Belfast Telegraph

On the grapevine - July 7


Cocklerow cottages

Children can bring along their favourite teddy bear for a Teddy Funday this Saturday.

On Sunday, have a go at chocolate crafting with the fabulous Choc-O-Bloc. Cottages are open daily 11.30am-5.30pm until 5th September. For further information telephone Bangor Tourist Information Centre on 9127 0069 or visit .||ards

Art exhibition

Running throughout July, 'Lustre' is an exhibition in ink by Susan Hughes.

Susan is a native of Belfast and is regularly drawn to the lustre and light of the Ards peninsula for inspiration for her paintings.

Her subject matter ranges from the colours and creatures in the Exploris Aquarium where she was artist in residence, to images of Irish musicians, mid-tune, from the locality and further a field.

She uses found or discarded objects, utilitarian and natural, found on her travels while playing music herself and exploring landscapes. Shells and eggs, fiddlers and whistlers, pots and pans...from beaches, from old ruins, from fields, from pubs, from youth hostels, from the waves — she attempts to capture the spirit, nostalgia and memory of these things through the lucid and unpredictable material of ink.

Her exhibition runs until July 30 at the Georgian Gallery in Ards Art Centre.

For further information telephone 9181 0803.

ARTistic rubbish

Do you ever look at your rubbish and imagine it as a piece of art? Let experienced artists show you how you can create a masterpiece from items such as everyday waste and articles washed up on the beach.

All materials are included, although an apron or old clothes may be required.

Events take place at Portaferry Market House from July 5-9 between 1 and3pm, and Donaghadee Community Centre from July 19 to 23 between 1 and 3pm (excludes Wednesday, July 21).

Mount Stewart concert

Enjoy a wonderful evening of soothing classical music in the stunning gardens at Mount Stewart.

The concert takes place on Saturda, July 24, at 7pm. Booking is essential.

For further information telephone 4278 8387.


Learning Centre

Redburn Loughview Community Forum is urging local people to take advantage of a range of facilities at the learning resource centre at Abbey Ring.

A computer suite will soon be available for all to use while a host of classes is held throughout the week. For further information telephone 9042 7994.

Alice production

North Down Borough Council will present their first ever outdoor theatre production this July with the production of Alice Through The Looking Glass.

Presented by Quantum who tour and produce original work and adaptations of the classics, the Bangor Town Hall show will take place on Thursday, July 22, at 7.30pm.

This new adaption of the family favourite follows Alice's fantastical adventures in the strange world she enters through the mirror above her drawing-room fireplace,retaining all of the humour and quirkiness of the Lewis Carroll original.Children are encouraged to join in the fun and come along dressed up as their favourite character from the story, there will be prize for the best dressed.

Tickets are priced at only £5 and are available from North Down Museum on telephone 9127 1200, Bangor Tourist Information on telephone 9127 0069or email

Circus antics

McKee Clock is the venue this Saturday for Barren Carousel who will be wowing crowds with their bandwagon of circus antics.

On Sunday learn the art of comedy and skill with an Open Circus Workshop. Summer Sundays in Ward Park take on a more relaxed feel with live music and this week the prestigious Templemore Brass Band will be entertainment for the afternoon between 3 and 5pm.

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

Castle park nature trail

This guided walk and tour departs North Down Museum this Saturday at 10.30am.

Enjoy an interactive and insightful nature trail around the grounds of Castle Park learning all about the many natural habitats that exist in the park and the abundance of bird life.

All children will receive a gift at the conclusion of the walk. The walk will last approx two hours and cover around two miles of Castle Park.

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


Lifeboat centenary

To celebrate the Centenary of Donaghadee Lifeboat, an Ecumenical Service will be held on the harbourside at 2pm.

Attending the service will be local clergy, Donaghadee Male Voice Choir, Belfast Old Boys Silver Band, Una Breslin School of Irish Dancers and 15 vintage lifeboats which will be sailing in to the harbour for the weekend from all over the UK and Ireland. All welcome.

For further information telephone 9188 3141.


Strangford lough walk

Walk with the Strangford Lough warden along Greyabbey shore to find out about the edible marine species that sustained communities of the lough in years gone by.

Then enjoy an evening meal inspired by the sea at the fabulous Bay Restaurant.

Suitable clothing and wellington boots are recommended.

The walk commences at 4pm followed by the meal at 6.30pm. Booking is essential

The day costs £27.50.

For further information telephone 4278 8387.

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