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Clubs and Societies 1068 AIR CADETS Tues & Thurs, 7.15pm - 9.30pm, 2 Firth Street, Nairn. Activities ranging from flying to RAF Station visits. Ages 13 - 20. Call 01667 453232 or email at 1068@aircadets.org BOYS BRIGADE For further information please call 01667 452950

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HEADWAY HIGHLAND (NAIRN) SOCIAL GROUP 2nd Mon of month, 10am 12pm, St Columba's Church Hall, Queen Street, Nairn. Tea, coffee & biscuits served. For people & families affected by acquired brain injury. Call Blayne on 01667 451392 LEAGUE OF FRIENDS OF NAIRN HOSPITAL Our charity raises funds to provide extra comforts for staff & patients at Nairn Town County Hospital & also provide equipment for the hospital. Call 01667 452243

LEARN GAELIC IN NAIRN Wed, 7.30pm - 9.30pm & Thurs, 9.30am - 11.30am.Weekly classes during school terms. Beginners to Intermediate. Call Lorraine McBeath on 01667 451291

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MUSIC NAIRN Nairn's popular & well supported music society. Regular high quality concerts are held in Nairn Community & Arts Centre & everyone is most welcome. Call 01667 455701. www.musicnairn.org.uk

NAIRN & DISTRICT SENIOR CITIZENS LUNCH CLUB Mon & Thurs, 12.30pm, Nairn Community Centre. Two course lunch, tea, coffee & biscuits. Bingo, raffles, trips out & entertainment. New members welcome. Call Marleen McInnes on 01667 452886

NAIRN ARTS SOCIETY We meet in the Laing Hall, Fishertown. Regular exhibitions, demonstrations & sales of art works. Groups meet daily at various times. Call Maureen Firth (Secretary) on 01667 258978 www.nairnarts.co.uk

NAIRN BOWLING CLUB ALBERT STREET Mon, Wed & Sat, 2pm & Fri, 7pm. (Open for "spoons". Visitors always welcome. Call Bob Ferenth on 01667 258251 nairnbowlingclub.wix.com/nairn

NAIRN CARDIACTIVE GROUP Mon, 7.15pm, Nairn Community Centre. Hour long exercise session led by a qualified physiotherapist. Come & join this friendly group & look after your heart. Call June on 01667 453655 NAIRN COMMUNITY CENTRE Lots of events & classes happening so get in touch Call Sam on 01667 453476. www.nairncc.co.uk

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NAIRN SOCCER SEVENS Mon (Easter - Oct), 6pm 7.15pm. Qualified SFA coaches provide coaching & games.( P2 P7). Call 01667 452930 NAIRN WINE CIRCLE Home wine making. Meetings held through the year. New members welcome. Call Rosemary or Chris on 01667 454019 or 452000 www.nairnwinewinecircle.org.uk

ROYAL AIR FORCES ASSOCIATION (RAFA) 2nd Tues of month, 8pm, Royal British Legion, Nairn. Offering friendship & welfare support to serving & ex-serving members of the RAF and their families.

NAIRN DOMINO LEAGUE For further information call 01667 452496

SEWING GROUP NAIRN For more information call 01667 455012

NAIRN DRAMA CLUB Mon, 7.30pm, The Little Theatre, Nairn. Amateur drama club open to everyone, whatever your interest in theatre. Call Sandra McGowan on 01667 455899 or email enquiries@ nairndrama.org.uk www.nairndrama.org.uk

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Pastoral Leer & Church Meetings The touch of Jesus in our lives.

If we look at the New Testament we find numerous examples of Jesus ‘touching lives’, and the effect of that meeting of lives meant different things to different people. eg read the story of Jesus healing a man with leprosy in Mark 1 v 40-42.(NIV) To some it is THE CLEANSING TOUCH as it was to the leper in this story. Today we are, of course, so much more knowledgeable about the causes of disease, but we often allow our bodies and minds to be affected by the world in which we live, a world which generally doesn't hold to the beliefs that we do, and in so doing we allow ourselves to become affected by dis-ease . This is a stressful, hurtful and often selfish world in which we live. It is at times like this that we too need to know the cleansing touch of Jesus, to have our minds and bodies refreshed by his touch upon them. To others the touch of Jesus was THE QUIETING TOUCH. There are times in our lives when the stress of living makes life almost unbearable. Concentration becomes impossible. Our minds are constantly active, and relaxation just isn't possible. It's at times like this that Jesus can bring to us the Quieting

