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On the grapevine - July 21


The best of summer wildlife at balloo wetland

The Ulster Wildlife Trust is inviting everyone to Balloo Wetland Nature Reserve next Saturday,July 30, to find out more about this newly created oasis for wildlife just outside Bangor. The event is run in conjunction with North Down Borough Council.

The Best of Summer Wildlife at Balloo Wetland Nature Reserve event runs from 11am-1pm and offers the chance to uncover the fascinating wildlife on the reserve this summer, and also to find out more about the transformation of what once was derelict wet grassland into an oasis for both wildlife and the people in the local area.

Conor McKinney, Living Landscapes Manager with the Ulster Wildlife Trust said: “ It promises to be a great opportunity to get to know more about this popular spot and hopefully get to spot an array of wildlife like dragonflies, damselflies, swifts, swallows and herons!”

Booking is essential, so if you would like to go along contact the Ulster Wildlife Trust on 028 4483 0282 during office hours or email All children must be accompanied by an adult.

If you’re interested in local wildlife, then why not join the Ulster Wildlife Trust. Family membership also includes Wildlife Watch membership for children, the leading kid’s environmental action club. To find out how to join, visit

Bangor castle walled |garden and park tour

Bangor Castle Walled Garden and Castle Park Tour will take place this Wednesday July 20.

It departs 6.30pm from North Down Museum. £3. Take a tour and learn of the history of this beautifully restored garden that dates back to the mid 1800’s. For info and tickets, Bangor TIC: (028) 9127 0069 or

Kids beach comb

On Crawfordsburn beach this Saturday July 23 there will be a special children’s beach comb event.

Departing at 10.30am from the Education Centre in the Country Park, the event is free but ticketed.

Keep the little one’s entertained with this fantastic beach comb that is full of fun — from beach art, seaside exploration, games and rock pooling. For info and your free ticket contact Bangor TIC: (028) 9127 0069 or visit |

North Down pipe band championship

North Down Pipe Band Championships will take place this Saturday July 23, Castle Park in Bangor.

It is a free event that starts at 11am and runs until 5pm. For more info click

Street theatre

This Saturday July 23 at McKee Clock on the Bangor seafront, Captain Cian is on hand to entertain in the Sunken Gardensfrom 3pm-5pm.

On Sunday July 24, current Street Performance World Champion, Ireland’s quick witted magician, Jack Wise, is sure to keep you amused and intrigued.

For more info, Bangor TIC: (028) 9127 0069 or

Live music

This Sunday July 24 at Ward Park Bandstand in Bangor, three crown jewels of local singer songwriters, Gareth Dunlop, Ken Haddock and Kyle John Suckling, join in a rare opportunity to perform together in ‘Hear Me Sing, Hear My Song’. Spend the summer’s afternoon in the park and enjoy the show with family and friends from 3pm-5pm.

For more info, Bangor TIC: (028) 9127 0069 or

Summer sports

Don't forget North Down sports department has summer fun activities — for its timetable details go to

Still remember the king?

It's 34 years to the day since the King of Rock and Roll ‘left the building’ and so the Elvis Presley fan club of Northern Ireland will be hosting an anniversary disco in his honour at the Clandeboye Golf Club on August 19.

There will be live entertainment as well as a ballot and auction in aid of their chosen charity for 2011 — Assisi Animal Sanctuary in Conlig.

All this for just £5 to non members - join for just £12 per year which includes 4 full colour magazines and reduced entry (£3) to the monthly events — held on the third Friday each month.


Life is a carnival

Botanic Gardens and Ulster Museum will host a Carnival picnic in the park this Sunday — expect circus actors and puppets on walkabout; singers on stage, music here and drumming there; twisting, tumbling gymnasts and, high above, aerial dancers on the wall.

The Beat Initiative proudly presents a unique spectacle of artistic, physical performance declaring that the world is a circus and life Is a carnival.

All ages can participate in the Sunday afternoon picnic in the park through workshops for puppet making and puppet parading: as well as enjoying the entertainment that culminates in vertical dance on the wall of the Ulster Museum to a live soundtrack performed by The Carnival Band.

Life is a carnival where everyone's involvement contributes to the fun and the reward of achievement. A picnic in the park sets the scene for communal celebration. The feast of art forms - from puppets to physical theatre and from drawing to dance - allows everyone to be a part of the carnival: and the skills being showcased richly deserve to be celebrated.

The event programme is free to attend. Life is a Carnival is funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity which has been set up to create a lasting cultural legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across the UK.

For further info, please tel: 90 434 767 or visit

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