Armagh Georgian Festival
Thursday 22 – Sunday 25 November 2018
Armagh Georgian Festival
Armagh, known as the Ecclesiastical capital of Ireland is also widely known for its Georgian heritage. This is in thanks to Richard Robinson who became Archbishop Robinson in 1765 and instigated the development of the city to his plans, leaving an amazing architectural legacy behind. This annual festival celebrates all things Georgian in Armagh with many individual events to appeal to visitors including a Georgian Banquet, artisan and food market, horse and carriage rides, children’s Georgian market, gin school, wine tasting, hidden gems bus tour, ghost and walking tours and much more.
Get into the festival spirit with the Georgian Banquet, which this year takes influence from a Venetian ball and takes place in the beautiful surroundings of The Palace in Armagh, which was home to Archbishop Robinson. “The Piper and the Faerie Queen” brings Saint Patrick’s Cathedral to life with enchanting music inspired by fantastical literary works from the 17th century combined with traditional Irish music.
On Georgian Day (Saturday 24th November), a festive market will bring the city to life, with stalls offering high quality gifts and locally produced food and drink. The city streets will offer something different on every turn including period characters, demonstrations, live music, street theatre & performers, horse & carriage rides, walking tours, mulled wine, mince pies, hot chestnuts and much more.
The Children’s Market at The Shambles Yard will offer a family friendly experience with traditional fairground games & rides, festive stalls with treats & gifts suitable for little people, real reindeer, light sculptures, workshops & crafts all served with lashings of sprinkles and glitter!
Afternoon activities include horse and carriage rides, in period costume, mock trials and courthouse tours. Find out about weddings in Georgian times and explore the gruesome side to Georgian medicine with the Great Georgian Science Show!
Walking tours, ghost tours and heritage tours bring the city to life and for those food and drink connoisseurs the Georgian Gin School and Grand Tour wine tasting enables you to get “hands on” and enjoy and taste the experiences.
As the city grows dark, the dramatic Light Show will burst to life, illuminating the backdrop of the Georgian Market House and creating a festive atmosphere with contemporary and seasonal music. A must see for all visitors to the City!
Tourism NI kindly supports the Georgian Armagh event. For further information and the full four-day event programme please visit www.visitarmagh.com/georgian