What’s on this weekend – 2nd & 3rd June 2018

Written by on June 2, 2018

Family Fun at Cockle Row Cottages 

Entertainment every Saturday & Sunday 2pm-4pm, Cottages open 11am-5pm
Cockle Row Cottages, Main Street, Groomsport, BT19 6GH
£: Free
T: 028 9127 0069
W: www.visitardsandnorthdown.com
Saturday 2 June – Traditional Crafts,  Balloon Modelling
Sunday 3 June – Magic Show Aldo
Saturday 9 June – Mr Hulaballoo puppet show
Sunday 10 June – Tales of the Wild Animal Roadshow , Sand Crafts

Shearwater Eco Tours – Closer to Nature 1

Wednesday 30 May/6pm-8pm
Meeting point Ballyholme Beach Car Park, Banks Lane, Bangor
£: £6
T: 028 9127 0069 to book tickets
W: www.visitardsandnorthdown
Get to know the wildlife of North Down’s coastline better on a gentle evening’s walk.
Unsuitable for Children & Dogs.

Harmony Live Holywood

Friday 1- Sunday 3 June
Holywood Rugby Club, Belfast Road, BT18 9EH
£: www.wegottickets.com. Tickets are also available from Homebird Café, Garry’s Barber Shop or The Stoker’s Halt in Holywood.
Harmony Live Holywood presents three nights of great music.  The festival aims to show how communities can live in harmony – and what better way to bring people together than through the power of music?

Brilliant Birds Trail

Friday 1 – Saturday 30 June
WWT Castle Espie, Ballydrain Road, Comber, BT23 6EA
£: included in admission
T: 028 9187 4146
W: www.wwt.org.uk/wetland- centres/castle-espie
Can you find all the brilliant birds hiding around our stunning reserve?
Pick up your map at reception and see how many you can count during this outdoor trail – New for 2018.
There are ten to find in total. Don’t forget to take a picture en-route and tag us using #BrilliantBirds for your chance to win a prize.
Castle Espie Wetland Centre is home to Ireland’s largest collection of native and exotic bird species.

Drama at Inish

Friday 1 & Saturday 2 June/8pm
Web Theatre, North Street, Newtownards, BT23 4DE
£: £10.50/£8.50
T: 028 9182 8234
W: webtheatre.biz
Comedy by Lennox Robinson set in an Irish seaside town in the 1930’s.

Studio Symphony Orchestra

Saturday 2 June/ 8pm
St Comgall’s Parish Centre, Brunswick Road, Bangor
£: £12 and £10 concession
T: 028 9127 0069
Conductor: David Openshaw/ Leader: Ottoline Maas
Rossini  –  Italian Girl in Algiers, Tchaikovsky  –  Serenade for Strings, Beethoven  –  Symphony No.3

“On the Edge” – an exhibition by Ceramicist Mary Pearson

Saturday 2 June – Sunday 1 July
The Loft Gallery, Portaferry VIC, The Stables, Castle Street, Portaferry BT22 1NZ
£: Free
T: 028 4272 9882
W: visitardsandnorthdown.com
Exhibition by local ceramic artist Mary Pearson featuring mixed media pieces in clay, ceramic and plant fibres.

Late medieval tower houses in Co Down – an exhibition

Saturday 2 June – Saturday 28 July
The Space, Ards Visitor Information Centre, 31 Regent Street, Newtownards. BT23 4AD
£: Free
T: 028 9182 6846
W: www.visitardsandnorthdown.com
An exhibition by Department for Communities on the late medieval tower houses which are such a feature of the area around Strangford Lough and Lecale.

ForM Exhibition – Bangor Castle Walled Garden

Saturday 2 June – 24 June
Bangor Castle Walled Garden, Castle Park, Bangor, BT20 4BT
T: 028 9181 0813
W: www.ardsarts.com
The ForM Sculpture Exhibition showcases works from an array of artists in the beautiful surroundings of Bangor Castle’s Walled Garden. The sculptures, inspired by the garden, will give visitors a unique experience and the opportunity to see art in a different context.  A visit to Bangor Castle Walled Garden is a real escape and the sculptures enhance this experience even further.

Car Bazaar

Saturday 2 June/9am – 12 noon
Mount Stewart, Portaferry Road, Newtownards, BT22 2AD
£: Car £5; Van £10; Trailer £15
T: 028 4278 8387
W: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ mountstewart/
Come along and sell your unwanted items or browse around the many stalls and pick up a few treasures.  Gates open from 7am for set up.  Please see website for T&C.

St Brendan Sea Safari

Saturday 2 June/10am – 12.30pm
Mount Stewart, Portaferry Road, Newtownards, BT22 2AD
£: Adult 15; Child £5
T: 028 4278 8387
W: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ mountstewart/
A treat for all the family as we take a voyage on Strangford Lough to view seals, seabirds, and other wildlife at this internationally important marine site.  Please bring waterproofs.  Meet at Portaferry. Booking essential.

Traditional Irish Bread Making 

Saturday 2 June/10.30am – 1pm
52a Ballymorran Road, Killinchy, BT23 6UD
£: £50
T: 028 9754 3224
W: www.nifoodtours.com
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.

Pond Dipping Weekend

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 June/ 1-4pm
WWT Castle Espie Ballydrain Road, Comber, BT23 6EA
£: included in admission
T: 028 9187 4146
W: www.wwt.org.uk/wetland- centres/castle-espie
Discover the creatures which live in our ponds during the second mega pond dip of the year.
Our new and improved pond zone now contains a state of the art aqua tank and underwater camera, so you can see exactly what lies beneath.
Suitable for children of all ages (and big kids too!), you could uncover creatures like diving beetles and their larvae, water boatmen and many others!

Shearwater Eco Tours – Summer Birds

Sunday 3 June/ 1pm-3pm
Meeting Point at Groomsport Harbour Car Park
£: £6
T: 028 9127 0069 to book tickets
W: www.visitardsandnorthdown.com
Identifying birds, their features and habits; taking time to admire three species of terns and more besides on a walk from Ballymacormick Point to Orlock and back a distance of three miles. Some parts of this walk are uneven.  Not suitable for children or dogs.

Drumawhey Junction Railway

Sunday 3 June/1-5pm
£: Child £2; Adult £3; Family £17 (4 adults and 4 children)
W: www.drumawhey.com
A miniature railway operating steam, petrol hydraulic, diesel hydraulic and electric locomotives. The line is the longest 71/4” gauge railway in Ireland. The layout allows a variety of routes. An interesting journey of approximately 15 minutes is provided.
The railway captures the atmosphere of a full sized railway. There is a station, signal cabin, engine and coach sheds, bridges, cuttings, tunnel and a level crossing. It’s a great adventure for little ones – and for the older railway enthusiast!

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