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  1. August Events
    What's On in August - within an hour of the bustling city of Belfast, Ards and North Down is a region brimming with creativity, we welcome you to celebrate with us; our maritime heritage, creatives, musicians and food – be entertained and inspired.
  2. Visitor News
    Read local Tourism good news stories, get up to detail information on what is happening in Ards and North Down.
  3. A view of Portaferry and boats from the water
    A 4 day festival showcasing on the water fabulous display of boats all classes with special category of the Ruffian Boats, sea kayaking and paddle boarding competitive racing along with land AND water activities for all the family to enjoy.
    1. Dog friendly Northern Ireland

      There's a seaside battle underway in Northern Ireland and there's only going to be one winner - the nation's dog lovers.

    2. Experience Ards and North Down
      Be surprised and awakened with immersive experiences and guided walking tours. Take in the natural beauty of our countryside, encounter water’s edge wonders, charming towns and villages and our delicious food and drink.
    3. Markets
      We are well known for our wonderful local markets which have been a tradition for over 100 years. Dotted amongst our towns and villages, some weekly, some monthly, a foodie lovers haven. Come along and pick up delectable delights to taste and enjoy.
    4. Sustainable Tourism
      The need to be green and sustainable to protect the planet is increasing, across in our personal lives and for businesses. Tourism is no exception with many of our attractions, activity and accommodation providers taking steps to protect the environment and be more sustainable.
    5. Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
      With over 100 miles of coastline, many Areas of Special Scientific Interest and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty we want to protect this special place and the impact we have on our natural surroundings.
    All this
    and more...

    Delve into rich culture and heritage, explore parks and gardens, discover the coast and feast on fabulous food.

    1. Golf in Ards and North Down
      Ards and North Down is renowned for for it’s most famous home grown player; world golf star Rory McIlroy and and Ireland's oldest golf club, The Royal Belfast. Perfect for your Society break, Ards and North Down have courses for all levels, and plenty to do to make your visit all the more worthwhile.
    2. Explore
      Explore Ards and North Down, our place offers far reaching skies, miles of magnificent coastline, natural beauty, bountiful beaches and inspirational coastal and country walks. Create your perfect escape.
    3. Taste Ards and North Down
      Taste Ards and North Down - a leading food region where culinary innovation thrives. The finest and freshest ingredients are sourced in abundance from our fertile fields and sparkling shores and can be found at our markets, artisan food shops and dishes across the region's award-winning restaurants.
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