Get ready for a Hoedown on 11th June!

Glengormley’s Uptown Hoedown returns on Saturday 11 June with a fun-packed day of entertainment for all the family in Glengormley Park.

A free family funzone with bouncy castles, face painting, arts & crafts and dance workshops will take place from 12-6pm. Younger kids will love the teddy bears’ picnic and kids games from 1-5pm – don’t forget to bring your picnic!

Stall holders from Newtownabbey’s Speciality Market will display their wares in the park and you can take your chance on the Kentucky Derby and rodeo bull.

Citybeat will also host the Glengormley heat of the Newtownabbey’s Next Big Thing talent competition. The winners of this heat will compete against the winners of August’s Shoreline Festival heat at the finale which will take place at the Big Busking Bonanza in September in Ballyclare.

The musical entertainment will start at 3pm with “Shine” performing favourite songs for all the family. Garth Brooks and Eagles Tribute acts will take to the stage for an evening concert at 7pm. The bouncy castles will stay into the evening, so if mum and dad want to listen to the concert, kids can play away in the background!

So get yourself down to Glengormley Park on 11 June for some toe-tapping fun.

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Fat Chance!

Northern Ireland families needed now to star in new TV Health show

Does your family have the wrong diet and wrong attitude? Do you do enough exercise? Do you shop badly and can’t cook? If the answer to these questions is ‘Yes’, don’t worry, as help is on the way.

A new BBC NI television series is giving you the chance to help change your family’s life forever.

Tern Television is creating a new television series for BBC Northern Ireland called Fat Chance. We are looking for three families (mums, dads and children) with weight issues to take part in an intensive, expert-led weight loss programme this summer which will take stock of their health issues and give them a real chance to change their lives forever.

In this series, the three families will spend one week in a secret location where some of the nation’s best experts in Nutrition, Health, Psychotherapy and Fitness will help set them on the road to recovery. In a course of specialist treatments they will be given the chance to change. Then in the following weeks, they will be sent home to put what they’ve learnt to the test.

We’re looking for outgoing families with weight issues that are making them unhappy and unhealthy but who most of all want the chance to change.

If you and your family are Overweight and potentially putting yourselves at increased risk of Diabetes, Heart Disease and a variety of Cancers, we want to hear from you. We want people who are willing to share their stories with the nation to ultimately show us all how we can tackle our growing obesity problem.

The treatment programmes our families will undergo would normally cost thousands of pounds, but for the people who take part in the show it will be completely free.

For further information on how to take part, contact the Fat Chance team, Peter or Gohir at

Or Tel:- 02890326038

* All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence*

Glasgowbury gears up for a laugh!

As well as showcasing upwards of 50 acts across five different stages at this year’s festival, Glasgowbury have just announced the introduction of a comedy stage for this year’s event.

Due to be headlined by Father Damo himself (Joe Rooney), a total of eight comedians will turn the iconic G Spot stage into the Giggle Spot for an evening of rapturous humour.

Based on the same premise as the festival’s music platform, the Giggle Spot will showcase a wealth of up-and-coming comedians before being headlined by some established Irish talent.

Joe Rooney, who made his name as Father Damo in the iconic Father Ted series, will use his unique brand of humour to cap off the first ever Glasgowbury comedy stage.

Known to audiences throughout Ireland as the whistle thief, Rooney later became a household name for his portrayal of Timmy Higgins in RTE comedy Killinaskully.

Joining him for Glasgowbury’s inaugural comedy bash will be John Colleary (who also made his name on RTE by featuring on Savage Eye), Colin Geddis (I Am Fighter), Micky Barlett, Adam Laughlin, Raidhri Ward, Shane Todd and Sean Hegarty.

Festival organiser Paddy Glasgow said he was excited to be adding a new element to the festival.

“Comedy is something that we’ve been looking at introducing for a couple of years now and I’m excited to be able to offer that extra platform.

“Over the years we’ve tried to celebrate the best in new music and in recent years we’ve also welcomed elements of carnival and other forms of art and entertainment,” he said.

“So hopefully this will offer another platform to aspiring artists and have people smiling even more on the day.”

The comedy stage will be run in conjunction with Panic Dots.

