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by Helen Smith -

I've mentioned UnstFest in previous newsletters (I'm a real fan of the event) but now the programme has been launched I'm getting really excited. The programme is packed to bursting point, with everything from a Casino and Cocktail Night, a half marathon, a treasure hunt, a Farmers' Market, Extreme Roller Wheels, not to mention the visiting circus acts, a summer carnival and two cracking concerts, so there's plenty to entertain and amuse.

There's events all over Unst, so it gives you plenty of opportunity to explore this beautiful island. It's a real community event and is aimed at families - it's a cliche, but there really is something for everyone! The people of Unst don't hold back when organising events and Unstfest has grown in size and popularity each year, so if you're in Shetland you really should head up for it.

One highlight I'm really looking forward to is DRIFT by Vision Mechanics, where the UK’s most northerly beach hosts a soundscape/landscape sculpture inspired by the story of Betty Mouat. This is only the tip of the iceberg - you really have to check out the programme to grasp the amount of events on at UnstFest. And be sure to stop along the Finns Project to be inspired in permaculture, art and textiles. Oh and of course, you have to stop at Bobby's Bus Shelter for a selfie!

If you're looking for accommodation you'll need to be quick - but the good news is that organisers have opened another campsite for the festival. And you'd be wise to book the ferry as space might be tight!

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