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Saurus walkabout Dinosaurs to storm Strabane for Hallowe’en

06 October 2016

Strabane is bracing itself for a terror-ific Hallowe’en with the arrival of the Saurus street walkabout Dinosaur creatures on Saturday 29 October.

These powerful street walkabout creatures are expected to create a real buzz with their distinctive animal sounds and explosive fire performances as they stomp their way through the town centre in what promises to be an impressive moving spectacle on the afternoon of Saturday 29 October at 2pm, 4pm & 6.30pm from Alley Theatre.

This is just one of a number of exciting events scheduled as part of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s 30th anniversary celebrations.

Jacqueline Whoriskey, festival and events manager with Derry City and Strabane District Council says the Saurus characters were hugely popular when they performed in Derry last year and she is delighted they are coming back and including Strabane in their busy schedule.

She said: “The feedback we received from this show last year was phenomenal. Everyone really loved it and it was one of the main talking points of the festival. We are delighted that they are coming back and really pleased the people of Strabane will get to experience these mythical characters and their live animal sounds in what promises to be an impressive moving street spectacle for everyone to enjoy.”

The Saurus characters will also perform in Derry when they take part in the City of Bones celebrations on 30 October at 3.30 pm; 5.45pm and 7.15pm at Waterloo Place with a performance at 4.00pm on 31 October, as well as participation in the Carnival parade.

She added that Council has really pulled out the stops this year to ensure there is a wide range of events for everyone in Strabane and the wider region to enjoy and participate in.

The Alley Theatre will be the key venue for Halloween activity over the weekend when it will host a series of fantastic workshops and children’s events, including a Zombie Story-making Workshop for over 9 year olds featuring Danny McLaughlin of Revolve Comics on Thursday 3rd November from 10am - 3pm. Admission is £5 where children will be encouraged to develop their own story using creative writing and learn how to create a picture board to make a gripping story, develop the characters.

A series of Monstrous Hallowe’en Workshops are also scheduled to take place on Saturday 29th October at the Strabane Library Rooms from 10.30am -11.30am / 11.40am –12.40pm for just £2 per session with storytelling for younger children from 3pm and lots of fun and games and Hallowe’en throughout the day.

The Riversdale Leisure Centre will host a Halloween Pool Disco from 3.30pm to 5pm on 28 October while Gray’s Printing Press will host a series of Bewitching Tales including crafts and storytelling on Saturday, 29 October.

A key attraction for Hallowe’en is Castlederg’s Apple Fair and Piping Festival on 28 and 29 October marking the importance of the Harvest tradition with apple growers from across the region congregating to sell their wares and be part of this age old tradition. There will be lots of family entertainment including cookery and beverage making demonstrations and lots of seasonal attractions and events, to get you into Harvest cheer.

One of the key highlights of the Hallowe’en programme in Strabane is the The Arts Academy’s  Spook House Halloween Panto will be performed at the Alley Theatre. This creepy comedy promises to be a must-see for all the family.

On Hallowe’en itself Monday, 31 October, the Alley Theatre will have a full day of Trick or Treat tours and activities taking place throughout the day while in the town centre there will be arts and craft workshops, balloon modelling, face painting and street entertainment for all ages. From 7pm, Strabane’s Upper Main Street Car Park will be the vocal point for family friendly activity with live music and street entertainment ahead of the spectacular Fireworks extravaganza which kick off at 8pm, over the River Mourne.

For more details on what is happening in the Derry City and Strabane District for Halloween visit our website at www.derrystrabane.com/halloween or follow us on Facebook – HalloweenDerryStrabane