Two Highland organisations have announced that they will be coming together to deliver a ‘free entry’ event for Highland residents in the centre of Inverness this summer.

High Life Highland, one of the Highland’s largest third sector charities is partnering with Highland business, LCC Live, known for delivering major concerts and events to the Highlands and across UK.

The private and third sector partnership will see the first ever ‘Get Set for Summer’ take place on Saturday 24th June at the Northern Meeting Park in Inverness.

High Life Highland and LCC Live will throw open the gates of the park and welcome in a number of local businesses, charities and performers to create a big family fun day out. Plans for the day include live entertainment, family games, sporting activities, charity challenges and games – providing the perfect location for locals and visitors alike to meet, eat, and play for the day.

Steve Walsh, Chief Executive of High Life Highland said, “Like many organisations, High Life Highland is very aware of the personal challenges that individuals and families across the Highlands are facing because of the current cost-of-living crisis.

“As a charity, we have been keen to do something to support people and bring them together to celebrate everything great and good about the Highlands. So, when the opportunity came up to partner the team at LCC Live by offering a free-to-access event in the city, we knew this was very much in line with our charitable objectives to support people across the Highlands.

Les Kidger, Managing Director of LCC Live continued, “We are extremely grateful for the support we receive from Highland residents who have attended the many concerts we have promoted in and around Inverness, and over the years we have supported a number of small groups and charities.

“But working in partnership with HLH means that ‘Get Set For Summer’ is a much bigger way for us to be able to give even more back to our communities by being part of an affordable event that can bring families together on what we hope will be a warm, Inverness summers day.”

‘Get Set For Summer’ will take place from 11am-5pm on Saturday, 24th June at the Northern Meeting Park in the centre of the city.

The respective teams at LCC Live and HLH are working to bring a number of other Highland charities, performers and businesses along on the day to showcase, promote and sell what is on offer across the Highlands. The organising team is also particularly keen to hear from any organisations that would like the opportunity to promote their summer activities at ‘Get Set For Summer’.

Les Kidger went on, “We are currently in discussions with various providers to help us make this a really special day in the city, and for the people of the Highlands. Over the next few weeks, we will be announcing some of those attractions, charities and vendors on our dedicated ‘Get Set For Summer’ Facebook page, so we’d encourage people to keep an eye our social media to watch as the event develops and grows.”

Concluding, Steve Walsh said, “We are sure the day will be a big success and will bring lots of people to the park for a really fun day out.

“We are particularly delighted to announce this new family event for the City on the eve of the Northern Meeting Park’s first signature live event of the season – The Gathering Festival, a family event High Life Highland proudly support in the area annually.”

The Northern Meeting Park has always been a great place to meet and to play in the City and it is fitting that ‘Get Set for Summer’ will be one of the final major events to take place in the Northern Meeting Park prior to refurbishment works taking place at the historic city location.

The refurbishment works at the Northern Meeting Park are part of three projects along the River Ness in Inverness designed to boost the city’s sporting and cultural attractions, preserve key heritage assets, help attract more tourists and assist in achieving net zero carbon targets and which are being supported with almost £20 million from the Levelling Up Fund.