We’ve made a list (and checked it twice) of some of the finest
things to enjoy in Derry and Strabane this festive season. Whether you’re
returning from overseas or based here, we’ve got Christmas wrapped up for you.
Made Here – You’ll find beautiful creations from some of the
district’s most innovative designers in Made Here on Shipquay Street,
Derry-Londonderry, including In Chlomo, from Strabane’s Chloe McColgan.
Velveteen Handmade – Rachel Kelly’s beautiful embroideries –
from storybook-inspired pictures to appliqued cotton purses – make excellent
Christmas gifts. View her pieces at the Craft Village’s Walled City Crafters.
Little Acorns Bookstore – Jenni Doherty’s independent book
shop in Derry-Londonderry’s Society Street is a treasure trove of new and old
books. You’ll also find local arts and crafts, literary gifts and must-have
Derry Girls mugs.
With Love Recipes – Overindulged this festive season? Strabane
woman Sharron McCormick’s range of guilt-free desserts, sauces and more are a
delicious, healthier way to continue the celebrations.
Dart Mountain Cheese – Julie and Kevin Hickey’s
award-winning range of artisan cheeses are handcrafted in the Sperrins and
include the Banagher Bold local ale washed cheese and the creamy, flavoursome
Grainola Goddess granola – Made using upcycled spent grain
from the Walled City Brewery, Grainola Goddess’ delectable range includes
Bountiful Berry (with dried cranberries, apricots and cherries), Scrumptious
Spice, and Gorgeous Gluten Free.
Ukulele Chocolate – This Derry-based chocolate, from husband
and wife team Donal and Sinead, is organic, melt-in-the-mouth, and oh so
moreish. Even better, it’s made from sustainable, planet-friendly ingredients.
Guilt-free chocolate… What’s not to love?
Foyster – This creamy new oyster stout showcases our native,
sought after, Lough Foyle Irish Flat Oyster. A collaboration between the
LegenDerry Food and Drink Network’s Walled City Brewery and Sippy Fest, it uses
leftover oyster shells to make a delicious, old-style stout with a hint of
Quiet Man Irish Whiskey – This award-winning, Derry-Londonderry
based craft whiskey is expertly distilled in small batches and the ideal tipple
to relax with on a cold winter’s night.
Rough Brothers – This handmade beer is brewed in
Derry-Londonderry and the product range includes pale ale and red ale. You can
also try its specially created Mekong Street Beer at Mekong Street Food (and a
Beer 57, for Pyke ‘N’ Pommes, is also in the pipeline).
Christmas Winterland Markets – Soak up the atmosphere, meet artisan traders selling local arts and crafts, taste seasonal delights and relax over a mulled wine at these markets in Derry-Londonderry’s Guildhall Square. Dec 12th to Dec 15th.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs pantomime – Enjoy
the classic fairytale with some modern local twists – and plenty of gags for
the grown-ups – at the Millennium Forum from December 4th to 29th.
The Snowman and Other Christmas favourites – Join
the Allegri choirs and the recently formed Orchestra North West symphony
orchestra as they present The Snowman and a host of Christmas classics. The
Guildhall, December 15th.
Far and Wild Adventures – Treat yourself or an
adventurous loved one to a moonlight kayak tour, archery, a foodie cycling
tour, boom board adventure or urban mountain biking with Derry-Londonderry’s
Far and Wild Adventures. Gift vouchers are also available.
Christmas Day dips – Feeling brave? Why not unpeel
yourself from the sofa (and get out of Christmas dinner duties) and take part
in one of the Christmas Day charity swims taking place on beaches around the