What’s on this Weekend – 14th – 16th Dec 2018

Written by on December 15, 2018

Celebrating the spirit of Christmas at Ballycultra
Saturday 1 – Friday 21 December
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, Bangor, BT18 0EU
£: Adult £11, children £12
T: 028 9042 8428
W: CultraStep back in time and join us for a truly traditional Christmas experience this year at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum.  Visit the town of Ballycultra as we bring it to life and celebrate a traditional Edwardian Christmas.

Christmas at Ark Open Farm
Various dates in December
The Ark Open Farm, Bangor Road, Newtownards, BT23 7PH
£: adult £6.50; child £11 (includes gift from Santa)
T: 028 9182 0445
W: Ark Open Farm
Visit Santa at the Ark Open Farm and meet his real reindeer. Santa visits are available each Saturday & Sunday from 1 December. Santa also welcomes late night visitors on Thursday and Friday evenings at 5, 6 or 7pm but please book with him first!
See website for full details of Christmas events.

Christmas at Castle Espie
Daily until 23 December
Castle Espie, 78 Ballydrain Road, Comber. BT23 6EA
£: All Activity is included in cost of admission
T: 028 9187 4146
W: Castle Espie

This Christmas season, reconnect with nature and enjoy festive fun for all ages at Castle Espie.
Enjoy Christmas crafts, festive treats in the Kingfisher Kitchen and countless photo opportunities around the reserve and centre. Help Santa find his missing reindeer around the reserve and write letters to Santa Claus.
Our festive favourite – Storytelling in the Roundhouse, with delicious toasted marshmallows to enjoy too – will return this year, running on Saturday and Sundays from the 8th – 23rd December.

Santa at Pickie Fun Park
Saturday 1 – Wednesday 26 December
Pickie Fun Park, Marine Gardens, Bangor/ 2pm-4pm Saturday and Sunday only
£:  Free Entry, charge for activities
T:  028 9145 0746
W: Pickie Fun Park

Traditional Irish Bread Making
Friday 14 December/10.30am – 1pm
52a Ballymorran Road, Killinchy, BT23 6UD
£: £50
T: 028 9754 3224
W: NI Food Tours
Learn how to make traditional Irish breads and traybakes in Tracey’s thatched cottage on the shore of Strangford Lough, then savour the fruits of your labours, served with tea/coffee, local butter and homemade jams.  Take away a bag of tasty treats to enjoy later along with the recipes so you can recreate your masterpieces at home.

Bangor Collectors and Militaria Fairs
Saturday 15 December
First Bangor Presbyterian Church Halls

Artisan Food Fair
Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 December/10am – 4pm
Orange Tree House, Greyabbey
£: Free
T: 028 4278 8103
W: Orangetreehouse
A great opportunity to buy local artisan produce for the festive season in the lovely surroundings of Orange Tree House at this Ards Business Centre event.

‘Cancelled due to adverse weather conditions’
Sundown Market
Saturday 15 December/ 3pm-9pm
Project24, Queen’s Parade, Bangor, BT20 3BJ
£: Free Entry
W: Sundown Market Project 24 Welcomes the Sundown Market back to bangor this December. The Christmas market will offer such delights as gourmet street food, live music and a pop-up pub and prossecco bar! Sample food from artisan food companies and some local offerings from Bangor eateries.
Ards and North Down Borough Council and Open House Festival regret that due to the extremely poor weather forecast for this coming Saturday (15 December), including heavy rain and winds of up to 60mph, a decision has been made to postpone the Sundown Market at Project 24.
The Market will be rescheduled for Saturday 16 March 2019.
We are disappointed at having to postpone but have made this decision in the interest of the safety of everyone involved.

Festive Vintage Afternoon Tea at Cultra Manor
Sunday 16 December/ 1pm-5pm
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum,153 Bangor Rd, Holywood, BT18 0EY
£: £25 pps /Early Booking is advised to avoid disappointment.
T: 028 9039 5108/511
W: Afternoon TeaChristmas is all about get-togethers with loved ones. As part of your party season planning, why not include a decadent Festive Vintage Afternoon Tea at the beautiful Cultra Manor at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum.

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