The Armagh Georgian Festival will be returning to the city this week with a programme of events and activities designed to start the festive celebrations whilst showcasing the city’s iconic architecture and historic landmarks.
This year’s events run from Thursday 23 November through to Sunday 26 November encompassing the highlight of the weekend, Georgian Day on Saturday 25 November.
Armagh will see Georgian characters walking the streets, music events, carriage rides around the historic Mall, an array of food & craft stalls, a choice of Georgian-themed tours, and a new menu of events for restaurants, cafés and pubs.
There will be Georgian Christmas Afternoon Tea events taking place at Armagh City Hotel and the Archbishop’s Palace, Georgian Ladies Who Lunch at Armagh County Club, Georgian Paint & Sip at Armagh County Museum and a Georgian Murder Mystery at Armagh County Club.
The city is planning plenty of food, drink and entertainment to mark the countdown to this year’s festive season.
While many events require pre-booking, there will also be a wide range of free events taking place throughout the weekend.
"Armagh Georgian Festival is a series of unique experiences which celebrate the many different aspects of Georgian Armagh including buildings, history and heritage, through an exciting, varied and fun programme of festive events," said Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Margaret Tinsley.
“Enjoy trotting along the tree-lined Georgian Mall in a horse and carriage ride or browse around the Georgian artisan market, enjoying crafts, food and gifts for all ages."
A Fairytale of Armagh
This year’s family lightshow, A Fairytale of Armagh, takes to the stage at Market Square on Friday and Saturday evening.
Advanced tickets for this year’s lightshow will be available from 10am on November 07 and visitors are encouraged to book early for all ticketed events to avoid disappointment.
The Hill of Armagh will be included in the celebrations over the weekend when the historic library, built in 1771, and No 5 Vicars’ Hill, the former Registry, open their doors.
Both buildings were part of Archbishop Robinson’s plans for Georgian Armagh.
There are also guided walking and ghost tours of the city as well as tours of the Archbishop’s Palace and Palace Demesne.