This year’s Derry Walls Day will take place on Saturday 13th September 11am-4pm. Each year between 2013-2018, the quadricentennial of the Derry Walls, a key milestone in the story of their construction will be selected to create an informative and fun day out for families. This year, the public are invited to take part in the Mason’s Treasure Hunt, helping the chief mason recover his missing contract, at the same time as exploring secret spaces and heritage buildings around the City Walls. Meet characters from Derry’s history in Guildhall Square and around the Walls including Peter Benson, the chief mason for the Derry Walls. Visit the pop-museum in Guildhall Square to see demonstrations of stone-carving and 17th C weapons. The Playhouse’s History Detective School will empower children (and adults) with special knowledge get clues for the Mason’s Treasure Hunt. Details of the prizes and the programme of activities are given below.
The fun continues on Sunday 14th 2-4pm as part of the National Trust’s Great NI Walks.
Correctly completed Mason’s Treasure Hunt forms will be entered into a draw for the following prizes:
- 1st Prize £100 of local shopping vouchers
- There will be 4 runner-up prizes of £50 of local shopping vouchers.
There will be a special prize of £50 of local shopping vouchers to the best ‘Walls400-selfie’ ie taken with an historical performer on the Saturday or Sunday and posted to Twitter including @thederrywalls in the message
Mason’s Treasure Hunt forms must be returned to the National Trust Office at No 1 St Columb’s Court by 5pm on the Sunday.
The event is being organised by the Holywell Trust’s City Walls Heritage Project in partnership with Derry City Council, DOE’s NI Environment Agency, the National Trust and the Heritage Council of Ireland.
Derry’s Walls Belong to Everyone.