Orange Heritage Week 2018 – Celebrating Orange Heritage in the Orange Citadel
Portadown Heritage Tours are pleased to announce the launch of their new festival of events ‘Celebrating Orange Heritage in the Orange Citadel’ for Orange Heritage Week from 21st – 28th September 2018. Portadown is known as the Orange Citadel because of its rich Orange Heritage and the formation of the first organised Orange District which set the precedent for all future Districts and Grand Lodge. Orange Heritage Week was launched in 2017 by The Grand Lodge of Ireland as an opportunity for all communities to learn and celebrate Orange Heritage throughout the Country. It covers Diamond Day to Covenant Day.
Portadown Heritage Tours are hosting lots of events throughout the festival suitable for the whole community.
Friday 21st September
There will be two audio tours of Carleton Street Orange Hall. The hall has recently been fitted with iBeacon technology for audio tours which is the first of its kind in any tourist building in Northern Ireland. The Technology works through The Portadown Heritage Tours App which is available to download on Android and Apple devices. The audio tours are available at 14:30 and 19:00, iPads are provided for the Audio Tour, but booking is essential.
Saturday 22nd September
There will be a Kids Treasure Trail at Carleton Street Orange Hall at 14:00. This is suitable for ages five and above, but younger children are more than welcome to come and join the fun. This particular event is proving to be very popular, so booking is essential.
Monday 24th September – Friday 28th September,
Will see the launch of our three exhibitions in Carleton Street Orange Hall and Heritage Centre. Exhibitions are open 10:00-15:00 , they include Drumcree: 20 years on, Portadown Orangemen on the Western Front and also Orange & Industry. Also, between 19:00 and 20:00, Star of David Accordion Band will be hosting an open concert and from 20:15 there will be a talk by Robert Wallace, Historian and WDM of Portadown Royal Black, on the ‘Williamite wars in the European Context’. There is no booking required for these events.
Tuesday 25th September
Robert Wallace will be back to give another talk this time on ‘The Houses of Orange’, which will look at the palaces of William and Mary. This talk begins at 20:15 and no booking is required.
Wednesday 26th September and Thursday 27th September
There will also be a Town Walking Tour leaving Carleton Street Orange Hall and Heritage Centre at 19:00 on Wednesday 26th September and Thursday 27th September at 20:00 will see the return of our Ghost Tour. Once again these are very popular events and booking is essential. The Ghost Tours will be running twice a week during the month of October in the run up to Halloween.
Friday 28th September
Portadown Heritage Tours will also be hosting a Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee morning on Friday 28th September between 10:00 and 12:30 at Carleton Street Orange Hall and Heritage Centre and everyone is welcome!
For bookings contact the Portadown Heritage Tours office on 38332010 or out of hours number 07928962608. Also email firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or online www.portadownheritagetours.co.uk. Portadown Heritage Tours is supported through PEACE IV funding.