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Grapevine - August 17

North Down

Lunch time recitals

Every Friday starting at 12.30pm, you can enjoy a one hour musical performance taking place in the restaurant courtyard.

A free event, this week, Friday August 19, Anthony Toner will be treating us to his latest collection of songs.

For more info, North Down Museum: (028) 9127 1200.

Summer saturday at |museum.

There will be children’s entertainment, ideal for primary school age every Saturday in August at North Down Museum from 2.30pm — 3.30pm.

This week, Saturday August 20, there will be summer magic and balloon modelling.

Tickets cost £1 and are on sale at Museum one week in advance.

For more information contact North Down Museum on 9127 1200.

Street theatre

Thesummer entertainment programme continues with Ronaldo Fanzini bringing his comedian circus show to McKee Clock on the Bangor seafront on SaturdayAugust 20 and Seamus McJuggler performing on Sunday August 21. Performance times are between 3pm-5pm.

For more info, Bangor TIC: (028) 9127 0069 or

Cockle row cottages

This weekend is packed with great fun for all the family! On Saturday August 20 come along to see a magic show, a stilt walker.

There’ll be juggling and plate spinning. The fun continues on Sunday August 21 with Craft Day – Make your own boggle eyed sea creatures with Carmel Dyer.

For information contact Bangor TIC: (028) 9127 0069 or The events are free.

Live music for the summer

The popular programme of music in the park is coming to a close next Sunday so make the most of this week and next before the end of summer — this Sunday, August 21, from 3-5pm, Robin Martin performs Country Classics, at the Bandstand.

For more info, Bangor TIC: (028) 9127 0069 or

Step back in time

Discover what life as a Victorian servant was like and get a glimpse into the history of the Ward Family who built Bangor Castle. The Tour also stops of at the Walled Garden and the Castle Garden Restaurant for afternoon tea. Step Back in Time Walking Tour, Bangor

Departs North Down Museum at 2.30pm next monday August 22. Ticket £4. For info and tickets, Bangor TIC: (028) 9127 0069 or

Christian heritage work

This tour visits sites including Bangor Abbey, St Comgall’s Roman Catholic Church, First Bangor Presbyterian Church and the North Down Museum that houses various interesting artifacts including a life-size reconstruction of a monk’s cell. Approximate tour length: 2 hours.

Christian Heritage Walk, Bangor

Taking place next Tuesday August 23, it departs Bangor Abbey at 2.30pm. Tickets £3.

Bangor TIC: (028) 9127 0069 or

Coastal walk

This walking tour will be led by a Blue Badge Guide the walk and follows the coastal path to the National Trust Reserve at Ballymacormick Point and then on to the Cockle Row Cottages at Groomsport.

There will be a short comfort break before you continue on to Orlock Point. Approximate tour length is two plus hours.

Departs Tower House (Quay Street, Bangor) at 11.30am on Sunday August 28.

Ticket £3. For info and tickets, Bangor TIC: (028) 9127 0069 or

Advanced driving

Whether you have recently passed your ‘L’ test or been driving for years, would you like to: improve and develop your skills and techniques, increase your confidence in dealing with road situations, have the potential to reduce motoring costs and become a safer driver?

You can do all of these by taking a course of Advanced Driving with the North Down Advanced Motorists — your local group of the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

Each year they run twocourses (September to December and February to June). These consist of short presentations on aspects of advanced driving together with one-to-one mentoring on the road in your car to help you develop your skills and confidence in preparation for the Advanced Test.

The courses run on Tuesday evenings (normally two per month) with additional driving practice on the Group Nights. Enrolment for the next session is on 9 August when we are hoping to include a fun skills event.

The venue is the Boathouse in the harbour carpark in Groomsport at 7pm. If you didn’t make it on August 9 to enrol you can still turn up for the first session on September 6. And if you are a biker we also have a motorcycling section.

For further information visit or contact Trevor on 07710 456221.

Summer sports

Don't forget North Down sports department has summer fun activities — for its timetable details go to


North of ireland dahlia society

The 35th largest Dahlia and Gladiolus Show in Ireland will take place at Knockbreda Parish Church Halls , Purdy’s Lane on Wednesday August 31 (from 5-8pm) and Thursday September 1 (2-5pm).

Come and see their display - admission free. Sale of plants and flowers too.

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