Whats on – May Day Bank Holiday Weekend 2018

Written by on May 5, 2018

Meet the Maker: Scandza

Saturday 5 – Saturday 26 May

Ards Crafts, 31 Regent Street, Newtownards, BT23 4AD £: Free
T: 028 9182 6846
W: visitardsandnorthdown.com

A collection of kiln fused glass art by Keith Sheppard presenting functional and non-functional tableware focusing on a sleek, contemporary, minimalist approach to tableware for modern living.

Art in the Loft – Connecting with the Land – an artist’s journey

from Donegal to Down

Saturday 5 – Saturday 26 May

The Loft Gallery, Portaferry VIC, The Stables, Castle Street, Portaferry BT22 1NZ £: Free
T: 028 42729882
W: visitardsandnorthdown.com

Oil paintings by artist Mary Feeney depicting her impressions of the rugged beauty of counties Donegal and Down.

Car Bazaar

Saturday 5 May/9am – 12 noon

Mount Stewart, Portaferry Road, Newtownards, BT22 2AD £: Car £5; Van £10; Trailer £15
T: 028 4278 8387
W: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mountstewart/

Come along and sell your unwanted items or browse around the many stalls and pick up a few treasures. Gates open from 7am for set up. Please see website for T&C.

An introduction to foraging on the seashore

Saturday 5 May/9.30am

Queen’s Marine Lab, Portaferry, BT22 1PF
£: £10
T: 07834 539566
What tastes good? Where is it found? What do you do with it? Discover all sorts of edibles found on our shores. Seashore foraging with David Thompson and Daryl Birkett will be followed by refreshments, questions, recipes and discussions. Booking essential, limited places.

Dawn Chorus

Sunday 6 May/5am – 8am

Mount Stewart, Portaferry Road, Newtownards, BT22 2AD £: Adult £10; child £6
T: 028 4278 8387
W: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mountstewart/

Enjoy the delights of the spring dawn chorus at Mount Stewart and learn all about birdsong with the ranger followed by a healthy breakfast. Meet at the Lookout. Booking essential.

Drumawhey Junction Railway

Sunday 6, Monday 7, Sunday 20 & Monday 28 May/1-5pm

W: www.drumawhey.com
£: Child £2; Adult £3; Family £17 (4 adults and 4 children)
A miniature railway operating steam, petrol hydraulic, diesel hydraulic and electric locomotives. The line is the longest 71/4” gauge railway in Ireland. The layout allows a variety of routes. An interesting journey of approx 15 minutes is provided.
The railway captures the atmosphere of a full sized railway. There is a station, signal cabin, engine and coach sheds, bridges, cuttings, tunnel and a level crossing. It’s a great adventure for little ones – and for the older railway enthusiast!

Owl Man at Castle Espie

Sun 6 May & Sun 27 May, Midday-4pm

WWT Castle Espie Ballydrain Road, Comber, BT23 6EA
£: included in admission
T: 028 9187 4146
W: www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/castle-espie
Don Scott returns to Castle Espie with his amazing selection of owls this month. The Owl Man is always very popular, as he offers the chance for you to get close to these fascinating birds.

Merry May Day

Monday 7 May, 10am-4pm

Holywood Town Centre
£: Various
T: 028 9127 0069
Download the programme
This popular annual event features traditional May Day dancing by local school children, a selection of market stalls and other family fun. Watch out for our enchanted spring street performers!

Meet the Victorians

Monday 7 May/ 1-4pm

WWT Castle Espie Ballydrain Road, Comber, BT23 6EA
£: included in admission
T: 028 9187 4146
W: www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/castle-espie
Children of all ages can discover Castle Espie’s Victorian past.
Make your very own clay brick to take home and customise with special stamps (small fee applies), all under the watchful gaze of our resident Victorian!

The Limekiln Observatory sits on top of a site once used by the Victorians to make clay bricks during the Industrial Revolution. This event forms part of our ‘History Series’, which highlights Castle Espie’s unique past.

Kid’s ‘Mini-beasts’ Nature Trail

Monday 7 May/2pm – 4pm

Nugent’s Wood, Portaferry
£: £2.50
T: 028 9182 6846
W: visitardsandnorth down.com
Join local naturalist “Woody” for a creative exploration of Nugent’s Wood. Look out for the ‘mini-beasts’ that make the park their home and find out about the flora and fauna.

All children must be accompanied by an adult
Tour departs on foot from Portaferry Visitor Information Centre, BT22 1NZ

May Day at Exploris

Monday 7 May

Exploris, The Ropewalk, Portaferry, BT22 1NZ £: included in admission
T: 028 4272 8062
W: www.explorisni.com

Celebrate your May Day at Northern Ireland’s Only Aquarium and Seal Sanctuary. Enjoy one of many of our talks and feeding demos as well as extra May Day activities for all the family to enjoy.

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