Whit’s on this weekend?

At a loss for what to do this weekend? Have no fear! The Orcadian is here with a few peedie suggestions on what to get up to over the next few days…

The Chair, The Sound Archive, Kirkwall

One of Orkney’s biggest bands is gearing up to put their stomp on the county’s newest stage, having described The Sound Archive as “an inspirational venue.”

The Chair will play there for the first time, tomorrow night, Saturday, July 15. Orkney’s own eight-piece riot of fiddles, banjos, accordions and drums, are sure to take The Sound Archive by storm.

Open Day at the Ness of Brodgar, Stenness

As this summer’s excavations at the Ness of Brodgar enter their second week, archaeologists working at the dig site will be welcoming visitors for a family friendly open day, this Sunday, July 16.

With plenty of activities and demonstrations, there’s sure to be neolithic fun for all the family, as well as a chance to find out more about what’s going on at the site.

Kirbuster Museum turns 30

Kirbuster Museum, a historic farm steading, dating from as early as 1595, is celebrating 30 years as a council-run museum tomorrow, Saturday, July 15.

Gifted to Orkney Islands Council in the 1980s by the Argo family, the museum is centred around the last un-restored example of a traditional “firehoose” in Northern Europe.

The birthday celebrations on  will include a Teddy Bears’ Picnic in the gardens from 12-2pm (bring your own lunch and teddy) followed by a commemorative tree planting at 2pm and birthday cake. All welcome.

 Shopping Week Sunday, Stromness

One of the most anticipated events in the Orkney calendar, Stromness Shopping week, officially gets underway this Sunday, July 16.

The first events under the shopping week banner will be a church service and a hack around the boundary of the harbour town. Weather permitting, there will also be a Salvation Army service at the pierhead.