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Dandelion Festival - Inverness

Northern Meeting Park

Date and time

2 - 4 September

Location

Northern Meeting Park

 

Join us at Northern Meeting Park, Inverness, for a FREE three-day festival of live music, performances, talks, workshops and food that's open to everyone - all part of a unique festival that dares to reimagine our relationship with food and the planet.

Dandelion Inverness Festival poster

The final Dandelion Festival takes place in Inverness on 2–4 September.

Across the weekend, the venues will be transformed with live music, interactive walkabout theatre, science and creative activities for all the family as part of a unique festival that dares to reimagine our relationship with food and the planet.

Musicians will perform on the Pavilion of Perpetual Light, a spectacular 10-metre vertical farm and concert platform made from dozens of Cubes of Perpetual Light, and the intimate, in-the-round Orchard Stage. 

Live Music

Across three stages you will be able to watch an eclectic mix of live music (full line-up and day splits here), but make sure to check out the other festival areas for a full programme of entertainment for all ages (more info at the bottom of this page).

Friday 17 June:

Del Amitri. Nati Dredd. King Creosote.

Saturday 18 June:

Tank and the Bangas. The Lost Words. Dreamers' Circus.

Sunday 19 June:

Sona Jobarteh. Hannah Rarity. Dallahan.

Images showing the main stage lit up at night at the Dandelion Festival

Food, Talks, Workshops & More

We will have a wide programme of talks and events by leading scientists, chefs, artists, activists and others on such urgent issues as sustainability, climate action and food poverty. Sparking conversations and brining varied viewpoints on a whole range of conversations. Find talks programme on event pages.

You will be sure to eat well at Dandelion Festival Inverness. With a number of vendors and producers who create delicious locally sourced, ethical and sustainable dishes. These will include the delicious Mrs Falafel, the original Stand Bahn Mi, Hector & Harriet for all those with a sweet tooth, Papa’s Loaded Fries and how could we not have Asher’s Ice Cream. In addition to a bar with local craft beers, wines and spirits. Come share in our celebration.

Visit our Potting Sheds dotted around the site to discover some of the amazing community organisations, artists and growers who will all have hands on activities for the whole family and information prompting discussion.

Venue Information

Travel

By train: The nearest train station to the Park is Inverness Station. The station is a 15 minute walk (0.8miles) to Ardross Street. The entrance adjacent to Eden Court Theatre is a 17 minute walk (0.9 miles). Both routes are paved and mostly flat. The shortest travel time from Glasgow Queen Street is just over 3hours. The shortest travel time from Edinburgh Waverley is 3hrs 20mins.

By bus: The nearest bus station is Stagecoach Inverness Bus Station. The station is a 13 minute walk (0.6miles) to Ardross Street. The entrance adjacent to Eden Court Theatre is a 14 minute walk (0.7 miles). Both routes are paved and mostly flat. The No 919 bus (to Fort William) leaves the Bus station from Bus stance 1 every 4 minutes. Travel 2 stops to Planefield Road and it is then a 3 minute (0.2 mile) walk to the Ardross Street entrances. Before travelling, remember to double-check all travel arrangements and for the most up to date information check out your journey on the day on www.travelinescotland.com

By taxi: Inverness Taxis: 01463 22 22 22 / Capital Taxis: 01463 80 80 80 / Inverness City Taxis: 01463 22 25 55

Toilets

There are Accessible and Gender Neutral Toilets on site. These are located inside the Park on the wall closest to the Cathedral.

There are Portaloos on site as part of the larger Dandelion Festival 3-day festival that includes accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Parking

All disabled parking pay and display bays for blue badge holders are free of charge and have no time restriction. Anyone displaying a valid blue badge may park in a ‘limited waiting’ bay without time restriction. For all other visitors, there is a pay and display car park at Eden Court Theatre/Cathedral. The car park is 400 yeards from the entrance to the Festival site.

Access

There are three entrances to the Festival:

Two entrances on Ardross Street. One entrance adjacent to Eden Court Car Park.

These entrance points will be stewarded. All stewards will be wearing hi vis vests and have been trained to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults.

The Pick Up and Drop Off point for disabled visitors is on Ardross Street.

There is step free access into the Park from all entrances. Access to the Festival site is level and paved. Most of the paths in the Park are asphalt and smooth. Grass areas will have track access for those with restricted mobility, wheelchair or walking aid users.

The programme of Talks will be held in the Hothouse Tent (a stretch tent) immediately adjacent to Eden Court Theatre. Access to the tent is step free, level and paved.

The Festival is suitable for those with additional sensory needs.  Music on the Dandelion Stage and Pavilion Stages will be amplified. The stages will be lit but flashing or strobe lighting will not be used.

There is one Information Point: at the Main Gate at Ardross Street.

BSL interpretation will be provided for the Talks programme and there will be ‘roving’ BSL interpreters throughout the Festival.

There is a viewing platform for disabled visitors - it is possible to pre-book a space before your arrival on site. Please contact Caroline Thompson.

Well behaved dogs are welcome and fresh drinking water will be provided in the Food and Drink Area.