What’s on 2010


The Ba’ – The famous Uppies and Doonies rugby match starting from St. Magnus Cathedral – 1st Jan 2010


10th – 13th Feb – The Pirates of Penzance – Kirkwall Amateur Operatic Society


15th March – Brown Trout season opens – Orkney trout Fishing Association



7th – 11th April – Orkney Ceilidh Weekend – Orkney Traditional Dance Association dance events. 16th April – St. Magnus Day service of praise. 17th – 18th April – Bag The Bruck – Environmental Concern Orkney voluntary county wide clean up. 23rd – 25th April – Orkney Jazz Festival – Weekend of Traditional Jazz at the Stromness Hotel.


1st May – Rugby Sevens – Orkney Rugby Club annual sevens tournament. 1st May – 25th Sept – Orkney Museum Summer Exhibition – Local memories of World War II. 17th May – Norwegian Constitution Day Celebration. – Orkney Norway Friendship Association. 27th – 30th May – Orkney Folk Festival – One of the most unforgettable experiences on the Folk Festival calendar.


5th – 13th June – Orkney Wine Festival – Scotland’s only wine festival is now in it’s fourth year. 13th June – Hoy Half Marathon. 18th – 23rd June – St. Magnus Festival – Orkney’s midsummer celebration of the arts. 19th June – Stromness Golf Club Competition. 11/12 June 2010 – Taste of Orkney Ceilidh – Evening of traditional food, music and hospitality. 27th June – Sanday Cricket Club “The Embers” – Annual match between Sanday and Stromness Cricket clubs. June – August – Ring of Brodgar walks – World Heritage Site Ranger Service.


7th – 31st July – Orkney Crafstmen’s Guild Exhibition – Wide selection of traditional and modern crafts. 18th July – Stromness Golf Club Competition – Stromness shopping week open. 18th – 24th July – Stromness Shopping Week – Stromness community gala, celebrating it’s 61st anniversary. 31st July – Kirkwall Open, Orkney Golf Club – Annula 36 hole competition.


6th August – Sanday Show – Sanday Island agricultural show. 7th August – Stromness Golf Club Competition – Men’s Stromness Amateur Open. 7th August – East Mainland Agricultural Show. 8th August – Stromness Golf Club Competition – Ladies Stromness Amateur Open. 10th August – Shapinsay Show – Shapinsay Island agricultural show. 11th August – South Ronaldsay & Burray Show – St. Margaret’s Hope Community School. 14th August – Orkney County Show – Biggest event in the Orkney agricultural calendar. 15th August – Riding of the Marches – Celebrating of the granting of Kirkwall’s Charter. 15th August – Vintage Rally Show – Orkney Vintage Club. 20th – 22nd August – Orkney Bikers’ Rally. 21st August – South Ronaldsay Boys’ Ploughing Match 27th – 29th August – Orkney Beer Festival – Stromness Hotel offer the chance to try local ales and guest beers.


2nd – 8th August – Orkney International Science Festival. 25th – 27th August – Orkney Blues Festival– Venues in Stromness host a weekend of Blues music.


Harvest celebrations throughout the county with traditional music, dancing and prize giving to the years’ show winners.


Orkney’s Northern Lights Festival – Winter events throughout the islands. (We have been advised that this event may not be taking place and are trying to verify this, so please check with the event organisers before travelling). Maeshow Winter Solstice – from November to late January. Winter sunset light into the chamber of Maeshowe is broadcast via webcam. Bonfire Night celebrations



From first week in December – Christmas tree lightings in various towns and villages. 25th December – The Ba’ – The famous Uppies and Doonies rugby match starting from St. Magnus Cathedral – 1st Jan 2010. 31st December  – New Year’s Eve celebrations – Kirkwall and Stromness.

Further details or updates

Please note that events may be changed or cancelled without our notice. We would advise that you contact the organisers directly to confirm arrangements. If you know about an event we are not listing or a change in details then please get in touch via the contact us page.