Fashionistas take note!  The stunning Slieve Donard Resort and Spa will become a catwalk for lovers of fashion, make-up and style on Thursday 22nd June.

Katherin Farrie (right), the fabulous personal stylist from Victoria Square, is joined by Slieve Donard Spa therapists, Rebecca Murray and Sambie Lee, to help prepare for the Summer Styling Showcase event, in association with Victoria Square, which takes place on June 16, from 7pm, at the stunning Slieve Donard Resort and Spa. Get your tickets whilst you can for this popular event by calling the Spa at Slieve Donard on 028 4372 6166 – tickets are priced at £15.

The Summer Styling Showcase event, in association with Victoria Square, promises to solve all your summer fashion worries, says Helen McCune, Spa Manager at the Spa at Slieve Donard.

“Last year’s event was an overwhelming success so we are delighted to once again be working with Victoria Square. Katherin Farries, the fabulous personal stylist from Victoria Square, will be giving her expert tips on what to wear this season and what styles, colours and trends to follow for every type of occasion.  Beauty consultants from CID Cosmetics will also be on hand to provide their top tips on how to achieve the perfect summer looks.

“Not only that, but the event also includes summer cocktails and delicious canapés, a gorgeous goody bag and the chance to enter a wonderful prize draw in aid of Daisy Lodge”, concludes Helen.

Get your tickets whilst you can for this popular event by calling the Spa at Slieve Donard on 028 4372 6166 – tickets are priced at £15 and £10 for spa members.

StreetVelodrome visits Antrim this June!

Antrim is the place to be from Friday 16 until Sunday 18 June as the much anticipated, world-unique, StreetVelodrome will roll into Antrim for three days.


Athletes competing on the Street Velodrome track.

The roving pop-up style Velodrome will be based in Central Car Park (next to the Castle Mall) offering cyclists and non-cyclists of all ages a chance to get on their bike!

Sir Chris Hoy wannabes will be able to test their cycling skills on the StreetVelodrome track from 5.30pm – 7.30pm on Friday and 10am – 6pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Bikes, helmets, coaching and all equipment is provided free of charge on site, so anyone can come along and have a go. It is suitable for all ages and features pursuit-style races between two people at any one time.

The StreetVelodrome activity in Antrim will feature as part of a 30-minute television programme documenting the two-week tour of Ireland, which will include dates in Dublin and other parts of Northern Ireland.

The weekend will also feature family fun skills training, bike checks, cycling exhibitions and demonstrations from pros of the StreetVelodrome sport, so make sure you do not miss out! For more information visit

July is Children’s Craft Month at Flowerfield Arts Centre

Would your children like to get involved in Craft Month at Flowerfield Arts Centre?

Offering children the chance to take part in pottery, 3D printing, glass fusing and textiles, the crafts will be taught by qualified artists in five day workshops each week during July

Aimed at children aged 3 – 12 years old, the courses will develop creative ability in a fun environment.

Speaking about the activities on offer, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Alderman Maura Hickey said: “This is a great way of introducing the very young to the world of crafts. The activities on offer will encourage creativity in a fun and enjoyable way in the beautiful setting of Flowerfield Arts Centre.”

Enrolment forms are now available from the Reception Desk at the Arts Centre. Places are limited so it is advised to book as soon as possible. The cost per child is £40 for 3 – 4 year olds and £45 for 5 – 12 year olds. Please note the Glass Fusion Class will cost £50 due to the price of materials.

Please call Flowerfield Arts Centre on 028 7083 1400 for more information.

The schedule of all activities on offer can be found by visiting our website at:

Ten exciting things to do in Northern Ireland next week!

Tourism NI has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland (June 5- June 11)


