Scarva Green is the place to be this month with a chance to listen to some of the finest local concert bands as the summer programme of music continues.
The band seasons continues at the magnificent Victorian bandstand each Sunday afternoon from 3pm to 4pm until September with Poyntzpass Silver Band this week.
The concerts are organised by the South West Down Bands Association and supported by Banbridge District Council.
The bands playing in this month will be Ballykeel Accordion Band on August 3, Wellington Silver Band August 10, St. Mark’s Silver Band August 17, Warrenpoint Silver Band on August 24 and finally Newry Concert Band on August 31.
There is also a chance for people to visit the adjoining Scarva Visitor Centre.
The centre has a range of fascinating display boards and exhibits foucing on the local area.
Visistors can learn about the unique archaeology of the area from the Danes Cast, Lisnagade and Lisnavaragh Forts.
The historic site where William of Orange camped before proceeding to the Boyne Valley and the transportation role of the nearby Newry Canal at the height of the linen and coal industries are also featured.
The adjoining Tearooms serve delicious homemade cakes, tea and coffee, overlooking the natural beauty of the canal and gardens.
The picturesque lakeside walks in nearby Scarva park along with its children’s play areas are always an attraction for families.
You can also come along and try a new Cycle Hire Facility which is now open and enjoy a cycle along the Newry Canal Towpath enjoying the abundance of plant and wildlife, which make it a haven for bird lovers, including the resident swans.
Further details of the season’s programme can be obtained from Scarva Visitor Centre. Alternatively, contact Banbridge District Council on T: 4066 0605 or visit www.banbridge.gov.uk
Scarva is famous as the location of the ‘Sham Fight’ Pageant on July 3 every year.
The Pageant attracts thousands of members of the Royal Black Preceptory, march and stage a symbolic (sham) re-enactment of the 1690 Battle of the Boyne.
Whilst training his army, King William is said to have camped under a magnificent Spanish chestnut tree.
The tree still flourishes to this day and measures over 25 feet in circumference at the base.
Further details of the season’s programme can be obtained from Scarva Visitor Centre or ring Banbridge District Council on 4066 0605.