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Antiques Roadshow in Belfast - Everything you need to know

Time to dust off the old nik naks because they could be worth thousands.

Antiques Roadshow will be filming in Belfast today, so if you've always suspected that teapot your granny gave you could be worth a few bob, why not get it appraised by the BBC's experts? Here's everything you need to know:

When and where will the show be filming?

Antiques Roadshow will be filming at Stormont Estate in Belfast on Saturday, 29 July.

What time does it start?

The event begins at 9.30am and as long as you are in the main queue by 4.30pm you will be seen by one of the Antiques Roadshow specialists.

Filming will run until 7pm that evening and visitors are being encouraged to stay on and watch the show being recorded.

Do I need tickets?

No, this is a free public event so no tickets are required.

Will there be parking available on the day?

Antiques Roadshow are expecting a huge amount of people on the day, so there are parking facilities being made available and they are all free.

All visitors will be directed to use the Stoney Road security entrance for access to the main car parks. Please follow the appropriate AA Signage.

Alternatively, The Antiques Roadshow will be running a free Park and Ride service operating between Dundonald House car park and the Castle Building car park on the Stormont Estate.

This service will be running from 8am until 6.30pm.

Where will the majority of filming take place?

The show will be mostly filmed outdoors so visitors are asked to consider the weather and wear suitable clothing and footwear on the day. You should also make sure that your antiques are appropriately protected.

What if it rains?

In the event of wet weather, some of the Roadshow specialists and their respective queues may be moved under the cover of a marquee. Space will be limited and it may still be necessary to queue in the rain if it is a wet day.

Will I be able to buy food and drinks on site?

Light refreshments including tea, cakes, sandwiches etc. can be purchased from the Antiques Roadshow Tea Tent on the Parliament Building main lawn.

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are allowed in the Stormont Estate on a lead, but not allowed permitted on the main lawns of the Parliament Building.

What should I do if my antique item has a really interesting story behind it?

If you have an item with a particularly unusual story, or perhaps an interesting collection, you can let the Antiques Roadshow team know in advance.

Contact them via an online application form at www.bbc.co.uk/antiquesroadshow and share your story.

Speaking about the Antiques Roadshow's upcoming visit to Belfast, presenter Fiona Bruce told BBC Radio Ulster: "Stormont is not somewhere we've been before and obviously it's a very interesting location for all sorts of reasons, both politically and historically.

She added: "If you predict what's going to come, you will be wrong. The joy of the Roadshow is the surprise. We never know what will turn up and we are constantly surprised by what does.

"What amazes me still is that there are incredible things of imortance and value, that people still have tucked away in there homes."

For more information about Antiques Roadshow in Belfast, visit the Stomont Estate website.

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