From 1 June to 28 Sept Banbridge’s FE McWilliam Gallery & Studio summer exhibition, Scottish Colourists from the Fleming Collection, features the work of FCB Cadell, JD Fergusson, GL Hunter and SJ Peploe - later known as the Scottish Colourists and amongst the most admired of early 20th century British painters.
On Sat 15 June the UK Pipe Band Championships take place in Lurgan Park with up to 1000 bands, local pipers, drum majors and highland dancers hoping to be crowned UK Champions.
For first timers to the city, an Armagh guided walking tour will unlock its rich history from pre-Christian times through its Georgian heritage to modern day Armagh’s built heritage, open spaces and hidden gems. Tours run Thur-Sun from 20 June until the start of Sept.
Experience the Celtic Celebrations on 21 June as Navan Centre and Fort marks midsummer. Join the camp, set up for the evening’s festivities, dine on something wild and sing, dance and listen to stories of years gone as the sun sets on the longest day.
On Sat 22 June Banbridge hosts its 16th Buskfest, with crowds gathering to enjoy al fresco entertainment at this annual busking event.
In July and August Lazy Sundays at The Argory rolls out laidback tunes, kids’ entertainment and a summer BBQ at this beautiful National Trust property. While local concert bands regale Scarva village each Sunday as the Scarva Band Concerts perform at the village green’s magnificent Victorian bandstand. Meanwhile, The Sham Fight at Scarvagh House on 13 July re-enacts the 1690 Battle of the Boyne, providing one of the region’s most popular events.
Helping to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first human landing on the moon on 20 July, Armagh Planetarium will be gearing up with a range of events. And from 22-27 July, The John Hewitt International Summer School at Armagh’s Market Place Theatre hosts readings, talks, workshops, discussions and evening shows featuring well-known writers, performers and speakers from Ireland, the UK and beyond.
Back at Navan Centre and Fort The Wickerman Festival on 3 Aug celebrates the Celtic Sun God Lugh. Its 30ft Wickerman proudly oversees this evening of music, dance, crafts and displays of ancient Celtic traditions and customs. And, from 8-11 Aug, music lovers will revel in Armagh’s iconic 7 Hills Blues Fest with another fantastic line-up of blues and roots music coming to venues across the celebrated Cathedral City.
Also check out Armagh city’s Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre for a packed programme of activities and events from theatre to comedy nights, children’s shows to opera, ballet to pantomime.
And as the Orchard County and Food Heartland of Northern Ireland, Armagh county and borough continues to enchant with its natural beauty, cultural hotspots and foodie faves including the Armagh Bramley apple, Lough Neagh eel and Lough Neagh pollen, a local fish species served by many local award-winning restaurants. For information on all these events and activities and more, visit www.visitarmagh.com.