touch, that takes away the fever that torments our lives and brings peace in its place. To yet others, the touch of Jesus is THE REASSURING TOUCH. At the mount of Transfiguration, when Jesus was seen in the presence of Moses and Elijah, the disciples fell onto the floor in absolute terror. But we read that Jesus came up and touched them. 'Get up,' he said. 'Don't be afraid.' How many moments in our lives do we need that same reassuring touch from the Lord. How often do we need to hear those words 'Don't be afraid.' To some it was the LIBERATING TOUCH that Jesus brought. Sometimes the touch of Jesus brings, not necessarily miraculous healing, but perhaps a new confidence based on the knowledge that each one of us is counted precious in the eyes of God. And of course, the touch of Jesus also was the HEALING TOUCH to so many who came into contact with Him, healing both of body and of mind, of spirit and soul.. For healing touches every part of our lives, both physically and spiritually. To many, the healing comes as broken lives are made whole again; to some the healing is a very physical release from suffering; to others it is an inner healing…… a

Ardersier with Petty Parish Church, Church of Scotland Sundays 10.15am. Petty Sundays 12 noon.Tel: 01667 462224. Auldearn and Dalmore Parish Church Sundays 12noon. Contact Rev. Thomas M Bryson on 01667 451675. Cawdor L/W Croy and Dalcross Parish Church Sunday 10.15am. Contact Rev Robert E. Brookes on 01667 493717 or RBrookes@churchofscotland.org.uk Nairn Baptist Church Nairn Community Centre. Sundays 11am. Contact Rev. Dr. Philip Egglestone on 01667 452764 or Secretary on 01667 452428. www.nairnbaptistchurch.org.uk Nairn Christian Fellowship Sundays 10.30am. Wednesday 7.30pm: praise and Bible study. Call Sandy Shaw on 01667 456492. Nairn Free Church Sundays 11am with Sunday school and crèche, 6pm at Gordon St, Nairn. Junior Club at 6pm, for P4P7 and Youth Club at 7pm for S1-S6. Thursdays: Tiddlywinks: Parent and Toddler group at 10am and Bible Study Prayer Meeting at 7pm. Contact the Minister, Murdo MacLeod, on 01667 459131. Nairn Old Parish Church 10.30am: Sunday School and

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restoration of the spiritual bond between creator and creation - a being made right again. The touch of Jesus means different things to different people, and different things at different times in a person's life. The important thing to remember is that where the need is great, then Jesus is there to touch that need. What is needed is the faith of the leper, and the many others who were humble enough to admit that they were in need, and recognized that Jesus was the only one who could satisfy that need. Jesus shows compassion, but is also angered by the sight of suffering in His world, His creation. It is a symptom of dis-ease, of something that is no longer functioning as it was intended. But for Jesus to touch us, we must be willing to reach out and touch him. If we will do that, if we will recognize that here stands the one who can bring cleansing, quieting, reassurance, liberation and healing then he will reach out and touch our lives, and with that touch bring wholeness. Rev Dr Philip Egglestone Minister Nairn Baptist Church

crèche. Contact Rev. Alison Mehigan on 01667 453777 St. Ninian’s Church Sunday services & Sunday school: 10.15am. Evening service at 6.30pm on the last Sunday of the month. Contact Rev. Thomas M Bryson on 01667 451675. St Columba’s Scottish Episcopal Family Eucharist on Sundays at 10.30am. Holy Communion on Wednesdays at 10.30am. Contact Rev. Dean Alison J Simpson 01667 452458 St Mary’s Catholic Church Saturday Vigil 6pm. Sunday Mass 10.30am. Contact Fr Damian Martell on 01667 456024. www.nairn.dioceseofaberdeen.org United Reformed Church Sunday services and Sunday School with crèche 11am. Contact John C Brown (Secretary) 01667 453373. The Pentecostal Church of God Nairn Sundays 10.30am. Contact Minister JD Grant on 01667 456088 or visit www.churchofgodnairn.com If you are a member of a church not listed here and would like to be considered for inclusion or if there are any amendments to existing details, email linda@winterburnmedia.co.uk

