OUTLANDISH 2018 – PROGRAM IN DETAIL
Please familiarise yourself with all program details for the best experience possible
Friday 19th Oct 2018
11am Welcome Sign In – Ticket Holders, please collect your welcome pack from the Services Club on arrival.
Our team will be waiting to greet you at the Services Club from 11am. Please proceed to the Club’s Boardroom which you will find on the left as you enter the main entrance of the Club. You will be required to present your online ticket confirmation and receipt of ticket to complete your check in.
The rest of the day is yours to explore the wonderful attractions Glen Innes has to offer. Please see the friendly staff at the Visitor Information Centre for details. Be sure not to miss the History House Museum and there’s nothing like a sweet treat from the award winning Super Strawberry, or pop in to the Gawura Gallery and Cafe. Our main street offers beautiful coffee shops and places for lunch; you might even find the Claire Fraser coffee shop and the Jamie Fraser pub!
PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST BE CHECKED IN BY 6pm AS BUSES & VENUES NEED CONFIRMATIONS ON FRIDAY
Saturday 20th Oct 2018
5.30am The Lantern Dance – BYO picnic rug or ground sheet (not larger than 1.5m x 1.5m)
This is the official opening of the Gathering and will include some very stirring moments
Now!!! This is where it all begins….you will be picked up from your accommodation by the buses very early. Please be ready as the buses will not be able to wait as we need to have everyone in place at the Standing Stones long before daylight. Dawn waits for no-one! The Lantern Dance takes place at first light. Our special guest MC Darren Coggan will outline the events of the day. There will be live entertainment including the unforgettable stirring sounds of the Lone Piper in the mist.
You will find out your exact pick up time from your accommodation at check in.
Please note it will be around 4.45am on the Saturday morning.
Once you arrive at the Standing Stone, just like Claire and Frank we will sneak off the buses and walk quietly, whispering as we go over to picnic viewing area.
There will be stewards to guide you all the way. This event is guaranteed to give you goose-bumps!
We welcome the amazing Lantern Dancers from the Aussie Outlander Fan Club who will take us back to 1743. The hairs on the back of your neck will prickle at the sight of something ancient and powerful just like Claire’s did in the series.
With our stunning Standing Stones as the backdrop what more could you ask for to put you in the mood?
If you do not wish to see the Lantern Dance please let the stewards know at check in and we will know not to expect you on the buses that morning.
There is no problem if you are not a morning person. We understand.
Any ticket holder wishing to come to the Gathering later that morning can easily catch the courtesy bus which will leave on the hour from the Visitor Information Centre car park from 8am until the last bus at 12 noon. Simply drive to the Visitors Centre, park your car and then present your Outlandish 2018 pass to the bus driver to ride the Outlandish courtesy bus to the Standing Stones to join the fun.
The courtesy bus will also do runs downtown or back to your accommodation if you require it.
Just wait at the pick-up point near Crofters Cottage to catch the bus downtown. Buses will go on the hour from 10.30am to 2.30pm.
Please note that the only access to the site is by the Outlander Fan Gathering bus.
7am to 8.30am Breakfast will be available for purchase from the breakfast food vendor at the Standing Stones (Please have small notes and coins for payment to help reduce delays in service).
Mix and mingle – Time to meet new friends
The breakfast of choice for Highlanders, ‘Porridge’ will be served along with a much needed coffee, tea or juice. We are sure Jamie would approve!
Simply purchase your piping hot porridge and coffee then relax on your picnic rug and take it all in.
After the emotional official opening you will need this time to put your heart back in your chest.
9am Welcome address by Judi Toms – Chairperson of the Standing Stones Management Board plus a presentation about the history of the Australian Standing Stones
Mix and mingle – Outlander Trivia and Bingo – Prizes to be won
The story of our Standing Stones is fascinating and will be told in short by Judi Toms – Chairperson of the Australian Standing Stones Management Board. Judi will give you an incredible insight into the huge undertaking of the construction of the Stones, how they came to be and what they mean to the people of Glen Innes and the surrounding Highlands.
Outlander Trivia and Bingo is great fun and tests your knowledge and memory about the Outlander series.
Trivia and bingo lovers will be able to take part in small groups in a designated area on the day if they wish.
Live entertainment in on stage
10am Morning Tea will be available from the Morning Tea food vendor
Morning Tea will consist of scones, cakes and slices, coffee and tea which you may purchase at your leisure.
During this time why not visit our mini village. There will be only 4 or 5 exclusive merchandise outlets at the Gathering; this is not a festival with hundreds of stalls. Hand chosen vendors for your enjoyment.
There will be a very special guest vendor here from the U.S. with an amazing range of Highland Tea including Sassenach Tea. Bodhran drums will be available for sale, as well as handmade Celtic jewellery
There will be plenty of keepsake items to purchase in a small intimate setting amongst the trees.
Our idea is to show you how we live in the Highlands with our beautiful Standing Stones every day.
