Now four-day extravaganza provides tens of thousands with wealth of entertainment and enjoyment.
With events catering for all interests and ages, and ranging from mock court trials to carriage rides, ghost tours, wine tasting and even a gin school, the Festival schedule was packed to the proverbial rafters with something for families, locals, tourists and visitors to enjoy.
From the Rokeby Lecture on the opening night to the Great Georgian Banquet on the Friday, or Sunday’s Hidden Gems tour, Armagh pulled out all the stops for an unforgettable four days, with the iconic and unmissable Georgian Day Light Show at the city’s historic Market Place, once again showcasing Armagh to the thousands gathered, and to the world.
Marking 15 years in 2018 with its most extensive programme yet, Armagh’s Georgian Festival was recognised at this year’s Northern Ireland Tourism Awards as the Most Promising Authentic Event or Festival Experience in NI.
Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Cllr Julie Flaherty, said;
“Bringing in more than £1 million to the local economy in bed nights and revenue over the course of the long weekend, our annual Festival event continues to make its mark as one of the must-visit events on the calendar across the whole island.
“The calibre of guests, performers, producers, characters, musicians and everything else, allowed for a truly unrivalled experience for all those who joined us, and we were delighted to welcome record crowds to the Georgian Day festivities on Saturday.”
Welcoming so many thousands of visitors to the city and surrounding area is testament to the Council maintaining a safe and welcoming place for residents and visitors alike, as recognised by the city’s Purple Flag accreditation, the gold standard for town centre management which supports local working partnerships to achieve excellence for their area.
The 2018 Georgian Festival bookends another stellar year of fantastic, world class tourism events across the Borough area, including the Food & Cider Festival in September, the 7 Hills Blues Fest in August, and looking forward to the upcoming Home of St Patrick Festival returning in March 2019.
The Council continues to invest in the delivery of these must-visit experiences for the benefit of locals and visitors to the region and is proud to be so generously supported by Tourism NI in its efforts.