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  1. October Events
    What's On in October - A bustling month of activities for all marking the official change of season, Hallowe'en and school half term break.
  2. Halloween themed title page with pictures

    Indulge in some Hallowe'en themed fun at one of the many events and experiences at popular attractions dotted throughout the borough - family fun for all, and some for the just the adults too!

  3. Aspects 2023 logo
    This year's Aspects Festival brings to you an exciting mix of events, from memoir to poetry, history to prose, all celebrating reading and writing. Whatever your interest, there are events that will challenge, teach and entertain.
    1. 27 Sep 20237 Oct 2023
  4. Food and Drink Trails and Tours
    Tantalise your tastebuds with these food and drink orientated trails and tours.
  5. Plan Your Trip
    Ours is a place to escape to, slow down and feed your spirit Ards and North Down is defined by lush fertile fields and sweeping loughs, even the furthest reaches are within an hour of Belfast. Savour our award-winning local food and drink, be inspired by creative makers, artists and musicians and immerse yourself in our rich heritage.
  6. Explore Strangford Lough
    Discover pockets of history, hidden gems of attractions and inviting eateries along the way.
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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. Itineraries
    Let us help you make the most of your visit to Ards and North Down, whether you are looking a family getaway or an adventure for two, we have something for all. Our itineraries will guide you through some of our most spectacular landscapes and scenery, picture perfect settings, towns and villages that each hold a warm welcome.
  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.
  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.
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