VisitLisburn.com - Latest News http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/ Latest News from VisitLisburn.com en-gb http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Andi Topping info@visitlisburn.com (Lisburn City Council) info@visitlisburn.com (Lisburn City Council) <![CDATA[ Irish Table Tennis Association Ltd Ulster Branch]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/11/Irish-Table-Tennis-Association-Ltd-Ulster-Branch The Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor Andrew Ewing, and Alderman Allan Ewart, Chair of the Tourism Development Committee, had their table tennis skills fully tested at the recent launch of the Power NI Ulster Open Table Tennis Championships at Lisburn Racquets Club.

Lisburn City Council has agreed to lend its support to the first ever 3 day Power NI Ulster Open which encompasses Junior Events (from Under 11 through to Under 21), Senior Events  (including full–time players and Commonwealth Games medallists) , Masters (over 40)  and Disability events – all to be played from Friday 28th – Sunday 30th November at Lisburn Racquets Club.  

 The Mayor, Alderman Andrew Ewing welcomed everyone to the Launch, including some of Ulster and Ireland’s top players, representatives from Volunteer Now, Disability Sport NI, Table Tennis Ulster and the sponsor Power NI. 

Alderman Ewart, Chairman of the Councils Economic Development Committee said  “Lisburn City Council are delighted to be involved in an event which will bring players and visitors from across the island of Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and even further afield to participate in this celebration of Table Tennis being held in Lisburn City.  I hope that all visitors will take time to enjoy the cultural activities and excellent shopping facilities we have to offer”.   

He added, “we have seen some great displays here today by some of Ulster’s best young players and wish them well in the competition at the end of this month”.

President of Table Tennis Ulster, Tony Phillips MBE, said “we are delighted to be organizing this first ever festival of table tennis which truly provides table tennis for all categories.  We thank all of our volunteers on the hard–working Committee, as well as Volunteer Now, who will be working at the event.   We thank Lisburn City Council for providing us with financial assistance and Power NI, the sponsors, who have made it possible to deliver an extra special event for both players and spectators”.

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The Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor Andrew Ewing, and Alderman Allan Ewart, Chair of the Tourism Development Committee, had their table tennis skills fully tested at the recent launch of the Power NI Ulster Open Table Tennis Championships at Lisburn Racquets Club.

Lisburn City Council has agreed to lend its support to the first ever 3 day Power NI Ulster Open which encompasses Junior Events (from Under 11 through to Under 21), Senior Events  (including full–time players and Commonwealth Games medallists) , Masters (over 40)  and Disability events – all to be played from Friday 28th – Sunday 30th November at Lisburn Racquets Club.  

 The Mayor, Alderman Andrew Ewing welcomed everyone to the Launch, including some of Ulster and Ireland’s top players, representatives from Volunteer Now, Disability Sport NI, Table Tennis Ulster and the sponsor Power NI. 

Alderman Ewart, Chairman of the Councils Economic Development Committee said  “Lisburn City Council are delighted to be involved in an event which will bring players and visitors from across the island of Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and even further afield to participate in this celebration of Table Tennis being held in Lisburn City.  I hope that all visitors will take time to enjoy the cultural activities and excellent shopping facilities we have to offer”.   

He added, “we have seen some great displays here today by some of Ulster’s best young players and wish them well in the competition at the end of this month”.

President of Table Tennis Ulster, Tony Phillips MBE, said “we are delighted to be organizing this first ever festival of table tennis which truly provides table tennis for all categories.  We thank all of our volunteers on the hard–working Committee, as well as Volunteer Now, who will be working at the event.   We thank Lisburn City Council for providing us with financial assistance and Power NI, the sponsors, who have made it possible to deliver an extra special event for both players and spectators”.

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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:11:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/11/Irish-Table-Tennis-Association-Ltd-Ulster-Branch
<![CDATA[ GET IT FOR LESS IN LISBURN THIS WEEKEND AND SAVE ON CHRISTMAS SHOPPING]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/11/GET-IT-FOR-LESS-IN-LISBURN-THIS-WEEKEND-AND-SAVE-ON-CHRISTMAS-SHOPPING A super–saver 3–day shopping event in Lisburn City Centre is coming up and just in time for Christmas shopping.

 
From Thursday 20th November to Saturday over 70 stores will have special promotional offers available in the You Got It For Less event.
 
The Chairman of the Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, said: “The Christmas Switch–On Event in the City sees the beginning of the festive season for Lisburn with the festive lighting in place, and for those who need to get some Christmas shopping underway this is the time to start.
 
“There are a great variety of stores with some fantastic offers on, so from jewellery to bicycles, or new footwear to chocolate there is plenty of choice for those ladies and gents who love to shop!
 
“The Council–owned Castle Street Car Park will be open for parking and we only ask for a donation for the Mayor’s Charity, Marie Curie Cancer Care, if you decide to use it. 
 
“All You Got it For Less shopping offers are available online at visitlisburn.com/Christmas        and with over 70 stores participating in this mega promotional event there are savings to be had across a huge range of merchandise,” he concluded.

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A super–saver 3–day shopping event in Lisburn City Centre is coming up and just in time for Christmas shopping.

 
From Thursday 20th November to Saturday over 70 stores will have special promotional offers available in the You Got It For Less event.
 
The Chairman of the Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, said: “The Christmas Switch–On Event in the City sees the beginning of the festive season for Lisburn with the festive lighting in place, and for those who need to get some Christmas shopping underway this is the time to start.
 
“There are a great variety of stores with some fantastic offers on, so from jewellery to bicycles, or new footwear to chocolate there is plenty of choice for those ladies and gents who love to shop!
 
“The Council–owned Castle Street Car Park will be open for parking and we only ask for a donation for the Mayor’s Charity, Marie Curie Cancer Care, if you decide to use it. 
 
“All You Got it For Less shopping offers are available online at visitlisburn.com/Christmas        and with over 70 stores participating in this mega promotional event there are savings to be had across a huge range of merchandise,” he concluded.

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Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:38:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/11/GET-IT-FOR-LESS-IN-LISBURN-THIS-WEEKEND-AND-SAVE-ON-CHRISTMAS-SHOPPING
<![CDATA[ COUNCIL LAUNCHES 2015 VISITOR GUIDE]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/11/COUNCIL-LAUNCHES-2015-VISITOR-GUIDE COUNCIL LAUNCHES 2015 VISITOR GUIDE

Lisburn City Council recently launched the 2015 Lisburn Visitor Guide at World Travel Market, London.  World Travel Market is the largest travel exhibition in Europe with representation from Countries and regions from throughout the world all exhibiting their product to potential visitors and businesses.

The 2015 Lisburn Visitor Guide showcases the range of things to see and do in the area, including visitor attractions, activity providers as well as detailing accommodation providers and a range of varied events planned for the calendar year.

The launch of the new Visitor Guide comes on the back of the recently launched visitor app, and new tourism website being developed at present.

Speaking about the new Visitor Guide, Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, said: ‘It is a great delight that the 2015 Lisburn Visitor Guide has now been launched providing a snap shot of the range of activities and options for all discerning visitors to the area. Tourism continues to be an economic generator to the Lisburn City Council area with more visitors coming to the area year on year.’

So when you are next in Lisburn why not pick up your free copy of the Lisburn Visitor Guide or download the new Visit Lisburn app.

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COUNCIL LAUNCHES 2015 VISITOR GUIDE

Lisburn City Council recently launched the 2015 Lisburn Visitor Guide at World Travel Market, London.  World Travel Market is the largest travel exhibition in Europe with representation from Countries and regions from throughout the world all exhibiting their product to potential visitors and businesses.

The 2015 Lisburn Visitor Guide showcases the range of things to see and do in the area, including visitor attractions, activity providers as well as detailing accommodation providers and a range of varied events planned for the calendar year.

The launch of the new Visitor Guide comes on the back of the recently launched visitor app, and new tourism website being developed at present.

Speaking about the new Visitor Guide, Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, said: ‘It is a great delight that the 2015 Lisburn Visitor Guide has now been launched providing a snap shot of the range of activities and options for all discerning visitors to the area. Tourism continues to be an economic generator to the Lisburn City Council area with more visitors coming to the area year on year.’

So when you are next in Lisburn why not pick up your free copy of the Lisburn Visitor Guide or download the new Visit Lisburn app.

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Wed, 12 Nov 2014 10:58:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/11/COUNCIL-LAUNCHES-2015-VISITOR-GUIDE
<![CDATA[ A Little Piece Of Paradise At Little French Barn]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/10/A-Little-Piece-Of-Paradise-At-Little-French-Barn Lisburn City Council and Lisburn City Centre Management are delighted to welcome the Little French Barn relocation to Railway Street, Lisburn.

The doors were opened officially on Monday 20th October by Annie Sloan who is now leading the way in chalk paint and finishing techniques.

Speaking about the opening, Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, said: ‘It was great to see such excitement in the City Centre with a celebratory visit from Annie Sloan to officially open the new premises.

Helen from Little French Barn has taken a hobby and evolved the thinking of how people can decorate their home.  We wish Helen and her business every success in the future’.

Helen Wilson from Little French Barn said, ‘I am delighted to have received such enthusiasm with my recent relocation and the interest was overwhelming on Monday.  Little French Barn offers you the chill out factor of shopping where you can browse and enjoy a coffee’. 

So when you are next in Lisburn why not visit Little French Barn to experience a little piece of paradise.

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Lisburn City Council and Lisburn City Centre Management are delighted to welcome the Little French Barn relocation to Railway Street, Lisburn.

The doors were opened officially on Monday 20th October by Annie Sloan who is now leading the way in chalk paint and finishing techniques.

Speaking about the opening, Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, said: ‘It was great to see such excitement in the City Centre with a celebratory visit from Annie Sloan to officially open the new premises.

Helen from Little French Barn has taken a hobby and evolved the thinking of how people can decorate their home.  We wish Helen and her business every success in the future’.

Helen Wilson from Little French Barn said, ‘I am delighted to have received such enthusiasm with my recent relocation and the interest was overwhelming on Monday.  Little French Barn offers you the chill out factor of shopping where you can browse and enjoy a coffee’. 

So when you are next in Lisburn why not visit Little French Barn to experience a little piece of paradise.

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:52:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/10/A-Little-Piece-Of-Paradise-At-Little-French-Barn
<![CDATA[ Council Welcomes New Visitor App]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/10/Council-Welcomes-New-Visitor-App An exciting new free App has been launched for Visit Lisburn and will promote Tourism within Lisburn City Council area to local residents and key target markets of Scotland and ROI.

‘Visit Lisburn’ app was developed by Brilliant Red in partnership with Lisburn City Council with funding received through Revitalisation Funding from the Department for Social Development.

Recent research into Visit Lisburn users has highlighted a 77% increase in visitors using mobile devices (smart phones) and 64% increase in visitor traffic via tablet devices (e.g. iPad).

At the touch of a button you can find out information from Shopping, Eating Out, Where to Stay and Visitor Attractions to your What’s On guide for the days ahead.

Speaking about the development, Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, said: ‘It shows that Lisburn is moving with the digital age and embracing the use of technology for the benefit of both residents and our businesses. We hope everyone will download the app and make good use of it as a portal to everything that is happening in the area!’.

Lynne McDonald from DSD said, ‘We are delighted to have supported such an innovative development in technology for the Lisburn area.  This new app available for iPhone and Android smart phones will allow local businesses to highlight specific promotions and campaigns to visitors and locals alike’.

So when you are next in Lisburn why not take a digital experience and download the Visit Lisburn app.

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An exciting new free App has been launched for Visit Lisburn and will promote Tourism within Lisburn City Council area to local residents and key target markets of Scotland and ROI.

‘Visit Lisburn’ app was developed by Brilliant Red in partnership with Lisburn City Council with funding received through Revitalisation Funding from the Department for Social Development.

Recent research into Visit Lisburn users has highlighted a 77% increase in visitors using mobile devices (smart phones) and 64% increase in visitor traffic via tablet devices (e.g. iPad).

At the touch of a button you can find out information from Shopping, Eating Out, Where to Stay and Visitor Attractions to your What’s On guide for the days ahead.

Speaking about the development, Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, said: ‘It shows that Lisburn is moving with the digital age and embracing the use of technology for the benefit of both residents and our businesses. We hope everyone will download the app and make good use of it as a portal to everything that is happening in the area!’.

Lynne McDonald from DSD said, ‘We are delighted to have supported such an innovative development in technology for the Lisburn area.  This new app available for iPhone and Android smart phones will allow local businesses to highlight specific promotions and campaigns to visitors and locals alike’.

So when you are next in Lisburn why not take a digital experience and download the Visit Lisburn app.

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:50:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/10/Council-Welcomes-New-Visitor-App
<![CDATA[ N.I. Ploughing Championships to debut at Balmoral Park]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/10/NI-Ploughing-Championships-to-debut-at-Balmoral-Park The Northern Ireland Ploughing Association (NIPA) today launched the 71st  Northern Ireland International Ploughing Championships which will take place on the 17th & 18th October 2014 at Balmoral Park for the first time. 

The two day event promises a full schedule of ploughing, as local ploughmen compete to determine who represents Northern Ireland in the European and World Contests in 2015.  The event will showcase over fifty qualified competitors from NI and ROI competing in seven different classes: World Style Conventional, World Style Reversible, Vintage Class, Horse Class, Horse Style & Appearance Class, Young Farmers Class and Ladies Class.

NIPA President William King remarked regarding the event “The 71st International Ploughing Champions will provide a fantastic opportunity for competitors, exhibitors and spectators from all over the UK and Ireland, to enjoy what is a showcase for the agriculture industry.”  He also wished to thank Kay Magill, Dr H Fullerton, Mr and Mrs Thompson and Mr Heaney, the local land owners who made this event possible.  Further gratitude is extended to the show’s sponsors: Donnelly Group, Bank of Ireland and Lisburn City Council, whose help has allowed the event to grow in size and stature.

By moving to Balmoral Park the International Ploughing Championships has been able to expand to include many more attractions and trade stands as well as the ploughing.   Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS) Chief Executive Colin McDonald commented “In choosing here as the location for the International Championship, the Northern Ireland Ploughing Association is showcasing Balmoral Park as the premier venue for agricultural events.”

There are many attractions on offer including young farmer competitions, Schools showjumping and dog agility.  Military displays and trade stands are also on the bill as well as children’s amusements and face painting to keep the whole family entertained.  Wilson Holden NIPA Chairman celebrated the event encouraging the public to come along and enjoy a great family day out, with under 12s gaining free entry.

The N.I. Ploughing Championships will take place at Balmoral Park, Maze Long Kesh, Lisburn on 17th–18th October from 9am to 5pm.  Admission for adults £10, 12 – 18yrs £6, Under 12’s free.  Car park £4 for car and £10 for bus.

To keep up to date with 2014 N.I. Ploughing Championship News check out our website www.niploughing.com or Facebook: Northern Ireland Ploughing Association#

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The Northern Ireland Ploughing Association (NIPA) today launched the 71st  Northern Ireland International Ploughing Championships which will take place on the 17th & 18th October 2014 at Balmoral Park for the first time. 

The two day event promises a full schedule of ploughing, as local ploughmen compete to determine who represents Northern Ireland in the European and World Contests in 2015.  The event will showcase over fifty qualified competitors from NI and ROI competing in seven different classes: World Style Conventional, World Style Reversible, Vintage Class, Horse Class, Horse Style & Appearance Class, Young Farmers Class and Ladies Class.

NIPA President William King remarked regarding the event “The 71st International Ploughing Champions will provide a fantastic opportunity for competitors, exhibitors and spectators from all over the UK and Ireland, to enjoy what is a showcase for the agriculture industry.”  He also wished to thank Kay Magill, Dr H Fullerton, Mr and Mrs Thompson and Mr Heaney, the local land owners who made this event possible.  Further gratitude is extended to the show’s sponsors: Donnelly Group, Bank of Ireland and Lisburn City Council, whose help has allowed the event to grow in size and stature.

