Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 24 September 2014

Jo Jo promises to be a Spring Fair crowd puller

Jo Jo helps Joanna McMullan get ready for the fair

Belfast’s annual Spring Fair is riding into town next weekend — and leading the parade is Jo Jo an 18.2 hands tall Clydesdale horse.

He and his friend Harley are among the many attractions, including hundreds of daffodils that will help Barnett Demesne come alive during the two-day event which thousands of people are expected to visit.

Jo Jo is pictured above helping Joanna McMullan get ready for the fair

The fair is an eco-friendly event set around Malone House and the daffodil garden. It runs over two afternoons on Saturday and Sunday April 25 and 26 with fun and enjoyment being top of the agenda.

Chairman of the parks and leisure committee, Bob Stoker, said: “It is a great fun weekend whether you are a plant or animal lover, or if you like to be active or just take the time to relax and enjoy the scenery.

“There will be music and song, children’s entertainment, face painting and a kiddies’ roundabout, they can learn about rare animals, bugs, Clydesdale horses, hedgehogs, rare animals and birds of prey.”

Visitors can participate in maypole dancing, listen to music or learn more about ‘green living’ by sowing sunflower seeds and making willow birds. They can discover how to recycle waste, reduce litter, and learn how to protect nature and to make the best of what we have.

Or they can choose to browse among the stalls, enjoy a cup of tea or watch a demonstration on how to fill a hanging basket.

To encourage people to take the message on board there will also be a guided cycle ride on Saturday leaving from the Palm House at Botanic Gardens at 1pm and from Stranmillis car park at 1.15pm to Barnett Demesne.

Bus services operate from Donegall Square East every 20 minutes on Saturday (service 8B) and every 30 minutes on Sunday (8A). There is no car parking within Barnett Demesne during the event. All car parking is at QUB playing fields, and entrance is via the House of Sport.

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