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Agnes Kay Harbour Trip

Enjoy a three hour trip around Lerwick Harbour and Bressay on the Agnes Kay II, taking in the sights of Noss and the east coast of Shetland. Grab a rod and try a spot of fishing on route!
Monday 5th, Wednesday 7th, Thursday 8th August. 11.00am or 3.00pm. Tickets: £35.00

Sail Repair Workshop

Mark Shiner from Orkney College Maritime Department will lead a workshop in sail repair and traditional canvas techniques. Whether you have a sail to repair or just want to learn the skill, this is sure to be an educational session.
Monday 5th August, 2.00pm - 5.00pm. Tickets: £25.00

Mousa Isle Guided Walk

Begin your journey at the historic Sandsayre pier, where the old boatshed, complete with a former ‘flit’ boat, has been developed into a fascinating interpretive centre to provide an insight into the life and times of the local area. Sail over to Mousa for a fascinating and memorable guided tour of the island - which includes a visit to the famous Mousa Broch.
Monday 5th August, 6.00pm - 9.00pm. Tickets: £20 adult, £10 U16

Book Launch: Shetland & the Greenland Whaling

During the 18th and 19th centuries Shetland played an important role in the Arctic whaling industry. This significant period in Shetland’s whaling history is explored in Shetland and the Greenland Whaling. The book’s author, Adrian Duncan, will tell us more.
Monday 5th August, 7.00pm. Tickets: £4.00

Seafood Auction Tours

Take a behind the scenes tour of Lerwick Fish Market and see the electronic fish auction process. Shetland Seafood Auctions will supply protective clothing during the tour. Meet at Viking Bus Station for a short walk to the market. Ticket fee for Shetland Boat Week funds.
Tuesday 6th & Thursday 8th August, 7.45am. Tickets: £2.50

Agnes Kay Whalsay Trip

Climb aboard the Agnes Kay II and cruise up the coast aboard the well refurbished ex-fishing boat to the ‘bonnie isle’ of Whalsay. Enjoy a visit to the Heritage Centre and Hanseatic booth. You’ll have lunch aboard and plenty of opportunity for capturing great photos of scenery and wildlife from the sea.  An experience not to be missed!
Tuesday 6th August, 10.00am - 6.00pm. Tickets: £75.00

Making Seachest Beckets

Seachest Beckets are beautiful ornamental pieces with a maritime theme. Learn the techniques required to make your own and develop a collection over time. All materials supplied.
Tuesday 6th August, 10.00am - 1.00pm. Tickets: £20.00

Luck and Language at the Far Haaf

Luck and Language at the Far Haaf - with Ian Humberstone.
This workshop delves into the fascinating world of Shetland fishermen’s ‘lucky’ words. These were special coinages that were once used at sea to avoid mentioning ‘unlucky’ things by name. The event will sketch out the form and origins of the custom, and consider its legacy in the present day.
Tuesday 6th August, 11.00am & 6.30pm at Shetland Museum & Archives. Wednesday 7th August, 11.00am at Unst Boat Haven. FREE.


Exploding the myths of the Nil Desperandum and the Brenda

Charlie Simpson and Norman Moncrieff have carried out extensive research into the origins and life of both the Nil Desperandum and the Brenda – two well known Shetland Boats.  Hear Charlie explain the truth behind the military myths normally associated with these boats.
Tuesday 6th August, 3.00pm. Shetland Museum & Archives. Tickets: £4.00

Eela Fishing

Take a run off in your own boat with a group for a fun fishing session before heading back to Hay’s Dock and sparking up the BBQ in the pier store to enjoy what we’ve all caught – and enjoy dockside tunes with Maurice Henderson and friends and maritime poetry and tales from Shetland ForWirds. Pre-registration of boats essential.
Register by Friday 26th July. £5.00 per boat.

Dim Riv Harbour Trip

Climb aboard the Dim Riv, a replica Viking longship, for a cruise through Lerwick Harbour, See Lerwick from a different viewpoint and see how many seals you can spot!
Tuesday 6th and Thursday 8th August. 7.00pm. Saturday 10th 12.00pm & 2.00pm. Cost: £10 adult / £5 U16

The Swan: Shetland's Tall Ship

Built in 1900 Shetlands Tall Ship, Swan, has a long and varied career.  This talk will highlight its fishing heritage, rescue and restoration, current activities as a sail training and charter vessel and future opportunities.
Tuesday 6th August, 7.00pm. Shetland Museum & Archives. £2 adults / £1 U16

