GEORGIAN FESTIVAL TURNS BACK THE CLOCK IN ARMAGH

The mists of time will descend on Armagh on the last weekend in November for a celebration of the city's glorious and historic past for the annual Georgian Festival.

A packed schedule of unique events for history buffs, tourists, families and foodies alike, will provide unforgettable days across the city.

Undoubtedly one of the landmark events of 2016 was The Great Georgian Banquet which returns on Friday 24th November.

A sell-out success last year, the Banquet provides a memorable experience of gastronomy and entertainment in the lavish surroundings of the Archbishop's Palace. Music and stories of the time will provide a real flavour of Georgian high society and a night guests will cherish and enjoy.

Alderman Gareth Wilson, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, said:

"Armagh's Georgian Festival is back, bigger and better than before, and we look forward to welcoming thousands of visitors and locals to enjoy all that Ireland's oldest city can provide as it comes alive in history, folklore and culture.

"Our Festival continues to grow from strength to strength in offer, scope and potential. Whether it is an interest in history, something different to entertain the kids or a unique way to get in that festive spirit, Armagh's Georgian Festival has something for everyone."

Visitors can uncover the city's secrets of Armagh's stunning Georgian streetscape with walking tours, mock trials in the Courthouse, or a traditional horse and carriage ride around the iconic tree-lined Mall.

Having written extensively on the city, renowned author, historian and BBC broadcaster Dan Cruickshank will provide an insight into Armagh's architectural heritage in the magnificent surroundings of the Royal School, while The Rokeby Lecture in the Armagh Robinson Library will discuss Gulliver's Travels, the most widely read book by an Irish author.

For children of all ages, the Festival provides many wonderful ways to be immersed in the wonder of times gone by. The Children's Christmas Market at the Shambles will have games, storytelling, music, live reindeer and fire performances as night draws in.

'Georgian Day' itself on Saturday, 25th November, will have over 100 merchants and stalls lining the streets with artisan produce and crafted goods including a food village. Living history characters, live music and carol singers will fill the air with festive cheer for expected crowds in excess of 20,000.

Now in its 14th year, Georgian Day culminates in the unmissable spectacle of the annual Animated Light Show which continues to attract thousands to watch Market House burst into life, transforming it into a shimmering canvas. This year's 'Five Gold Rings!' show promises to be a show to remember.

Why not extend your visit and Georgian experience with an overnight stay in Armagh on Saturday 26 November? Overnight accommodation packages, staying at the Armagh City Hotel or Charlemont Arms Hotel are available to book online via www.armagh.co.uk/georgian

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