10 reasons to take the kids to Armagh before they go back to school

The summer is nearly over so why not enjoy these last days of freedom with the kids by taking a trip to Armagh?

In what has been a questionable summer weather-wise, families across the country have had to rely on more than playing in the park and countless ‘beach days’ to keep the whole family entertained. The countdown is on for term time to start again and so Armagh invites you to come and enjoy the many activities and one-off events that make it one of the most attractive destinations and city-break staycations in Ireland.

These are also the last few weeks to experience the Armagh Shuttle Bus service direct from Belfast which combines a special itinerary of all the top highlights, so there has never been a better time to go, or an easier way to get there. Departing from the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre at 10am on Fridays and Saturdays, the ‘Armagh Shuttle’ will have you back by 5:30pm after the full day Armagh experience. Or, if you can’t fit everything you discover into one day, the return ticket is still valid to get you back to Belfast on the Saturday!

For more details, even more things to do, how to book and get there, visit www.armagh.co.uk.

1. Wizard of Oz Summer Musical
There is no place like…The Market Place Theatre this summer! Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Armagh this weekend (!!) as the cast of young talent takes to the stage to bring you this timeless story and the characters to life with the most magical adventure of them all! This show packed full of the most memorable songs in musical theatre runs until Saturday (August 22) with full details at www.armagh.co.uk/event/the-wizard-of-oz/.

2. Astronaut Sculpting at Planetarium
Have a blast-off before going back to school with Armagh Planetarium and make your very own spaceman to take home in our amazing sculpting workshop. Using modelling clay you can mould and design your own astronaut for a future mission. Just don’t forget your oxygen tank this Saturday and Sunday, 22nd & 23rd August!

3. Charles Wood Festival of Music
A jam-packed, week-long programme of concerts, services and workshop sessions will make up the 2015 Charles Wood Festival of Music for singers, organists and choir directors and will take place in all the main churches and Cathedrals in Armagh from 23rd – 30th August 2015. Internationally renowned voice coach, Paul Farrington, will conduct workshops and provide individual tuition, while David Hill, Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers, will direct the forty-strong festival choir.

4. Ranger Round-Up at The Argory
This Sunday, August 23rd, join Rudy-Ranger for an all-weather exploration of The Argory. Make mud-pies, set up a snail race, find as many mini-beasts as possible as you explore and toast marshmallows on the campfire. £5 per child (in addition to Argory entry fee) www.armagh.co.uk/event/ranger-round-up-at-the-argory-4/

5. Force Academy Training at Armagh Planetarium
Fancy yourself a Jedi Knight? Armagh Planetarium’s Emerald Garrison will be training some future Jedis on 29th & 30th August which will be a treat for all young Padawans. With rumours of evil Sith warriors nearby, only time will tell if the new recruits can save the day. May the force be with you! For more information, visit www.armagh.co.uk/event/force-academy-training-2/

6. Ceol sa Chathair/City sessions
The Armagh Pipers Club are presenting a day-long celebration of piping music on Saturday, 29th August, allowing the public to visit their Scotch Street premises and learn more about the range of 50 classes they have for beginners for anything from pipes to tin whistle! The group will perform throughout the day at the Market Street bandstand. www.armagh.co.uk/event/ceol-sa-chathaircity-sessions/

7. Celtic Family Event at Navan
With winter fast approaching our local Celts are preparing for this dark season. How did they live? All will be revealed this weekend when you can experience life as a Celt first-hand. Build fences, make a log boat or clay pot, but above all, have fun! 29th & 30th August www.armagh.co.uk/event/a-celtic-family-event/

8. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Armagh
With so much to explore, the new guided walking tour is a must for those wanting to learn as much about Ireland’s Ecclesiastical capital as possible. Delve into the city’s rich history, its renowned Georgian architecture and the many gems hidden along its cobbled streets. Every Wednesday – Saturday until the end of August.

9. Test your skills at Lurgaboy
Ideal for families looking for a fun afternoon, take part in raft building, archery, a high levels rope course and zip wire at Lurgaboy Adventure Centre. Everything takes place at its 35-acre countryside venue, allowing kids to enjoy the great outdoors in a safe environment and with no time wasted travelling between fun-filled activities.

10. It’s Tayto Time!
Located in the 500 year old Tandragee Castle, experience the magic of Tayto with a guided tour and demonstration which shows how the globally-famous ‘Tayto’ crisps and other snacks are lovingly made. You will also get to meet some of the crisps fresh off the production line and meet the brand mascot, Mr Tayto. A must-see for all the family! Yum!

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