Celebrating an Ulster-Scots heritage

Jenny Bristow and bandsman get set for the festival
Jenny Bristow and bandsman get set for the festival

The Donaghadee Ulster-Scots Festival will celebrate the area’s cultural heritage with live music, cooking master classes, a Living History Fayre and themed tours from July 23 until July 25.

Donaghadee was the port through which James Hamilton and Hugh Montgomery arrived in Ireland in May 1606 with their families.

They were followed by a flood of Scottish tenants who quickly made Ards their home and the Scottish population soon spread across Ulster.

The line-up begins with a cookery masterclass with local chef Jenny Bristow as she demonstrates how to whip up some traditional Ulster-Scots dishes.

Friday night will then feature music from the Willie Drennan Ulster-Scots Band while on Saturday the Living History Fayre will get underway, at which audiences can enjoy traditional dance and music on the festival’s main stage, mini highland games, hisory displays, battle re-enactments, archery and more.

There are a wealth of other events happening over the course of the four day festival.

For more information on the Donaghadee Ulster-Scots Festival, July 23-25, see visitardsandnorthdown.com or contact Ards Information Centre on 02891 824486.

Alternatively contact Bangor Vistor Information Centre on 02891 270069.