Step back into high Georgian society at the Armagh Georgian Festival happening next week.
With Christmas almost upon us, there are lots of festive events popping up across Ireland, but the Armagh Georgian Festival is truly special.
From Wednesday, November 27, until Sunday, December 1, the city of Armagh in Northern Ireland celebrates its rich heritage along with the enthronement of Archbishop Richard Robinson in 1765.
A Children’s Christmas Market is perfect for unique gifts, while the illuminations at the Armagh Georgian Festival really bring this season to life.
Where history meets tradition – for a festival with flair
Most of us love Christmas markets, with many families following a tradition of visiting an annual event. The Armagh Georgian Festival offers visitors the chance to embrace the traditions of Christmas amidst the rich Georgian heritage of the area.
A selection of walking tours, workshops, and tasting sessions give an insight into how Georgian people lived, while the interesting “Learn to” events range from a Georgian Keyboard Lesson to a Georgian Gin School.
Not to mention the classic silhouette cutter or wax sealing workshops to brush up on those authentic Georgian skills.
You can attend the Rokeby Lecture or witness a mock trial in the courthouse to catch a glimpse into the Georgian justice system. Or simply wander around the grounds of historic buildings or peruse market stalls while snacking on traditional treats and sipping delicious Georgian tipples.
A family day out – festive fun for all ages
For those more excited by Santa Clause, the Children’s Christmas Market at the Armagh Georgian Festival has it all. A magical snow globe, crafty workshops, real reindeer and twinkling lights all make this event an exciting family day out.
The Great Georgian Banquet at the palace is a true highlight, giving guests the chance to experience an evening fit for Georgian high society.
In addition, the ‘Christmas Cracker’ light show is a sight to behold with live music and illuminations bringing the city to life.
Festival highlights – featuring ‘An Evening in Vienna’
The Armagh Georgian Festival is the perfect way to kick-start the Christmas season while embracing the rich heritage of this great city.
It begins with a lecture on Archbishop Robinson on Wednesday, November 27, at 7pm in the Armagh Planetarium.
Tickets cost £8 per adult and £5.75 per child, with the evening ending at 9pm.
The Rokeby Lecture follows on Thursday, November 28, at 7.30pm in the library and is free to enter.
Friday, November 29, is when the celebrations really warm up with tours starting from 11am and carrying on until 7pm.
There is Georgian Afternoon Tea on Friday at 4pm followed by The Great Georgian Banquet ‘An Evening in Vienna’ at 7pm and a Fancy Dress and Open Mic event from 8pm.
The weekend follows with an array of artisan markets, tours, workshops, street performances, and carriage rides. Many of the activities are free, while others are charged at online prices.
Overnight accommodation packages offer special rates for banquet guests and are available both in the Armagh City Hotel and the Charlemont Arms Hotel.
Visit www.visitarmagh.com/georgian to book your place ahead of next week.