Grey Matters Active Ageing Launches their FAIRY HOUSE TRAIL COMPETITION

We are so excited to announce next month’s CHILDREN’S COMPETITION with our talented knitters from Helensburgh and Lomond Grey Matters Active Ageing group

CAN YOU FIND 20 hidden Fairy Houses in shop windows around Helensburgh? 🧚‍♀️🍄✨
If you can, you could win a fab prize kindly donated by Morrisons & Grey matters Active Ageing.
The hand-knitted houses will be on display around the town centre shops from 26th June to 4th July


List the shop locations & pop your entry through the letterbox of Grey Matters Active Ageing
@ 61 West Princes St, Helensburgh
All correct entries will be entered into a draw & the WINNER will be notified on 5th July

Grey Matter Active Ageing

Take Part in our Community Links PAPERCHAIN PROJECT

Take Part in our Community Links PAPERCHAIN PROJECT


We’re hoping to ‘link’ the Helensburgh community together!

Can you Knit?
Can you Crochet?
Can you help us set a WORLD RECORD in time for the Winter Festival at the end of November?

We are creating a “Paperchain’ from knitted or crocheted links that will stretch from William St to Sinclair St.

Even if you can’t knit or crochet, you can still volunteer – get in touch with Karlyn Marshall @helensburgharthub or give her a call on 01436 671499 or you can email if you think you might be able to help in some way!

Thank you!

Paperchain Knitted Chain Links
Individual Link sizes

Helensburgh Loves Local Campaign

Helensburgh Loves Local Campaign


Join our small business community now!

The committee behind the annual Helensburgh Winter Festival is creating an exciting new year-round project. In conjunction with the #ScotlandLovesLocal National Media Campaign and Destination Helensburgh, they plan to promote the town as an all-year-round shopping destination using the new branding of Helensburgh – The Christmas Town’.

“We feel there is a wealth of creativity within Helensburgh and Lomond that would benefit from the year-round promotion we can provide via our website and Social Media accounts. Our ‘Virtual Festival’ with the Virtual Market section in the run-up to Christmas last year proved to be hugely successful, with a reach totalling over 65,000 people across our website and social media platforms in the four weeks before, during and after the Festival.

We would love to expand on this throughout 2021 and continue to build momentum in the run-up to this years’ Winter Festival by offering local, primarily home-based businesses an online presence with the backup and branding of both the Helensburgh Winter Festival and the #HelensburghLovesLocal marketing campaign.

By joining us, you would benefit from the following:

  • Your showcase page on our website (similar to the Virtual Market page we created for last year’s Festival) with your Company Bio, Product Photo Gallery, your Website, E-Commerce and Social Media Links
  • Promotion via our Social Media Platforms – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn
  • #ScotlandLovesLocal and #HelensburghLovesLocal hashtags and branding used across all posts
  • Sharing to our Social Media of all your posts from your Social Media
  • Promotion of your offers, seasonal campaigns and new products launches
  • Additional promotion in the 6wks leading up to this years’ Helensburgh Winter Festival Weekend (27th & 28th Nov 2021)

Even if you cannot attend the live Festival this year or there are restrictions in place for attendees, you can still benefit from the online festival promotion. We will have the Virtual Market page running in conjunction with any live event we can host.

If you wish to be involved in this exciting venture, you can read more and register via the website and we will email you a list of the information we require to promote your business.

Please feel free to pass this on to any other small businesses who meet the criteria – primarily home-based, within the Helensburgh-Lomond Catchment area – which includes the town of Helensburgh and the villages of Cardross, Rhu, Shandon, Garelochhead, Clynder, Cove, Rosneath, Kilcreggan, Arrochar, Tarbet and Luss.

Our deadline for launching the new directory is 31st March, so we would like your confirmation no later than 22nd March, although we hope to add more businesses continuously throughout the year.”

You can follow us on Social Media to keep up to date @HelensburghWinterFestival & @HelensburghChristmasTown on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or visit the website regularly and watch our new Small Business Community grow…

Scotland Loves Local


Helensburgh Loves Local Campaign
Helensburgh Winter Festival – Virtual Car Show Launched!

Helensburgh Winter Festival – Virtual Car Show Launched!

Our Helensburgh Winter Festival Annual Car Show has gone VIRTUAL this year too!

MG and Rover Owners Clubs have had a display at the Winter Festival every year since 2013. This year Covid 19 has meant that things are very different, so the car display has gone online.
While we won’t all be able to gather in person, the limit of 8 to 12 parking spaces has expanded considerably to, well, the size of the internet basically.
Visit our Facebook Page – and please post photos of your pride and joy, or joys, the ones you have now, or the ones you wish you still had – whatever the make:- this year we have no limit on space! If they’re in picturesque locations, even better; but please adhere to some simple guidelines:
* Make sure that you blank your registration numbers before posting.
* Admin will moderate posts before they go live.
HWF is a family event, please bear that in mind when posting!

Penguin Painting Competition Now Open!

Penguin Painting Competition Now Open!

Penguin Painting Competition Prizes
As the Penguin Crew decided they couldn’t safely get round all the local schools to collect your #PenguinPaintings for this years VIRTUAL #HelensburghWinterFestival we decided we would do it online instead!
You can get an adult to download and print the Entry Form from the link on our website below 👇 and ask them to email your masterpieces back to us at OR you can hand them in or post them to: The Olde Christmas Shoppe Scotland at 75 West Clyde St, Helensburgh G84 8AX & Santa’s Elves will keep them safe for the penguins to collect!
The competition is open to any young artists aged 12 years and under and you don’t even have to live in Helensburgh to take part!
NOTE – Scanned, photographed (good quality) entries will be accepted via email as well as those posted or handed into The Olde Christmas Shoppe – please complete the FULL ENTRY DETAILS on Page 2 of the form otherwise your entry will not be included. Only the Child’s 1st name, age and their penguin’s name will be posted publicly, your contact details are required only to contact you if your child has won a prize.
CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS MON 16TH NOV – so hurry up and get painting!


Judging will be done via Facebook Likes – the 3 penguins with the most likes/comments/shares will WIN the following:
1st Prize £30 Gift Voucher
2nd Prize – £20 Gift Voucher
3rd Prize – £10 gift Voucher

Gift Vouchers will be redeemable in The Toy Shop & Grasshopper Toys & in Helensburgh.


Facebook T&C’s apply.
The final 3 winners will be selected using the judging figures above at the discretion of the Helensburgh Winter Festival Committee. The 3 prize winners will be notified in the week of 23rd November, via phone or email and must be able to redeem their vouchers in the shops allocated – vouchers are non-transferable. NO cash alternative will be provided.
Winners will be announced on Social Media and contacted directly, and all entries will be available for viewing in a Gallery on the Helensburgh Winter Festival website. Following GDPR Regulations, Only the Child’s 1st name, age and their penguin’s name will be posted publicly, your contact details are required only to contact you if your child has won a prize.
NOTE – hand-painted & hand-drawn entries ONLY PLEASE. Digitally drawn entries will NOT be included!