As part of the activities during the ‘Get Set for Summer’, fun family event in the Northern Meeting Park, in Inverness, on Saturday 24 June, the Inverness Castle team are inviting people to come along, build sandcastles and have a chat about the Inverness Castle Experience, due to open as a visitor attraction in 2025.
The castle tent will be pitched up in the park, with buckets and spades at the ready to engage in some creative fun in the custom-built sand pit, made by Inverness Castle contractors Bancon Construction, especially for the day.
There will also be the opportunity to decorate a rock, repurposed from a selection of original stones from the castle, smoothed down and ready to be drawn on and taken home as a special keepsake. Shares on social media will be encouraged with the hashtag #InvernessCastleRocks
Cllr Ian Brown, Leader of Inverness City and Area and Co-chair of the Inverness Castle Project Delivery Group, said:
“It is a welcome opportunity to showcase the Inverness Castle project in the historic Northern Meeting Park, another city centre venue about to undergo a refurbishment this year.”
“What better way to add to your day out than being able to take a small piece of the original Inverness Castle back home, decorated by your own hands.”
Fergus Ewing, MSP, Co-chair of the Inverness Castle Delivery Group, said:
“Attending community events like this one in the Northern Meeting Park allows people from all over the Highlands and beyond to engage with the Inverness Castle Experience, alongside other brilliant people working and volunteering in community initiatives in the area.”
“It finally feels like there is a really strong sense of community here again and with all the investment in venues along the River Ness we hope this means a huge increase in usage of the area in the years to come.”
Allan Clow, Managing Director of Bancon Construction, said:
“A key part of the philosophy of Bancon Construction is supporting the communities in which we operate in. When we were approached about building and sponsoring the sand pit for the Inverness Castle team there was no hesitation in saying yes!”
Speaking about the ‘Get set for Summer Event’ Steve Walsh, High Life Highland Chief Executive said, “High Life Highland is delighted to be partnering with LCC Live, event services, on this free-to-enter, ‘community give-back’ event taking place at the Historic Northern Meeting Park. It is great news that the team from Inverness Castle Experience has created a really innovative way to be part of the event as well as being there to share information about the hugely exciting Inverness Castle Experience. I am sure those that attend will love taking part in what the team has set up.”
The Inverness Castle project, opening in 2025, will benefit from £30m investment to support its re-development from the Scottish and UK Governments, The Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and a range of other partners.
The Inverness Castle project is part of the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal, which is a joint initiative supported by up to £315m investment from the UK and Scottish governments, The Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and University of the Highlands and Islands, aimed at stimulating sustainable regional economic growth.’