STREET FOOD MARKET @ SHAMBLES YARD
FRI 9 AUG | 12NOON – 3.00PM
Straight from the producer, shoppers can purchase some of Armagh’s finest grown ingredients in the historic Shambles Yard. With street food, ice cream
and great music from the talented students and tutors from MD Rafferty Music School… where else would you want to be?
ARMAGH BLUES GIN FESTIVAL @ ULURU BAR & GRILL
FRI 9 AUG | 5.00PM – 8.00PM
Tickets | £20.00 – can be purchased in The Wine Store or Uluru Bar & Grill
If you fancy kicking off your ‘Blues’ weekend with a gin come along to the first ‘Armagh Blues Gin Festival’ organised by local award winning restaurant, Uluru Bar & Grill. With over 16 of Ireland’s finest distillers showcasing their gins, you get to sample them and you won’t be left disappointed. This evening offers you the perfect opportunity to ‘try before you buy’!
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT WORKSHOP @ ARMAGH PLANETARIUM
SAT 10 AUG | 10.30AM – 11.00AM
Join us in our intergalactic musical instruments workshop where visitors will get to make their very own instrument.
From musical shakers to craft guitars, let your imaginations run wild. Then bring them along to help create some magic in Kyle Riley’s session starting at 11.00am.
KYLE RILEY @ ARMAGH PLANETARIUM
SAT 10 AUG | 11.00AM – 12.00NOON
Kyle Riley is here to get you and your little ones moving. The ‘Sing to Me’ Tour features songs from his 2018 release by the same title, some traditional children’s music and a little something for the adults. We’ll even dig into the blues to warm up your wee ones for a great weekend of blues and roots music. It’s an hour of engaging music filled with singing, percussive instruments, floating scarves and bubbles.
This show is suitable for your under 8’s, your rock toddlers and the little boppers in between, it’s good fun for the whole family. Free but booking essential.
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WALKING HISTORY TOURS OF THE PALACE DEMESNE
SAT 10 AUG | 1.00PM | 2.00PM | 3.00PM
History Tours will take place in the impressive Primate’s Palace, formerly the home of Archbishop of the Church of Ireland from 1770 until the 1970s. These tours will tell you the story of the Palace, the Demesne and how the history and architecture of Armagh was influenced by Archbishop Richard Robinson.
FILM SCREENING ‘RAY’ @ THE MARKET PLACE THEATRE
SAT 10 AUG | 8.00PM | £4.00
Dir: Taylor Hackford 2004 | 146 mins | Certificate 15 RAY| Oscar-winning biopic of the legendary blues, soul and jazz musician. Even though he had lost his sight as a young boy and grew up in a segregated, racist society, Ray Charles [Jamie Foxx] is determined to follow his love of music and begins a successful tour of the American south. Through difficult times he never loses his love of music, eventually becoming a Grammy Award winning icon and one of the most popular musicians of the twentieth century. Warning: Contains some strong language and simulated drug use.
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MUSIC WORKSHOPS @ THE SHAMBLES YARD
SUN 11 AUG | 1.30PM | 2.30PM | 3.30PM
Whilst parents sit back and enjoy good food, great craic and blistering summer blues their budding young blues stars (aged 7+ years*), will be given an opportunity to pick up an instrument and play with the talented musicians and school students from MD Rafferty Music School at the blues jam session.
*Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult
ARMAGH CITY ‘BLUES SPECIAL’ WALKING TOUR
SUN 11 AUG | 2.30PM | £10.00 | £9.00 (CONC)
The Armagh City Walking Tour will begin at the Visitor Information Centre at 2.30pm. You will be treated to a 90-minute guided walk through the atmospheric streets of Armagh, the narrative will be a mixture of historical and current facts on this city peppered with humorous stories and information on notable buildings. After walking up an appetite the tour will culminate with a ‘Blues Burger’ and a taste of local hand crafted Armagh apple juice. This is an opportunity not to be missed so book yourself on this fun filled tour which will end at the BBQ n’ Blues at the Shambles yard to listen to some blistering summer blues.
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ARMAGH CITY HOTEL | THURS 8 – SUN 11 AUG
Enjoy our Blues themed grill bar menu during the festival in the Callan Lounge; complimented by the best craft beers, locally produced ciders, American bourbon and local whiskeys. Look out for our special ‘Blues’ drinks promotions!
CHARLEMONT ARMS HOTEL | THURS 8 – SUN 11 AUG
Charlemont Arms Hotel will be serving a selection of mouth- watering ‘Simply Blues’ special dishes, whether its Food for the Heart, Food for the Soul or Food for the Blues, there will be something for everyone this weekend.