Belfast Telegraph

On the grapevine - June 30


Music and fireworks

Groomsport Harbour is the venue for an evening of music by The UK Beach Boys, supported by Prison Love and Anthony Toner, with compere Ralph McClean followed by a fireworks finale.

The event takes place on July 3 from 7pm and admission is free.

For further information telephone Bangor Tourist Information Centre on telephone 9127 0069.|||ards

Art exhibition

Running from Thursday, July 1, '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 furtgher information telephone 9181 0803.


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


Archaeology exhibition

A new exhibition opening this week in Portaferry explores the ground in Co Down, from its archaeology to how its landscape was shaped by the people who lived there.

Made up from two separate but complementary displays, the exhibition features panels interpreting the archeology of Co Down from the Middle Stone Age through to the Norman period, while the story of how the area was changed and influenced by people like the Normans who settled in the region is told in the second part of the show.

The ‘Down In The Ground & Land And Power’ exhibition is being hosted by Portaferry Tourist Information and Visitor Centre as part of its 2010 series of spring and summer exhibitions. It runs from Monday, June 28, to Friday, July 23, in the Centre’s Loft Gallery.

For further information telephone 4272 9882. Admission is free.


Tractor event

The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum is getting in gear for its first ever Ferguson Tractor Show, organised in partnership with the Friends of Ferguson Heritage Club.

The event, which is taking place on Saturday, July, 3, will feature a number of famous Harry Ferguson tractors on display in the Ballycultra Town area including the Ferguson Model A — the first Ferguson tractor dating back to the late 1930s. There will also be working demonstrations in the museum’s country area.

Robert Berry of the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum said, “We are very much looking forward to the Harry Ferguson event and have enjoyed working with Ferguson Heritage. The Harry Ferguson tractor is synonymous with Ulster’s rural history and I have no doubt this event will be both enjoyable as well as a celebration of Ulster’s farming culture.”

Sam Neill of Ferguson Heritage said,:“This is a very appropriate partnership with the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum and we do hope the event will attract many visitors as well as Ferguson tractor owners.

“Harry Ferguson has been a major influence on farming practices across the world and this event is very much a celebration of his engineering achievements.”

Harry Ferguson is one of the 20th century’s most celebrated inventors and pioneers. He lived in County Down and his first black tractor was completed in 1933.

The event will run from 10am to 5pm. For further information, visit

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