What’s on this weekend – 26th – 28th Oct 2018

Written by on October 26, 2018

The Dark Side of Ballycultra
Thursday 25 – Saturday 27 October/Tours are at 6.30pm and 8.30pm
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, Holywood, Down, BT18 0EU
T: 0845 608 0000
W: BallycultraThere’s no scarier way to spend your Halloween evenings than taking a terrifying tour around Ballycultra. Not for the faint hearted, experience this stroll around the lamp-lit streets of Ballycultra town where strange and sometimes ghostly happenings occur. Come and discover the stories that we don’t normally tell our visitors. Places are limited so booking in advance is essential.  Children over 12 years of age are welcome if not easily scared!

Fundraiser, Coffee and Crafts
Friday 26 October/ 11am-1pm
Elim Church, 13 Balloo Crescent, Bangor,  BT19 7WP
In aid of Hollie Massey.  Hollie is a 13 year old girl suffering from a rare brain tumor.  Hollie is suitable for surgery in the USA as it is not available in the UK.  However this life saving surgery costs £115,000.  All donations are greatly appreciated.

Traditional Irish Bread Making
Friday 26 October & Saturday 3 November /10.30am – 1pm
£: £50
T: 028 9754 3224
W: NI Food Tours
52a Ballymorran Road, Killinchy, BT23 6UD
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.

Brendan Popplestone and Silver Fish
Friday 26 October/8pm
Ards Arts Centre, Conway Square, Newtownards, BT23 4NP
£: £7 BYOB; no spirits please
T:  028 9181 0803
W: .Ards Arts
Friday Night Live; Bring a bottle, sit back, relax and enjoy the best affordable live music in town.  Loyalty cards now available – book 4 FNL concerts and receive the 5th free!
Brendan Popplestone and Silver Fish are all about joining in with fun jazzy music,  They perform original and borrowed material which nods to the music of many different parts of the worlds while retaining a local flavour.

Hallowe’en Fun at Mount Stewart
Sat 27 – Wednesday 31 October/11am – 3pm
Mount Stewart, Portaferry Road,
Newtownards, BT22 2AD
T; 028 4278 8387
£: normal admission
W: Mount Stewart
Dare you venture to Mount Stewart for five days of craft and Hallowe’en fun?  Hear the story of the Magic Ink Pot, explore the grounds on the Ink Pot trail and discover our natural play area, all dressed in your spooky best.

Haunted Hub at Project 24
Saturday 27 October/ 6pm-8pm
Project 24, Queen’s Parade, Bangor
£: Free
T: 028 9127 0069
W: Project 24
Costume contests, pumpkin carving, tricks and treats – you name it, we’ve got ot at Project 24 this Halloween. There’s something for everyone.  Dust the cobwebs from your best costume and get ready to dance the demons. With a host of horror activities for all the family to enjoy, creepy crawly petting, messy crafts, candy apple creation, face painting, competitions and much more.

Seapark Fireworks
Saturday 27 October/ 4pm-9pm (Fireworks 8pm)
Seapark Recreation Grounds, Seapark Rd, Holywood, BT18 0LH
£: Free
T: 028 9127 0069
W: Seapark FireworksCome on down with friends and family for what is always a great evening out. Wrap up warm against the brisk Seapark air to enjoy the children’s funfair and live music by local band,  The Jukes. A selection of Food stalls packed with delicious bites will be on hand to help take the chill off.  The excitement culmiates for the always impressive fireworks display at 8pm, set to a music soundtrack. Remember to bring a torch to navigate the grounds, finding the perfect spot to view the display.  The fun continues until 9pm.  Please note, parking is limited. The nearest train station is Marino or Holywood, with a short stroll from each station to the event.

Hallowe’en at Exploris
Saturday 27 October
Exploris, Castle Street, Portaferry, BT22 1NZ
£: normal admission
T: 028 4272 8062
W: Exploris
Join us on for our Hallowe’en events on Saturday 27th October – Spooky Sea Serpents & Scarium Secrets. Follow the trick and treat trail but watch out for those pesky pirates who have captured all the treasure.
Why not come dressed in your scariest costume for your chance to win prizes. We’ll also have face painters here to create some wonderful transformations to ensure you have a memorable day.
Whilst at Exploris don’t forget to explore Jiggly Jellies, a two tier aquatic themed indoor soft play area with distinct zones for babies, toddlers and juniors up to 8 years old. Jiggly Jellies is packed with a host of exciting features including slides, ball pools, climbers, swings and roller squeezers and is guaranteed to provide endless fun for the little ones….med indoor soft play area with distinct zones for babies, toddlers and juniors up to 8 years old.

