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Lough Erne Heritage Regatta

Wednesday 1st August
Crom
Regetta race entry £5 per team. Normal Admission, Members Free

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Woodland Craft Skills Day

Friday 3rd August
Cushendun
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Go Batty

Friday 3rd August
Ardress House, Portadown
Normal Admission, Members Free

Kite Festival at Downhill Demesne

Saturday 4th August
Downhill Demesne
Normal Admission, Members Free

Jo’s Walks: Heathland Flowers

Saturday 4th August
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Car Bazaar

Saturday 4th August
Mount Stewart
Car £5, Van £10, Trailer £15

Lazy Sundays at The Argory

Sunday 5th August
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Summer Music Series at Castle Ward

Sunday 5th August
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Bug Detectives

Wednesday 8th August
Mount Stewart
£8 per participant

Explore more with a Ranger

Wednesday 8th August
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Creatures of Crom

Thursday 9th August
Crom
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Go Wild with the Rangers

Saturday 11th August
White Park Bay
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Music by The Lake – Hand Me Downs

Saturday 11th August
Crom
Adult £10, Member Adult £10

Craft Fest 2018

Saturday 11th August
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Butterfly Safari III

Saturday 11th August
Portstewart Strand
Adult £2, Child £1, Member Adult £2, Child £1

Family Fun Day

Sunday 12th August
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Music Sundays

Sunday 12th August
Downhill Demesne
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Explore more with a Ranger

Wednesday 15th August
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Wildlife Trackers

Wednesday 15th August
Mount Stewart
£8 per participant

Batty Chat at Crom

Thursday 16th August
Crom
Adult £8, Child £4, Family £20

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Whale Watch

Saturday 18th August
Portmuck, Co Antrim
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Downhill Secret Garden

Saturday 18th August
Downhill Demesne
Normal Admission, Members Free

Lough Erne Heritage Regatta

Saturday 18th August
Crom
Normal Admission, Members Free

Inishowen, County Donegal – Drystone Walling

Saturday 18th August
Inishowen, County Donegal
TBC

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Batty Bonanza

Friday 24th August
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Mount Stewart Conservations Festival

Saturday 25th August
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Honey Show

Sunday 26th August
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Cruise the Lough

Monday 27th August
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

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Biggerféis Festival – Ardglass

Friday 12 May 2017

Discover Ardglass, Bath Street, Ardglass

Ardglass Development Association are delighted to announce a new festival for the area taking place over the Spring Bank Holiday (26–29 May). Having recently come away from the inaugural Live Here Love Here Awards with the Contribution to Tourism Award Sponsored by Tourism Northern Ireland the charity is continuing their dedication to regeneration through the lucrative visitor market.

The festival will recapture the atmosphere of over a century ago when Francis Joseph Bigger was resident in Jordan’s Castle in the town. The festival named Biggerféis will celebrate the legacy of the antiquarian through a series of cultural experiences. Duane Fitzsimons, secretary to Ardglass Development Association, explains, ‘Francis Joseph Bigger is one of the most important men to have ever lived in Ardglass. For many across the province and beyond he is a personal hero. His contribution to the heritage of Ulster means that many of the area’s ancient sites are still standing to be enjoyed today.’

It was while writing a book on the history of Dunsford and Ardglass that Duane came across a reference to the opening of Jordan’s Castle in 1911. The article detailed a speech given by the Parish Priest Canon Donnelly in which he stated that, ‘When the history of our time comes to be written in Ulster the name Francis Joseph Bigger will occupy an honoured position.’ The Dunsford and Ardglass Historical Group established in 2013 have been working closely with ADA to support in the delivery of the programme.

The captivating personality of F.J. Bigger will be explored through a series of talks, walks, and a coach tour. Traditional music will also feature. F.J. Bigger was described as having taken on the work, largely at his own personal expense, for the people of Ulster regardless of creed. He instigated that the Downpatrick High Cross be re–erected; placed the stone on Saint Patrick’s Grave; restored Our Lady of Dunsford and Jordan’s Castle; and helped to preserve Ardtole and Raholp churches in the locality.

The festival will officially launch on Friday 12th May at 12:00. The venue will be Discover Ardglass in Bath Street in the village. For details of events search for Discover Ardglass on Facebook.

For any further details contact Duane Fitzsimons (Secretary to ADA):

07835441933

duane.fitzsimons@hotmail.co.uk