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Parliament Blog & Tide Times As Minister for Childcare & Early Years, I am absolutely delighted that 2018 is Scotland’s Year of Young People. This is a global first – a ground-breaking, themed year that will celebrate all our young people in Scotland, wherever they live. Events are already underway across Scotland and there are loads of great opportunities for young folk to get involved here in the Highlands. You can find out information about events happening in your areas here: yoyp2018.scot. If there is one aspiration that I hope we might share for 2018, it is to ensure that our young people feel and believe that they are valued, wanted and vital to our country’s future and that their voices are heard and listened to.

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Last week, at Aviemore, I opened the Aquaculture UK Conference held at the Macdonald Centre. 2400 delegates registered with 200 companies taking stands at the trade exhibition, bringing hundreds of visitors to Scotland from all over the world to see latest technology in the sector. The Conference was held outdoors, with a fish farming ship on show, and the opening speech was made Al fresco, in, what I assured our visitors, was the characteristic blazing sunshine amidst a clear blue sky with the Lairig Ghru dominating the backdrop. The sector supports 12,000 jobs in Scotland and generates over 600Million in earnings. The jobs are well paid, diverse and offer real opportunities for young people. The challenges the sector face in terms of disease and mortality are being tackled. I launched a ten year blue print for Government scientists and Industry continuing to work closely together further to tackle these challenges with for example sea lice numbers in decline, cleaner fish deployed, and salmon spending less time at sea. Scottish Salmon is accorded the prestigious and coveted Labelle Rouge in France and attracts a significant price premium in the market. It is also very tasty as well as being highly nutritious. A modern Scottish success story.

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27 wednesday

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inverness butterfly release in aid of simba in the bite & blether jointly run by dyke & district village highlands & islands 12pm, inverness botanic hall & dyke church 11am - 1pm, dyke & district gardens, bught lane, inverness. donation of £15 to village hall. come & join us for a bowl of soup, cake cover the cost of one butterfly. a family friendly event & tea/coffee & a blether. all welcome with a short service before the butterflies are steve eaglesham@the market bar, inverness 10pm released followed by time for reflection nairn u3a informal lunch & get-together 12.30pm, piping at forres, the european pipe band braeval hotel and bandstand bar, crescent road, championships 10am, grant park, forres. a one day nairn. cost depends on menu choices. no need to extravaganza featuring bagpipes, drums, kilts and meet up members, friends & families at local pub tartan galore. a spectacular family day out. with quality food & drinks. have a coffee, drink call claire doughty on 07846145050 or email at and/or food and chat. call pauline ross on 01667 claire@chitchat.scot. www.pipingatforres.com Findhorn Heritage April 18.pdf 1 08/03/2018 11:06 453537or email at secretary@nairnu3a.org.uk port of invergordon - crusie liner list 2018 www.u3asites.org.uk/nairn/home provisional v1: costa mediterranea (maiden visit) 8am - 7pm mockness 2018@the ironworks, inverness 3pm HERITAGE CENTRE www.ironworksvenue.com AND ICE HOUSE krazy g's 80s', 90s', 00s' night@the playhouse, nairn 8pm, all welcome accidentals summer concert a capella concert in 4 Free part male/female voices in aid of befrienders & Entry chernobyl children lifeline - nairn & district link Donations 7.30pm, united reformed church, nairn. £5 at door & welcome from members. raffle & refreshments. call cath stevenson on 01667 258512 or email at Discover the secrets of ing inat fasc the the lore Exp sands at the Heritage cathstevenson442@yahoo.co.uk Centre Ice House daley ok 9pm, seaforth club, nairn Open: Jun, Jul & Aug - Daily 2-5pm. May & Sept - Sat & Sun 2 - 5pm kill ex (dubstep classics)@ tooth & claw, inverness Special arrangments for groups. Easy Access for Disabled. 9.30pm,all welcome Tel: 01309 691823 U www.findhorn-heritage.co.uk dorec-a-belle@the market bar, inverness 10pm inverness ramblers: dreggie - loch na stuirteag circular 9am (please arrive 15 mins earlier), uhi car wednesday thursday park, ness walk, inverness. grade: c; distance: xponorth various events & venues, inverness 8.7miles. call victor on 01349 863341 or 07903 cross genre festival devoted to crafts, publishing, 333078. www.ramblers.org.uk screen & broadcast as well as music xponorth official showcase@the ironworks, saturday july (saturday) inverness 7pm call 0871 789 4173 highland rising 1746 highland folk museum, kingussie road, newtonmore. jacobite & redcoat rethursday enactment weekend. call 01540 673551 xponorth official afterparty@the ironworks, inverness medicine & compassion weekend with dr david 10pm, free. www.ironworksvenue.com shlim 10am - 4pm gomde, hardmuir, findhorn. chamber music evening concert at brodie castle donations welcome. call l 0778453 1420 or email 7pm, brodie castle fiona mancey-jones (flute) & juan info@gomdescotland.org. www.gomdescotland.org pablo honorato (classical guitar). £15. call front desk

