NEWSFLASH 


We are delighted to announce that TruckNess is moving from Dores to become part of the Inverness Highland Games and Gala Weekend at Bught Park on 16-17 July.
Entries are now being accepted from Truckers wishing to display at this event which will be located on Bught Road on Inverness Highland Games Day Saturday 16th July (all day) and on the morning of Inverness Gala Sunday 17th July. The trucks will be depart at 12:00 in order to make way for the first running of the Inverness Wheelbarrow Grand Prix.

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NEWSFLASH 
Cartie Racing is coming to Croy on 14 August


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REVIEW - HOGMANAY 



This year’s Inverness Winter Festival climaxed with an estimated 12,000 spectators attending Scotland’s biggest free Hogmanay Party, The Red Hot Highland Fling in Northern Meeting Park Arena on 31st December.


Comedian Craig Hill hosted the four and a half hour show which featured headliners Capercaillie who were joined by two former winners of the Scottish Trad Music Live Band of the Year Award Breabach and Skerryvore.

Capercaillie featured the peerless voice of co-founder Karen Matheson who demonstrated why she is universally recognised and loved as one of the finest Gaelic singers alive today; and the band had the crowd jigging and reeling along to their set for with obvious delight.

The midnight moment featured a spectacular fireworks display and the traditional singing of Auld Lang Syne.

After the event it was announced that the show taken place without any incidents requiring attention by the Stewards or the Emergency Services personnel in attendance on the night to the delight of all. CLICK ON RELATED LINK BELOW TO SEE FOOTAGE FROM THE SHOW

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REVIEW - WINTER WONDERLAND TAKE 2 


There was a record attendance at the Winter Wonderland event which was postponed for 7 days due to flooding at Whin Park.

An estimated 2000 spectators braved heavy rain to attend the opening night show on Friday; 6000 attended on Saturday and 5500 attended on Sunday.

The feedback that we have received back suggests that this year's show was "the best yet". Big thank you to our creative wizards John Beaton and his team (Highland Council Lighting); Craig Duncan and his team (Limelight Event Services), Danielle Mackay (Mascot Madness) and Ruaraidh Milne (Fly Agaric)

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Review Christmas Lights Switch On 


The 2015 Christmas Lights Switch On saw a wonderful crowd gather in Inverness City Centre to see Provost Helen Carmichael and Santa lead over 5000 marchers through the streets of the Highland Capital to turn on the Christmas Lights.

After gathering at Crown Primary School and enjoying a wonderful performance of "Amazing Grace" by members of the Stagecoach Theatre School; the marchers lit their torches (which they had purchased to raise much needed funds for the Inverness Womens' Refuge) and headed off down Stephens Brae to rousing cheers.

Hosted by Nicola McAlley of STV, the Parade featured 3 Giant Snowmen, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Tigger and the most excited Minion that anyone has ever seen and Nessie, the splendid new Jacobite Cruises mascot who was appearing for the first time anywhere.

After passing through the High Street, the parade went down Church Street, where Arts in Motion had illuminated Abertaff House especially for the occasion. The evening ended with a hugely enjoyable Carol Service in the Old High Church which was enjoyed by all.

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RECORD BREAKING START - THANK YOU SO MUCH! 
The Inverness WInter Festival opened in record breaking fashion at the weekend with attendances at the Highland Council's free Halloween Show on Ness Islands more than doubling in size before a bumper crowd turned out to enjoy our bonfire and fireworks display in Bught Park.

The previous record for the Halloween weekend of 12,000 was smashed on the first night when 18104 spectators arrived to see the show which was based on the famous Halloween short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving; and the following night 8028 enjoyed the show.

The shows 1300m circuit around Ness Islands was transformed by projections and illuminations amongst the trees by Arts in Motion, Limelights and the Highland Council's Lighting Department; and provided the perfect backdrop for the largest cast assembled in the history of the show. Eden Court Creative had brought together 180 young performers from across the Highlands to bring to life the Headless Horseman and the villagers who were trying to avoid him; and the delight in the faces of the spectators was plain for all to see.

Behind the scenes, the unexpectedly large turn out on Friday evening combined with busy nights at Inverness Leisure Centre and Inverness Ice Rink to use up all the available parking spaces and temporarily brought traffic to a halt.

Thankfully the Council's Events Team were able to get get traffic moving again by opening an exit road through the Western Bypass building site; and the patience and understanding of the drivers and passengers on the night was much appreciated.

The following Thursday, an estimated 18,000 turned out to enjoy a spectacular bonfire and fireworks display.

A huge thank you to everybody who has supported our events in what has to be the best 7 days since Inverness Festivals started!



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