Glasgowbury 2011 takes place on Saturday 23rd July and headline acts so far announced include Cashier No. 9, The Answer, Phil Kieran, LaFaro, Boxcutter, Foy Vance and Mojo Fury.

Tickets are on sale now from, see for more information.

Ulster Festival of Art and Design launches 2011 programme

From art to architecture and fashion to photography this year’s Ulster Festival of Art and Design promises a packed calendar of talks, workshops, exhibitions and performances from local and international talent.

Running from June 1 until June 12 the Festival, organised annually by the University of Ulster, is the only one of its kind in Ireland.

Based at Ulster’s Belfast campus in York Street it covers a broad spectrum of the art and design world, from the glamour of fashion to the latest in gaming technology.

Professor Richard Barnett, the University’s Vice Chancellor said: “From its inception four years ago the Festival has blossomed into an exciting and well respected programme of exceptional quality.

“It attracts artists and designers from around the world and is an ideal way to highlight the excellence in innovation and creativity that we enjoy and value at Ulster.”

This year’s line-up boasts a host of top notch visitors such as Phil Campbell, game creator and designer whose credits include Heavy Rain, Tomb Raider and Thor.

Also visiting is Karen Nicol, one of the world’s most renowned embroidery and mixed media textile artists. Her ‘A’ list clients include Givenchy, Clements Ribeiro and Chanel.

Russell Mills, who designed album covers for amongst others Brian Eno, Bob Marley and Miles Davis, will be talking about his work as a designer, musician and artist.

The Festival also hosts the students’ End of Year Show, the annual large-scale exhibition which is a showcase for today’s emerging talent and an ideal opportunity for visitors to buy work from young up and coming stars.

And the Ulster Fashion Show is another favourite, featuring garments created by final year students for their spectacular catwalk extravaganza.

The Festival has joined forces with local band And So I Watch You From Afar and video artist Seamus Harahan to produce a unique advertising campaign – keep your ears and eyes peeled for this specially commissioned work.
Tim Kerr the Festival Director said: “This year’s Festival has a great mix of events featuring artists and designers who are at the top in their field.

“I think we are all becoming much more conscious and concerned about the world around us – how our streets look, what we wear, how we communicate – these are all products of design and they are a growing part of our everyday life and lifestyle.

“The Festival gives us the chance to hear and meet some of the biggest names in art and design, the freshest and most dynamic new thinkers in our design-conscious world.”

Michael Johnston, Managing Partner at Carson McDowell, the Festival’s principal sponsor said: “We are delighted to sponsor the 2011 Ulster Festival of Art and Design as part of our ongoing commitment to supporting the arts, education and the community.

“We believe that the arts help to define and enrich communities. The University’s Belfast campus is a hub of creativity and we are pleased to support the innovation and excellence which has become its hallmark.

“We are keen to acknowledge the valuable financial contribution to our economy made by the art and design students.”

To access the full Festival programme and to book events, visit

The Festival is also supported by Belfast City Council, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and the Department for Social Development.

Exclusive Festival commission for And So I Watch You From Afar With artist filmmaker Seamus Harahan

The Ulster Festival of Art & Design has commissioned the Belfast band, And So I Watch You From Afar to write and produce a unique 30 second track.

In an innovative move, the Festival is using the special one-off piece entitled “Confident Human” as part of its radio advertising……….a bespoke track written specifically for this purpose. The track will air on Cool FM and U105 from 20th May – 11th June.

In addition, to complement this enterprising stroke of creativity, the Festival also commissioned filmmaker and artist Seamus Harahan to make a short film to accompany the track.

More info: Tim Kerr | | 028 9026 7286


You won’t be angling for something to do over the next two weeks if you catch some of the exciting events taking place during the South Antrim Fishing Festival!

Organised by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Councils, the event runs from 21 – 28 May.

On Saturday 28 May, a flagship event will take place at Mossley Mill, from 11am to 5pm.  Jenny Bristow, Ireland’s Good Food Ambassador, celebrated chef and author will be showcasing her skills in the marquee at 12 noon, 2pm and 3.30pm as she demonstrates how after you’ve hooked it, you can cook it. Along with fly tying demonstrations, fish stalls, arts and crafts and children’s entertainment, it promises to be a brilliant day for all the family to enjoy.

