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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

County Armagh Sports And Leisure

Though many people like to escape on holiday in Northern Ireland and enjoy the area’s fabulous scenery, peace and quiet; it’s fair to say that you’ll need something to keep you active every once in a while. That’s why County Armagh is such a great place to visit – because it is stacked with sports and leisure options.

Digital era

County Armagh has certainly embraced the digital era thanks to its new Omniplex, which consists of a cinema and some excellent amenities. The cinema itself has more than 400 seats, as well as four screens, including one Digital 3D screen. Customers also have plenty of choices to snack on while they enjoy a movie – including Pick N Mix sweets, ice-cream from Ben & Jerry or the traditional popcorn (pictured). 

Of course the cinematic experience isn’t your only option when it comes to an evening’s entertainment in County Armagh. Other possibilities include The Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre, which is home to a programme of year-round performances, workshops and classes. It features everything from jazz to ballet, and from popular music to traditional Irish music.

Indeed music has always been at the centre of the culture of Armagh. Bars across the city and district will offer visitors a wealth of choice for their evenings out including live bands and touring singer-songwriters.

Feeling sporty

One of the most notable features about the area is the scale of the sporting facilities on offer. Sports in County Armagh are clearly high on the agenda with several leisure facilities including the Orchard Leisure Centre, which has two swimming pools, relaxation areas, a dance studio and a three court main sports hall.

Other leisure facilities in the area include: Keady Recreation Centre, with its fitness suite, tennis courts and soccer pitches; Ardmore Recreation Centre, with three grass pitches and one astro-turf pitch; Richhill Recreation Centre, which boasts three full-size court sports halls suitable for all types of indoor sports and an outside floodlit multipurpose area that is ideal for soccer and tennis; as well as the Tandragee Recreation Centre, with a host of fitness facilities.

Of course you don’t have to enjoy all of your activities in County Armagh in one of its indoor facilities – there are plenty of outdoor options too. Among them is Loughall Country Park, a magnificent 188hectare estate of open farmland that has its own football pitch, an 18hole golf course, 37 acres of coarse fishery, country walks and a children’s play area.

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