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On the Grapevine - July 28


Family fun at Cockle Row

Free family entertainment is on offer at Cockle Row cottages, almost every Saturday and Sunday, from 2pm-4pm until September 5.

This Saturday, July 31, the seaside venue will host a small animal road show with Ark Open Farm.

The cottages are open daily, 11.30am-5.30pm until September 5. For further information telephone Bangor Tourist Information Centre on 9127 0069 or visit


Kids club

This year the Holiday Bible Club at Donaghadee Methodist Church will run from Monday, August 23 to Friday, August 27, from 10am to 12noon.

Children between P1 and P7 will be welcome.

The club will use the Scripture Union's ‘Rocky's Plaice' material.

Registration forms will be available on their website shortly, but in the meantime if you wish to log your interest please use the contact form on the website and a registration form will be e-mailed to you when it is available.


Meet the maker

On the last Saturday of each month during 2010, Ards Crafts welcomes designer-makers from the Ards Borough to demonstrate and talk about their work at the Craft and Design Centre (within the Ards Tourist Information Centre on Regent Street, N’Ards,

This Saturday, July 31, textile artist Jan campbell will be showcasing her work between 11am and 4pm.

Creative peninsula

From coach tours to children’s crafts, Ards is set to showcase its creativity once again next month.

Dozens of artists and craftspeople who live and work in the Ards Borough, will be taking part in this year’s Creative Peninsula, exhibiting their work at venues across the Ards, as well as throwing open the doors of their normally private studios and workshops to members of the public who can visit on organised coach tours or as independent travellers.

Workshops and taster sessions, which give members of the public the opportunity to try their creative hand at anything from charcoal portraiture to ceramics, calligraphy and celtic art, are also on offer.

And the area’s creativity will take centre stage on Friday August 6 when Conway Square in Newtownards is transformed into a tented village, featuring craft demonstrations, music, and children’s activities.

The popularity of the event continues in 2010, with coach tours and craft workshops booking up well ahead of the August 6 start date.

Alastair McDowell, Events Development officer with Ards Borough Council said: “The Creative Peninsula may be in its ninth year, but the artistic talent which abounds in Ards continues to grow and so too does the number of people who want to take advantage of the rare chance to see craftspeople and artists at work in their studio environments, to introduce their children to fun arts and crafts activities or simply enjoy viewing a diverse collection of locally produced work in one of our exhibition venues.”

The Creative Peninsula runs from Friday, August 6 to Sunday, August 15.

Brochures are available from Ards and Portaferry Tourist Information Centres, Ards Crafts or Ards Arts Centre.

To book or for further information, Tel: 028 9182 6846 or visit


Summer saturday, summer sunday!

McKee Clock is the venue this Saturday for the favourite summertime couple — Punch and Judy. Their show will keep audiences entertained between 3pm and 5pm (with intervals) and children's facepainting .

On Sunday (again from 3pm and 5pm), Mac Factor will be keeping park-goers entertained throughout the afternoon.

Live music takes a Bavarian route at the Ward Park bandstand this week, with the wonderful Oompah band playing a selection of foot stomping, thigh slapping German tunes.

For further information telephone Bangor Tourist Information Centre on 9127 0069 or visit


Family nature trail

One for all the family on Sunday August 1 — enjoy a guided woodland walk at Crawfordsburn Country Park.

Departing at 2.30pm at the Education Centre reception, this two hour walk will be filled with fun and exciting activities such as scavenger hunts, shelter building, blindfold walks and bird watching. There will also be a hunt for some of the mini-beasts that live in the woods.

Admission is free, but it is important to note that the event operates on a ticket only basis — limited numbers apply.

For further information and to book your place contact Bangor Tourist Information Centre on 28 91 27 0069 or email

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