  1. UK Pipe Band Championships, June 10. Over a 100 of the finest pipe and drum bands from all over the United Kingdom and Ireland will be competing for the coveted title of UK Champions on Saturday 10 June.This free, family friendly, all-day event attracts thousands of visitors.
  2. Bioblitz on Cuilcagh Mountain Park, Co. Fermanagh, 9June-10June. Across a 24-hour period, scientists, naturalists and members of the public work will together to find as many species as possible within the Cuilcagh Mountain Park.Admission charges apply.
  3. Summer Jam Strabane, June 7-June 11. The Blizzards (featuring RTE’s Voice of Ireland Coach, Bressy), The Academic and Ryan McMullan are among the scorching line up now confirmed for the Strabane event of the year. For tickets visit
  4. Belfast International Photo Festival. 1 Jun – 30 June.This major photographic event celebrates some of the finest national and international contemporary photography across 30 museums, galleries and public venues.The festival includes exhibitions, talks, symposiums, workshops, screenings, masterclasses, portfolio reviews and tours. For ticket information visit
  5. Mourne Way Marathon, Co. Down 10 June. Having established itself as one of Ireland’s premier off road running events the 2017 event is set to attract participants from across the world that will come to compete alongside fellow runners on this spellbinding route. Prices from £20.
  6. Foyle O-born festival 2017, Derry~Londonderry10 June. A colourful feast of rhythm and light to delight young and old. The Playtrail will be transformed for one night into ‘Little Tokyo’ to celebrate Derry-Londonderry’s very own O-bon Japanese Festival with a whole evening of performances, music, workshops and exhibition. Keep the kids mesmerised with storytelling, face painting, Japanese games, manga drawing workshops and ninjas in the woods! For programme of events
  7. “Open Book” Fair at Castleward, Co. Down, June 10- 11 June. Browse through thousands of quality used books and uncover a great bargain. There will be something for everyone from rare and vintage classics to children’s favourites. Normal admission – free for members.
  8. Danny Boy Jazz and Blues Festival, Co. Londonderry. June7-June 11. The best of local, national and international musicians will perform in venues in Limavady town centre. For tickets and timings visit
  9. Underhill Rose, Co Down  6 June. Harmonies, soul-touching lyrics, eye-catching stage presence – Underhill Rose has become synonymous with beautiful music The North Carolina trio earned a brand new legion of fans during their first ever tour of Northern Ireland in May of last year. Admission charges apply.
  10. Stand Up Paddleboard River Trail, Limavady 5 June. Want to try something unique, chilled out and super fun? Then Stand Up Paddleboarding is for you!Stand up paddleboarding is an ancient form of surfing with a Hawaiian heritage. Emerging as a popular and competitive global sport. The session is suitable for varying abilities. Admission charges apply.

For more information on these events and other things to do in Northern Ireland, visit

What’s on Ards & North Down, this week and next!

Friday 2 – Thursday 8 June


Saturday 3 June

Cultra Hillclimb

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

10am – 5pm  | For prices see website

From classic rally cars to motorbikes, this annual celebration of Irish motorsport covers every era in an exuberant display of style, sound, smell and colour.  This is a Tourism Grant Aided event.

T: 028 9042 8428 |


Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June, Family Fun at Cockle Row Cottages

Cockle Row Cottages, Groomsport Harbour

2pm – 4pm  | Free

Come along to Groomsport for free family fun every weekend from now until September

Sat 3: CSI workshop and Children’s Crafts
Sun 4: Traditional Crafts and Glitter Tattoos

T:  028 9127 0069 |


Wednesday 7 June

Bangor Castle Walled Garden Tour

6.30pm-8.30pm | Free

This popular guided tour provides an insight into the garden’s history, its restoration and the vast array of plants, fruits and vegetables which are grown there.

T:  028 9127 0069 |


Friday 9 – Thursday 15 June  


Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June, Family Fun at Cockle Row Cottages

Cockle Row Cottages, Groomsport Harbour

2pm – 4pm  | Free

Come along to Groomsport for free family fun every weekend from now until September

Sat 10: Science Workshop and Face Painting
Sun 11: Crafts and Mr Hullabaloo Puppet Show

T:  028 9127 0069 |


Saturday 10 June, Great Wars Coach Tour

Departs from North Down Museum, Bangor

9.30am – 1.30pm | Tickets £10

Join us on this half day coach tour and discover the area’s deep connections with the Great Wars of 1914-1918 and 1939-1945.

T:  028 9127 0069 |


Tickets now on sale…


Walled Garden Theatre performances this summer:


Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 July

Theatre in the Walled Garden: Billionaire Boy

Bangor Castle Walled Garden

2pm and 6pm | Tickets £6


Thursday 20 July

Theatre in the Walled Garden: Northanger Abbey

Bangor Castle Walled Garden

7pm | Tickets £10


Friday 21 July

Theatre in the Walled Garden: Murder on the Terrace

Bangor Castle Walled Garden

7pm | Tickets £10


T: 028 9127 0069 | Book online (Fees apply) |




Portaferry Visitor Information Centre

The Stables, Castle Street, BT22 1NZ

T: 028 4272 9882


Saturday 3 –  Sunday 25 June

Art in the Loft: Sea

Textile Artist Jenni Cheung presents a collection of mixed media artwork inspired by the sea.


