Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Health and Recreation Department

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06 Dec

A stunning calendar featuring 13 beautiful images of Lurgan Park taken by local photographers is now on sale and can be picked up from the Gate Lodge at the Park.

Showcasing the wildlife, the scenery and all of the wonderful things the Park has to offer this calendar is a perfect Christmas gift and costs just £3 each or £5 for two.

Amateur photographers were invited to take part in Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s annual Lurgan Park photography competition with the winning photographs appearing in the calendar.

With plenty of room on each day of each month to keep all appointments and children’s activities noted, you can stay super organised while enjoying a lovely photo of the Park at the same time.

There are a limited number of these calendars available so make sure don’t miss out. Call down to the Park and pick up your copy today or contact Leanne McShane on 07766 740427 to reserve your copy.


Image 1 – Front cover picture of Lurgan Park by Donald Bell
Image 2 – Calendar image by Nigel McCoy

23 Nov

Santa Claus and some of his special Elves will be taking time out of their busy schedule to give little boys and girls the opportunity to visit them in their Magical Grotto at the Orchard Leisure Centre from Friday 7 December to Saturday 22 December.

Children will be able to write their letter to Santa and post it in Santa’s special post box which he will be personally taking back to the North Pole. They will then visit Santa in the Magical Grotto, share their Christmas wishes with Santa, receive a selection box and spend one hour playing in Gulliver’s soft play area.

20 Nov
It is now widely recognised that the early years of a child’s life represent a unique opportunity in the life cycle for brain development. The first three years of life mark the fastest growth in brain development for humans and as such is a crucial time for social, emotional and cognitive development.

13 Nov
PlayBoard NI’s Play Awareness sessions for Parents are designed specifically for parents and carers. This half-day Play Awareness session will strengthen parents understanding of play and its importance to the growth and development of their children. They will also gain practical ideas which they can incorporate into their homes or local community to enhance opportunities for play.

Please be advised that the Play Awareness sessions for Parents element of our EITP funded Play Matters project is now open for bookings.

We are particularly keen to target those ‘harder to reach’ parents, those with a child with a disability and/or those parents identified as needing further support in terms of their play awareness, skills or confidence.

07 Nov
Winter is here and it’s getting colder and darker – but it’s still a great time for getting children of all ages outdoors. We just need to EMBRACE the weather!

Have a playful and positive attitude towards the winter season; show your children that winter can be fun. Try to model ways to be playful …. stamp your feet on ice patches or in puddles, have a snowball fight, play in the rain, make snow angels or snowmen! Take a breath of that cold winter air and remember that whatever you do outdoors you are supporting your children’s health, wellbeing and happiness.

01 Nov
Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council is offering financial assistance to eligible groups in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector for the period 1st April 2019 – 31st March 2020 for:

  • Running costs (for eligible organisations)
  • Programmes
  • Events

Funding is available through the following grant programmes:

  • Community Grants
  • Arts, Culture and Events Grants
  • Good Relations Grants
  • International Linkages Grant
19 Oct
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council are developing a new five year Aquatics Framework for the Borough for 2019 – 2024. The Framework will focus on working together with key stakeholders to develop the area of aquatics, which includes all aspects of swimming pool related activities and outdoor swimming.

As part of this consultation process we are seeking the opinions of as many members of the public as possible whether you currently participate in council run swimming activities or not.

27 Sep

Please see information about a new programme to be held at People’s Park Portadown.

We are offering 20 FREE places for boys and girls aged between 5-8 who do not play for any club at present.

This four week programme will offer coaching plus free equipment at the conclusion of the four weeks. Please note we can only offer 20 FREE places and registration will be on a first come first serve basis. Kids will also receive a FREE Messi football, activity book and a set of four cones.

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