It’s fair to say that County Armagh embodies the spirit of Northern Ireland – and this is exemplified by the fact that it is a hive of activity. There are events in County Armagh all year-round, so whenever you plan to stay you can be sure that there’ll be something memorable and unique about your visit.From festive to floral
County Armagh enjoys events from the beginning of the year until its conclusion, but the Christmas and New Year period are certainly the high points for activities in the region.
The Christmas events in Armagh actually kick off in late November with Georgian Day. This is when you can pick up unique gifts and treats at the market stalls as well as enjoy the festive music, a lantern procession and the spectacular Christmas light switch-on. This year, County Armagh will also welcome X Factor runner-up Mary Byrne for a special concert – but whatever year you visit you can be sure that there will be a celebrity or two on hand.
There are events in County Armagh throughout December too. For example, there is a pantomime at the Market Place Theatre – this year, it’s the story of Jack & the Beanstalk. There is also the annual art exhibition by Armagh Art Club, which has become one of the most popular exhibitions in Northern Ireland with works by local amateur artists. Of course the kids can tell Santa (pictured) what they want for Christmas at Santa’s Gatelodge in Milford; while the mystery of the Christmas star can be explored at Armagh Planetarium.
Other Christmas events this year in County Armagh include: murder mystery evenings; and crafts from Christmas past, which recreates yesteryear with a modern twist. There’s Santa’s Christmas Grotto at the Argory; Christmas events at St Patrick’s Trian; carols by candlelight at Saint Aidan’s Church; and a Christmas Fun Day at the Armagh Museum.
Of course December isn’t the only time to visit County Armagh. There are events throughout the year including the snowdrop walks at the Argory in February; painting with watercolours in the same month; the urban illustration workshop, which looks at Graffiti in January; and the flower festival in May.Our verdict – County Armagh
County Armagh certainly isn’t a thriving UK holiday destination. It would be a stretch to suggest that it can compete with other areas in terms of its scenery or its wealth of attractions.
However, what County Armagh represents is a traditional getaway – a chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life in an area packed with history and heritage; as well as a surprising number of excellent eateries, sporting activities and intriguing events. So if you want to explore Northern Ireland from a peaceful setting, then County Armagh may provide the backdrop you’ve been longing for.