Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any questions about your arrival on the day of Carve Carrbridge or any specifics about how the event is run make sure to check our Frequently Asked Questions below. If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, please get in touch!
Please follow the signs for either of the two free park and ride car parks that are available on the day, one at the Landmark overflow car park and one in the old construction yard up Station Road. For more details please see the map on the Home Page.
***Please note you have an option to pay ( correct money only no change given) at the Station Rd Car Park. You will receive a wrist band which allows you to beat the queue/ fast track entry when you get dropped off!
Vintage buses will be available to transport people to and from the Landmark Overflow car park and the Station Rd car park throughout the day. The last buses will leave the village car Park at about 5.30.
Blue badge holders can park in the public car park at the entrance to the event.
Families with Prams, Buggies or Dogs may wish to park in the overflow car park at the Landmark and make their way to the event via the way marked woodland paths, which is only a short walk; however if not the vintage buses are happy to give the a lift.
If you need any further assistance our team of traffic management volunteers will be around the village and happy to help
We are keen to encourage visitors to use public transport where possible.
6 trains from Inverness stop at Carrbridge each day and our shuttle bus will pick you up on Station Rd opposite the entrance to Carrbridge Station. Options for rail travel can be found at Train Details
Coming from north south east or west brings you into the bus stop at the village car park just meters from the event entrance.
Check out the details for your journey here Bus travel
The Feedback we have received is that the event is reasonably priced, and we like to treat all those over 16 the same. We do not receive any local authority funding to reimburse any council or national concession initiatives.
This event is organized and delivered by volunteers in order to raise funds for Community Projects. We appreciate your support for this event and details of past and present projects can be found on the website.
We don’t have the facilities to accommodate this, however there will be a fast track option available at the Station Road car park.
Correct money only (cash) payment can be made by the bus pick up point in the Station Rd Car park. You will be given a band to confirm your payment and those wearing it on their wrist can gain direct entry at the gate with minimal queuing. We will also receive your token for you to vote for your favourite Carving in the People’s Choice category.
Sorry, but we cannot take payment by card at this time.
We recommend that you will get the best value by coming earlier in the day but there will be no reduction in price until after the prize-winning carvings have been sold by auction. At that time the entry will be reduce to half price.
Payments for the main pieces are to the carvers themselves and payment methods vary a little. We are currently updating the carvers information and have asked them to advise what methods of payment they accept. Details will be on the information about the Carvers
The quick carves can be paid by cash or cheque made payable to “Carrbridge Ahead”
The Spar shop in the village offers cashback, but may not be able to accommodate this throughout the day. In addition, the Post Office, which is part of the Spar shop, is open in the morning and has cash withdrawal facilities.
Otherwise the nearest banks and supermarkets for cash are in Aviemore.
Where can I eat?
There are a number of commercial food stalls around the carving arena from burgers, fish and chips, pizza, ice cream, doughnuts and noodles. In addition, the Parent Teacher Association will be offering teas, coffees and home baking in the Tea Tent. There is also a Beer Tent run by Carrbridge Volunteers on site serving a range of alcoholic and soft beverages.
The Old Bakery, Carrbridge Kitchen, Cairn Hotel and Carrbridge Hotel provide a range of options using quality locally sourced produce. Craft Ales, Malt whiskies and Scottish Gins are also available for you to explore. The Spar shop has the all the necessary ingredients for a snack or picnic lunch. Those also visiting the Landmark Forest Adventure Park during their visit to the village can purchase food in the Park.
Your Comfort and Care
There is a designated viewing area for wheelchair users at the end of the Carving arena nearest the main entrance.
There are public toilets at the entrance to the public car park in the village, including a wheelchair accessible toilet.
There are also portable toilets available at the far end of the arena, again including a wheelchair accessible unit.
There are first aiders on duty in the RED Tent adjacent to the Entrance Gate
For Lost Children or Lost Parents please contact one of the officials at the main entrance in the first instance. The First Aid Tent located near the main gate is the rendezvous point and Parents are invited to point this out to children as the ‘place to go’ if they become separated for any reason. Announcements will be made through the PA system.
Lost Property will be held at the Entrance Gate. Announcements may be made during the event for items of significant value. Otherwise please check before you leave.
Carve Carrbridge is a dog friendly event; however, we would ask that you keep your pet on a lead at all times. Water bowls for dogs will be positioned outside of the tea tent and the beer tent, but please note that during extremely busy times, there may be a delay in refilling them. We would also ask that you respect other visitors and pick up any deposits made by your pet. Extra Poo Bags are available at the desk at the Entrance Gate if you need them.
In some years we have been able to provide bales for people to sit on. Regrettably these are hard to come by and are not available in 2019.
We therefore recommend if required that you bring portable seating with you. However please be mindful that people will need access to the buckets on the fence to vote for “People Choice” so do not get too close to the barriers.
The Carving Competition
In addition to 1st 2nd 3rd and Best New Entrant decided by our Panel of Judges, you can cast your own vote for People’s Choice. You will be given a token at the desk when you pay and you should put this in the white bucket in front of the carving you think is best. The Carvers themselves also vote for the Carvers’ Choice winner.
The key judging criteria are Artistic Merit and Technical Difficulty and additional points for Originality.
Yes! All carvings will be put up for auction by our professional auctioneer Rod MacKenzie.
The large pieces are auctioned on behalf of the carvers, whilst the proceeds from the smaller quick carves add to the fundraising for the community of Carrbridge.
The smaller Quick Carvings generally fit in a car boot and must be collected and taken away on the day.
The main carvings can be collected from the field on the day after the auction has finished or alternatively our sponsor Spey Valley Timber and Builders Merchants will arrange for the carving to be held in their yard in Aviemore for a period of up to one month to allow purchasers to arrange collection at a suitable time. They can also arrange to deliver for a fee dependent on location; please contact them direct to discuss this if required.
Vehicles will only be allowed on the field after the spectators have left the field and you should liaise with our Field Coordinator who can be contacted via the volunteers at the gate on the day.
If you are successful in winning your chosen large carving you are required to pay the Carver direct at point of sale. Some Carvers have provided information on the types of payments they can accept and these can be found for each carver at Carver profiles
Some UK based carvers may accept cheques however for international carvers this is not an option and you should check with an official in the arena for options.
Cash is available as described in the Money Matters section above.
We have a team of volunteers who look after the arena and many of the Carvers have support from time to time (usually from family members who understand the environment), Judges and the press are given access for close viewing.
Once the competition is over the protective netting around the arena will be taken down to allow better photos opportunities of the finished carving; however due to the amount of debris and sawdust it is unsafe for spectators to access the area and walk around the carvings.