Throughout the course of the festival week, seasoned fisherman will have a chance to pit their skill against each other at the three competitions which are taking place at Straid Fishery on 22 May from 10am to 4pm; Craigmore Fishery, Randalstown on Thursday 26 May from 6 to 10 pm and Tildarg Fishery, Ballyclare on Saturday 28 May from 11am to 4pm. The winner of each competition will walk away with a prize of £200, second place with £100 and 3rd place £50. The person who hooks the heaviest fish over the course of the competition will take home the Allan Kirkpatrick Memorial Cup.

For those of you who would like to enter a fishing competition in the future, but have never tried the sport, the coaching sessions are just the ticket.  These free, one hour sessions will be led by professional angling instructors at Tildarg Fishery on Monday 23 May from 6-10 pm; Toome Linear Park on Tuesday 24 May from 6-10pm; Trout and About, Ballyclare on Tuesday 24 May from 5.30-9.30pm; Craigmore Fishery, Randalstown on Wednesday 25 May from 6-10pm, Straid Fishery, Ballyclare on Thursday 26 May 6-10pm and Creeve Trout Fishery, Randalstown on Friday 27 May from 5-9pm.

It certainly promises to be week of fishy fun with something for everyone to enjoy.  Make sure you don’t miss out!

For further information visit or contact Lisa O’Kane on 028 9034 0052.

The South Antrim Fishing Festival is being funded by ‘GROW South Antrim’ through the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme and sponsored by Ulster Bank, AG Wilson, Barnabys Restaurant, Castle Mall, Six Mile Water River Trust, Straid Fishery and White O Morn.

Fantastic Funtopia Family Fun Day in aid of Foyle Hospice this June!

Looking for a great local family day out in June? Then why not check out the Funtopia Family Fun Day, in aid of Foyle Hospice, on Saturday, June 4th from 1 p.m. This exciting event will be held at the new Funtopia Fun Centre, situated at the Three Rivers Centre, just behind the Eclipse Cinema Complex, Lifford, and will be packed with all the fun that Funtopia can provide from Games & Entertainment, face painting, Balloon moddelling and much more!

All in aid of the hardworking charity, Foyle Hospice, the Funtopia staff and management are planning a spectacular family event with “It’s a Knock Out”, games and inflatable fun throughout the afternoon. Children will be able to enjoy all the facilities of the fun centre, which is currently offering a packed programme of events for young people including a after schools club, drama classes, fashion and design classes, junior youth club and youth discos.

“Since we opened our after-school club and various evening clubs for children and young people in the Strabane and Lifford areas, we have been overwhelmed by the local support” commented Rose McCrossan from Funtopia.  “We therefore felt a great way to thank everyone would be to offer a truly magical fun day all in aid of Foyle Hospice, which will bring everyone together for such a hardworking charity, whilst letting everyone in the local area enjoy our wonderful facilities and services offered by the fun centre. For example little ones the fun day will be offering a magical fun day and balloon modelling, while older children can enjoy the pool and games room, karaoke and disco room and much more!”

The Funtopia Family Fun Day in aid of Foyle Hospice kicks off at 1 p.m and will run until 3 p.m, with all proceeds raised on the day from the fantastic Funtopia Face painting team and bouncy castle going towards Foyle Hospice. The Funtopia Fun centre has excellent parking facilities and is only a 1 min walk from the Eclipse Cinema, offering family’s the ideal opportunity to catch a matinee film after the fun day! For further information about the fun day, which is also open to community groups wishing to bring groups on a special day out, simply call Rose on the Funtopia hotline on 07821046036.

Top Chefs, Gardening, Great Food & Music – This Year’s Sea Bangor Set To Be The Best Yet!!

Chef Matt Tebbutt will take part in live cookery demonstrations and also acting as a judge on the Masterchef Competition.

There’s something for everybody at this year’s Sea Bangor Festival; whether you’re into cooking, gardening, literature or live music, we’ve got it covered with a myriad of big names coming along to join in the fun on Saturday & Sunday, June 18th & 19th.

