Monday, 21 November 2011

Christmas at the Cottages

It is christmas and the Cottages are decorated and ready for the festive season.
To give the cottages a Christmas feel and to make you feel at home we make sure Santa Claus knows you are staying at Whitethorn Cottages.
I cut down some twigs from the garden and twisted them in the shape of a Christmas wreath.
Got some bubbles and beads and this is the end result.
Belfast is 15 mins from the cottages. Take a trip up and see the lights and have a look round the shops. The Christmas lights were switched on  saturday the 19th November. At the very top of the Victoria Centre you can see view out over, Samson and Galiath ( the cranes),Belfast Castle, Stormont Buildings and across to Scrabo Tower.
Christmas at the cottages!!

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Christmas at Whitethorn Cottages

There is nowhere nicer to be at Christmas when there is a bit of snow on the ground. This is a reminder of what Christmas at Whitethorn was like last year.

Things to do, you can go up to belfast and visit  Belfast in Christmas mode. See the Christmas lights, do your christmas shopping and enjoy the festive atmosphere.Date: Saturday 19 November - Monday 19 December 2011 Venue: Belfast City Hall grounds

The Christmas Continental Market will be at Belfast City Hall from 12 noon on Saturday 19 November to 6pm on Monday 19 December, selling a range of food, drinks and crafts.

Kids can enjoy the merry-go-round and visit Santa in his grotto! They can also post their letters to Santa using Santa's postbox.

Opening times

  • Monday - Wednesday: 10am - 8pm (except Monday 19 December when it will close at 6pm)
  • Thursday - Saturday: 10am - 10pm
  • Sunday: 1pm - 6pm

Food and drink

Highlights include:
  • Bratwurst sausages and German beers
  • warming gluhwein
  • liqueur coffees
  • gourmet burgers
  • Spanish paella
  • toasted baguettes
  • waffles, crêpes and Dutch pancakes
  • cakes, fudge and sweets
  • Continental and Irish cheeses
  • exotic meats from around the world.

Gifts and other items

If you are looking for an unusual Christmas gift then you are bound to find something among the great selection of gifts and crafts, including:
  • leather handbags, purses and wallets from France
  • candles
  • jewellery
  • 'smellies' from Provence
  • natural carved wooden furniture, statues, figurines from Kenya
  • pashminas and scarves.

 Celebrate the countdown to Christmas with our annual Christmas lights switch-on at Belfast City Hall on Saturday 19 November.

Join Lord Mayor Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile and special guests as they light up the city.

The Christmas Continental Market will be open from 12 noon on Saturday 19 November.

Venue: Belfast City Hall

Sunday, 6 November 2011

The Biggest showbiz event to come to belfast

Ready to Rock!! Stars hit town as Belfast prepares for the biggest showbiz event in its history. It has taken 10 years in the planning but it has finally arrived. On Sunday, Lady Gaga, Jessie J and Justin Bieber are set to stroll down a red carpet in Northern Ireland, on their way in to MTV's European Music Awards.
Stars such as Britney Spears and Rihanna have recently launched the European legs of their tours in Belfast, and purpose-built venues have sprung up to replace the playing fields and leisure centres that used to host gigs.
"The whole new capital infrastructure in Belfast means we're on the list for every art form now," says Carolyn Mathers, a culture and tourism officer for Belfast City Council.
Like a glitzy, musical version of the Olympics, MTV considers bids from a number of cities before settling on a venue for its annual awards show.
"It's crucial that the city embraces the European Music Awards in the right way," says Matt Cook, Director of Talent MTV UK and Ireland.
"Belfast's a great city. It's got a great heritage of music. And they've put on a music week in the run-up to our show, which not only gets everyone ready, but also highlights the breadth and wealth of local talent."
Despite reports that Lady Gaga will be staying at the Culloden Hotel sources claim that the Grammy winning artist has choosen a quiet location not too far from Belfast.
We have a good idea where that is!!!
Lady Gaga looks set to dominate the MTV Europe Music Awards later, with six prize nominations and a show-stopping performance in Belfast's Odyssey Arena.
Lady Gaga
 The US star goes up against the likes of Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and Justin Bieber at the annual awards show.  Justin Bieber's teenage girl friend , Selena Gomez will be hosting the MTV EMAs.
Previously, it had been felt that Belfast's infrastructure could not cope with the demands of a show that requires to house personnel from production crews to celebrity entourages.
"It's a multi-million dollar event," MTV's Richard Godfrey said. "It's the most ambitious show we've done for a long time."
Belfast City Council believes  especially organised Belfast Music Festival in the run-up to the show, so it has been a great build up.
Katy Perry at the MTV EMAs in Liverpool, 2008
Katy Perry, who managed 12 costume changes at the 2008 show, is up for four awards
Tonight thousands will be watching as images of the star- studded event will be beamed from the heart of Belfast to all around the world. Excitement has reached fever pitch and we just hope belfast puts on the best show possible.
Thank you MTV for putting belfast on the world map for something good.