Colonsay Festivals

Celebrate on our beautiful Hebridean island

2018 will be the 8th 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 8 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.
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 [email protected] 

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!
TO BOOK email [email protected]
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
11.30am – 2.30pm
with Fi Martynoga
Identify different types of seaweed and get advice on preparing and cooking seaweed.
Tickets £10.00

10.30am - 1pm
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.

10.30am - 1pm
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.

10am  – 1pm
TAPESTRY WORKSHOP with Louise Oppenheimer
Louise makes amazing tapestries, with no tools other than her fingers.
Have a go yourself, using a ready warped frame and beautiful wools.
Tickets £15.00, inc frame & wools

1.30pm – 4.30pm
RSPB ORONSAY WALK with a warden from the Oransay reserve.
A chance to make the walk over the Stand and learn about the work the RSPB is doing to preserve the habitats of many important and increasingly rare bird species.  
Tickets £5

10.30am – 1pm
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

10am - 1pm
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

Please contact Sarah if you would like to reserve places or require any further info. Just email
[email protected]