Rose Week Belfast

Date: 14 Jul 2015 – 19 Jul 2015
Venue: Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park

We’ve a week of family fun, including:

  • live music and entertainment
  • floral art demonstrations
  • summer rose and flower show exhibitions.

The international rose garden at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park is one of the world’s leading rose gardens, attracting thousands of visitors each year. Rose Week, with its full programme of activities, is a celebration of this spectacular rose garden and is now one of Belfast’s most popular annual events.

Getting to Rose Week

New! Free shuttle bus

During Rose Week a free shuttle bus service direct to Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park will operate daily at 20 minute intervals from City Hall, Donegall Square East. Service will commence at 12noon and the last bus will leave Belfast City Centre at 5pm. The drop off and collection point at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park is in the upper car park. The return journey from the park will begin at 12.20pm and will operate every 20 minutes with the last bus leaving the park at 5.20pm. Please note that there will be no bus service from the Europa Bus Station this year.

Free park and ride from Drumbo Park

During Rose Week a free park and ride service will operate daily between Drumbo Park, Ballyskeagh Road and Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park. The service will start at 12noon and the last bus will leave Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park at 5.20pm.

Car parking

Car parking is available in the main car parks and Rose Week car parks at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park. Where possible, cars will be permitted access close to Wilmont House for the purpose of leaving off elderly or disabled visitors. Cars must then be parked in one of the main car parks.

City of Belfast international rose trials

On Thursday 16 July a panel of international judges will complete the final judging of the City of Belfast international rose trials. The awards for the winning rose breeders are sponsored by Belfast City Council, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Tourism NI, Clive Richardson Ltd and Eventsec.

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Events and activities

Daily events

  • Harp music in the rose garden, 2pm – 5pm
  • Belfast Parks photographic exhibition in the marquee, Tuesday to Friday 10am – 8pm, Saturday 11am – 5.30pm and Sunday 1.30pm – 5.30pm
  • Mega slide near Wilmont House, Tuesday and Wednesday, 1pm – 5pm
  • Bouncy castle near Wilmont House, Thursday to Sunday
  • Face painting, balloon modelling and children’s tattooing in the playground area, times vary each afternoon
  • Punch and Judy in the playground area, Tuesday to Thursday at 2.30pm and 3.45pm, and Friday to Sunday at 2.30pm
  • Competitions in the rose garden – competition forms available from the information marquee, adjacent to Wilmont House, Tuesday to Friday from 10am – 8pm, Saturday from 11am – 5.30pm and Sunday from 1.30pm – 5.30pm.

Tuesday 14 July

  • Recycling workshop, 1pm – 5pm
  • Snapshots photographic workshop, 2pm – 5pm
  • Fitness Freddy, 1pm – 5pm
  • Polish dancers, 2pm – 4.30pm
  • Jolly Sands workshop, 1pm – 5pm
  • Floral art demonstration, 1pm – 3pm
  • Mega slide, 1pm – 5pm
  • Lisburn Harmony Ladies Choir, 1pm – 2.30pm
  • Beyond the Pale, 3pm – 5pm
  • Downshire Brass Band, 7.30pm – 8.30pm

Wednesday 15 July

  • Recycling workshop, 1pm – 5pm
  • Parklife – Clay Spider workshop, 1pm – 5pm
  • Fitness Freddy, 1pm – 5pm
  • Irish dancing, 2pm – 5pm
  • Flower Power, 2pm – 5pm
  • Mega slide, 1pm – 5pm
  • James Quinn, 2pm – 4pm
  • Blaris Accordion Orchestra, 7.30pm – 8.30pm

Thursday 16 July

  • Recycling workshop, 1pm – 5pm
  • Parklife – Dragonfly making workshop, 1pm – 5pm
  • Fitness Freddy, 1pm – 5pm
  • Drum Circle, 1pm – 5pm
  • Chinese Lion dancers and workshops, 2pm – 5pm
  • Flower Power, 2pm – 5pm
  • Bouncy castle, 1pm – 5pm
  • Jazzmeisters, 11am – 1pm
  • Kelly Smiley, 2.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Ormeau Concert Band, 7.30pm – 8.30pm

Friday 17 July

  • JunkArt workshop, 1pm – 5pm
  • Recycling workshop, 1pm – 5pm
  • Brickz 4 Kidz Lego workshops, 2pm – 5pm
  • Fitness Freddy, 1pm – 5pm
  • Bollywood Indian dancers and dance workshops, 2pm – 4.30pm
  • Boxercise taster sessions, 1pm – 5pm
  • Clara Wilson, 12.30pm – 2.30pm
  • The Swing Gals, 3pm – 5pm
  • Bouncy castle, 1pm – 5pm
  • Kiddies safari train, 1pm – 5pm
  • Rodeo bull, 1pm – 5pm
  • Swing chair ride, 1pm – 5pm
  • Magic show for children, 3.45pm
  • Sharp Dressed Men double act and entertainment show, 1pm – 5pm
  • Streetwise stiltwalker, 1pm – 5pm
  • Caolan McBride, 1pm – 5pm
  • Laganvale (Metal Technology) Band, 7.30pm – 8.30pm

Saturday 18 July

  • Recycling workshop, 1pm – 5pm
  • Bouncy castle, 1pm – 5pm
  • Kiddies safari train, 1pm – 5pm
  • Rodeo bull, 1pm – 5pm
  • Swing chair ride, 1pm – 5pm
  • Magic show for children, 3.45pm
  • Summer stalls, 11am – 5.30pm
  • Summer rose and flower show, 2pm – 5.30pm
  • Ulster-Scots Agency Juvenile Pipe Band, 12noon – 1pm
  • Templemore Silver Band, 1.30pm – 2.30pm
  • Peach Pop, 3pm – 5pm
  • Streetwise Stiltwalker, 1pm – 5pm
  • Babcock and Bobbins, 1pm – 5pm
  • Hugo Cogsmith, 1pm – 5pm

Sunday 19 July

  • Recycling workshop, 1pm – 5pm
  • Bouncy castle, 1pm – 5pm
  • Kiddies safari train, 1pm – 5pm
  • Rodeo bull, 1pm – 5pm
  • Swing chair ride, 1pm – 5pm
  • Magic show for children, 3.45pm
  • Summer stalls, 1.30pm – 5.30pm
  • Summer rose and flower show, 2pm – 5.30pm
  • Drumlough Pipe Band, 12noon – 1pm
  • 3rd Carrickfergus Silver Band, 1.30pm – 2.30pm
  • Acoustocratz, 3pm – 5pm
  • Streetwise Stiltwalker, 1pm – 5pm
  • Babcock and Bobbins, 1pm – 5pm
  • Captain Morgan, 1pm – 5pm

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