What’s on this weekend – 26th & 27th May 2018

Written by on May 25, 2018

Friday 25 to Monday 28 May
Portico, Portaferry, BT22 1LE
£: varies
T: 028 4272 8808
W: www.porticoards.com
Portaferry’s classical music festival presents a stellar programme of national and international musicians playing in the intimate and unique surroundings of Portico with its excellent acoustics.
Friday 7.30pm Michael McHale, piano, OPENING CONCERT – FREE but still ticketed
Saturday 2pm Patrick Rafter, international award winning violinist
Saturday 7.30pm Gala Concert: The Tallis Scholars, a capella vocal ensemble
Sunday 2pm Thibaut Garcia, virtuoso classical guitarist
Sunday 7.30pm The Ficino Ensemble, chamber music by Ireland’s leading ensemble
Monday 11am Daniel Cook, Organist of Durham Cathedral and international recitalist
Monday 2pm Kathryn Rudge, multi-award-winning mezzo-soprano and BBC New Generation artist

Sailaway Saturday
Saturday 26 May/2pm
Portaferry Hotel, Portaferry
£: £75
T: 028 4272 8231
W: www.portaferryhotel.com
You will be welcomed with a glass of bubbly before boarding the St. Brendan for a 2-hour leisure cruise of Strangford Lough. On board you will 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!

Ards Puppet Festival
Saturday 26 – Monday 28 May/Saturday & Monday 11am – 5pm; Sunday 1-5pm
Ards Arts Centre & Conway Square, Newtownards, BT23 4NP
£: Most free; Big Top events £2
T: 028 91810803
W: ardsarts.com
Northern Ireland’s only Puppet Festival is back with a bang in 2018 with the biggest festival yet! With a variety of scheduled performances, puppet workshops and plenty of quirky characters to meet, there’s something for everyone!
Full programme https://bit.ly/2Hse0Bo

Sundown Market at Project 24
Saturday 26 May/ 3pm-9pm
Project 24, Queen’s Parade, Bangor, BT20 3BH
£: Free
T: 028 9127 0069
W: www.facebook.com/ openhousefestival
Ards and North Down Borough Council and Open House Festival will be bringing local independent producers and some of Bangor’s best eateries together with live music and artisan side stalls to Bangor Seafront.  Artisan stalls selling the best of local produce, from hand crafted cheeses and chutneys to pasture fed beef and heritage vegetables.  Hot street food selection, from Bangor Bay crab linguine to wood-fired pizza to smash burgers from On The Hoof.  Pop-up pub and craft beer bar from The Salty Dog plus a cocktail and prosecco van.  Comber Farmers’ Market.  Live stage featuring local music, DJ sets and the Open House Festival Choir.  Bangor Ukes Jam and Record Fair.  Pod artists plus visiting crafters and artisan makers.

Tea with the Lord coach tour
Saturday 26 May/1 – 4.30pm
Ballywalter Park
£: £18
T: 028 9182 6846
W: visitardsandnorthdown.com
Embrace this superb opportunity to visit Ballywalter House, the beautiful stately home of the Dunleath family for over 150 years. Become a member of the gentry for the afternoon as the affable Lord Dunleath guides you around his remarkable home, and joins you for a chat over tea and a treat in the historic conservatory of Ballywalter House.
Tour departs by coach from Ards Visitor Information Centre, BT23 4AD

Ulster Gardens Scheme Open Garden
Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 May/2-5pm
Mr & Mrs Nelson McCracken, Queen Mary House, 13 Rowreagh Road, Kircubbin, BT22 1AS
£: £4
W: ulstergardensscheme.org.uk

A 4.5 acre garden occupying an enviable position on the shores of Strangford Lough and offering panoramic views of the Lough.  Over three acres are under cultivation with extensive planting of bulbs, perennials, mixed shrubs and trees.  There is also a pond and vegetable garden.  Good use has been made of natural rock outcrops.  This is a mature garden which continues to develop creatively.  Mostly suitable for wheelchairs.  Plant stalls. Teas.

Mary Feeney at Art In the Loft
Saturday 26 May
Portaferry Visitor Information Centre, The Stables, Portaferry, BT221NZ.
£: Free
T: 022 427 29882
W: Visitardsandnorthdown.com
The artist Mary Feeney will be in the Loft Gallery at Portaferry VIC next Saturday 26th May between 2-4pm doing some painting demonstrations!
Mary will be demonstrating her various painting techniques and skills.
Her exhibition- ‘Connecting with the Land’ consists of oil paintings depict the rugged beauty of counties Donegal and Down.

Saturday 26 May – Sunday 17 June
WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, 78 Ballydrain Road, Comber, BT23 6EA
£: Free
T: 028 9187 4146
W: www.wwt.org.uk/wetland- centres/castle-espie

The second annual exhibition of work by members of Sam Fleming’s painting class.

Clandeboye Estate Open Day
Sunday 27 May/ 12 noon – 5pm
Clandeboye Estate, Bangor, BT19 1RN
T: 028 9185 3457
£: £5 Kids: Free
W: www.clandeboye.co.uk
Featuring local food producers, crafts, activities for children and live music.
​Bring the whole family for a fun day out and don’t miss the opportunity to explore one of Northern Ireland’s few remaining private estates.
Dogs are permitted however, they must be kept on a lead at all times.
Two entrances, main Belfast to Bangor Road & Ballysallagh Road

Owl Man at Castle Espie
Sunday 27 May, 12noon-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.

Push the Boat Out – Portaferry Sailing Club
Sunday 27 May/10am – 3pm
£: Free
T: 07877 160234
W: www.rya.org.uk/programmes/ push-the-boat-out/
For ages 8+
Morning Session 10am – 12 Noon Aimed at young people and giving them an opportunity to try sailing in a dinghy, or take a turn in a rib or motorboat. Afternoon Session 1pm – 3pm Aimed at everyone young and old and giving them an opportunity to try sailing in a keelboat or a cruiser, or to take a turn in a rib or motorboat.

Jazz in the Garden
Sunday 27 May/2-4.30 pm
Mount Stewart, Portaferry Road, Newtownards, BT22 2AD
£: Normal admission
T: 028 4278 8387
W: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ mountstewart/

Bring your picnic and settle down on the lawn with your family and friends to enjoy an afternoon of jazz in the beautiful gardens at Mount Stewart.  Sorry no BBQs.

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