Culture, arts and events

CHARTS - Culture, Heritage and Arts

CHARTS is the culture, heritage and arts network for Argyll and the Isles - a growing network of artists, makers, producers and spaces across the area

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Response to COVID-19 - 8th April 2020

Designed to be an informal online supportive space for people to meet and share - CHARTS looks forward to knowing how members are coping and for all, to share news, hopes and opportunities. 

Headroom will take place between April and August, every Tuesday at 7pm and Friday at 1pm. People are welcome to join in one session or more. There is currently no fixed end time, although gatherings are expected to be around one hour long and people can drop out of the room as desired. Kathleen O’Neill, CHARTS Development Manager, will welcome everyone.

Places are bookable, free and CHARTS is keen to know your needs, so all members book in here!

Contact for details. 

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Halls and Theatres

Victoria Hall - CampbeltownMeeting rooms, Birthday parties, Fitness classes, Catering, Weddings,
Victoria Halls - HelensburghMeeting rooms, Weddings, Catering, Fitness classes, Events
The Queens Hall - DunoonMeeting rooms, Birthday parties, Weddings, Fitness classes, Events
Rothesay PavilionRothesay Pavilion is closed for refurbishment until 2019
The Corran Halls - ObanMeeting rooms, Birthday parties, Weddings, Fitness classes, Events, Catering


Campbeltown Museum Memorial garden, Events, Artefacts
Kilmartin House Museum of Ancient Culture Visitor centre, Shop, Cafe, Exhibitions
Auchindrain Trust Highland farm township
Bute Museum Wildlife, Wild flowers, Child friendly activities
An Iodhlann -Tiree’s Historical Centre Exhibitions, Artefacts, Genealogical information service
Oban War and Peace Museum Photographs, Memorabilia, Artefacts

Events and Festivals

Hundreds of major events and festivals take place throughout the year in Argyll and Bute. Most events are community led initiatives, supported by Argyll and Bute Council and other agencies such as Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Argyll and Bute has an enormous range of special events taking place each year and has a fantastic cultural scene stretching from the smallest island communities to mainland villages and urban centres.

Advice for organisers of Scottish events

Argyll and Bute Council are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation as it develops. We recognise this is a very challenging time for the Events and Festivals industry as a whole and for you as individuals.

On 23 March 2020 both the UK and Scottish Governments called for an immediate stop to public gatherings of more than two people in a bid to flatten the curve of COVID-19 spread and protect the NHS. Following a meeting of the UK Government’s COBRA committee, an effective ban is in place on gatherings in public places, excluding household groups or in a work-related capacity. In Scotland, the Scottish Government is introduced emergency legislation from Thursday 26 March to enforce this. View the Scottish Government’s statement. In light of this latest Government advice, no events involving the gathering of people should be taking place indefinetly following the statement on 23 March 2020.

For those events not impacted by the current advice, we have prepared some general guidance. View advice for organisers of Scottish events. 

Businesses and visitors alike should follow all current guidance to minimise the spread of the virus and keep the public safe.

Argyll & Bute Council now has a COVID-19 focused helpline service. For help with Financial; Business; Health; Education; Registration; Social, Domestic and Medical Homecare Needs and volunteering, call 01546 605524, open 9am to 5pm, Mon-Fri; an online help form is also available. If you have other options, please leave this line open for vulnerable people. Note that this number is NOT for health concerns related to the virus; for those you should refer to the NHS website. Business Gateway are also providing a lot of guidance and support including online webinars and industry specific guidance for businesses.

Industry representation

Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) | The STA has remained on the front foot since the coronavirus crisis started to unfold.  The organisation is having conversations with all sizes and types of tourism businesses across Scotland around the clock and continues its dialogue with the Scottish and UK Governments to bring about the introduction of additional measures that will prevent the collapse of our industry in the coming weeks and months.

UK Hospitality | UKHospitality represents the broad hospitality sector across the UK – covering everything from bars, coffee shops, contract catering, hotels, nightclubs, visitor attractions and other leisure venues. UKHospitality and over 200 CEOs from across the UK’s hospitality sector have called on the Government to provide immediate support for businesses.

Further financial support can be accessed here to help you at this time.


Film fanatics will find cinemas in Rothesay and Dunoon. The Picture House in Campbeltown is community owned and is the oldest purpose-built cinema in Scotland still showing films. The Phoenix cinema in Oban is run by the community for the community. The Screen Machine, a mobile cinema, also regularly visits some of the more remote communities. The new Screen Machine Take 2 is air conditioned and seats 80. It has 35mm projection big screen with Dolby Surround Sound. It tours to Lochgilphead, Tarbert, Tighnabruaich, Islay and Mull. The Mull Theatre in the village of Tobermory has a programme of performances throughout the season, as do the Taynuilt based company, Ballet West. In addition, visiting companies bring opera, theatre, music of various types, ballet and other cultural art forms from time to time to various venues throughout Argyll and the islands.