With the festive season approaching here are some ideas for Christmas outdoor and virtual events

***Following the latest government advice, we ask that individuals check local guidelines on the NI Direct website before travelling to any attraction.***

**Please continue to check individual provider websites before you leave the house to confirm if they are open or closed and avoid any disappointment. Many providers have pre-booking systems new regulations in place to keep you safe, when you are out and about please follow public health guidance on the Public Health Agency website.***

Christmas activities

Ark Open Farm - Magical Christmas Experience 2020 - SOLD OUT
Every weekend from 28 November 2020

This year our wonderful Christmas event will be a guided experience through the farm, although different to previous years it will be just as magical. Santa is still planning on coming along to the farm to check up on his reindeer and meet you all this festive season!

Visit the website for more information and to book tickets.

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Castle Espie Christmas Wreath Masterclass and Afternoon Tea - SOLD OUT Call 028 9187 4146 to be added to reserve list.
27 and 29 November and 4 and 6 December - 12 noon

Enjoy a festive day out at our Christmas Wreath Making Masterclass, with florist Heather Wilson of Blossoms and Bluebells. Heather Wilson, of Blossoms and Bluebells, will lead a 60 minute class during which you will learn the intricacies of designing your own beautiful Christmas Wreath which you will take home with you at the end of the day.

Heather Wilson, of Blossoms and Bluebells, will lead a 60 minute class during which you will learn the intricacies of designing your own beautiful Christmas Wreath which you will take home with you at the end of the day. Once you have created your beautiful design, using materials foraged prior to your arrival from the Castle Espie woodland, sit back and relax with a delicious afternoon tea served by The Kingfisher Kitchen, whilst enjoying unrivalled views of Strangford Lough across to Scrabo Tower.

You can also explore the Castle Espie reserve at your leisure before or after the masterclass.

To book please contact 02891 874146.

*Please note, strict social distancing measures will be adhered to throughout the event. People will be seated within their group booking, under current government guidance.

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Drumawhey Junction Railway
Santa Specials: Sundays 6, 13 and 20 December
New Year Special: Friday 1 January 2021

Build new memories with your family and enjoy a fun trip to Drumawhey Junction Railway, Ireland’s longest 7 1/4 inch railway, and experience the atmosphere of a full size traditional railway. This is a miniature railway operating steam, petrol and diesel hydraulic and electric locomotives.

This event is dependent on Covid 19 restrictions and the weather.  Please check Drumawhey Junction Railway’s Facebook page before setting out. 


North Down Craft Collective – Christmas Market
Saturday 28 November

Building on our weekly craft showcases, North Down Craft Collective and Kylestone Nurseries invite you to a Christmas Market on Saturday 28 November. We'll have a wide range of art and craft stalls, plus the nursery will be open for your festive plants (including christmas trees!) and foodie goodies to take home from the farm shop.


Handmade Christmas Market Online!
1 - 30 November 2020
A month-long showcase of local artists, makers, designers, bakers and independent businesses.
This annual market has become a regular Christmas event and although it’s not able to happen in the usual spot at Kings Church on Seacliff Road in Bangor, the whole market is moving online on the 1 November and you can attend the market vitually via the Kings Church Bangor website.

Instead of just a one day market, this year’s online version will run for the whole month of November, culminating in a weekend of festive give-aways and offers from the 27th – 30th November. The online market will showcase some of the very best local artists, creatives, makers and independent businesses and some fabulous opportunities to shop mindfully and locally this Christmas.

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If any provider has an event or activity that you would like to see featured here please email through to marketing@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk

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