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NORTH DOWN

MIND, BODY, AND STROLL

To mark World Mental Health Day (WMHD), the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust is organising some short walks on Saturday, October 5, at 10.30am.

Based on the growing evidence that combining activities such as walking or cycling with nature boosts well-being, the Trust is inviting everyone to come along and take part in one of the walks.

Meeting places in North Down and Ards are: Crawfordsburn Country Park Visitors Centre; and Kiltonga Christian Centre, Ards.

TITANICA EXHIBITION

The timeless tale of Titanic comes to life through iconic objects at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra.

Discover more than 500 original artefacts – including the technical drawings used to build Titanic and the Kimono Lady Duff Gordon was wearing as she was rescued.

This incredible exhibition will fascinate and mesmerise you as you hear the stories of those who witnessed the heart-breaking disaster.

At the outdoor Folk Museum you can look around and be captivated by the era of the world's most famous ship experiencing the way of life in Ulster at that time. For more information and pricing visit www.nmni.co.uftm

ARDS

LEISURE CENTRE CELEBRATES

Ards Leisure Centre goes back to the 80s to celebrate 25 years since its official opening.

A day of 80s music-themed classes and swimming at 1980s' prices will mark the 25th anniversary of the official opening of the 'dry' facilities by Ards Borough Council on 6 October 1988.

While the swimming pools or 'baths' as they were then known, were opened in 1970, it was more than a decade later that the William Street building was extended to become a fully-blown leisure centre with sports hall, gym and a cafe.

The official opening was performed by the then Mayor, Councillor Tom Benson, and four of the staff still working at the Centre were originally recruited at that time to work in the new facilities.

The Centre marks its official opening 25 years ago on Sunday 6th October, with swimming on offer at 50p per adult, 30p per child and £1.50 per family. For more information contact the centre on 028 9181 2837.

THE COLD EARTH EXHIBITION

Portaferry based artist Kate Rebbeck showcases her first solo exhibition, 'The Cold Earth' at Ards Art Centre from October 3-26.

The free exhibition aims to challenge our relationship with the earth by communicating our "interconnection and sense of ritual " through life drawings and performances.

Kate is also facilitating a family arts and crafts event on October 4 from 2-4pm in the Ards Art Centre, inviting people of all ages to come and get involved in a large-scale public art installation.

Budding artists and curious onlookers, to make their body mark on an enormous canvas, resulting in a giant collaborative artwork that combines body shape and colour.

Contact Ards Art Centre on: 91 810803 or visit: www.ardsarts.com for opening hours and more information.

THE BRENT ARE BACK AT ESPIE

Witness the most epic wildlife spectacle Ireland has to offer as thousands of light bellied brent geese enhance the beauty of our shoreline at Castle Espie.

With an experienced team on hand to give you the most up to date information on these amazing birds. Brent tours take place at 12 and 2pm on October 5/6. For information visit: www.wwt.org.uk/castleespie or call: 91 874146.

DISTRICT WIDE

CELEBRATIONS AT STREAMVALE

Streamvale farm is celebrating the harvest season with three weeks of fun and farming, including harvesting displays, storytelling, big tractors, scarecrow hunting and "shopping play" with local produce. Visit: www.streamvale.com for info.

GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS

Anyone who has a gambling problem is welcome to come along to Belfast Gamblers Anonymous.

The group is now meeting at 23-29 Little Patrick Street, Belfast BT15 1BA. For details call: 90 249185 or visit www.belfastga.co.uk

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