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great glen walking club: carn nam bain–tighearna 9am (please arrive 15 mins earlier), uhi car park, ness walk, inverness. grade: b+; distance: 12 miles www.greatglen.org invoc: carse wood, ardersier tbc. www.invoc.org.uk aidan moffat & rm hubbert@mad hatters, inverness 8pm. all welcome dinosaur fun 11am - 12pm, nairn library £1.50. come along & create your own unique dinosaur! all children must be accompanied by an adult. (3 - 5yrs)

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3 tuesday

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clan maclennan international gathering various events & times, inverness. guided bus trips, ceilidh dancing, a formal dinner & investigate your family history. based in beaufort house hotel

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great glen walking club: circuit of croic-bheinn 8am (please arrive 15 minutes earlier), uhi car park, ness walk, inverness. grade: a; distance: 12.5 miles www.greatglen.org marika rossa@the ironworks, inverness 10pm www.ironworksvenue.com

8 sunday

david walliams 'the midnight gang' at brodie castle (outdoor theatre) 3pm, brodie castle. adults £14.95; child £9.95; concessions. bring a picnic, rug or low seating. advanced booking is advised. refreshments available. call rebecca harrison on 01309 641371 or email at raharrison@nts.org.uk. www.nts.org.uk/events port of invergordon - crusie liner list 2018 provisional v1: royal princess, 7am - 6pm mfr cash for kidsfest 2018 12pm - 4pm, black isle show ground, muir of ord. £10 per adult - kids go free (max of 3 children per adult).fun for all the family. disco, physi ball, limelife bell tents, etc inverness ramblers: beinn sgritheall 8am (please arrive 15 minutes earlier), uhi car park, ness walk, inverness. grade: a; distance: 6.2 miles. call kenny on 01349 863672 or 07788 235479. www.ramblers.org.uk scotland's gardens scheme 2018: 10 pilmuir road west, forres 1pm - 5pm. £3, children - free. plant sale

10 tuesday

port of invergordon - crusie liner list 2018 provisional v1: mein schiff 3, 7.30am - 7pm & seven seas navigator (maiden visit), 8am - 6pm mischief makers lego session 4pm - 5pm, nairn library. free. build trains, boats, planes, thrones, etc. all children must be accompanied by an adult

11 wednesday

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11 wednesday - 15 sunday

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port of invergordon - crusie liner list 2018 provisional v1: norwegian jade, 8am - 5pm roy chubby brown@ the ironworks, inverness 7.30pm. www.ironworksvenue.com dr doolittle - family friendly outdoor theatre 7pm, logie steading. adults: £14, children: £6. a funny, much-loved & exciting human & animal adventure by the ever-entertaining illyria. call panny laing on 01309 611378 or email panny@logie.co.uk www.logie.co.uk/outdoortheatre

13 friday

durn house: friday steak nights 6pm, durn house, portsoy. prior booking essential. call 01261 843424 or email at events@durnhouse.co.uk www.durnhouse.co.uk port of invergordon - crusie liner list 2018 provisional v1: amadea, 8am - 6pm guns 2 roses@he ironworks, inverness 7.30pm www.ironworksvenue.com inverness campus 5km road races 6pm, uhi inverness campus

