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 7th June

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.

Sunday 15th June

Planes, Trains and Automobiles - 11am - 5pm... A popular Father’s day event that celebrates both vintage and modern family classic vehicles. A treat for all the family. Normal Admission - Members Free.

Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th June

Summer Garden Fete - 11am - 5pm... Celebrate the summer and pick up some plants from the visiting garden nurseries, tour the gardens with the garden experts, or settle back and enjoy the family entertainment. Normal Admission - Members Free.

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:

4th -25th June (Wednesday evenings)

Herblore Evening Masterclasses - 7pm - 8:30pm... Learn the fascination of growing, propagating and harvesting herbs, folklore uses in the past, and using herbs for wellbeing inside and out! Each class is held in the garden and focuses on a different topic each week. Booking Essential, contact 028 9751 0131.

2nd July – 6th August (Wednesday evenings)

Summer Evening Yoga... Relax and de-stress whilst keeping your whole body in perfect harmony with this six week session of fresh air yoga. Booking Essential, contact 028 9751 0131.

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:

Saturday 31st May

Sea Safari Sightseeing Boat Trip - 3pm... Take a boat tour of the spectacular Strangford Lough with its abundance of nature and wildlife. See the SeaGen, Angus Rock Lighthouse, surface whirlpools and some of the many seals at Cloughy Rocks Nature Reserve. Booking Essential, contact Clearsky Adventure Centre on 028 4372 3933 or

Every weekend in June

Canoe and Bike Hire - 10am - 4pm... 15% off discount available. Hire both bikes and canoes on the same day and receive 15% off the total. Everyone can enjoy the estate’s top quality bike and canoe trails, with biking equipment available from age 9 months and canoeing from age 4 years.

Every Weekend in June

Archery - 10am - 4pm... Think you could be the next Maid Marion or Robin Hood? Go along and try your hand at archery with one of the skilled instructors.

Sunday 1st June

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

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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.

Book a room now or contact us for more information.