Belfast Telegraph

Grapevine - August 18

South Belfast

Quiz for cats protection

Cats Protection are having a Quiz on Friday September 2 at 8pm. The venue is Four Winds Inn, 111 Newton Park, Belfast, BT8 6LX . Everyone is welcome to come. For more information visit

Art in the park

To celebrate the beauty of the Lagan Valley Regional Park, the Laganscape project is launching its 2011 annual art competition and they would like you to enter your artwork depicting your interpretation of the park.

The competition aims to get individuals to think creatively about the great outdoors and create a piece of art that represents ‘your’ Lagan Valley.

Entries must be received by Friday October 28 and entries must be labelled. LVRP are not responsible for returning any artwork, Although requests can be made.

There will be an exhibition and prize giving held at the Lock Keeper's Visitor Centre. The exhibition will tour libraries and civic centers. Entrants will have the chance to win prize money of up to £100.

City centre

Type 2 diabetes test

The Diabetes UK Roadshow will visit the front of the City Hall in Belfast on Thursday August 18 and Friday August 19 from 9am to 5pm to help people find out more about diabetes and discover whether they are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

The roadshow,supported by the Big Lottery Fund, aims to identify some of the estimated 10,000 people in Northern Ireland who have Type 2 diabetes but are not aware of it.

This is vital because Type 2 Diabetes can be undetected for 10 years or more, meaning 50 per cent of people already have complications by the time they are diagnosed.

The roadshow will also raise awareness of risk factors for Type 2 diabetes. In 2010 Diabetes UK’s Roadshow programme carried out nearly 10,000 risk assessments and more than half of those people were referred to their local GP.


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.

Ladies fashion show

Celebrity wedding planners and agony uncles Ant and Dick launched CLIC Sargent’s 3rd annual Ladies Fashion Show & Supper event.

The event will take place on Friday October 7 at the 4 star La Mon Hotel & Country Club to raise funds for CLIC Sargent’s Home from Home Appeal in Northern Ireland.

The event will be hosted by Northern Ireland’s very own Anthony Miller & Richard Jones — better known as Ant & Dick.

Each week in Northern Ireland two children or young people are diagnosed with cancer or leukaemia. CLIC Sargent plays a crucial role in helping these children and their families by focusing on their individual needs through an extensive range of services at home, in hospital and in the community.

Tables for the event seat eight people and are priced at £240, so to avoid disappointment book early by contacting me on 028 9072 5780 or email me at Single tickets are also available at £30 per person”.

County Down

hot air balloon festival

The charming Georgian village of Moira will be the location of Northern Ireland’s first international Hot Air Balloon Festival from Saturday August 27 to Monday August 29.

The 40 acre parkland of Moira Demesne, located at the edge of Moira, will host up to 30 hot air balloons that will put on a number of impressive colourful displays (weather dependent) morning and evening over the course of the three day event.

While the hot air balloons are in the skies there will be a variety of activities ‘on the ground’ to occupy the interests of visitors from all age groups; and on Saturday August 27, U105 will produce a roadshow live from the Hot Air Balloon Festival.

This three day event has something to offer everyone; there will be live music, a fun fair and an artisan food festival with over 25 gourmet producers offering delights that will include Armagh cider, speciality cheeses, olives, crepes, fresh breads, home baking, strawberries and cream.

In addition to the colourful display of hot air balloons during daylight hours, on Saturday and Sunday evenings at approximately 9pm a ‘Fire and Light Show’ will take place. During these stunning shows up to 15 balloon pilots will ignite burners and transform the night sky to the sound of music in a dramatic display of colour, light and sound.

Under 16s can enter the event for free when accompanied by an adult and there will be plenty for younger visitors to enjoy such as bouncy castles, a bucking bronco, bungee trampolines and much more.

The Mayor of Lisburn, councillor Brian Heading said: “I would encourage everyone to come along on at least one of the days and see the spectacular sight of these colourful hot air balloons and enjoy the atmosphere in Moira Demesne.”

If you wish to attend the event tickets can be purchased online at For those who prefer to order tickets over the phone, or collect them in person, please contact Lisburn TIC on 028 9266 0038 or the Hillsborough TIC on 028 9268 9717. Admission: Adults £10, Senior Citizens/Students £6, Under 16s Free (when accompanied by an adult)

Free Car Parking.

Please be aware that ballooning is weather dependent.

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