Athlone Castle invites you to celebrate Culture Night 2020 on Friday 18th September
Culture Night is an annual public event taking place nationwide, that invites people to spend their evening exploring the best cultural offerings available to them on their doorstep. Culture Night 2020 is a lot different from previous years, as Athlone Castle and many other Cultural and Heritage sites across the country offer a diverse programme of events and activities within National Health Guidelines.
Athlone Castle will extend its Visitor Centre openings hours for Culture Night 2020 on Friday 18th September and offer free admission from 5 to 7pm (last admission at 7pm) on a first come first served basis and has organised online events and activities for those who cannot physically visit the site. Queuing lanes and a one-way system will be in place with the castle team ensuring adherence to Government Guidelines particularly with regard to the sanitising of hands, social distancing and visitor capacity numbers.
This year, Athlone Castle will focus on highlighting the story of the Great Siege of Athlone 1690-1691. The castle team will be on hand to engage with visitors as they explore the visitor centre and grounds and learn about the fierce battle that took place between the Jacobite and Williamite soldiers. Take home activity sheets will be available for families to keep the younger culture vultures entertained. An online activity and tour have been prepared for those who those who cannot visit the site on Culture Night. The tour and talk will highlight various weapons used during the Siege of Athlone and will be delivered by Athlone Castle’s Cultural Assistant, David Landers. A children’s activity prepared by Athlone Castle’s Cultural Officer, Joanna Grobosz will outline ‘how to build a cannon’ with everyday materials and objects.
The tour and children’s activity will be available to view on the Athlone Castle social channels with further details and social channel links outlined on www.athlonecastle.ie.
For further information please contact Athlone Castle on 090 6442130 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Athlone Castle’s Culture Night Event and Activities are generously supported by Westmeath County Council Arts Office.