Find out what there is to do this Autumn including Halloween and Half term fun
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The leaves are turning golden and the air is getting crisp, Autumn is setting in. Wrap up warm and find out how you can embrace the season in Ards and North Down...
Until Sunday 26 September, Music in the Park - themed live music at the Bandstand in idyllic Ward Park, Bangor. 3pm-5pm, free.
Until Thursday 21 October, Taste Ards and North Down Autumn Food Festival - Tantalise your senses with the array of food themed activities, from markets to themed dining evenings (ticketed events - be quick they sell fast!) Events take place throughout the Borough.
24 September - Sunday 3 October, Aspects Festival Now in it's 30th year, this long standing event celebrates literature, music and film (tickets events, please visit website). Events take place throughout the Borough.
Saturday 2 October - Saturday 13 November, Winter Migration Festival at Wildfowl and Wetland Centre Castle Espie in Comber.
A Guide to Hallowe'en in Ards and North Down
Due to covid there are not as many events running this year and those that are running are subject to change. Please visit the attractions website directly for up to date information on the Covid guidelines they are adhering to and for up to date information relating to their business and events.
Saturday 16 – Sunday 31 October, Ark Open Farm Pumpkin Patch in Conlig
Sunday 31 October, Pickie Funpark Pumpkin Patch in Bangor
Sunday 31 October, Drumawhey Junction Miniature Train at four road ends Donaghadee - Open 1pm-4pm, tickets £3ea payable on site (U2yrs free)
Until January 2022, Guided Walking Tours - Halloween Themed tours (now sold out), 'Winter Waders and Friends' and New Years Day Historic Ards Walk.
Get out and about
There is nothing more satisfying that crunching though a path of golden brown leaves, kicking them about, feeling cosy in our coats and if you have a cup of hot chocolate in hand even better! We are so lucky in Ards and North Down to have so many places to explore, stunning scenery to admire all year round and most of these area are free!
Killynether Wood and Scrabo Tower in Newtownards - the view alone is worth it!
Nugent's Wood in Portaferry overlooking the exquisite still waters of Strangford Lough.
And of course the National Trust's Mount Stewart House and Gardens in Newtownards which offers trails through the woods, around the lake and a natural play area for the little ones. A great way to spend a morning or afternoon.
There are a host of attractions just waiting for you to visit, and for families half term lends that perfect opportunity - from Wildfowl and Wetland Centre Castle Espie in Comber, Exploris Aquarium in Portaferry, the Ulster Folk Museum and the Ulster Transport Museum in Cultra.
North Down Museum in Bangor located beside Bangor Town Hall in Castle Park.
Decorate and personalise your very own piece of pottery at Eden Pottery - hire a box or visit the studio
Look out for seasonal offers in the Borough, from accommodation to dining out.
Please note, this listing is meant as a guide only. All information is subject to change.