Thousands flock to the Cathedral City for the ultimate Georgian experience

 A record crowd of more than 30,000 people descended on Armagh City over the weekend to celebrate the riches of Armagh’s unique history, heritage and architectural beauty as part of a five-day Georgian extravaganza.

With the most extensive programme ever assembled in its 16-year history, organiser Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council confirmed that visitors had flocked from far and wide to attend the award-winning heritage-themed festivities.

One of the largest outdoor festivals ever held on the island of Ireland, it has welcomed thousands of new and regular visitors since it was first established in 2004.

This year’s extended event kicked off last Wednesday, with peak festivities taking place on Saturday for the traditional ‘Georgian Day’ event which featured a jaw-drawing light show at Market Square and an atmospheric Christmas market.

The festival, which marks the official countdown to Christmas in Northern Ireland, wrapped up on Sunday.