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ARDS & NORTH DOWN; DayTripper; YOUR GUIDE TO FAMILY DAYS OUT AND EXCURSIONS AROUND NORTHERN IRELAND.

DONAGHADEE SUMMER FESTIVAL Date: Throughout the summer Location: Donaghadee, Co Down From family fun to walking tours, a 5K run, classic car cavalcade, soap box derby, aquathon, golfing competitions, music, theatre, an artisan market day and even motorcycle beach racing, there is something for everyone in Donaghadee this summer.

Info: visitdonaghadee.com WILDLIFE EXPLORERS AT CASTLE ESPIE Date: Saturday 29 June - Sunday 1 September Location: Castle Espie Wetland Centre, Comber, BT23 6EA 10AM - 5pm | included in admission Exciting wetland challenges including pond dipping, mini-beast hunts and den building. Get your Wetland Explorer trail map and set off into the wild to learn how to light a fire, track wild animals and become a wetland detective with the expert rangers.

Info: 028 9187 4146 wwt.org.uk/castleespie DRUMAWHEY JUNCTION MINIATURE RAILWAY Date: Wednesdays & Sundays in July & August Location: Drumawhey Junction Railway, Upper Gransha Road, Donaghadee, BT21 0LZ 1 - 4pm|Child PS2; Adult PS3; Family PS17 (4 adults and 4 children) Enjoy train rides at Ireland's longest 71/4 inch railway with its own bridges and tunnels, signal box, engine sheds, level crossing and all the features of a real railway! Info: drumawhey.com ROCKPOOL PICNIC Date: Friday 26 July Location: Mount Stewart, Portaferry Road, Newtownards, BT22 2AD 1PM - 3pm | Child PS3; adults free Young wildlife enthusiasts will love this day out at the magical Kearney Village on the Outer Ards Peninsula. Discover the amazing creatures lurking beneath the seaweed and slithering through the pools. Booking essential.

Info: 028 4278 8387 nationaltrust.org.uk/ mountstewart CHAMPIONSHIP CAR RACING AT KIRKISTOWN Date: Friday 26 & Saturday 27 July Location: Kirkistown Racing Circuit, Kircubbin, BT22 1AU Friday evening & Saturday 10am - 5pm | PS10, accompanied under 16s free | Kirkistown Racing Circuit presents this championship featuring three rounds of the British National FF1600 Championship. Info: 028 4277 1325 kirkistown.com NIGHT AT THE AQUARIUM Date: Friday 26 July Location: Exploris, Portaferry, BT22 1NZ 7.30pm |PS28; under 12s PS20 Enjoy a delicious meal at the Portaferry Hotelfollowed by a visit and guided tour of the Aquarium at night. Booking essential.

Info: 028 4272 8062 explorisni.com FIZZY FRIDAYS AT PORTAFERRY HOTEL Date: Friday 26 July Location: Portaferry Hotel, Portaferry, BT22 1PE 6.30PM - 8.30pm | PS35pp Enjoy bottomless prosecco and a delicious afternoon tea tray in the scenic surroundings of this family run hotel overlooking the Narrows of Strangford Lough. Info: 028 4272 8231 portaferryhotel.com FREE FAMILY FUN Date: Saturday 27 July/2-4pm Location: Portaferry Visitor Information Centre, Portaferry, BT22 1NZ 2 -4pm | Free | Drop in for free family entertainment at the Plant and Play Workshop.

Info: 028 4272 9882 visitardsandnorthdown.com FREE FAMILY FUN Date: Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July/2-4pm Location: Cockle Row Cottages, Groomsport 2 -4pm | Free Drop in for free family entertainment Info: 028 9127 2269 visitardsandnorthdown.com SUMMER MARKET AT THE MUSUEM Date: Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July Location: North Down Museum Come along and browse the market stalls, dotted around the historical museum building, selling unique, handmade items by local artists and crafters. Enjoy some live music whilst you grab a bite to eat or have a bite to eat in the Museum Cafe. Info: 028 9127 1200 visitardsandnorthdown.com ARDS PENINSULA 'LANDS END' - A DANDER THROUGH TIME Date: Saturday 27 July Location: Meet at Kearney, BT22 1QP 12.30PM | PS30 pp including foraged picnic David Thompson will lead you, road and foot through the Ards Peninsula 'Lands End' - a landscape left behind by the last Ice Age, exploring time, place and 4000 years of human settlement. Booking essential.

Info: 07725 646333 FAMILY BIKE AND BBQ Date: Saturday 27 July Location: Mount Stewart, Portaferry Road, Newtownards, BT22 2AD 5.30 - 9pm | PS8.50 pp Bring the whole family for an evening of cycling and BBQ fun. Ticket price includes one burger or hotdog plus a soft drink. Please bring your own seating or picnic blankets. Booking essential.

Info: 028 4278 8387 nationaltrust.org.uk/ mountstewart MY FATHER'S CHAIR Date: Saturday 27 July Location: Donaghadee Community Centre, The Parade, Donaghadee, BT21 0HF 1PM and 3pm | PS3; family of 4, PS10 A performance for families about the nature of fatherhood written and performed by Stephen Beggs.

Info: 028 9181 0803 ardsarts.com SIR SAMUEL KELLY OPEN DAY Date: Saturday 27 July Location: Marina Car Park, Donaghadee, BT21 0HF 1.30 - 4.30pm | Free, donations welcome See the Sir Samuel Kelly Lifeboat and exhibition about the Princess Victoria Disaster. The Sir Samuel Kelly rescued many of the survivors from the Larne-Stranraer ferry MV Princess Victoria which foundered on the 31 January 1953 with the loss of over 130 lives.

Info: visitdonaghadee.com MUSIC IN THE PARK Date: Sunday 28 July Location: Ward Park, Bangor Free live music from 3-5pm with Lonesome George bringing you an exciting fusion of traditional tunes and contemporary song writing that lends an immediacy to their sound that is rare to find.

Info: visitardsandnorthdown.com WILDFLOWER WALKABOUT Date: Sunday 28 July Location: Castle Espie, Comber, BT23 6EA 1 - 2.30pm | included in admission | Enjoy a walk about this stunning reserve with the Reserve Team from 1-2.30pm, and learn all about the beautiful wildflowers at Castle Espie.

Info: 028 9187 4146 wwt.org.uk/wetlandcentres/castle-espie BALLYCOPELAND WINDMILL TOUR Date: Sunday 28 July Location: Ballycopeland Windmill, Millisle, BT22 2DS 9AM - 3.30pm | PS5 adult, PS3 age 2 - 16 Special access tour of the windmill tower lasting 25 minutes and led by one of the conservation team involved in the windmill's recent conservation. Please note that access to the upper floors is by ladder stairs. Advance booking essential. Info: getinvited.to/heddfc/
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