Sunday, September 9, will see thousands descend on Westport House for a big Westport celebration organised by Westport Town Council and The Irish Times. The Free Afternoon Party in the grounds of the historic house will feature a host of activities, including heritage, horses, music, food, arts, sports and all the attractions at Westport House are all open to the public with free admission for everyone.
The West Mayo Equine Association will stage ‘Westport Horse Show Re-visited’ evoking wonderful memories of the show on the Lawn of Westport House – possibly the biggest ever horse show outside of the RDS. The show will feature a parade ring - mare and foal show in hand, cross country jumping, pony rides and will also feature a display of threshing machines/vintage tractors.
Sport will be well catered for with a major showcase organised by The Mayo Sports Partnership, including giant inflatable challenges.
Adventure Islands and Adventure West will also be on hand offering free Laser games,, kayaking, zorbing and zip-wire.
The Westport Food Producers together with Westport Country Markets will have an area dedicated to locally produced foods as will The Mayo Craft Workers, with demonstrations throughout the afternoon. The Greenway artists will host an exhibition in The Loft at Gracey’s Bar, while Seamus Gavin will give an illustrated talk on the Laurence Collection of Westport Photographs from the early 1900s.
Heritage will form a large part of the event, with a huge range of traditional crafts on show, together with talks on history and heritage by Westport Heritage Centre. Community groups are encouraged to showcase their activities in The Community Marquee.
The very best of music and entertainment will also be on offer with two outdoor stages featuring local artists and a variety of musical tastes. Inside the house the rooms will feature choral, chamber, classical and jazz.
The Clew Bay Pipe Band with The Westport Town Band will serenade the attendance from the new Church Lane Gates onto the site at 2.00pm.
Prior to the Westport House Party, an ecumenical celebration will be held at Holy Trinity Church at 1pm. People attending the event will be encouraged to use the town car-parks and access the event by Church Lane.
All local people are welcome to attend this very unique celebration of the town as ‘The Best Place to Live in Ireland’ as voted by The Irish Times. Westport Town Council are delighted to be co-hosting this free event with The Irish Times which promises to give the people of Westport a party to be proud of. For further details contact Westport Town Council on 098 50400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.