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Sold Out - A Midsummer's Evening Picnic, 24 June - Experience AND 2023

The Walled Garden Helen's Bay, 47 Craigdarragh Road, Helen's Bay, County Down, BT19 1UB
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Part of Experience Ards and North Down 2023. Click here to see the full programme. 


Perfect way to celebrate midsummer.

Rooted in the celebration of the summer solstice, come to The Walled Garden, Helen’s Bay for a Midsummer Garden Picnic to while away the fading summer evening hours.

On arrival, you will be welcomed with a Midsummer Madness cocktail decorated with herbs and edible flowers grown in the garden while serenaded by local musicians.

After a garden stroll, you will sit to enjoy a delicious seasonal vegetarian two-course meal freshly prepared by local chef, Nina Cristanace of Lightfoot Zero Waste Refill Market.  The meal will showcase the abundant organic produce from the garden and that of other local producers.

Firepits will glow in celebration of this ancient Celtic festival, and the evening will end on the shortest most magical night of the year.


Things to note
U18's welcome, ticket applicable. No concessions.
U18's must be accompanied by a paying adult.
A non-aloholic arrival drink option will be available.
This experience will be held outdoors, weather depending, – both in the garden and undercover in the Walled Garden's heavy-duty Bedouin marquee. Please dress for warmth and comfort as dictated by the weather.

As restoration works are underway, the paths may not be suitable for wheelchair users.Toilets are available on site.
Car parking is available at The Walled Garden.

Dietary and allergen 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 at least 72 hours before the experience, but preferably at the time of booking, by contacting Lorraine by email on

Terms and conditions
Terms and Conditions apply.

Getting there
Travelling by car would be best. Helen's Bay is accessed via the A2 Belfast/Bangor carriageway, following directional signage, after Crawfordsburn (if travelling from Bangor direction).
Free parking is available at The Walled Garden.


Online booking fee applies.

For more information on safe alcohol consumption, visit the Drink Aware website.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Ticket£45.00 per ticket

U18's welcome, ticket applicable. No concessions.
U18's must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Booking fee applies.

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