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On the grapevine - November 17


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Public art showing eight film/video works are in eight different locations in Bangor town centre this week — showing between 5pm and 11pm.

There is a tour available tomorrow Thursday November 18, from 6.30pm to 7pm. Tours are free but spaces are limited. Email Patricia Hamilton for info and to reserve your place (

Christmas lights and fireworks display

Bring the whole family along for a spectacular seasonal fireworks display, followed by the switch on of the Christmas tree lights by George Jones and the Mayor of North Down.

Events begin at 5.30pm on Saturday November 20 at the Town Hall (Bangor Castle).

For further information on this free event contact Bangor Tourist Information Centre on (028) 9127 0069 or visit

Evening of storytelling

Bangor Carnegie Storytellers are delighted to welcome Liz Gough to Bangor Carnegie Library on Thursday 25 November at 8pm for an evening of storytelling.

Liz has written stories, poems and scripts for both radio and TV for adults and children. Her first publication, Tales to Tell Your Daughter, was published in 2009 and features a collection of stories and poems.

Her latest book, Silkie, tells a mythological tale about an aquatic creature. Liz is passionate about telling stories and her audience will be charmed by her stories both traditional and contemporary.

Admission is £5 and payable at the door. Everyone is welcome. Booking is advisable. Please contact Bangor Carnegie Library tel: 028 9127 0591 or email

Orchestral christmas

The Ulster Orchestra will play a Christmas concert at Bangor Castle Leisure Centre on Thursday December 2 at 8pm.

Tickets cost £14 (£12 concession). For info and tickets contact Bangor Tourist Information Centre on (028) 9127 0069 or North Down Museum on (028) 9127 1200.

Fair Trade C hristmas sale

Bangor fairtrade retailers Rachel Surgenor and Patricia Norrington are hosting a Fair Trade Christmas Craft sale at North Down Museum on Saturday, November 27.

On sale will be a variety of items including Christmas cards, jewellery, accessories and food.

There will also be an opportunity to buy living gifts from Tearfund and Trocaire, alternative gifts which help those living in poverty.

The sale, which runs from 10am until 4pm at the Heritage Centre, is supported by North Down Borough Council. Contact Rachel Surgenor,

Young Choon Park

Young-Choon Park, a South Korean-born classical pianist described as “individually refreshing, demonstrating real passion and style as well as outstanding technical proficiency” by The Sunday Times, will be playing in Bangor tomorrow evening (Thursday November 18).

The one-off event is to take place in Bangor Town Hall chamber at 8pm.

Tickets cost £10 (£8 concession). For info and tickets contact Bangor Tourist Information Centre on (028) 9127 0069 or North Down Museum on (028) 9127 1200.


Festive fun day and switch on

Holywood Festive Fun Day and Christmas Lights switch on takes place on Saturday December 4. Events take place on the High Street from 10am to 6pm (times for the different activities will vary).

A free event, this seasonal family treat will host a Speciality Market from noon until 6pm. There will also be Christmas-themed workshops in the library demonstrating anything from gift wrapping, Christmas baking and floral displays to how to revamp your wardrobe for the festive season from 10am to 4pm.

Light Fantastic, a contemporary choir of local schools, will be performing on the lead up to the turning on of the Christmas Tree lights outside the library at 4.30pm. A great day out for all the family — come celebrate the season in Holywood. For info contact Bangor Tourist Information Centre on (028) 9127 0069 or visit


Christmas cracker for carers

Prospects and the Presbyterian Board |of Social Witness are offering an opportunity for carers of adults with a learning disability to enjoy a period of respite.

This will take the form of Christmas Cracker, a fun programme of activities specially designed for adults with learning disabilities.

The programme, based on the Christmas story and run by experienced staff and volunteers, will include arts, crafts, music, games and refreshments.

This programme will take |place at McQuiston Memorial Presbyterian Church on Saturday November 27 from 2pm to 5.30pm and |Orangefield Presbyterian Church, also on the Castlereagh Road, on Saturday December 4 from 2pm to 5.30pm.

If you are interested in finding out more about Christmas Cracker, contact Linda Wray, residential services manager, Presbyterian Board of Social Witness, on 028 9041 7234 or Mervyn Bothwell, regional director, Prospects, on 07773423081.

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