Planning a beautiful autumn or winter wedding with careful consideration to Northern Ireland’s temperamental climate can be challenging enough for many brides and grooms, never mind the additional planning required for the ultimate honeymoon break befitting a newlywed couple!
It’s safe to say we at Dufferin, alongside many other chocolate lovers and foodies, are extremely excited for the return of the Finnebrogue Artisan Hans Sloane Chocolate & Fine Food Festival taking place from 14th – 16th September.
f you are a true Game of Thrones fan, we’re sure you among many others across the world are eagerly awaiting the next instalment of the series which isn’t due to hit screens until next year.
Visitors who stay at Dufferin Coaching Inn visit for a number of reasons, whether it’s a local guest visiting for a short staycation, or visitors coming from further afield to build their family trees or walk in the footsteps of their ancestors.
This June, racing enthusiasts from near and far will flock to Downpatrick Racecourse for its ‘Festival of Racing’, an exciting two-day event taking place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June that will offer an abundance of exhilarating races, popular style competitions with fantastic prizes up for grabs, and ultimately, great craic to be enjoyed for all.
Classic and understated, bedazzled and glamorous, or chic with a touch of style from the 80s? When it comes to hunting down the perfect wedding dress – otherwise referred to as ‘the one’ – brides are faced with so much choice that they often find it quite difficult to make the final decision.
Over the years we have certainly seen our fair share of beautiful wedding celebrations, from large, bold and beautiful, to small, sleek and elegant. All weddings share many common elements including great laughs with close friends, special stolen moments with your newly betrothed, and of course, celebration
The sport of golf has an incredibly rich history, with its roots tracing back to as early as the 15th century on the eastern coast of Scotland.
From the day a proposal is accepted, right through to the exchange of wedding vows in front close family and friends, a wedding is an exciting, magical and – let’s face it – slightly stressful time for any couple.
With the Easter holidays approaching, now is the time to plan in some fun-filled Easter activities for you and little ones, and if you’re fond of searching high and low for the elusive eggs in an Easter egg hunt and enjoy getting out and about in the fresh air, County Down will have something for you!
Strangford Lough, located just 30 minutes from the busy streets of Belfast, is one of the many beautiful hidden gems that Northern Ireland has to offer, and sits conveniently in Killyleagh’s back yard.
It could be said that Newcastle upon Tyne couple Mark and Lynsey Harbottle truly bucked the traditional wedding trend when they planned their wedding for 20th October last year. From a bubble filled bus collection from the airport for English guests featuring prosecco and beer aplenty, to a special flash mob performance and an enchanted Harry Potter style themed reception at Dufferin Hall, it’s safe to say that they fulfilled their hope of having an “element of surprise at every stage” for their guests.
Jake and Emma Harrison were looking for a quiet and understated spot to get married; “simple yet full of character,” according to Jake. On 17th June 2017, the happy couple’s dreams came true as they tied the knot at Castle Ward followed by a wonderful wedding reception at Dufferin Coaching Inn and Hall.
In the world of weddings, more and more traditions are being left behind, but the wedding cake is here to stay! After all, who doesn’t like cake? Whilst some couples are opting for a more traditional tiered cake, others are choosing something a little more quirky for their big day. More fashion-forward designs and flavours are becoming on-trend including the marble look, floral designs, a ruffle effect and possibly the most popular type of design - personalised cakes.
Stuck for ideas on keeping the family busy this summer? We’re spoilt for choice this year with a wide range of events and attractions open to enjoy with the whole family this summer, whether you’re visiting our neck of the woods for a long weekend stay at Dufferin Coaching Inn, or if you’re lucky to call Northern Ireland home! Here are our top six must-visit attractions to add to your summer bucket list…
The National Trust invites you to step into the world of the Stark family at Castle Ward on Sunday 24 September 2017 for Northern Ireland’s very own Winterfell Festival.
It’s June and summertime has officially begun! Time for school holidays, day trips and spending every moment possible outdoors as we soak up our few months of Northern Ireland’s sunny summer weather!
Northern Ireland has miles and miles of coastline featuring some outstanding beaches, stunning scenery and fascinating wildlife, and whether you’re a long-time resident or a weekend visitor to Northern Ireland, our beaches are popular among everyone on beautiful summer days.