Events, Entertainment and Things to do

Live Music and Theatre in and around County Down visit:

Mount Stewart

Throughout the year, Mount Stewart hosts and organises a varied programme of events and activities, from themed garden walks and craft workshops, to party nights and concerts in the Marble Hall. Upcoming events include:

Saturday 29th March

Wildlife Ramble - 10am - 12 noon... Enjoy an early spring walk with one of the park rangers. Highlights include the first spring migrants arriving from Africa, woodland plants emerging and maybe even a glimpse of the parks red squirrels. Booking essential, call 028 4278 8387.

Saturday 5th April

Car Boot Sale - 9am - 12 noon... Lots of stalls to browse around, traders can arrive from 7am for set up. Car 5 Van 10 Trailer 15.

Click here for more information on these events and further events at Mount Stewart in 2014.

Rowallane Garden

Whatever the season there's always something new to see.... Let your imagination run riot among the unusual plants, colours, sculptures and magical features in one of the most beautiful gardens in Northern Ireland. Upcoming events include:

Saturday 5th April

Get Buzzing - 10:30am - 1pm... Want to learn about bee keeping? Get a taster on how to set up and keep your own bees.

Tuesday 22nd April

Easter Chick Trail - 10:30am - 3pm... Explore the nooks and crannies around the garden while following the clues to get an Easter surprise. Fun for everyone.

Click here for more information on these events and further events at Rowallane Garden in 2014.

Castle Ward

Unique 18th-century mansion resting on a rolling hillside and looking out over the tranquil waters of Strangford Lough in County Down. Upcoming events include:

Sunday 30th March

Afternoon Tea in Lord Bangor's Sitting Room - 3pm... Treat yourself to an afternoon tea in Lord Bangor's private quarters with Castle Ward mansion and then enjoy a guided tour. Booking Essential, contact 028 4488 1204.

Sunday 30th March

Mother's Day Spring Stroll and Musical Melodies - Walk: 2.30pm - 3.45pm, Music: 1pm - 3.30pm ... Enjoy a stroll around Castle Ward with a knowledgeable guide, taking in the exotic Victorian sunken garden and around the demesne. Then relax in the Stableyard to the sounds of Vivaldi and other classical works.

Wednesday 16th April

Full Moon Kayaking on Strangford Lough - 4.30pm - 7pm... Take in the beautiful surroundings of Strangford Lough by moonlight. A truly unique experience. Learn kayaking under the watchful eye of the expert instructors.

Click here for more information on these events and further events at Castle Ward in 2014.

Hans Sloane Chocolate & Fine Food Festival

Friday 19th September

The Chocolate Ball, a splendid gala evening in the bawn of Killyleagh Castle.

Saturday 20th September

The Hans Sloane Chocolate & Fine Food Fair Day.

Sunday 21st September

The Hans Sloane Chocolate & Fine Food Family Fun Day.

All Year Round

Titanic Visitor Experience

Titanic Visitor Experience to mark 100 years since the liner made its tragic maiden voyage.
See Activities Page.

All Year Round

Saltwater Fly Fishing

Saltwater Fly Fishing with Hardy Greys Academy - Instructor Stephen Kennedy
Packages available via the Dufferin Coaching Inn

All Year Round

What's new in and around Killyleagh

The now famous Balloo House Bistro and Fine Dinning Restaurant, Danny Millar its chef, continues to win awards and create food that people travel from far and wide to experience.

The Crafty Fox, has recently opened its doors. It is a Craft/Gift and Interiors Shop, accross the road from Balloo House. The buidling itself is stunning. It used to be a bank which has been superbly refurbished on two floors full of beautiful hand crafted gifts and and transforming objects.

Daft Eddie's on Sketrick Island has under gone a complete refurbishment, as well as, exciting creating new menus and an outdoor seating area over looking Strangford Lough.

Newly redesigned Castle Espie Wetland Centre combines spectacular sustainable design with a memorable day out. Beyond its award-winning eco-friendly visitor centre packed with attractions lies a magical mix of restored lagoons, woodland walks, grrassland, salt marshes, reed beds and a Sustainable Garden. Further development in the pipe line.

Kingfisher Local Craft Shop. Gifts, jewelry, pictures, and much more.

Threadbare Boutique. Stunning clothes, scarves, gloves, handbags and shoes.

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