By moving to Balmoral Park the International Ploughing Championships has been able to expand to include many more attractions and trade stands as well as the ploughing.   Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS) Chief Executive Colin McDonald commented “In choosing here as the location for the International Championship, the Northern Ireland Ploughing Association is showcasing Balmoral Park as the premier venue for agricultural events.”

There are many attractions on offer including young farmer competitions, Schools showjumping and dog agility.  Military displays and trade stands are also on the bill as well as children’s amusements and face painting to keep the whole family entertained.  Wilson Holden NIPA Chairman celebrated the event encouraging the public to come along and enjoy a great family day out, with under 12s gaining free entry.

The N.I. Ploughing Championships will take place at Balmoral Park, Maze Long Kesh, Lisburn on 17th–18th October from 9am to 5pm.  Admission for adults £10, 12 – 18yrs £6, Under 12’s free.  Car park £4 for car and £10 for bus.

To keep up to date with 2014 N.I. Ploughing Championship News check out our website www.niploughing.com or Facebook: Northern Ireland Ploughing Association#

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Mon, 06 Oct 2014 11:33:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/10/NI-Ploughing-Championships-to-debut-at-Balmoral-Park
<![CDATA[ Pedal Power at Berwick Hall]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/10/Pedal-Power-at-Berwick-Hall Following the opening of Berwick Hall Cottage in June 2014, as a 4 star Northern Ireland Tourist Board approved self–catering cottage, Lisburn City Council are pleased to welcome the new group cycling facility which will enhance a visitor stay.

Speaking about the facility, Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, said: ‘I would like to commend the owner of this new self–catering accommodation facility that increases our current stock of high end accommodation and is one of it’s kind in the area to offer a visitor experience of Leisure Tourism through group cycling tours’.

Berwick Hall adjacent to Berwick Hall Cottage has belonged to the Wilson family since 1880 and displays a unique ambiance of the era.

Owner, Raymond Wilson, explains:  ‘I have been cycling for over 10 years and have become familiar with the roads and tow paths within a 30 mile radius of the Moira/Lisburn area very well.  As a keen cyclist I have also toured in Holland, France, Spain, Portugal, New Zealand and Thailand.  I therefore decided to take my hobby and establish Berwick Hall Group Cycling Tours to give others the experience that I enjoy’. 

Berwick Hall Cottage is a hidden gem that turns a visitor stay into a visitor experience.

To view more information visit:http://www.visitlisburn.com/where-to-stay/places/berwick.php or www.berwickhall.com.

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Following the opening of Berwick Hall Cottage in June 2014, as a 4 star Northern Ireland Tourist Board approved self–catering cottage, Lisburn City Council are pleased to welcome the new group cycling facility which will enhance a visitor stay.

Speaking about the facility, Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, said: ‘I would like to commend the owner of this new self–catering accommodation facility that increases our current stock of high end accommodation and is one of it’s kind in the area to offer a visitor experience of Leisure Tourism through group cycling tours’.

Berwick Hall adjacent to Berwick Hall Cottage has belonged to the Wilson family since 1880 and displays a unique ambiance of the era.

Owner, Raymond Wilson, explains:  ‘I have been cycling for over 10 years and have become familiar with the roads and tow paths within a 30 mile radius of the Moira/Lisburn area very well.  As a keen cyclist I have also toured in Holland, France, Spain, Portugal, New Zealand and Thailand.  I therefore decided to take my hobby and establish Berwick Hall Group Cycling Tours to give others the experience that I enjoy’. 

Berwick Hall Cottage is a hidden gem that turns a visitor stay into a visitor experience.

To view more information visit:http://www.visitlisburn.com/where-to-stay/places/berwick.php or www.berwickhall.com.

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:22:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/10/Pedal-Power-at-Berwick-Hall
<![CDATA[ Lisburn city centre is set to come alive for second Culture Night event ]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/09/Lisburn-city-centre-is-set-to-come-alive-for-second-Culture-Night-event- Lisburn City Centre will come alive on Friday, September 19 and for one night only venues across the City Centre will open their doors to introduce you to a world of live music, art, exhibitions, performance, workshops and family fun.

Over the past weeks and months Lisburn City Centre Management, ISLAND Arts Centre, Lisburn City Council and Lisburn Historic Quarter Arts Group have been working hard to put in place the final preparations for Lisburn’s second Culture Night.

So what is Culture Night? It is a night of FREE entertainment, discovery and adventure which takes place in towns and cities across Ireland. Culture Night is the perfect opportunity to get together with friends and family, grab a programme, explore the City Centre, experience something different and enjoy a great night out.  This year Culture Night has even more to offer with over 30 free events in 25 venues across Lisburn city centre. The excitement is building as many community groups and organisations are coming together for one night to offer a range of cultural activities, helping to breathe life into the city.

Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Economic Development Committee said, “Not only does Culture Night provide the opportunity for performers and venues to showcase their works and connect with local people, but it also gives local people the chance to connect with their city. Lisburn City Council is proud to contribute to this event through the DSD Revitalisation Project and Community Festival Fund.”

Get involved and explore, experience and enjoy Culture Night Lisburn 2014. To view the programme of free events or for more information visit lisburnccm.co.uk or follow facebook.com/LoveLisburnNightsOut.

For further information contact Lisburn Visitor Information Centre: 028 9266 0038 or Hillsborough Visitor Information Centre:  028 9268 9717

 

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Lisburn City Centre will come alive on Friday, September 19 and for one night only venues across the City Centre will open their doors to introduce you to a world of live music, art, exhibitions, performance, workshops and family fun.

Over the past weeks and months Lisburn City Centre Management, ISLAND Arts Centre, Lisburn City Council and Lisburn Historic Quarter Arts Group have been working hard to put in place the final preparations for Lisburn’s second Culture Night.

So what is Culture Night? It is a night of FREE entertainment, discovery and adventure which takes place in towns and cities across Ireland. Culture Night is the perfect opportunity to get together with friends and family, grab a programme, explore the City Centre, experience something different and enjoy a great night out.  This year Culture Night has even more to offer with over 30 free events in 25 venues across Lisburn city centre. The excitement is building as many community groups and organisations are coming together for one night to offer a range of cultural activities, helping to breathe life into the city.

Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Economic Development Committee said, “Not only does Culture Night provide the opportunity for performers and venues to showcase their works and connect with local people, but it also gives local people the chance to connect with their city. Lisburn City Council is proud to contribute to this event through the DSD Revitalisation Project and Community Festival Fund.”

Get involved and explore, experience and enjoy Culture Night Lisburn 2014. To view the programme of free events or for more information visit lisburnccm.co.uk or follow facebook.com/LoveLisburnNightsOut.

For further information contact Lisburn Visitor Information Centre: 028 9266 0038 or Hillsborough Visitor Information Centre:  028 9268 9717

 

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Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:14:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/09/Lisburn-city-centre-is-set-to-come-alive-for-second-Culture-Night-event-
<![CDATA[ COUNCIL COMMENDS SQUARE BISTRO SUCCESS]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/09/COUNCIL-COMMENDS-SQUARE-BISTRO-SUCCESS Lisburn City Council is delighted to learn of The Square Bistro’s recent success.  The City Centre bistro has achieved a Taste of Ulster accreditation as well as becoming the first restaurant in Lisburn to receive the WorldHost Business recognition for over half of staff trained in Customer Service Excellence.

Speaking about the accreditations, Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, said: “I would like to commend the owner of The Square Bistro, Stephen Higginson and his team on this fantastic achievement.  He has done Lisburn proud and the success they have experienced is testament to the hard work and commitment the business has shown.  The standard of dining in Lisburn is exceptional and at the Council we are keen to work with restaurants in promoting a first–class eating experience.  Well done to The Square Bistro.”

The Square Bistro is renowned for themed nights and are proud to source, use and promote local food on their menus.

Owner, Stephen Higginson, explains: “The achievement of the Taste of Ulster accreditation and the remarkable score of 96.3% reflects the team effort that goes into our business.  I am extremely proud of the staff in the restaurant who contribute so much to the customer’s dining experience.  It means so much to me personally to have our hard work rewarded with such high accolades and it is a great boost for the City of Lisburn.  We are proud to serve the residents and visitors of Lisburn with  good ‘Square meals!’.

So when you are next in Lisburn why not experience a Taste of Ulster and enjoy the local delights of amazing food you won’t want to miss.

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Lisburn City Council is delighted to learn of The Square Bistro’s recent success.  The City Centre bistro has achieved a Taste of Ulster accreditation as well as becoming the first restaurant in Lisburn to receive the WorldHost Business recognition for over half of staff trained in Customer Service Excellence.

Speaking about the accreditations, Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, said: “I would like to commend the owner of The Square Bistro, Stephen Higginson and his team on this fantastic achievement.  He has done Lisburn proud and the success they have experienced is testament to the hard work and commitment the business has shown.  The standard of dining in Lisburn is exceptional and at the Council we are keen to work with restaurants in promoting a first–class eating experience.  Well done to The Square Bistro.”

The Square Bistro is renowned for themed nights and are proud to source, use and promote local food on their menus.

Owner, Stephen Higginson, explains: “The achievement of the Taste of Ulster accreditation and the remarkable score of 96.3% reflects the team effort that goes into our business.  I am extremely proud of the staff in the restaurant who contribute so much to the customer’s dining experience.  It means so much to me personally to have our hard work rewarded with such high accolades and it is a great boost for the City of Lisburn.  We are proud to serve the residents and visitors of Lisburn with  good ‘Square meals!’.

So when you are next in Lisburn why not experience a Taste of Ulster and enjoy the local delights of amazing food you won’t want to miss.

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Mon, 08 Sep 2014 12:16:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/09/COUNCIL-COMMENDS-SQUARE-BISTRO-SUCCESS
<![CDATA[ LOCAL RESTAURANT GRABS ANOTHER AWARD NOD]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/08/Angelos-Restaurant Angelo’s Restaurant, Lisburn’s longest running Italian, Steak and Seaford eatery is celebrating after being nominated by the public to win the title of ‘Restaurant of the Year’ at this year’s Ulster Tatler People of the Year Awards.
The awards, which take place at Belfast City Hall on September 18th, will see Angelo’s compete against several other leading NI eateries, as it aims to take home the top prize. As the only Lisburn venue to be shortlisted, Angelo’s topped the public’s vote to win its place as a Finalist.
This fantastic pledge of support for the venue, marks an already momentous year as the restaurant celebrates 30 years in business. Owned by Richard Graham and with Will Crawford as Head Chef, they have worked hard to make the restaurant the ultimate dining experience in Lisburn. By embracing the traditional as well as stamping their own culinary creativity on the menus, the loyal customer base has grown from strength to strength.
Speaking about the restaurant’s nomination, owner Richard Graham said: “The shortlist is decided by a public vote and I’m extremely honoured Angelo’s has been chosen as one of the finalists for the award. The nomination is a testament to the hard work being done by the entire team and I hope to be able to bring the award back to Lisburn in September.”

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Angelo’s Restaurant, Lisburn’s longest running Italian, Steak and Seaford eatery is celebrating after being nominated by the public to win the title of ‘Restaurant of the Year’ at this year’s Ulster Tatler People of the Year Awards.
The awards, which take place at Belfast City Hall on September 18th, will see Angelo’s compete against several other leading NI eateries, as it aims to take home the top prize. As the only Lisburn venue to be shortlisted, Angelo’s topped the public’s vote to win its place as a Finalist.
This fantastic pledge of support for the venue, marks an already momentous year as the restaurant celebrates 30 years in business. Owned by Richard Graham and with Will Crawford as Head Chef, they have worked hard to make the restaurant the ultimate dining experience in Lisburn. By embracing the traditional as well as stamping their own culinary creativity on the menus, the loyal customer base has grown from strength to strength.
Speaking about the restaurant’s nomination, owner Richard Graham said: “The shortlist is decided by a public vote and I’m extremely honoured Angelo’s has been chosen as one of the finalists for the award. The nomination is a testament to the hard work being done by the entire team and I hope to be able to bring the award back to Lisburn in September.”

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Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:53:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/08/Angelos-Restaurant
<![CDATA[ MOIRA GUEST HOUSE IS 500TH WORLDHOST BUSINESS]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/08/MOIRA-GUEST-HOUSE-IS-500TH-WORLDHOST-BUSINESS Local business, Moira Guest House, has become the 500th WorldHost business to be accredited in Northern Ireland.

WorldHost is a customer service training programme that was developed for the Northern Ireland market by NITB and the tourism and hospitality sector skills council People1st. The programme offers delegates a comprehensive training toolkit that can be used across a wide variety of industries where the quality of front–line customer service is key to business success.

Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee, visiting the premises to present Philip Trimble and Timothy McStay with their WorldHost plaque, said: “It is excellent news that this extensively restored and modernised guest house in the centre of historic Moira has attained the high standard of WorldHost.  This is an official acknowledgement of a local business’s investment in ensuring all their guests have a great experience; and receive the attention and service they deserve from the polite and courteous staff.

“I hope that being recognised as a WorldHost Business will attract new customers to this 10 en–suite room accommodation facility; and that existing customers will return on a regular basis.  The tourism industry is very important to Lisburn City Council; and it is delighted to be able to publicly acknowledge the high achievements of tourist facilities.

“Timothy and Kristina have done a fantastic job in creating this quality facility offering a varied breakfast menu to be enjoyed by guests after a great night’s sleep in one of their comfortable rooms.  Keep up the good work!” concluded Alderman Allan Ewart.

Moira Guest House is prepared to go the extra mile and help its guests plan their visits in terms of airport collections, itinerary planning and a weekend adventure package.  Dogs can also be catered for by special arrangement.

Further information on WorldHost can be found by logging on to http://www.worldhostni.com

To book a room at Moira Guesthouse or to discover more about it please log on to www.moiraguesthouse.com

 

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Local business, Moira Guest House, has become the 500th WorldHost business to be accredited in Northern Ireland.

WorldHost is a customer service training programme that was developed for the Northern Ireland market by NITB and the tourism and hospitality sector skills council People1st. The programme offers delegates a comprehensive training toolkit that can be used across a wide variety of industries where the quality of front–line customer service is key to business success.

Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee, visiting the premises to present Philip Trimble and Timothy McStay with their WorldHost plaque, said: “It is excellent news that this extensively restored and modernised guest house in the centre of historic Moira has attained the high standard of WorldHost.  This is an official acknowledgement of a local business’s investment in ensuring all their guests have a great experience; and receive the attention and service they deserve from the polite and courteous staff.

“I hope that being recognised as a WorldHost Business will attract new customers to this 10 en–suite room accommodation facility; and that existing customers will return on a regular basis.  The tourism industry is very important to Lisburn City Council; and it is delighted to be able to publicly acknowledge the high achievements of tourist facilities.

“Timothy and Kristina have done a fantastic job in creating this quality facility offering a varied breakfast menu to be enjoyed by guests after a great night’s sleep in one of their comfortable rooms.  Keep up the good work!” concluded Alderman Allan Ewart.

Moira Guest House is prepared to go the extra mile and help its guests plan their visits in terms of airport collections, itinerary planning and a weekend adventure package.  Dogs can also be catered for by special arrangement.

Further information on WorldHost can be found by logging on to http://www.worldhostni.com

To book a room at Moira Guesthouse or to discover more about it please log on to www.moiraguesthouse.com

 

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Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:15:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/08/MOIRA-GUEST-HOUSE-IS-500TH-WORLDHOST-BUSINESS
<![CDATA[ Balmoral National Horse Riding Championships]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/07/Balmoral-National-Horse-Riding-Championships.php Council to Support National Show Jumping Event
09 July 02014

The 2014 Balmoral National Show Jumping Championships will take place at Balmoral Park from 13th–16th July and Lisburn City Council is delighted to be supporting this well–established event.

Show Jumping Ireland (Ulster Region) is responsible for delivering the annual ‘National Balmoral Championships’, which is the culmination of all the major championships alongside three major Grand Prix competitions.

This popular event will attract the biggest names in Irish Show Jumping to Lisburn for the four days of the Championships.

