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Papay Events Calendar 2020

  • Subject to Coronavirus restrictions
  • 17-19 July - Fun Weekend.
  • 28-29 August - Mosses and Liverworts Course

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 2019 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 19th-21st July 2019

Papay Fun Weekend


Friday Shindig with the Michael Harcus Family,
Saturday Ceilidh with the Papay Band,
Stromness RBL Pipe Band,
Picnic Sports, Football, Obstacle Course
Carty races doon the brae,
Lunches & Homebakes, Tea/Coffee
Bouncy Castle, Gladiator Duel & Eliminator,
Papay Cinema: Mary Poppins Returns,
Beach games Sand-sculpture competition,
Face Painting & Craft Workshop.





Friday 19th July

2 –  5pm

Craft Workshop & Face Painting.

Kelp Store

7:30pm 'til late

Friday Shindig: Chilli, Michael Harcus Family Band, bar, open mike, a few dances with the Papay band and friends

Papay School

Saturday 20tht July

12 – 1:30pm

Soup, Sandwiches and Homebakes.

St Ann’s Kirk

1:30 –3:30pm

Sports, 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

Playing Field & Cycle Gym

8pm ‘til late

Buffet at 8:30, followed by a dance with the Papay Band Poor Man's Corner & a raffle

Papay School

Sunday 21st 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: Mary Poppins Returns

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: Chilli and tortillas, live music with the Michael Harcus Family and anyone else who wants to play


  • Afternoon: Picnic sports and stalls with team events; inflatables
  • 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: (Mary Poppins Returns) then music at 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/£5 (under 16)
    Saturday Dance: £10/£5 (under 16)
    Soup/sandwiches: at cost
    Tea/coffee/homebakes: at cost
    Cinema: £1 / (under 16s free)
    Under school-age free to all events
    No need to pay in advance.

    Other information

  • The Kelp Store will be open throughout the weekend.
  • Late boat from Papay to Westray on Friday night.
  • General Enquiries

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

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