School Children To Take Part In Footsteps In The Forest


Newry Mourne and Down District Council is preparing for the return of the first of its Giant Adventure festivals, Footsteps in the Forest.

The winner of the 2016 Heritage Council of Ireland, Cool for Kids award will take place at Slieve Gullion Forest Park, kicking off the Festival season on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June 2017.

The inaugural 2016 event saw thousands of children spell bound as they wove their way through the enchanted forest, encountering mythical creatures gathering for a high summer meeting. This year they are back and a new quest has presented itself. As they gather on the mountain once more, news reaches the forest of a new challenge to the peaceful order.

Newry Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson Cllr Gillian Fitzpatrick gets set for Footsteps in the Forest with some local school children. 

A school engagement programme to involve local school children in the Festival included a creative competition where children could enter to be part of the Festival. The winning entrants were four local children from St Patrick’s Primary School, Mayobridge; St Patricks Primary School, Crossmaglen; Cloughoge Primary School and St Oliver Plunkett Primary School, Forkhill.

Newry Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick, said: “Last year’s Footsteps in the Forest was a giant success. The event is a great opportunity to engage children in their local heritage in a magical inspiring way.”

This weekend-blong festival will have something for all ages. As well as a huge cast of magical creatures, it will have an abundance of family fun wherever you turn. Take part in children’s craft workshops in sword and shield making, watch a real blacksmith at work and try your hand at wood turning and other fascinating crafts. There’s traditional Irish music and delicious foods from local artisan producers and so much more.

All online tickets for the Footsteps in the Forest guided theatrical performances are booked but you don’t need a ticket to enjoy all the other fun and activities over the weekend.

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or contact the Festival Office at 028 3031 3170.