Lisburn City Council’s Leisure Services Committee and Economic Development Committee have agreed to provide support to this event which was first held in Lisburn last year.

Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure Services Committee, speaking about this event, said: “I am delighted that the Council is giving its support to this prestigious event. During the year, the Council offers assistance to a number of sporting events and tournaments and it is refreshing to have the opportunity to support an equestrian event.

“Show jumping is a sport that draws participants and spectators, of all ages, but one which everyone can enjoy. Admission to the 28th National Balmoral Championship is free and will offer entertainment and the opportunity to enjoy food and retail outlets in addition to the equestrian events.”

Sky Sports will be providing coverage of this year’s event which will be attended by the best riders in Ireland and their exceptional equine partners.

Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee, added: “I hope that this event continues to attract thousands of visitors and that they take the time to enjoy the local accommodation facilities, eateries and retail outlets. To have this event take place within two months of Balmoral Show is fantastic news for the local Lisburn economy; and I am delighted to have the opportunity to support such a well–established sporting championship.

“The Council is delighted with the increasing number of high profile events of various sizes taking place at Balmoral Park within the Maze Long Kesh site and it looks forward to continuing its relationship with the RUAS and its partners,” he concluded.


Pictured at the launch of the 2014 Balmoral National Show Jumping Championships are: (l–r) Ray Buchanan, Chairman of Show Jumping Ireland Ulster Region; Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee; Unique, show jumping horse with owner Sophie Dalm, top Ulster Show Jumping Champion and Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure Services Committee.


Council to Support National Show Jumping Event

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Council to Support National Show Jumping Event
09 July 02014

The 2014 Balmoral National Show Jumping Championships will take place at Balmoral Park from 13th–16th July and Lisburn City Council is delighted to be supporting this well–established event.

Show Jumping Ireland (Ulster Region) is responsible for delivering the annual ‘National Balmoral Championships’, which is the culmination of all the major championships alongside three major Grand Prix competitions.

This popular event will attract the biggest names in Irish Show Jumping to Lisburn for the four days of the Championships.

Lisburn City Council’s Leisure Services Committee and Economic Development Committee have agreed to provide support to this event which was first held in Lisburn last year.

Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure Services Committee, speaking about this event, said: “I am delighted that the Council is giving its support to this prestigious event. During the year, the Council offers assistance to a number of sporting events and tournaments and it is refreshing to have the opportunity to support an equestrian event.

“Show jumping is a sport that draws participants and spectators, of all ages, but one which everyone can enjoy. Admission to the 28th National Balmoral Championship is free and will offer entertainment and the opportunity to enjoy food and retail outlets in addition to the equestrian events.”

Sky Sports will be providing coverage of this year’s event which will be attended by the best riders in Ireland and their exceptional equine partners.

Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee, added: “I hope that this event continues to attract thousands of visitors and that they take the time to enjoy the local accommodation facilities, eateries and retail outlets. To have this event take place within two months of Balmoral Show is fantastic news for the local Lisburn economy; and I am delighted to have the opportunity to support such a well–established sporting championship.

“The Council is delighted with the increasing number of high profile events of various sizes taking place at Balmoral Park within the Maze Long Kesh site and it looks forward to continuing its relationship with the RUAS and its partners,” he concluded.


Pictured at the launch of the 2014 Balmoral National Show Jumping Championships are: (l–r) Ray Buchanan, Chairman of Show Jumping Ireland Ulster Region; Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee; Unique, show jumping horse with owner Sophie Dalm, top Ulster Show Jumping Champion and Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure Services Committee.


Council to Support National Show Jumping Event

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Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:07:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/07/Balmoral-National-Horse-Riding-Championships.php
<![CDATA[ ISLAND Arts Centre’s Children’s Arts Festival]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/ISLAND-Arts-Centres-Childrens-Arts-Festival.php WE know childcare can get complicated over the summer.School holidays are the perfect chance to spend quality time with your children but life can also get complicated for parents especially with the balancing of child–care and professional commitments.

ISLAND’s Urban Playground is the perfect solution Festival highlights include a choice of three week long Arts Camps for ages 4–16 years running 10am–4pm daily from Mon 28 Jul – Fri 15 Aug with optional extended hours to ease pressure on parents.

These hand–on, brains–on arts labs led by inspirational guest artists will be full–on, fun–packed days where everyone gets to make new friends and dream big, no matter how small.  Children will learn new skills in Street Art Techniques, Urban Dance, Animation, Comic Creations and Model–making. 

Unable to commit to full weeks? No problem!

ISLAND’s Family Bite–sized Workshops are the perfect solution.  Join the nappy glitterati in our dance sensation party Discotots where hip–hop tots aged 0–4 years can get their groove on.  Or laugh hard, throw shapes and create your very own limited edition pot in our Happy Pot workshop.

Older children can gain brilliant insights into how to turn their creative skills into a future career in a Radio Production with Cool FM’s Mairead Campbell in partnership with Cinemagic.  Or put their ideas into production and experience cartooning and design from an animator’s mind in Festival’s One Stop Animationby Left Hand Cinema.

Families can also get playful and creative in our Urban Playground Exhibition.The Epicentre of all things kids and fun this has been especially designed by the award winning ArtsEkta for 0–16 year olds and their grown–ups.  Swing into action in our Urban play park, interactive graffiti art wall and sculpture trail.  FREE Hands–on activities include mural painting, stencilling, printmaking, chalk drawing, poster pasting, and sticker art and 3D street art caricatures. 

Remember, whichever festival activities you choose, just make sure you dress for mess.
Finally if you are feeling social, the ISLAND team would love you to share the fun of your Festival with us simply use the #ISLANDKids14.  Or get festival updates on facebook.com/ISLANDArtsCentre or twitter.com/ISLANDartsbiz. Art’s Contagious.  Pass it On.

For further information contact the Box Office on 028 92 509509 or download a programme from Here and share it with a friend.

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WE know childcare can get complicated over the summer.School holidays are the perfect chance to spend quality time with your children but life can also get complicated for parents especially with the balancing of child–care and professional commitments.

ISLAND’s Urban Playground is the perfect solution Festival highlights include a choice of three week long Arts Camps for ages 4–16 years running 10am–4pm daily from Mon 28 Jul – Fri 15 Aug with optional extended hours to ease pressure on parents.

These hand–on, brains–on arts labs led by inspirational guest artists will be full–on, fun–packed days where everyone gets to make new friends and dream big, no matter how small.  Children will learn new skills in Street Art Techniques, Urban Dance, Animation, Comic Creations and Model–making. 

Unable to commit to full weeks? No problem!

ISLAND’s Family Bite–sized Workshops are the perfect solution.  Join the nappy glitterati in our dance sensation party Discotots where hip–hop tots aged 0–4 years can get their groove on.  Or laugh hard, throw shapes and create your very own limited edition pot in our Happy Pot workshop.

Older children can gain brilliant insights into how to turn their creative skills into a future career in a Radio Production with Cool FM’s Mairead Campbell in partnership with Cinemagic.  Or put their ideas into production and experience cartooning and design from an animator’s mind in Festival’s One Stop Animationby Left Hand Cinema.

Families can also get playful and creative in our Urban Playground Exhibition.The Epicentre of all things kids and fun this has been especially designed by the award winning ArtsEkta for 0–16 year olds and their grown–ups.  Swing into action in our Urban play park, interactive graffiti art wall and sculpture trail.  FREE Hands–on activities include mural painting, stencilling, printmaking, chalk drawing, poster pasting, and sticker art and 3D street art caricatures. 

Remember, whichever festival activities you choose, just make sure you dress for mess.
Finally if you are feeling social, the ISLAND team would love you to share the fun of your Festival with us simply use the #ISLANDKids14.  Or get festival updates on facebook.com/ISLANDArtsCentre or twitter.com/ISLANDartsbiz. Art’s Contagious.  Pass it On.

For further information contact the Box Office on 028 92 509509 or download a programme from Here and share it with a friend.

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Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:33:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/ISLAND-Arts-Centres-Childrens-Arts-Festival.php
<![CDATA[ Lisburn and Saintfield District Show]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/06/Lisburn-and-Saintfield-District-Show.php  

A fun day out for all the family!

The Lisburn and Saintfield District Show is shaping up to be a fantastic day out for all the family. Generously supported by Lisburn City Council and a wide range of local businesses the Show takes place at Balmoral Park, Maze (by kind permission of the RUAS) on Saturday 21st June.

There will be plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained from a petting zoo, climbing wall, plaque painting and face painting to a bouncy castle and amusements. The Dog Show always proves great fun, starting at 2pm with classes for young handlers (4 – 8 year olds and 9 – 15 year olds), best puppy (6 – 12 months old), fancy dress and happiest, waggiest tail – entries are taken on the day in the Secretary’s Office.

Take time to wander around the range of baking and craft exhibits in the Home Industries marquee, peruse a selection of local businesses in the craft marquee, trade and food stands and then take the courtesy bus across Balmoral Park to the Ulster Aviation Museum which will be opening its doors free of charge to those attending the Show.

A range of silverware will be hotly contested across the horse and pony classes from the elegance of dressage and side–saddle to the excitement of Show Jumping as well as an exacting Working Hunter course. Not forgetting the Clydesdales, Miniature Horses, Carriage Driving and of course the Donkeys – a display of traditional driven Donkeys will take place at 1.30pm.

New classes for Pigs will add even more interest to the agricultural side of the Show with spectators able to watch the judging across the Cattle, Sheep and Goat classes as well as the Tesco Rare Breed Society Trust Derby Qualifier. The parade of prize winning Cattle will take place at 1.30pm.The Poultry marquee has been extended to allow a range of Rabbit and Cavy classes with members of Lisburn & District Rabbit & Cavy Club on hand to offer advice and a free nail clipping service.

For further information go to www.saintfieldshow.co.uk or contact the Show Secretary on 07821 588 390. Entry to the Show is £10 per adult, children 16 and under are free.
The Show simply could not continue without the on–going support of each and every one of the sponsors and volunteers and the Committee would like to express their thanks to everyone. See you on Show Day!

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A fun day out for all the family!

The Lisburn and Saintfield District Show is shaping up to be a fantastic day out for all the family. Generously supported by Lisburn City Council and a wide range of local businesses the Show takes place at Balmoral Park, Maze (by kind permission of the RUAS) on Saturday 21st June.

There will be plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained from a petting zoo, climbing wall, plaque painting and face painting to a bouncy castle and amusements. The Dog Show always proves great fun, starting at 2pm with classes for young handlers (4 – 8 year olds and 9 – 15 year olds), best puppy (6 – 12 months old), fancy dress and happiest, waggiest tail – entries are taken on the day in the Secretary’s Office.

Take time to wander around the range of baking and craft exhibits in the Home Industries marquee, peruse a selection of local businesses in the craft marquee, trade and food stands and then take the courtesy bus across Balmoral Park to the Ulster Aviation Museum which will be opening its doors free of charge to those attending the Show.

A range of silverware will be hotly contested across the horse and pony classes from the elegance of dressage and side–saddle to the excitement of Show Jumping as well as an exacting Working Hunter course. Not forgetting the Clydesdales, Miniature Horses, Carriage Driving and of course the Donkeys – a display of traditional driven Donkeys will take place at 1.30pm.

New classes for Pigs will add even more interest to the agricultural side of the Show with spectators able to watch the judging across the Cattle, Sheep and Goat classes as well as the Tesco Rare Breed Society Trust Derby Qualifier. The parade of prize winning Cattle will take place at 1.30pm.The Poultry marquee has been extended to allow a range of Rabbit and Cavy classes with members of Lisburn & District Rabbit & Cavy Club on hand to offer advice and a free nail clipping service.

For further information go to www.saintfieldshow.co.uk or contact the Show Secretary on 07821 588 390. Entry to the Show is £10 per adult, children 16 and under are free.
The Show simply could not continue without the on–going support of each and every one of the sponsors and volunteers and the Committee would like to express their thanks to everyone. See you on Show Day!

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Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:23:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/06/Lisburn-and-Saintfield-District-Show.php
<![CDATA[ New look for Hillsborough and Lisburn Tourist Information Centres!]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/05/New-look-for-Hillsborough-and-Lisburn-Tourist-Information-Centres.php The Tourist Information Centres in Hillsborough and Lisburn have been the go to places for both visitors to Northern Ireland looking for places to stay, events, historical information and attractions, as well as a useful and informative home from home for locals to find out more about their area, see native crafts from their neighbouring artists, publicise their events, properties and businesses or just have a tea and a natter with the friendly staff.

That is why Lisburn City Council has taken a lot of time and care with the modernization and rebranding of both the Lisburn and Hillsborough Offices. Featuring new pink and white signage, the sleek new look ensures that clients and customers feel they are in a professional environment that also has a warm, local feel.

In addition, the Tourist Information Centres have changed their name to Visitor Information Centres, keeping in fashion with Visitor Information Centres all over Ireland.

If you wish to visit us in store to comment on or admire our changes, don’t hesitate to pop in and talk with the helpful staff.

You may also contact the Visitor Information Centres on 028 9266 0038 (Lisburn) or 028 9268 9717 (Hillsborough).

You may also email vic.lisburn@lisburn.gov.uk or vic.hillsborough@lisburn.gov.uk

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The Tourist Information Centres in Hillsborough and Lisburn have been the go to places for both visitors to Northern Ireland looking for places to stay, events, historical information and attractions, as well as a useful and informative home from home for locals to find out more about their area, see native crafts from their neighbouring artists, publicise their events, properties and businesses or just have a tea and a natter with the friendly staff.

That is why Lisburn City Council has taken a lot of time and care with the modernization and rebranding of both the Lisburn and Hillsborough Offices. Featuring new pink and white signage, the sleek new look ensures that clients and customers feel they are in a professional environment that also has a warm, local feel.

In addition, the Tourist Information Centres have changed their name to Visitor Information Centres, keeping in fashion with Visitor Information Centres all over Ireland.

If you wish to visit us in store to comment on or admire our changes, don’t hesitate to pop in and talk with the helpful staff.

You may also contact the Visitor Information Centres on 028 9266 0038 (Lisburn) or 028 9268 9717 (Hillsborough).

You may also email vic.lisburn@lisburn.gov.uk or vic.hillsborough@lisburn.gov.uk

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Wed, 07 May 2014 11:15:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/05/New-look-for-Hillsborough-and-Lisburn-Tourist-Information-Centres.php
<![CDATA[ Mayor’s Carnival Parade]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/04/Mayors-Carnival-Parade.php  

Once upon a time in a Lisburn Wonderland: Excited little Princess Emma waved her magical wand to herald the launch of The City of Lisburn Mayor’s Carnival Parade and Pipe Band Championships on Saturday 10 May. Proving that no–one is too old for Fairytales, Emma is joined by her grandmother, The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor Margaret Tolerton and Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure Services Committee as they look for help from Carnival Revellers to chase the big band wolf away.
This year’s theme draws inspiration from classic fairy tales. Carnival organisers are preparing for an event out of the realms of fantasy when the streets of Lisburn will be teemed with creativity, rhythm and bass when thousands of costumed revellers parade elaborately decorated floats and huge, towering characters will sweep through the city’s streets.
The Mayor, Councillor Margaret Tolerton said: “The atmosphere in Lisburn on this my Mayor’s Carnival is simply magical and an enchanting spectacle. The colourful procession will feature over 1000 brightly clad carnival performers, street entertainers, dancers and masqueraders in an unrivalled display of street arts and creativity.
The whole day will have a wonderful, festival and family friendly atmosphere and I look forward to warmly welcoming hundreds of celebrators to our city and placing another great event on Northern Ireland’s cultural calendar.”