North Down Museum, Bangor

Castle Park Avenue, located by Bangor Castle (Town Hall), BT20 4BT

T: 028 9127 1200 |


Wednesday 31 May – Sunday 25 June

The Millennium Art and Craft Club

See paintings in all mediums from the club members.


Wednesday 7 June – Thursday 27 July

Fleadh Exhibition

Explore the history and culture of Irish Traditional Music and Dance in the local area.

Bangor Castle Walled Garden

Castle Park Avenue, located by Bangor Castle (Town Hall), BT20 4BT

T: 028 9127 1200


Saturday 3 –  Sunday 25 June

ForM Sculpture Exhibition 2017

Art and nature collide in a unique garden experience


Ards Crafts and Visitor Information Centre

31 Regent Street, Newtownards, BT23 4AD

T: 028 9182 6846


Saturday 3 –  Sunday 25 June

Portaferry Gala: The first 50 years

See how Portaferry Gala has developed and grown over the years.



Bullitt Hotel is bringing Banter to Belfast. Quite literally.

Banter is an ongoing series of public interviews, discussions and conversations, which has featured on the programmes of top festivals (including Electric Picnic and Other Voices), venues and spaces across Ireland, Britain, Europe and the United States. Since its launch in 2009, the Banter event series has welcomed a cast of thousands, covering topics from craft beer, football, nudge theory, Madonna, David Bowie and much more besides.

Now, a new monthly residency will take place in Belfast. For Banter’s first outing at Bullitt, the panel will explore the sound of the city, asking just what is the current state of Belfast’s musical nation?

The debut Banter at Bullitt event takes place on Wednesday 7th June, promising compelling chat and lively discussions around NI’s top musical talent.

Banter host and producer, Irish Times journalist Jim Carroll will be joined by Sarah McBriar (director and creative producer of the AVA Festival), Jonny Carberry (resident DJ and music creator at Bullitt) and Stuart Bailie (music journalist and co-presenter of Across the Line) to discuss what the future sound of Belfast will be.

To book your place email or ring +44 (0)28 9590 0600, or visit for further details.


What: Banter at Bullitt. This month’s topic: Is there life beyond Van: The state of Belfast’s musical landscape.

Where: Baltic at Bullitt Hotel, 40a Church Lane, Belfast, BT1 4QN

When: Wednesday 7th June, 6.30pm

Tickets: £5 which includes a Jameson Black Barrel cocktail on arrival. Contact to book your seat.

Banter will take place on the first Wednesday of every month at Bullitt. Next Up: The Robots are Taking Over Belfast; What will your job look like in 2027? On Wednesday July 5th.

Ulster Orchestra – On Your Door Step at Bangor Abbey

On Friday 16 June, at 7.30pm, The Ulster Orchestra will be performing at Bangor Abbey as part of its ‘On Your Doorstep’ concert series.


The Ulster Orchestra will be performing at Bangor Abbey on Friday, 16 June as part of their “On Your Doorstep” series of concerts.

Now in its second year, this initiative, sees the Orchestra play in as diverse a range of venues as possible across Northern Ireland.

Musicians from the Orchestra’s wind section will be centre stage for the performance which is focused around French music perfect for a Midsummer evening of music.

For almost 50 years, the Ulster Orchestra has been at the forefront of musical life in Northern Ireland. Founded in 1966 and comprised of 63 full-time musicians, the orchestra forms the region’s only professional symphony orchestra and celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016/17.

Speaking about the event, Ards and North Down Borough Council’s Arts Officer, Patricia Hamilton said: “Once again we are delighted to have the Ulster Orchestra play at Bangor Abbey in what promises to be an entertaining evening of classical music in a beautiful venue. We hope everyone will come along and enjoy this wonderful event.”

Tickets for the concert cost £10 for adults and £6 for children and are currently on sale at


Antrim, 30th May 2017: Antrim Agricultural Society and Randox Laboratories have announced they’ve agreed a three-year deal whereby Randox will be the new title sponsor of the annual Antrim Show.


Pictured launching Randox as the new title sponsor of the Antrim Show, at Shanes Castle, Antrim, and unveiling the event’s new logo, are (l-r) Antrim Agricultural Society’s Chairman Fred Duncan; President James Clements; Secretary Patricia Pedlow; and Dr Peter FitzGerald, Managing Director of Randox. Randox Antrim Show will take place on Saturday 22 July at Shanes Castle Estate. Visit for more details. Picture: Julie Hazelton.

The Randox Antrim Show will take place this year on Saturday 22nd July at Shanes Castle, Antrim.


