Competitors from across the island of Ireland and Scotland will take to the shores of Strangford Lough for a thrilling weekend of Skiffie boat racing on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July.
A busy schedule of more than 20 races will take place across the weekend testing the skills of the teams, including last year’s World Champions Northern Ireland’s own Dundrum Coastal Rowing Club.
Competitors of all ages and abilities will take part in St Ayles skiffs, traditionally-styled colourful rowing boats built by local communities.
The two-day Strangford Lough Skiffie Festival will take place at Delamont Country Park and will include a Race Village packed with free activities for children, live music and a Food Village hosted by a variety of local producers.
The festival is the second of five events in the Giant Adventures summer programme, a series of family festivals run by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council to showcase the region’s breath-taking mountains, coastline and mythical stories.
There will be a host of activities to keep children entertained, including learning to make their own boats, traditional rope making, bush craft cooking and a magical show with interactive storytelling and puppet show.
In addition to the Strangford Lough Skiffie Festival, the Giant Adventures programme includes three further events this summer - Festival of Flight on 5th August, Wake the Giant on 26th and 27th August and City of Merchants on 30th September and 1st October – a new festival this year which reflects on and celebrates the rich maritime and industrial heritage of Newry. The first Giant Adventures event - Footsteps in the Forest - kicked off the festival season with record numbers earlier this month.
Delamont Country Park has an entrance fee of £4 per car.
Further information about the events can be found at www.visitmournemountains.co.uk