Situated on the outskirts of Belfast, the Ulster Folk Museum is a nod to days gone by. There is a town with a bank, post office, and printers, to name a few of the common businesses that once would have been important assets to any town. You might even be lucky enough to see some craftsmen and women demonstrating trades like basket weaving and carving.
At once you head out of town, you will find a rural school, mills and farm yards.
We visited at Easter, so some special activities had been provided. The kids enjoyed trying their hand at egg rolling…
… and there were a few very socialable bunnies!
Mostly though, we just enjoyed roaming around, exploring whatever sights we came across.
There is also a fully up to date and functional tea shop in town, where I would recommend you try the flat bread pizza! The Ulster Folk Museum is definitely worth a visit, for kids and adults alike!
Last weekend we were invited to The Harbour Brewers Fayre in Carrickfergus. The restaurant is trialing what they refer to as Chef’s Counter menu, and they asked if we would review it. The concept is that on week nights, they have all you can eat buffets, with choices such as battered fish fillets, chilli beef, and roast chicken. And on Saturday’s they have an all you can eat Peri Peri Chicken night, for those who like it hot! Of course, all this is in addition to their usual menu.
One day last week, the kids and I rather spontaneously decided to pack up a picnic and head to Belfast Zoo.
Having been before, I knew to be prepared. The location of the site is on very steep ground, so sensible shoes are a must. I knew Aaron would need his buggy, and I knew to take drinks and snacks for the boys. Trust me – you don’t want to be running back to the shop to buy water when you are half way round the attractions.
I was delighted to be offered some guests tickets by safefood to The Food and Drink Show NI last weekend. It was held in the King’s Hall complex in Belfast, somewhere I don’t think I have ever been before. Luckily I had Mr C to drive us there, and there was ample parking, so no need for my concerns about going to ‘the city’!
I was actually disappointed to have arranged to go bowling on what turned out to be the first dry day in about 3 months. However, as Lewis was all excited about his first trip bowling, off we went.
It is years, literally about 10, since I went bowling and I was delighted that wearing my trainers had prevented me having to don the dreaded bowling shoes! Glengormley Sportsbowl I give you brownie points for that!
We had booked a lane for an hour, though you can pay per game if you prefer. If you go it is definitely worth asking about their deals as these can work out much better on the purse (or wallet) than paying the standard rate.
Like many of the bowling alleys today, the Sportsbowl has the requisite fluorescent lighting, but they also had automatic bumpers which were set for any members of the group who desired them. In my younger days you had to do that yourself, manually. Technology today is a wonderful thing! They also had the ramps for younger players to push the balls from, though those these did need to be moved manually every turn.
There is a small cafe selling the usual fast food, burgers and the like, and also an array of arcade type amusements which will entertain your child and gobble up your money!
Unusually, they had a small go kart track which I’m sure older children would love. Children from the age of three can use these if accompanied by an adult, though we didn’t have a go this time.
In hindsight maybe an hour long booking wasn’t the best idea. Lewis (3) was really enjoying himself for the first 30 minutes or so but then he became bored and wanted to go and explore what else was on offer. However this meant Mr C. had double turns, and thus more practise, which is the only reason he beat me!