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Grapevine - August 5

GROOMSPORT

Family fun at Cockle Row

Free family entertainment is on offer at Cockle Row cottages almost every Saturday and Sunday, from 2pm-4pm until September 5.

This Saturday, August 7, the seaside venue will host a ceramic painting workshop. On Sunday, August 8, children can take part in peg doll making.

The cottages are open daily, from 11.30am-5.30pm until September 5. For further information telephone Bangor Tourist Information Centre on 9127 0069 or visit www.northdowntourism.com

DONAGHADEE

Kids club

This year the Holiday Bible Club at Donaghadee Methodist Church will run from Monday, August 23 to Friday, August 27, from 10am to 12noon.

Children between P1 and P7 will be welcome.

The club will use the Scripture Union's ‘Rocky's Plaice' material.

Registration forms will be available on their website shortly, but in the meantime if you wish to log your interest please use the contact form on the website www.donaghadeemethodist.com and a registration form will be emailed to you when it is available.

ARDS

Creative peninsula

From coach tours to children’s crafts, Ards is set to showcase its creativity once again this month.

Dozens of artists and craftspeople who live and work in the Ards borough will be taking part in this year’s Creative Peninsula, exhibiting their work at venues across Ards, as well as throwing open the doors of their normally private studios and workshops to members of the public who can visit on organised coach tours or as independent travellers.

Workshops and taster sessions, which give members of the public the opportunity to try their creative hand at anything from charcoal portraiture to ceramics, calligraphy and celtic art, are also on offer.

And the area’s creativity will take centre stage on Friday August 6 when Conway Square in Newtownards is transformed into a tented village, featuring craft demonstrations, music, and children’s activities.

The popularity of the event continues in 2010, with coach tours and craft workshops booking up well ahead of the August 6 start date.

Alastair McDowell, events development officer with Ards Borough Council said: “The Creative Peninsula may be in its ninth year, but the artistic talent which abounds in Ards continues to grow and so too does the number of people who want to take advantage of the rare chance to see craftspeople and artists at work in their studio environments, to introduce their children to fun arts and crafts activities or simply enjoy viewing a diverse collection of locally produced work in one of our exhibition venues.”

The Creative Peninsula runs from Friday, August 6 to Sunday, August 15.

Brochures are available from Ards and Portaferry Tourist Information Centres, Ards Crafts or Ards Arts Centre.

To book or for further information, Tel: 028 9182 6846 or visit www.creativepeninsula.info.

MOUNT STEWART

A giant jazz-fest

Shake out your picnic rug, pack your parasol and hamper and mosey down to Mount Stewart on August 14 for an evening of Giant proportions.

Music from the Martello Jazz Band and Bill Cheney and the Bourbon Swing Jazz Band will provide the perfect soundtrack to your evening as you relax in the spectacular surroundings of Mount Stewart with family and friends.

All you need to do is book your tickets and pack a picnic (and possibly an umbrella!).

The event is a fundraiser for the National Trust campaign, A Giant Cause, to raise funds for the North Coast World Heritage Site. To date over £600,000 has been raised as part of the £2 million needed to complete the project.

The funds raised will go towards a new visitor centre, restoring the headland, building new car parks and ensuring the conservation and protection of the Causeway for future generations.

Tickets are priced at £5 and are available in advance from Mount Stewart and all other National Trust properties. For further information, please contact Mount Stewart on 028 4278 8387.

CASTLE ESPIE

See the sun!

The Sun is our nearest star, and a very special one, as without it there would be no life on Earth.

So the Irish Astronomical Association will be holding another of its very popular 'Solar Days' at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust at Castle Espie, near Comber, on Sunday August 15, from 2pm to 5pm.

A selection of powerful special solar telescopes, binoculars etc to view the Sun in complete safety will be available to use. These will give views in the wavelengths of ordinary visible light, and also in the special hydrogen wavelength of H-Alpha. If the sky is clear, it may be possible to see sunspots, and huge prominences, or gigantic 'flames' of burning hydrogen, many times bigger than the Earth.

There will also be a planetarium, an exhibition, and advice on telescopes and binoculars generally, so even if it's cloudy, it will be a very interesting afternoon.

More details on www.irishastro.org

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