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Council hosts a range of FREE events for European Heritage Open Days 2022 – Fermanagh & Omagh District Council

Council hosts a range of FREE events for European Heritage Open Days 2022 – Fermanagh & Omagh District Council

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has organised a number of free events as part of this year’s European Heritage Open Days (EHOD). Taking place on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September 2022, EHOD is an annual celebration of local architecture, history and culture across Northern Ireland.  This year’s theme focuses on Sustainable Heritage; Learn, Use and Enjoy.

Get out and about in Cuilcagh Lakelands Geopark with a Guided Walk at Gortmaconnell or enjoy a history bike ride at Old Castle Archdale in Fermanagh. Discover some of the sites and stories of Fermanagh’s Medieval Lough Erne Pilgrimage Route at an interesting talk at Enniskillen Castle. Why not take a guided tour of Cole’s Monument or a walking tour of Enniskillen as Gaeilge with Tursa Inis Ceithleann?

In Omagh, you can enjoy a Historic Buildings walk and talk which includes an open door look inside the Provincial Bank Building to find out about the building’s past and its future plans. Find out more about the post glacial landscapes of the Sperrins on an interesting and active bus trip around the southern Sperrrins, and children will love the Forage Walk at Ecclesville Demesne in Fintona.

Still to come, look out for ‘Meet the Giant’ walking tours – an opportunity to walk to the Mullaghcarn summit and meet the new Guardian of the Sperrins. The walking tours will be delivered in English and Irish language.

Speaking about the programme, Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Barry McElduff said;

“I am delighted that the Council (FODC) is actively participating in European Heritage Open Days 2022.

This annual event provides an opportunity for locals and visitors alike to explore the built and natural heritage of the District through specially organised events.

This year’s theme focusses on sustainability and how our historical sites can be more environmentally friendly, which is important in the context of Climate Change.

The Council (FODC) is committed to ensuring that our natural and built heritage is cherished, sustainably managed and accessible.  The European Heritage Open Days provide an opportunity to achieve this and ensure that our heritage is preserved for future generations.

I would encourage everyone to take advantage of the European Heritage Open Days weekend to explore some of the heritage of our District.”

Admission to all events and activities is free of charge but booking is essential.

The full programme of events is available at

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Belfast Whiskey Week’s range of events starts flowing tonight

Belfast Whiskey Week's range of events starts flowing tonight

THE wait is over, the pouring begins tonight, on the 4th Belfast Whiskey Week, Ireland’s largest Whiskey Festival.

Running from this evening, Friday July 22 to Saturday July 30, BWW features more than 100 events, spanning nine days in partnership with 14 venues city-wide and delivering sessions with more than 40 brands and distilleries.

Designed to cater for a wide range of festival-goers, this year’s programme includes heritage walking tours, music, talks, food pairing sessions and even a speed dating event.

Developed by Belfast-based businessman Paul Kane, Belfast Whiskey Week is a community-led initiative driven by a group of enthusiasts from Belfast Whiskey Club. It was created as a platform for Belfast to reclaim its Whiskey heritage, celebrate its distilling history as well as look forward to the exciting innovations and growth within the region.

Festival organiser Kane said: “Belfast Whiskey Week, Ireland’s largest whiskey festival, is a ‘must-attend’ event for those with an interest and taste for all things whiskey. Belfast is quickly re-emerging as an important place for Irish whiskey.

“Soon we will have two functioning distilleries, something the city hasn’t seen in over 70 years. The city is steeped in whiskey heritage and legacy spanning 300 years and it’s important to celebrate that.

“We hope to welcome thousands of attendees across the nine-day event and hope they enjoy the wide range of unique and different ways to engage with whiskey.”

This year’s Belfast Whiskey Festival events include a blindfolded sensory journey, speed dating, cooking with whiskey, heritage walking tours, a steam train journey with a whiskey tasting session, local distillery tours, food pairings, a music programme, barbecue cooking with whiskey, and many, many whiskey tastings.

If you can’t make an event you can pick up a ‘Taste of the Festival’ pack that includes 30 different drams featured at the festival, some unique merchandise, or a choice of one of six exclusive festival bottles.

Belfast Whiskey Week works in partnership with Irish Whiskey Auctions, Belfast Whiskey Club, Echlinville Distillery, The Friend at Hand shop/museum, and the Duke of York bar. Willis Insurance and risk management returns as festival partner and Hastings Hotel Group as festival accommodation provider.

Festival venues were selected for their strong Whiskey links and include White’s Tavern, The Duke of York, The Deer’s Head, Common Market, Maddens, Ben Madigan’s and Revolución De Cuba. Belfast Whiskey Week will also be collaborating with Belfast Hidden Tours and McConnell’s Irish Whisky.

Prices for Belfast Whiskey Week events range from £5-£65. Day passes are available from £80, across a variety of levels including introduction, intermediate, and masterclass.

For details visit or follow Belfast Whiskey Week on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube #BWW and #irishwhiskeyfest.

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Maxville Fair returns with full range of events and activities

Maxville Fair returns with full range of events and activities

The Kenyon Agricultural Society held the Maxville Fair on June 17 and 18. After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fair returned with all of its familiar events, activities, and the spirit of the local agricultural community.

