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  1. September Events
    What's on in September - A highlight of the months is the second in our two part series celebrating food and drink, Taste Autumn in Ards and North Down, and so much more!
  2. Collage of Tide and Turf Portavogie
    Part of our Taste Autumn in Ards and North Down programme. A FREE family fun event showcasing local food and drink featuring celebrity chefs Theo Randall and Suzie Lee.
    1. Owen O’Neill
      After the great success of Portico's first Comedy Arts Festival last year, it is back! The Portaferry festival runs across two weekends, 16-25 September, and is supported by a Tourism Events grant from Ards and North Down Borough Council.
      1. 16 Sep 202225 Sep 2022
    2. Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
      With over 100 miles of coastline, many Areas of Special Scientific Interest and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty we want to protect this special place and the impact we have on our natural surroundings.
    3. Experience Ards and North Down
      Be surprised and awakened with immersive experiences and guided walking tours. Take in the natural beauty of our countryside, encounter water’s edge wonders, charming towns and villages and our delicious food and drink.
    4. Markets
      We are well known for our wonderful local markets which have been a tradition for over 100 years. Dotted amongst our towns and villages, some weekly, some monthly, a foodie lovers haven. Come along and pick up delectable delights to taste and enjoy.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
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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. 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.
    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.
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