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Build an Inverness sandcastle with your kids this summer

By Alexandra Baff

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Painted Inverness Castle Rocks
Painted Inverness Castle Rocks

With the inaugural Get Set For Summer event next Saturday, the Inverness Castle team are encouraging families to go along and build a sandcastle.

The Inverness Castle team will have a tent at the free Northern Meeting Park family fun day, with bucket and spades at the ready for children to take to the sand pit. The sand pit will be specially made for the event by contractor Bancon Construction, which is working on the refurbishment of the castle.

Visitors can also learn more about the Inverness Castle experience which is due to open in 2025.

Children will also be given rocks to decorate. The stones will be from the castle but repurposed and smoothed out for people to paint.

People will be encouraged to share their rock creations on social media with the hashtag #InvernessCastleRocks.

Highland Council's Inverness leader Ian Brown 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?”

The Inverness Castle Experience will have £30 million invested into it to support its redevelopment. The funding will come from a range of sources including the Scottish and UK governments, Highland Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

SNP MSP Fergus Ewing, co-chairman 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.”

The event – organised by High Life Highland and LCC Live – will feature a range of activities and entertainment on offer for families, including funfair rides and storytime sessions.

High Life Highland chief executive Steve Walsh said: “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.”

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