Drystone dyking training day

Castletown Heritage Society operates the Castlehill Heritage Centre as an educational resource for visitors, local students and school children and the local community. Through a programme of interpretive exhibitions and interactive workshops, we seek to stimulate and sustain interest in and understanding of the history, heritage, vernacular skills, biodiversity and physical environment of Castletown and the parish of Olrig. Our aim is to preserve and maintain the unique heritage of our community within both local Caithness and broader Highland contexts.

To see events and activities from previous years, click here:

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Guided village walk

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS FOR 2018

All events take place in Castlehill Heritage Centre unless otherwise stated

Event detail colour key - those highlighted in GREEN are confirmed, those in GREY are yet to be confirmed

(Completed 2018 events in BLUE at bottom of listing)

REGULAR EVENTS

Open every Wed, Sat and Sun afternoon from 2pm to 4pm

Castletown and District Hits The Headlines

A display covering a multitude of press cuttings and general news dating back to the early 1900s. We have natural occurrences, social and leisure, shocks, winners and losers and more. Further details to follow.

To find out more click HERE

Monday evenings

7 - 9pm

Castlehill Artists

Our very popular painting workshop with Helen Moore.

Sessions run from 7pm - 9pm on Monday evenings at a cost of £8 per evening plus materials. Juniors and OAPs £5. Beginners are especially welcome

To find out more and register interest, click HERE

FORTHCOMING EVENTS & WORKSHOPS

Tue 13 Feb

Tue 20 Mar

Wed 25 Apr

Tue 8 May

Winter series of Evening Talks

On Tuesday 13th February Muriel Murray will present “Following the Threads of History”. This will be a fascinating glimpse into local history from Neolithic to the present through preserved fragments of textile and their ghosts!

 

On Tuesday 20th March F/Lt Don Mason RAF RV(Ret) will present a fascinating talk entitled “Their Past, Your Future”. Don Mason is a WW2 veteran who took part in the war as a pilot. He has a wonderful story to tell and also an exhibition to go with the talk. Now into his nineties he has a treasury of memories to share.

Following the AGM on Wednesday 25th April, Alan McIvor will talk about Old St Peter’s Church in Thurso and the Church of Caithness. We all know the church is there but do we know much of it’s history. This will be most informative and will put the old church into context.

The final talk on Tuesday 8 May (rescheduled from January) will be presented by Garance Warburton who will talk about the work of the Caithness archive and some of the archive material linked to Olrig Parish. This will be an excellent opportunity to see these kind of documents that are kept in the archive.

All talks will take place in Castlehill Heritage Centre. Full details and times will be published shortly - watch this space! To find out more click HERE

Sat 24 February

2.30pm - 3.30pm

Geocaching Event

Castlehill heritage Centre will host a Geocaching event on Saturday 24 February. Further details to follow.

To find out more and register interest click HERE.

Image taken by Solitude, CC BY-SA 3.0

Sat 17

Sun 18

and Sat 25 March

10am - 12am

Pottery Workshops

Following the highly successful pottery workshops held last year a further series of three hands-on traditional skills pottery workshops will be held in March.

These highly popular workshops are already fully booked, but to find out more and register interest on the waiting list please click HERE. If sufficient interest is shown we may organise a further workshop for those new to pottery later in the year.

Tue 24 April

7.30pm

Castletown Heritage Society AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Castletown Heritage Society will be held in Castlehill Heritage Centre on Wednesday 25 April at 7.30pm.

All members, friends and associates welcome.

The guest speaker will be Alan McIvor, who will talk about Old St Peter’s Church in Thurso and the Church of Caithness. We all know the church is there but do we know much of it’s history. This informative talk will put the old church into context.

Tea/coffee and biscuits will be served thereafter.

Date to be confirmed

Glass Craft Workshop

A unique opportunity to learn the art of 'Lampworking' glass in this hands-on traditional skills workshop. The workshop will be led by local award winning glass artist and master craftsman Ian Pearson, of Glass Creations, Thurso.

Full details to follow, but to find out more and register interest, click HERE

Wednesday 26 December

1pm to 4pm

Boxing Day Mulled Wine & Mince Pies

Join us at Castlehill Heritage Centre for mulled wine, mince-meat pies and a good going chinwag on our traditional festive Boxing Day opening. Always a popular event!

Featuring Crofting and Farming exhibition. Plus! Revisit your childhood with our selection of our traditional children's games!

COMPLETED 2018 EVENTS

Nov - Feb

Open every Wed, Sat and Sun afternoon from 2pm to 4pm

Crofting and Farming Exhibition

Our very popular exhibition on crofting and farming in Caithness returns, featuring themed displays of artefacts, photographs and stories exploring life on the croft and changes in the lot of the farmer through time.

 

Watch this space for confirmed dates and further details, alternatively:

CONTACT US by email or phone 01847 821042

To book a place on an event, email or phone as above

Please ensure you make it clear which event you wish to book!