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14 saturday

inverness ramblers: carn na gobhar 9am (please arrive 15 mins earlier), uhi car park, ness walk, inverness. grade: a; distance 7.5 miles. call jane on 01463 236204 or 07493 111424. www.ramblers.org.uk super hans@the ironworks, inverness 8pm. www.ironworksvenue.com the mystic shoes@mad hatters, inverness 10.30pm

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15 sunday

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Forres Highland Games 2018

Colin Manson - Chieftain Forres Highland Games, an annual celebration of traditional Scottish sport, music and entertainment, takes place on Saturday 7th July 2018 in Grant Park in Forres. Proceedings get under way at 12.30 pm with the Opening Ceremony. This year is the 90th anniversary of the first ever Forres Highland Games and with the exception of some of the years during WW2 the Games have been held in Grant Park annually each summer ever since. The concept of the initial 1928 committee known then as Forres & District Amateur Athletic Association was to hold a summer event to promote sports, traditional culture and give the people of the local area a fun day out. Today the Games still promote those values and are as popular and well supported as ever. The official opening will be carried out by this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Games Chieftain local farmer Mr Colin Manson. Colin grew up and went to school in the local area and is widely known in farming circles throughout the North of Scotland. He has been a long standing supporter and helper of Forres Highland Games over the past two decades.

During the afternoon the pipe bands will be competing for best march and smartest turnout. The highlight of the afternoon is the Massed Pipe Bands marching around the arena to the skirl do the pipes and swish do the kilts. A sight and sound not to be missed and one definitely for the photo album. There are numerous displays and trade stands, as well as hot and cold food, ice cream and a licenced beer tent. Forres Highland Games are a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (Reg Charity No : SC046639). The staging of the Games is only achievable through the dedication of the unpaid hard working Games Committee, volunteer judges and local helpers, and the loyal support and generosity of local benefactors and businesses. A classical summer celebration of Scottish culture. Photograph: Dave Conner

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19 thursday

21 saturday

port of invergordon - crusie liner list 2018 provisional v1: queen elizabeth, 8am - 6pm

20 friday

nairn youth music festival - year of young people 6pm - 10pm, nairn community & arts centre showcasing the musical talents of young people in nairn & surrounding areas inverness gala night 6pm, inverness city centre & northern meeting park. inverness wheelbarrow grand prix, the city of inverness pipe band & the elizabeth fraser school of highland dance, etc the highlanders' museum: war widows' stories the highlanders' museum. fort george, ardersier footage of oral histories given by war widows & bereaved families. call 0131 310 8702 www.thehighlandersmuseum.com durn house: friday steak nights 6pm, durn house, portsoy. prior bookings essential. call 01261 843424 or email at events@durnhouse.co.uk www.durnhouse.co.uk Logie Steading Julytour 18.pdf 05/06/2018 nyos jazz orchestra summer 2018: 1the power of nature@ the ironworks, inverness 8pm

inverness highland games 2018 10.30am - 6.30pm, bught park, inverness. a world class traditional highland games chamber philharmonia cologne: vivaldi, mozart, tchaikovsky & paganini 7.30pm, united reform church, nairn. bookings: nairn nookshop, 94 high street. call 01667 455528 nairn & district gardening club: annual outing to gordon castle, fochabers & crathes castle, banchory call 01667 462410 www.spanglefish.com/nairnanddistrictgardeningclub great glen walking club: badrallach to scoraig 8.30am (please arrive 15 minutes earlier, uhi car park, ness walk, inverness. grade: b; distance: 11 miles. www.greatglen.org telford technology workshop 11am - 3pm, inverness library. free. john fulton & beth kendell will explore some of his bridges & the technology behind them. be prepared to experiment. call 07788 835466 15:06 www.archhighland.org.uk inverness botany group: cioch mhor long & arduous walk, mountain conditions, may be done on the 28th

Live Theatre Outside at Logie Steading We look forward to welcoming Illyria – and you – back in the summer. Bring a chair and a picnic, and be entertained by award-winning outside theatre

William Shakespeare

5th July, 7pm

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THE ADVENTURES OF DR DOLITTLE

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12th July, 5.30pm

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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21 saturday - 22 sunday

tributes in the park tbc, northern meeting park, inverness. party with tribute acts featuring your favourite bands. over 18s only

