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  1. Donaghadee Harbour from the sea, a birds eye view
    Part of the Taste Autumn in Ards and North Down Programme. Enjoy the tastes of the borough at this outdoor artisan food market. Update, following the sad news of the death of the sovereign Queen Elizabeth II, this event has now been cancelled.
    1. Sunset at Burr Point Ballyhalbert, E sculpture marking the most easterly point in Ireland.
      Part of the Taste Autumn in Ards and North Down Programme. Experience the incredible starry skies above Burr Point, the most easterly point in Ireland. Astronomers from the Northern Ireland Amateur Astronomy Society will be on hand with their telescopes ready to explore the planets and galaxies above.
      1. Celebrity chef Theo Randall
        Part of the Taste Autumn in Ards and North Down Programme. Celebrity Chef Theo Randall hosts this unique evening showcasing the finest local produce with a 5 course tasting menu curated by himself and the team at the South Eastern Regional College (SERC).
        1. FREE EVENT - Tide and Turf Portavogie
          This is a FREE event - no ticket required. A family event celebrating local food and drink with a focus on our fabulous seafood offering, located at the heart of the fishing industry at Portavogie docks.
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        1. A pint of Guinness with lunch
          Experience seven mouth-watering food and drink stops around the historic Loughside town of Portaferry. Graze as you gaze on the spectacular backdrop of Strangford.
          1. Donaghadee Harbour from the sea, a birds eye view
            Part of the Taste Autumn in Ards and North Down Programme. Join us for a specially created and seasonally themed 6 course menu by our very own head chef Minde Zelvys. Using fresh locally sourced produce with the option of paired with wines and an exquisite view.
            1. Image of Donaghadee lighthouse and boats tied in the harbour
              Part of the Taste Autumn in Ards and North Down Programme. Chef Craig Beazley crafts a four course dinner inspired by the full range of spirits made by the distillers of at Donaghadee, and guests get to hear about the making of Copeland Distillery.
              1. Cone of scampi and Donaghadee branded canvas bag
                Experience eight Dee-licious food and drink stops around the town, as you connect the past of Donaghadee with the best flavours of today. The craic and the food will be ninety as you experience the nostalgia and tastes from this scenic seaside town.
                1. 8 Oct 2022
              2. Front exterior of Pier 36 in daytime
                Part of the Taste Autumn in Ards and North Down Programme. Pier 36 is serious about steak, with seafood and streaks paired with yummy local brews, you're in for a real treat.
                1. A photo of the picturesque view of Portaferry town from Strangford Lough. The Strangford Ferry is in the shot.
                  Part of the Taste Autumn in Ards and North Down Programme. Our Chef will craft a four course dinner inspired by the full range of spirits made by the distillers of Echlinville Distillery and guests get to hear the stories behind heritage brands like Dunvilles and the gin revolution names like Weavers & Jaw Box.
                  1. Photo of The Echlinville Distillery sign on exterior of building
                    Part of the Taste Autumn in Ards and North Down Programme. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of Ireland first farm distillery – home of Ireland’s best known whiskeys, gins and Poitín along with a selection of Irish cheese by Indie Füde.
                    1. Fresh bread, food on a market stall
                      Part of the Taste Autumn in Ards and North Down programme. We have a number of regular local markets that take place throughout the year, renowned for their artisan qualities and food fayre. These are the market dates that fall into our two week Taste Autumn in Ards and North Down programme.
                      1. 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.
                      2. Explore
                        Explore Ards and North Down, our place offers far reaching skies, miles of magnificent coastline, natural beauty, bountiful beaches and inspirational coastal and country walks. Create your perfect escape.
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                        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.
                      4. Things to do
                        Ours is a promise of adventure, from the nooks in the woods to award-winning beaches and country parks, we’re home to some of Northern Ireland’s top attractions. Plan your visit and make unforgettable memories with family and friends.
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