Bute set to host Easter holiday weekend eggstravaganza

Easter bonnets with Light Up Bute in 2015 - the local group's Easter fair is back this year as part of a busy holiday weekend of events around the island.
Easter bonnets with Light Up Bute in 2015 - the local group's Easter fair is back this year as part of a busy holiday weekend of events around the island.

The 2016 summer season on Bute is set to get off to a spectacular start over the Easter holiday weekend with a host of exciting events designed to appeal to island residents and visitors alike.

Easter Saturday, March 26, will see a children’s street party in the performance space on Montague Street, hosted jointly by Visit Bute and Argyll and Bute Council, including storytelling with Ian Douglas and a host of other activities and games throughout the day; there’s also a day of food, drink, music and more with a ‘Happy Yeaster’ theme at the island’s recently-established brewery in Rothesay.

On Sunday afternoon the action moves to the Rothesay promenade for the Light up Bute Easter Fair, which will feature the usual diverse array of popular entertainments and sideshows, including bouncy castles, fairground rides and face painting.

Rothesay is not the only place on the island where celebrations are taking place over the Easter weekend to mark the start of the summer season: Mount Stuart is also running a programme of themed events over the weekend, including special tours of the house and a Rock Garden Easter Egg hunt taking place over the whole Easter weekend.

They are even recreating an old Bute family tradition with an exciting Easter Egg trail around the house which will open to all visitors.

Simon Kay from Visit Bute says “The Easter weekend marks the traditional start of the summer tourist season and we want to make sure that we are ready. As well as the entertainments on offer we will also be running an information stall in Montague Street which local businesses can use to promote their Easter offers to visitors as soon as they arrive off the boat.

“We are especially keen to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer over the weekend handing out filers etc to make sure that the island is reflected in the best possible light. First impressions really do count!”

Any businesses, groups, organisations or individual performers or artists wishing to be part of the Easter events on Bute should contact Simon Kay at concentriceventdesign@gmail.com or on 07879 677537.