Culture & Heritage

In addition to the numerous musical events held in Shetland, there is also a wide variety of other cultural and heritage events. These events are a great opportunity to learn more about Shetland's culture and are well worth experiencing!

Up Helly Aa

Up Helly AaFor 24 hours, on the last Tuesday of January, Lerwick leads the way for annual community celebrations of Shetland’s viking heritage.

Craft Fair

Craft FairThe strong influence of Shetland’s landscape, heritage and culture, can be seen in the creative output of Shetland’s craftmakers, designers and artists; in ceramics, textiles, leatherwork, knitwear, jewellery, photography, printmaking and much mo…

Food Fair

Food FairJoin the annual celebration of Shetland’s finest produce

Screenplay and Wordplay

Screenplay and WordplayShetland’s annual film festival is curated by celebrated film critics Linda Ruth Williams and Mark Kermode. Wordplay, Shetland Arts’ annual book festival, has been welcoming writers of local, national and international renown since 2001.

Wool Week

Wool WeekShetland Wool Week is a world renowned celebration of Britain’s most northerly native sheep, the Shetland textile industry and the rural farming community on these islands.


UnstFestUnstFest is Britain’s most northerly festival, taking place on Britain’s most northerly island - a festival growing year upon year whilst attracting hundreds of visitors. Viewed as a family festival, there is something for everyone.

Shetland Classic Motor Show

Shetland Classic Motor ShowThe Shetland Classic Motor Show occurs every two years and has grown to become one of the major shows in the country.

Nature Festival

Nature FestivalHave a wild time at Shetland's Nature Festival! Taking place between 1st - 9th July 2017 at a time of year when the sun hardly sets, sea cliffs teem with seabirds, wildflowers bloom and there is a good chance of spotting whales and dolphins!

Shetland Boat Week

Shetland Boat WeekShetland’s intimate relationship with the sea is the focus of a new celebration, Shetland Boat Week. It will take place between 7th and 13th August 2017.