Enchanting land of make believe…
Up to 10,000 people are expected to descend on the city for the festivities. Spectators will shimmy to the addictive rhythm of the carnival beat of marching bands.
Looking forward to the revels Alderman Paul Porter, Chair of Leisure Services, Lisburn City Council, said: “The Mayor’s Carnival is a hugely popular event. Thousands head to our city every year to take in the stunning displays, which members of the community have spent hours carefully crafting. There are lots of opportunities for people to join in the festivities of the day, listen to great live music or be entertained by great street theatre and spectacle.”
Hundreds of school children dressed as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, mermaids and gnomes will parade alongside community groups, proudly displaying their carnival costumes, designed by themselves through ISLAND Arts Centre Carnival workshops in association with the award winning ArtsEkta and The Beat Initiative.

Happily Ever Afters
The mesmerising spectacle will snake its way through the city to Wallace Park where even more family fun awaits. Entertainment will include fairground attractions, sporting arenas and vintage car displays. An unmissable highlight, glorious in all its Tartan Technicolor is The City of Lisburn Pipe Band Championships.

This Carnival is extremely popular so choose your preferred spot early.
The parade begins at 1pm at ISLAND Arts Centre and flows through Lisburn City Centre, via Queen’s Road, Linenhall Street, Smithfield Street, Market Place, Market Street, Bachelors Walk to Wallace Park before returning to ISLAND Arts Centre.

Funds raised from this year’s Mayor’s Carnival will go to the official Mayoral charity, the Diabetic Unit at Lagan Valley Hospital.

For further information check out islandartscentre.com. Facebook.com/ISLANDArtsCentre and Twitter.com/ISLANDartsbiz

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Notes to Editors

Lisburn City’s Mayor’s Carnival has become one of the largest Carnival Parades of its kind in Northern Ireland. This year, the parade features the talents of over 800 local Schoolchildren, community and voluntary groups who have been busy making carnival structures, and costumes for the pageant through ISLAND Arts Centre’s Carnival Workshops.

The parade begins at 1pm at ISLAND Arts Centre via Queen’s Road, passing along Linenhall Street, Smithfield Street, Market Place, Market Street, Bachelors Walk to Wallace Park before returning to ISLAND Arts Centre.
The Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Margaret Tolerton, has chosen the Diabetic Unit at Lagan Valley Hospital as her Mayoral Charity for her term of Office. The Mayor is keen emphasise that money raised will not be a replacement for statutory funding but will be used to make a real difference in people lives.
ENDS

We look forward to seeing you on the ISLAND.

For further information, images or interviews please contact:
Úna Casement
Arts Information and Education Officer (Jobshare)
ISLAND Arts Centre
T: 02892 509509
E: una@island.lisburn.gov.uk

Or
Patricia McCooe
Arts Information and Education Officer (Jobshare)
ISLAND Arts Centre
T: 02892 509509
E: patricia@island.lisburn.gov.uk

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Once upon a time in a Lisburn Wonderland: Excited little Princess Emma waved her magical wand to herald the launch of The City of Lisburn Mayor’s Carnival Parade and Pipe Band Championships on Saturday 10 May. Proving that no–one is too old for Fairytales, Emma is joined by her grandmother, The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor Margaret Tolerton and Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure Services Committee as they look for help from Carnival Revellers to chase the big band wolf away.
This year’s theme draws inspiration from classic fairy tales. Carnival organisers are preparing for an event out of the realms of fantasy when the streets of Lisburn will be teemed with creativity, rhythm and bass when thousands of costumed revellers parade elaborately decorated floats and huge, towering characters will sweep through the city’s streets.
The Mayor, Councillor Margaret Tolerton said: “The atmosphere in Lisburn on this my Mayor’s Carnival is simply magical and an enchanting spectacle. The colourful procession will feature over 1000 brightly clad carnival performers, street entertainers, dancers and masqueraders in an unrivalled display of street arts and creativity.
The whole day will have a wonderful, festival and family friendly atmosphere and I look forward to warmly welcoming hundreds of celebrators to our city and placing another great event on Northern Ireland’s cultural calendar.”

Enchanting land of make believe…
Up to 10,000 people are expected to descend on the city for the festivities. Spectators will shimmy to the addictive rhythm of the carnival beat of marching bands.
Looking forward to the revels Alderman Paul Porter, Chair of Leisure Services, Lisburn City Council, said: “The Mayor’s Carnival is a hugely popular event. Thousands head to our city every year to take in the stunning displays, which members of the community have spent hours carefully crafting. There are lots of opportunities for people to join in the festivities of the day, listen to great live music or be entertained by great street theatre and spectacle.”
Hundreds of school children dressed as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, mermaids and gnomes will parade alongside community groups, proudly displaying their carnival costumes, designed by themselves through ISLAND Arts Centre Carnival workshops in association with the award winning ArtsEkta and The Beat Initiative.

Happily Ever Afters
The mesmerising spectacle will snake its way through the city to Wallace Park where even more family fun awaits. Entertainment will include fairground attractions, sporting arenas and vintage car displays. An unmissable highlight, glorious in all its Tartan Technicolor is The City of Lisburn Pipe Band Championships.

This Carnival is extremely popular so choose your preferred spot early.
The parade begins at 1pm at ISLAND Arts Centre and flows through Lisburn City Centre, via Queen’s Road, Linenhall Street, Smithfield Street, Market Place, Market Street, Bachelors Walk to Wallace Park before returning to ISLAND Arts Centre.

Funds raised from this year’s Mayor’s Carnival will go to the official Mayoral charity, the Diabetic Unit at Lagan Valley Hospital.

For further information check out islandartscentre.com. Facebook.com/ISLANDArtsCentre and Twitter.com/ISLANDartsbiz

Ends.

Notes to Editors

Lisburn City’s Mayor’s Carnival has become one of the largest Carnival Parades of its kind in Northern Ireland. This year, the parade features the talents of over 800 local Schoolchildren, community and voluntary groups who have been busy making carnival structures, and costumes for the pageant through ISLAND Arts Centre’s Carnival Workshops.

The parade begins at 1pm at ISLAND Arts Centre via Queen’s Road, passing along Linenhall Street, Smithfield Street, Market Place, Market Street, Bachelors Walk to Wallace Park before returning to ISLAND Arts Centre.
The Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Margaret Tolerton, has chosen the Diabetic Unit at Lagan Valley Hospital as her Mayoral Charity for her term of Office. The Mayor is keen emphasise that money raised will not be a replacement for statutory funding but will be used to make a real difference in people lives.
ENDS

We look forward to seeing you on the ISLAND.

For further information, images or interviews please contact:
Úna Casement
Arts Information and Education Officer (Jobshare)
ISLAND Arts Centre
T: 02892 509509
E: una@island.lisburn.gov.uk

Or
Patricia McCooe
Arts Information and Education Officer (Jobshare)
ISLAND Arts Centre
T: 02892 509509
E: patricia@island.lisburn.gov.uk

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Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:00:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/04/Mayors-Carnival-Parade.php
<![CDATA[ Circuit Of Ireland Media Opportunities]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/04/Circuit-Of-Ireland-Media-Opportunities.php 2014 Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally

NB Full media and public access to competitors and teams at Titanic Service Park, Queens Road (adjacent to Titanic Belfast).

Thursday 17 April

11:00hrs–12:00hrs: Free Practice (for FIA/ERC priority drivers) on the 4.10–kilometre Whinney Hill special stage (Holywood), 10.87 kilometres from Titanic Service Park

12:30hrs – 12:50hrs: Top 9 ERC drivers and also ERC Junior drivers at Ballycultra Town, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum (Folk Museum) 18 cars in total.
Includes FIA Action for Road Safety photocall featuring the ERC Junior Championship drivers (12:45hrs)

13:18hrs: Qualifying Stage (for FIA/ERC priority drivers) Whinney Hill special stage
13:45hrs–16:00hrs: Shakedown (for all other drivers) Whinney Hill special stage

14:30hrs: Pre–event press conference. The following drivers will attend –Robert Barrable, Craig Breen, Esapekka Lappi and Kris Meeke

17:15hrs: Build–up to Ceremonial Start – carnival atmosphere with dancers, drummers, pipers on stage. Rally cars arrive, autograph session with competitors. Photo op with top ERC drivers trying their hands at drumming!

18:00hrs: Start order selection: Belfast City Hall. Photo/interview ops with competitors, dancing and drumming

19:00hrs sharp: Ceremonial start: Belfast City Hall – Lord Mayor flags first car off with chequered flag.

Friday 18 April

09:00hrs: Newtownards, Conway Square – first cars officially flagged off. Cars enter Conway Square at timed intervals 9am to 11am. Rally themed entertainment in Newtownards all day.

15:00/15:23hrs: Downpatrick at St Patrick’s Centre – a Regroup. Family entertainment

19:00/19:16hrs: Newtownards – Ards TT Super Stage. Timed town centre stage (roads close to traffic 4pm)beginning at Old Cross along High Street into Mill Street, Gibson’s Lane into Regent Street, Frances Street, down Castle Place – back to Old Cross. (19:00 –2100).

Saturday 19 April

11:42hrs: Lisburn Power Stage – Queen’s Road/Lagan Valley Island. Family Fun activities and entertainment in Lisburn city centre throughout the afternoon.

15:30hrs: Banbridge Regroup (The Cut). During the afternoon there will be stilt walkers, jugglers, samba dancers and rally themed performers in the town centre to add a carnival atmosphere and entertain shoppers and visitors (Newry Street and Bridge Street)

17:28hrs: Finish Podium at Titanic Service Park– Queens Road Belfast

18:30hrs: Post–event press conference: Media Centre (Titanic House). Top–three drivers and co–drivers in attendance
Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy presentation: Immediately following the post–event press conference in the Media Centre

Media Centre:
Titanic House, Belfast
Opening times:
07:00hrs–22:00hrs, Thursday 17 April
07:00hrs–00:00hrs, Friday 18 April
07:00hrs–22:00hrs, Saturday 19 April

EVENT ESSENTIALS

Starts: 19:00hrs, Thursday 17 April, Belfast City Hall
Finishes: 17:30hrs, Saturday 19 April, Titanic Quarter, Belfast
Headquarters: Titanic House, 6 Queens Road, Belfast BT3 9DT
Service park: Titanic Quarter, Belfast
ERC appearances: None since restructuring of the ERC in 2004
Stages: 18
Stage distance: 230.62 kilometres (113.48 kilometres leg one, 117.14 kilometres leg two)
Liaison: 481.96 kilometres
Total: 712.58 kilometres
Surface: Asphalt

Event media accreditation and media contact: Christel Patterson, christel@circuitofireland.net

NB – action shots taken by the ERC of the Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland available through Christel Patterson

General PR team – JPR – Rosemary Allister – 07880 504928 and rosemary.allister@jprni.com, Andrea Kennedy 07808 761857 andrea.kennedy@jprni.com and Jane Wells, 07860 288860 jane.wells@jprni.com.   

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2014 Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally

NB Full media and public access to competitors and teams at Titanic Service Park, Queens Road (adjacent to Titanic Belfast).

Thursday 17 April

11:00hrs–12:00hrs: Free Practice (for FIA/ERC priority drivers) on the 4.10–kilometre Whinney Hill special stage (Holywood), 10.87 kilometres from Titanic Service Park

12:30hrs – 12:50hrs: Top 9 ERC drivers and also ERC Junior drivers at Ballycultra Town, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum (Folk Museum) 18 cars in total.
Includes FIA Action for Road Safety photocall featuring the ERC Junior Championship drivers (12:45hrs)

13:18hrs: Qualifying Stage (for FIA/ERC priority drivers) Whinney Hill special stage
13:45hrs–16:00hrs: Shakedown (for all other drivers) Whinney Hill special stage

14:30hrs: Pre–event press conference. The following drivers will attend –Robert Barrable, Craig Breen, Esapekka Lappi and Kris Meeke

17:15hrs: Build–up to Ceremonial Start – carnival atmosphere with dancers, drummers, pipers on stage. Rally cars arrive, autograph session with competitors. Photo op with top ERC drivers trying their hands at drumming!

18:00hrs: Start order selection: Belfast City Hall. Photo/interview ops with competitors, dancing and drumming

19:00hrs sharp: Ceremonial start: Belfast City Hall – Lord Mayor flags first car off with chequered flag.

Friday 18 April

09:00hrs: Newtownards, Conway Square – first cars officially flagged off. Cars enter Conway Square at timed intervals 9am to 11am. Rally themed entertainment in Newtownards all day.

15:00/15:23hrs: Downpatrick at St Patrick’s Centre – a Regroup. Family entertainment

19:00/19:16hrs: Newtownards – Ards TT Super Stage. Timed town centre stage (roads close to traffic 4pm)beginning at Old Cross along High Street into Mill Street, Gibson’s Lane into Regent Street, Frances Street, down Castle Place – back to Old Cross. (19:00 –2100).

Saturday 19 April

11:42hrs: Lisburn Power Stage – Queen’s Road/Lagan Valley Island. Family Fun activities and entertainment in Lisburn city centre throughout the afternoon.

15:30hrs: Banbridge Regroup (The Cut). During the afternoon there will be stilt walkers, jugglers, samba dancers and rally themed performers in the town centre to add a carnival atmosphere and entertain shoppers and visitors (Newry Street and Bridge Street)

17:28hrs: Finish Podium at Titanic Service Park– Queens Road Belfast

18:30hrs: Post–event press conference: Media Centre (Titanic House). Top–three drivers and co–drivers in attendance
Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy presentation: Immediately following the post–event press conference in the Media Centre

Media Centre:
Titanic House, Belfast
Opening times:
07:00hrs–22:00hrs, Thursday 17 April
07:00hrs–00:00hrs, Friday 18 April
07:00hrs–22:00hrs, Saturday 19 April

EVENT ESSENTIALS

Starts: 19:00hrs, Thursday 17 April, Belfast City Hall
Finishes: 17:30hrs, Saturday 19 April, Titanic Quarter, Belfast
Headquarters: Titanic House, 6 Queens Road, Belfast BT3 9DT
Service park: Titanic Quarter, Belfast
ERC appearances: None since restructuring of the ERC in 2004
Stages: 18
Stage distance: 230.62 kilometres (113.48 kilometres leg one, 117.14 kilometres leg two)
Liaison: 481.96 kilometres
Total: 712.58 kilometres
Surface: Asphalt

Event media accreditation and media contact: Christel Patterson, christel@circuitofireland.net

NB – action shots taken by the ERC of the Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland available through Christel Patterson

General PR team – JPR – Rosemary Allister – 07880 504928 and rosemary.allister@jprni.com, Andrea Kennedy 07808 761857 andrea.kennedy@jprni.com and Jane Wells, 07860 288860 jane.wells@jprni.com.   

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:05:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/04/Circuit-Of-Ireland-Media-Opportunities.php
<![CDATA[ Countryside Festival bids Farewell to Moira ]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/04/Countryside-Festival-bids-Farewell-to-Moira-.php  The weekend of Saturday 31st May & Sunday 1st June are the dates for this year’s Festival and whilst the venue may have moved four miles along the M1 towards Lisburn, the event will very much be the one that is recognised and loved by the many thousands of visitors it attracts annually to the City of Lisburn.

Festival Director, Derek Lutton said that the move was an obvious one for the event which has grown so much over the last three years that accommodating it within the confines of Moira Demesne had become extremely difficult. Speaking this week, Mr Lutton explained: “We are obviously very reluctant to move from Moira Demesne which has been our home venue, but over the last few years it has been difficult to accommodate the ever increasing numbers of visitors and exhibitors to Moira Demesne. The car parking is no longer adequate for our visitor numbers and it has been frequently affected by inclement weather. Fortunately the new venue at Balmoral Park will not be adversely affected by wet weather and its hard surface car parks will provide parking for several thousand vehicles.”

Organisers say that visitors to the N.I. Countryside Festival at Balmoral Park can expect to see everything that was at Moira and some more besides. With dozens of country sports activities planned, some 200 trade stands confirmed and a range of satellite activities such as the Ulster’s Strongest Man competition, rural life displays, food and crafts festivals, Ulster Aviation Society displays, cookery demonstrations, traditional and contemporary music this will be a another great family experience. With under 12s going free it is not an expensive day out either!