With 111 years of events under its belt, Antrim Show is one of the longest running and most highly regarded of Northern Ireland’s regional agricultural shows.  It is a showcase of country life with an eclectic mix that includes the best of the best livestock competitions, equine events, local food and rural crafts, set amongst stalls, marquees and family entertainment.


Randox is one of the most important businesses in Northern Ireland. For over 35 years, it has been committed to transforming global healthcare. A world-leading medical diagnostics manufacturer, its products and services are used in hospitals, universities and laboratories in 145 countries. Spearheading the drive towards preventive healthcare, it opened Randox Health clinics across the UK to offer its diagnostic expertise directly to the public. Headquartered in Crumlin, Randox recently invested over £161m on Randox Science Park, redeveloping the former Masserene Barracks in Antrim into a state-of-the-art R&D, engineering and manufacturing hub.


Welcoming this show of support from Randox, a neighbouring company of the Show, Fred Duncan, Chairman of Antrim Agricultural Society, said:

“This partnership with Randox offers us a fantastic and refreshing opportunity to enhance our marketing plans as well as add to the Show’s offering of activities. We welcome the return of regular visitors and newcomers to enjoy our fun packed day in the country that we offer within the beautiful setting of the Shanes Castle Estate.


“Antrim Agricultural Society is a not for profit organisation. It’s thanks only to the support of sponsors and the hard work and dedication of a team of volunteers that the Show can continue to go from strength to strength.”


Randox is also well-known for its veterinary division and in line with its new commitment to equine events, through its sponsorship of the Randox Health Grand National, is developing a leading equine health programme. Show-goers are guaranteed an eye-opening experience when they visit the interactive stands at the Randox Health marquee at Shanes Castle on the 22nd July.


Randox’s founder and managing director, Dr Peter FitzGerald, said:

“This partnership means a great deal to Randox and we’re delighted to work with the very committed team behind this event. Our success is in no small way down to the support we’ve received from the local community and the people who work with us, and we believe that it’s vital to give back wherever possible. This is one way of the ways we are doing that and we’re all looking forward to the very first Randox Antrim Show.”


Coinciding with the news of this valuable support from Randox, the Show has unveiled a new logo as part of a rebrand that will also include an update of the website in time for the opening of competition entries in the early half of June. To stay up to date with Randox Antrim Show’s news, visit or


The Market Place Theatre in Armagh is the place to be this summer as it launches its June to August programme.

Crammed full of light-hearted comedy and drama, chilled out musical performances, loads of entertainment for the little ones including the massively popular Showstoppers musical, and not to mention the now annual John Hewitt Summer School. Here’s just an outline of what’s available to enjoy during those long summer evenings.

A host of local talent will take to the stage in June with performances from the children of The Jennifer Marshall School Of Dance with their spectacular production ‘Gotta Dance’. The students of Drama For Kids offer an amusingly different take on everyone’s favourite fairytales in ‘Into The Woods’. Spotlight Studio are back with the much-loved tale of ‘Chara And The Beast’, and Stage Stars Youth Theatre present ‘Musical Mayhem 3’.

June will also see a host of creative opportunities with three superb workshops in Pastel Painting, Silver Jewellery and Pin Hole Photography, all led by expert tutors, allowing you to learn a superb new skill in a relaxed and fun environment.

For the kids, the ever-popular Family Super Saturday will take place on 29 July, this time featuring the Dinosaur Detectives. Follow a fascinating journey of discovery, fun and conflict surrounding the first fossil finds of Mary Anning, William Buckland and Gideon Mantell. A show with puppetry combined with projection and shadow theatre create their fascinating world. Boys and girls who are into Dinosaurs will love this show! A fossil table will be available at the end of the show for everyone to study fossils – including Dinosaur Vertebrae and Dinosaur Poo!

Families will also be delighted with the return of ‘Showstoppers’, our annual Musical Theatre workshop. Why not make good use of the holidays to learn or perfect your skills in acting, singing and dancing. Over the course of five days a professional director, musical director & choreographer will work with you on scenes, songs and dances from some of the most popular musicals around, before you perform ‘Showstoppers’ on The Market Place’s Main Stage in front of your own live audience. Believe us, it’s the best fun the summer can be!

There’ll be laughs aplenty with some fantastic stand-up comedy and comedy drama. Micky Bartlett’s hit 30 and he’s unapologetically taking on the big issues in his new show ‘Typical’: racism, sexism, his doctor telling him to avoid dairy. Don’t miss Northern Ireland’s favourite stand-up from BBC’s ‘Bad Language’, ‘Monumental’ and Radio 4’s ‘State Of The Nations’ with his funniest hour yet. Or so he hopes… bloody typical!

