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31st October 2020
Tarbert Enterprise Company selected for Co-op funding
Tarbert Enterprise Company selected for Co-op funding
We’re delighted to say Tarbert Enterprise Company (TEC) has been selected to take part in the Co-op Local Community Fund.

TEC is the company behind our festivals and we are over the moon to have been selected, especially in this very difficult year.

As one of the three local community causes, Co-op members can select to support us between now and 23 October 2021. The more members who select us and shop with the Co-op, the more funding we’ll receive.

We would love to receive funding to help our volunteers continue to put on the best festivals in 2021. After a truly horrible 2020 we think our community deserves to party!

If you’re a Co-op member we would love to have your support. From the bottom of our hearts - THANK YOU!
23rd October 2020
Looking forward to 2021
Looking forward to 2021
With no festivals in 2020 were feeling a bit deflated really. BUT, as were changing the clocks this weekend and heading into winter, our eyes are firmly fixed on 2021.

We hope to welcome you back to Tarbert in 2021 and are able to host our fabulous festival calendar.

We dont know yet what restrictions (if any) will be on outdoor events, but were very much looking forward to being able to have some of our favourite festivals back.

Having something positive to look forward to is important for us all.

Until we can be together again, stay well and stay safe.
12th June 2020
Kilberry Loop Sportive cancelled
Kilberry Loop Sportive cancelled
Unfortunately, due to ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions we are unable to run this years Kilberry Loop Sportive.

We hope you will be able to join us in August 2021 when we next get together to take on one of Argylls most enjoyable and scenic cycling events.
24th May 2020
Music Festival cancelled
Music Festival cancelled
Sadly, this years music festival has been cancelled. The 2021 event will take place from 17th - 19th September 2021.

Please check back early in the New Year for details of bands and remember, we cant wait to welcome you back to Tarbert!
21st March 2020
Seafood Festival postponed
Seafood Festival postponed

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we have no choice but to postpone this years Seafood Festival.

Please note we have said postponed - should the situation change we will look at doing something later on in the year - if at all possible.

For the meantime stay safe and stay healthy - well see you on the other side.
20th March 2020
Scottish Series cancelled for 2020
Scottish Series cancelled for 2020
Terribly sad news from our friends at Scottish Series. Were already looking forward to welcoming you back to Tarbert in 2021.

Scottish Series 2020 - Notice of Cancellation

It is with a heavy heart that the organising committee of Scottish Series 2020 along with our valued partners at Tarbert Harbour regret to announce the cancellation of the 2020 event.

Prioritising the well-being of our communities at this time is of the utmost importance to us. We also realise that many of our partners, sponsors, suppliers and entrants impacted by the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) will quite simply not be ready by May and need to prioritise resources elsewhere.

Entrants and past participants will also receive an email with more details. The commodore of the Clyde Cruising Club has also made a statement regarding Scottish Series and other activities on the main club website which you read by clicking below.

Scottish Series will return on the 28-31 May 2021 and we look forward to seeing you there for an even bigger and better event. Thanks for your support and understanding.

8th February 2020
Get on your bike for the third Kilberry Loop Sportive!
Get on your bike for the third Kilberry Loop Sportive!

One of Argyll’s most enjoyable cycling events will be back for 2020 with the news that entries for the Kilberry Loop Sportive have now opened. The announcement, which was made by event organisers, Mid Argyll Triathlon and Cycle Club, will see the Kilberry Loop Sportive return to Mid Argyll on Saturday 8 August.

Starting on the outskirts of Tarbert, at the Isthmus, the route heads north on the A83 towards Lochgilphead, before turning onto the B8024 where competitors will pedal through Ormsary and Kilberry before heading back to the finish in Tarbert. This is a stunning route and the views over the Sound of Jura to the islands of Islay and Gigha are a rich reward for screaming muscles on the testing climbs.

If you’d like to sign up for this year’s Kilberry Loop Sportive, or want more information visit
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13th January 2020
Peat and Diesel announced for Tarbert Music Festival 2020
Peat and Diesel announced for Tarbert Music Festival 2020
Its early in the year for a big announcement BUT Peat and Diesel have been announced as the headline band for this years Music Festival.

To say were excited is an understatement - this is going to be a fantastic night at our big gig. So if you want to be there then you need to get in quick as tickets are going to sell out fast.

