Newry's thriving night time economy has got another reason to celebrate, after the City retained it's international Purple Flag Status and what better way to mark the award than a mix of events throughout the city in the lead up to Halloween.

Purple Flag is an accreditation process for town and cities that meet or surpass the standards of excellence in the evening and night-time economy.  

It's hoped that many of the Night Time providers will join in on the fun and help make an impressive splash of colour by painting the city Purple!

Celebrating the Purple Flag Award.
Celebrating the Purple Flag Award.

To truly showcase our evening / night time economy the month of October is jammed packed with major events happening across the City to showcase the diverse arrange for events attracting visitors from across the greater Newry area: 

Scary Newry Halloween Festival – Friday 16th October to Sunday 1st November 2015 

Award winning Best Tourism provider Scary Tours Newry will be hosting Children’s Ghost Walks / Psychic Ghost Walks / Spooky Cinema Night / Ghost Hunts 


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Oktoberfest - Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th October 2015 at McClelland Park.

Newry Oktoberfest is a celebration of all things German, especially the beer! 

Live music each night, traditional omhpah bands, Bavarian dancers, German food, fun and frolics

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Newry City Halloween Celebrations - Saturday 31st October

Spook-tacular free fun for all the family!

Open air concert, fancy dress competition, Ghosts, Ghouls and Witches on street performers, Pumpkin Carving, Halloween Photo Booth, Face Painting and Electrifying Fireworks Extravaganza.


The Purple Flag project was led by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council’s Policing & Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) supported by a steering group which was represented by Newry City Centre Management, Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade, Police Service Northern Ireland, Night Time Economy providers, business community and interested parties.  

Speaking about Newry’s success Chairperson Naomi Baille stated, “It represents a huge achievement for the Night time Economy to receive this mid-term re-accreditation.  It makes an important statement about the offering available in our City and demonstrates the partnership ethos to ensure that people visiting our City Centre day / night have a great time, as well as a safe and welcoming experience.

"Purple Flag is a marketing brand to drive economic growth, create investment and improve standards.  This was clearly evident at the recently attended Newry Greater Area Business Awards, were local businesses achieved recognition for exceptionally high stands and ambition which is synonymous with this region."

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