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On the grapevine - August 19


Charity roller disco

With the phenomenal and glittering success of their inaugural roller disco, Meningitis Research Foundation is doing it all again.

You are invited to roll, dance or bounce the night away on Friday, September 24, at the WigWam Roller Rink, 2 Faulkner Road, Bangor.

Whether you are a pro skater, an absolute beginner or simply looking to put a different spin on a good time, then head down for a friendly and fun-packed night. Feel free to dress up in legwarmers, ultraviolet, funny, funky or simply come as you are.

The cost is £10 per person, which includes skate hire on the night.

It is still the case that no other disease can kill people as quickly as meningitis and septicaemia in the UK and Ireland.

The foundation relies on your voluntary donations to fund its work in research, awareness and support for people affected by the diseases. Its life-saving achievements are only made possible by your support.

For more information contact Keli on 02890321283 or email

Walled garden walking tour

Put your best foot forward and enjoy the great outdoors this summer by taking part in North Down Borough Council’s programme of walks.

This Sunday, August 22, the walking tour will take place at Bangor Walled Garden and Castle Park at 10.30am.

Learn about the history of the area and archaeological points of interest. The Ward family designed the Castle Park Walled Garden in the 1840s. It was never open to the public and was considered by many as a secret garden. The 1.5-acre site has four distinct sections — the kitchen garden, the herb and topiary garden, the swamp garden and the flower garden. It boasts two unique pieces of sculpture inspired by North Down’s maritime history. Seating is available throughout the garden.

The walking tours are free but are on a ticket only basis and each tour is limited to 25 people.

For further information or to book a ticket contact Bangor Tourist Information Centre, (028) 9127 0069, or email


Ready steady go

Want to get a taste of cycle racing in a safe environment?

The latest series of races that welcomes beginners as well as pros will take place today, Wednesday, August 18, at Kirkistown race course. Sign on for the evening at 6.30pm. The races commence at 7pm.

The event is primarily aimed at cyclists who are new to the sport, and race duration times will be 20 minutes for youth riders and 45 minutes for senior riders. Handicaps will be applied.

Admission: £3 senior, £1.50 youth.

For more information call 07890239081 or visit


Bird watching morning

Castle Espie Wetland Centre combines spectacular sustainable design with a memorable day out for the whole family and next week will be running its ever popular bird watching morning.

At 10.30am on Thursday, August 26, join Dot, their birding expert, to track down the birds at Castle Espie. Normal admission prices apply and are available to view on its website.

This award-winning eco-friendly visitor centre holds a magical mix of restored lagoons, woodland walks, grassland, salt marshes and reed beds already populated with Ireland’s largest collection of water birds. for more information visit or telephone 028 9187 4146


Movie magic

The magic of the movies comes direct to Ards Arts Centre next weekend with a one-off screening of the Disney family favourite, Enchanted.

The centre's Londonderry Room will be transformed into a mini cinema on Friday, August 27, at 7pm.

Complete with big screen, the film tells the tale of sweet and innocent Giselle, who is banished from her magical fairytale home world and thrown down a well by the evil Queen Narissa.

She ends up in a strange new land known as Manhattan where she just might find true love, but the dangers of her fairytale home world seem to have followed her down the well.

The arts centre is branching out into film, with the help of the renowned Cinemagic, and has another family-oriented movie scheduled for September — the Celtic classic Into the West, to show on September 17.

Emily Walsh, arts officer with Ards Borough Council said: “We're delighted to be bringing the cinema to the arts centre and to be offering real family entertainment with a movie which is a great fairytale adventure.”

Enchanted is rated PG and suitable for family audiences.

Further information and tickets, priced £4 (£2 concession and children), are available from the centre on tel: 028 9181 0803.

Lunchtime recital

Every Friday in August between 12noon and 2pm you can enjoy a variety of music to suit all tastes in the Castle Garden Restaurant, North Down Museum.

The event is free. For more information contact North Down Museum on (028) 9127 1200,

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