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 has detailed one that will be a big hit with families and food lovers – ‘Dunluce Castle Artisan Food and Craft Market’.
Come along to Dunluce Castle to discover new flavours, marvel at artistic talent and savour a uniquely vibrant atmosphere at the Artisan Food and Craft Market on August 29.
Dunluce Castle is one of Northern Ireland’s most iconic historic monuments, perched on the north Antrim coastline on a dramatic rocky promontory. This strong defensive location has seen occupation for over 1000 years with the dramatic history matched by tales of banshees, mermaids and the story of how the castle kitchens fell into the sea one stormy night in 1639. Dunluce is also regarded as the possible inspiration for Cair Paravel in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia.
Within this dramatic setting of the castle walls, a host of market stalls will showcase their exquisite handcrafted products, demonstrating the best the north coast has to offer and providing an opportunity to interact with the artisans who make them.
The stallholders will also be joined on the day by The Grete Mephisto. A medieval entertainer extraordinaire – he can juggle, walk on stilts, lie on his bed-of-nails, tell tall tales, perform feats of gymnastic skill, and entertain young and old in truly historic fashion.
Younger visitors will also have the chance to design and make their own coat of arms with the help of an experienced armourer.
The event will start at 11am and end at 4pm. Free parking for the event will be provided at the Magheracross tourist car park, with a free shuttle bus to the castle. Reduced admission rates to the castle will apply and no booking is necessary.
There are some fantastic things to see and do in the area including:
Giants Causeway – The Giant’s Causeway, renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt, is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland. Resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago, this is the focal point of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has attracted visitors for centuries. It harbours a wealth of local and natural history and is also steeped in myth and legend, as some say it was carved from the coast by the mighty giant, Finn McCool. Tel: (028) 2073 1855 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/giants-causeway.
Old Bushmills Distillery– Bushmills Irish Whiskey is made at Ireland’s oldest working distillery on the beautiful North Coast. Here you can take part in guided tours with all the associated sights and smells, tutored whiskey tastings and visit the specialist whiskey shop and browse the many things on offer. Tel: (028) 2073 3218.
Causeway Coastal Route– The Causeway Coastal Route has been rated one of the top five road trips worldwide and when you drive it, you’ll see why. The three designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) are testament to the beauty of the area – The Causeway Coastal Route, the Antrim Coast & Glens which includes Rathlin, Northern Ireland’s only inhabited off-shore island, and Binevenagh with its dramatic cliffs. www.discovernorthernireland.com/causeway
Why not turn your trip into a short break and book into Bushmills Inn. The Bushmills Inn is situated in an enviable location a stone’s throw from a host of visitor attractions including Royal Portrush Golf Club, Old Bushmills Distillery, The Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Dunluce Castle. Roaring peat fires, nooks and crannies and a secret library set the tone. In the bar, still lit by gas light, try a glass of malt from the hotel’s private cask and make sure to sample some of the finest North Antrim produce in the restaurant. www.bushmillsinn.com T: (028) 2073 3000.
If you would like further information regarding this event or would like to extend your stay and book a short break visit www.discovernorthernireland.com, www.facebook.com/discovernorthernireland or www.twitter.com/DiscoverNI.