What’s on this weekend 4-6th August 2017

Written by on August 5, 2017

Creative Peninsula – Craft in the Square Friday 4 August/11am – 6pm Conway Square, Newtownards, BT23 4NP £: Free T: 028 9182 6846 W: visitardsandnorthdown.com Browse the very best of local arts and crafts as Conway Square is transformed into a tented village with demonstrations by many of the craftspeople taking part and live music to add to the atmosphere.


Family Fun at Cockle Row Cottages Cockle Row Cottages, Groomsport/Cottages Open 11am – 5pm Entertainment 2pm-4pm £: Free T: 028 9127 0069 W: www.visitardsandnorthdown.com  Sat 5 August     Magic Show  Sun 6 August    CSI Workshop and Ulster-Scots Agency Entertainment Sat 12 August   Bricks4kidz Lego Workshop and Children’s Crafts Sun 13 August ‘Tales of the Wild’ Animal Roadshow, Traditional Crafts and Ulster-Scots Agency Entertainment


Fair Weather Fridays Fridays /12.30 – 1.30pm Conway Square, Newtownards, BT23 4NP £: Free T: 028 9181 0803 W: www.ardsarts.com Grab a coffee, a sandwich or an ice cream and make your way to Conway Square for some fun free lunchtime entertainment. Fair Weather Fridays outdoor performances will kickstart that Friday Feeling! In the event of inclement weather the performances will move into Ards Arts Centre. 4 August – Craft in the Square – browse the best in local arts and crafts with live music. Part of Creative Peninsula. 11 August – The Mac Factor – Tennis Dennis can squeeze himself into his own racquet, juggle and dance!  18 August – Grant Goldie – prepare to be amazed by this talented juggler 25 August – Slideshow Ramone – traditional circus skills including sword swallowing


Summer in the Park Enjoy free live music in Ward Park every Sunday July and August  The perfect way to spend an afternoon! Bring along family and friends, enjoy a picnic and take in the sounds of weekly live music throughout July and August. 3pm-5pm £: 028 9127 0069


What’s On This Week: Week Ending 13 August 2017

W: www.visitardsandnorthdown   Sunday 6      The 19th Street Band   Sunday 13    Tony Villiers and The Villains Sunday 20    Punk – Wasted Talent Sunday 27    Bluegrass Picnic – Featuring The Hen House Prowlers (USA) plus Open House Festival Choir  *2.30pm start


Miniature Train Rides at Drumawhey  Sunday 6, Wednesday 9 & Sunday 13 August/1 – 5pm Drumawhey Junction, Four Road Ends, Upper Gransha Road, BT21 0LZ W: www.drumawhey.com £: £2 child; £2.50 adult; 8 journey ticket £15 A great afternoon out for all the family at this miniature railway. During July and August the railway will be open every Sunday and Wednesday.


Open House Festival Bangor  Saturday 1 – Monday 31 August/Various events throughout Bangor £: Tickets available from www.openhousefestival.com  T: 028 9147 1780 W: www.openhousefestival.com  Open House Festival Bangor returns this August with a month-long celebration of local talent, local people, local food and local business – plus an eclectic international lineup. This is the fifth year of Open House in Bangor and, with 141 events in 42 venues over 31 days. It is the Festival’s most ambitious and creative programme yet.


Creative Peninsula Exhibition Wednesday 2 – Thursday 31 August Ards Arts Centre, Conway Square, Newtownards, BT23 4NP £: Free T: 028 9181 0803 W: ardsarts.com One of the highlights of our annual exhibition programme returns for its 16th year featuring unique pieces of art and craftwork, a celebration of the exclusivity and quality of the artwork produced by local artists and craftspeople and a fantastic opportunity to purchase a beautiful piece of art.


Late Medieval Tower Houses of County Down – Exhibition  Monday 3 – Saturday 29 July/Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 5pm Portaferry Visitor Information Centre, The Stables, Castle Street, Portaferry, BT22 1NZ £: Free T: 028 4272 9882 W: visitardsandnorthdown.com An exhibition by Department for Communities on the late medieval tower houses which are such a feature of the landscape around Strangford Lough and Lecale.



The Creative Peninsula – Workshops and Open Studios Friday 4 – Sunday 13 Augus £: Open Studios free/ Workshops various prices T: 028 9182 6846/028 9181 0803 W: visitardsandnorthdown.com A wealth of workshops for anyone wanting to learn a new craft or skill or just wanting to get creative.  There is also an Open Studio programme throughout Ards and North Down Borough, with workshops and exhibitions in artist studios, celebrating the wealth of local creative talent in the area.


Creative Peninsula at Project 24 Friday 4 – Sunday 13 August/ Project 24, Queen’s Parade, Bangor T: 028 9181 0803 W: www.visitardsandnorthdown.com  Project 24 Art Pods and The Hub come alive with an explosion of art and craft.  Visit the Artists in their Studio Pods and in The Hub and take the opportunity to watch demonstrations, have a go in a workshop or purchase a piece of art or craft.


