Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes trekking to Banbridge for Festival of Fire and Light

British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes will sharing his amazing adventures at the Festival of Fire and Light in Banbridge later this month.

he festival will take place from April 21-23, and will see the Co Down market town host a three-day programme featuring workshops, storytelling, circus and street theatre, comedy and music.

Solitude Park will host free family fun, art installations and fire performances and the festival will conclude with a talk from Sir Ranulph about his life and adventures.

Described by The Guinness Book of Records as “the world’s greatest living explorer”, Sir Ranulph is the first person ever to climb Mount Everest and crossed both Antarctica and the Arctic Ocean via the Poles.

There will be a fire show finale each evening, featuring spectacular fire performances from the most talented fire breathers and artists in the UK.

Event manager Lois Kennedy, from MayWe Events, said: “We are really excited to bring this fun filled festival to Banbridge.

“There is so much on offer and it is sure to be a hit with residents and visitors alike.”

As part of the festival, Banbridge will play host to Illumaphomium in Solitude Park, a dynamic and interactive, multi sensory, music making installation – the first of its kind and it’s first ever visit to the Northern Ireland.

Illumaphomium consists of more than a hundred illuminated chime bars, each of which respond to touch, to create a fun and spontaneous music experience.

Explore the history and cultural heritage of Banbridge with weekday walking tours and enjoy a free exhibition and gallery tour at the FE McWilliam Gallery on Saturday, April 23.

Visitors to the town centre will be treated to surprise interactions with a number of spectacular pop-up circus shows, entertainers and walk-about performers – and a few mystery characters along the way.

The festival will feature a range of creative family-friendly events, featuring a ‘Sail In’ outdoor screening of Moana with art workshops, Wild Creations mindful movement, adventure storytelling with Eithne the Explorer and much more.

Award winning science communicator and musical comedian Emer Maguire, will perform her latest show ‘In her Element’ in the Banville House Hotel after her sell out show in the Ulster Hall.

Visit www.banbridge.com for more information and tickets.

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