Colonsay Festivals

Celebrate on our beautiful Hebridean island

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Welcome to our island festivals

We are delighted to announce that Louise Oppenheimer will be joining us between 
1st & 4th May to run Tapestry Workshops
Louise weaves and runs workshops from her studio/gallery in historic Kilmartin Glen and welcomes interested visitors throughout the year when she’s not here on Colonsay! She visited some years ago to lead a weaving workshop in the school and is very excited to be reacquainted with the island for Spring Fest 2018.
Louise weaves large hangings and framed tapestries with no tools other than her fingers and in the workshops will show you a few of the skills to help you weave a small design of your choice, on ready warped wooden frames.
Really stunning work.....take a look at her website
 Annual Festival of Spring
30th April to 20th May 2018
The 2018 Festival programme is now available.   See the full programme here    programme  & learn more about the tutors here.   Please note this is the first draft of the programme and more details will be added as soon as they are confirmed.

Join us for a fantastic and eclectic mix of nature, art, foraging, craft and heritage.
We want visitors and locals alike to enjoy this magical season and learn more about the rich natural heritage of the island. The festival is held across three whole weeks, and with such a huge variety of events on offer there really is something for everyone! Each year the individual events are varied, with old favourites being run alongside new activities.  2018 attendees willbe able to enjoy Tapestry, Dry Stone Walling, Botanical Walks, Mosaic Making, Bookbinding, Historical & Ornithological Walks, Crochet & Knitting, Foraging, Printing, Basketry, Hooking and Colonsay Wool Dyeing.
It is great way to get to know the island, and we have some fantastic tutors and walk leaders lined up, from RSPB staff to artists, textile designers & makers, seaweed & wild-food experts, plant enthusiasts, local historians & archaeologists. 

We now have a fab new website for the island, making it easier to look for accommodation and other island info.

Colonsay also boasts other annual festivals.....

BOOK FESTIVAL 28th & 29th April '18

RUGBY FESTIVAL   28th July '18

FOLK FESTIVAL  13th - 16th Sept '18

AUTUMN FESTIVAL 10th - 24th Oct '18

Thanks go to CalMac and Marine Harvest for their continued & generous support of the festival

Thanks to everyone who has allowed us to use their photographs on this site - especially Ruari Cumming ARPS who has provided many of the fantastic land & seascape shots.