New Seaside Art And Visitor Guide Enhance Newcastle’s Family Appeal


Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey MLA, has today launched an informative new visitor guide, and a public art adventure trail for Newcastle town centre.

The guide, which has been funded by the Department for Social Development, includes historical and heritage information as well as essential advice on various attractions, activities and eateries, while the adventure trail provides an interactive game involving specially commissioned art pieces.

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Speaking during the launch, Minister Storey said: “The new visitor guide to Newcastle is a must have for locals and visitors alike. It gives information on all of Newcastle’s attractions, from accommodation to shopping; it is attractive and easy to use and lists events and activities to help people enjoy all that Newcastle and its surroundings has to offer.

“The new artwork, which includes a shell, a starfish and a jellyfish, make up an attractive and interactive adventure trail for families, locals and visitors to enjoy.”

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Both the visitor guide and the adventure trail are part of a wider revitalisation scheme for Newcastle town centre to build upon the award winning promenade enhancements and public realm improvements which have already been completed.

Minister Storey continued: “I would like to commend local artist, Alan Burke, for designing and installing the wonderful art work. Using them as clues for an interactive family game is a very unique idea and will encourage children and young people to enjoy the promenade, adding to the atmosphere and vibrancy of this beautiful seaside town.”

While in Newcastle Minister Storey also took the opportunity to see at first hand the work undertaken within the town centre to improve buildings and derelict sites in the run up to the Irish Open which the Department for Social Development has supported with a grant of £21,500.

Namoi Baille Chairperson Newry, Mourne and Down District Council said: “As Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council it gives me great pleasure to be associated with the official launch of the Newcastle Visitor Guide and installation of Public Art on Newcastle Promenade.

“Projects such as this, in particular the design and distribution of the Newcastle Visitor Guide, showcases what the area has to offer, whether you are simply there to absorb the stunning scenery or a fun filled day out with the family, Newcastle has it all as a premier tourist destination.

“The seaside themed public art trail is a perfect representation of the seaside resort and I look forward to attracting increasing visitors and tourists to the revitalised town of Newcastle.”