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High Life Highland (HLH) transform Bellfield Park into a Winter Garden


By Imogen James

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Erin and Finlay Gilbertson opening day one of the advent calendar.
Erin and Finlay Gilbertson opening day one of the advent calendar.

Throughout the month of December, Bellfield Park has been transformed into a Winter Garden.

Families and visitors can enjoy a stroll in the now festive park, hunting to for snowmen, learning the Christmas tree maze or enjoying the illumination’s and décor.

From tomorrow, the gardens will be open every day from 12pm until 8pm in the run up to Christmas.

The event is delivered by HLH on behalf of the Inverness Events and Festivals Working Group, and is supported by the Inverness Common Good Fund.

Highland Councillor Ian Brown, chair of the city’s Events and Festivals Working Group said: “In light of the ongoing pandemic and its effect on social activities and large-scale events, we know families have missed traditional occasions so we want to allow families the opportunity to mark this special time of the year whilst keeping the health and welfare of the public and staff foremost in our mind.

“The Bellfield Winter Garden is a lovely outdoor space for the whole family to enjoy and will be something we hope encourages people out into the fresh air and to explore the green spaces around the city.”

There is also an advent calendar in the Winter Garden, which will be opened each day by the first visitors to the park.

On Wednesday December 1, it was opened by Erin, nine, and Finlay Gilbertson, seven.

Reuben Bruce and his cousing Emily Murray open day two of the calendar.
Reuben Bruce and his cousing Emily Murray open day two of the calendar.

Today, the calendar was opened by cousins Reuben Bruce and Emily Murray.

HLH events manager, Amy Macleod, said: “Bellfield’s Winter Garden is a family friendly, festive park space for individuals and families to enjoy in their own time in the lead up to Christmas.

“Open seven days, and with the distance from the High Street to Bellfield park similar to the length of Glasgow’s Buchanan Street, we would like to encourage visitors to the City Centre to enjoy a stroll around the park and riverside and remind people of all that Inverness has to offer this winter.”


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