Colonsay Festivals

Celebrate on our beautiful Hebridean island

This year will be the 7th year that the three week event has taken place, and the high calibre of expert tutors and event leaders continues to be a strong draw to visitor and islanders alike. The basic format has remained the same across the 7 years - every day of the 3 weeks having a mixture of nature & craft activities, as well as guided walks and evening talks. Each year the individual events are varied, with old favourites being run alongside new activities.
The full 3 week programme can be downloaded here, but below is a selection of events and activities to whet your appetite!
Download Full Programme here
You can reserve places on any of the workshops or events from now. 
Some of the workshops are numbers restricted, so it is a good idea to book a place as soon as you can.  
Please contact me if you would like to reserve places or require any further info. Just email springfest@isleofcolonsay.org.uk 

Everyday there is a choice of walks & craft workshops. We work hard to keep the price of all the activities as keen as possible, so you can enjoy as many of them as you want to. The standard of tuition, particularly for the art & craft workshops is outstanding and all materials are included in the session cost, with attendees all coming away with a selection of various treasures and masterpieces!
7.30pm
HAVE SUPPER IN THE 18TH CENTURY
Author Fi Martynoga spent a whole year living the 1790s lifestyle of her rural ancestors. Come and hear a bit about her experiences & have a C18 supper of bannocks, nettle soup and other delicacies.
Get a tiny taste of what it might have been like to live in C18 Scotland.
Tickets £10
Venue: Village Hall


10.30am - 1pm
PLANT & NATURAL DYEING WORKSHOP
What could be more satisfying than dyeing Colonsay Wool with Colonsay plants?  Anne Ferguson & Morag Tweedie will guide you through preparing the wool & plants for dyeing, and show you some colours that can be achieved from plants collected on our hills. They will also show you dyes from store cupboard ingredients.
Tickets £12 –including a selection of small hanks of dyed wool to take away.
Venue: tbc


 
10.30am - 1pm
SIMPLE BOOK-BINDING
Make a small range of simple notebooks and journals using basic folding and stitching techniques.
Morag Tweedie
Tickets £12 -includes a selection of fab papers, and all other materials needed.
Venue: tbc

2.30pm – 5pm
FOCUSING ON NATURE -PHOTOGRAPHY  WALK
Brian Hindmarch compiled his island photographs into a book. ‘Colonsay - Elements of an Island’ . It showcases Brian’s ability to find an unusual angle or subject for his pictures. Join him for an afternoon walk to some of his favourite haunts. Take a camera & get your eyes trained to look for those less obvious shots.
Tickets £5
Route: tbc

11.30am – 3.30pm
OFF THE BEATEN TRACK - ORONSAY
Some parts of our amazing island are much less frequently visited - join Andrew McMorrine to cross the Strand to  Oronsay, and explore Shell Bay, Seal Cottage and the ancient shell middens.
Tickets £5
Route: Oronsay
Meet: at the pier at 11.30am - lifts available -or at Stand Road end at 11.45am
WEAR WELLIES PLEASE. BRING A PACKED LUNCH
10.30am – 1pm
WILLOW WEAVING
Jane Allan makes traditional, functional & durable items using willow grown at her home in Lochgilphead.
In this workshop she will teach you some of the basic skills, whilst producing your own simple basket.
Tickets £12 – inc all materials
Venue: tbc


10am - 1pm
NATURE WALK
David Jardine has being coming to Colonsay and studying its flora & fauna for over 50 years…….join him on this walk and share in the knowledge he has accumulated.
Tickets £5
Route: Southern Colonsay
Meet: Strand Road end

Please contact me if you would like to reserve places or require any further info. 
Just email
springfest@isleofcolonsay.org.uk