Country Fair returns to The Argory

Destinee and Bonnie Ruddell enjoying the animals at Country Fair at the Argory. Picture by Bernie Brown
Destinee and Bonnie Ruddell enjoying the animals at Country Fair at the Argory. Picture by Bernie Brown
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Visit The Argory on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May for the return of the fantastic Country Fair.

The event which welcomed almost 2000 visitors in 2014 returns once again to the beautiful National Trust property near Moy, where the Victorian estate will come to life with the sights, sounds and smells of the country.

Throughout the weekend, visitors can choose from a fantastic selection of craft, gift and produce stalls in our craft village selling everything from knitted goods and country crafts to scented candles, jams, cupcakes, plants, pottery, wooden items and more.

On Saturday, the little one’s will love the display of hens, rabbits and bottle-fed lambs from Blackberry Farm and on Sunday, a display of rare breed pigs and cattle from Pheasant Hill Farm will create some unusual sounds and smells across the estate.

Country demonstrations such as horse-threshing, straw craft, traditional bread and soap-making will complete the displays over the weekend and provide fantastic entertainment for the whole family. The Mid Ulster Bee Keepers Association will also return for their 2nd year, giving visitors the opportunity to see the bees in action and purchase local honey products. Based at Loughry College, the MUBKA aim to increase awareness of the feral honeybee and its importance not just for the production of honey but also for pollination.

The highlight of Sunday’s programme will be the return of the dog show with a difference, ‘Scrufts’. There will be prizes for all shapes, breeds and sizes and categories include best large dog, best small dog and best child handler. Once again, John McCullough from Happy Dogs Boarding Kennels, Portadown will be judging the events. The Argory would like to thank Pawfect Doggie Treats, Brandy Dog Foods and Parklands Vets for their continued support with the event.

The Armagh Rhymers will provide a unique musical experience throughout the weekend. One of Europe’s most celebrated folk theatre ensembles, the Rhymers are a respected professional group of entertainers that have delighted audiences for over 30 years with a unique blend of Mumming, poetry, music, drama, song and dance.

And the entertainment doesn’t stop there! Children can have a go on some traditional fairground rides and have their face painted. Grown-ups can take a tour of the house or see The Argory in a whole new light on one of our guided estate tours.

Enjoy homemade cakes, scones, paninis and teas in the Courtyard Coffee Shop, grab a burger or hot dog from our catering point or treat yourself to something nice in the gift shop, packed with an extensive range of products.

With endless activities and entertainment, The Argory’s Country Fair promises to be a fantastic weekend for the whole family, even the dog! The Argory Country Fair will take place on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May from 12-5pm. Adult £5.25, Child £2.50, Family £13. National Trust Members Free.

For further information call 028 8778 4753, find the Argory on facebook.com/NationalTrustMidUlster or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/argory