Successful Ghost Tours in Portadown

Successful Ghost Tours in Portadown

Ghost Tour Season a success

Ghost Tours of Portadown attracted over 120 visitors throughout the month of October.  The tour is all based around storytelling and old folklores of the town. All the stories that are told on the tour have historical records attached to them.  Those historical records are either documentation of witness accounts or Newspaper articles.

Outline of a Woman and Child sighted under the Bann Bridge in Portadown in 2017

Sightings

Although the tours are based on storytelling, there have been a few sightings along the way, particularly around the area of the Bann Bridge. Most of the sightings around the Bann Bridge can be traced back to the events of the 1641 Massacre, which is one of Portadown’s most horrific but forgotten events. Even for those who don’t believe in the paranormal, many have remarked the ‘eerie’ feeling that they have when standing under the bridge.

This year there was a sighting of an unexplained figure In one of the photographs that was taken of a group of visitors. Although, you could argue very well that it was some well placed leaves. Nevertheless it all adds to the Halloween season.  You can read the full story by clicking the link below.

https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/can-you-spot-the-ghost-that-turned-up-for-this-picture-on-portadown-ghost-tour-1-8682592?fbclid=IwAR2jQYt9XhlJ-KyJcrDRlrv6ZqDaED_6K8p0xAYK6hBEsZ7eKRLyNUyow0U

Do we have an extra visitor in this picture?

Further Ghost Tour Events

Portadown Heritage Tours also had the pleasure of taking part in Portadown Integrated Primary School’s Halloween event. The community tour guides of Portadown Heritage Tours, guided groups of pupils and their parents around the playground.  The playground was very well decorated and the guides told ghost stories along the way.  It was a very Successful event with over 300 people attending.  The event was well organised by Portadown Integrated Primary School.  From the feedback received, everyone throughly enjoyed themselves.

Development of Ghost Tours

Portadown Heritage Tours will now be researching more local ghost stories and folklore to develop the tours even more for next season.  If any individuals or businesses within the Portadown Town area have any paranormal experiences they would like to share with us then please send an email to shout@portadownheritagetours.co.uk.  If you tell us the story we will do the historical research to verify the story.

 

 

 

 

A Successful Orange Heritage Week 2018 in Portadown

A Successful Orange Heritage Week 2018 in Portadown

We Brought Orange Heritage Home to the Orange Citadel!

Futures Bright for Orange Heritage

Orange Heritage Week saw the release of our audio tours, using i-Beacon technology, the first of its kind in any tourist building in Northern Ireland.

 

The kids treasure trail was a big success and proved that Orange Heritage Week can be enjoyed by all ages.  The kids were given free rain of the hall and they throughly enjoyed their time exploring it and discovering a little bit of history along the way.  They enjoyed finding the treasure and their party afterwards with juice and treats.

Release of our Exhibitions

We had three Exhibitions open during Orange Heritage Week.  These included Portadown Orangemen on the Western Front, Orange & Industry and Drumcree: 20 Years on.  The exhibitions displayed local history and its connections to Orange Heritage within the town. Love it or hate it, theres no doubt about it, Orange Heritage runs deep into the history of Portadown.  The exhibitions took a while to get through, with visitors coming back over a couple of days to explore them.

 

Band Performances & Public Talks

We would like to say a big thank you to Star of David Accordion band for their open concert they performed on the Monday night.  It showcased the week nicely, highlighting the importance of music throughout Orange Heritage.  Also a big thank you to Historian Robert Wallace for his two very interesting talks on ‘The Williamite Wars in the European Context’ and ‘The Palaces of William and Mary’.  Both proved a very good insight into the beginnings of the Orange Culture and history.  Link Below for a short video of the bands performance.

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Spooky Times Ahead..

We have Ghost Tours running throughout October! To kick those of we had our first Ghost Tour of the season during Orange Heritage Week.  This proved very popular and we hope everyone had a good time, there was a few laughs along the way as well as the scary bits!

Finishing on a high!

To finish the festival off we had our MacMillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning! We are happy to announce we raised a total of £295.  We are delighted with the total and we have our visitors support to thank for that.

 

Its a Thank You from us!

We would like to thank everyone who supported us for our festival of events for Orange Heritage Week.  To all our visitors who attended your support is very much appreciated.

 

 

 

 

Orange Heritage Week 2018 21st – 28th September

Orange Heritage Week 2018 21st – 28th September

 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 shout@portadownheritagetours.co.uk or find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or online www.portadownheritagetours.co.uk.  Portadown Heritage Tours is supported through PEACE IV funding.

 

 

Boat House Ghost

Boat House Ghost

The first sighting of the ‘boat house ghost’ was documented around the turn of the 20th century and appeared in the ‘Belfast Newsletter’, more than 100 years ago.  The original report is that a young woman was drowned in the River Bann and her body was recovered from the river, near the boathouse, at the bottom of Foundry Street in Edenderry some time later.

There was reported sightings of her ‘floating’ over the river and disappearing into the boathouse after midnight every night.  These were accompanied by reports of tapping on residents windows and thumping on their doors all of which drove them to despair.  The apparition could not only appear suddenly but also possessed poltergeist abilities, as it had the ability to be violent.

Local residents of Foundry Street, Edenderry reported weeks of spooky goings on.  They became desperate and considered relocating en masse to another part of the town.  However two men thought they had the answer and armed themselves with a Martin-Henry rifle, a type widely used in the 19th and 20th century.  They vowed to give her “as much as would keep her from the locality for a fortnight”.  At the next reported sighting of the spectre the two heroes immediately took the gun to the place where it was seen and found her still there.  The man with the gun raised it to his shoulder, aimed for the spirit and fired.  Certain that the target had been hit the two men rushed to the spot where they has seen it only to find nothing there.

The mens exploits did nothing to allay the fears of the residents, in fact quite the opposite as it made them more afraid.  However the brave men with the gun promised to protect them, vowing that they would seek revenge if they ever saw the ghost again; they never did.

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