This weeks something for the weekend blog is actually go based on what to do next weekend (I thought I’d give you time to plan.) It features two festivals which are a little bit different But which embrace two of my favourite things, chocolate and theatre.

Finnebrogue Artisan Hans Sloane Chocolate & Fine Food Festival

Chocolate lovers and food enthusiasts are set to gather soon in Killyleagh, County Down for the village’s premier gourmet festival. Sponsored by Finnebrogue Artisan, the event will showcase the very best artisan food selections from local producers, and of course, a mouth-watering offering of cocoa products from native chocolatiers.

We are delighted to invite you and one adult guest (children 16 and under are free to attend) to enjoy the Festival’s treats on Saturday 24th or Sunday 25th September 2016 at The Hans Sloane Chocolate & Fine Food Family Fun Days. Experience the live Food NI kitchen, world-class chocolatiers, leading local artisan food producers, and a full line-up of family and kid-friendly entertainment set against the stunning backdrop of Killyleagh Castle!


Big Telly Theatre Companies Big Sunday!
The last Sunday in September used to be one of the biggest days in the Portstewart calendar – the trains offered special fares for the last trip of the season, farmers celebrated getting the harvest in and people got all dressed up and came from miles around to join in the fun.

For the last three years, Big Telly have worked with the Portstewart Traders to revive the tradition and to reinvent it as a festival which celebrates the heritage of the town and its personality as a thriving and unique resort full of independent thinkers, artists and entrepreneurs.

Drawing on the Teddy Bear’s Picnic, we will use the theme of bears as a stimulus…think Paddington and marmalade, Winnie and honey, Goldilocks, Yogi and Baloo. Events proposed for this year so far include; animal sculptures, chocolate workshops, dog show; street theatre; vintage tea party, vintage coaches and a very special Teddy Bears Picnic.