Touch the Stones, Feel the Magic!
10.30am Professional photographer on site for everyone to have photos with the Stones (optional)
For lasting memories a professional photographer will be on site to take photos in costume or with friends from 10.30am to 12.30pm. We understand everyone has mobile phones to take pictures these days but there is nothing like a professional shot to remember your weekend in the Highlands at the Australian Standing Stones and Outlandish 2018
11am Wedding Competition Ceremony – The Stone Circle will come alive with the celebration of the winning couple being married Highlander style
Now you are in for a treat! Our beautiful wedding couple will share their special moment with you. In full Highland wedding attire and with the angelic voices of the Abbies singing the Outlander theme song a cappella, the wedding procession will make its way to the Standing Stones in preparation for the wedding ceremony. The ceremony will mimic Claire and Jamie’s of course but has the added romance of being a legally binding marriage.
The ceremony will be in true Highlander style including hand fasting and Gaelic vows.
Live entertainment on stage at the conclusion of the wedding ceremony.
12noon – 1.30pm Lunch – BYO picnic lunch or purchase from the lunch food vendors
Choices from the lunch vendors include a ploughman’s lunch, sandwiches and hot food plus hot and cold refreshments.
1.30pm – 2.30pm Cast Lookalike Competition
Simply judged by the amount of applause each contestant receives as they did in 1743
Calling all Jamies, Claires, Collums and Dougals! No matter which character you decide to be, if you do it well and the judges spot you then you could be in the competition to win great prizes. If your dinner venue is Castle Leoch for instance, you could win a seat at the Laird’s table or head of the table at Lallybroch or even the King’s table at the Palace of Versailles. Dressing up is highly encouraged but not compulsory.
3pm Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremony – The Stone Circle will once again become the backdrop for couples to renew their wedding vows with much excitement and romance.
We welcome our vow renewal couples to the Stone circle for their vow renewal ceremony.
These couples are true romantics and have sent in amazing romantic stories of their lives together.
All couples will be dressed in full highland attire and thank you for your attention.
Live entertainment on stage after renewal ceremonies.
Mix and mingle – Lots of Outlander fun
4pm – 4.30pm Events at the Stones close for the day Time for everyone to go back to their accommodation via the buses to get ready for the Gathering Feasts
Please proceed to the buses near Crofters Cottage to be taken back to your accommodation for a rest and to get ready for dinner at your respective dinner venue
7.30pm – til late Gathering Banquet Feasts at Castle Leoch, Lallybroch and the Palace of Versailles
Traditional Scottish Haggis Ceremony at each Dinner venue
Catch the courtesy bus( call 6732 1355 to book on the day ONLY), walk to your dinner venue if close by or take your own car.
Time to dress up and have a great Outlandish night out.
No matter which venue you are attending you will have a fantastic time.
From Castle Leoch with its dim, candle-lit atmosphere, to Lallybroch with its stunning open fires and deer head or the Palace of Versailles with its gold and crystal candelabra you will be delighted.
A traditional Haggis ceremony will take place at each dinner venue with Haggis tasting for those that would like to try it. Live entertainment at each venue which will include Scottish, Jacobean and French music by award winning Australian artists.
Sunday 21st Oct 2018
From 9am Sunday morning – At the Stones
Crofters Cottage and food vendors will be open for breakfast and much needed coffee after the big night.
You will be picked up from your accommodation by the buses at 8.45am for day 2 of the Gathering.
10am Special Guest – David Berry
Question and Answer Session 10am – 10.40am
Photos and Signing with Fans 10.40am – 1pm
10.40am Photos with David
For lasting memories a professional photographer will be on site to take photos with special guest Outlander cast member David Berry from 10.40am to 1pm.
1pm BBQ Lunch (optional)
Enjoy a BBQ lunch with a selection of meats and breads.
Other food vendors will also be available for your convenience.
2pm Show & Tell Share your stories about meeting cast members with new friends
Time to tell us which Outlander stars you have met in person and the places you have visited in order to fulfil your Outlander dream. Please go to the stage prior to 1.45pm to register your name if you would like to share your story. Our MC will call you to the stage; please don’t be shy as we are all friends now.
If you are unable to come to the stage, one of our stewards will bring a microphone to you.
Approx. 3.45pm Farewell address by Judi Toms – Chairperson of the Standing Stones Management Board
Time to say farewell to all our new Outlander friends.
Outlandish 2018 will close at 4pm – Buses will take you back to your accommodation
Please assemble at the pickup point near Crofters Cottage
Ticket price includes all Entertainment and Stone Circle Events at the Standing Stones and your Dinner on Saturday night at the themed venues – $150pp (15 years plus ONLY)
Go to www.outlanderfangathering.com.au/bookings to purchase your ticket online
*Call Julie on 02 6732 1355 re General enquires or Mel on 0407 492 548 re Wedding renewal*
Please go the FAQ’s page for more details