Hallowe’en at the Ark Open Farm
Sat 27 – Wednesday 31 October/11am – 4pm
The Ark Open Farm, Newtownards, BT23 7PH
T: 028 9182 0445
£: see website
W: Ark Farm
Spooky Hallowe’en at the Ark Open Farm.
Come on down between Saturday and Wednesday for our annual Halloween event but this year with something a bit different.  Plus Dinosaur Days Monday 29 – Wednesday 31 October
Adults £5.50 Children £8( price includes all activities listed below)
Everyday we will have
● pumpkin hunt to win a chocolate lolly
○ spooky witches stories
● visit the really creepy crawly loft animals
○ take a ride on the Spooky train ride
● See what’s lurking within the fairytale forest
○ Spider buns and blood juice
●do you dare cuddle the baby rabbits and chicks! Plus all the usual fun of the farm

Spellbound Festival at Castle Espie
Sat 27 – Wednesday 31 October/10am – 5pm
Castle Espie Wetland Centre, Ballydrain Road, Comber, BT23 6EA
£: See website
T: 028 9187 4146
W: Castle Espie
There’s plenty of frightful fun for you to discover this Halloween at Castle Espie.
Hop on your broomstick this Halloween and experience the incredible journey Brent Geese make from the Arctic to Castle Espie, with Broomstick Flight Training (booking required, see below).
New for 2018, you’ll need to watch need to watch out for predators during this interactive migration course – land safely and you’ll get to take your own broomstick pilot license home with you.
You can also experience the spookier side of wetland wildlife, with our NEW Beastly Bat trail. Are you brave enough to see what’s lurking inside each box?
Plus, face painters, snakes courtesy of Karl Mantella’s roadshow, new pumpkin games and spooky stories in the Crannog! Full programme:

Sat 27 – Wed 31 Oct
All day NEW Beastly Bat Trail
All day Pumpkin games

Mon 29 – Wed 31 Oct
11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm NEW Broomstick Flight Training*
Maximum 25 children per session. Booking required – contact: info.castleespie@wwt.org.ukor call 028 9187 4146
11am – 3pm Spooky story-telling in the Crannog (stories held on the hour)
12noon – 4pm Meet reptiles and snakes
12noon – 4pm Bat box craft and face-painting

The Mighty Pumpkin Hunt 
Sat 27 – Wednesday 31 October/
excluding Sunday – business hours only
Newtownards town centre
£: Free
T: 028 9182 6846
W: Ards Chamber
Let your munchkins find the pumpkins.  Ards Chamber of Trade needs your help!  This Hallowe’en, pumpkins are taking over Newtownards.  Find the clue in each shop window to help break the spell and send the pumpkins back to their patch.
To be in with a chance of winning some terrific prizes simply visit the spooky shops, hunt out the missing letter in their windows, complete the puzzle and submit your entry at Ards Visitor Information Centre, 31 Regent Street.  Additional entry forms can be collected from Ards Arts Centre, Conway Square, Newtownards.

Nosferatu with organist Richard Hills
Saturday 27 October/7.30pm
Portico, Meeting House Street,
Portaferry BT22 1LE
£: 15 (under 25s £5)
T: 028 4272 8808
W: Portico
We are delighted to welcome back the astonishing talent of organist Richard Hills to provide a live improvised organ accompaniment to the classic horror film Nosferatu.

How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse
Saturday 27 October/ 8pm-11pm
North Down Museum, Castle Park, Bangor, BT20 4BT
£: Age Range: 18+/ £10
T: 028 9127 1200
W: North Down Museum
A night of traditional skills, music, drink… and zombies!  A world without internet, electricity, heating, coffee shops. Could you survive? The pandemic has begun and the zombie herd is heading towards Bangor.  Your skills will be tested in North Down Museum with archery and traditional craft challenges. Can you complete the tests before the Zombies attack? Don’t worry – we’ll have live music, ‘thriller’ dance moves, and a fully-stocked bar to help get you through the night.  Zombie-survival dress encouraged.

Halloween at Cockle Row Cottages
Sunday 28 October/ Cottages open 11am-5pm/ Entertainment 1pm-5pm
Groomsport Harbour, Main Street, Groomsport, BT19 6JP
£: Free
T: 028 9127 0069
W: Cockle RowThemed creepy crafts, Plant and Play nature workshop, Tales of the wild animal roadshow and Geordie’s music box will be providing traditional live music.  Cockle Row Cottage itself is an interesting place, housing a small museum and visitor information centre with shop – see how fishermen lived in the 1700’s, listen to local tales from our expert advisors and take in the hospitality of the local village.

Kris Drever
Sunday 28 October/7.30pm
Portico, Meeting House Street,
Portaferry, BT22 1LE
£: 15
T: 028 4272 8808
W: Portico
Kris Drever is one of the Scotland’s finest and most prolific songwriters.
Returning to Ireland following his acclaimed If Wishes Were Horses album and awards for BBC Folk Awards Best Singer and Best Original Song, much of 2018 has been spent touring playing a best of his career to date set and preparing a new album with Lau.  This is a rare chance to see Kris in an intimate concert setting where he will be joined onstage by John Blek.  “Kris Drever is a serious talent” — MOJO

Hallowe’en Ghost Trains at Drumawhey Junction Railway
Sunday 28 October/1-5pm
Upper Gransha Road, Four Road Ends, Donaghadee, BT21 0LZ
£: Child £2; Adult £3; Family £17 (4 adults and 4 children)
W: Drumawhey Junction
The Hallowe’en ghost trains have become a popular event – each child in Hallowe’en costume gets one free ride when accompanied by a paying adult.

Red Squirrel Walk and Talk
Monday 29 October/9-11am
Mount Stewart, Portaferry Road, Newtownards, BT22 2AD
£: Normal admission
T: 028 4278 8387
W: Mount Stewart
Special early entry guided red squirrel walk with the area ranger.  Please note this event takes place outside.  Meet at the Lookout by the main car park.  Booking essential.

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