Tour to Unst Boat Haven with Roundabout

Travel to the far north of Britain. Post a card from the most northerly Post Office. Sit in the famous bus shelter. Wander around the Unst Boat Haven, with its collection of small boats. Visit a Viking longhouse and longship.
Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th August, 8.45am - 6.00pm. Tickets: £70.00

Show & Tell with Dr Ian Tait: Very Small Small-boats

Museum Curator, Dr Tait, will deliver a more physical lecture than normal, with a show and tell element as he demonstrates and describes the smaller traditional Shetland boats used for many years, and the important role they played.
Wednesday 7th August, 2.00pm. Shetland Museum & Archives. Tickets: £4.00

Mousa Sound Short Cruise

Cruise Mousa Sound taking in the sights of the Lairds House, copper mine, powder house and Burland Broch. Watch out for seals and take advantage of the excellent photo opportunities with Mousa Broch in the background as you explore the area with expert guides. Suitable for all ages.
Wednesday 7th August, 4.00pm - 5.00pm. Tickets: £10 adult, £5 U16

The Shetland Bus: Sub-chaser operations 1943-1945

Charles Grant delivers a fascinating insight into the sub-chaser operations during the time of the Shetland Bus. Focussing on 1943 – 1945.
Wednesday 7th August, 7.00pm. NAFC Marine Centre. Tickets: £4.00

Pirate Fantastic Workshop

Did you know that pirates sailed around Shetland waters?  Come along to discover our pirate past and make a cutlass, pirate hat and map to take home.
Thursday 8th August, 10.30am - 11.30am. Suitable for children in P1-3. Tickets: £4.50

Hidden stories of the humble noost

Moder Dy is working to prevent the loss of Shetland’s maritime past by identifying and recording noosts. Surveying these structures, examining archive documents, and collecting oral histories reveals fascinating stories of a forgotten way of life before roads and cars. Come along to hear about their research.
Thursday 7th August, 7.00pm. Shetland Museum & Archives. Tickets: £4.00

Agnes Kay Charters Skerries & Whalsay trip

Sit back and enjoy a cruise up the east coast of Shetland to Skerries. Visit Housay, Bruray, Grunay and the other islets in the group. Enjoy a nature walk before re-boarding the boat for a trip to Whalsay looking for Whales along the way. Partake in a spot of fishing or a few refreshments in the boating club before spending the night aboard in traditional style bunks.  Lifejackets and meals supplied.
Friday 9th August, depart 12.00noon, return Saturday morning. Tickets: £105.00

Ocean Commotion!

There’s a commotion under the ocean!  Join in the fun filled afternoon disco and games extravaganza.  Come dressed up in a sea themed costume to take part in the parade and have the chance to win a prize.  *Fancy dress is optional
Thursday 8th August, 2.30m - 4.00pm. Suitable for children in P3-7. Tickets: £4.50

Sunken Treasure Collage Workshop

Learn about sunken treasure ships around Shetland Shores and help make a sunken treasure collage to display in the museum!
Suitable for Primary 4-7. Friday 9th August, 2.00pm - 4.00pm. Tickets: £4.50

An audience with Leslie Moncreiff & Joe Gray

Enjoy an evening of conversation with Joe Gray and Leslie Moncrieff as they share boaty stories and tales from their past. The conversation will be facilitated by Brian Wishart and is sure to rekindle a few memories and more than a few smiles.
Friday 9th August, 7.00pm. Shetland Archives Searchroom. Tickets: £5.00

NorthLink Ship Tour

All aboard M.V Hjaltland for a guided tour of the Serco NorthLink ferry.  Meet the Captain and crew as you tour the engine rooms, bridge, car deck and public spaces, finishing up with a refreshment in the Magnus Lounge.
Saturday 10th August, 10.30am, 11.30am & 12.30pm. Cost: £4.00 adults / £2.50 children

Noss Trip with the Mousa Boat

A delightful three hour boat trip leaving Sandsayre Pier for a cruise up to Noss spotting wildlife on the way. On arrival at Noss, the boat will take passengers under the cliffs of the Nature Reserve for an unforgettable experience.
Sunday 11th August, 9.30am - 12.30pm. Tickets: £20 adult, £10 U16

Shetland Boat Week Sea Parade - Boat Registration

Watch or take part in the finale parade of boats for Shetland Boat Week 2019. Gather around Hay’s Dock or the surrounding waterfront at North Ness to see the range of vessels taking part.  To enter a boat – registration is absolutely essential by Friday 26th July.
Register by email info@realtaevents.co.uk or call 077538 06095 (Registration Free)