Colonsay Festivals

Celebrate on our beautiful Hebridean island

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Welcome to our island festivals

Carol Paterson is one of our longstanding Spring Festival tutors...she has only missed one year.
The mulit talented, former Glasgow School of Art lecturer, has two new workshops for Spring Fest 2018. 
This year Carol will be showing you how to create a Colonsay scene in FABRIC! Using collage-ing techniques with material scraps, buttons, ribbons, simple hand stitching & fabric glue, she will guide you through crafting a small panel to put in a frame or to be applied to a cushion.  Simplicity is key – no sewing skills required - Beginners & improvers welcome!
Drawing on inspiration from the wonderful artefacts in the Colonsay Heritage Centre, get to grips with various drawing techniques. Experiment with ink, charcoal, pen, chalk, sticks, & sponges, producing a set of drawings to take home. Beginners & improvers welcome!

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.

 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.