Family events and Workshops

The Family Day is back, at Kirkwall Grammar School with astronomical events including a planetarium from Dynamic Earth, energy activities from Glasgow Science Centre, and there’s the Scottish Dolphin Centre and numerous other groups.

And at other times and venues, what about trying a lint and yarn workshop, or the shore and seaweed workshops, or papermaking by the sea?

FAMILY DAY

September 3 → 10:00 am4:00 pm

There’s a travelling planetarium from Dynamic Earth, and activities from Glasgow Science Centre, the Scottish Dolphin Centre, and the Scottish Seabird Centre. Go on a tick hunt, learn computer coding, see a model of a 2,000-year-old computer from ancient Greece. Find out how to navigate by the stars in the Polynesian way.

LINT AND YARN WORKSHOP

September 3 → 2:00 pm5:00 pm

Join Dr Ragnhild Ljosland and Mark Cook for a hands-on workshop on working flax. Textile production was a major part of Viking women’s daily responsibilities. Try some of the processes that transform flax plants into workable fibres, and make a cord. Learn how Norse people used flax and linen and hear some of their stories.

SIT ME DOON WITH MR BOOM

September 3 → 2:00 pm2:45 pm

Greetings Earthlings big and small! My spaceship is heading to Earth in September – but I have some problems with my Auntie-Gravity suit – the one my Auntie Gravity made to help me cope with the Earth’s gravity. Hence, I may materialise from the Space Ship Imagination in a sitting position rather than a standing one!

SHORE AND SEAWEED WORKSHOPS (EVENT CANCELLED)

September 4 → 10:00 am2:00 pm

Come out to the West Shore for four family-friendly activities. Learn to identify seaweeds and make your own seaweed artwork. Forage for pigments and mark-making materials – and for seaweeds and plants. Build a beach fire to cook a foraged lunch. Search for fire flints and clays, and make your own Orkney shell farm game.

DYNAMIC EARTH’S PLANETARIUM: YOU ARE HERE

September 4 → 6:30 pm7:15 pm

"Come with us on a dramatic journey to the very edge of our solar system and back in our travelling planetarium! In real-time we'll be seeing the boundaries of human exploration and following in the footsteps of some very special space missions. There will be a second show at 7.30 pm." All tickets now sold.

WORKSHOP: MAKING COMPOST

September 5 → 10:30 am11:30 am

Learn how to recycle your own household and garden waste into some of the finest fertiliser and soil conditioner for your plants. Ecological gardener Elizabeth Woodcock outlines the golden rules of home composting, and shows how to incorporate the various ingredients and get a good balance.

MAKING PAPER BY THE SEA

September 7 → 1:00 pm3:15 pm

The little shingly beach by Stromness Museum is the setting for an introductory workshop with artist Lin Chau, exploring ways of producing paper using natural resources. All equipment and material will be provided, and you can feel free to bring along some small decorative items to create layering effects and individual style.

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