Discover the hidden
history of Newry

Returning for its second year and completing this year's Giant Adventures series, the City of Merchants Festival is a story of a bustling port city at the crossroads of trade between Britain and Ireland.



City of Merchants and Twilight Market

This festival celebrates the rich maritime and industrial heritage of the city past and present. Visitors can enjoy this proud history by taking part in a series of events and tours or simply take it all in and enjoy the atmosphere with our Twilight Market - a free carnival of food, drink, music and entertainment. Also, you can get up close and personal with the 2018 RedBull F1 car, an opportunity not to be missed.

  • Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th November


Walking Tour and Banquet

A walking tour of Newry, focusing on its railway heritage, starts at 2.30pm and ends with a sumptuous banquet at 5pm. Re-enacting the 1885 Golden Wedding celebrations of Newry merchant and railway investor, Peter Quinn, the banquet is the perfect and well-deserved end to the walking tour. Entertainment will be provided by Living History re-enactors, who will perform songs and poetry in character. The walking tour will depart promptly from the Museum at 2.30pm. Outdoor gear and walking shoes advised.

Tickets: £10 from Newry Visitor Centre, Bagenal's Castle Tel. 028 3031 3170

  • Friday 2nd November

  • Depart from Museum (Bagenal's Castle)
  • 2.30pm - 5.00pm - Walking Tour
  • 5.00pm - Return to Bagenal's Castle
  • 5.00pm - 7.00pm - Banquet
city of merchants
deli stand


Twilight Market

A FREE carnival of local food, drink and family entertainment featuring acrobats, actors, fire-performers and amusements all under the cover of marquees.

  • Friday 2nd

  • 5.00pm - 8.00pm
  • Free Children's arts and crafts workshop in Market.

  • 7.15pm
  • Procession led by internationally-renowned SPARK! Drumming troupe to the Fathom Line. The Parade will also include Glasgowberry Drummers and a troupe of performers, acrobats and fire jugglers.

  • 8.00pm
  • Fireworks Display: the most impressive production Newry has ever seen. Return to Hill Street Carnival area and Twilight Market, led again by the circus performers and drummers/Samba band.

  • 10.00pm
  • Event Close

tall ships


Interactive Tours & Shows

Get out and about and enjoy all the city has to offer, with various interactive tours and shows, there's something for everyone to enjoy today.

  • Saturday 3rd November, 12.00pm - 4.00pm

  • Tall Ships, Fathom Line, 12.00pm - 4:00pm
  • Come and see the Tall Ships - La Malouine, Brienne, Brian Boru and Osteria. But don't just look and admire, take a free tour on the water of the Albert Basin and Clanrye River.

  • Big Telly Presents: Merchant Quest, 11.00am - 4.30pm
  • Departing from Town Hall, Newry, Merchant Quest is an interactive game (part treasure hunt, part immersive theatre) for groups of between 4 & 8. Led by actors, traders and volunteers, using multiple locations, each team starts their journey with the task to uncover a series of clues, taking you on a journey through the town. Solve an array of challenges, test your skills, but beware of attack from pirates, smugglers and bandits! Book your place on this quest here.

tall ships


Interactive Tours & Shows

Get out and about and enjoy all the city has to offer, with various interactive tours and shows, there's something for everyone to enjoy today.

  • Saturday 3rd November, 12.00pm - 4.00pm

  • The Great Workhouse Escape, 11.00am - 3.45pm.
  • Departing from Newry Town Hall, Pony & Trap Theatre presents this 30-minute journey that invites you to take in the tales of a bygone age, and maybe get roped into helping our two fugitives (Marie and Daniel) escape. This fully immersive experience will be both historical and hysterical, but will they escape on your horse and cart, or is it back to the workhouse for them? Book your place now.

  • Bagenal's Castle Interactive Tour, 10.00am - 3.45 pm.
  • C21 Theatre Company presents an enjoyable day at the museum, guided by ghostly apparitions from the history of the castle; encounter people and objects in a 'nearly-true' odyssey through our past! Join Nicholas Bagenal, as he takes you through his castle/museum in an unforgettable journey that you don't want to miss! Book your tickets here.

  • Newry Trade and commerce throughout the ages, 11am - 5.00pm
  • Footsteps presents a comical look at how the retail landscape in Newry has changed in recent decades; brace yourselves for a hilarious romp through shared shopping and culinary experiences at The Quays and Buttercrane Shopping Centres. No booking required.

front view Formula One Racing


Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Formula One Team Comes to Newry

In celebration of Newry’s position as a leading centre of innovation and commerce, the city will host the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Formula One Racing Team, in partnership with First Derivatives and Newry BID . See the 2018 Red Bull F1 team Car up close, meet the team and learn more about how First Derivatives is leading the way in Formula 1! There will be lots of fun activities and entertainment for all the family to enjoy.

Hill Street, Newry will be closed from 10pm on Saturday 3rd November.

  • Sunday 4th November, 2.00pm-4.00pm, Marcus Square
front view Formula One Racing

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