Walks, talks and family activities for European Heritage Open Days

Published: 5th September 2016

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has organised a programme of activity at a number of its venues and facilities as part of this year’s European Heritage Open Days.

The European wide initiative will take place over the coming weekend with properties and events opening free of charge across Northern Ireland, providing people with the opportunity to experience and enjoy our rich heritage.

Council organised events in the district include free tours, talks and family friendly activities.

These include:

Friday 9 September

·         Ulster Scots poetry evening with music and conversation at Sixmilecross Presbyterian Hall, 8pm.

Saturday 10 September

·         Walking tour of historic and spiritual Enniskillen taking in the town’s historic buildings and churches, setting off from Enniskillen Castle at approximately 11.30am.

·         ‘Open the door to your personal heritage’ at Enniskillen Castle, 1.30pm – 4.30pm. Find out how to trace your family history and fill out a family tree with help from Fermanagh Genealogy Centre.

Sunday 11 September

·         A bus tour of historic sites within the Fermanagh and Omagh district. Setting off from Enniskillen Castle at 10am and going to the second pick up point at Strule Arts Centre, Omagh for approximately 11am. Visit to the arts centre will include comfort break and an introduction to the arts venue.  Historic sites that feature on the tour include Mullaghmore House; Rylagh Road Limekiln; An Creagán; Aghalurcher Church and Graveyard; and guided tour of new exhibitions at Enniskillen Castle. The tour will end in Enniskillen at approximately 5pm and the bus will arrive in Omagh at approximately 6pm. Booking essential by telephoning Enniskillen Castle on 028 6632 5000 or visitingwww.enniskillencastle.co.uk.

·         Irish language tour of Enniskillen Castle, 11am and 2pm.

·         Guided tours with Fermanagh Genealogy of Aghalurcher Church and graveyard, Lisnaskea. Aghalurcher graveyard is one of 27 old Fermanagh graveyards managed by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council. Tours every half hour from 1pm to 3.30pm.

·         Rocky Ramble to explore the fascinating and unique landscape of Gortmaconnell; a townland on Cuilcagh Mountain within the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark at 2pm. Booking essential through Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre on 028 6634 8855.

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September

·         A rare opportunity to see ‘behind the scenes’ at the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh with tours taking place on Saturday at 11am and 3pm and Sunday at 2pm. Booking essential through the Strule Arts Centre on 028 8224 7831.

·         Free entry to the recently reopened Enniskillen Castle including its new Visitor Centre, new galleries and redeveloped castle grounds.

·         Family activities at the Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre including fossil making and treasure hunt, arts and crafts. Normal admission to show caves apply.

All tours, talks and activities are free of charge however booking is essential for the historic sites bus tour, behind the scenes tours of the Strule Arts Centre, ecclesiastical heritage talk at Enniskillen Castle and the Rocky Ramble in the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark.

For further information on Council organised European Heritage Open Day events please telephone Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on 0300 303 1777.

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