Fes­ti­val sea­son vis­its Ar­magh

Belfast Telegraph - NI Carfinder - - Autumn Breaks -

The city of Ar­magh has had a sig­nif­i­cance and in­flu­ence felt across the is­land for over 6,500 years. Ar­magh au­tumn fes­ti­val sea­son cel­e­brates ev­ery­thing that is unique about the area; from the peo­ple who have raised its stand­ing, to its events, her­itage, mu­sic and story-telling tra­di­tions.

From Satur­day, Septem­ber 12, to Satur­day, Novem­ber 28, Ar­magh will host a con­tin­u­ous run of fes­ti­vals and events that bring world- class cul­ture, her­itage, arts, theatre, food and mu­sic to Ire­land’s An­cient Cathe­dral City.

On Satur­day and Sun­day, Septem­ber 12-13, some of Ar­magh’s finest prop­er­ties will throw open their doors for a cel­e­bra­tion of history and her­itage as part of North­ern Ire­land’s Euro­pean Her­itage Open Days (EHOD).

Free ac­cess has been ar­ranged to 30 prop­er­ties and events giv­ing visi­tors an op­por­tu­nity to visit some of Ar­magh’s most fas­ci­nat­ing build­ings and un­cover a cap­ti­vat­ing in­sight into lo­cal history. Among those prop­er­ties par­tic­i­pat­ing is the newly re­fur­bished Arch­bish­ops Palace and Pri­mate’s Chapel, one of Ire­land’s Royal sites, Na­van Fort, the pop­u­lar Ar­magh Gaol and Ar­magh’s two iconic Cathe­drals.

Ar­magh’s fourth an­nual Cul­ture Night takes place on Fri­day, Septem­ber 18, with over 100 free events across 30 venues. The jam-packed line-up in­cludes drama, read­ings, ex­hi­bi­tions, tours, dance, mu­sic, choirs, demos, art, craft and much more, all ex­pertly blended to­gether to high­light the unique mix of cul­ture that ex­ists in the City.

Ar­magh is known as ‘ The Or­chard County’ of Ire­land and its ap­ple grow­ing her­itage will be cel­e­brated with a num­ber of harvest and ap­ple themed events in­clud­ing the Tully Farm Harvest Fes­ti­val on Satur­day and Sun­day, Septem­ber 19-20, an Ap­ple Press Day on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 11, and the sec­ond Rich­hill Ap­ple Harvest Fayre on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 31. Ar­magh’s first ever Food and Cider Fes­ti­val will also take place from Wed­nes­day to Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 7-11 and will in­clude a se­ries of food tours, ar­ti­san food and cider mar­kets, cider tast­ing and or­chard tours.

From Thurs­day to Sun­day, Novem­ber 12-15, the city will welcome some of the world’s finest tra­di­tional mu­si­cians for an ex­cit­ing pre­sen­ta­tion of the pip­ing tra­di­tions of Ire­land and Scot­land at the an­nual Wil­liam Kennedy Pip­ing Fes­ti­val. High­lights in­clude a ‘Hoo­ley’ pro­vid­ing five hours of amaz­ing mu­sic, an Uil­leann pipes con­cert and mu­sic ses­sions across Ar­magh City.

On Fri­day, Novem­ber 20, The Bard of Ar­magh Fes­ti­val of Hu­mor­ous Verse will pro­vide a night of hi­lar­ity pro­vided by the or­di­nary peo­ple as the Bards take to the stage for tra­di­tional sto­ry­telling and yarn spin­ning.

With great events, award-win­ning restau­rants and fas­ci­nat­ing at­trac­tions to ex­pe­ri­ence, Ar­magh is per­fect for a short break this au­tumn. For full de­tails visit www.ar­magh.co.uk/au­tum­n­fes­ti­vals.

Don’t miss Ar­magh Cul­ture Night on Fri­day, Septem­ber 18 and (left) Scot­land’s Young Folk Award­Win­ners The Mis­cha Macpher­son Trio will per­form at the Wil­liam Kennedy Pip­ing Fes­ti­val

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