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Papay Events Calendar 2018

  • 29 March - St Ann's 8pm Papay Co-op AGM
  • 13 April - Beltane Papay Hostel reopens

The ØY Festival of Islands

The ØY Festival is a new annual three-day festival of islands on Papa Westray, one of the northern islands of the Orkney archipelago. The ØY Festival is curated by Jonathan Ford, Papay Ranger and artist Saoirse Higgins. Taking place over the traditional Muckle Supper weekend of the 17/18/19th of November at The Kelp Store, cultural and heritage centre on Papay.

Read about the participants and the full programme for the ØY Festival

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 - the 2017 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

Papay Fun Weekend 21st-23rd July 2017

Papay Fun Weekend


Friday Shindig with live music and tortillas,
Saturday Ceilidh with the Westray Band,
Music with the Papay Band & friends,
Kirkwall City Pipe Band,
Picnic Sports, Football, Obstacle Course
Carty races down the brae,
Lunches & Homebakes, Tea/Coffee,
Bouncy Castle, Bungy Run & Penalty Shoot,
Papay Cinema: the Lego Batman Movie,
Beach games Sand-sculpture competition,
Face Painting & Craft Workshop.





Friday 21st July

2 –  5pm

Doondie Craft: Design & build a recycled island giant. Play giant snakes & ladders or have your face robot painted.

Kelp Store

7:30pm 'til late

Friday Shindig: Live music, fajita/chilli wraps, bar, a bit of a dance

Papay School

Saturday 22nd 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 the Westray Band, buffet and bar, raffle

Papay School

Sunday 23rd July


Short family service; all welcome

St Boniface


Soup, Sandwiches, & Homebakes.

St Ann’s Kirk

1:30 – 3pm

Carty Races doon the brae. With the Kirkwall City 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 Kirkwall City Pipe Band

 St Ann’s Kirk /Playing Field

4pm – 6:00pm

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

Bothican (or other)


Film: The Lego Batman Movie

Beltane House

8:30pm 'til late

Music at the Papay Pub (Food available if any is left!)

Beltane House

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


What's on


  • Creative craft workshop in the afternoon
  • Live music with a meal of fajitas/wraps in the evening


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


  • Kirkwall City Pipe Band and Carty Races in the afternoon
  • Move to the beach for sand sculpture & games
  • Evening: Film (the Lego Batman Movie) 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 3.30 - 5.30pm 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.
  • Papay Fun Weekend - Face Painting


    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

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