Living Lerwick will present a small exhibition of traditional Shetland boats in Fort Charlotte in celebration of Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21. All boats to be displayed were handmade, using traditional techniques and remind us that as an island community, the sea is an important and ever-present part of our lives.
This collection represents a range of different boat builders and includes construction dates from the early 1900's to the most recent in 2016. All boats have been loaned by their current owners for the duration of this exhibition.
The display is accompanied by a town centre trail activity for all ages to find the names of hidden boats on their Shetland Boat Journey. Anyone can take part by collecting an entry form from the VisitScotland Information Centre at the Market Cross.
Also, on Saturday 3rd July Living Lerwick, in partnership with Shetland Arts will launch the new town centre public art trail – LOCUS. This is a series of contemporary sculptures based on the themes of Where we are / Where we’re going / Where we’ve come from. The trail is accompanied by a map and trail guide developed by local designer, Chloe Keppie and will be followed up with an audio guide.
Staff from Shetland Arts and Living Lerwick will be at Harrison Square between on the Saturday morning to hand out trail guides and vouchers for a free tea or coffee for the first 100 folk to follow the new trail.
A digital treasure hunt will also be offered for those looking for a bit of a challenge. By finding the first QR code, participants will take a journey through the town centre gathering clues to reach the final destination and enter the prize draw.
A colouring competition will also be offered for different age groups, with a maritime theme. Entry forms can be collected and handed in to the VisitScotland Information Centre.
Living Lerwick Chairman, Steve Mathieson, said “As businesses continue to recover from the impact of Covid closures, we are keen to offer activities which bring people into town to spend time in a safe and socially distanced way. The trails, hunts and exhibitions allow customers to shop, eat, drink, visit businesses and engage with the activities in their own time and in their own space.
“On behalf of businesses, we welcome all and would remind folk to sanitise their hands on entry to properties, wear face coverings unless exempt, and allow time and space for others around them. Shetland has benefitted from quicker relaxation of restrictions due to low case numbers, and we all want to keep it that way.”
Further details on all activities can be found on our Events Page.