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Papay Events Calendar 2019

  • 21 June - Johnsmas Bonfire and night walk around North Hill, start at Manse 8.30pm
  • 22 June - BonPappetit 11-1, 2-4 sessions collecting Papay recipes
  • 24 June - Moteh Parrott, guitar recital by young Scottish musician at Beltane
  • 27 June - Ivan Drever in concert at Beltane
  • 19-21 July - Fun Weekend

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 (see below for the 2018 Fun Weekend programme). 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 20th-22nd July 2018

Papay Fun Weekend


Friday Shindig with the Trongate Rum Riots,
Saturday Ceilidh with the Papay Band,
Stromness RBL Pipe Band,
Picnic Sports, Football, Obstacle Course
Carty races down the brae,
Lunches & Homebakes, Tea/Coffee
Bouncy Castle, Gladiator Due & Sumo Suits,
Papay Cinema: Early Man,
Beach games Sand-sculpture competition,
Face Painting & Craft Workshop.





Friday 2th July

2 –  5pm

Craft Workshop: Space Station Papay. Create your own spacesuit with jet pack & space helmet. Discover new island planets and alien life forms.

Kelp Store 'space station'

7:30pm 'til late

Friday Shindig: Chilli, Trongate Rum Riots live gig, bar, a bit of a dance

Papay School

Saturday 21st 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

Buffet at 8:30, followed by a dance with the Papay Band & a raffle

Papay School

Sunday 22nd 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 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.

Bothican (or other)


Film: Early Man

Beltane House

8:30pm 'til late

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

Beltane House

Times of outdoor activities are approximate, and may change due to weather.


What's on


  • Afternoon: Creative craft workshop at the Kelp Store
  • Evening: then live music with Trongate Rum Riots


  • Afternoon: Picnic sports and stalls with team events
  • Evening: A buffet, a dance with the Papay Band & a raffle


  • Afternoon: Stromness RBL Pipe Band & Carty Races
  • Move to the beach for sand sculpture & games
  • Evening: (Early Man) then music at 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 Kelp Store will be open throughout the weekend.
  • It may be possible to put on a late boat from Papay to Westray on Friday or Saturday night. Phone 01857 644224 to enquire.
  • General Enquiries

    Papay Community Association: 01857 644224/238
    Papay Shop: 01857 644321

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