Winter festival returns to Oban

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Oban’s Winter Festival is back next month bringing 10 days of seasonal cheer to the town.

Organisers are delighted to announce the popular festival’s return and say although it will be smaller and different to previous times – it will be as good fun as ever.

With light-up events, markets and competitions in the line-up, community safety is top of the priority list as plans crack on for the event that will run from November 19 to November 28.

The programme is filling up but there is still space for anyone who would like to put on an event to get in touch with the festival team by messaging them on Facebook or emailing info@obanwinterfestival.com

Takers for stalls at the festival’s Christmas markets showcasing the best of arts, crafts and produce are also being invited to contact the team.

This year’s Christmas markets will be at Oban Distillery on November 20 and November 27 from 10am to 4pm, at the Corran Halls on November 20 from 10am to 4pm and also at The View on November 27 again at 10am to 4pm.

‘We know people missed the Winter Festival last year so we are delighted to bring it back. We are mindful of Covid restrictions, so this year’s event will be smaller and organised with community safety being paramount. However, it will be just as much fun as before and we look forward to seeing everyone in November,’ said a festival spokesperson.

In the build-up to the winter festivities, pumpkin carvers are being asked to join in a competition to show off their handiwork.

Taste of Argyll is teaming up with the festival to host a carved pumpkin and scarecrow competition with plans to display entries at a later event.

Pumpkins and scarecrows need to be handed in to the shop in Airds Crescent before noon on Sunday October 31. Free tealights will be available.

There will be a public vote to decide the winner between noon and 7pm, the shop will be open until 7pm and every entry will get a hot chocolate and sweet.