Tickets priced at £25 are on sale now at Clachan Filling Station and D.McNair and Son, Campbeltown, as well as Kintyre Electrical and the Corner House in Tarbert.

We know where were going to be this Music Festival - what about you?
7th January 2020
Welcome 2020!
Welcome 2020!
We hope you had a great festive season and are all ready to head to Tarbert over the next few months for your favourite festival (or festivals!)

Weve got it all for you this year. From sailing to music and seafood to winter fun youll find events and festivals throughout the year. The one thing they all have in common is FUN!

What are you waiting for? Well see you soon.
23rd December 2019
'Tis the season!
'Tis the season!
On behalf of Tarbert Festivals committee, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

We very much look forward to welcoming you to Tarbert in 2020 for your favourite event or festival.
8th December 2019
Christmas Fair kicks off the festive season
Christmas Fair kicks off the festive season
There were stalls, carol singers, elves, Santa and a village full of excited youngsters - the perfect recipe for the Christmas Fair!

The Templars Arts and Leisure Centre was packed with local artists, makers, bakers and organisations all with some special Christmas present ideas. It was the perfect place to shop small and support local this year.

Santa arrived in his own Coastguard vehicle before heading to the top floor of TALC where his grotto was decked out with lights and, of course, a big bag of presents for all Tarberts good boys and girls.

And then it was time for the light switch on. Primary school carol singers got the crowd feeling even more festive before this years Seafood Queen Nell Jackson Macfarlane and Councillor Anne Horn started the countdown to light up the village.

Thank you to everyone who came to support the event, our community is the best and we hope you had a wonderful evening.
13th November 2019
Santa Claus is coming to town!
Santa Claus is coming to town!
If youre already feeling stressed out about the coming Christmas season then dont worry, we hear you! Youll be delighted to know Tarbert Christmas Fair is back on Friday 6 December to banish those Christmas blues and leave you feeling festive!

Start your Christmas shopping in our fair which kicks off in the Templar Arts and Leisure Centre at 4pm. With stallholders selling a huge range of gifts youre sure to find something for everyone on your list. You can also feel good about buying from local crafters and sellers meaning youre helping small businesses and organisations by shopping local.

Of course we havent forgotten our younger visitors. Weve heard the man in red and white will be upstairs in his grotto, helped by his cheerful and hard working elves.

And youre going to love watching Tarberts Christmas lights being switched on around 6.30pm. Theres something very special about our village under twinkling lights.

So, make sure youre with us from 4pm on Friday 6 December and enjoy relaxed shopping, happy children and a beautiful village as the magic of Christmas comes to Tarbert.

See you there!
11th September 2019
Tarbert Music Festival - just around the corner!
Tarbert Music Festival - just around the corner!
Have you got your plans made for this years Music Festival? Check under the music festival tab to find all the bands and their venues from Friday - Sunday.

Weve got something for every taste so make a date with Tarbert and lets kick off autumn in style!

Keep an eye on the Tarbert Music Festival page for all the latest news and information. Well see you there!
10th July 2019
Tide Lines tickets going fast!
Tide Lines tickets going fast!
Did you get your tickets to see Tide Lines at this years Music Festival yet? Its going to be a sell out so make sure you get them now from Clachan Filling Station.

Dont miss this incredible gig!
3rd July 2019
With just over a week to go until this year’s Tarbert Seafood Festival two more local businesses have come forward to pledge money towards the village’s biggest annual family festival.

And it was all about family with brothers Jamie Duncan and Andrew McMillan donating £500 each from their businesses Loch Fyne Langoustines and Loch Fyne Seafarms to this year’s event which runs over the weekend of 6 and 7 July.

Presenting the cheque for £1000 to Tarbert Seafood Festival’s Duncan MacGregor and Margaret MacNeill, Andrew MacMillan said: “Tarbert Seafood Festival is very close to our hearts. Tarbert’s seafood is legendary, it’s an industry we love and the Seafood Festival is a celebration which brings the whole community together for two days of real family fun.”

Margaret MacNeill thanked Andrew and Jamie saying: “I am absolutely bowled over by the continued generosity of the village. Thank you so much to Loch Fyne Langoustines and Loch Fyne Seafarms for this money, which will go towards making next week’s festival the best one yet!”
24th May 2019
Tarbert Gun Club are right on target with charity fundraising
Tarbert Gun Club are right on target with charity fundraising
Community minded members of Tarbert Gun Club aimed high last week and raised £1,000 for two much loved organisations. Both Tarbert Seafood Festival and Lochgilphead’s MS Centre were awarded £500 each by the club following their annual charity shoot which took place on Sunday 12 May.

