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Eat & Stay @ Number 42 Strangford

Happy New Year to all our visitors for 2019. To celebrate the new year Number 42 Strangford has teamed up with the award winning restaurant, the Artisan Cookhouse in Strangford and offering a £30 voucher for the A la carte menu for any Friday or Saturday night (T&Cs apply and subject to availability) during January and February 2019 when you book a 2 night stay at Number 42 Strangford. For further information please email or book on line at

Game of thrones Festival 16 September 2018 Castleward

Step into the world of Westeros for the day at Castle Ward and join the residents of Winterfell as they face an ancient foe in the form of the White Walkers.

Soak up the atmosphere at the King’s Tournament Games where full contact jousting and enthralling film-set stunts & tricks will make a spectacle fit for entertaining royalty. Watch Winterfell prepare with swordfighting displays, falconry shows and have a taste of battle to have a go with your own bow and arrow.

Life in Westeros

Stand in the very courtyard where Jon Snow taught his brother Bran to shoot a bow and arrow. Explore the clock tower, an iconic feature in the Winterfell landscape and the spot where Bran Stark is pushed from the window by Jamie Lannister.

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a medieval village and watch skilled blacksmiths, silversmiths, weavers and armourers at work.

Armourer Boyd Rankin, who played Mikken in Game of Thrones, will showcase a selection of the swords he forged for Game of Thrones and two of the original Stark family Direwolf Dogs will be making a special appearance. The Stark’s Grey Wind and Summer are known as Odin and Thor in the real world and are the closest thing to real wolves you’ll ever meet!

Win the Ultimate Winterfell City Break in Belfast! Enter our competition to win 2 tickets to Winterfell Festival at Castle Ward and 2 night stay in Maldron Belfast City Centre. Go to to enter.

Opening times

Happening on:
Sunday 16/09/2018 11:00-17:00

Date Info

Happening on:
Sunday 16/09/2018 11:00-17:00

Performance times

Happening on:
Sunday 16/09/2018 11:00-17:00


Adult: £25.00
Children: £10.00
Family Ticket: £65.00
Under 5s (Free): contact venue

The Market on the Square at Portaferry


Portaferry’s ‘The Market on the Square’ is held in and around the recently refurbished historic Portaferry Market House on the first Saturday of the month (April – December). It sells a wide range of locally grown and and produced food items and arts and crafts. There is also live music and activities for children add to the atmosphere.

Opening times

10:00 – 13:30



Pirate ghost ship party at Exploris Aquarium From 28 October To 31 October


The sunken Pirate ship has risen from its watery depths this Hallowe’en and the Pirate ghosts are running wild at Exploris Aquarium. Come dressed in your scariest costume and chase these pesky ghoulish pirates back on to their ship.Don’t be scare, lots of spooky craic and activities for all you ghosts and ghouls.Check the Exploris website for more information.

Please note, events could be subject to change.

Opening times

10:00 – 18:00
Last admission 17:00

Otter Mayhem From 28 May To 29 May in Portaferry

Otter Over There !!

Portaferry, To celebrate World Otter day, Spring Bank Holiday and Ards and North Down Puppet festival we our combining the three events into one big Otter Mayhem 2-day Event, taking place on Sunday 28th and Monday 29th May.

The fun begins at the Front of House where you’ll be given your welcome pack full of all the fishy goings on what’s happening that day, it will also include a Quiz like no “Otter” so pens and pencils at the ready.

As you begin your journey you’ll swim through our Viking Shores to the Tropical Beaches, flowing into our pirate’s cave for an underwater viewing experience on your exciting aquatic learning experience where you will meet our fin-tastic Exploris entertainer who will be roaming around the Aquarium.
On Sunday 29th Little Gem Puppets Production of the Three Little Pigs will be showing at 12pm and 2pm. An interactive, fun show that engages all audiences – You otter not miss it!!

Travel through to the outdoor seal sanctuary, where you’ll learn about our successful seal rehabilitation program.

(*Please note all seal have been successfully be released at this time- keep an eye on our social media pages for updates on rescues.)

