What’s on this week? 30th March to 6th April 2019

Written by on March 30, 2019

Ards International Guitar Festival
Wednesday 3 – Sunday 7 April
Venues throughout Newtownards
£: prices vary see website
T: 028 9181 0803
W: Ards Guitar Festival
Expect a jam-packed line-up of, blues, folk, rock, bluegrass and classical and contemporary music for guitar aficionados across the borough as the Ard International Guitar Festival returns for 2019.

Tim Peake’s Spacecraft Tour at Ulster Transport Museum
Until Sunday 12 May
Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra, Holywood
£: Nomal admission prices aplly
T:028 9042 8428
W: Tim Peake
An exciting opportunity to see a real astronaut capsule. The Soyuz capsule, which transported British astronaut Tim Peake safely back to Earth after his mission on the International Space Station is landing at the Ulster Transport Museum. The Soyuz TMA-19M capsule transported European Space Agency astronaut, Tim Peake, and his crewmates Yuri Malenchenko and Tim Kopra to the International Space Station on the Principia mission.See Tim Peake’s Sokol KV-2 emergency spacesuit. Enjoy interactive displays about the International Space Station and learn about life in space.

Giant LEGO Brick Trail
Saturday 2 – Sunday 31 March
Castle Espie Wetland Centre, Ballydrain Road, Comber, BT23 6EA
£: trail included in admission.
T: 028 9187 4146
W: Lego Brick Trail
The Giant LEGO Brick Trail is back by popular demand! Enjoy the  individually-designed LEGO brick characters, some up to twelve times life size, include Natalie the Nene, the world’s rarest goose and Benedict the Bewick’s swan, magnificently stretching his brick wings.

LEGO Brick Workshops
Saturdays & Sundays in March/12noon, 1pm & 2pm
Castle Espie Wetland Centre, Ballydrain Road,
Comber, BT23 6EA
£: £10
T: 028 9187 4146
W: Book now
Interactive workshops for all Lego fans – complete three exciting tasks during the hour long workshop including building your own Lego owl to take home. Suitable for ages 4+. Children must be accompanied by adults at all times (and vice-versa!). Booking essential.

Northern Ireland Mod Weekender 2019
Friday 29 and Saturday 30 March
Marine Court Hotel, Quay Street,  Bangor
W: Book Tickets
Featuring: Graham Day And The Forefathers, The Organauts, Pretty Cartel, The Late Two’s, Alison, Squire

Championship Car Racing at Kirkistown
Saturday 30 March/10am – 5pm
Kirkistown Racing Circuit, 130 Rubane Road, Portavogie, BT22 1AU
£: £10 (under 16s free) on the gate.
T: 028 4277 1325
W: Kirkistown
Kirkistown Racing Circuit presents a packed programme of 10 races, with money towards NI Air Ambulance.

Craft Fair
Saturday 30 March/10am – 3pm
Christ Church Primacy, Balloo Road, Bangor
£: Admission Free
T: 07955 599 283
Donations to Primacy Church Funds.

The Bjorn Identity
Saturday 30 March/7.30pm
Portico, Meeting House Street,
Portaferry BT22 1LE
£: £17; under 25’s £12
T: 028 4272 8808
W: Bjorn Identity
The Bjorn Identity return to Portico for another evening of fabulous fun and marvellous music.

Maeshine Gentle Peace at Bangor Abbey
Bangor Abbey, Newtownards Road, Bangor, BT20 4JE
Saturday 30 March/7.30pm
£: £12 general admission, open seating
W: Book tickets
Come and have a relaxing evening with Maeshine in the peaceful setting of Bangor Abbey.  Maeshine fuses celtic, folk, world and new age genres into a unique sound of their own. This concert marks the launch of their album “Gentle Peace”.  It will be followed by an exhibition where the artist Rosie Haghighi will be sharing some beautiful works inspired by the songs on the album.You are warmly invited for light refreshments after the concert.  20% of all ticket sales will be donated equally to Alzheimer’s Society and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at Mount Stewart
Sunday 31 March/12 noon, 12.30 and 1pm
Mount Stewart, Portaferry Road,
£: Adult £25; child £12.50
T: 028 4278 8387
W: Mother’s Day at Mount Stewart
Treat your mum to a fabulous afternoon tea. Sit back and relax with a glass of prosecco while celebrating your marvellous mum in the beautiful surroundings of Mount Stewart. Afternoon tea also includes access to Mount Stewart House, gardens and Trails so why not make a day of it?  Booking essential.

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at Cultra Manor
Sunday 31 March/1pm-4pm
Cultra Manor, 153 Bangor Road, Holywood, BT18 0EY
£: Adults £25/ children £12.50
T: 028 9042 3578
W: Book
Treat your Mum to a special Afternoon Tea at the beautiful Cultra Manor in the grounds of the Ulster Folk Museum. Enjoy a delicious menu featuring a medley of sweet and savoury treats paired with a pot of the finest fresh brewed tea and live music throughout the afternoon. As a special treat Mum will receive a complimentary glass of Prosecco on arrival.

William Fox
Sunday 31 March/3-4.30pm
Portico, Meeting House Street, Portaferry BT22 1LE
£: £15; £5 (under 25s)
T: 028 4272 8808
W: William Fox
Portico is delighted to welcome sub-organist William Fox, from St Paul’s Cathedral, London, to play a recital on Portico’s restored organ. Enjoy selected works by Byrd, Bach and Villiers Stanford amongst others.

Bangor International Choral Festival
Wednesday 3 – Saturday 6 April
St Comgall’s Parish Centre, Brunswick Road, Bangor
£: Various
T: 07720265221
W: Bangor Choral Festival
Choir competitions over 4 days including Primary to Senior School and Special Needs Choirs. A non competitive concert will be held on Friday evening with visiting choirs and Youth and Adult choirs will compete on the Saturday culminating with a Gala Evening for the prestigious Open Choral Award.   9am – 5pm Wed/Thu 9am – 10pm – Fri/Sat

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