Holstein show

The Holstein cattle show is always a major part of the Maxville Fair. Above and below: Competitors quietly parade their heifers around the show ring. Photo: James Morgan

Baby show

Above and below: There was a whole lot of cuteness crawling around on the floor of the Metcalfe Centre when it was time for the Baby Show at the Maxville Fair. There weren’t any signs of serious competition between contestants or their parents, just a lot of smiles and playing. Photo: James Morgan

Riding the Queen’s way

English-style horseback riding competition at the Maxville Fair. Photo: James Morgan

Serve’s Up!

Saturday was not exactly the best weather for beach volleyball, but the tournament at the Maxville Fair went ahead nonetheless with teams serving up fun. Photo: James Morgan

Arts and crafts

Above: Art inspired by ancient Egypt by students at Laggan Public School on display at the Maxville Fair. Photo: James Morgan
Below: Quilts were among the examples of local arts and crafts on display at the Maxville Fair. Photo: James Morgan

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New promo video highlights huge range of events during Stampede in Williams Lake – Williams Lake Tribune

New promo video highlights huge range of events during Stampede in Williams Lake - Williams Lake Tribune

New promo video highlights huge range of events during Stampede in Williams Lake

Stampede weekend is more than a rodeo, it includes events for everyone

A new video by John Dell and Ultimate Arty premiered at the Williams Lake city council meeting in council chambers on June 7, 2022.

While not your typical location for a video premiere, the city hall hosted the short video for mayor, the councillors in attendance and public attending.

The video showcases all of the many events to take place in the lakecity over Stampede weekend, from the pancake breakfasts, to the street party, to the rodeo itself, car racing and the well-attended rugby tournament.

It of course mentions the Williams Lake Stampede parade with it’s theme this year of “Back in the Saddle Again”, which Ultimate Arty, also known as Willie Dye, has taken on organizing.

So far there are over 50 entries in the popular parade, with more still to come.

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Great range of events and talks as Crawley WORDfest goes live

Great range of events and talks as Crawley WORDfest goes live
Family day at Crawley library

Running from March 3-31, it boasts around 22 events aiming to involve all the community and please all tastes in a celebration of words and writing.

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Among the guests will be Sussex Newspapers’ group arts editor Phil Hewitt (March 22) who will be talking about his book Outrunning The Demons, his tale of coping with trauma after he was stabbed, punched, kicked and left for dead in a brutal Cape Town mugging.

Karen Edwards, one of the festival’s small group of organisers, said they were delighted to be back to the kind of festival they used to give. In 2020 the lockdown cut the festival in half and in 2021 the festival moved successfully online.

In fact, so successfully that this year’s will be a hybrid festival with a number of events taking place on Zoom in addition to the live events.

“Last year online went very, very well,” Karen said. “One of the most popular things we had on Zoom was Doodling Is Good For You.

“There was a workshop last year which had a massive crowd and that is coming back again on Zoom this year which is great.

“So this year is more or less back to normal.

“We have had to find another venue for some events but part of our brief was trying to get to other venues as well just to spread to other parts of the town. And as I say, we’re very much a hybrid festival this year.

“In all there will be about 22 events. Some of them are workshops.

“We’ve got a songwriting and performers workshop and we’ll have two of those and we have got a poetry and prose workshop as well.”

For some of the live events they have had to reduce capacity.

“But we are hoping now things are relaxing a bit more the council will allow us to increase the numbers a bit more again.

“There’s a group of about five or six of us that put this on and our aim is to engage the people of Crawley with a variety of literary and wordy events.

“We’re trying to get something for all the age groups and for all interests, for people that enjoy reading and for people that enjoy writing and for people that enjoy watching performances.

“We’ve got a comedy night at the end. We have got a quiz night as well. We’ve got a local theatre company doing Victorian ghost tales and we’ve also got author panels. We’ve got a crime panel and we’ve got a romantic novelist panel.

“And we’re also trying to get other groups in Crawley involved as well in the programme just so that we can bring all those groups together.”

Thursday, March 3: John Wright, Zoom, free, 7pm. A Spotter’s Guide to Countryside Mysteries.

Friday, March 4: The Platform workshop, Hawth Loft, 7.30pm, free songwriter/performer workshop.

Saturday, March 5: Family Day, The Charis Centre, 1-4pm, free. Join children’s authors and illustrators Simon James Green, Krina Patel-Sage & Vashti Hardy – live; Sally Nicholls, Christina Dendy & Katie Rewse – Zoom.

Tuesday, March 8: Giving out commissioned poem and a rose, County Mall, 10am-3pm, free. DiverseCrawley celebrate International Women’s Day with a commissioned poem.

Thursday, March 10: Kim McCabe – From Daughter to Woman, Zoom, 7.30pm, free. Kim will be discussing practical ways to support the journey through adolescence.

Friday, March 11: Book Club Special – Love and Danger, The Charis Centre, 7.30pm, free. Romantic novelists Julia Wilde, Norma Curtis with Derek Farrell host discussing WW2 as the setting.

Friday, March 11: The Platform workshop, Hawth Loft, 7.30pm. Songwriter/performer workshop.

Saturday, March 12: Doodle For wellbeing, Zoom, 2pm, free. Jo Harrison – artist and illustrator.

Wednesday, March 16: Writer’s Circle workshop open workshop, Crawley Museum, 10am.Museum – Crawley in Lockdown.

Thursday, March 17: Crime panel – Lying for a Living, Crawley Library, 7pm, £5. Crime authors MK Hill, Neil Broadfoot and Susi Holliday with Derek Farrell host

Tuesday, March 22: Phil Hewitt, Crawley Library, 7pm, £3, Outrunning the Demons – how we can overcome trauma. Phil survived a knife attack in 2016.

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