This summer, avoid trudging overpacked suitcases through lengthy airport queues. With local temperatures at an all-time high, a staycation has never sounded so good…and we’ve found the perfect destination.
From idyllic country walks, to soaking up the local culture, the Omagh and Sperrins Region offers an abundance of activities and must-see attractions that will keep the entire family amused over the summer holiday. Check out our top favourites of what to do and see:
- Events and Festivals to suit every type of visitor…
There is an eclectic range of events taking place across Omagh and the Sperrins region over the coming months that promise to keep every visitor, from every age-group, entertained. One upcoming event to put in your diary is Omagh’s Food Festival (Saturday 11th August – Sunday 12thAugust). Taking place on Omagh’s bustling main street, fellow foodies alike can feast their eyes and tuck in to the local delicacies that will be showcased at the food stalls. Local cooking professionals will join Celebrity Chef, Paula McIntyre as they treat guests to cookery demos live on stage and serve up mouth-watering dishes made from locally sourced ingredients (many of which will be on sale during the festival). Alternatively, for those who consider themselves as adrenaline junkies, the ‘Get out to Gortin’ outdoor event takes place on Saturday 29th September and is certain to set your pulse racing. Take your pick of exhilarating activities, from archery and indoor wall climbing to kayaking down lakes of Gortin. Balloon modelling and face-painting will also be available to keep younger visitors entertained. To view the full range of events taking place in Omagh and the Sperrins Region, visit https://exploreomaghsperrins.com/whats-on/ for more information.
- Ulster American Folk Park
Step back in time and embark on a cross-Atlantic journey to learn the story of the brave emigrants who left their hometown to start a new life in 18th and 19th century America. With 30 buildings and various exhibits to explore, the Ulster American Folk Park is the perfect day out for all the family. Costumed characters are on hand to retell classic stories of the past, along with practising traditional crafts and even offering up some of the local delicacies of that time period. Alongside the permanent exhibitions on display, the Folk Park is a regular host to various cultural events and festivals throughout the seasons. Check out the upcoming 27th Annual Bluegrass Music Festival, a three-day event celebrating the best and biggest names in bluegrass and old-time music. The Festival commences on Friday 31st August and runs until Sunday 2nd September, find out more at https://www.nmni.com/our-museums/ulster-american-folk-park/Bluegrass.aspx
- Strule Arts Centre
Located in the centre of Omagh, Strule Arts Centre is an award-winning contemporary arts venue is the ultimate hub to the best of local theatre performances, comedy, music, dance, workshops and exhibitions. In addition to the diverse selection of events running over the summer months, the Roof Top Museum is an intriguing space showcasing archaeological artefacts from an excavation that took place in Altanagh, a townland outside Carrickmore in 1979, which promises keep your budding, young explorers intrigued. To view Strule Arts Centre’s current event listings, visit their website at: http://struleartscentre.co.uk
- An Creagán Visitor Centre
Reconnect with nature at An Creagán Visitor Centre; nestled in an idyllic setting between Omagh and Cookstown. Enjoy time out from your busy schedule to absorb the peace and tranquillity that An Creagán has to offer. Take a relaxing walk over the plentiful forest trails or learn more about the local heritage within the Visitor Centre. For experienced walkers and cyclists, the newly opened Davagh Forest trails are perfect for working up a sweat. After filling your lungs with fresh air, the Centre’s restaurant offerings promise to whet your appetite with exceptionally flavoursome dishes, all made from locally sourced ingredients. On those glorious summer evenings, why not take advantage of their dedicated BBQ areas and enjoy alfresco dining at its best. Find out more about An Creagán on www.an-creagan.com/
- Dun Uladh Cultural Heritage Centre
To develop a deeper awareness of Ireland’s ancient cultural heritage, then look no further than the Dun Uladh Cultural Heritage Centre, situated right at the heart of Ulster. Visitors are invited to enjoy colourful evenings filled with traditional music, song, dance and storytelling, all of which celebrate native Irish culture and arts. The Centre supports local performers by providing them a platform to showcase their talents, while educating visitors on true, authentic Irish culture. For upcoming events, visit http://dunuladh.ie for further information.
- The Abingdon Collection
If you’ve lived through the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, or are simply a huge fan of big boy’s toys, then you won’t want to drive through the Omagh and Sperrins region without paying a visit to this spectacular exhibition. The Abingdon represents over 50 years of passionate collecting from local resident Philip Faithfull and is divided into two distinct areas of interest. The first is comprised by over 500 die cast model cars, a selection of photographs, enamel signs, jukeboxes and automobilia. The second part concentrates on World War Two and represents over 3,000 items on permanent display to the public. The Abingdon Collection is open by appointment only, but free of charge to both individuals and small groups. To book your appointment to view this extensive exhibit, contact Philip Faithfull on 028 8224 3373/ 07715 455170 or check out http://theabingdoncollection.com/ for further information.
After a busy day exploring, you’ll be more than ready to put your feet up and relax. Omagh and the Sperrins region offer a superb choice of accommodation options, designed to suit every type of traveller. For a luxurious retreat, try one of the beautiful three star hotels or alternatively, for those who favour more laidback surroundings, there is an abundance of cosy cottages and self-catering accommodation available.
To find out more about any of the activities and attractions listed, or to book your stay visit: https://exploreomaghsperrins.com/ or for any further enquiries contact Omagh Visitor Information Centre on 028 8224 7831.
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