Thursday, 27 July 2017

The Twilight Summer

The Belfast Council invite you to the Twilight Summer Beach Party on 1st -2nd August @ St George's Market. 

The first-ever summer Twilight Market will be taking place at St George's Market August 1-2. 

Opening from 4pm – 11pm, the summer beach party-themed event will have a real family-fun element with lots of children’s activities and entertainment. 

There’ll also be live music from local artists, more than 100 quirky traders selling funky arts and crafts, food and drink, and of course there’ll be our usual cookery demonstrations from some of the city’s award-winning chefs. 

So come along and enjoy the summer fun! For further details please visit #TwilightBelfast * Please note Twilight Market is strictly over-18s after 9pm*

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Family Fun & Exhibitions

Visit Portaferry VIC from July - 24th Sept for free family fun every Saturday. 

Craft, music and so much more in Groomsport at the Cockle Row.

Visit the many tourist information centres for more info   

Bangor Tourist information centre

Or just take in the views & the colours. 

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Game of Thrones

Here at Whitethorn Cottages we have our own tales with our experience with GOT and Dracula. With fans having had to wait longer than usual, Game of Thrones® Season 7 is finally upon us. And, with the new season comes a brand new campaign, created in partnership with HBO, that will showcase Northern Ireland once again as Game of Thrones® Territory to millions of fans worldwide. 

Tourism NI has collaborated with Tourism Ireland to create the campaign and it is bigger than ever before – featuring a giant, 77-metre long, Bayeux-style tapestry which tells the story so far from Season 1 to Season 6, bringing to life the trials and tribulations of the show’s characters in its most epic and famous scenes.

The tapestry, woven from one enormous piece of linen supplied by Thomas Ferguson’s in Banbridge, will be exhibited at the Ulster Museum from 22nd July for the duration of the campaign giving fans a chance to re-visit all the key events leading up to Season 7.   

There are 25 filming locations to visit in Northern Ireland. The campaign kicked off on 17th July and will roll out across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube in Northern Ireland and ROI as well as twelve international markets – including Great Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, India and the UAE.

Friday, 14 July 2017

What's on

The Ulster Flying Club will be running their annual summer fly in with aircraft visiting from all around the UK & Ireland. Members of the public will be welcome to walk around a static aircraft display, or take part with a trial lesson in one of the club's Cessna C172 aircraft. Information is available from our instructors or members for those who wish to obtain a pilot's licence.

Trial Lessons Available

£55.00 - 15 minutes for 3 people (A quick tour of Newtownards)

£99.00 - 30 minutes for 3 people (Fly around the Ards Peninsula or over Belfast City)

Friday, 7 July 2017

Bangor Festival

Open House Festival Bangor is running from the 1st August - 31st August 2017

This is the 5th Open House Festival, the focus is firmly on what's local. Music, arts,food and drink, artists of every genre. 

A third of events are free, 141 events in 42 venues. 

They have even got their own locally sourced beer this year. 


We have collaborated with Boundary, a cooperatively owned local brewery to bring you our very own festival brew, available for the whole festival month of August and from festival pubs and restaurants.


Stockists include

The Goat’s Toe • Rabbit Rooms

Hop House • Fealty’s • The Salty Dog The Boathouse • Jamaica Inn

Jenny Watts • The Wheathill

The Guillemot • Neill Wines

Donegans • The Ava Winebar 

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Golfing in Northern Ireland

Here at Whitethorn Cottages we have 14 excellent golf courses within a 10mile radius and two driving ranges within 3 mins.