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It's the return of the Giant Adventures!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

It's the return of the Giant Adventures! thumbnailNEWRY, Mourne and Down District Council has recently unveiled its 2017 Giant Adventures programme of events.

NEWRY, Mourne and Down District Council has recently unveiled its 2017 Giant Adventures programme of events.

A new wave of mythical, magical creatures will enchant visitors to Newry, Mourne and Down this summer through the Council's free flagship festivals.

‘Footsteps in the Forest', 'Strangford Lough Skiffie Festival', 'Festival of Flight' and 'Wake the Giant' will all return with the addition of a brand new festival, 'City of Merchants', which will draw on the maritime and industrial heritage of Newry City.

These festivals will take place across the district in locations that will use the region's mountains, coastline and unique stories of legend and lore to bring each to life.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick said, "The development of new festivals under the Giant Adventures brand, in tandem with established events, is one of the positive steps the Council took in 2016 to position our area as one of the premier tourism destinations in Ireland.

“Within our recently launched Tourism Strategy we promise to deliver 'epic moments' which will offer the ultimate in visitor destination experiences to all those coming into our area. The Giant Adventures programme has been designed to deliver these 'epic moments' to our visitors, providing experiences that they will never forget and want to return for. The more choice that we can offer, the more appealing our district will be, and the more results we will achieve.

“Our festivals, this year and going forward, have been developed with the support of community event organisers and professionals from right across the district and I am confident that collectively, we will all enjoy more economic benefits for our area in the future."

‘Footsteps in the Forest', winner of the 2016 Heritage Council of Ireland Cool for Kids award, kicks of proceedings on the 2-3 June, using the beauty and mystery of Slieve Gullion Forest Park to capitalise on well-known tales associated with the forest.

Visitors will have an opportunity to encounter a mythical people, hear their stories of a world that has been forgotten and explore their woodland realm through the magical living storybook tour. The event is free but booking is required for the tour through ringofgullion.org.

Moving on from last year's very successful Skiffie Worlds Rowing Championship on Strangford Lough, Strangford Lough Skiffie Festival will take place on Strangford Lough and in Delamont Country Park from 22-23 July. This event will attract many international competitors and locals in their community built skiffs. Visitors will have the opportunity to watch the racing, meet the rowers and enjoy a programme of events in Delamont Country Park.

Next up is the eagerly-anticipated Festival of Flight soaring high over the shores of Newcastle and Dundrum Bay from 4-5 August. This is now a firm favourite in the summer calendar of the Council's events programme and promises a powerful combination of stunning airborne antics led again by the Red Arrows and complemented by a lively ground level programme of family-friendly events and attractions, all played out against the iconic backdrop of the Mountains of Mourne.  

‘Wake the Giant' festival on 26-27 August is back again for more gigantic fun and a new story that will once again bring Finn to life using the combined efforts of the audience, the artists and craftspeople. Join the giant adventure in Warrenpoint to see what happens as the story unfolds.

The brand new Festival, City of Merchants will take place from 30 September to 1 October bringing another year of Giant Adventures to a close. Drawing on the maritime and industrial heritage of Newry, this new event will celebrate and commemorate the roles of commerce and trade in the city.

The pivotal role of trade along the canal, river and basin will be brought to life through site specific theatre, music, sound and dance and showcase a contemporary celebration of the best local produce from the kitchen of the city food providers.

For details of all this summer's Giant Adventures please go to visitmournemountains.org.

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