Ongoing exhibitions all year round. See website for details.

Ards Crafts is a contemporary retail craft and design centre, in our Visitor Information Centre in Newtownards. The centre provides a platform for the promotion of craft businesses located within the Ards and North Down Borough.

The centre also hosts monthly craft exhibitions, workshops, maker talks and creative development seminars.

Open Mon-Fri 9.15am-5pm & Sat 9.30am – 5pm 


The Space

Saturday 6-Saturday 27 Janurary

Exhibition; The Streets of Donaghadee

An exhibition featuring the old hotels, pubs and businesses of Donaghadee’s past. Including the Cyril Lord Carpet Factory which was for many years the largest employer in the town.

Saturday 3-Saturday 24 February

Exhibition; The Belfast and Co Down Railway

An exhibition featuring old photographs and a 12 foot model locomotive, of the Belfast and County Down Railway that closed in 1950.

Saturday 10-Saturday 31 March

Exhibition; ‘Viewpoints’ by SERC students, Bangor

Viewpoints’ is an exhibition by students from the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design course at the South Eastern Regional College (SERC). Their work will be based on their local environment.

Saturday 7-Saturday 28 April

Early 1900’s world of crafts

An Exhibition by the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum focussing on local crafts and history. The Museum’s extensive picture library will be available for you to browse.

Saturday 5-Saturday 26 May

Exhibition; ‘Scandza’ Collection by glass artist Keith Sheppard

A collection of kiln fused glass art presenting functional and non-functional tableware. Focusing on a sleek, contemporary, minimalist approach to tableware for modern living.

Saturday 4-Saturday 25 August

Exhibition; ‘Elemental Vessels’ by ceramicist Alan McCluney

This exhibition will feature a selection of vessels created by using various firing and finishing techniques such as wood, soda, pit, reduction, raku, gas and electric firing.


Ongoing exhibitions all year round. See website for details.  

7 October 2017 - 31 December 2018

Opening Times

  • Mon-Fri 9.15am-5pm Sat 9.30am – 5pm


Contact Details

  • Address Ards Crafts 31 Regent Street Newtownards Co Down BT23 4AD
  • Telephone 028 9182 6846
  • Email Ards Crafts
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