Ever fancied trying your hand at Chinese calligraphy or wanted to tantalise your taste buds at a traditional Chinese tea ceremony? On Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 February, the National Trust team at the Giant’s Causeway will be celebrating Chinese New Year with a host of exciting workshops and traditional Chinese festivities to ring in the Year of the Pig.
Preparations are well underway at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the team at the North Coast pulling out all the stops to ensure visitors enjoy a weekend of activities that celebrate the most important holiday in the Chinese calendar. The twelfth animal of the zodiac, the pig is believed to be energetic and enthusiastic, and the fun-filled weekend at the award-winning Visitor Centre will pay tribute to its characteristics with an action-packed schedule of demonstrations and workshops.
The two-day event taking place against the iconic backdrop of the Causeway coastline will appeal to all the senses, with a range of family friendly activities including colourful demonstrations, live traditional Chinese music and captivating Chinese opera delivered by the Confucius Institute at Ulster University. Foodies will also be catered for, with opportunities to indulge in Chinese culinary experiences and learn more about the culture of the world’s largest population!
Ciara McClements, Visitor Experience Manager for the Giant’s Causeway commented on the weekend’s celebrations: “With an increasing number of Chinese visitors this is an important festival for us to celebrate and learn more about this unique culture by enjoying new experiences against the backdrop of the stunning Causeway coastline. China is a key developing tourist market in Northern Ireland and we have experienced an increase of 337% in Chinese visitors to the Giant’s Causeway over the past six years. These numbers have played a significant role in boosting the contribution of tourism to the local area, and with the size of the potential Chinese market the economic benefits of Chinese tourists for the Causeway Coast and Glens area could grow further in coming years.”
Celebrations for Chinese New Year will take place at the Visitors Centre on Saturday and Sunday, from 11am to 5pm. The event is free, and no booking is required but normal admission charges to the Visitor Centre apply. For further information on the Giant’s Causeway Chinese New Year celebrations, visit the website https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/9aabe1b0-e129-4346-a304-8b9828f71bf3/pages/details or call 028 2073 1855.