Published: 20/12/2013 09:00 - Updated: 19/12/2013 13:32

How to have a great Mad Weekend

A personal guide to the pick of the Mad Weekend shenanigans...  why not check our events listings for a fuller list of what's on in Inverness, the Highlands and Moray...

 

Scotland Rocks poster
Scotland Rocks poster

Friday 20th:

Scotland Rocks: IronWorks, Inverness – 8pm til late (£7.00)

A night celebrating Scottish rock music in all its wonder. Come along and, according to the poster, “rock the night away” to some classic Biffy Clyro. There will also no doubt be some Runrig for you to slur at some point. There's something for everyone!

http://www.ironworksvenue.com/event.php?eid=616

 

Medieval action from the Time Traveller's Tavern.
Medieval action from the Time Traveller's Tavern.

Saturday 21st:

 The Time Traveller's Tavern: Various Events, Inverness – from 11am

  • Mission: Rescue Santa - The Ironworks, 11am – 3pm, £7.00 per child (adults free)

    • So, you'll wake up on the Saturday morning after a hard night of ironic dancing to Simple Minds, dying from your overindulgence. What better way to sort yourself out than with acts of charity! Honest.This event, in conjunction with Moray Firth Radio's Cash For Kids appeal, sees knights being recruited by Mrs Claus to fight some evil fairies who kidnapped Santa. There's also a chance during the event to donate cash or presents to the charity.

  • Medieval Banquet – The Ironworks, 7pm (entertainment starts at 9pm), £48.00 per person for banquet, £10.00 for entertainment

    • Right, you've just seen knights beat up some poor souls dressed in the most evil tinsel that they could find. Now you need a big load of food and a hair of the dog, and that hangover will be gone. Well, look no further. The medieval banqueting hall offered here will provide you not only with plentiful food and bountiful meads – or Tennant's if you'd rather – but there will also be entertainment on show from knights who, bored of beating up on malevolent elves, have resorted to beating each other up. Throw in some buxom wenches and ridiculous costumes and you're practically guaranteed a great night.

For our guide to the best knight fights in all the land, go here now: http://www.whatson-north.co.uk/Whats-On/Days-Out/Knight-fights-16122013.htm


Sunday 22nd:

Schiehallion: The Gellions, Inverness

By now, you will hate the sight of alcohol. But you're committed now to this Mad Weekend malarkey, so get down to the Gellions and get down to the celtic-folk grooves of Schiehallion. You can have a quiet pint, sit down and discuss with your friends all the madcap things you've been up to over the weekend – or you can continue to do madcap things and start dancing the Gay Gordons. Either way, it'll be a great night.

http://www.gellions.co.uk/gigs.php


If you would like to know about events in your area, it's all just a quick search away with our handy, easy-to-use listings guide. Or if you have any suggestions for other events you think people would enjoy, why not leave a comment?

Things To Do On Mad Weekend

I must be honest, I've never been out partying on Mad Weekend before – my previous job as a bartender wouldn't allow it. I have seen madness though during this weekend, my friends. I have stared into the empty abyss that lies in the eyes of a drunken man denied his Christmas booze-up – and hell stared back. However, this year I will be joining the swaying hordes and to help myself, I've been looking at some gigs to take the strain off what will probably be a Lovecraftian nightmare of a social occasion.

Here's my pick. This is obviously a fairly meagre selection based entirely on personal preferences, but if you think my suggestions are rubbish then why not check our events listings for a fuller list of what's on in Inverness, the Highlands and Moray.

Friday 20th:

Scotland Rocks: IronWorks, Inverness – 8pm til late (£7.00)

A night celebrating Scottish rock music in all its wonder. Come along and, according to the poster, “rock the night away” to some classic Biffy Clyro. For the drunk amongst you, there will also no doubt be some Runrig for you to slur at some point. There's something for everyone!

This show does lose points however for classing AC/DC as “Scottish”, because their long-dead original singer was born here before moving to Australia at the age of six. I am nothing if not pedantic.

http://www.ironworksvenue.com/event.php?eid=616

Saturday 21st:

The Time Traveller's Tavern: Various Events, Inverness – from 11am

  • Mission: Rescue Santa - The Ironworks, 11am – 3pm, £7.00 per child (adults free)

    • So, you'll wake up on the Saturday morning after a hard night of ironic dancing to Simple Minds, dying from your overindulgence. What better way to sort yourself out than with acts of charity! Honest. This event, in conjunction with Moray Firth Radio's Cash For Kids appeal, sees knights being recruited by Mrs Claus to beat the living snot out of some evil fairies who kidnapped Santa. Yes, that is the greatest single story of all time. There's also a chance during the event to donate cash or presents to the charity appeal, so it'll be a good day out both individually and morally – surely all you want when your mouth feels like you spent the previous evening swallowing starched jumpers.

