Derry has been voted the official ‘Best Halloween Destination in the World’ by USA Today and the city gearing itself up for the best celebration yet with a packed programme of events and activities as it celebrates 30 years of being spooktacular.
Bordered by walls dating back to the 17th Century, Derry is a perfect blend of past and present. Voted the UK’s City of Culture in 2013, nowadays its bustling nightlife and food culture sits perfectly alongside its historical heritage.
Tourism NI PR Officer (ROI) Clare McCoy said: “Derry is a city packed full of culture, history, restaurants, quaint shops and traditional pubs and it comes alive at Halloween with a packed programme for revellers of all ages to enjoy and participate in. No visit to the city is complete without a tour of the city’s walls and a visit to the iconic nineteenth century Guildhall. Walk a little further and you can journey right back through the city’s early history at the Tower Museum, and uncover real insights into the history of Northern Ireland at the nearby Siege Museum”.
Among the key highlights of the festival include a welcome return of the Awakening of the Walls when the ancient City Walls will come to life with music, animation and light, creating a realm of fantasy fire and flame from 28-30 October from 6-8pm each night.
Other highlights include spooky Gothic organ recitals at the Guildhall on the evening of Sunday 30 October, terrifying haunted tours at the Tower Museum, Weird and Wonderful Witches Tales at the Guildhall and family entertainment including mask making workshops and arts and crafts at the Craft Village.
New to this year is a ‘Made in Derry Halloween’ focused food tour on Saturday 29 October from 12-4pm where you can adorn your favourite Halloween costume and eat and drink your way around the city centre and sample delights from over 30 different food and drink producers and venues.
On Halloween night Monday 31 October, both Derry and Strabane will host an evening of fun and entertainment when the City of Bones Street Carnival Parade will make its way along Derry’s Queen’s Quay from 7pm followed by a fabulous Fireworks Finale at 8pm.
For more details on the Say Hello To More campaign or to book one of the special accommodation packages on offer, visit www.discovernorthernireland.com.