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Grapevine - May 26

North Down

Bangor boat trips

A boat trip is planned for the Gobbins Cliffs this Saturday, May 28.

It departs from Pickie Family Fun Park at 6.15pm, tickets — £17, children £12.

For more info and tickets call Bangor (028) 9127 0069 or visit www.bangorboat.com.

Craft month at museum

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This month is craft month at North Down Museum in Bangor.

From today (Wednesday, May 25) until Sunday (May 29) it’s Ards Bobbin Lace Makers.

For more information on all events contact North Down Museum 028 9127 1200.

Ulster Scots fun day

This Saturday (May 28), North Down Museum in Bangor will be hosting a Ulster Scots Fun Day. from 11am to 4pm.

A free event, there will be foot tapping a plenty with live music including, The Ulster Folk, The Lyttle Family and Family Folk. Willie Drennan will be taking music workshops too..

Look out for Highland dance and Lambeg Drum demonstrations along with historical re-enactors. The day will also feature the debut of a new exhibition on the Ulster-Scots history of the Ards and North Down. For more info, call Bangor (028) 9127 0069 or North Down Museum on (028) 9127 1200.

ulster Scots bus tour

Ulster Scots Bus Tour of North Down departs this Saturday (28 May).

Departs 10.30am, tickets £7. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more info and tickets, call Bangor (028) 9127 0069 or www.northdowntourism.com.


Cbeebies puppets in ards

Puppets from the Cbeebies children’s series Big City Park are taking a starring role in the exhibition which surrounds the 2011 Ards Puppet Festival.

Big City Park characters, Ruairi, the park caretaker and park residents Dara the Fox and Billy the Badger, have made Ards Arts Centre their temporary home for the month of May and will also be on show during a packed programme of puppet performances, workshops and street theatre during the three-day puppet festival which takes place over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

One of the 2011 highlights is a performance of Pinocchio, the classic tale of the puppet that wants to be a real boy and the puppet-maker who wants to be a real father, which is brought to life by the award-winning company, Indefinite Articles. Puppetry, shadows, illusion and specially composed music combine to create a magical show, suitable for children aged four and over.

Other highlights include the strange Belly Theatre For One, a mini theatre experience lasting only three minutes where the puppets are inside the performer’s tummy, the world’s smallest big top with the amazing acrobatics of the tiny Flea Circus and the veteran puppeteer William Haslet’s performance of the ever boisterous Mr Punch in Donaghadee Library.

The Puppet Festival runs from Saturday (May 28) to Monday (May 30). Ards Arts Centre will be the venue for a Puppet Open Day on Saturday, which includes the performance of Pinocchio, while further performances take place across the Ards borough during the rest of the holiday weekend.

For details of the complete festival programme, contact Ards Arts Centre on 028 9181 0803 or download a Puppet Festival brochure at www.ards-council.gov.uk/events.

War time heritage appeal

Can you help the Somme Heritage Centre (near Newtownards), in their bid to preserve heritage?

Together, the University of the Third Age (U3A), an international educational organisation run by and for retired people which has 5,000 members province-wide, and the Somme Heritage Centre, are now looking for memories and memorabilia in five different fields of interest.

Artefacts and memories of the Korean War are especially welcome at this time, as an exhibition is currently being prepared by the museum. With the passing years, more and more valuable material may be lost as families unaware of its significance clear out their attics and take it to the dump. Items belonging to the generations who fought in two world wars may also be lost as their owners die or move house.

Before too many memories fade, information must be collected concerning settlements housing refugees, evacuees and details of prisoner of war camps in Northern Ireland in the Second World War could be listed. There were numerous such places dotted all over Ulster. Do you know anything about them or of anyone who was connected to them? Could you shed any light on the subject or perhaps take photographs of former sites to send to us?

If you have information or memorabilia which would help the Somme Heritage Centre concerning any of these topics, please ring 028 9146 2043 or 028 9145 9644, email: slproject 2011@hotmail.co.uk or drop a line to: SLP project, North Down and Ards U3A c/o North Down Community Resource Centre, 5 Castle Park Road, Bangor BT20 4TF. We promise you we will follow it up.

East Belfast

Summer fair and car boot

Dundonald Primary School summer fair and car boot sale will take place in Church Green, Dundonald, on Saturday, (June 4), from noon to 3pm. Gates open for car boot sale at 10.45am.

Expect bouncy castles, craft stalls, climbing wall, archery, burgers, doughnuts, crepes, teas and coffee. For further details call 077 6525 6161.

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