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VIKING FAMILY DAY

Skaill House Gardens, Sandwick

“Outside there will be a mixture of fun family-friendly activities, including storytelling from Viking mythology and sagas, Viking crafts, fun and games, and falconry as well. All welcome!”

SCIENCE FESTIVAL SERVICE

St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall

Conducted by Rev. June Freeth, with the St Magnus Cathedral Choir. “Whether you come from north or south, east or west, whether you live here or are a visitor, are here for the first time, or are here regularly… you are welcome to our worship,” they say.

LET US MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE

Peedie Kirk Hall, Palace Road, Kirkwall

Come and hear the Joyful Noise choir, made up of local folk including those living with dementia and their carers, in the shared enjoyment of music. Feel free to sing along with them in a wide range of songs, and stay afterwards for tea and home bakes and an opportunity to chat with members of the group and several visiting and local experts.

WALK TO THE LOCH OF WASDALE

From Finstown car park (opposite Baikie’s Stores)

Set off on one of the favourite walks of the writer Bessie Skea (‘Countrywoman’) who wrote so lyrically about Orkney’s wildlife and countryside, in the company of family members including her granddaughter, Sarah Jane Gibbon, and naturalist Martin Gray.

£20

SCIENCE OF HEALTH AFTERNOON

The Balfour Hospital, Kirkwall

Come and see and hear about the science behind Orkney’s health service. See too the systems which have made the building Europe’s first new-zero hospital – the rooftop solar farm, the heat exchangers, and also visit the outdoor polytunnels. In the atrium there’s the exhibition of paintings of the Shackleton exhibition. Across the road there is the open afternoon at Arcadia Park.

ARCADIA PARK AFTERNOON

Arcadia Park, Kirkwall

Come to see the extent of the transformation and hear the story from designer Paul Green and Bob Mackenzie who had the original idea. You’ll see the results of all the community planting efforts and signs of natural soil restoration – and developments which include a colourful display of wild flowers in a newly planted area, and the start of work on a Japanese viewing platform.

THE POWER OF MUSIC FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA

Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall

Combining years of practice, research and teaching with a lifelong interest in music led Diana Kerr to helping to set up and run singing groups. She explains what research findings show about music and dementia, and practical ways in which these can be applied.

£4 – £6

SEAWEED ON SUNDAY

Skaill House, Sandwick

People and seaweed over the centuries, in Scotland and Japan. Julia Parks's film Seaweed brings together harvesting memories and folklore. Rebecca Marr looks at past uses in Orkney, for people, animals, the soil and industry. Giulia Nicolini tells how a British scientist's discoveries revolutionised Japan's seaweed industry. There’s an opportunity to taste seaweed in several forms.

£10

RING OUT, YE CRYSTAL SPHERES

St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall

George McPhee has been Paisley Abbey’s organist and Director of Music for 60 years, and for quite a few of them has been providing music for Science Festival concerts on Sunday evenings. To mark the occasion, he plays works from some of the great organ composers – Sweelinck and Samuel Scheidt, Scheidemann and Reincken, Buxtehude and Bach.

£8 – £10

THE MOST MAGNIFICENT OF ALL INSTRUMENTS

The Orkney Club, Harbour Street, Kirkwall

After the Cathedral concert, organist George McPhee joins flautist Ewan Robertson to reflect on what makes the pipe organ capable of producing such glorious music. He looks at some of the challenges, and some of the requirements, and some of the great moments of music that he has enjoyed.

£8
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