The craic continues with ‘Stop It Nurse’. Belvoir Players proudly presents this hilarious Ulster comedy by Sam Cree. Set in a Belfast hospital during the 1960’s, the Ward Sister rules the roost! We follow the fortunes and misfortunes of the patients in the male surgical ward. When Sammy, a Linfield supporter is admitted, followed by Felix who supports Glentoran, we can be sure mayhem follows! Add to the mix a giddy nurse, a domineering wife, a femme fatale and an all-in wrestler, then we have all the ingredients for a typical evening of pure Cree manic magic!

August will see the return of The 7 Hills Blues Festival with performances by Dana Masters and The Henry Girls. Originally from the Deep South in the United States, Dana Masters grew up with sound of soul, rhythm and blues and gospel music all around her. From live work with BBC radio 4 and ‘Proms In The Park’ to singing regularly with Van Morrison, Dana’s reputation as one of Ireland’s top vocalists continues to gain momentum.

‘The Henry Girls’ are an Irish folk and roots music group consisting of three sisters, Karen, Lorna and Joleen McLaughlin. You’ll often see The Henry Girls on stage with a fiddle, ukulele, banjo, guitar, harp, mandolin, piano and accordion. Their new album ‘Far Beyond the Stars’ was named are RTE Radio’s Album of the Week in March 2017, an incredible achievement.

For details of all events can be found online at, and tickets for can be booked by contacting the Box Office on [028] 3752 1821.

And to keep up-to-date with the latest news at the Market Place Theatre, you can follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter ( where you will find all the latest information, special offers and video previews.


Jacqueline shares her pick of what’s on this weekend across Northern Ireland


The Holywood Harmony Festival boasts a three-day line-up that is set to boost the growing reputation of the volunteer-run spectacle.  Hothouse Flowers, Ulaid & Duke Special and Gareth Dunlop will headline each day from Friday 2nd June to Sunday 4th June respectively.  On Ulaid and Duke Special will be supported by The Emerald Armada and Red House. On Saturday The Hothouse Flowers will be supported by The Nat Youle Band and singer/songwriter Ciaran McElhinney. On Sunday Gareth Dunlop will be supported by Dana Masters and Sam Wickens.


An Antiques Vintage and Collectors Fair will take place this Saturday 3rd June from 10.00 am to 4.00pm at Mulavilly Parish Hall, Mulavilly, Tandragee. This event is a fundraiser for SAMS project. There will be free parking and refreshments available.  Browse a great selection of antique and vintage silver, jewellery, kitchenalia, china,  crystal, tools, art ,coins, medals and much more.


What could be more relaxing than spending your evening watching the sunset whilst paddling along taking in the stunning views of Lough Erne?  If this sounds like something that would interest you then join SHARE Discovery Village on May 31st or June 2nd for their Sunset Paddles event!  This fantastic event costs ONLY £15pp – including equipment hire.


Time Travellers, Midsummer Vintage & Handmade Fair will take place at The Mellon Country Inn, Omagh this Sunday 4th June. There will be stalls galore filled with vintage clothing, jewellery, collectibles, retro, vinyls, china and more. Music will be provided by Boneyard Record Shop.


This Saturday Guildhall Square will welcome the very best of artisan traders at the Walled City Market, offering visitors a friendly shopping experience with a wide selection of speciality foods ranging from vegetables, homemade jams & preserves, artisan breads & cakes, sweets and handmade craft products.


A weekend of walks are on offer for everyone ranging from gentle strolls to mountain challenges around the Glens of Antrim led by local people. The Walk the Glens Festival is based around the Glens areas and offers walking in simply spectacular surroundings. Walks include a heritage history walk, the three peaks, and a stroll around the Clachans in Cushendun followed by a BBQ and traditional music and much more. Appropriate footwear must be worn on all mountain walks. Registration will take place before each walk at the Old Schoolhouse. No dogs allowed on any of the walks. See


Blues guitar legend Ronnie Greer returns to the Crescent Arts Centre this Friday with his powerhouse band, featuring some of the finest musicians in the country.  Ronnie’s distinctive guitar style, melding searing Chicago blues style licks with be bop jazz inspired lines, has been critically acclaimed as world class.  His band, comprising of Anthony Toner, guitar and vocals, John McCullough, keyboards, Nick Scott, bass guitar and Peter McKinney, drums, operate on a level which must be heard to be appreciated. Add to the mix, special guest Ken Haddock, one of the most soulful and expressive singers on the Irish music scene, and you have the recipe for a great night of blues, roots and a little jazz, played by some of the best in the business!


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