Music in the Museum Courtyard Tuesday 4 August – Tuesday 25 August/ North Down Museum, Castle Park, Bangor/ 12 noon-2pm £: Free T: 028 9127 1200 W: www.northdownmusuem.com  Chill out in the ambiance of lunchtime music performances Explore the museum, or just take a pit stop in the delightful on site cafe, Coffee Cure.  Enjoy a bite to eat, a nibble of some treat and catch up with friends in the ambience of the Museum courtyard and cafe area. A perfect way to spend a lunchtime.


Donaghadee Summer Festival Saturday 5 – Wednesday 23 August Donaghadee £: most events free T: 028 9182 6846 W: www.visitdonaghadee.com  Fun for all the family in Donaghadee. Highlights include: 5 August – Lifeboat Open Day with an opportunity to visit the lighthouse (over 10s only) and lifeboat, RNLI exercise at 11am, skiff racing, military display, raft racing and more. 12 August –  Party at the Pier music from 7pm, fireworks at 10pm 19 August – Horse Relay at the shore Daily walking tours at 2pm, as well as a host of other great events throughout the Festival


Car Bazaar Saturday 5 August/9am – 12 noon Mount Stewart, Portaferry Road, Newtownards, BT22 2AD £: Car £5; an £10; trailer £15; free to browse  T: 028 4278 8387 W: nationaltrust.org.uk Come along and sell your unwanted items or browse around the many stalls and pick up a few treasures.



Donkey Breed Society Championship Show Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 August/ Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra 10am-5pm £: Normal Admission prices apply T: 028 9042 8428 W: www.nmni.com/uftm  Bring the kids and a camera as you get close to these wonderful animals. Held in partnership with the Donkey Breed Society, the donkeys return to prove they are more than just something to admire in the fields as these wonderful animals take on the donkey obstacle course, egg and spoon races and musical chairs in the DBS Championship.


Meet the Maker – Natural Impressions Saturday 5 – Saturday 26 August The Space, Ards Crafts, 31 Regent Street, Newtownards, BT23 4AD £: Free T: 028 9182 6846 W: visitardsandnorthdown.com A collaborative exhibition by printmaker Michael Geddis and ceramicist Andrew Cooke showing ceramic and linocut pieces inspired by nature’s beautiful microscopic forms.


Creative Peninsula – Alfresco Afternoons Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 August, Bangor Take time to get creative and be inspired with our Alfresco Art programme. Spend an afternoon exploring and sketching the changing landscape of Bangor town centre or relax with an inspiring afternoon of demonstrations in the beautifully restored Bangor Castle Walled Garden. Sketch Walk with Boom! Studios/ Saturday 5 August/Brompton to Queens Parade/ Meet at Boom! Studios, 80a Main Street/ 3-5pm | £5 Walled Garden Demonstrations/ Sunday 6 August/ Event is outdoors, weather permitting. Bangor Castle Walled Garden, 12pm – 4pm |Free


Art in the Loft – The Language of Pain Saturday 5 – Sunday 27 August Portaferry Visitor Information Centre, Castle Street, Portaferry BT22 1NZ £: Free T: 028 4272 9882 W: visitardsandnorthdown.com An exhibition by the Martin family addressing the hidden side of pain.


Car Race Meeting Kirkistown National Championship Sprint Saturday 5 August Kirkistown Motor Racing Circuit, Kircubbin, BT22 1AU T: 028 4277 1325 W: kirkistown.com Enjoy the thrills of racing at Kirkistown.



Family Fun at Portaferry VIC Saturday 5 August/2-4pm Portaferry Visitor Information Centre, Castle Street, Portaferry, BT22 1NZ £: Free T: 028 4272 9882 W: visitardsandnorthdown.com Call in to Portaferry Visitor Information Centre for some free family fun with a drop in Science Workshop and gorgeous glitter tattoos.


Solar Day at Castle Espie Sunday 6 August £: Included in admission T: 028 9187 4146 W: www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/castle-espie Join the Irish Astronomical Association as we bring together the facts and fantasies of our solar system. There will be solar observing, meteorite handling and exhibitions of space & astronomy items.  Star shows, run by the Irish Astronomical Society, will take place at 2pm, 2.45pm, 3.30pm and 4.15pm – pre-booking is key – please phone 028 91 874146 to reserve a space. Star shows are included with the cost of admission.  Derek Heatly, Northern Ireland’s very own astronaut will also be on site talking about the solar system and his upcoming adventures!  For further information please visit


Newtownards Visitor Information Centre

31 Regent Street


BT23 4AD


Tel: 028 9182 6846

Website: www.visitardsandnorthdown.com


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