The official website of Visit Ards and North Down

A Posh Picnic in The Walled Garden, Helen’s Bay - Experience AND 2024

The Walled Garden Helen's Bay, 47 Craigdarragh Road, Helen's Bay, County Down, BT19 1UB
Lorraine Small of The Walled Garden Helen's Bay standing with a posh picnic hamper in the gardens.


Part of Experience Ards and North Down 2024. Click here to see the full programme. 


This beautiful, relaxed dining experience will showcase The Walled Garden, Helen's Bay in all its spring beauty. 

Today, the traditional picnic is no longer the domain of soggy tomato sandwiches and tepid flasks of tea… They can almost be described in some cases as dining events in themselves, an adventure for the tastebuds, that showcase the style and originality of local produce and place. 

This beautiful, relaxed dining experience will showcase the Walled Garden in all its spring beauty.  Deckchairs, rugs and cushions will adorn the garden of Old Mill House where you can unwind and sample the delights in traditional picnic hampers, brimming with tasty homemade artisan treats created by the South Eastern Regional College (SERC) Hospitality and Culinary Arts students from Bangor campus.

Wile away the afternoon, in the surrounds of nature and the beauty of the garden, only open to the public for events such as these.  What a way to spend a Saturday afternoon. 

Things to note
Over 18 yrs only
This experience is based outdoors, please dress for warmth and comfort as dictated by the weather.

Tickets close five days before activity.

Dietary requirements
Please ensure that you check with all members of your party regarding food allergies, intolerances, and dietary requirements prior to booking tickets.
It is the responsibility of the ticketholder to inform a member of staff at the host venue about food allergies, intolerances and specific dietary requirements. 
This must be done 72 hours before the experience by contacting Lorraine:

Please note: Menus for this experience are seasonal and subject to change without advance notice. For information contact the host venue for info that you are interested in.


Getting there

By car: Helen's Bay is accessed via the A2 Belfast/Bangor carriageway, following directional signage. Helen's Bay is located before Crawfordsburn (if travelling from Belfast direction, after Crawfordsburn if travelling from Bangor direction).
Free parking is available at The Walled Garden, Helen's Bay.

By Bus or Rail: Nearest rail stop is Helen's Bay, however it would entail a lengthy walk to the Walled Garden. For public transport timetables, visit Translink NI.

As restoration works are underway, this experience may not be suitable for wheelchair users or those with mobility issues. If anyone has a particular re accessibility you are asked to contact Lorraine by email, before booking.                                                                     

Where practicable providers within the Experience Programme will aim to accommodate carers and be as inclusive as possible. With such a diverse range of activities, operated by a number of providers, it is necessary for this to be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Please contact Bangor Visitor Information Centre on 028 9127 0069, and they will be able to address your enquiry.

Tickets now on sale - book now! | Terms and conditions apply


Online booking fees apply. Avoid the booking fee and buy direct through our Visitor Information Centres.

All details subject to change.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Ticket£55.00 per ticket

Online booking fees apply. Avoid the booking fee and buy direct through our Visitor Information Centres.

Book Tickets Online

Add A Posh Picnic in The Walled Garden, Helen’s Bay - Experience AND 2024 to your Itinerary

Close window

Call direct on:

Tel+44 (0)28 9127 0069

Check availability for A Posh Picnic in The Walled Garden, Helen’s Bay - Experience AND 2024 (opens in a new window)

Map & Directions

Opening Times

2pm-5pm (18 May 2024)

What's Nearby

  1. The Walled Garden,Helen's Bay, was built in 1886 by Belfast cotton and muslin…

    0.36 miles away
  2. With tranquil walks through peaceful meadows and wooded glens and a stunning waterfall,…

    1.31 miles away
  3. Beautiful sandy beach with excellent facilities, all within twenty minutes drive of…

    1.34 miles away
  1. Situated in Helen's Bay, Grey Point Fort is one of the best preserved early 20th century…

    1.35 miles away
  2. Celebrate the history of invention and innovation through engineering, design, and…

    1.68 miles away
  3. Refresh the connection at Ulster Folk Museum, a place where traditions and heritage…

    1.75 miles away
  4. Run by Adam's Auctioneers, The Ava Gallery is a hidden gem of visual arts in North Down,…

    2.12 miles away
  5. A lovely park perfect for families located only a short distance from Holywood.

    2.63 miles away
  6. An enchanting park leading onto the North Down Coastal Path.

    2.9 miles away
  7. Holywood Priory is an intersting and historic site close to the bustling town of Holywood.

    3.07 miles away
  8. Holywood Motte is an Anglo-Norman castle mound, which probably had a ditch round its base…

    3.09 miles away
  9. Holywood's most well known feature is the town's Maypole, the only surviving in Ireland.…

    3.22 miles away
  10. Enjoy a fun day out at Pickie Fun Park. Try out the 18-hole mini-golf course, giant pedal…

    3.44 miles away
  11. Founded in 558AD the main body of the building dates from 1830's, the tower from 15th…

    3.45 miles away
  12. This impressive building was built for the Hon Robert Edward Ward and his family in 1852.…

    3.65 miles away
  13. Visit North Down Museum to explore the fascinating saga of the North Down area from the…

    3.68 miles away
Previous Next

Map & Directions

View Maps and Visitor Guides
View of what Ards and North Down has to offer and some of the best things to see and do during a visit.
E-newsletter sign up
Sign up for the Ards and North Down newsletter for inspiration and travel tips.
Back to Top

Tourism Northern Ireland

Don't Miss