Ards and North Down Borough Council has just launched the latest edition of their Arts & Heritage Guide. The colourful Autumn / Winter guide, covering the September to December period is brimming with a huge range of arts and music events, exhibitions, classes, festive events and information on what’s happening at North Down Museum.
Highlights from the latest guide include the Aspects Festival which is taking place from 20 September – 6 October and presents another packed programme of events celebrating Irish writing. With Michael Longley and Darina Allen among the highlights, there will also be workshops, children’s events, music, poetry and a weekend of food-themed literary events at Clandeboye Estate.
The popular Friday Night Live series at Ards Arts Centre returns in September and you can also enjoy live music in the beautiful surroundings of Bangor Castle with the Music In The Chamber series. Lyngo Theatre will perform their magical musical Christmas show ‘Heart of Winter’ in Queen’s Hall, Newtownards on 30 November and musicians from the Ulster Orchestra will return to Bangor Abbey on 6 December, accompanied by soprano Rebekah Coffey, for a special festive concert.
The Guide also has details of Ards Arts Centre’s Creative Classes programme which open for enrolment on 11 September. Choose from drawing, ceramics, calligraphy and more! The popular Outreach Programme also returns for a new term with creative classes taking place at various locations across the Borough.
There’s lots happening at North Down Museum this Autumn too. Invasion From Planet X is taking place on Friday 25 October. Come to the museum and learn all the skills you’ll need to fight off an alien armada! An evening of fun, excitement and live music awaits at this over 18s event. If you’re planning your Christmas shopping, put the museum’s popular Christmas Market into your diary, taking place this year on 23 and 24 November.
The museum will also be celebrating 50 Years of Bangor Rugby Club with a special exhibition running in The Long Gallery from 27 November to the end of January. The exhibition will explore the history of the club through photographs and memorabilia.
Speaking about the Guide, Arts Manager Emily Crawford said: ‘we have lots of exciting arts and heritage activity to keep you creatively busy as the autumn evenings draw in. With opportunities to participate in hands-on classes and lots of music and theatre performances for a fun and entertaining night out there is plenty happening this autumn in Ards and North Down. You’ll also find a special seasonal programme of craft classes, events and markets to get you in the festive spirit, please book early to avoid disappointment’
Pick up your copy of the Arts & Heritage Autumn Guide from Arts Ards Centre, North Down Museum or our Visitor Centres or download from the link below;
Tickets for all events are on sale now at: www.ticketsource.co.uk/ardsandnorthdown