Bubble football is coming to Ness – and you get your chance to join in on Saturday June 24th at the Ness Gala Day.
The game was first created in Norway by Henrik Elvestad and Johan Golden, when it made an appearance on their TV show, Golden Goal in 2011.
The game took a while to reach the UK though, but by 2014 had made its way to the United States, France and New Zealand. Last year it appeared at Broadford Gala on the Isle of Skye – pictured.
When playing bubble football, according to Wikipedia, there are a number of different scenarios which can be played out. These include:
Bubble bowling - when a group of people stand at one end of the pitch whilst another player stands at the other end. It is then his job to run and dive at the group, trying to knock as many of them over as possible.
Bubble sumo - when two players line up in a circle drawn on the ground, with the object of the game being to push each other out from the circle.
Bubble bulldog - when one player is given the task of knocking down as many players as he can while inside the bubble, stopping them from getting from one end of the pitch to the other.
The Ness Gala day is on Saturday 24th June and is the first of the major annual community events. The day is finished off with a Gala Dance at Ness Social Club.
As usual, there is a whole range of other events throughout the summer which kicks off with events for the automobile enthusiast.
First there is the Run What Ya Brung Drag Race on Saturday June 3rd at Stornoway Airport.. Organised by Lewis Car Club, the racing starts at 6pm.
Next is the Ness Tractor Run on Saturday 10th June, this annual charity parade of modern and classic tractors is quite a sight with more than 70 tractors taking part in previous years.
This is followed by the Classic Car and Tractor show on Saturday 17th June, held at Bragar Old School and including a Family Fun Day.
July starts with the Uig Gala Day on Saturday 1st. The day is held on the machair above Reef beach, with many fun activities for young and old including bouncy castle, sheep racing and fast boat rides around Loch Roag.
The following weekend, 8th July, is the Point Agricultural Show. There are 34 trophies to be given on the day for a wide range of classes for sheep, cattle, horses, baking and preserves, vegetables, sewing, pets and more. The day also has games, demonstrations and live music.
On Thursday 13th July is the North Harris Agricultural Show. There will be a variety of inflatable games for children from pole jousting to sumo suits.
The HebCelt festival will be in the Castle Grounds over three nights from 19th to 22nd July with Imelda May and The Waterboys headlining this year. Many other fringe events take place through the week and over the festival weekend at An Lanntair Arts Centre and other venues.
Saturday 22nd July also sees the Lochs Agricultural Show take place at the Laxay showground.
To finish off a busy July is the Westside Agricultural Show on Friday 28th.
The Carloway Agricultural Show is on Wednesday 2nd August
And in Stornoway there is the Lewis Carnival on Saturday August 5th.
Later is the Isle of Harris Mountain Festival, this celebration of the local mountains and coastline takes place from the 9th to 16th September and includes many outdoor activities from guided walks and water sports to photography, with a chance to relax in the evening at a film night.