Country sports events such as the Northern Ireland Countryside Festival are popular throughout the UK and contribute greatly to the areas in which they are staged. The organisers are delighted to have found a suitable venue within the City of Lisburn which has been their base for the last eleven years. Whilst they recognise that there will be a learning curve at Balmoral Park for them in the first year they are, none–the–less, confident that the venue is the best option for the expansion and growth of the event. The positive news for the City of Lisburn is that the revenue generated by this flagship event will continue to flow into the Council area through visitor spend and the bed nights created by the event. The Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, said: “Lisburn City Council is pleased to again support the NI Countryside Festival and look forward to seeing the changes in the new venue of Balmoral Park.”

Welcoming the new event, Theresa Morrissey, Financial and Commercial Director, RUAS said, “We are pleased to host the Northern Ireland Countryside Festival at Balmoral Park. It is an exciting addition to our current calendar of events at Balmoral Park. The venue is perfect for events of this nature. It offers substantial hard standing outdoor space adjacent to grassed multiple use areas and an international standard arena. We will work the Countryside Festival team to ensure that the event is successful in this new location.”
The move has already been given the seal of approval by the country sports community here with Facebook and Twitter comments flooding in, congratulating the team on the move and expressing support. Tommy Mayne, Director of BASC Northern Ireland said,” The BASC NI team are looking forward to attending the Northern Ireland Countryside Festival at Balmoral Park, which will allow for further expansion and development of the event. We obviously wish the organisers continued success as the Festival moves to this new site and we look forward to working with them and our trade members to ensure yet another successful event.”

Lyall Plant, Chief Executive of Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI) said “This is an exciting and a very positive move for the organisers of the N.I. Countryside Festival. CAI has supported this event for many years and appreciates the hard work and dedication the organisers put into not just this event but other areas of country sports that they are involved with in Northern Ireland. We are pleased to be associated with the event and wish them well with this exciting news.”
More information on the N.I. Countryside Festival can be had from the event’s website www.countrysidefestivals.com and from the social media site which are linked from the website.

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 The weekend of Saturday 31st May & Sunday 1st June are the dates for this year’s Festival and whilst the venue may have moved four miles along the M1 towards Lisburn, the event will very much be the one that is recognised and loved by the many thousands of visitors it attracts annually to the City of Lisburn.

Festival Director, Derek Lutton said that the move was an obvious one for the event which has grown so much over the last three years that accommodating it within the confines of Moira Demesne had become extremely difficult. Speaking this week, Mr Lutton explained: “We are obviously very reluctant to move from Moira Demesne which has been our home venue, but over the last few years it has been difficult to accommodate the ever increasing numbers of visitors and exhibitors to Moira Demesne. The car parking is no longer adequate for our visitor numbers and it has been frequently affected by inclement weather. Fortunately the new venue at Balmoral Park will not be adversely affected by wet weather and its hard surface car parks will provide parking for several thousand vehicles.”

Organisers say that visitors to the N.I. Countryside Festival at Balmoral Park can expect to see everything that was at Moira and some more besides. With dozens of country sports activities planned, some 200 trade stands confirmed and a range of satellite activities such as the Ulster’s Strongest Man competition, rural life displays, food and crafts festivals, Ulster Aviation Society displays, cookery demonstrations, traditional and contemporary music this will be a another great family experience. With under 12s going free it is not an expensive day out either!

Country sports events such as the Northern Ireland Countryside Festival are popular throughout the UK and contribute greatly to the areas in which they are staged. The organisers are delighted to have found a suitable venue within the City of Lisburn which has been their base for the last eleven years. Whilst they recognise that there will be a learning curve at Balmoral Park for them in the first year they are, none–the–less, confident that the venue is the best option for the expansion and growth of the event. The positive news for the City of Lisburn is that the revenue generated by this flagship event will continue to flow into the Council area through visitor spend and the bed nights created by the event. The Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, said: “Lisburn City Council is pleased to again support the NI Countryside Festival and look forward to seeing the changes in the new venue of Balmoral Park.”

Welcoming the new event, Theresa Morrissey, Financial and Commercial Director, RUAS said, “We are pleased to host the Northern Ireland Countryside Festival at Balmoral Park. It is an exciting addition to our current calendar of events at Balmoral Park. The venue is perfect for events of this nature. It offers substantial hard standing outdoor space adjacent to grassed multiple use areas and an international standard arena. We will work the Countryside Festival team to ensure that the event is successful in this new location.”
The move has already been given the seal of approval by the country sports community here with Facebook and Twitter comments flooding in, congratulating the team on the move and expressing support. Tommy Mayne, Director of BASC Northern Ireland said,” The BASC NI team are looking forward to attending the Northern Ireland Countryside Festival at Balmoral Park, which will allow for further expansion and development of the event. We obviously wish the organisers continued success as the Festival moves to this new site and we look forward to working with them and our trade members to ensure yet another successful event.”

Lyall Plant, Chief Executive of Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI) said “This is an exciting and a very positive move for the organisers of the N.I. Countryside Festival. CAI has supported this event for many years and appreciates the hard work and dedication the organisers put into not just this event but other areas of country sports that they are involved with in Northern Ireland. We are pleased to be associated with the event and wish them well with this exciting news.”
More information on the N.I. Countryside Festival can be had from the event’s website www.countrysidefestivals.com and from the social media site which are linked from the website.

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Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:30:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/04/Countryside-Festival-bids-Farewell-to-Moira-.php
<![CDATA[ BBC One’s Antique Roadshow visits Hillsborough Castle]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/04/BBC-Ones-Antique-Roadshow-visits-Hillsborough-Castle.php  

BBC ONE’s ever popular Sunday evening programme ANTIQUES ROADSHOW will be filming for its 37th series in the grounds of Hillsborough Castle, near Lisburn by kind permission of the Historic Royal Palaces on Thursday 26th June 2014. The doors open at 9.30 am and close at 4.30pm. Entry to the show is free.

Presenter Fiona Bruce says, “This will be my 7th year on the Antiques Roadshow and I still feel so lucky to be presenting the programme. Every week is different; a new location and thousands of new visitors. The only constant is the pleasure of the unexpected – we never know what will turn up, from the most fabulous Faberge to the most humble object with a riveting story…’

Some of Britain’s leading antiques and fine arts specialists will be on hand to offer free advice and valuations to visitors, who are invited to raid their attics and bring along their family heirlooms, household treasures and car boot bargains for inspection by the experts.

People with large pieces of furniture or other big items can send details and photographs of their objects to: ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR or e–mail them to: antiques.roadshow@bbc.co.uk. It may be possible to arrange to look at the item in advance and organise transportation to the venue.

Series Editor Simon Shaw says: “: “Fiona and the team are really looking forward to their visit. Although we can never predict what will come to light, every show brings big surprises, which is what makes working on the show so exciting. So, on behalf of all of the experts, we’re asking the people of Lisburn to dig out your treasures!”

More information can be found at: www.bbc.co.uk/antiquesroadshow

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BBC ONE’s ever popular Sunday evening programme ANTIQUES ROADSHOW will be filming for its 37th series in the grounds of Hillsborough Castle, near Lisburn by kind permission of the Historic Royal Palaces on Thursday 26th June 2014. The doors open at 9.30 am and close at 4.30pm. Entry to the show is free.

Presenter Fiona Bruce says, “This will be my 7th year on the Antiques Roadshow and I still feel so lucky to be presenting the programme. Every week is different; a new location and thousands of new visitors. The only constant is the pleasure of the unexpected – we never know what will turn up, from the most fabulous Faberge to the most humble object with a riveting story…’

Some of Britain’s leading antiques and fine arts specialists will be on hand to offer free advice and valuations to visitors, who are invited to raid their attics and bring along their family heirlooms, household treasures and car boot bargains for inspection by the experts.

People with large pieces of furniture or other big items can send details and photographs of their objects to: ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR or e–mail them to: antiques.roadshow@bbc.co.uk. It may be possible to arrange to look at the item in advance and organise transportation to the venue.

Series Editor Simon Shaw says: “: “Fiona and the team are really looking forward to their visit. Although we can never predict what will come to light, every show brings big surprises, which is what makes working on the show so exciting. So, on behalf of all of the experts, we’re asking the people of Lisburn to dig out your treasures!”

More information can be found at: www.bbc.co.uk/antiquesroadshow

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Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:24:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/04/BBC-Ones-Antique-Roadshow-visits-Hillsborough-Castle.php
<![CDATA[ Balmoral Show extends Equestrian Competitions]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/04/Balmoral-Show-extends-Equestrian-Competitions.php The Young Event Horse class, sponsored by Stonebridge Premium Feeds, is a welcome addition to the Balmoral Show schedule. It will be judged in four phases, the dressage test and the judging of confirmation & type will take place from 6pm on Wednesday 14th May in Horse Ring 2. The jumping phase, which will consist of show jumps and portable cross country style fences, will be judged on Thursday 15th May in the main arena at 9.30am. The fourth mark is the ‘suitability and potential’ score which will be assessed during the flatwork and the jumping phases. Horses have to qualify to take part.

The qualifiers are being held at Ravensdale Equestrian Centre on Tuesday 15th April, The Meadows Equestrian Centre on Tuesday 22nd April and the last opportunity to qualify is at Gransha Equestrian Centre on Tuesday 29th April. The top five horses in the four year old and the five year old sections at each venue will qualify for Balmoral Show but if any of the top five have already qualified, the next placed horses may qualify providing they have achieved acceptable scores. The qualifiers are pre–entered and competitors should contact the qualifying venues regarding entries, which will close at 5pm on the Friday preceding each qualifier. The dressage tests are available at www.balmoralshow.co.uk and will be the same for the qualifiers and the final. As horses are unable to compete in Hunter classes and the Young Event Horse class, if they have qualified, but have already entered Hunter classes, their entry fee will be transferred to cover the Young Event Horse class and their second entre fee will be refunded.

A new Clydesdale Young Hander class sponsored by Macfin Clydesdales, is designed to assess the handler and not the horse. The judge will be judging the handler, looking at how they are dealing with the horse. They will also assess if they are paying attention to the judge and their ability to take instruction and to assess their ring craft. This class, run under the Clydesdale association rules, is open to exhibitors between 12yrs – 16yrs on the day of the show.

Diane Gibson, Chairman of the RUAS Horse Committee says, “It is important to include classes such as this at Balmoral Show as it is designed to encourage young people into showing and will ensure future generations exhibit at the event.”

2014 also sees the expansion of the Pony Showing classes with the introduction of three new classes for the Show Hunter Type Pony. These will start on Thursday with a 153cm class followed by a 143cm and 133cm. The Show Hunter type will also be given its own Championship which will run prior to the start of the more traditional Ridden Show Pony classes. Now for the very first time, owners and riders of these Show Hunter Type Ponies can compete in a ridden class for their type on the Thursday and jump a Working Hunter Class on the Friday. With a wealth of good quality Show Hunter Ponies in Ireland, visitors can expect that these new classes will be popular and competitive with riders trying for the double by winning both the Show and Working Hunter title in 2014.

A new Maxi Cob class will take place on Thursday in Horse Ring 1 at 2pm. The new Irish Draught Ridden class will take place on Wednesday 14th in Horse Ring 2 at 12.30pm with a contribution from Traditional Farm Livestock Foundation.

It is easy to see that the excitement is building up to the Show as entries for the horse and pony sections have risen by 11% this year. Qualifiers for the national jumping competitions have already commenced on 22nd March at the Cavan Equestrian Centre. Three other qualifiers are taking place on 5th April at Iveagh at Meadows Equestrian Centre, 12th April at the Kernan Equestrian Centre and 19th April at the Causeway Coast, Portrush.

Balmoral Show has always been a firm favourite with international riders and many of the top GB riders have already put their name forward for selection. Entries for Irish riders will close on the 16th April with those selected announced on the 17th April.

Further information on the 2014 programme, exhibitors and attractions can be found at www.balmoralshow.co.uk.

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The Young Event Horse class, sponsored by Stonebridge Premium Feeds, is a welcome addition to the Balmoral Show schedule. It will be judged in four phases, the dressage test and the judging of confirmation & type will take place from 6pm on Wednesday 14th May in Horse Ring 2. The jumping phase, which will consist of show jumps and portable cross country style fences, will be judged on Thursday 15th May in the main arena at 9.30am. The fourth mark is the ‘suitability and potential’ score which will be assessed during the flatwork and the jumping phases. Horses have to qualify to take part.

The qualifiers are being held at Ravensdale Equestrian Centre on Tuesday 15th April, The Meadows Equestrian Centre on Tuesday 22nd April and the last opportunity to qualify is at Gransha Equestrian Centre on Tuesday 29th April. The top five horses in the four year old and the five year old sections at each venue will qualify for Balmoral Show but if any of the top five have already qualified, the next placed horses may qualify providing they have achieved acceptable scores. The qualifiers are pre–entered and competitors should contact the qualifying venues regarding entries, which will close at 5pm on the Friday preceding each qualifier. The dressage tests are available at www.balmoralshow.co.uk and will be the same for the qualifiers and the final. As horses are unable to compete in Hunter classes and the Young Event Horse class, if they have qualified, but have already entered Hunter classes, their entry fee will be transferred to cover the Young Event Horse class and their second entre fee will be refunded.

A new Clydesdale Young Hander class sponsored by Macfin Clydesdales, is designed to assess the handler and not the horse. The judge will be judging the handler, looking at how they are dealing with the horse. They will also assess if they are paying attention to the judge and their ability to take instruction and to assess their ring craft. This class, run under the Clydesdale association rules, is open to exhibitors between 12yrs – 16yrs on the day of the show.

Diane Gibson, Chairman of the RUAS Horse Committee says, “It is important to include classes such as this at Balmoral Show as it is designed to encourage young people into showing and will ensure future generations exhibit at the event.”

2014 also sees the expansion of the Pony Showing classes with the introduction of three new classes for the Show Hunter Type Pony. These will start on Thursday with a 153cm class followed by a 143cm and 133cm. The Show Hunter type will also be given its own Championship which will run prior to the start of the more traditional Ridden Show Pony classes. Now for the very first time, owners and riders of these Show Hunter Type Ponies can compete in a ridden class for their type on the Thursday and jump a Working Hunter Class on the Friday. With a wealth of good quality Show Hunter Ponies in Ireland, visitors can expect that these new classes will be popular and competitive with riders trying for the double by winning both the Show and Working Hunter title in 2014.

A new Maxi Cob class will take place on Thursday in Horse Ring 1 at 2pm. The new Irish Draught Ridden class will take place on Wednesday 14th in Horse Ring 2 at 12.30pm with a contribution from Traditional Farm Livestock Foundation.

It is easy to see that the excitement is building up to the Show as entries for the horse and pony sections have risen by 11% this year. Qualifiers for the national jumping competitions have already commenced on 22nd March at the Cavan Equestrian Centre. Three other qualifiers are taking place on 5th April at Iveagh at Meadows Equestrian Centre, 12th April at the Kernan Equestrian Centre and 19th April at the Causeway Coast, Portrush.

Balmoral Show has always been a firm favourite with international riders and many of the top GB riders have already put their name forward for selection. Entries for Irish riders will close on the 16th April with those selected announced on the 17th April.

Further information on the 2014 programme, exhibitors and attractions can be found at www.balmoralshow.co.uk.

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Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:36:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/04/Balmoral-Show-extends-Equestrian-Competitions.php
<![CDATA[ Agri–food to benefit significantly from £1billion available for business]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/04/Agrifood-to-benefit-significantly-from-1billion-available-for-business.php Ian Jordan, Director, Corporate Banking Division, says that Ulster Bank has £1billion available to lend to businesses this year and the agri–food sector is a key priority.

“2014 will be Ulster Bank’s sixth year as principal sponsor of the Balmoral Show and it continues to be a unique and important opportunity for us to highlight and communicate the lending and other supports that we can offer,” Mr Jordan says.

