As the October half term holidays sweep in make sure there are no tricks, just treats waiting for your family and plan a day (or two) away in Omagh and The Sperrins.
Some of Northern Ireland’s top visitor attractions are situated within Omagh and The Sperrins including the Ulster American Folk Park, a unique outdoor museum which chronicles the story of the thousands of emigrants who left Ireland for the New World in the 18th and 19th centuries. Running until Wednesday 31 October there will be a ghoulishly great Halloween event running, demonstrators will be on hand to entertain you with a fun-filled programme of activities which explores Halloween in Rural Ulster and Pioneer America in years gone by. From spooky characters lurking in the shadows, to tasting some traditional Halloweens treats of colcannon and currant loaf, you’ll not want to miss out on this spooky event.
Omagh Town Centre will come alive on Wednesday 31 October with creepy characters, zombies, dance, mystery and magic, as part of their Haunted Halloween Event. The award-winning OASIS Plaza will host entertainment from 6.00 pm including; a Halloween fancy dress party and games, spot prizes, a ‘thrilling’ Hazel Wand Theatre performance, light performers, gooey Halloween slime making, vortex illusion tunnel, zombie targets and much more fun for the family. Traders will happily provide hot food and drinks including toast your own marshmallows to keep you warm on an eerie night. The spooktacular fireworks display will commence at 7.45 pm from Strule Arts Centre roof top.
Families can spend a day at the fabulous Mellon Fun Farm – A family run farm set on an 18-acre site right between Omagh and Newtownstewart. Visitors can enjoy meeting and petting many of the rare breed animals that take up residence here, bring a picnic or dine in the cafe and take drive round in style on a tractor ride.
Omagh and The Sperrins natural blend of peaks, forests, moors, valleys, lakes and rivers will make it a popular visit for adrenaline seeking families. Spanning 40 miles, the Sperrins mountain range is the largest in Ireland and guarantees a day out that will keep families entertained and leave them exhausted.
Set within the Sperrins is the gorgeous Gortin Glens where visitors can follow a woodland trail through the rustic countryside in the Forest Park to spot the local deer or take an opportunity to experience canoeing on the lakes.
Families can visit the An Creagán Visitor Centre to uncover the landscape’s rich heritage in detail, designed to reflect the archaeological sites of the area. Complete with an exhibition centre, a stunning restaurant serving up the exceptional culinary delights and a craft shop, An Creagán also has an excellent half term programme; from toddler spooky story telling on Monday 29 October, to a three-day extravaganza of games, music, arts and treasure hunts, kicking off on Wednesday 31 October until Friday 2 November.
After a busy day exploring families can extend their visit and make the most of the superb choice of accommodation options in the region. From beautiful three star hotels to 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 a stay visit: https://exploreomaghsperrins.com/ or for any further enquiries contact Omagh Visitor Information Centre on 028 8224 7831.