LOCH NESS KNIT FEST (29 Sept to 2 Oct) 
Join us in Inverness this autumn for Loch Ness Knit Fest – an exciting and innovative four-day festival for the international crafting community to be held in the heart of the Highlands.

Inspired by the hugely successful Danish Strikkefestival (and with the blessing of its organiser Crystal Seyfarth) our inaugural international knitting festival will be hosted by venues across the Highland capital, including the legendary location of neighbouring Loch Ness, promising to be an event to remember for everyone involved.

Drawing on the region’s rich cultural and crafting history Loch Ness Knit Fest will see crafters come together in stunning surroundings to network, shop and share knitting knowledge.
Combining an exciting array of exhibitors with a fully flexible visitor experience Loch Ness Knit Fest is a chance to craft memorable moments amongst fellow makers while discovering this inspirational Scottish setting.

With everything from immersive knitting experiences to hands-on wool workshops, Loch Ness Knit Fest will cater for all kinds of crafters who can enjoy appearances from Scottish knitting icons such as Alice Starmore, as well as festival spokesman and Landward favourite Sarah Mack.

The jam-packed programme offers festival goers a chance to create an experience tailored to their own stitching style, picking presentations and weaving in workshops to create four days of truly unique knit fest fun.

Want to be a part of it? Registration for guests is open now and limited exhibitor spaces are still available.

Loch Ness Knit Fest is a collaborative project from Cobbs, Planit Scotland and Visit Inverness Loch Ness with funding from Event Scotland, Highland Council and the Common Good Fund.

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A bumper crowd of 10,000 plus attended the festivities at Bught Park which saw the popular TruckNess event relocated from Dores to join the Inverness Highland Games and Inverness Gala for a special one off visit.

The weekend started and finished with two unforgettable record breaking moments. The festivities got underway with performances by the Inverness Military Wives and University of Leuven Belgian Choirs and the induction into the Inverness Highland Games Hall of Fame of Games Chairman Angus Dick and Games Scorer John Findlayson.

This was followed by presentation of the Provost’s Medal to Inverness Harrier Paul Davidson to mark his success in the International Neurological Athletic Association of Sports European Championships in Ankara, Turkey.

The records then started to fall as the crowd enjoyed the biggest Mass Highland Fling to date as hundreds of delighted spectators ran on to the field to perform for Games Chieftain Provost Helen Carmichael.

After witnessing 120 competitors in the Games Highland Dancing Competitions showing them how it should be done; the laughter from the field and packed grandstand told you everything you needed to know about their enthusiastic efforts.

After an exciting day of fiercely contested competition in the main stadium Sinclair Patience was crowned Champion Heavy after winning the weight over the bar, Scots Hammer and Inverness Stone; before completing the Inverness Stonemason’s Stone Challenge to end his day.

Third time visitor Brad Goldsmith of Virginia USA failed on his first attempt at the Stonemason’s stone becoming only the 6th man in the modern era to complete the daunting 252lb Challenge to the delight of the crowd. Brad also won the Tossing the Caber event while Jamie Gunn from Caithness emerged victorious in the Weight For Distance.

Amongst the many additional attractions on offer over the weekend were a fly past by the Coastguard’s helicopter, a Veterans Parade, a Wheelbarrow Grand Prix, an Armed Forces Village, a Shinty Sixes competition and a Boxing Tournament.

The packed programme of activities was the biggest package of entertainment that the Highland Council has ever organised on a single weekend and passed off as planned without incident much to everyone's delight.

Roll on next year

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Our 2016 Inverness Summer Festival Supplement will appear on June 29th.

You are going to love discovering the wide range of great events we have planned for you and your family to enjoy!

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Beer Festival Dates announced 

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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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Cartie Racing is coming to Croy on 14 August

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