For the food lover, Matt Tebbutt, the Celebrity Chef will be wowing the crowds with his live cookery demonstrations in the Food Tent. Matt is a chef based in Wales and is a well-known food TV presenter. Matt’s first national TV appearance was competing on the Great British Menu on BBC2. He can currently be seen on Good Food’s daily show Market Kitchen, co-presenting with Amanda Lamb, Tom Parker-Bowles and Matthew Fort.  He is also a guest presenter for Saturday Kitchen on BBC1. Matt has more recently appeared on Flora’s Family Food Fight – a Channel 5 series in which he helps families prepare and cook healthy meals. He was also selected as one of the elite band of chefs to take part in BBC 1’s prime time smash, Great British Waste Menu, where his food attracted high praise.

On Saturday, 18th June, Matt will be performing three live culinary master classes in the afternoon, promising to showcase his skills and offer tips and advice to spectators.  These events will be interspersed with demonstrations from a selection of Local Chefs.

Then on the Sunday, he will be a guest judge on Sea Bangor’s very own Masterchef competition where three catering pupils from three local SERC colleges will be pitching their talents against each other during three rounds. Based on the Professional Masterchef model, contestants will have to make the same seafood dish for round one, a dish for under £10 for round two and finish off with a signature dish. The competitors will all be competing for the highly-sought-after top prize of a half day’s work experience with Matt Tebbutt. The competition will be fierce and entertainment value high! Sunday afternoon will also see some well-known local business characters along with The Mayor battle it out in an Omelette Challenge.

Over in the Music & Yarns Tent on the Sunday, award-winning journalist and author of “Titanic Port,” Alf McCreary will be giving a talk on the history of Belfast Harbour, from a muddy inlet in the 17th century to today’s modern, world-class seaport – guaranteed to be a highlight for all you history and literature lovers.

Following Alf’s talk on the Sunday afternoon, BBC Radio Ulster’s Cherrie McIlwaine will be introducing a special gardening segment, featuring some local experts with talks, demonstrations and a Q & A session afterwards. Afternoons in the Music & Yarns Tent will feature a line-up of top class live music acts, including local artists like Gareth Dunlop and Matt McGinn.

Gastronomic and Culinary treats galore are in store for visitors to the event with local restaurants and food producers selling their wares on-site each day from 10 – 6pm.

So whatever floats your boat, come along to Sea Bangor for a great family day out!

A full programme of events which will include children’s activities, local art-workshops & displays, talks, street theatre, live music and lots more will be issued soon.

From 20-24 May Ballyclare will celebrate it’s annual May Fair and this year there is something for everyone.

Saturday 21 May will kick off with the traditional Mayor’s Parade as well as a family fun day. Families will enjoy the Teddy Bears’ Picnic, It’s a Knockout, bouncy castles and face painting. Citybeat will be hosting the first round of our new talent competition ‘Newtownabbey’s Next Big Thing’. There’ll also be dancing with Jump, Jiggle and Jive.

The traditional market stalls will line the town and at the town hall the Newtownabbey Speciality Market will present the best of food and crafts to tantalise your taste buds.

In the evening, a free concert by The Elvis Spectacular with warm-up by Shine, followed by a fireworks extravaganza, will take place in Ballyclare Comrades Club grounds.

This year we are introducing the first ever May Fair Comedy Night on Monday 23 May- William Caulfield will present the well-loved ‘Our William’ show. Tickets are available from the Town Hall at a cost of only £3.

Tuesday 24 May is known as May Fair day when the streets make way for a horse trading fair. The famous Continental Market will also be in town and another funday will take place, featuring rare breeds, a petting zone, beagles, bouncy castles, face painting, arts and crafts and drumming workshops. Kids will get a chance to make their own May Fair tart to bake at home.

Hugo Duncan will also bring his radio roadshow to the town that afternoon.

In the evening you will be spoilt for choice. There is a cookery masterclass featuring chefs from Barnaby’s and Mount Charles, with food tastings, wines by Grape Expectations and a Can’t Cook Won’t Cook competition at Six Mile Leisure Centre Ballyclare from 7-10pm – tickets not required. There will also be a Traditional Music and Dance Gala featuring Glengormley Traditional Music School from 7-10pm in the Town Hall, tickets are not required.

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