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COVID-19 Update

Due to the latest guidance from the NI Executive, our museums will remain closed for a planned three week period ending on 11 December. We look forward to welcoming visitors back to our museums when it is safe to do so and we would like to thank the public for their continued support and patience.

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Accommodation

Throughout the Omagh and West Tyrone area we have a wide range of high quality Hotel, Guesthouse, B&B and Hostel accommodation available. Plan your short break at discovernorthernireland.com.

Campers and Caravans

If you really want to enter into the festival spirit, then a spot of camping should do just the trick. Omagh Rugby Club are once again offering their nearby lands for festival goers to pitch up a tent or park their caravan or camper van for the weekend.  A regular free shuttle bus service will ferry visitors between the museum and the camping grounds each day so you won’t even have to worry about finding a parking space.

Pitch Cost

  • 3 Nights £40
  • 2 Nights £30
  • 1 Night £20

The price includes:

  • Camping on site
  • Use of kitchens, showers and toilet facilities
  • Transfers to and from Ulster American Folk Park
  • Free admission to the picking session on Friday night in the Members Bar
  • Free admission to the late night session on Saturday night in the Members Bar.  Starting at approximately 11.00pm, this late night session is available to everyone.  A small cover charge will apply to those not using the camping and caravanning facilities.

Pitch bookings and enquiries can be made by email to Allan Duncan at allan@silverbirchhotel.com

Getting Here

Shuttle Service

We will offer a shuttle service to and from the festival from Omagh Town Centre. Keep an eye out for more details.

Camping Shuttle Service

Mini-bus from Omagh Rugby Club to Ulster American Folk Park leaving on the hour, every hour:

  • Friday from 1.00pm to 10.00pm
  • Saturday from Midday to 10.00pm
  • Sunday from Midday to 7.00pm

Mini-bus from Ulster American Folk Park to Omagh Rugby Club leaving on the half hour, every hour:

  • Friday from 1.30pm to 12.30am
  • Saturday from10.30am to 12.30am
  • Sunday from 10.30am to 9.30pm

Parking

We have a free car parking facilities for over 400 cars and 12 coaches on site as well as an overflow carpark.

Food and Drink

Festival-goers can enjoy a great selection of food and drink at this year’s Bluegrass Omagh.

Visit our Food Village offering tasty, authentic festival food and snacks for all budgets.

If it’s a drink you’re after, the Barn Bar will provide a selection of locally sourced craft beers and international spirits. Our new prohibition-style bar located in the Wagon Shed will serve premium bourbon cocktails and the opportunity to learn more about old-time mountain music, the predecessor to the bluegrass genre. Please note: we have a cash only bar.

You will find our festival food and drink offering located between the Pennsylvania Barn and Pennsylvania Log Farmhouse. With such a beautiful backdrop, it’s the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat or a pint and just relax as the sounds of Bluegrass music fill the air. 

Picnics are allowed on site if you prefer to bring your own food and picnic benches are located across the site. All alcohol must be bought on site.

For food and drink offering offsite, we recommend using Discover Northern Ireland and Explore Omagh and the Sperrins Region websites for everything you need to know about what the surrounding area has to offer:

https://discovernorthernireland.com

https://exploreomaghsperrins.com

Things to do

As well as our food and drink offering, we have a range of activities on site for the whole family to enjoy throughout the festival, including:

  • A NEW chill out zone dressed with haybales offering regular activities and demonstrations designed to help you celebrate the way of life in Appalachia.
  • An enhanced family activity area featuring authentic activities such as log lassoing, shuffleboard and Appalachian storytelling.
  • 30 buildings and exhibits and a full-scale emigrant ship on site that festival-goers are welcome to explore.

Shopping

When you’re not enjoying the music, browse merchandise in our new retail barn located near the main stage or visit our gift shop in the Visitor Centre, offering a wide range of gifts inspired by our collections.

Accessibility and Facilities

  • The festival is held across the Ulster American Folk Park in various green spaces and fields, meaning terrain may be uneven in places.
  • A limited number of wheelchairs are available in the reception area for use in the museum. We also have a mobility scooter available on a first come first served basis.
  • Assistance Dogs are welcome.
  • We have public toilets located in the main Visitor Centre, the Ship & Dockside Gallery, the Assembly Rooms and within the Mellon Homestead outbuildings.

For those wishing to visit to explore the museum on during the festival, we regret that it is not possible to provide physical access to the upper floors of some buildings on the site without compromising the accuracy of the historical experience. In such cases, visitors should ask to be provided with an alternative form of access, such as photographs.

Packing

What to bring:

  • Chairs and blankets: While there are benches and picnic tables across the site, seating for all is not guaranteed. If you want to secure a seat, please consider bringing your own camp chair or blanket.
  • Wellies and warm clothing: We wouldn’t want a sudden shower to put a dampener on your weekend, so please check the weather before you leave and prepare accordingly. Wellies and warm clothing are advised just in case.
  • Cash: We operate a cash only bar.

What not to bring:

  • Dogs (other than assistance dogs)
  • Alcohol
  • Barbeques
  • Drones
  • Knives
  • Illegal substances

Contact Us

Should you have any questions or queries regarding Bluegrass Omagh which we haven’t answered, please get in touch:

Email: info@nmni.com

Telephone: +44 (0) 28 8224 3292