Belfast Telegraph

On the grapevine - April 13


Model exhibition

Model enthusiasts from across Northern Ireland will descend on Bangor Leisure Centre this weekend as the North Down Model Railway Society hold their 21st annual model exhibition this weekend

From 10am to 5.30pm on Saturday April 16. and from 1pm to 5pm on Sunday April 17, the centre will be filled with a large number of displays and trade stands there will be something of interest for all the family.

Although organised by a model railway club this exhibition caters for followers of all the creative hobbies. It will cater for those with an interest in model railways, model engineering, model aircraft, trucks, cars, Meccano, model boats, war gaming and even matchstick models.

You can view model railways in action, look at displays of model aircraft, boats, cars and trucks. There will also be demonstrations of building various models, components and dioramas – an opportunity to see how the experts do it.

Each year the exhibition attracts new exhibitors and this show is no different. A special feature this year will be an interactive shunting layout, Mill Road Sidings, for the visitors to operate. The challenge is to build a train of five wagons. Sounds simple — come and have a go.

Founded in 1978 North Down Model Railway Society meets every Monday and Wednesdays from 7.30 to 9.30 pm in Central Avenue. They operate a variety of layouts and organise a varied programme of events throughout the year which includes exhibiting at other model railway shows. For further information visit,


Charity Regetta

Ballyholme Yacht Club in north Down is gearing up for a charity Regatta this Saturday, April 16, with proceeds going to two very worthy charities — Help For Heroes and the Ulster Cancer Foundation.

The Sail For Heroes day will see toppers, lasers, large dinghies, multihulls and keelboats create a spectacle in Belfast Lough and race for the Heroes Club’s Challenge Trophy.

If you’ve never tried sailing before, Try-Sail for Heroes will enable all ages to get involved. Staying on dry land will be just as much fun with the day including a bouncy castle, market stalls, BBQ and live music in the early evening.

Mr Henry said: “Ballyholme is a small community but boasts one of the biggest yacht clubs in Northern Ireland. We run a very busy training schedule throughout the spring and summer introducing new people to the sport every year and we have produced many sailing champions over the years including every Olympics since 1992. Running events like this regatta give the wider community a chance to get involved in the club and we warmly welcome everyone to give sailing a go. Sitting so close to Bangor and the rest of north Down we know we’ll attract thousands on Saturday to enjoy all the events and in turn raise much-needed funds for the mayor’s two charities.”

For more info visit www.| Events begin from 9am in the morning and continue into the evening.


Sculpture festival

Next month will see a major sculpture festival taking place in North Down.

The Culloden Estate & Spa will be partnering with Gormley’s Fine Art, one of Ireland’s leading art dealers supporting both established and emerging artists, to bring this event to the hotel next month from May 7-22.

The exhibition will see 120 sculptures adorn the 12 acre estate. Guests are invited to take an afternoon stroll in the private grounds that overlook Belfast Lough and enjoy not only the view but also the artwork. The works, which range in price from £1,000 to £50,000, will be contributed by up to 60 Irish and International Sculptors, old and new, at the forefront of their profession. Guests will be able to witness the history and development of sculpture over the last 40 years, as it brings together different styles, media and conceptual approaches.

Artists featured in the display include Paddy Campbell, who creates delicate bronze figures, Patrick Barry, who has had several public commissions across Ireland, Ian Pollock, whose poignantly poetic bronze and stone pieces have been exhibited in the UK, and Linda Brunker, known for her unique talent of making the heavy medium of bronze seem effortlessly fluid and light. With so many well-established contributors and must-see sculptures, the exhibition promises to be one of the finest and most extensive ever held in Ireland.

MUMM champagne will be supporting the event, and will be available by the glass to visitors of the exhibition. For more information about the exhibition please contact Gormley’s Fine Art on 028 8224 7738.

Exhibit at garden and craft fair

The popular Garden and Craft Fair returns to Mount Stewart over the weekend of 21-22 May and there are still some spaces available for craft and garden stall holders.

This year the National Trust team are looking to attract new exhibitors, creating the opportunity to browse over 200 stalls exhibiting an array of local crafts from card-making to glassware and jewellery to ceramics.

For further information on setting up a stall at this fabulous event contact Jan Hollinger on 028 4278 8387 or

To add to the garden and craft extravaganza inside the Mansion House there will be a beautiful display of Linen and Lace. There will also be an opportunity to watch the Mount Stewart team at work, and learn about textile conservation. During the weekend you can also explore the stunning gardens that surround the property, and if that inspires you to get planting, you’ll be able to buy everything you need to get started; from hanging baskets to rare flowers. There will be music and dancing, as well as children’s entertainment, making it a great day out for the whole family.

Normal admission charges apply, with free entry for National Trust Members.

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