“Ulster Bank is already a major lender to the agricultural sector, to food processors, to the wider agri business, food and drink industries. But we see opportunities to further grow our involvement in and support for these sectors. This will be our message at the Show this year,” he continues.

Speaking at the King’s Hall Pavilions, Belfast this afternoon, Mr Jordan points out that the bank has recently launched a range of new measures to support agri–food businesses.

“We have a new agriculture offering which includes a start–up package for young farmers – providing loans, training, and specialist expertise – as well as sector–specific offerings for beef, dairy and poultry farmers,” he says.

“We also recently took the message about our £1billion available to lend to businesses this year on the road with a series of ‘Ahead for Business’ events. Agri–food and drink was a key target and many of the business people who attended were from these sectors,” he continues.

Ian Jordan says that following on from the success of the Balmoral Show’s first year at Balmoral Park, 2014 promises to be another memorable year.

“The last six years have been transformative for the Balmoral show, with the move in 2013 to Balmoral Park clearly a major step forward. Last year, the show attracted more farmers, business people, exhibitors and members of the public than ever before. It was a highly impressive occasion and something to really build on this year and for future years. Once again, Ulster Bank very much looks forward to being at the heart of this year’s Show,” he adds.

Ulster Bank has been involved in the Balmoral Show for many years, and became the Show’s first ever principal sponsor in 2009.

Further information about Ulster Bank is available at www.ulsterbank.co.uk

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Ian Jordan, Director, Corporate Banking Division, says that Ulster Bank has £1billion available to lend to businesses this year and the agri–food sector is a key priority.

“2014 will be Ulster Bank’s sixth year as principal sponsor of the Balmoral Show and it continues to be a unique and important opportunity for us to highlight and communicate the lending and other supports that we can offer,” Mr Jordan says.

“Ulster Bank is already a major lender to the agricultural sector, to food processors, to the wider agri business, food and drink industries. But we see opportunities to further grow our involvement in and support for these sectors. This will be our message at the Show this year,” he continues.

Speaking at the King’s Hall Pavilions, Belfast this afternoon, Mr Jordan points out that the bank has recently launched a range of new measures to support agri–food businesses.

“We have a new agriculture offering which includes a start–up package for young farmers – providing loans, training, and specialist expertise – as well as sector–specific offerings for beef, dairy and poultry farmers,” he says.

“We also recently took the message about our £1billion available to lend to businesses this year on the road with a series of ‘Ahead for Business’ events. Agri–food and drink was a key target and many of the business people who attended were from these sectors,” he continues.

Ian Jordan says that following on from the success of the Balmoral Show’s first year at Balmoral Park, 2014 promises to be another memorable year.

“The last six years have been transformative for the Balmoral show, with the move in 2013 to Balmoral Park clearly a major step forward. Last year, the show attracted more farmers, business people, exhibitors and members of the public than ever before. It was a highly impressive occasion and something to really build on this year and for future years. Once again, Ulster Bank very much looks forward to being at the heart of this year’s Show,” he adds.

Ulster Bank has been involved in the Balmoral Show for many years, and became the Show’s first ever principal sponsor in 2009.

Further information about Ulster Bank is available at www.ulsterbank.co.uk

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Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:34:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/04/Agrifood-to-benefit-significantly-from-1billion-available-for-business.php
<![CDATA[ IT’S SHOW TIME – RUAS LAUNCH THE 146th BALMORAL SHOW]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/04/ITS-SHOW-TIME--RUAS-LAUNCH-THE-146th-BALMORAL-SHOW.php Tens of thousands of people from all over Northern Ireland and beyond are set to converge on the 65 acre Balmoral Park for Ireland’s largest agri–food show, running from Wednesday 14 May until Friday 16 May 2014.

According to Royal Ulster Agricultural Society Chief Executive, Colin McDonald, this years’ show is set to build on the strong foundations laid in 2013, “We were extremely encouraged by the support we received in our inaugural year at Balmoral Park and we are determined to build upon that success. At the core of the Show is healthy competition, good sportsmanship, family fun and community spirit. That’s what brings people back year on year, and we have sought to nurture these elements throughout our planning.”

“We have made some subtle layout changes to the showground, primarily to improve the flow and the overall experience for visitors.”

Ian Jordan, Director, Corporate Banking Division, Ulster Bank, says: “Ulster Bank is delighted to join with the RUAS to officially launch this year’s Balmoral Show. 2014 is our sixth year as principal sponsor and offers a fantastic opportunity to highlight Ulster Bank’s strong support for farmers and the wider agri–food and drink sector – including our specialist agriculture offerings and our dedicated £1billion for lending which is available for businesses this year. Last year saw the historic move to the new site at Balmoral Park and we very much look forward to the Show building on that success in 2014.”

The relocation of the Show to Balmoral Park allowed livestock entries to be increased. This year sees the introduction of five new classes; four equine – Maxi Cob, Young Event Horse, Clydesdale Young Handler and Ridden Irish Draught – and Lleyn sheep classes.

The daily displays of pedigree and commercial cattle, sheep, poultry, pigs, goats, horses and ponies are supplemented with an array of static and mobile attractions. Firm favourites such as International Show Jumping, Pony Club Games, Riding for the Disabled, and the popular Children’s Farm are mixed with some interesting new features. Bull–erinas – is one such act, which is sure to amuse, or maybe bemuse patrons. Patrons are also warned against feeding the dinosaurs, but are encouraged to walk with them – watch out for 8 foot Jurassics shuffling along Barbour Avenue or Nugent Way.

In another first, Balmoral Park will also welcome competitors for the six nation’s sheep shearing competition. Taking place on Friday 16 May, the Northern Irish team will compete against England, Scotland, Republic of Ireland, Wales and France to win the coveted title of six nations champion.

No Show would be complete without the energy and enthusiasm of the Young Farmer’s Clubs of Ulster. This year the YFCU will complement it’s ever popular Tug of War, sheep shearing and ladies five aside football with drama and the return of tractor handling demonstrations.

Back by popular demand are freestyle motocross stunt team Bold Dog Lings in the main arena, and the Mountain Bike stunt team, Savage Skills, who will entertain the young and the young at heart within the activity zone.

There is a treat in store for shoppers, with both the NI Food Pavilion and Shopping Village offering a variety of excellent local goods and produce.

Food is an integral component of every Balmoral Show, and this year will be no exception.

Looking forward to the event, Michele Shirlow, Chief Executive, Food NI said “The NI Food Pavilion is a unique food experience where people can enjoy demonstrations from our Taste of Ulster chefs, sampling and buying local produce from top quality local food and drink companies. The Pavilion provides a unrivalled Northern Ireland food and drink experience. Following on from the success of the last years Balmoral Show we will welcome 80 companies (the biggest food Pavilion Balmoral has ever seen) and this includes many favourites and new companies including Kimeggan Cider, Linen Hill Kitchen & Deli and Flossies Fudge. With 35 Taste of Ulster chefs cooking throughout the three days, and food talks on the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Tesco Theatre Kitchens, the NI Food Pavilion is a must visit this year. Don’t miss the regular cookery demonstrations with talented local chefs including Niall McKenna, Ian Orr and Joery Castel. Then pick up a Taste of Ulster Guide and NI Food Producers Guide to take home a piece of Northern Ireland’s food story.”

The Garden Village moves to a new location allowing it to grow and expand. Visitors can wander through the exciting themed gardens; listen to the music from the band stand, get gardening tips and take in the atmosphere of the event in the WI Pavilion.

Acknowledging the contribution of sponsors, Colin said, “We are fortunate to have such strong support from the local business community. We retained 95% of our sponsors from previous years, despite the challenging economic climate, and have attracted thirteen new sponsors including Kubota, Bottle Green and Horse First. We are grateful to all of them for their support. We are particularly indebted to our title sponsor Ulster Bank for their continued commitment to Northern Ireland’s farming and food sector through their support of the Show.”

Colin concluded by encouraging visitors to consider public transport options when planning their journey to the Show, “We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to the Show over the course of the three days. A traffic management plan for the event includes a provision for a new exhibitor and livestock entrance which will help with traffic flow, but we would strongly encourage visitors to consider public transport options when planning their journey to the Show. Translink have introduced special train and coach services. The RUAS will once again provide a complimentary shuttle service operating between Lisburn Train Station and Balmoral Park. Additional public transport information is available at www.translink.co.uk/balmoralshow.”

“Motorists are reminded to adhere to all directions given by PSNI to keep road disruption and delays to a minimum.”

Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank takes place at Balmoral Park, Lisburn between Wednesday 14 and Friday 16 May 2014. Opening times are 9.30am – 8.30pm (Wednesday and Thursday) and 9.30am – 8.00pm (Friday). Admission charges range from £2 to £18 depending on circumstances (i.e. child, youth, adult, full and half day tickets, and group and concession rates). Early bird rates are currently available. There is no charge for children under 5 years when accompanied by an adult.

Further information on the 2014 programme, exhibitors and attractions can be found at www.balmoralshow.co.uk.

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Tens of thousands of people from all over Northern Ireland and beyond are set to converge on the 65 acre Balmoral Park for Ireland’s largest agri–food show, running from Wednesday 14 May until Friday 16 May 2014.

According to Royal Ulster Agricultural Society Chief Executive, Colin McDonald, this years’ show is set to build on the strong foundations laid in 2013, “We were extremely encouraged by the support we received in our inaugural year at Balmoral Park and we are determined to build upon that success. At the core of the Show is healthy competition, good sportsmanship, family fun and community spirit. That’s what brings people back year on year, and we have sought to nurture these elements throughout our planning.”

“We have made some subtle layout changes to the showground, primarily to improve the flow and the overall experience for visitors.”

Ian Jordan, Director, Corporate Banking Division, Ulster Bank, says: “Ulster Bank is delighted to join with the RUAS to officially launch this year’s Balmoral Show. 2014 is our sixth year as principal sponsor and offers a fantastic opportunity to highlight Ulster Bank’s strong support for farmers and the wider agri–food and drink sector – including our specialist agriculture offerings and our dedicated £1billion for lending which is available for businesses this year. Last year saw the historic move to the new site at Balmoral Park and we very much look forward to the Show building on that success in 2014.”

The relocation of the Show to Balmoral Park allowed livestock entries to be increased. This year sees the introduction of five new classes; four equine – Maxi Cob, Young Event Horse, Clydesdale Young Handler and Ridden Irish Draught – and Lleyn sheep classes.

The daily displays of pedigree and commercial cattle, sheep, poultry, pigs, goats, horses and ponies are supplemented with an array of static and mobile attractions. Firm favourites such as International Show Jumping, Pony Club Games, Riding for the Disabled, and the popular Children’s Farm are mixed with some interesting new features. Bull–erinas – is one such act, which is sure to amuse, or maybe bemuse patrons. Patrons are also warned against feeding the dinosaurs, but are encouraged to walk with them – watch out for 8 foot Jurassics shuffling along Barbour Avenue or Nugent Way.

In another first, Balmoral Park will also welcome competitors for the six nation’s sheep shearing competition. Taking place on Friday 16 May, the Northern Irish team will compete against England, Scotland, Republic of Ireland, Wales and France to win the coveted title of six nations champion.

No Show would be complete without the energy and enthusiasm of the Young Farmer’s Clubs of Ulster. This year the YFCU will complement it’s ever popular Tug of War, sheep shearing and ladies five aside football with drama and the return of tractor handling demonstrations.

Back by popular demand are freestyle motocross stunt team Bold Dog Lings in the main arena, and the Mountain Bike stunt team, Savage Skills, who will entertain the young and the young at heart within the activity zone.

There is a treat in store for shoppers, with both the NI Food Pavilion and Shopping Village offering a variety of excellent local goods and produce.

Food is an integral component of every Balmoral Show, and this year will be no exception.

Looking forward to the event, Michele Shirlow, Chief Executive, Food NI said “The NI Food Pavilion is a unique food experience where people can enjoy demonstrations from our Taste of Ulster chefs, sampling and buying local produce from top quality local food and drink companies. The Pavilion provides a unrivalled Northern Ireland food and drink experience. Following on from the success of the last years Balmoral Show we will welcome 80 companies (the biggest food Pavilion Balmoral has ever seen) and this includes many favourites and new companies including Kimeggan Cider, Linen Hill Kitchen & Deli and Flossies Fudge. With 35 Taste of Ulster chefs cooking throughout the three days, and food talks on the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Tesco Theatre Kitchens, the NI Food Pavilion is a must visit this year. Don’t miss the regular cookery demonstrations with talented local chefs including Niall McKenna, Ian Orr and Joery Castel. Then pick up a Taste of Ulster Guide and NI Food Producers Guide to take home a piece of Northern Ireland’s food story.”

The Garden Village moves to a new location allowing it to grow and expand. Visitors can wander through the exciting themed gardens; listen to the music from the band stand, get gardening tips and take in the atmosphere of the event in the WI Pavilion.

Acknowledging the contribution of sponsors, Colin said, “We are fortunate to have such strong support from the local business community. We retained 95% of our sponsors from previous years, despite the challenging economic climate, and have attracted thirteen new sponsors including Kubota, Bottle Green and Horse First. We are grateful to all of them for their support. We are particularly indebted to our title sponsor Ulster Bank for their continued commitment to Northern Ireland’s farming and food sector through their support of the Show.”

Colin concluded by encouraging visitors to consider public transport options when planning their journey to the Show, “We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to the Show over the course of the three days. A traffic management plan for the event includes a provision for a new exhibitor and livestock entrance which will help with traffic flow, but we would strongly encourage visitors to consider public transport options when planning their journey to the Show. Translink have introduced special train and coach services. The RUAS will once again provide a complimentary shuttle service operating between Lisburn Train Station and Balmoral Park. Additional public transport information is available at www.translink.co.uk/balmoralshow.”

“Motorists are reminded to adhere to all directions given by PSNI to keep road disruption and delays to a minimum.”

Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank takes place at Balmoral Park, Lisburn between Wednesday 14 and Friday 16 May 2014. Opening times are 9.30am – 8.30pm (Wednesday and Thursday) and 9.30am – 8.00pm (Friday). Admission charges range from £2 to £18 depending on circumstances (i.e. child, youth, adult, full and half day tickets, and group and concession rates). Early bird rates are currently available. There is no charge for children under 5 years when accompanied by an adult.

Further information on the 2014 programme, exhibitors and attractions can be found at www.balmoralshow.co.uk.

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Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:26:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/04/ITS-SHOW-TIME--RUAS-LAUNCH-THE-146th-BALMORAL-SHOW.php
<![CDATA[ Standing the Test of Time]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/03/Standing-the-Test-of-Time.php  

Angelo’s Italian Restaurant in Lisburn, is marking 30 years in business as one of Northern Ireland’s stalwarts of the hospitality sector – a testament to its enduring business model. Key representatives from the Lisburn City Council, Lisburn Chamber of Commerce, and Lisburn City Management were out in force to show their support for the business, and to celebrate this momentous milestone.

Originally opened by Italian Angelo Marano, the business is now run and owned by local man, Richard Graham, who took over the helm in 2012 following Angelo’s retirement.

Speaking on this landmark for the restaurant, Richard says: “This is a fantastic achievement for the business. Over the years the hospitality sector in Northern Ireland has changed dramatically. From changing consumer habits and expectations, introductions of new cuisine and formats, plus the recession; has meant the industry has had to adapt. Yet our business model has remained the same – offer good quality food, at affordable prices with outstanding customer service. Given that Angelo’s is still a popular eatery is testament to the hard work put in by the whole team and our desire to keep innovating what we offer.
“Over recent years Lisburn has seen a significant dip in footfall, yet through working with the council, the chamber and the city centre management, we are keen to spearhead what is good about the area and the outstanding service and choice that is on the doorstep.
“Our aim is to maintain our strong reputation for providing exceptional food and service for many more years to come.”

Angelo’s Restaurant is located on Piper’s Hill in Lisburn.

