What’s on this weekend – 31st Mar – 1st Apr

Written by on March 31, 2018

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.

On 29 March have fun planting in the Potting Shed – learn how to grow vegetables – Get your hands dirty and learn how to plant and grow your own vegetables with Daniel our Apprentice Gardener. Suitable for families.
For more information on any of these activities see Mount Stewart website.

Traditional Irish Bread Making

Monday 2, Saturday 21, Tuesday 24 and Monday 30 April

£: £50
T: 028 9754 3224
W: www.nifoodtours.com
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.

Dusty’s GIANT Easter Duck Hunt at Castle Espie

Fri 30 March – Tues 3 April

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

Calling all kids! Dusty Duck needs you and your family to help him find our missing GIANT yellow ducks at at WWT Castle Espie this Easter.
You’ll need to use all your special detective skills to track down these cheeky birds, which are hiding round our stunning reserve!

As well as searching for these GIANT yellow ducks, there are lots of Dusty’s ducky cousins to see and feed in our Close Encounters Area plus much more:
Meet cute and fluffy animals, including rabbits and a micro-pony in the Drumlin Theatre: 2-4pm, April 1,2 & 3

Facepainting in the Limekiln Observatory: 12-4pm, April 1,2 & 3

Storytelling in the Roundhouse: 11am- 4pm, April 2 & 3 *Maximum 40 people per session, which are held on the hour
Make your very own keyring to take home with you this Easter: Available all day (50p).

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Mount Stewart

Friday 30 March – Tuesday 3 April/11am – 5pm

Mount Stewart, Portaferry Road, Newtownards, BT22 2AD £: Admission charge applies.
T: 028 4278 8387
W: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mountstewart/

Hop on down to Mount Stewart this Easter to help Bunny find the clues dotted around the lake. Solve the clues to uncover the magic word and claim your prize. Complete this year’s Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt and leave with a delicious Cadbury chocolate prize as a reward! Normal admission charges apply and dogs on leads are welcome.

Good Friday Tenebrae Service

Friday 30 March/7.30pm

Portico, Portaferry, BT22
£: suggested donation £10
T: 028 4272 8808
W: porticoards.com
Requiem by Charles Villiers Stanford. Narrated by actor Derek Lord and performed by the Newquay Singers with special guests Rebecca Murphy, Dawn Burns, Glen Tweedie and David Howes. Not ticketed but suggested donation of £10.

Easter Celebrations in Bangor – Sails and Tales

Saturday 31 March 1pm-6pm I Sunday 1 April 1pm-6pm I Monday 2 April 12noon-5pm / Bangor
T: 028 9127 0069
W: www.visitardsandnorthdown.com

Monday 2 April 2018 is International Children’s Book Day and in recognition Bangor is celebrating Easter storybook style. BOAT TRIPS SOLD OUT! Download the event flyer here

Easter Bunny Hunt 2018

Saturday 31 March – Friday 6 April

Ark Open Farm, Bangor Road, Newtownards, BT23 7PH £: adult £6.50; child £6
T: 028 9182 0445
W: thearkopenfarm.co.uk

Come and hunt for your Easter bunny around the farm. Everyone gets a numbered bunny that they need to find on the farm to receive a chocolatey treat.

Art in the Loft – Coast

Saturday 31 March – Sunday 29 April

The Loft Gallery, Portaferry VIC, The Stables, Castle Street, Portaferry BT22 1NZ £: Free
T: 028 42729882
W: visitardsandnorthdown.com

A series of monoprints of and around the coast of Co Down by printmaker Diane Cowan.

Bangor Christian Council Passover 2018

Saturday 31 March/ 10am-4pm

Marine Court Hotel, Quay Street, Bangor
T: nevin.colin@yahoo.com / 07719471503
W: www.hebraicteaching.co.uk
St Patrick’s true day was the Sabbath day, but that is almost airbrushed out of history. The Bangor Christian Council on March 31 at the Marine Court Hotel on Bangor seafront will be discussing the topic of Passover vs ‘Easter’ and Sabbath vs ‘Sun’-day especially as more Jewish people in Israel and elsewhere are now re- joining the ranks of the church in increasing numbers.

Easter at Cockle Row Cottages

Sunday 1 April/ Cockle Row Cottages, Main Street, Groomsport, BT19 6GH Cottage Open 11am-5pm/ Entertainment 2pm-4pm
£: Free
T: 028 9127 0069

W: www.visitardsandnorthdown.com

A great day out for all the family. Featuring traditional live music, crafts,

gardening workshop and ‘Tales of the Wild’ animal roadshow.

Easter at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

Sunday 1 April/ 10am-5pm

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, 153 Bangor Rd, Holywood, BT18 0EU £: Normal admission prices apply
T: 028 9042 8428
W: www.nmni.com/uftm

Roll eggs down Bleach Green Hill, marvel at magic shows and follow the egg trail as Easter hops into the museum. See balloon modelling, sample homemade jam and have a go at seasonal crafts. Bring your camera along to capture photos with the new additions down on the farm.

Easter at Exploris

Sunday 1 & Monday 2 April

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

Hip Hop your way to Exploris this Easter to take part in all our Easter fish-tivities alongside our Native and Tropical fishy friends. You might also meet Sir David Attenborough during your visit (the iguana, not the slightly more famous Sir David).

Drumawhey Junction Railway

Sunday 1 – Tuesday 3 April/1-5pm

60 Upper Gransha Road, Donaghadee, BT21 0LZ
£: Adult £3.00, child £2.00 per journey; £17.00 for family ticket giving
4 adult and 4 child journeys.
W: www.drumawhey.com
Build new memories with your family, visit Drumawhey Junction Railway, Ireland’s longest 71/4 inch railway, and experience the atmosphere of a full size traditional railway as it opens over the Easter weekend.

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