Tarbert Seafood Festival missed out on vital funding from Argyll and Bute Council earlier this year and has relied on the generosity of local businesses and organisations to ensure the festival, which is Tarbert’s most popular annual event, goes ahead as usual.

Tarbert Gun Club’s Brian Baird presented Duncan MacGregor of Tarbert Seafood Festival with their £500 cheque saying: “We’re delighted to help support the Seafood Festival and we hope this money goes some way to ensuring another weekend of family fun.”

Duncan MacGregor replied saying: “We’re incredibly grateful to the Gun Club for this substantial donation. Community funding is increasingly important to the sustainability of events such as the Seafood Festival and we’re delighted Tarbert Gun Club chose to give us this money.”

This year’s Tarbert Seafood Festival takes place on 6 – 7 July 2019.
23rd May 2019
Scottish Series is here!
Scottish Series is here!
The Scottish Series kicks off this weekend 23 - 27 May 2019. And, as well as all the thrills and spills out on the water, Scottish Series spells fun!

Theres a packed social programme including live music and, of course, delicious food too!

From breakfast to bedtime youll find something something going on over at the marquee - well see you there!
14th May 2019
2019 Royal Family announced...
2019 Royal Family announced...
Tarbert Seafood Festival is delighted to announce their royal family for the 2019 festival.

Nell Jackson MacFarlane will be our Seafood Queen with her pretty princesses Codi MacDougall and Farrah MacCallum.

Were very much looking forward to welcoming visitors from near and far to this years festival, which takes place on 6 and 7 July.
26th April 2019
Loch Fyne Viking Festival Workshops BOOK NOW!
Loch Fyne Viking Festival Workshops BOOK NOW!
Do you want to be part of this year’s Loch Fyne Viking Festival? Come to our workshops on 22 and 29 June and join us for some Viking flavoured fun!

We’re running two full days of workshops on Saturdays, to allow people from across the area to get involved, with those fabulous Glasgow Vikings who will help us all get creative, Viking style!

Our workshop on 22 June is:
10am - 12pm Dress Like a Viking
1pm - 3pm Viking Food

and 29 June for:
10am - 12pm Viking Jewellery
1pm - 3pm Viking Weapons

Each full-day workshop costs £7.50 per adult and £5.00 per child. For families with three or more children, just the first two will be eligible to pay.

Places are LIMITED so please contact the Viking Festival organisers via PM on their Facebook page.
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16th April 2019
Seafood Festival is catch of the day for Clyde Fishermen’s Association
Seafood Festival is catch of the day for Clyde Fishermen’s Association
One of Tarbert’s favourite events, Tarbert Seafood Festival is celebrating a much-needed cash injection having netted £2,000 from the Clyde Fishermen’s Association Tarbert Branch.

The festival was left counting the cost when it missed out on vital Argyll and Bute Council event funding earlier this year. However, since then various local organisations have pledged money to ensure the event goes ahead as expected.

The Seafood Festival is a firm favourite among locals and tourists alike, with two days dedicated to great seafood, entertainment and family fun.

Chair of the Clyde Fishermen’s Association Kenny MacNab presented the cheque to Tarbert Seafood Festival committee member Margaret MacNeill saying: “We were very disappointed to hear Tarbert Seafood Festival had failed to attract council funding this year. As a fishing community this is an event very close to our heart and we are delighted to help give organisers a boost to their fundraising efforts.”

Margaret MacNeill thanked Kenny saying, “On behalf of the Seafood Festival committee I’d like to thank Kenny and Clyde Fishermen’s Association Tarbert Branch for this very generous donation. Preparations are underway to ensure this year’s festival is the best one yet and we’re now counting down the weeks until 6th and 7th July when we welcome festival goers back to Tarbert.”

Photo: Kenny MacNab presents Margaret MacNeill with a cheque for £2,000
24th May 2012
Scottish Series
Scottish Series
The current news of the sailing and social programme can be viewed on the Scottish Series page and Clyde Cruising Club websites. There is to be plenty going on during the day, fireworks in the late evening and music until late. See you there!!!
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