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Papay Events Calendar 2017

  • Sat 10th June Golf Course Golf open working day
  • 7-9 July North Hill RSPB Wardens' 40th Anniversary event
  • 21-23 July Papay Fun Weekend
  • 19th August 1st Papay Horticultural Show
  • 17-19 Nov ØY Festival, with Muckle Supper on 18th at 7pm

Papay Community Association (PCA)

The Papay Community Association (PCA) is a charity based on the isle that aims to promote the benefit of Papay residents through a social and recreation programme and to maintain the community school/centre and other community facilities. The PCA organises a range of events throughout the year, from dinners and dances to sporting events and our annual fun weekend - in 2017 this will be 21st-23rd July - which includes live music, picnic sports, cart races, cinema and a pipe band. To give you an idea of what it involves, the 2016 Fun Weekend programme is shown below. Isle events are also popular with visitors.

The community centre at the school has facilities such as badminton, table tennis, carpet bowls, a gym, a library (with computer and internet access) and potting wheel. The PCA also organises regular film nights, which are screened at Beltane House.

Events are advertised locally on the isle, usually by a poster in the community shop, as well as the Papay Facebook page

Muckle Supper 2014

Muckle Supper 2014

Papay Fun Weekend 22nd-24th July 2016


Friday Shindig with THE CHAIR (& tortillas),
Saturday Ceilidh with KIRKJUVAGR,
Music with the Papay Band & friends,
Stromness RBL Pipe Band,
Picnic Sports, Football,
Carty races down the brae,
Lunches & Homebakes, Tea/Coffee,
Bouncy Castle, 'Sumo wrestlers' & Gladiator duel,
Papay Cinema: Kung Fu Panda 3,
Beach games Sand-sculpture competition,
Face Painting & Craft Workshop.

What's on


  • Creative Craft Workshop in the afternoon
  • The Chair with a meal of fajitas/wraps in the evening


  • Picnic sports and stalls with team events in the afternoon
  • Dance to Kirkjuvagr with buffet and raffle in the evening


  • Stromness RBL Pipe Band and Carty Races in the afternoon
  • Move to the beach for sand sculpture & games
  • Film (Kung Fu Panda 3) in the evening followed by music at Beltane/the Papay Pub


  • Toilets are available at the Community School, St. Ann's Kirk, Beltane/Papa Westray Hostel, the Kelp Store and the New Pier.
  • The island shop is open on Friday from 3 - 5pm and on Saturday from 10am - 12 noon and 6-7pm.
  • Accommodation/camping: Papa Westray Hostel (01857 644224)
  • A minibus is available on request to meet arriving boats and planes (book on 01857 644224). Ask on the isle about use of this service when leaving.
  • Prices

    Craft Workshop: £1 (child)/ £2 (adult)
    Friday Shindig: £10/£4 (under 16)
    Saturday Dance: £10/£4 (under 16)
    Soup/sandwiches: at cost
    Tea/coffee/homebakes: at cost
    Cinema: £1 / (under 16s free)
    No need to pay in advance.

    Other information

  • The Papay Play park & Cycle gym are open throughout the weekend, and the bouncy castle at certain times.
  • The Kelp Store will be open throughout the weekend.
  • Late boat from Papay to Westray on Saturday.
  • General Enquiries
    Papay Community Association: 01857 644 224/238
    Papay Shop: 01857 644 321




    Friday 22nd July

    2 –  5pm

    Doondie Craft: Making fish, being a fish & a fish eye view of Papay. Sculpture, costumes & underwater photography.

    Kelp Store

    7:30pm 'til late

    Friday Shindig: THE CHAIR: Live gig, fajita/chilli wraps, bar, a bit of a dance

    Papay School

    Saturday 23rd July

    12 – 1:30pm

    Soup, Sandwiches and Homebakes.

    St Ann’s Kirk

    1:30 –3:30pm

    Sports, Stalls, Games & Competitions for all ages. Everyone can join in.

    Papay School & Playing Field

    3:30 – 4:15pm

    Teas and Homebakes

    St Ann’s Kirk

    4:15pm - 5:30pm

    Football match, obstacle course & Tug-of-war

    Playing Field & Cycle Gym

    8pm ‘til late

    Ceilidh Dance with KIRKJUVAGR, buffet and bar, raffle

    Papay School

    Sunday 24th July


    Short family service; all welcome

    St Boniface


    Soup, Sandwiches, snacks & Homebakes.

    St Ann’s Kirk

    1:30 – 3pm

    Carty Races doon the brae. With the Stromness RBL Pipe Band.

    All carts to assemble at shop by 1:30pm. Races started by pipers at 2pm approx.


    New Hooses Brae

    3:15 – 3:45pm

    Prizes and Piping by the Stromness RBL Pipe Band

     St Ann’s Kirk /Playing Field

    4pm – 6:00pm

    Piping and sand sculpture competition (if weather’s fine). Picnic on the beach.

    To be arranged


    Film: Kung Fu Panda 3

    Beltane House

    8:30pm 'til late

    Music at the Papay Pub

    Beltane House

    Times of outdoor activities (and follow-on events on Sunday) are approximate, and may change due to weather.

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