Loch Ness Knit Fest – FAQs

We may be getting a little over excited starting our Loch Ness Knit Fest countdown in March but we just can’t wait until the autumn event. With the recent release of our 2018 programme,  already we’ve been asked quite a few questions so we thought we’d post the FAQs on our blog and hopefully this will help you find the answers you may be looking for. 

As always, feel free to send any other thoughts, ideas and questions our way via ask@lochnessknitfest.com!

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What is the Knit Fest Hub? 

With general festival admission you can access our Knit Fest Hub at Inverness Leisure Centre. This is where we have our Marketplace, Crafting Village, Main Stage entertainment and ‘Knit and Natter Lounge’. This is open Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October 10.00-18.00. Advance tickets are £8 per day or £15 for a weekend pass.

Where and when can we browse the marketplace?

Our Marketplace will be open in Inverness Leisure Centre, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October 2018. Opening times are 10.00 to 18.00 each day. We’ve released the first phase of exhibitors here. You’ll see 60 in total come October!

What classes will be running this year?

The full workshop/ presentation programme is available here. The workshops will be running Friday 19th and Saturday 20th October. You can pick a morning session 9.00-12.00 or afternoon 14.00-17.00 or both if you’re really keen. The sessions will take place in Inverness Leisure Centre and two other buildings in close proximity to the main Knit Fest Hub!

How can I book a class?

You can book your tickets here. We use an online booking system and you’ll be asked to show your printed receipt at the desk at the entry point.


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. General admission is £10 per day on the door. 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 19th you can come along to a fantastic Scottish Ceilidh which is guaranteed to be a lot of fun with Blazin Fiddles on the stage. Tickets are £35. Or if you’re more of a foodie, on Saturday 20th  we’ll host our annual Highland Feast in Inverness city centre. Tickets are £30.

What is the catering like? Are there any vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free options?

Inverness Leisure Centre has a number of food-ordering points and coffee carts, not to mention its own public café. Sandwiches, soup, cakes and 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. If you have any concerns, please just drop us a note at ask@lochnessknitfest.com.

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 within the marketplace.

How do I get to the venue?

Inverness Leisure is located at the west-side of the city on Glenurquhart Road (A82) heading south towards Fort William.

We are easily accessed using the regular bus services to and from the City Centre. For the most up-to-date bus timetables please click here to be taken directly to the operators website. The current service running to Inverness Leisure is Route 2 and the closest bus stop the facility is the Cemetery Stop at Glenurquhart Road.

For further bus information you can check the operator’s main website by clicking here.

Alternatively you can walk from the City Centre to Inverness taking in the sights and sounds along the beautiful River Ness. This is a very flat walk and will take the average person around 25 minutes.

Cyclists who are looking for a quieter roads can use the same walking route along the River Ness from the City Centre. Once you get to Inverness Leisure we have plenty of cycle racks located close to our front door where you can secure your bikes while you visit.

Disabled Access? 

A number of DISABLED BADGE HOLDER spaces have been reserved close to the building for Blue Card holders only and these will be allocated on a first come first served basis. There is disabled access throughout Inverness Leisure Centre.

What is the parking like? No stress, there is ample free parking on site both at Inverness Leisure Centre and nearby.