‘Your weekend booked’ at Castle Ward

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The book fair returns to Castle Ward on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 November. Spend a relaxing afternoon at Castle Ward, Strangford, Downpatrick, browsing thousands of quality used books and other treasures at this year’s book fair.

This is an excellent opportunity for bibliophiles to add to their own shelves as a plethora of books are on offer from children’s titles and biographies, to DIY favourites and all time classics. Visitors can also bargain hunt for old vinyl and CDs.

A special highlight this year will see a selection of local poets distributed around the house sharing poems inspired by the demesne of Castle Ward between 1.30pm and 3.30pm titled ‘Words for Castle Ward’. Guided house tours will also run at 12noon and 4pm which will be one of the last opportunities to catch the house before its closure through winter this year.

All proceeds from the book fair and bookshop, which is run entirely by volunteers, go towards maintaining this historic demesne.

Castle Ward is one of Northern Ireland’s finest houses, set amongst stunning landscapes on the shores of Strangford Lough it is a place where you can relax and enjoy.

The gift shop is open both days with some great Christmas gifts available. A selection of homemade soups, scones and cakes are on offer in the tea room, along with tea and coffee.

Children can let off steam in the adventure and woodland playgrounds, Victorian children’s playroom, and the barn with its indoor and outdoor play areas. The property’s network of trails is also open for walking and cycling.

Normal admission charges apply for entry into the demesne, National Trust members are free on production of their cards. For further information or to make book donations to the Book Fair please contact Castle Ward directly on 028 4488 1204 or visit our website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-ward.