Many places are great in the summer but it all fizzles out when the nights turn dark and the cold weather kicks in. Ashbourne is a cracking Autumn and Winter location with cosy pubs and lovely winter countryside. Christmas is a big festival in most places and Hallowe’en has made its way across the Atlantic but Ashbourne does them well as family events.
Hallowe’en is spectacular with a well patrolled, well-behaved evening which is fun and safe. Many places try and pretend it isn’t happening and suffer accordingly. Enjoy it as an entertainment in Ashbourne.
Bonfire Night is another event which is done well with a fantastic firework display, concerts and funfair (but no bonfire). The town has excellent places to hold events with the Recreation Grounds as well as the town itself. Again this is a good family night out which is well organised.
Christmas Shopping is one of my favourite nights of the year. The town centre works really well as a pedestrian area and this is another family event with lantern parade, carol singing, a nativity, lots of stalls, food, music, a good atmosphere in the pubs and it really sets up Christmas itself. Its also a good night for charities to raise a bit of money by having a stall. Not forgetting carol singing in the Smith’s Tavern on Christmas Eve! Or the fantastic over-the-top lighting displays on houses around the town.
It’s easy to take these things for granted but there is a huge amount of Council and voluntary work to carry them off. It’s easy to gripe but not many places do these things so well.