  • Medieval Banquet – The Ironworks, 7pm (entertainment starts at 9pm), £48.00 per person for banquet, £10.00 for entertainment

    • Right, you've just seen knights beat up some poor souls dressed in the most evil tinsel that they could find. Now you need a big load of food and a hair of the dog, and that hangover will be gone. Well, look no further. The medieval banqueting hall offered here will provide you not only with plentiful food and bountiful meads – or Tennant's if you're boring – but there will also be entertainment on show from knights who, bored of beating up on malevolent elves, have resorted to beating each other up. Throw in some buxom wenches and ridiculous costumes and you're practically guaranteed a great night.

For our guide to the best knight fights in all the land, go here now: http://www.whatson-north.co.uk/Whats-On/Days-Out/Knight-fights-16122013.htm

Sunday 22nd:

Schiehallion: The Gellions, Inverness

By now, you will hate the sight of alcohol. The very thought of cider makes you actively hate apples for being so insufferable. But you're committed now to this mad weekend malarkey, and for all your pain and hardships over this weekend of decadence, you are no quitter. So get down to the Gellions and get down to the celtic-folk grooves of Schiehallion. You can have a quiet pint, sit down and discuss with your friends all the madcap things you've been up to over the weekend – or you can continue to do madcap things and start dancing the Gay Gordons. Either way, it'll be a great night.

http://www.gellions.co.uk/gigs.php

So, this is what I suggest for you all to get up to this weekend. However, being human I am deeply flawed, due to my life being entirely based in Inverness with no way to enjoy the entertainment of other towns and cities of the Highlands and Moray. Luckily for you, our extensive database of events is not so flawed – if you would like to know about events in your area, it's all just a quick search away with our handy, easy-to-use listings guide!

I must be honest, I've never been out partying on Mad Weekend before – my previous job as a bartender wouldn't allow it. I have seen madness though during this weekend, my friends. I have stared into the empty abyss that lies in the eyes of a drunken man denied his Christmas booze-up – and hell stared back. However, this year I will be joining the swaying hordes and to help myself, I've been looking at some gigs to take the strain off what will probably be a Lovecraftian nightmare of a social occasion.

Here's my pick. This is obviously a fairly meagre selection based entirely on personal preferences, but if you think my suggestions are rubbish then why not check our events listings for a fuller list of what's on in Inverness, the Highlands and Moray.

Friday 20th:

Scotland Rocks: IronWorks, Inverness – 8pm til late (£7.00)

A night celebrating Scottish rock music in all its wonder. Come along and, according to the poster, “rock the night away” to some classic Biffy Clyro. For the drunk amongst you, there will also no doubt be some Runrig for you to slur at some point. There's something for everyone!

This show does lose points however for classing AC/DC as “Scottish”, because their long-dead original singer was born here before moving to Australia at the age of six. I am nothing if not pedantic.

http://www.ironworksvenue.com/event.php?eid=616

Saturday 21st:

The Time Traveller's Tavern: Various Events, Inverness – from 11am

  • Mission: Rescue Santa - The Ironworks, 11am – 3pm, £7.00 per child (adults free)

    • So, you'll wake up on the Saturday morning after a hard night of ironic dancing to Simple Minds, dying from your overindulgence. What better way to sort yourself out than with acts of charity! Honest. This event, in conjunction with Moray Firth Radio's Cash For Kids appeal, sees knights being recruited by Mrs Claus to beat the living snot out of some evil fairies who kidnapped Santa. Yes, that is the greatest single story of all time. There's also a chance during the event to donate cash or presents to the charity appeal, so it'll be a good day out both individually and morally – surely all you want when your mouth feels like you spent the previous evening swallowing starched jumpers.

  • Medieval Banquet – The Ironworks, 7pm (entertainment starts at 9pm), £48.00 per person for banquet, £10.00 for entertainment

    • Right, you've just seen knights beat up some poor souls dressed in the most evil tinsel that they could find. Now you need a big load of food and a hair of the dog, and that hangover will be gone. Well, look no further. The medieval banqueting hall offered here will provide you not only with plentiful food and bountiful meads – or Tennant's if you're boring – but there will also be entertainment on show from knights who, bored of beating up on malevolent elves, have resorted to beating each other up. Throw in some buxom wenches and ridiculous costumes and you're practically guaranteed a great night.

For our guide to the best knight fights in all the land, go here now: http://www.whatson-north.co.uk/Whats-On/Days-Out/Knight-fights-16122013.htm

Sunday 22nd:

Schiehallion: The Gellions, Inverness

By now, you will hate the sight of alcohol. The very thought of cider makes you actively hate apples for being so insufferable. But you're committed now to this mad weekend malarkey, and for all your pain and hardships over this weekend of decadence, you are no quitter. So get down to the Gellions and get down to the celtic-folk grooves of Schiehallion. You can have a quiet pint, sit down and discuss with your friends all the madcap things you've been up to over the weekend – or you can continue to do madcap things and start dancing the Gay Gordons. Either way, it'll be a great night.

http://www.gellions.co.uk/gigs.php

So, this is what I suggest for you all to get up to this weekend. However, being human I am deeply flawed, due to my life being entirely based in Inverness with no way to enjoy the entertainment of other towns and cities of the Highlands and Moray. Luckily for you, our extensive database of events is not so flawed – if you would like to know about events in your area, it's all just a quick search away with our handy, easy-to-use listings guide!

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