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Armagh Summer in the City

Armagh Summer in the City is back this year with crafts, football, pom pom cheerleading, cooking for kiddies, dance for older ‘kiddies’, science, magic and music, lots of music. Don’t miss out, spend your Saturdays this summer coming to Armagh. Starting on Saturday 20th July until Saturday 7th September 2024.

All activities are free and will take place around the Market Square, McCrums Court and outside the Market Place Theatre. Times are 12pm to 4pm and activities are drop in so no advance booking necessary.

Saturday 20th July – Olympics

The Olympics have come to Armagh Summer in the City!  Try to get your Personal Best by dropping in on our free exciting sports and craft activities. There are Races, Treasure Hunts, craft, Tai Chi and Pom pom workshops, learn all about looking after your pet at the Dog’s Trust Roadshow, plus face painting and balloon modelling. Lots of live music and fun walkabout ‘athletes’ to get a photo with. Win some prizes fit for a champion.

Market Street – Crafts 12pm to 4pm

McCrums Court – Wall of Mirrors. See yourself reflected in these Funfair mirrors | Races 2pm to 4pm | Facepainters 12pm to 4pm.

Veranda – Tai Chi Every 20mins between 12pm and 1.05pm | Chair Pom Pom every 20 mins from 2pm to 2.40pm. These are suitable for ages 18+

Around the City – Treasure Hunt 12pm to 4pm | Walkabout mascots | Balloon modelling 12pm to 4pm.

Bandstand – music from 12pm to 4pm

Saturday 27th July – Paralympics 

This summer, the Paralympics are not just happening in Paris, they are being marked here too as part of Armagh Summer in the City! Join in the free Have a Go sports and arts activities: Boccia, Plant & Play Roadshow, children’s dance & storytelling. Also enjoy live music, walkabout characters, face painting & balloon modelling.

Market Street – Crafts & Wee Beasties with Plant & Play 12pm to 4pm

McCrums Court – Have A Go boccia 12pm to 2pm | Facepainters 12pm to 4pm | Wall of Mirrors

Veranda – Children’s Dance 12pm to 2pm | Children’s Storytelling 2pm to 4pm

Around the City – Walkabout characters |  Balloon Modellers  12pm to 4pm.

Bandstand – MD Rafferty Rising stars 11am to 12pm and music continues until 4pm

Saturday 3rd August – Blues Festival

The 7 Hills Blues Fest is a Council Signature event running on the weekend of Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th August 2024. The event has been running for over 15 years and is a celebration of blues music.  It always attracts a wide range of local and international blues artists and bands. This year we have grown to 44 gigs across 16 city centre venues.  To compliment the Festival line up of live music on the city Bandstand, we have on offer a Saturday packed with walkabout characters, Food stalls with kiddies in mind, face painters and balloon modellers helping make this a memorable Summer in Armagh city.

Market Street – Food stalls 10:30am to 5pm

Art on The Rails – “Feed the soul art and music and it will live forever.”

Using the railings around the city centre, this special art exhibition has works for sale by some of the borough’s best artists. With the Blues Fest musicians performing around the city too, your soul will enjoy the feast. It’s a chance as well to come and meet the artists. In association with Armagh Art Club. Art works will be hung on the railings on Market St hill. 10.30am to 5pm

McCrums Court – Buskers from 10:30am to 5pm | Facepainters 12pm to 4pm | Wall mirrors

Around the City – Balloon modellers 12pm to 4pm | Walkabout characters 1pm to 4pm.

Bandstand – Music 12pm to 4pm

Saturday 10th August – Armagh Summer in the City

Armagh Summer in the City this week has lots and lots to entertain you. Try your skill at the Penalty Shoot-out, say ‘sit’ to some lovely ‘pets’ as the Dogs Trust hosts a drop-in session for all you dog owners and have your portrait painted by the very talented puppet, Paddy Picasso. Learn a little about what is above and below your garden soil in the Plant & Play’s Wee Beasties workshop. Other free activities include face painting and balloon modelling.

Market Street – Puppet portraits 2pm to 4pm

McCrums Court – Penalty shoot out 12pm to 2pm | Dog’s trust 2.15pm to 3.30pm | Facepainters 12pm to 4pm | Wall mirrors

Veranda – Wee Beasties with Plant & Play 12pm to 4pm

Around the City – Balloon modellers 12pm to 4pm | Walkabout characters 1pm to 4pm.

Bandstand – MD Rafferty Rising stars 11am to 12pm and music continues until 4pm

Saturday 17th August – Armagh Summer in the City

Fancy learning how to hula or to juggle? Maybe even learn a few magic tricks? These are some of the fun activities happening as part of Armagh Summer in the City. Face painting, balloon modelling and live music with some pop-up play for toddlers.

Market Street – Hula & Circus workshops 12pm to 2pm | Boris the Magician 2pm to 4pm

McCrums Court – Pop Up Play for toddlers 2pm to 4pm | Facepainters 12pm to 4pm | Wall of Mirrors

Around the City – Balloon modellers 12pm to 4pm | Walkabout characters 12pm to 4pm.

Bandstand – MD Rafferty Rising stars 11am to 12pm and music continues until 4pm

Saturday 24th August – Armagh Summer in the City

Armagh Summer in the City gets scientific this week as we invite you to join us in the City centre for Science Busking. Our Science squad will investigate laws of science using bicycle wheels, coat hangers and leaf blowers!! Plan on staying on as we have drop-in sessions of Dance for older people, plus pet owners can learn lots with ‘pets’ at the Dog’s Trust NI roadshow.

Market Street – Puppet Portraits 2pm to 4pm

McCrums Court – Dance for older visitors 12pm to 2pm | Dog’s Trust from 2.15pm to 3.30pm | Facepainters 12pm to 4pm | Wall of Mirrors

Around the City – Walkabout characters | Balloon modellers

Bandstand – MD Rafferty Rising stars 11am to 12pm and music continues until 4pm

Veranda – Science Busking 12pm to 4pm

Saturday 31st August – Armagh Summer in the City

It’s not the end of the summer because we are bringing some fun seaside entertainment to you, all for FREE! Walkabout performers, dance workshops and seaside storytelling. Lots of games as well as face painting and balloon modelling.

Market Street – Booth games 12pm to 4pm

McCrums Court – Children’s Dance workshop 12pm – 4pm | Facepainters 12pm to 4pm | Wall of Mirrors

Veranda – Children’s Storytelling 12pm to 4pm

Around the City – Balloon modellers | Walkabout characters 12pm to 4pm.

Bandstand – MD Rafferty Rising stars 11am to 12pm and music continues until 4pm

Saturday 7th September – Food and Cider

Food and Cider is one of the Council’s signature events. It runs from Thurs 5th to Sun 8 Sept and focusses on our great local food and drinks producers and chefs. To compliment this special event, Armagh Summer in the City is offering great live music, fun loving walkabout performers, children’s cooking and Grow your Own Veg workshops. To ‘put the icing on the cake,’ we have a Teddy Bear’s Picnic plus face painters and balloon modellers as well.

Cathedral Gardens – Teddy Bear’s Picnic 2pm to 2.40pm

Market Street – Artisan Market stalls 12pm to 5pm | Children Grow your own Veg with Plant & Play 12pm to 4pm

McCrums Court – Wall of Mirrors

Veranda – Children’s Cooking workshop with Thai NI 12pm to 4pm

Around the City – Walkabout characters | Balloon modelling 12pm to 4pm.

Bandstand – 12pm and music continues until 4pm