What’s on this weekend – 23-25th March 2018

Written by on March 24, 2018

Helen’s Bay Players present “Murder in Play” a comedy by

Simon Brett

Thursday 22 March – Saturday 24 March/8pm

St John’s Church Hall, Fort Road, Helen’s Bay
£: £10 (complimentary tea/coffee at interval)
T: 028 9127 0069
W: www.ticketsource.co.uk/ardsandnorthdown
A murder mystery comedy which challenges the audience to sort the wheat from the chaff and find the murderer before the intriguing denouement. Put on your detective hats and join us!

FNL – Anthony Toner

Friday 23 (sold out) & Saturday 24 March/8pm

Ards Arts Centre, Conway Square, Newtownards, BT23 4NP £: 7 BYOB (no spirits please)
T: 028 91810803
W: ardsarts.com

Anthony Toner returns to Ards Art Centre in 2018 with some new songs under his belt and applause still ringing in his ears from the success of his last album Ink.
As always, expect songs full of heart and insight, stories from the road and peerless guitar playing from one of Northern Ireland’s “elder statesmen of song”.

Commemorative Concert

Friday 23 March/7pm

Somme Museum, Bangor Road, Newtownards, BT23 7PH £: £10
T: 028 9182 3202
W: sommeassociation.com

The 1918 Spring Offensive or Kaiserschlacht (Kaiser’s Battle), also known as the Ludendorff Offensive, was a series of German attacks along the Western Front, beginning on 21st March 1918, which marked the deepest advances by either side since 1914. The concert will include; Millar Memorial Band, Bangor Ladies’ Choir, Lily of the Valley Accordion Band, Dundonald Community Concert Band and Historian/Author Jack Sheldon.

International Day of the Seal at Exploris

Saturday 24 March

Exploris, The Ropewalk, Portaferry, BT22 1NZ £: included in admission
T: 028 4272 8062
W: www.explorisni.com

As Northern Ireland’s only Seal Sanctuary, we’d like to celebrate the rehabilitation of both our common and grey seals. Come meet them at Exploris Aquarium, learn how you can play your part in protecting.

Discover Spring on the Demesne

Saturday 24 March/10.00 – 13.00

Mount Stewart, Portaferry Road, Newtownards £: included in admission
T: 028 4272 8387
W: nationaltrust.org.uk/mount-stewart

Blow away the cobwebs and join the Area Rangers on a behind the scenes three mile walk/talk through the rolling countryside of the Demesne and enjoy the wealth of wildlife, history and stunning landscape of this unique setting. Booking essential.

Spring Crafts at Mount Stewart

Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 March/11.00 – 15.00

Mount Stewart, Portaferry Road, Newtownards £: included in admission
T: 028 4272 8387
W: nationaltrust.org.uk/mount-stewart

Now that Spring has arrived we’ve got some blooming lovely events coming up at Mount Stewart. Join us to create some spring crafts with our staff and volunteers.

Opera Film Club: Doctor Atomic

Saturday 24 March/7pm

Portico, Meeting House Street, Portaferry, BT22 1LE £: 10
T: 028 4272 8808
W: porticoards.com

Introduced by opera critic, Michael Quinn, John Adams’ opera “Doctor Atomic” explores the moral implications of the atomic bomb.

Eel Man comes to Castle Espie

Sunday 25 March/12-4pm

Castle Espie Wetland Centre, Ballydrain Road, Comber, BT23 6EA £: Free
T: 028 9187 4146
W: www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/castle-espie

Learn more about glass eels from local expert Robert Rosell.
See glass eels swimming around tanks and discover how their numbers are monitored across Northern Ireland. This year’s event coincides with peak activity for glass eels in Strangford Lough.

Easter at Mount Stewart

Monday 26 March – Sunday 8 April/11am – 4pm

Mount Stewart, Portaferry Road, Newtownards, BT22 2AD £: included in admission
T: 028 4278 8387
W: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mountstewart/

Pick up a Spring Activity Trail Map, follow the clues on the Yellow Trail and discover some fun nature facts along the way over the Easter Holidays!
On 28 March you can become an Eco Explorer and learn how to build a red squirrel drey, enjoy some tracking games, find your flock and learn how animals use their senses! 24ppl per group including adults. Sessions start at 11 am, 12.30pm and 2pm and will last 50-60mins.

Booking at reception on the day on a first come, first served basis.


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