Liquid Nitrogen Leak from Molina de Segura Industrial Estate
Firefighters managed to avert a catastrophe in Molina de Segura when they stemmed a leak from a liquid nitrogen Factory on the Molina de Segua Industrial Estate on 15th August. Liquid nitrogen is used in 'legal high' drugs such as those used to eradicate verrucas.
The liquid nitrogen froze when it came into contact with the air and created a layer of ice which plugged a safety valve. The fire fighters managed to reduce the pressure in the tank to stop it leaking.
Here is where you can start to plan your September diary to make sure you get out and about and experience all that's inspiring about North-West Murcia.
Check out the tourist offices regularly for up-to-date information through the contact details as shown.
T: 968 652 244 – Tues Market
Artisan Market – Sunday 4th Sept 10am-2pm
Free Guided Tour of Bullas – Sunday 4th Sept – 11am, 12pm & 1pm (tickets from Tourist Office). It includes historic c1900 historic architecture, an exploration of the history of wine-making at Casa-Museo Don Pepe Marsilla and a visit to the clock tower, Torre del Reloj. Some guides do speak English.
T: 968 745 325 – Fri Market
XIX Festival de Folclore Villa de Calasparra – Monday 5th Sept
The dancers will parade through the streets from 9.30pm before putting on a free show in the Auditorio Cine Rosales. Local dancers will be joined by performers from Indonesia and Paraguay. Be sure to catch the parade of dancers through the streets in a pasacalles before the show at 10pm.
T: 968 702 424 – Mon Market
Artisan Market – Sunday 18th
Free Guided Tour – Sunday 18th Sept – Old Town. 11.15am from La Basílica-Santuario De La Vera Cruz. This is a highly visual tour, with leaflets in English from the tourist board and info boards in English en route. You need to pre-book through the tourist office by phone (as above) or via the online booking form. The tour is about 1½hrs.
T: 968 723 550 – Wed Market
The Archaeological See of Begastri is opened for tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 10.10am, 11.15am and 12.20pm at 2€ per person.
Video presentation followed by guided tour to see the remains of the Iberian culture before the IV century BC. The guided tour on 2nd Saturday of each month will be in English.
Car Boot Sale - Sunday 18th September in the Park Ginés de Paco at the bottom of Gran Vía. There is plenty of room for parking but sellers need to provide their own stalls. The charge is 1€ per metre. Anyone interested in booking a site please contact Tourist Office.
Free Family Nature Walks
There are 12 nature walks designed for the whole family to enjoy and learn of the rich natural areas of Cehegín which provides a variety of landscapes including woods, mountains, hills, sloping valleys, scrubland and streams. These natural habitats host flora and fauna of special interest. The walks take place on the last Sunday of each month. They are designed for people of all ages who enjoy hiking at fairly easy levels.
Walk to the Alquipir Castle - Sunday 25th September.
The castle's original function was to control the farming in the area. According to historical records it also acted as a fortification to protect houses which may have been close to the castle walls.
The walk is 5km, classed as easy and will take about 3 hours.
Meeting point is Explanada Centro Tecnológico del Mármol close to the motorway west exit at 9pm. From there, you will drive in your own car to the start of the walk. Children under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. No more than two children per adult. Each walker must provide their own drinks and snacks. The tour will be in Spanish.
Coto De Las Maravillas
The newly reopened Eco Park named Tourism Activity Park 'Coto de las Maravillas' offers paintballing, horse riding, assault course, a Quidditch pitch as well as many others activities for all ages. There is also a campsite within the park and refreshments are available in the bar.
The park is open throughout the weekends. For entry at other time please telephone 691 200 353 for more information.
Fiestas In Honour Of The Virgen De Las Maravillas
This fiesta is from 8th-14th with a vast programme of entertainment including concerts, children's activities, exhibitions, dancing, bullfighting, electro music festival, bands, religious acts and more than 100 private rented marquees in "Recinto Ferial".
There will be many events throughout the week culminating in a grand performance by Auryn and Sweet California on 11th September.
Further entertainment includes the opening speech on 3rd September in Sala Camelot at 9pm by the sommelier from Cehegín, Pedro Martínez, the procession of the Virgen de las Maravillas and the "Huertanos Day".
The programme will be available on the tourist website.
Molina de Segura
T: 968 388 522 – Sat Market
XII B-Side Music Festival – Friday 9th & Saturday 10th Sept at Campo de Futbol Sanchez Canovas and various other venues. Music from 11pm. Tickets 20€-25€ although various free concerts throughout the town on 10th Sept.
T: 968 730 208 – Sat Market
Free Tour Moratalla with option of a Tour of the Castle (2€) – Every Saturday - 11.30pm from Tourist Office
A Summer School exists in Moratalla which runs through to the start of the next school year for a maximum of 48 children aged 3-12 years. It provides a welcome hour from 8am-9am, scheduled activities from 9am-2pm, with a dining option which extends open hours to 3pm. Make enquiries through Moratalla town council (Dept. for Women).
T: 968 661 501 – Sat Market
Artisan Market – Sunday 11th Sept
T: 968 358 749
Murcia Feria 1st – 13th September
Fairground and food stalls at the Recinto Ferial near the Auditorio Victor Villegas. Opening night has rides at 2 for the price of 1. Dia del Niño - Tuesday 6th September, all rides half price from 6pm-10pm. Don't miss the main attraction, the 'Russian Mountain' roller coaster; together with 150 attractions. Prices generally ranging from 2.50€ to 3.50€ per ride.