Community / Plenty on offer from Amenity Trust for Up Helly Aa

Last year's visit to the museum. Photo: Shetland Amenity Trust

PEOPLE will soon be able to book a place to see the Lerwick jarl squad at the town’s museum on Up Helly Aa day at the end of the month.

The squad – which will be the first jarl squad at the Lerwick event to feature females – will visit the museum on Tuesday 30 January at 3.30pm, and people will be able to chat to the Vikings and “perhaps even get the chance to try on a helmet or hold a shield”.

The event is free of charge but will be in high demand with just 100 tickets available which must be booked in advance. They are available online from 3pm on Tuesday from the museum box office.

The Junior Up Helly Aa galley will be outside the museum on the day between 11.45am and 2.45pm.

Origins of Up Helly Aa tours will also take place at the museum from Sunday 28 to Wednesday 31 January.


In addition, the museum will be running a ‘Peerie Vikings’ drop-in event on Friday 26 January, where pre-schoolers will have the chance to “release their inner Viking, make paper helmets, shields and torches”.

Old Scatness Broch and Iron Age Village will be opening its doors on Wednesday 31 January offering people a rare chance to visit out of season, while the Sumburgh Head Lighthouse will open between 31 January and 2 February.

All sites are operated by Shetland Amenity Trust.

Trust chair Alison Moncrieff said: “We are delighted that Shetland Amenity Trust’s sites will be open again for the days around Up Helly Aa.

“It’s a special time of year in Shetland’s winter calendar and is a great opportunity for folk to visit our sites out of season.

“Our expert teams look forward to welcoming you and will be on hand to deliver tours, answer questions and share information on Shetland’s incredible heritage.”

More information is available here.

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