What’s on this weekend – 8th & 9th Sept 2018

Written by on September 8, 2018

Walks and Tours in Ards AND North Down

Explore Ards and North Down through a unique series of tours.
The following tours are upcoming and allow you to experience some of the wonderful sights and attractions the area has to offer. Book now so you don’t miss out!There are a large range of other walks available, click here to find out more.

Aspects Festival 2018
Saturday 1 – Sunday 30 September
Various locations in Bangor, BT20 4BT
£: Various prices
T: 028 9127 1200
W: Aspects

Join us at Northern Ireland’s longest running literature festival to celebrate the written word!

The programme this year offers something for everyone and every age, from poetry to prose, from journalism to wellbeing, from drama to the visual arts.

Donaghadee Lights Up Festival
Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 September
Location: Various locations through Donaghadee
For more information see website.
T: 028 9182 6846
W: DonaghadeeLightsUp

Hidden Ulster Walking Tours of Donaghadee 
Fri 7 Sept: 7pm- 8pm
Sat 8 Sept: 11am – 12noon
£: £3

Rowing Club Regetta
Sat 8 Sept: 9am – 1pm

Cleland Memorial Pipe Band
Sat  9 Sept: 6pm – 7pm
£: Free

Brian Kennedy and Eddi Reader in concert
with fireworks finale
Sat 8 Sept: 7.30pm – 9.30pm
£: Free

Family Fun at Portaferry Visitor Information Centre
Saturday 8 September (part of EHOD)
Saturday 2pm – 4pm
Portaferry VIC, The Stables, Castle Street, Portaferry, BT22 1NZ
£: Free
T: 028 4272 9882
W: Portaferry
Join Captain Jack’s Nautical Knot Workshop and have a go at Wonderful Crafts and Planting Seeds Workshop

European Heritage Open Day (EHOD)
Saturday 8 September andSunday 9 September
Free Entrance to Properties and Events
This year European Heritage Open Days will take place on 8 and 9 September.
The theme for EHOD this year is “The Art of Sharing”, as heritage buildings are shaped by history and people and their authenticity is derived through the connections with community development.
Check out website for all those that are open in the area.

Comber Show
Saturday 8 September from 1.30pm
First Presbyterian Church Halls, High Street, Comber
£: £1; children free
T: 028 9187 2868
Comber and District Horticultural Society presents the annual Comber Show.

European Heritage Open Day – Bangor Castle and North Down Museum
Saturday 8 September/ 11am-3pm
North Down Museum, Castle Park, Bangor
£: Free
T: 028 9127 1200
W: North Down Museum
EHOD 2018 will be a highlight of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, an initiative of the European Commission to promote a greater awareness of our shared cultural heritage.
We will have re-enactments, craft demonstrations, storytelling, tours and lots more, telling the interesting story of this elegant building and the surrounding area.

North Down Craft Collective Early Autumn Market
Saturday 8 September/ 10am-4pm
The Old Holywood School, Church Road, Holywood
£: £1
W: North Down Craft Collective
This month’s charity partner…STOREHOUSE.  The £1 entrance fee at our September market will go directly to the charity or, alternatively please bring a donation of dried or tinned food.Volunteers will be on hand throughout the day with further information

Greyabbey House Gardens
Saturday 8 September / 2.00pm
£: £5
T: 0330 333 5302
W: Woodland Trust
Here’s an opportunity to explore the magnificent private gardens of Grey Abbey House, set against the backdrop of Strangford Lough on the Ards Peninsula.
The invitation comes from owners William and Daphne Montgomery.
Visitors, for one day only, can enjoy the grounds of this 17th century demesne, with every penny of the entrance fee supporting the work of conservation charity the Woodland Trust.
The formal gardens are breath-taking – while the mature parkland, lake, and remains of a Cistercian abbey add to an unmissable afternoon.
Booking is recommended, though not essential.

Saturday 8 September / 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Portico, Portaferry, BT22 1LE
£: £17; under 25’s £5
T: 028 4272 8808
W: Sestina
Sestina presents an all-male vocal ensemble for this exciting programme of Renaissance music, featuring the music of lesser known composers Gombert and Vinders alongside more established masters of the period. The programme explores music from England and the low countries that reflects on the frailty of life, encompassing a wide range of musical styles and sonorities. At the centre of the programme is John Seppard’s masterpiece Media Vita: epic in scale and proportion, it is a musical meditation on the fleeting nature of life.

Shearwater Eco Tours – The Art of Walking
Sunday 9 September/ 3pm – 5.30pm
Meet at Ballyholme Beach Car Park, Bangor
T: 028 9127 0069
W: Shearwater Tours
.A walk for artists and creatives following in the footsteps of walking and environmental artists, experiencing one of the lowest tides of the year and the genius loci of a distinctive, ecologically rich part of the North Down coast. You will be asked to participate in a range of creative activities providing opportunities for individual and group work… so in other words, be prepared to muck in! Robust waterproof footwear and a camera if you wish to document work.Not suitable for children or dogs.

Open Art at Project 24
Sunday 9 September/ 2pm-4pm
Project 24, Queen’s Parade, Bangor
£: Free
T: 028 9127 0069
W: Project 24
Enjoy an afternoon of creativity, imagination and pure pleasure at Project 24 on Sunday 09 September 2018. Come along to ‘Open Art – Purveyors of Pleasure & Creativity’ and let the amazing art delight and inspire you, with live music and refreshments to relax and revive you.  With opportunities to purchase artwork, get involved with local art clubs, find out about local art classes and take part in fun painting and art activities. Don’t forget to pack a picnic and invite your friends!

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