By Mary Currie 530544

Museum of Cumbraes

The Museum of the Cumbraes located within the Garrison in Millport is getting ready to take part in Scotland’s annual Festival of Museums, a nationwide programme of cultural events taking place from 19 – 21 May.

This year will be Scotland’s largest ever Festival of Museums and the Museum of the Cumbraes is hosting a family fun day on Saturday May 20 from 11am until 3pm to launch the summer exhibition on Andrew Goldie, Millport’s own explorer.

There will be arts and crafts, jewellery making, a craft fair, create a bird of paradise, make your own mini garden. Owl Magic will be there with their beautiful birds. A great day out for all the family – all at just a £2 entry fee.

Crocodile Walk

On Saturday May 20 the Crocodile Walk 2017 takes place. Come and join in for this family fun sponsored walk around the isle of Cumbrae, starting at the Crocodile Rock, to raise funds and awareness for

Michelle Henderson Cervical Cancer Trust. More details at

Merchant Navy

On Saturday May 27, the Royal British Legion Scotland are hosting their Merchant Navy Parade. Transport leaves RBLS at 12.45pm, service at memorial at 1.15pm and parade starting from Cardiff Street at 1.45pm

Art Group

Millport Art Group meet every Monday morning from 10.30am -12.30pm in the “goldfish bowl” in Garrison House, For more information email -

Community Garden

It’s all go in the garden at the moment. The weather is now perfect for getting things started. Some raised beds are already sprouting rows of seedlings and there are some plants appearing in the polytunnels. Beware though, there is still a slight possibility of frost.

If you are watering your raised bed could you please give some water to communal plants and pots? General community spirit re watering and supporting other plotholders during the growing season is always appreciated.

Your seedlings will have to be kept watered during this dry weather.

The garden is looking very tidy at the moment. The old pews have been painted, the ‘pots area’ tided, with better access.

The bug hotel has been replanted with wild flowers seeds. The hedge is being cut. The tables and chairs have been oiled and are outside, ready for use.

The big community compost area is being moved to an area behind the garden. There will be a new community compost area constructed next to the football pitch, so there shall still be a place to put compostable materials.

The group are planning a ‘Spring Do’ on Saturday May 27. Please note this in your diary.

Finding Your Feet

The FYF Millport Fun'raiser is back and it's bigger and better than ever before, thanks to sponsorship from Children's Aid Scotland.

There's a twist to the family cycle round the island, with the addition of a treasure hunt, then an even larger selection of kids' activities and entertainment than in previous years.

The inflatable village will be back, including Gladiators, Water Walkers, Laser Quest and an Assault Course as well as magic shows, a party by kids' favourite entertainer Kidnetick, balloon twisting workshops, face painting, and dozens of sideshows and games.

It all takes place on Sunday June 11 with the cycle and treasure hunt starting at 11am, and the fun day at the Garrison from 12 noon till 3pm.

The charity supports families affected by amputation or limb difference, through a range of sporting initiatives and social inclusion projects.

For more details, go here:


At the Cathedral of the Isles, the Classical Guitar Retreat is a unique course with some of the very best performers and educators in a five-day programme, working to guide, educate and inspire students of the classical guitar. A series of classes, lessons, chamber workshops, guitar orchestra, concerts and lectures are packed into this immersive experience.

The following concerts will be taking place at the cathedral: Young Artist Concert Wednesday 5th July, 8pm, Amadeus Duo Recital Thursday 6th July, 8pm, Raphaella Smits Solo Recital Friday 7th July, 8pm, Bardic Trio Recital Saturday 8th July, 3pm, Lukasz Kuropaczewski Solo Recital Sunday 9th July, 3pm.

Visit for full details.