Family fun with Ulster Scots flair

The tastes, sounds, colours and heritage of the Ulster-Scots will come alive on Saturday in Donagahdee when the town plays host to a fun-filled living history experience.

Come to the grounds of Donaghadee Community Centre to see displays of traditional dance, battle re-enactments and a mini Highland games competition that will provide an insight into how the Ulster-Scots dressed, exercised, socialised and fought(!).  Chat to our Viking visitors who will tell you about life aboard ship and demonstrate their long boat.

You can also enjoy a taste of Ulster-Scots at a cookery demonstration with celebrity chef Jenny Bristow (12noon to 1:30pm) and be entertained by the Willie Drennan Ulster-Scots Band who will be performing a mix of songs, stories and recitation featuring fiddles, flutes, bagpipes, guitar and, of course, the Lambeg drum (1pm and 3pm).

Mayor of Ards and North Down, Alderman Alan Graham, is looking forward to finding out more about our Ulster-Scots past and commented: “Donaghadee was the gateway for many Scottish families coming to County Down from 1606 with Hugh Montgomery and James Hamilton and so it is a very fitting venue for this celebration of our Ulster Scots heritage.” 

He continued: “The living history day will be lively and fun and so a great way to enjoy some family time, while learning more about our past.”     

Further information is available at or any of the local visitor information centres (Ards, Bangor, Groomsport and Portaferry).

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