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 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.

There is always lots going on across Argyll and Bute from drama festivals, agricultural shows and horticultural competitions to Hill races, sailing regattas and golf tournaments, there’s something for everyone. You can use Wild about Argyll's events and festivals calendar to find out whats going on near you.

Music is of huge importance, with many towns holding their own Gaelic Mods and a number playing host to the national Mod celebration. There are many popular festivals held locally each year and, including the Mull of Kintyre Music Festival, The Seafood Festival in Tarbert, Islay and Bute Jazz festivals and the Tiree Wave Classic to name a few.


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.