22 sunday

ladies' & men's mixed greensomes 9am, abernethy golf club, nethybridge. members £10 & nonmembers £15 per couple. draws will be published on website. call 01479 821305 or email at info@abernethygolfclub.com www.abernethygolfclub.com chamber philharmonia cologne: vivaldi, mozart, tchaikovsky & paganini 7.30pm, inverness cathedral bookings: visitscotland inverness centre. call 01463 252401 inverness ramblers: clava estate beinn buidhe mhor 9am (please arrive 15 mins earlier), uhi car park, ness walk, inverness. grade: b; distance: 9.3 miles call janet on 01463 230616. www.ramblers.org.uk

23 monday

meet the creatures! 11am - 12pm, nairn library £4.75. get up close & personal with creatures from the scottish exotic animal rescue centre port of invergordon - crusie liner list 2018 provisional v1: costa mediterranea, 8am - 7pm nairn u3a informal lunch & get-together 12.30pm., braeval hotel & bandstand restaurant, crescent road, nairn. cost depends on menu choices. come along to meet with u3a members, their friends & families to enjoy a coffee, drink, meal at this lovely local pub. call pauline ross on 01667 453537 or email at secretary@nairnu3a.org.uk www.u3asites.org.uk/nairn/home

24 tuesday

river dip safari: discover the beasties that lurk under the waters 2pm - 4pm, nairn riverside park. free entry but donations welcome. led by the countryside ranger. wear wellies & a smile! waterproofs if it’s nippy. no unaccompanied children. email at saranne.bish@highlifehighland.com www.highlifehighland.com blood donors: nairn 1.15pm - 4.30pm & 6pm 8.15pm, nairn community & arts centre. please book an appointment by calling 0345 90 90 999 or email at nss.snbtenquiry@nhs.net

25 wednesday

port of invergordon - crusie liner list 2018 provisional v1: marco polo, 7am - 8pm bookbug roar! 10.30am - 11am, ardersier library free. dinosaur theme & all children must be accompanied by an adult

26 thursday

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7pm - 9pm, wdc scottish dolphin centre, spey bay, fochabers. £3 per person; u16s free. must be bought prior to event. suitable for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. please wear appropriate clothing & footwear. call 01343 820339 or email at dolphincentre@whales.org

26 thursday - 27 friday

port of invergordon - crusie liner list 2018 provisional v1: sea cloud 2, 8am - 5pm

27 friday

port of invergordon - crusie liner list 2018 provisional v1: artania, 8am - 6pm retro night@mad hatters, inverness 9.30pm

27 friday - 28 saturday

the loch ness film festival the craigmonie centre & the loch ness backpackers lodge, drumnadrochit the range of films screened come from every corner of the globe & from low to high budget. email at info@lochnessfilmfestival.co.uk www.lochnessfilmfestival.co.uk retro night@mad hatters, inverness 9.30pm

27 friday - 29 sunday

speyfest: celtic & scottish music festival playing fields, fochabers

28 saturday

piano recital with jakub kitowski 6.30pm, the drawing room. brodie castle. £15 (incl light refreshments). call rebecca harrison on 01309 641371 or email at raharrison@nts.org.uk www.nts.org.uk/events inverness ramblers: glendoe to eagle statue 9am (please arrive 15 mins earlier), uhi car park, ness walk, inverness. grade: b; distance: 12.4 miles call victor on 01349 863341 or 07903 333078 www.ramblers.org.uk the nairn show - £5. livestock exhibitions, craft fair, amusements, vintage parade, food fair, etc. call claire cameron (sec) on 07843 226605 or email at secretary@nairnshow.org.uk www.nairnshow.org.uk exklusive presents ramiro lopez@the ironworks, inverness 11pm. www.ironworksvenue.com look at speyfest 8pm, fochabers. www.speyfest.com

29 sunday

texas scramble 9am, abernethy golf club, nethybridge. £40 per team of 4. draws will be published on website. call 01479 821305 or email at info@abernethygolfclub.com www.abernethygolfclub.com car boot sale (inchberry & district community association) 8.30am - 1pm, inchberry hall, orton, fochabers. no booking required, just turn up early before 9am with a car & table. teas/coffess, soft drinks, butteries, bbq. www.wherecanwego.com little mix tbc, bught park, inverness

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30 monday - 31 tuesday

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31 tuesday

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