day and the Burravoe Fishing Competition.

Phew! So much to do... and so many places to visit.