We’re gearing up for the best Loch Ness Knit Fest yet!
Thought it’s probably a good idea to share a list of FAQs so that your all in the loop. If you want to make sure that you don’t miss any updates, subscribe to our mailing list to the right of this post. We’ll be pushing out regular updates as the event draws nearer.
Where and when can we browse the marketplace?
The wonderful woolly marketplace will be open in Inverness Ice Centre over Friday 13th, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October 2017. Opening times are 10.00 to 18.00 on Friday and Saturday, and 14.00 on Sunday. We’ll soon be sharing a list of exhibitors online so that you can start to write your shopping lists.
What classes will be running this year?
The full workshop/ presentation programme is available here. We’re awfully excited to welcome teachers from the UK, Europe and USA. There are classes suitable for all levels and these are dispersed throughout the three day festival (13-15th October). The Loch Ness Knit Fest hub will be Inverness Ice Centre this year but we’ll also be using other buildings in close proximity to house some of the workshops.
How can I book a class?
We use an online booking system and you’ll be asked to show your printed receipt at the desk at the entry point. Note that the cost of the class will include entry to the event on that day only, if you have booked more than one class on two seperate days, you will have access for those two days. A day pass or full weekend pass would be required for the days you do not have classes/presentations booked.
What are the ticket prices?
Our festival can be tailored to suit you as a crafter so we have a number of different ticket options to pick from. It all depends on what you want to get from the event so take a look here for further details.
Do children have to pay to get in?
Under-12s can attend for free but must be accompanied by an adult. Unfortunately our classes aren’t tailored to accommodate children, however it’s something we’re looking into for future events.
Can I bring my dog?
Unfortunately not. (Guide dogs are of course permitted.)
Can I buy an entry ticket on the day?
Yes absolutely – cash only, though. It’s also important to note that many of our workshops and presentations sell out early so you may not get a ticket if you leave the booking until last minute.
Will there be an evening event?
Yes, of course! On Friday 13th Oct you can come along to a fantastic Scottish Ceilidh which is guaranteed to be a lot of fun wth Blazin Fiddles on the stage. Tickets are £35. Or if you’re more of a foodie, on Saturday 14th Oct we’ll host our annual Gala Dinner at the newly refurbished Mercure hotel, perched on the banks of the River Ness.
What is the catering like? Are there any vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free options?
Inverness ice centre has a number of food-ordering points and coffee carts, not to mention its own public café. Sandwiches, soup, cakes, a couple of hot food options are on offer – plus we make sure there are vegetarian and gluten-free, and as far as possible, dairy-free options on the menu (while stocks last, of course).
Do I bring cash or can I pay by card?
We’d always recommend taking cash to be on the safe side. Each vendor has their own arrangement so simply ask, there’ll be lots of portable card machines the marketplace.
How do I get to the venue?
Car: here’s the address for your SAT NAV Inverness Ice Centre, Bught Park, Inverness, IV3 5SR.
Walk: it only takes 20-30mins to walk to the Ice Centre from the city centre. All you need to do is follow the River Ness upstream, it’s a lovely scenic stroll if you’re up for a leg stretch.
Train & Bus: The nearest mainline station is in the City Centre (about 3 miles way) with regular services from the North and the South.
Taxi: Taxi ranks are located within both the Bus Station and outside the Railway Station. Please contact City Taxi’s on 01463 222222 for bookings.
What is the parking like? No stress, there is ample free parking on site both at the Ice Centre and nearby.