Festival season visits Armagh
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