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

Bressay Park Run

The Bressay Park run is part of the park run initiative which organises free 5K runs which are open to everyone and easy to take part in. They are held every Saturday at 9.30am and you need to register before you first run.


Leisure Centres in Shetland

Unst Leisure Centre

01595 807701

Yell Leisure Centre

01595 807704

Whalsay Leisure Centre

01595 807707

North Mainland Leisure Centre

01595 807710

Scalloway Pool

01595 807716

West Mainland Leisure Centre

01595 807713

South Mainland Pool

01595 807719

Clickimin Leisure Complex

01595 741000

Uniformed Organisations

1st Lerwick Boys Brigade

A range of activities for boys between the ages of 5 - 18. It has three sections: Anchor Boys (6-8 yrs), Junior Section (8-11 yrs) and Company Sections (11-18 yrs). Weekly sessions are held. Boys are instructed in various activities including Discipline Drill, First Aid, Road Safety, Bible Knowledge, Physical Recreation, Summer activities include Sports and Picnic day, Church Parade, Map Reading, Hill Walking, Orienteering, Camping.

Contact: 07917 620423

Hjaltland Explorer Sea Scout Unit (Young Leader)

Explorer Sea Scouts (age 14-18) meeting times and places vary to suit needs of members.

Contact: or 01595 694506

Girlguiding Shetland

1st Unst BrowniesJosie McMillan01957 711554
1st Yell GuidesKim Hauxwell7584433528
1st Yell BrowniesAmber Halcrow7554365471
1st Whiteness & Weisdale GuidesSusan Jamieson1595830477
1st Lerwick BrowniesJoan Leask1595694183

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. Meet on Mondays in Islesburgh 7-9pm

Contact: or for information

Youth Clubs

There are youth clubs situated in all the following areas:

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

Membership Fee

£5 per term & £1 per night

  • Central Mainland

    Burra Youth Club

    Junior (P1 - P7) - Wednesday - 6.30pm - 8.00pm

    Nesting Youth Club

    Junior (P1-P7) - Wednesday - 6.30pm - 8pm

    Senior (P7+) - Wednesday - 7.00pm - 9.00pm

    Scalloway Youth Club

    Junior (P4 - P6)-Wednesday - 6.15pm - 8.00pm

    Intermediate (P7+)-Wednesday - 8.00pm - 9.00pm

    Senior (S1+)-Wednesday - 8.00pm - 9.45pm

    Tingwall Youth Club

    Junior (P4 - P6)- Monday - 6.30pm - 8.00pm

    Senior (P7- S4)- Tuesday - 7.00pm - 9.00pm

  • Lerwick

    Islesburgh Youth Club

    Junior (P4-P7) - Wednesday - 6.30pm - 8.00pm

    Senior (S1+) - Wednesday - 8.00pm - 9.30pm

    Sound Youth Club

    Junior (P4-P7) - Monday - 6.00pm - 7.30pm

    Senior (S1+) - Monday - 7.30pm - 9.30pm

    60 North

    Senior (S1+) - Friday - 7.30pm - 10.00pm

  • North Isles

    Burravoe Youth Club

    Juniors (P1+) - Wednesday - 5.30pm - 7.30pm

    Mid Yell Youth Club

    Juniors (P3 - P7) - Friday - 3.30pm - 5.00pm

    Unst Youth Club

    Juniors (P4 - P7) - Monday - 3.00pm - 5.00pm

    Seniors (S1+) - Monday - 6.00pm - 8.00pm

    Yell Youth Cafe

    Seniors (S1+) - Friday - 7.30pm - 9.30pm

  • North Mainland

    Brae Youth

    Junior (P4 - P7) - Tuesday - 6.00pm - 8.00pm

    Senior (S1+) - Tuesday - 8.00pm - 10.00pm

    Hillswick Youth Club

    Monthly (P1+) - Thursday - 6.30pm - 8.30pm

    Mossbank Youth Club

    Junior (P4-P7) - Wednesday - 6.00pm - 7.30pm

    Senior (S1+) - Wednesday - 7.30pm - 9.00pm

    Voe Youth Club

    Junior (P3 - P7) - Friday - 7.00pm - 8.30pm

    Senior (S1+) - Friday - 8.30pm - 10.00pm

  • South Mainland

    Bigton Youth Club

    Junior (P4 - P7) - Friday - 6.45pm - 8.00pm

    Senior (S1+) - Friday - 8.00pm - 9.15pm

    Cunningsburgh Youth Club

    Junior (P4 - P6) - Thursday - 6.15pm - 8.00pm

    Senior (P7+) - Tuesday - 7.00pm - 9.30pm

    Ness Youth Club

    Junior (P1 - P7) - Thursday - 6.30pm - 8.00pm

    Quarff Youth Club

    Junior (P4 - P6) - Tuesday - 6.30pm - 7.45pm

    Senior (P7+) - Tuesday - 7.45pm - 9.00pm

    Sandwick Youth Club

    Junior (P4 - P7) - Friday - 6.00pm - 8.00pm

    Senior (S1 - S4) - Friday - 8.30pm - 10.45pm

  • Westside

    Whitedale Youth Club

    Junior (P4 - P7) - Thursday - 6.15pm - 8.00pm

    Senior (S1+) - Thursday - 8.00pm - 9.45pm

    Wastside Youth Club

    P4-P7+ - Tuesday - 6.30pm - 8.30pm

  • Whalsay

    Livister Youth Club

    Junior (P4 - P7) - Friday - 5.45pm - 7.30pm

    Senior (S1+) - Friday - 8.00pm - 9.45pm

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