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On the Grapevine - May 5


Sculpture festival

A major sculpture festival is taking place in North Down this month

The Culloden Estate & Spa will be partnering Gormley’s Fine Art to bring this event to the hotel from May 7-22.

The exhibition will see 120 sculptures adorn the 12 acre estate. Guests are invited to take an afternoon stroll in the private grounds that overlook Belfast Lough and enjoy, not only the view, but also the artwork. The works, which range in price from £1,000 to £50,000, will be contributed by up to 60 Irish and International Sculptors, old and new, at the forefront of their profession.

For more information about the exhibition please contact Gormley’s Fine Art on 028 8224 7738.

Mount Stewart craft fair

The popular Garden and Craft Fair returns to Mount Stewart over the weekend of May 21-22 and there are still some spaces available for craft and garden stall holders.

This year the National Trust team are looking to attract new exhibitors, creating the opportunity to browse over 200 stalls exhibiting an array of local crafts from card-making to glassware and jewellery to ceramics.

For further information on setting up a stall at this fabulous event contact Jan Hollinger on 028 4278 8387 or

To add to the garden and craft extravaganza inside the Mansion House there will be a beautiful display of Linen and Lace.

There will be music and dancing, as well as children’s entertainment, making it a great day out for the whole family. Normal admission charges apply, with free entry for National Trust Members.


Christian heritage walk

A Christian heritage walk will be taking place this Saturday, May 7 in Bangor.

Departing at 10.30am, the cost is £3. For more info & tickets, Bangor TIC: (028) 9127 0069 or

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Circus and crafts

Family Times at Cockle Row Cottages, fun time for all the family are indeed guaranteed again this weekend (Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8) at Cockle Row Cottages from 2-4pm.

Little ones can learn the art of circus skills this Saturday, May 7, with Kablitz and Sunday, May 8 is crafts day and Carmel Dyer will be showing visitors, big and small, how to make windcatchers. The cottages are open weekends only in May from 10.30am-4.30pm. Open daily, June to 4 September.

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

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Fighting back against |arthritis

Arthritis is the single biggest cause of physical disability in Northern Ireland and is responsible for one in every five visits to the GP’s surgery. It affects 250,000 people in Northern Ireland, around 30,000 of all those affected are under 45, and approximately 400 are children under 16 years old.

Arthritis Care Northern Ireland is running a six week self-management course in the Strandtown Hall, 2-4 Belmont Road, Gelstons Corner, commencing on Wednesday, May 11 from 10.30am — 1pm. Challenging Arthritis is a free course for anyone over 18 years living with the pain of arthritis.

Topics include pain management, relaxation techniques, action planning, diet and exercise.

It also helps to build confidence in dealing with health professionals, and gives participants the opportunity to meet other people with arthritis.

This course is FREE to participants. To secure your place please contact Yvonne on 028 9078 2940 or email This is an opportunity not to be missed, but act quickly as places are limited.

All the sessions are run by volunteers who have arthritis themselves, they know first-hand how debilitating this condition can be.

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Plan for your child’s future

Mencap is holding a free ‘Planning for the Future’ seminar in Belfast next month to offer advice to parents on making financial plans for their child with a learning disability when they are no longer around.

At the Mencap seminar, an independent local legal professional specialising in wills and trusts will talk about the options for how best to leave money in a will to a loved one with a learning disability, ensuring they get the best financial support they are entitled to.

The seminar will take place at Grosvenor House, 5 Glengall Street next Thursday, May 12 from, 10am to 12noon.

These seminars are always very popular, so please book your place(s) as soon as possible by contacting Breda Connolly on 028 9069 0164 or email

For ladies who lunch

‘Ladies Who Lunch’ will be hosted at the Europa Hotel on Saturday 7 May from 12noon, where guests can enjoy a delicious lunch whilst being treated to a professional fashion show from Designers at Debenhams as well as getting style and make up advice from renowned makeup artist Marcus Hunter Neil.

Event organiser, Eileen McGloin, said: “This is the fifth time we have hosted this event, and this year will be even bigger and better than before.

“The event is a fantastic opportunity to spend a day with friends, enjoy lunch and get a preview of summer’s latest fashion trends at Debenhams, all whilst helping very worth while charities.

“Last year we raised over £15,000 pounds for three incredible charities

and this year we hope to match and exceed that.”

Tickets cost only £40 and include a drinks reception, delicious lunch, a fabulous Designers at Debenhams fashion show, personalised image advice, and a luxury goody bag.

All proceeds will go to Pretty ‘n’ Pink and the Alzheimer Society and the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. Those wishing to book tickets should contact Eileen on 07894 736567 or buy online at

For more information contact Lisa Turkington on or Lisa Kelland on

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