Float on down to meet our stars of the event; our Small-Clawed Asian otter family where you’ll learn lots of interesting Otter facts (Otter quiz tip) Check-in to our social Media accounts for a 360 view and live stream of inside our otter holt. Otter feeding times are not to be missed! Drifting upstairs to get up close and personal with our reptilian friends. Our constrictor pals will be out on display during set times throughout the day. Get as close as you can get without getting wet with our native animals during our open pool demonstration throughout the day.

Throughout the day get messy in our Crabby Crafts Club with themed Otter puppet arts and crafts and make the day memorable with our mer-mazing face painter.

Fish-ally relax after a fun filled day and enjoy the amazing food and beverages in the Craken Café.

It will be an event like no Otter!

Exploris, Northern Ireland’s only Aquarium and seal sanctuary re-opened in August 2016 and to date we have welcomed an amazing 100,000+ visitors from home and abroad but we are continuing to develop and enhance our visitor experience with the opening of our new soft play area to an extensive Craken Café menu, for breakfast, lunch, coffees and treats with lots of goodies for the kids to eat!

Performance Times – 10:00 – 18:00

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Biggerféis Ardglass 26 – 29 May 2017

View of Ardglass

Ardglass, Downpatrick, Friday 26th:

The festival opens with a speech and piper at Jordan’s Castle at 7pm. This will recreate the opening of the castle in 1911. Followed by a guest talk on Francis Joseph Bigger and his revolutionary friends and connections to the Howth Gun Runners at Ardglass Golf Club at 7:30pm (cost £2). The evening rounds off with traditional musical entertainment in The Old Commercial Bar.

Saturday 27th:

On Saturday morning at 11am, a clifftop folklore walk leaves Curran’s Bar and will travel through a landscape loved by Bigger. This includes a lunch of local specialities (Tickets are £20). In the afternoon, a free talk will take place on the history of Ardglass with a local historian at 4pm. At Ardglass Golf Club in the evening a guest talk will be given by Roger Dixon from National Museums NI at 7:30pm. The topic will be the contribution of Francis Joseph Bigger to the heritage of Ulster, including many sites on the Saint Patrick’s Trail (cost £2). Evening entertainment will follow at Curran’s Bar from 10pm.

Sunday 28th:

On Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm tours of Ardglass will be available with the Harbourmaster and historian. Leaving from the Saint Nicholas’ Church in Kildare Stree, this includes many who called Ardglass home (cost £10). This is followed at 4pm by a bi-lingual talk in Jordan’s Castle given by BBC reporter Kevin Magee.

Monday 29th:

Monday will see Jordan’s Castle open to the public from 1:30. The final event is a luxurious coach tour which will leave from Ardglass at 3pm and explore the sites restored by Bigger. The sites included are Saint Patrick’s Grave, Down County Museum, Raholp Church, Chapeltown, and Ardtole Church. This returns to Ardglass for a meal of local delicacies at 6pm in Doyle’s Bistro (Tickets cost £20). Book at: https://

Contact Details: Ardglass Development Association
Duane Fitzsimons

Tel: 0783544193

Visit Strangford

Activities such as kayaking, fishing and sailing are popular on the Lough, and for the more adventurous the sea safari or canoe trails are a real treat. Activities on land include walking and cycle trails, golf, bird watching and horse riding.

There are also many fascinating attractions to be explored and enjoyed. Spend an afternoon at one of the two National Trust properties in the area, Mount Stewart House and Gardens or Castle Ward, which has mountain bike trails in its grounds. Stately homes and stunning gardens are prominent in the area, largely due to the sub-tropical micro-climate around the Strangford Lough area.

Delamont Country Park offers waymarked walks, a miniature railway and the Millennium or Strangford Stone – the largest megalith in Ireland and Britain – while the large collection of native and exotic water birds and wildlife at the tranquil Castle Espie Wetland Centre offers an amazing outdoor learning experience.

Inch Abbey (Game of Thrones fame)

is steeped in Christian heritage sites, the area forms part of the Saint Patrick’s driving trail – indeed the area to the south east of the Lough around Downpatrick is commonly known as Saint Patrick’s Country due to is close links with the saint and is known the world over as the burial place of Saint Patrick.

With over 150 attractions of all kinds in the area, Strangford Lough is just waiting to be explored.

Why not discover Strangford along with a weekend or a mid-week break at Number 42 Strangford visit for availability and rates.