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On the grapevine - April 20


Eggs-plore this easter

If you are looking for ways to entertain the children over the Easter holidays, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) have plenty of ideas.

Visit the annual Easter craft fair which includes children’s activities, local craft and food and enjoy horse and carriage rides at Castle Ward on Sunday April 24.

If you are looking for a place to bring the whole family then visit the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum for a traditional day of egg-rolling, a treasure hunt and a chance to welcome the new additions to the museum including spring lambs, piglets and baby chicks.

The fun starts at the Giant Easter Bunny Hunt in Castle Espie from Monday April 18 which will have smaller visitors hopping with delight as they go in search of hidden rabbits.


May day

North Down Borough Council has planned another fantastic day of fun for all in Holywood this May Day, Monday, May 2.

Holywood & District Community Council have organised traditional favourites, Bonnie Baby Competition (10.30 am, Queen’s Leisure Complex) and Fancy Dress Competition (12.15 pm High Street stage area) – with the ever popular Maypole dancing at 10.15 am and 11.30 am.

Over 70 stalls will offer something to tempt every purse whether it’s something exotic to eat, an irresistible craft, rare plants or homemade jam.

Children love the chance to dance round their own special Maypole with Jump Jiggle and Jive from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm – and if that just gets them going there will be 2 discos in the Queen’s Leisure Complex – (p1-p3 1.00 – 2.00 pm) and (p4-P7 2.30 pm-3.30 pm).

For the older swingers in Town there will be a Tea Dance - also held at Queen’s Leisure Complex from 1.00 -3.00 pm.

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Family times at cottages

Get crafty this Easter at the picturesque Cocklerow Cottage with Easter Chick and egg decoration on Saturday April 23 & Sunday 24.

The events from 2-4pm are free. On Sunday kids can make their: own Easter bunny ears, enjoy the small animal road show from Ark Open Farm, and take a trip on the pony and trap, all while live traditional music plays in the background. For more info, Bangor 028 9127 0069 or


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 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.

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.

Mount stewart 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.


Easter fun day

Enjoy family times in Bangor this Easter Monday with a wide range of seafront activities to choose from this year.

From 12noon-6pm on Monday April 25, children can get involved in the pirate theme with the help of Katie Blue Dress Up. Showerk's will be displaying their fantastic modified cars at the Seafront, and there'll be plenty to do for the kids with activities along the promenade: 'Jump, Jiggle and Jive' and Giant Games. The Pickie Family Fun Park is now open for the 2011 summer season. Glenn Ross will also be attempting a new world record at Pickie,4pm. All events listed are absolutely free.

For more info, Bangor TIC: 9127 0069 or visit

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