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Activities & Leisure  rubber ring

Keeping your family entertained, stimulated and active is often challenging, but there are many different opportunities available in your local area and throughout Shetland


Bookbug has replaced Bookstart as the gifting programme for the under 4s. Shetland Library, in partnership with NHS Shetland, provides 3 stages of packs to encourage a love of books and reading. Packs 1 and 2 can be collected from your Health Visitor at 7 week and 18 month checks, or from the Library. Pack 3 is available from the Library for every 3 year old.
Contact: 01595 743868


You’re never too young or old to join the Library and with thousands of books, DVDs and CDs, as well as free broadband internet access, there’s something there for all the family.
Contact: 01595 743868

Play @ Home

The play@home programme includes a set of books on different developmental levels (baby to preschool). These books contain activities to support babies’ development and improve the mental wellbeing of parents and children from birth and are given out by Health Visitors.
Contact: 01595 743094

Active Schools

Active Schools is a national initiative aimed at encouraging more children and young people, including those with additional support needs, to get and stay active.
Contact: 01595 744006

Shetland Museum

The collections in the Museum tell Shetland’s story in a way that is easy for the whole family to enjoy. Watch out for local advertising of sessions specially designed for children and young people, such as Mootie Moose or a Scarecrow Workshop, Seasons on the Croft or even making your own clay pots.
Contact: 01595 695057

Uniformed Organisations

1st Sandwick/Cunningsburgh Boys’ Brigade

The Boys’ Brigade is a Christian Organisation for young men aged 5 to 18. The 1st Sandwick/Cunningsburgh Company meets on a Monday
evening from September to March as follows:

  • Anchor Boys, Boys aged 5 to 8            - 7.00pm to 8.00pm in Cunningsburgh Village Hall
  • Junior Section, Boys aged 8 to 11         - 7.00pm to 8.30pm in Cunningsburgh School
  • Company Section, Boys aged 11 to 18  - 7.00pm to 9.00pm in Cunningsburgh Village Club Hall.

A variety of outdoor activities are held at weekends during the summer period.
Contact: 01950 477304 (Bob Baker)

1st Lerwick Boys Brigade

A range of activities for boys between the ages of 5 - 18.
Contact: 07917 620423 (Billy Mycock)

Dunrossness Girls Brigade

Offers a wide range of physical and creative activities, for girls aged 5 - 18 years, under the headings “physical”, “educational”, “service” and “spiritual” - we meet every Wednesday during term time at Dunrossness Primary School, 6.30pm - 8pm.
Contact: 01950 460809 (Eileen Brown)

1st Aith Girls’ Brigade Company

Badge work as laid down by Girls’ Brigade Scotland.
6.45pm - 8.30pm on the 1st Wednesday of the month at Aith Hall and at Aith School on other Wednesdays from September - April.
Contact: 01595 810685 (Sylvia Williamson)

Shetland Anchor Boys

The Anchor Section takes place every Wednesday night at Lerwick Methodist Church Hall from 6.15 to 7.15. This is for boys aged 5
to 7 years old.
Contact: 07917 620423

1st Walls and District Scouts

Beavers, Cubs, Scout and Explorer Scouts meeting weekly in Walls.

  • Beavers, 6.30 -7.45pm, Germatwatt Centre
  • Cubs, 6.30 - 8.00pm, Walls Hall
  • Explorers and Scouts, 6.30 - 8.30pm, Walls Hall.

Subscription £15 per term
Contact: 01595 809711 (Mark Hinton)

1st/2nd Lerwick Sea Scout Group

Meeting place is upper flat in Hayfield Cottage, Gilbertson Road, Lerwick (across from Bells Brae School)

  • Sea Scouts (age 10-14) Friday 1900-2100 (All year)
  • Cubs (age 8-10) Thursday 1800-1930 (School term only)
  • Beavers (age 6-8) Monday 1745-1915 (School term only)

Contact: 01595 694506 (Tommy Goudie)

Hjaltland Explorer Sea Scout Unit (Young Leader)

Explorer Sea Scouts (age 14-18) meeting times and places vary to suit needs of members. Duke of Edinburgh award scheme operated through
Scottish Scout Headquarters
Contact: 01595 694506

Girlguiding Shetland

1st Unst Brownies Josie McMillan 01957 711554
1st Mossbank Brownies & Rainbows Ann Arthur 01595 840462
1st Walls Guides Elaine Drakeford 01595 809378
1st Walls Brownies & Rainbows Louise Deyell  01595 809248
1st Whiteness & Weisdale Guides Susan Jamieson 01595 830477
1st Whiteness & Weisdale Brownies Mari Grains 01595 840559
1st Whiteness & Weisdale Rainbows Pamela Scott  01595 830421
1st Lerwick Guides Ingrid Gallacher  07917 703053
2nd Lerwick Guides  Kirsten Yule 07701 039175
1st Lerwick Brownies Joan Leask 01595 694183
2nd Lerwick Brownies Anona Hughson 07876366603
1st Lerwick Rainbows  Wilma Irvine 01595 880464
1st Sandwick Guides Louise Laurenson 01950 431289
1st Sandwick Brownies Fiona Duncan 01950 431321
1st Sandwick Rainbows Wendy Best 01950 431589




Splinters Youth Theatre

Splinters is a non-selective youth drama theatre company based in the north mainland. They have a waiting list and places are allocated via this list, when vacancies occur. The junior group is for primary children aged 7-12 years. The youth group is for secondary pupils, aged 12-18 years. Splinters do workshops, annual pantomime and one act plays for the Shetland County Drama Festival. 

Splinters meet in Brae Hall, Sundays 12-5.15pm
Contact: 01595 820283

Shetland Youth Theatre

Directed by the Arts Development Officer, Drama, these companies give young people aged 12 to 21, of all abilities, the opportunity to take part in theatre productions. They produce highly original and innovative work that has enabled them to perform outwith Shetland.
Contact: 01595 743843

Maddrim Media

We are Maddrim Media, a production company from Shetland comprised entirely of teenagers. No two films are ever the same as each member of the group has their own style which, despite leading to the odd artistic difference, ensures that we keep on our toes and manage to give each film it’s own unique visual sheen.Whatever your taste, we hope that sometime we can cater for you.
Contact: 01595 744837


Is a performing arts group in Scalloway, which aims to provide experiences for children and young adults in all aspects of performing arts.
Contact: 07796854756

Youth Clubs

There are youth clubs situated in all the following areas:

  • West and Central
    • Burra:  Hamnavoe Hall
    • Scalloway: Scalloway Youth Centre
    • Tingwall: Tingwall Hall
    • Nesting: Nesting Hall
    • Whiteness and Weisdale: Whitedale Youth centre
    • Westside: Bixter Hall
  • Lerwick
    • Islesburgh: Islesburgh Complex
    • Sound: Sandveien Neighbourhood Centre
    • 60 North: Anderson High School
  • North Mainland:
    • Brae: Brae Youth Centre
    • Mossbank: Mossbank Hall
    • Voe: Voe Hall
    • Hillswick: Hillswick Hall
  • North Isles:
    • Unst: Unst Youth Centre
    • Burravoe: Burravoe Hall
    • Mid Yell: Mid Yell Hall
  • South Mainland:
    • Bigton: Bigton Hall
    • Cunningsburgh: Cunningsburgh Village Club
    • Sandwick:  Sandwick Youth and Community Centre
    • Quarff: Quarff Hall
    • Ness: Boddam Hall
  • Whalsay:
    • Livister Youth Centre 

Contact details for these clubs can be obtained from Youth Services 0n 01595 744490


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