EVERY week Northern Ireland has a host of exciting events, must-see attractions and a range of experiences to get out and enjoy and Tourism Northern Ireland (TNI) has detailed one that will be a big hit with families and food lovers – ‘Apple Day’.
The very a-peel-ing, Apple Day returns to Ballance House, Crumlin, on October 17 and this year you can enjoy a jam-packed family fun day of craft stalls, live music and children’s games.
There will be a bustling craft market selling a range of handmade goods, local apples, apple juice and apple pie for sale and afternoon tea with apple pie and cream may be purchased in the Tea Barn, all in the beautiful countryside surroundings of Ballance House.
As well as delicious and interesting stalls to peruse around, there will be live music throughout the afternoon, including a performance by Lisburn Ladies Harmony Choir. The kids will have plenty to do with crafts and face-painting to enjoy.
There will be tours of the house and talks on John Ballance and the Ulster-New Zealand connection will also be evident throughout the afternoon.
Apple Day is a celebration of the rich heritage of our local apples and is part of a UK wide scheme to celebrate traditional varieties of apple and has been held at Ballance House for a number of years. Ballance House is a farmhouse museum and birthplace of John Ballance, New Zealand’s Premier 1891–93.
Entry to this event for the ‘apple of your eye’ is free for children and only £2.00 for adults.
There are some fantastic things to see and do in the area including:
Nutts Corner Circuit- Head to Nutts Corner Circuit for some thrilling fun at one of NI’s ultimate karting and motor sport experiences. The international standard outdoor track is the largest for karting in Northern Ireland measuring over 2km in length. Visitors can experience thrills at over 50mph on the track! www.nuttscornercircuit.com
Lagan Valley LeisurePlex- This LeisurePlex boasts the largest leisure pool in Northern Ireland. The family fun pool area is made up of a great sunken pirate ship complete with water cannons and mast. Also cascading around the pool are a variety of the longest, fastest and most exciting water rides to be found anywhere in Ireland.
Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum Library- The Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum is located in Market Square at the heart of Lisburn’s old town centre. The Museum has a permanent exhibition ‘Flax to Fabric, the story of linen’ in the Irish Linen Centre and has a programme of temporary exhibitions relating to its textile, social history and art collections. You can take an audio visual tour and see the weaving centre and hand looms.
If you would like to find out further information about Apple Day or would like to extend your stay and book a short break visit www.discovernorthernireland.com, www.facebook.com/discovernorthernirelandor www.twitter.com/DiscoverNI.