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Titanic tour

Walkers on this weekend's historical tour of Comber (August 25) will be transported back to Titanic times and meet the famous ship's designer along the way.

The living history tour, set in the home town of Thomas Andrews, head of the draughting department at Harland and Wolff and the man who oversaw the plans for the RMS Titanic, will bring 1911 to life, using actors in period costume to help tell the story of the Andrews' family in Comber.  Developed by Ards Borough Council as part of its 'Experience Ards' range of tours, the itinerary for the day includes visits to St Mary's Church, home of the Comber Stones and the Andrews burial vault, the cricket ground where Thomas Andrews played for the second eleven, Comber Non Subscribing Presbyterian Church, the Andrews family place of worship and burial ground, the former Andrews Spinning Mill, now converted to luxury apartments, and the Thomas Andrews Memorial Hall which in the fifties was Comber's Ballroom of Romance.  The tour takes place on Sunday 25th August, departing from Comber Square at 2pm. Tickets, priced 6 (concession 5 and children 3) are available from Ards Tourist Information Centre, Tel: 028 9182 6846. 

A great day's steam

THE Belfast Belle steam train will be transporting passengers from Bangor to Belfast and back this Saturday, August 24.

The train departs Bangor at 1.40pm for a two hour round-trip. Tickets are available from: or by calling the Belfast Welcome Centre on: 90 246609.

Bangor to Orlock walk

A Blue Badge guide will lead a walk along the coastal path from Bangor to Orlock on Sunday, August 25, at 2.30pm.

The walk follows the coastal path to the National Trust Reserve at Ballymacormick Point and then on to the Cockle Row Cottages at Groomsport, for a short comfort break before going on to Orlock Point. Tour lasts approx 2.5hours. Tickets £3. Limited to 25 people.

For more information or to secure your ticket visit or call 028 9127 0069

Project 24 Day to Night

This Saturday, August 24, a special Project 24 event will see a creative day turn into an ambient evening. Throughout the day there will be crafts, readings, games and music taking place amongst the retro vehicles on view. Meet the Project 24 artists in their studios where you can buy their work. Ceramic artists Andrew Cooke will display his hand-made diddley bow instruments and witness local musicians bring these musical creations to life. From 7pm to sunset, special guests John Blek and the Rats will headline the day when they perform tracks from their new album.

For more information visit

Cockle Row Craft Fair

Family Fun & Craft Fair at Cockle Row Sat 24th - Sun 25th Aug, 2-4pm

This weekend at Cockle Row there is lots of free family entertainment including balloon modelling and archery. On Sunday there will be a Craft Fair with lots of stalls to browse, there will also be Children's Crafts & performances from the Ulster-Scots Agency.

For more information contact Bangor Tourist Information Centre or visit


Silver band concert

Templemore Silver Band will bring the 2013 summer band concert to a close this weekend when they perform in Conway Square, courtesy of Ards Borough Council.

Chair of Ards Borough Council's Development Committee, Councillor Trevor Cummings said: "Templemore Silver Band opened the concert programme in July and I'm delighted to welcome them back to bring it to an end."

The concert takes place on Sunday, August 25, from 3-4pm in Conway Square, Newtownards and is free of charge. For further information contact Ards Tourist Information Centre on 028 9182 6846. Please note if the weather is inclement the concert may be cancelled.

Portaferry sports day

Visitors to Portaferry Sports Centre can bounce, spin, run and jump for free during an open day on Saturday, August 31.

The town's sports centre, managed by Ards Borough Council, will throw open its doors to give young and old a taste of the activities on offer, from gymnastics and Ju Jitsu demonstrations and trials to 15 minute try-outs in any one of 3 exercise classes as well as the Momentum gym.

There'll be face painting and a bouncy castle for kids, as well as the chance to bounce on a trampoline and take on the gladiator podium.

The centre will be providing free health checks, measuring blood pressure, BMI and body fat.

The open day takes place from 2-5pm and all activities are free of charge. For details contact the centre on 028 4272 8833.

Advice for over 50s

NEWTOWNARDS over 50s are invited to come along to a free safety event which will provide a one-stop shop for older people , offering everything from free testing of electric blankets to advice on crime prevention.

The Home Safety event takes place on Wednesday, September 11 from 10am-12pm in Ards Leisure Centre, Newtownards, with testing of electric blankets available between 9am and 4pm.

To book an appointment for your electric blanket to be tested, call: 91 824072. To book a free place at the event call: 9182 4047.

Tour Transports Back To Titanic Times

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