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700,000 Aussies To View County Down On TV

Images of County Down and NI will be beamed into the homes of some 700,000 Australians, in an episode of a popular Australian TV show called The Living Rooms focussing much on The Game of Thrones. The show airs this Friday and will feature Game of Thrones filming locations in…

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Castle Ward Book Fair Moves Into New Chapter

Castle Ward’s Annual Book Fair returns this year on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June (11am-5pm). This ever popular event has been a fixture in the calendar at Castle Ward for several years. This year has seen the book fair brought forward from November to June. To coincide with the…

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Pumpkins and Scarecrows To Take Over Castle Ward

The Castle Ward Pumpkinfest is back! The hugely popular autumn spectacular returns to Castle Ward, Downpatrick, on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October to kick off half-term holidays with a bang. Over 3,000 plump pumpkins are being grown, ready for delivery to the National Trust property, situated on the shores…

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What Makes Your Christmas Magical?

All over the world Christmas celebrations reflect local culture and traditions. The festivities can be very different from country to country, focusing on different aspects of the nativity story. But whether you’re celebrating Sheng Dan Jieh in China or awaiting the arrival of Père Noel in France, you’re sharing in…

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Pumpkins And Scarecrows To Invade Castle Ward

The Pumpkinfest is back! The hugely popular autumn spectacular returns to Castle Ward, Downpatrick, on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 October. Over 3,000 plump pumpkins are being grown, ready for delivery to the National Trust property, situated on the shores of Strangford Lough, for the annual festival that attracts crowds…

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Exciting Line Up For International Bread Festival At Castle Ward

The global bread tour at Castle Ward returns on Bank Holiday Monday 5 May as the International Bread Festival prepares to tantalise your taste buds with breads and foods from around the world. The magnificent National Trust place near Strangford will welcome for the first time, celebrity chefs Angela Harnett…

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Lough Lively to Brighten Up the Early Summer Months

Lough Lively, the annual summer festival celebrating the beauty and uniqueness of  Strangford Lough and Lecale, once again begins on Wednesday 1 May running through to Monday 3 June 2013 with an array of exciting events. Down District Council in partnership with Ards Borough Council have produced a feast of over…

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Bread Festival Ready to Rise to the Occasion at Castle Ward

U105THE International Bread Festival is back at Castle Ward, County Down after the success of last year’s event which welcomed a huge gathering of food lovers to the shores of Strangford Lough. Celebrity chefs Paul Rankin and Nick Nairn will be showcasing Irish bread skills on Saturday 25 May at the landmark National Trust property.  Meanwhile…

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Van Morrison To Perform at Castle Ward

VAN Morrison is to perform at  Castle Ward on May 26 this year. This is the first time Van the Man has performed in a National Trust property. This unique performance at Castle Ward, which will build on the success of last year’s International Bread Festival, will be part of a…

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3000 Pumpkins to Choose From at Castleward Pumpkinfest

PUMPKINS, pumpkins and more pumpkins! Huge crowds are once again expected to attend the annual “Pumpkinfest” at Castle Ward, near Stranmgford, Co Down on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October. Ruth Teijido, Castle Ward Visitors’ Services, said: “We have an amazing 3,000 pumpkins to choose from!  You can scoop out the…

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