Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 27 January 2015

TeleBest: Top National Trust Autumn attractions

1. Toy Trade
1. Toy Trade
Not just for children, this toy fair is for everyone! Quality second-hand toys are available. There’s everything from collectables, to creative and educational to traditional games and puzzles.
Bring along your old toys for the Toy Trading hour between 3pm and 4pm.
Castle Ward, 25 September1- 5pm. Normal admission Members free Donations accepted until 24 September
2. Musical Sunday
What better setting than the historical Argory house to enjoy melody and music. Take a tour of this fantastic house, soak up the character and charm while music from the Steinway Piano fills the air.
The Argory, 3 October, 11am- 5pm. Normal admission Member free
3. Food Glorious Food
Taste, talk and buy home produced traditional and different ranges of food and drink.
Live music and children’s craft sessions with keep the whole family entertained as you peruse the flavoursome foods and goods on offer.
Mount Stewart 9-10 October, 10am- 5pm. Booking essential 028 4278 8387 Normal admission Members free
4. Nocturnal Nature Tours
Take a tour in the 4x4 keep and discover what lurks among the trees and foliage in Crom after dark.
Crom, 14,15,21,22 October , 7-9pm.Booking essential 028 6773 811, Adult £10,Children £5, Member adult £10, Child £5
5. Autumn Pumpkinfest and Craft Fair
Get ready for Hallowe’en with this autumnal event! Pick and carve your pumpkin, solve the clues at the Pumpkin People Murder Mystery Party, harvest an organic pumpkin, browse an extensive display of local crafts and sample some tasty organic pumpkin soup! The perfect seasonal treat!
Castle Ward , 16-17 October, 1-5pm. Normal admission, Members free
6. Castle Coole Opera
What better setting to enjoy the atmospheric sound of the Opera than in the gorgeous Fermanagh house at Castle Coole?
Enjoy a candle lit dinner in the Grand Hall and an evening of music with excerpts from The Marriage of Figaro, Tales of Hoffman, La Traviata, Rigoletto and many more.
Castle Coole 23 October, 7:30pm, Booking essential contact 028 6632 6690, Adult £65, Member adult £65
7. Hallowe’en Enchanted Gardens
Join the staff and volunteers at Mount Stewart as the gardens are opened for a truly magical night. With storytellers, twilight tours of the mansion and a few spooky surprises, this is your chance to see Mount Stewart, as you never have before.
Mount Stewart 30 October, 6pm- 10pm. Booking essential, Contact reception on 028 4278 8387, Adult £10 Child £7.50, Family £30 (2 adults, 2 child)
8. Haunted Hezlett
Scare yourself silly at Hezlett House this Hallowe’en! Come along in your spookiest Hallowe’en costume and join us on a Ghoulish Guided Ghost Tour of Haunted Hezlett, where there’ll be discoveries and gruesomely spooky facts in every room.
Creepy crafts and ghostly games for all the family to enjoy on this creepy evening of fun.
Hezlett House 28 -29 October, Contact 028 7084 8728
9. Book Fair
Everyone loves a bargain so come along to Castle Ward and browse through thousands of quality used books, LP’s and CD’s for a great bargain. The house, tea room and gift shop will also be open so make a day of it and enjoy the peace as your peruse the paperbacks.
Castle Ward 30-31 October, 11am- 5pm, Normal admission, Members free
10. Hallowe’en on the Black Mountain
Enjoy a guided walk to the summit of the Black Mountain for the spectacular views of Belfast’s fireworks displays. Wrap up warm and don’t forget the sensible footwear!
All children must be accompanied.
Divis and the Black Mountain 31 October, 7-10pm, No charge, Donations welcome

Get ready for autumn and all things spooky and spectacular with the National Trust. With everything from toy fairs to haunted houses and nature walks there’s something for everyone.

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