What’s on this weekend – 18th & 19th August 2018

Written by on August 18, 2018

28th Anniversary Fun at Ark Open Farm
Monday 13 – Sunday 19 August/11am – 4pm (opens 2pm on Sundays)
The Ark Open Farm, 296a Bangor Road, Newtownards, BT23 7PH
£: normal admission
T: 028 9182 0445
W: Ark
A week long family fun event to celebrate Ark Farm’s 28th anniversary.  Enjoy friendly animals, an inflatable assault course, carnival games and more.

Clandeboye Festival
Friday 17 – Saturday 25 August
Clandeboye Estate, Belfast Rd, Bangor, BT19 1RN
£: Evening £20-£30, Lunchtime, £6, Student/young person £5
T: 028 9042 7600
W: Clandeboye Festival
Artistic Director, Barry Douglas and Camerata Ireland bring their annual classical music festival to the unique surroundings of the Clandeboye Estate with the theme of folk music’s influence on classical music. International artists will tutor young musicians from throughout Ireland and they can be heard in a special concert.  Lunchtime and evening concerts throughout the extended 10 day Festival.  International concert artists will tutor and perform in the evenings and at lunchtimes in the Chapel.

Groomsport Music and Fireworks
Saturday 18 August/ 6.30pm-10pm
Groomsport Harbour
£: Free
T: 028 9127 0069
W: Groomsport Music and Fireworks
A fantastic evening of live music, family entertainment and fireworks at Groomsport Harbour
Join us on Saturday 18 August at Groomsport for an evening of live music, family entertainment and a spectacular fireworks finale.  This year’s headline act will be Mack Fleetwood a Fleetwood Mac tribute band supported by Wookalily .The event will be compered by mentalist, magician and musician Joel Mawhinney.  Cockle Row Cottages are open from 11am-8pm with free family fun between 2-4pm.   Funfair open from 4pm (charges apply). Free late night bus departing from Groomsport’s Main Street at 10.30pm and 11pm going to Bangor Bus Station.

Solar Day at Castle Espie
Saturday 18 August/2 – 5pm
Castle Espie Wetland Centre, Ballydrain Road, Comber, BT23 6EA
£: Free
T: 028 9187 4146
W: Castle Espie
Join the Irish Astronomical Association and take a closer look at the sun through their special telescopes. Weather permitting, you may see giant sunspots or even great ejections of superheated gas thrown from the sun’s surface!
Watch a Star Show inside a mobile Stardome, courtesy of Armagh Planetarium and visit a fascinating exhibition of astronomy material, including meteorites.
Star Shows will take place at 2pm, 2.45pm, 3.30pm and 4.15pm.

Sailaway Saturday
Saturday 18 August/2pm
Portaferry Hotel, Portaferry
£: £75
T: 028 4272 8231
W: PortaferryHotel
You will be welcomed with a glass of fizz before boarding the St. Brendan for a 2-hour leisure cruise of Strangford Lough. On board, enjoy live music, picnic nibbles washed down with the best of craft ale, wine or premium spirits (max 4 per person).  Back on dry land, enjoy a 2-course meal in the hotel with Live Music! Add B&B from only £30 per person to make a night of it!

Portaferry Triathlon
Saturday 18 August/12.45pm
Shorefront, Portaferry,
£: Free
T: 028 4272 9882
W: Triathlon
Watch the intrepid triathletes swim the Narrows of Strangford Lough before undertaking a 21.5km cycle through the beautiful Co Down countryside and a 5km run. Onshore activities will keep the children amused. Start is approximately 12.45 pm (dependent on tides) leaving Strangford.  Welcome them ashore at Portaferry.

Bangor Collectors and Militaria Fairs
Saturday 18 August
First Bangor Presbyterian Church Halls, Main Street, Bangor, Co Down, BT20 4AG,

Millisle Sandcastle Extravaganza
Saturday 18 August/1.30pm
Ballywalter Road Beach,  Millisle
£: Free
T: 07719 339953
W: Millisle Youth ForumBallywalter Road Beach (beside the car park) is the venue for the seventh year of the Sandcastle Extravangaza. Starting at 13.30 with the Sandcastle Competition (over seen by Tony Hawkins our Sandsculpture  Master), followed by traditional Arts & Crafts, Beach Games, Sand Art and lots more.

Brought to you by Millisle Youth Forum with the support of Ards and North Down Borough Council Community Festivals Fund.

Tastings at the Temple – Wine
Saturday 18 August/7.30 – 10.30pm
Mount Stewart, Portaferry Road, Newtownards, BT22 2AD
£: £50
T: 028 4278 8387
W: Mount Stewart
Do you know your Riesling from your Sauvignon Blanc?  Join us for an evening of fine wines in the stunning Temple of the Winds whilst sampling some of the white wine delights from local suppliers.  Over 18s only.  Booking essential.

Panasonic Roadshow at Mount Stewart
Saturday 18 August/10am – 4pm
Mount Stewart, Portaferry Road, Newtownards, BT22 2AD
£: Free
T: 028 4278 8387
W: Mount Stewart
Get top tips for taking a great photo, have a quick portrait taken or perhaps borrow one of the exciting new “4K Lumix” cameras and chat about the latest technology.  The Panasonic Ambassadors invite you to a free photography walkabout around the grounds getting hints and tips along the way (weather dependent).

Newtownards Priory
Saturday 18 & Saturday 25 August/2pm
Newtownards Priory, Court Street, Newtownards
£: Adult £5; child £3
W: Priory tour
Come along to Newtownards Priory for a special access tour and learn about the history of this beautiful site. These tours will last approximately 1 hour and will be led by archaeologist Tom McErlean.
Tours will commence promptly at the entrance to the priory, please allow time for parking and be on site at least 5 minutes prior to your tour time.  Booking through link above.

Ards Allotment Open Day
Saturday 18th August 2018/10am-4 pm
100 Comber Road Newtownards BT23 4QS
£: Free
T: 07803127377
W: Ards Allotments
Paula McIntyre will be there to give a cookery demonstration at 1pm using the vegetables and fruit from the plots.
Free hot dogs and Teas will be available and are being sponsored by McKee Country Store.

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