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Footsteps in the Forest 4 & 5 August 2018 – Slieve Gullion Forest Park

It’s High Summer at Slieve Gullion, and the mythical creatures who live within our Forest are coming together for their annual meeting. Slieve Gullion Forest Park has been chosen to host the annual celebration of the woodland, sea-world and forest folk!

What is Footsteps in the Forest Giant Adventure

As High Summer lingers on the horizon, a mythical people are coming together. Slieve Gullion Forest Park is their destination and our preparations are almost complete. Step into the forest this summer and step outside the world as you know it. Leave behind all that is familiar and let the gentleness of nature restore your weary spirit. Then close your eyes and listen, for in the distance a sound is stirring… who owns those Footsteps in the Forest……

Footsteps in the Forest Giant Adventure, Winner of the 2016 Heritage Council Cool for Kids category, is an unmissable weekend festival of story-telling, arts, culture, food and heritage for the very young to the very old. If you like a good story then this Giant Adventure is for you.

When is Footsteps in the Forest Giant Adventure

Footsteps in the Forest Giant Adventure is an annual event hosted by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and Tourism Northern Ireland. This year, 2018, the Giant Adventure takes place on Saturday the 4th August and Sunday 5th August. If you can’t make Footsteps in the Forest, don’t worry there are plenty of other events and festivals happening throughout the year.

Where is Footsteps in the Forest Giant Adventure

This magical annual Giant Adventure takes place at one of Ireland’s premier visitor attractions, Slieve Gullion Forest Park in the Ring of Gullion Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in County Armagh.

The mischievous trolls get into your SatNav around this magical mountain- so we advise not using it to get here! Good old pen and paper, they can’t muddle that up.

From either Belfast or Dublin directions; Exit through the ‘Newry South’ – Forkhill Exit, B113. From the slip road you will pick up the first sign for Slieve Gullion Forest Park (4th exit from north, 1st exit from south). On the exit road you will pick up signs for Forkhill B113 and Slieve Gullion Forest Park. Check out the map below and follow the black on yellow signs from here and always, always look out for trolls, fairies and giants you may meet on the roads of South Armagh! If you need an ATM, stop of at the EuroSpar on the right hand side.

Do I need tickets for Footsteps in the Forest Giant Adventure

Most of the Giant Adventure at Slieve Gullion Forest Park is ticket-less, you don’t need a ticket to enjoy the fun and festivities. You’ll have a chance to get up close and personal and maybe even get a picture with some of these larger than life characters from the world of myths and legends.

The food market offers excellent local provenance produce in a traditional style market-place, so come join us and ensure you enjoy a tasty treat or two.

To register for the guided walk on Saturday 4th August Click here.

To register for the guided walk on Sunday 5th August Click here.

Information for parents about Footsteps in the Forest Giant Adventure

There will be ‘park & dander’ facilities – and there will be plenty of signage and helpful trolls as you arrive. Its a 5-10 minute walk from the car park to the Giant Adventure. Lots of events and festivals are happening during the bank holiday weekend so its well worth an over night stay or two.

There is no ATM on site. The closest ATM is at the EuroSpar at the ‘Newry South’ Exit.

Slieve Gullion Forest Park: Restrictions During Footsteps in the Forest Giant Adventure

Slieve Gullion Forest Park will be closed to all public moterised traffic from 6pm Friday 3rd August until 8am Monday 6th August. The park, except Hawthorn Hill (Giant’s Lair / Fairy Trail), will remain open to pedestrians. Please note the Forest Drive will be closed on the 4th and 5th August. Normal operating resumes at 8am Monday 6th August.

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