Schools and Colleges

We See Stranraer – Primary Schools to get Creative

Local chefs are producing a set of child-friendly recipes with a focus on seafood and fish. Our primary school pupils will be working in small teams to cook their chosen recipe, write a short account of what they did, take some photos during preparation and a few review comments about what  they enjoyed about eating the meal – or not!  Our chefs have agreed to give some friendly feedback on how well the pupils interpreted the recipe.

The recipes and associated school reviews will be posted here after the Festival for you to try at home!

Taking ‘We See Stranraer’ as a theme, primary school pupils will produce an artefact that reflects how they perceive the town. This will be open to wide interpretation and pupils will be encouraged to get creative!  They could produce a painting, collage, sculpture, photo montage, drama, song, poem….the main requirement is that the  outcome is a reflection of the pupils own ideas and perceptions.  The artefacts will be on display at the Festival and afterwards in one of Stranraer’s public places.

We hope to see every local primary school represented at the Festival.  Watch this space!


Masterchef Competition for Stranraer Academy Home Economics students

Stranraer Academy Home Economics students will have an opportunity to participate in an exciting ‘Master Chef’ competition.

With the support of chef Tony Budde (College Campus, Stranraer) and over four timetabled lessons, Home Economics teachers at the Academy will choose six students as grand finalists. These six students will then create and cost out a recipe of their own and will go on to produce the meal in the College kitchen. Selected classmates will attend the College campus alongside the six finalists and watch the grand final via a live video link and will then taste and review the food that the finalists have produced.

The competition will be judged to a specific set of criteria to include budget, use of local produce, taste, presentation of food and table setting.

A prize will be awarded to the overall winner.


Dumfries and Galloway College’s Stranraer Campus on board

Dumfries and Galloway College’s Stranraer Campus is really on board when it comes to engaging with the Oyster Festival!

Volunteer recruitment is well under way and we are offering opportunities for College students to work in teams to support areas such as

  • Social media and website
  • Photography and film production
  • Journalism and reporting
  • Sports organisation
  • Arts and crafts
  • Pop-up beauty shop
  • Information stations
  • Hospitality

and many more!

Many students see the direct links between these volunteering opportunities and the courses they have chosen to study in Stranraer and they will undoubtedly enhance existing skills and develop new ones as they achieve hands-on, real-world experience during the Festival.  Future employers, take note!

Stranraer Campus is also supporting cookery competitions and demonstrations as well as links to the Dumfries and Galloway Urban Art Project where young people will display different techniques such as graffiti, mural making, stencilling and much more!

Princes Trust students are also very keen to get involved and many have volunteered their support during the Festival period.