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Angelo’s Italian Restaurant in Lisburn, is marking 30 years in business as one of Northern Ireland’s stalwarts of the hospitality sector – a testament to its enduring business model. Key representatives from the Lisburn City Council, Lisburn Chamber of Commerce, and Lisburn City Management were out in force to show their support for the business, and to celebrate this momentous milestone.

Originally opened by Italian Angelo Marano, the business is now run and owned by local man, Richard Graham, who took over the helm in 2012 following Angelo’s retirement.

Speaking on this landmark for the restaurant, Richard says: “This is a fantastic achievement for the business. Over the years the hospitality sector in Northern Ireland has changed dramatically. From changing consumer habits and expectations, introductions of new cuisine and formats, plus the recession; has meant the industry has had to adapt. Yet our business model has remained the same – offer good quality food, at affordable prices with outstanding customer service. Given that Angelo’s is still a popular eatery is testament to the hard work put in by the whole team and our desire to keep innovating what we offer.
“Over recent years Lisburn has seen a significant dip in footfall, yet through working with the council, the chamber and the city centre management, we are keen to spearhead what is good about the area and the outstanding service and choice that is on the doorstep.
“Our aim is to maintain our strong reputation for providing exceptional food and service for many more years to come.”

Angelo’s Restaurant is located on Piper’s Hill in Lisburn.

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Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:37:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/03/Standing-the-Test-of-Time.php
<![CDATA[ Circuit Ramps up the Search for Extra Marshals]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/03/Circuit-Ramps-up-the-Search-for-Extra-Marshals.php Circuit of Ireland organisers are urging people throughout Northern Ireland to sign up as volunteer marshals for the upcoming FIA ERC Circuit of Ireland Rally. The event, which is for the first time ever part of a newly revamped European Rally Championship calendar, takes place during Easter week–end from 17 – 19 April.

“This year’s Circuit of Ireland Rally is set to be one of the biggest and best ever and to help us deliver a top quality event we require an overall volunteer base of up to 600 people,” explained Event Director Bobby Willis.
“We already have a comprehensive number of experienced team leaders and assistants covering all our stages in counties Antrim and Down, as well as the Service Park and Rally HQ at Titanic Belfast and the ceremonial start in Belfast City Centre. However we’re currently seeking up to 200 additional marshals and other volunteers to work alongside our seasoned teams at various locations from Thursday to Easter Saturday.”
Volunteer roles include marshalling at exciting vantage points at each of the Rally’s

Special Stages as well as organisational roles at the Rally Service Park and Media Centre in Titanic Quarter, Belfast. Other volunteer opportunities are based at refuel zones in Banbridge and Ballynahinch, the ‘regroup’ centres in Downpatrick, Hillsborough and Banbridge and at time–keeping units at the start and finish of each stage. Organisers have stressed that you don’t need to be a so–called petrol head or motorsport fan, but simply be motivated , enthusiastic and enjoy working with a great team of people who are bringing international motorsport to Northern Ireland

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for volunteers to get right up close to the action, meet the rally drivers and see all rally in close proximity,” said Bobby Willis. “It also provides people, young and the not so young with a chance to refine management, leadership and life skills. Bottom line, it’s wonderful craic and a great chance to be involved in a world renowned sporting event which will be broadcast to over 10 million television viewers worldwide.
“We provide an intensive training session just prior to the event and as a thank you, we present all volunteers with a unique 2014 Circuit of Ireland souvenir gift. Volunteers can also continue their involvement with motorsport through the Motorsport Marshalling Partnership, where qualifying volunteers will have the opportunity to experience rallying themselves at a special Marshals Day workshop at Kirkistown race circuit later in the year.”

To be part of the action and to find out more details visit www.circuitofireland.net or call the volunteer hotline 07732 612261.

For up to date information on the 2014 Circuit of Ireland visit

http://www.circuitofireland.net/

Follow on www.Facebook.com/circuitofireland or twitter @CircuitIreland.

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Circuit of Ireland organisers are urging people throughout Northern Ireland to sign up as volunteer marshals for the upcoming FIA ERC Circuit of Ireland Rally. The event, which is for the first time ever part of a newly revamped European Rally Championship calendar, takes place during Easter week–end from 17 – 19 April.

“This year’s Circuit of Ireland Rally is set to be one of the biggest and best ever and to help us deliver a top quality event we require an overall volunteer base of up to 600 people,” explained Event Director Bobby Willis.
“We already have a comprehensive number of experienced team leaders and assistants covering all our stages in counties Antrim and Down, as well as the Service Park and Rally HQ at Titanic Belfast and the ceremonial start in Belfast City Centre. However we’re currently seeking up to 200 additional marshals and other volunteers to work alongside our seasoned teams at various locations from Thursday to Easter Saturday.”
Volunteer roles include marshalling at exciting vantage points at each of the Rally’s

Special Stages as well as organisational roles at the Rally Service Park and Media Centre in Titanic Quarter, Belfast. Other volunteer opportunities are based at refuel zones in Banbridge and Ballynahinch, the ‘regroup’ centres in Downpatrick, Hillsborough and Banbridge and at time–keeping units at the start and finish of each stage. Organisers have stressed that you don’t need to be a so–called petrol head or motorsport fan, but simply be motivated , enthusiastic and enjoy working with a great team of people who are bringing international motorsport to Northern Ireland

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for volunteers to get right up close to the action, meet the rally drivers and see all rally in close proximity,” said Bobby Willis. “It also provides people, young and the not so young with a chance to refine management, leadership and life skills. Bottom line, it’s wonderful craic and a great chance to be involved in a world renowned sporting event which will be broadcast to over 10 million television viewers worldwide.
“We provide an intensive training session just prior to the event and as a thank you, we present all volunteers with a unique 2014 Circuit of Ireland souvenir gift. Volunteers can also continue their involvement with motorsport through the Motorsport Marshalling Partnership, where qualifying volunteers will have the opportunity to experience rallying themselves at a special Marshals Day workshop at Kirkistown race circuit later in the year.”

To be part of the action and to find out more details visit www.circuitofireland.net or call the volunteer hotline 07732 612261.

For up to date information on the 2014 Circuit of Ireland visit

http://www.circuitofireland.net/

Follow on www.Facebook.com/circuitofireland or twitter @CircuitIreland.

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Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:00:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/03/Circuit-Ramps-up-the-Search-for-Extra-Marshals.php
<![CDATA[ Monte Carlo Legend Launches Circuit of Ireland Lisburn Stages ]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/02/Monte-Carlo-Legend-Launches-Circuit-of-Ireland-Lisburn-Stages-.php The Circuit of Ireland’s renowned ‘Lisburn Power Stage’ will make a welcome return visit to the City this Easter.
Part of the European Rally Championship for 2014, the iconic Rally has announced a rerun of the thrilling stage at Lisburn’s Civic Centre on Saturday 19th April.
First included in the Circuit’s route in 2011 and repeated in 2012 the popular Lisburn stage attracted huge crowds and support both within Lisburn City Centre.
Lisburn’s state of the art Civic Centre, situated on the scenic River Lagan will be the hub of the action and Circuit partner Lisburn City Council will host a full range of family focused entertainment for rally fans and visitors in the City that day.

World Rally Hall of Fame inductee and 1964 Monte Carlo Rally winner Paddy Hopkirk helped launch the Lisburn stages along with Mayor of Lisburn, Cllr Margaret Tolerton and Circuit of Ireland Event Director Bobby Willis.

Legend Paddy, who has chalked up 5 Circuit of Ireland Rally trophies, celebrates the 50th anniversary this year of his famous 1964 Mini Cooper victory in Monte Carlo.

Welcoming Paddy and the Circuit of Ireland to Lisburn, Mayor of Lisburn Cllr Margaret Tolerton said:
“I am delighted that the Circuit of Ireland is once again visiting our city and allowing our residents the opportunity to watch well–known rally drivers undertake a ‘super–special’ rally stage in Lisburn. The Council expects a high number of spectators at the event and I am delighted to advise that once again there will be a family fun day in Castle Gardens with activities and stalls for all ages on Saturday 19th April.

“Lisburn City Council is committed through its Tourism Unit to supporting a variety of events being held within the Council area; and to have the opportunity to work with the Circuit of Ireland team once again is a privilege,” she concluded.

Circuit of Ireland Event Director Bobby Willis said, “Lisburn is one of the most hotly contested and best supported stages of the Rally. In 2012 the Lisburn Power Stage determined the overall result of the event – Andreas Mikkelsen lost time when he hit a hay bale and the Circuit was ultimately won by Juho Hanninen.

“We anticipate an equally exciting stage in the Lisburn area on Easter Saturday and would like to pay tribute to Lisburn City Council for all their support and contribution to the Circuit of Ireland both this year and during previous events.

“Entries will be opening soon and already there has been substantial interest from a number of competitors in mainland Europe for the International Rally as well as our national competitors at home. The event regulations are currently with the FIA (4 wheel motorsport) and will be published as soon as they are returned.” explained Bobby Willis.

For up to date information on the 2014 Circuit of Ireland visit http://www.circuitofireland.net/
Follow on Facebook.com/circuitofireland or twitter @CircuitIreland.

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The Circuit of Ireland’s renowned ‘Lisburn Power Stage’ will make a welcome return visit to the City this Easter.
Part of the European Rally Championship for 2014, the iconic Rally has announced a rerun of the thrilling stage at Lisburn’s Civic Centre on Saturday 19th April.
First included in the Circuit’s route in 2011 and repeated in 2012 the popular Lisburn stage attracted huge crowds and support both within Lisburn City Centre.
Lisburn’s state of the art Civic Centre, situated on the scenic River Lagan will be the hub of the action and Circuit partner Lisburn City Council will host a full range of family focused entertainment for rally fans and visitors in the City that day.

World Rally Hall of Fame inductee and 1964 Monte Carlo Rally winner Paddy Hopkirk helped launch the Lisburn stages along with Mayor of Lisburn, Cllr Margaret Tolerton and Circuit of Ireland Event Director Bobby Willis.

Legend Paddy, who has chalked up 5 Circuit of Ireland Rally trophies, celebrates the 50th anniversary this year of his famous 1964 Mini Cooper victory in Monte Carlo.

Welcoming Paddy and the Circuit of Ireland to Lisburn, Mayor of Lisburn Cllr Margaret Tolerton said:
“I am delighted that the Circuit of Ireland is once again visiting our city and allowing our residents the opportunity to watch well–known rally drivers undertake a ‘super–special’ rally stage in Lisburn. The Council expects a high number of spectators at the event and I am delighted to advise that once again there will be a family fun day in Castle Gardens with activities and stalls for all ages on Saturday 19th April.

“Lisburn City Council is committed through its Tourism Unit to supporting a variety of events being held within the Council area; and to have the opportunity to work with the Circuit of Ireland team once again is a privilege,” she concluded.

Circuit of Ireland Event Director Bobby Willis said, “Lisburn is one of the most hotly contested and best supported stages of the Rally. In 2012 the Lisburn Power Stage determined the overall result of the event – Andreas Mikkelsen lost time when he hit a hay bale and the Circuit was ultimately won by Juho Hanninen.

“We anticipate an equally exciting stage in the Lisburn area on Easter Saturday and would like to pay tribute to Lisburn City Council for all their support and contribution to the Circuit of Ireland both this year and during previous events.

“Entries will be opening soon and already there has been substantial interest from a number of competitors in mainland Europe for the International Rally as well as our national competitors at home. The event regulations are currently with the FIA (4 wheel motorsport) and will be published as soon as they are returned.” explained Bobby Willis.

For up to date information on the 2014 Circuit of Ireland visit http://www.circuitofireland.net/
Follow on Facebook.com/circuitofireland or twitter @CircuitIreland.

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Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:31:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/02/Monte-Carlo-Legend-Launches-Circuit-of-Ireland-Lisburn-Stages-.php
<![CDATA[ ULSTER AVIATION SOCIETY NEW ARRIVAL]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/01/ULSTER-AVIATION-SOCIETY-NEW-ARRIVAL.php The Ulster Aviation Society has recently aquired a full size replica Spitfire Mark 2A. The camouflage and marking scheme represent an aircraft from 72 Squadron of the RAF in 1941.

Belfast Telegraph article, dated Monday 6 January 2014: 

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/in-world-war-two-our-readers-helped-buy-17-spitfires-now-the-famous-fighter-needs-your-help-again-29891012.html

Ulster Aviation Society Website:  http://www.ulsteraviationsociety.org/

Ulster Aviation Society donation fund: 

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1007379

 

Photo – Stephen Riley

 

 

 

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The Ulster Aviation Society has recently aquired a full size replica Spitfire Mark 2A. The camouflage and marking scheme represent an aircraft from 72 Squadron of the RAF in 1941.

Belfast Telegraph article, dated Monday 6 January 2014: 

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/in-world-war-two-our-readers-helped-buy-17-spitfires-now-the-famous-fighter-needs-your-help-again-29891012.html

Ulster Aviation Society Website:  http://www.ulsteraviationsociety.org/

Ulster Aviation Society donation fund: 

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1007379

 

Photo – Stephen Riley

 

 

 

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Thu, 09 Jan 2014 10:13:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/01/ULSTER-AVIATION-SOCIETY-NEW-ARRIVAL.php
<![CDATA[ ’You Got It For Less’ in Lisburn this weekend]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/11/You-Got-It-For-Less-in-Lisburn-this-weekend.php ‘You Got It For Less’ in Lisburn this weekend

 

Starting this Thursday 21 November 2013, a 3–day discount shopping event will run across Lisburn City Centre, involving more than 70 stores.

Over the three–day period the majority of shops taking part will also be open for late night shopping on Thursday 21 November and Friday 22nd November.

The event has been designed to offer Christmas shoppers a range of unique discounts and the great value to be found in Lisburn’s family–friendly, city centre atmosphere.

Over the three day period the number of participating stores will offer unique discounts to customers. “You Got It For Less” point–of–sale material throughout the city centre will assist shoppers to find participating retailers and traders.

Participating shops include big–brand high–street stores and top–quality independent retailers offering everything from high–end designer fashion to unique gifts for all the family at Christmas.

Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of Lisburn City Centre Management, said: “Lisburn is the second largest city in Northern Ireland with a strong history of independent retailing and this Christmas, with over 70 stores taking part, traders in Lisburn City Centre have shown overwhelming support for the campaign. This is the start of a series of festive events happening over the coming weeks that will see Lisburn as the place to add to your shopping list this year.’

Alderman Jim Dillon, Vice Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Economic Development Committee, said: “The Council and Lisburn City Centre Management have worked imaginatively to continually attract shoppers and visitors into the City Centre and the “You Got It For Less” Campaign is no exception. We hope the three–day period will be a great success for shoppers hoping to snap up a bargain and for traders to increase sales. It will also make the city a welcoming environment.’’

As well as the discount campaign in the City Centre the Council is also supporting a charity car park in Castle Street which will be open from 21 November until 24 December to make available even more car park spaces to visitors. A discretionary contribution to charity is recommended with a number of charities due to be represented over the period.  

Photo Caption:

Andrew Lowry from C.R Lowry Jewellers and Julian Stevenson from Sports Dock join Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of Lisburn City Centre Management and Alderman Jim Dillon, Vice Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee to celebrate the start of the You Got It For Less weekend in Lisburn City Centre which runs from 21–23 November.

 

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‘You Got It For Less’ in Lisburn this weekend

 

Starting this Thursday 21 November 2013, a 3–day discount shopping event will run across Lisburn City Centre, involving more than 70 stores.

Over the three–day period the majority of shops taking part will also be open for late night shopping on Thursday 21 November and Friday 22nd November.

The event has been designed to offer Christmas shoppers a range of unique discounts and the great value to be found in Lisburn’s family–friendly, city centre atmosphere.

Over the three day period the number of participating stores will offer unique discounts to customers. “You Got It For Less” point–of–sale material throughout the city centre will assist shoppers to find participating retailers and traders.

Participating shops include big–brand high–street stores and top–quality independent retailers offering everything from high–end designer fashion to unique gifts for all the family at Christmas.

Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of Lisburn City Centre Management, said: “Lisburn is the second largest city in Northern Ireland with a strong history of independent retailing and this Christmas, with over 70 stores taking part, traders in Lisburn City Centre have shown overwhelming support for the campaign. This is the start of a series of festive events happening over the coming weeks that will see Lisburn as the place to add to your shopping list this year.’

Alderman Jim Dillon, Vice Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Economic Development Committee, said: “The Council and Lisburn City Centre Management have worked imaginatively to continually attract shoppers and visitors into the City Centre and the “You Got It For Less” Campaign is no exception. We hope the three–day period will be a great success for shoppers hoping to snap up a bargain and for traders to increase sales. It will also make the city a welcoming environment.’’

As well as the discount campaign in the City Centre the Council is also supporting a charity car park in Castle Street which will be open from 21 November until 24 December to make available even more car park spaces to visitors. A discretionary contribution to charity is recommended with a number of charities due to be represented over the period.  

Photo Caption:

Andrew Lowry from C.R Lowry Jewellers and Julian Stevenson from Sports Dock join Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of Lisburn City Centre Management and Alderman Jim Dillon, Vice Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee to celebrate the start of the You Got It For Less weekend in Lisburn City Centre which runs from 21–23 November.

 

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Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:08:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/11/You-Got-It-For-Less-in-Lisburn-this-weekend.php
<![CDATA[ DROMARA DESTROYERS MOTORCYCLE SHOW COMES TO LISBURN ]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/11/DROMARA-DESTROYERS-MOTORCYCLE-SHOW-COMES-TO-LISBURN-.php Lisburn City Council is delighted to announce that the ‘Legendary’ Dromara Destroyers will be holding a Motorcycle Show at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, Lisburn on the 15th–16th November.

Ian McGregor was the very original Dromara Destroyer. Ray McCullough had many successes over the years, winning the last 250cc World Championship race at Dundrod in 1971 ranks as one of his highlights.

Trevor Steele did some of his best racing at Dundrod and Brian Reid is a former World Champion who won the Formula 2 World Championship in 1985 and 1986.

Speaking at the announcement Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, said: “It gives me great pleasure to bring an event like this to Lisburn. The Dromara Destroyers were a formidable force in motorbike road racing and for the Council to support this exhibition at the LeisurePlex is truly an honour. The bikes and racing memorabilia which will form the exhibition will allow the public to relive the golden age of road racing. The Council has a strong relationship with the sport of motorbike road racing, supporting the Ulster Grand Prix every year and we are pleased to lend our support to this event also.”

Chairman of the Council’s Leisure Services Committee, Alderman Paul Porter, said: “Lisburn City is a 2013 European City of Sport and we are pleased to support the group in any way we can with their fundraising efforts. We would extend a welcome to everyone to come along to this one–off exhibition.”

Brian Reid, one of the Dromara Destroyers, explains: “Almost three years ago a like minded group of ardent road racing fans met with the residents of Dromara Village with the idea of creating a lasting tribute to mark the outstanding motorcycle racing successes of the Dromara Destroyers, all sons of the Village. The group have been working very hard fundraising for the tribute and the generosity of the public has been great. The latest fundraising event is the Dromara Destroyers Motorcycle Show and I would urge anyone with an interest in motorbike road racing to come along. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our generous sponsors Stoneyford Concrete and Global Oils/Magic Bullet Fuel Treatments. We are asking for a minimum donation of £5 per person for entry into the show and this will go along way toward assisting the group in fundraising.”

Caption:
Pictured at the launch are: Trevor Leckey, from sponsor, Stoneyford Concrete; Stanley Watson from sponsor, Global Oils; Ian McGregor; Chairman of the Council’s Leisure Services Committee, Alderman Paul Porter; Trevor Steele; Brendan Leckey, Stoneyford Concrete; Brian Reid; Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart and Raymond McCullough.

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Lisburn City Council is delighted to announce that the ‘Legendary’ Dromara Destroyers will be holding a Motorcycle Show at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, Lisburn on the 15th–16th November.

Ian McGregor was the very original Dromara Destroyer. Ray McCullough had many successes over the years, winning the last 250cc World Championship race at Dundrod in 1971 ranks as one of his highlights.

Trevor Steele did some of his best racing at Dundrod and Brian Reid is a former World Champion who won the Formula 2 World Championship in 1985 and 1986.

Speaking at the announcement Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, said: “It gives me great pleasure to bring an event like this to Lisburn. The Dromara Destroyers were a formidable force in motorbike road racing and for the Council to support this exhibition at the LeisurePlex is truly an honour. The bikes and racing memorabilia which will form the exhibition will allow the public to relive the golden age of road racing. The Council has a strong relationship with the sport of motorbike road racing, supporting the Ulster Grand Prix every year and we are pleased to lend our support to this event also.”

Chairman of the Council’s Leisure Services Committee, Alderman Paul Porter, said: “Lisburn City is a 2013 European City of Sport and we are pleased to support the group in any way we can with their fundraising efforts. We would extend a welcome to everyone to come along to this one–off exhibition.”

Brian Reid, one of the Dromara Destroyers, explains: “Almost three years ago a like minded group of ardent road racing fans met with the residents of Dromara Village with the idea of creating a lasting tribute to mark the outstanding motorcycle racing successes of the Dromara Destroyers, all sons of the Village. The group have been working very hard fundraising for the tribute and the generosity of the public has been great. The latest fundraising event is the Dromara Destroyers Motorcycle Show and I would urge anyone with an interest in motorbike road racing to come along. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our generous sponsors Stoneyford Concrete and Global Oils/Magic Bullet Fuel Treatments. We are asking for a minimum donation of £5 per person for entry into the show and this will go along way toward assisting the group in fundraising.”

Caption:
Pictured at the launch are: Trevor Leckey, from sponsor, Stoneyford Concrete; Stanley Watson from sponsor, Global Oils; Ian McGregor; Chairman of the Council’s Leisure Services Committee, Alderman Paul Porter; Trevor Steele; Brendan Leckey, Stoneyford Concrete; Brian Reid; Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart and Raymond McCullough.

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Fri, 01 Nov 2013 09:38:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/11/DROMARA-DESTROYERS-MOTORCYCLE-SHOW-COMES-TO-LISBURN-.php
<![CDATA[ Twilight Night by Fairy Light Arrangements for the Purchase of Wristbands ]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/10/Twilight-Night-by-Fairy-Light-Arrangements-for-the-Purchase-of-Wristbands-.php Twilight Night by Fairy Light Arrangements for the Purchase of Wristbands Friday 25 – Monday 28 October.

Following last years’ crowd–pleasing successes; families and Trick or Treaters to the city are encouraged to wrap up warm a magical moonlit feast for the senses. As Lisburn hosts the Twilight Night by Fairy Light celebrations at Wallace Park on Thursday 31 October 7–9pm.

Entry to Wallace Park is by wrist band only Priced at £1 each (max 6 per person). Wristbands can be purchased at this Lagan Valley Leisureplex and Brook Activity Centre Friday 25 – Monday 28 October. Tickets are on sale at the Leisureplex Friday 25 October 1 – 9.30 pm. Saturday and Sunday 9.15am – 5.30 pm and 7.30 am – 9.30pm Monday 28 October.

Tickets are available at Brook Activity from 1pm Friday 25 October until 8.30pm, Saturday 26 October from 8.30am – 3pm and Monday 28 October 8.30am – 8.30pm.

All proceeds from the sale of the wristbands will be donated to the Mayoral Charity the Diabetic Unit at Lagan Valley Hospital.
A Halloween Treat for all the Family Mythical performers, entertainers, dancers and musicians will provide Twilight thrills for kids and their grown–ups. In a swirl of sparkles and a fluttering of wings, good natured woodland pixies and fairies will pop from amongst the autumn splendour to weave enchanting tales.
One of Europe’s most celebrated folk ensembles, The Armagh Rhymers who recently performed at Glastonbury Music Festival will blend the art of mumming, poetry, music, drama, song and dance. While a beacon lighting and Lantern Parade will add shine to the evening of enchantment.

Delicious gourmet delights and spooky specialities will revive flagging Halloween spirits in the Artisan food fayre.

Dress to Impress
Grown–ups are encouraged to dress up their little pixies and pirates and don a disguise of their own as they embark on their evening of adventure which draws to a close with a fireworks finale at 8.40pm.

On Halloween night, revellers can access Wallace Park from the Belfast and Magheralave Road entrances. Parking restrictions will be in operation and visitors are advised to use public transport where possible and to park responsibly.
Children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult at all times and Assistance Dogs only are permitted at this event.

For further information contact ISLAND Arts Centre on 028 92 509509 www.islandartscentre.com
www.facebook.com/ISLANDArtsCentre
https://twitter.com/ISLANDartsbiz

 

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Twilight Night by Fairy Light Arrangements for the Purchase of Wristbands Friday 25 – Monday 28 October.

Following last years’ crowd–pleasing successes; families and Trick or Treaters to the city are encouraged to wrap up warm a magical moonlit feast for the senses. As Lisburn hosts the Twilight Night by Fairy Light celebrations at Wallace Park on Thursday 31 October 7–9pm.

Entry to Wallace Park is by wrist band only Priced at £1 each (max 6 per person). Wristbands can be purchased at this Lagan Valley Leisureplex and Brook Activity Centre Friday 25 – Monday 28 October. Tickets are on sale at the Leisureplex Friday 25 October 1 – 9.30 pm. Saturday and Sunday 9.15am – 5.30 pm and 7.30 am – 9.30pm Monday 28 October.

Tickets are available at Brook Activity from 1pm Friday 25 October until 8.30pm, Saturday 26 October from 8.30am – 3pm and Monday 28 October 8.30am – 8.30pm.

All proceeds from the sale of the wristbands will be donated to the Mayoral Charity the Diabetic Unit at Lagan Valley Hospital.
A Halloween Treat for all the Family Mythical performers, entertainers, dancers and musicians will provide Twilight thrills for kids and their grown–ups. In a swirl of sparkles and a fluttering of wings, good natured woodland pixies and fairies will pop from amongst the autumn splendour to weave enchanting tales.
One of Europe’s most celebrated folk ensembles, The Armagh Rhymers who recently performed at Glastonbury Music Festival will blend the art of mumming, poetry, music, drama, song and dance. While a beacon lighting and Lantern Parade will add shine to the evening of enchantment.

Delicious gourmet delights and spooky specialities will revive flagging Halloween spirits in the Artisan food fayre.

Dress to Impress
Grown–ups are encouraged to dress up their little pixies and pirates and don a disguise of their own as they embark on their evening of adventure which draws to a close with a fireworks finale at 8.40pm.

On Halloween night, revellers can access Wallace Park from the Belfast and Magheralave Road entrances. Parking restrictions will be in operation and visitors are advised to use public transport where possible and to park responsibly.
Children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult at all times and Assistance Dogs only are permitted at this event.

For further information contact ISLAND Arts Centre on 028 92 509509 www.islandartscentre.com
www.facebook.com/ISLANDArtsCentre
https://twitter.com/ISLANDartsbiz

 

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Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:11:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/10/Twilight-Night-by-Fairy-Light-Arrangements-for-the-Purchase-of-Wristbands-.php
<![CDATA[ Down Royal Puts the 2013 Festival of Racing in the Spotlight]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/10/Down-Royal-Puts-the-2013-Festival-of-Racing-in-the-Spotlight.php

Down Royal puts the 2013 Festival of Racing in the spotlight

 

Details of the 2013 Down Royal Festival of Racing were officially unveiled today (Thursday, 17th October 2013) at a jam–packed Belfast launch event at which organisers promised that this year’s Festival would be Northern Ireland’s biggest and best yet.

 

Celebrating 20 years of award–winning racing, hospitality and an investment spend to date of more than £5 million, Down Royal disclosed details of a jaw–dropping prize fund of over €400,000 and the inclusion of horseracing champions AP McCoy and Ruby Walsh on the race card.

 

It was also revealed that current Irish champion jockey Davy Russell will also be hoping to add to his growing list of victories at this year’s Festival.

 

Organisers expect the turnstiles to be swinging non–stop for this year’s event which gets underway on Friday November 1st and runs until Saturday November 2nd, and includes the famous JNWine.com Champion Chase – the first Grade 1 event of the Irish National Hunt season.

 

Famous Grand National–winner and popular Channel 4 Racing presenter Mick Fitzgerald fronted a top–notch panel of experts to help officially launch the festival at Belfast’s plush Fitzwilliam hotel.

 

Over his 15–year career, Fitzgerald became best known for his long–standing job as stable jockey to Lambourn trainer Nicky Henderson. Fitzgerald’s big winners included the Grand National on Rough Quest in 1996, and the Cheltenham Gold Cup on See More Business in 1999.

 

Fitzgerald was also leading jockey at the Cheltenham Festival in 1999 and 2000.  Later in his career, Fitzgerald came back from injury to win the 2005 Hennessy Gold Cup on Trabolgan at Newbury for Nicky Henderson.

 

“We’re all set and ready to deliver the best Festival of Racing in Down Royal’s long and proud history yet”, said Mike Todd, General Manager at Down Royal said. “With the quality of racing on offer, and an award–winning hospitality offering which will be provided in new, cutting–edge, modern facilities, we’re looking forward to making this year’s the biggest yet.”

 

Since 1993, Down Royal Racecourse has ploughed more than £5 million into transforming the site with the provision of a new, state–of–the–art grandstand, new , luxurious hospitality suites and a landscaping overhaul that befits its position as one of Northern Ireland’s leading race day attractions.

 

 For more details on this year’s Down Royal Festival of Racing,
 visit www.downroyal.com.

 

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Down Royal puts the 2013 Festival of Racing in the spotlight

 

Details of the 2013 Down Royal Festival of Racing were officially unveiled today (Thursday, 17th October 2013) at a jam–packed Belfast launch event at which organisers promised that this year’s Festival would be Northern Ireland’s biggest and best yet.

 

Celebrating 20 years of award–winning racing, hospitality and an investment spend to date of more than £5 million, Down Royal disclosed details of a jaw–dropping prize fund of over €400,000 and the inclusion of horseracing champions AP McCoy and Ruby Walsh on the race card.

 

It was also revealed that current Irish champion jockey Davy Russell will also be hoping to add to his growing list of victories at this year’s Festival.

 

Organisers expect the turnstiles to be swinging non–stop for this year’s event which gets underway on Friday November 1st and runs until Saturday November 2nd, and includes the famous JNWine.com Champion Chase – the first Grade 1 event of the Irish National Hunt season.

 

Famous Grand National–winner and popular Channel 4 Racing presenter Mick Fitzgerald fronted a top–notch panel of experts to help officially launch the festival at Belfast’s plush Fitzwilliam hotel.

 

Over his 15–year career, Fitzgerald became best known for his long–standing job as stable jockey to Lambourn trainer Nicky Henderson. Fitzgerald’s big winners included the Grand National on Rough Quest in 1996, and the Cheltenham Gold Cup on See More Business in 1999.

 

Fitzgerald was also leading jockey at the Cheltenham Festival in 1999 and 2000.  Later in his career, Fitzgerald came back from injury to win the 2005 Hennessy Gold Cup on Trabolgan at Newbury for Nicky Henderson.

 

“We’re all set and ready to deliver the best Festival of Racing in Down Royal’s long and proud history yet”, said Mike Todd, General Manager at Down Royal said. “With the quality of racing on offer, and an award–winning hospitality offering which will be provided in new, cutting–edge, modern facilities, we’re looking forward to making this year’s the biggest yet.”

 

Since 1993, Down Royal Racecourse has ploughed more than £5 million into transforming the site with the provision of a new, state–of–the–art grandstand, new , luxurious hospitality suites and a landscaping overhaul that befits its position as one of Northern Ireland’s leading race day attractions.

 

 For more details on this year’s Down Royal Festival of Racing,
 visit www.downroyal.com.

 

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Fri, 18 Oct 2013 16:19:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/10/Down-Royal-Puts-the-2013-Festival-of-Racing-in-the-Spotlight.php