Calendar of Events

  • Cookery Courses
    at The Tannery

    05/10/2019 - 09/11/2019

    Looking to improve your skills in the kitchen or perhaps your a complete beginner starting from scratch. 
    Whatever level you're at, the Tannery Cookery school has the perfect course for your abilities. Taught by world-renowned chef, Paul Flynn, courses range from everything from how to prepare for a lavish dinner party, to practical cooking for the everyday.
    November 9th: Cooking for Christmas - Morning Demo
    Cooking for Christmas doesn’t just mean the traditional roast turkey. Why not shake things up a bit with this cookery course to make sure your Christmas spread is the envy of all your friends and family over the festive season. Learn how to cook Paul’s favourite seasonal recipes, perfect for entertaining and also for your own family. Followed by lunch.
    Date: November 9th - 11 am to 2 pm
    Course price: €75
    For these and more courses and to book, visit the Tannery Cookery School website. 
  • Festive Afternoon Tea
    at Bushmills Inn

    20/11/2019 - 28/12/2019

    Afternoon Tea gets the festive treatment this holiday season at Bushmills Inn. Served in the cosy ambience of the Loft, classic sandwiches, savouries and sweet treats have all been given a Christmassy twist.

    Indulge in delicate turkey, cranberry and stuffing sandwiches; apple and cinnamon mini scones, mini gingerbread men and mince pies.

    Festive Afternoon Tea at Bushmills is priced at £28 per person and can be booked by contacting Bushmills Inn directly on +44 (0) 28 207 33000

  • Christmas Banquet and Music Nights
    at Bushmills Inn

    30/11/2019 - 21/12/2019

    Add some sparkle to the festive season and savour the delights of a Christmas Banquet at Bushmills Inn, followed by a night of wonderful traditional music in the Gas Bar.

    The four-course menu features delicious dishes and seasonal favourites such as Turkey with chestnuts and cranberry compote and Christmas pudding with whiskey custard and chantilly cream. 

    The events are each priced at £45 per person. Bookings can be made with Bushmills Inn directly on +44 (0) 28 207 33000


    Saturday November 30th
    Saturday December 7th
    Saturday December 14th
    Saturday December 21st
    Tuesday December 31st

  • Christmas Garden and Craft Fair
    at Butler House

    02/12/2019 - 31/12/2019

    Throughout the festive season the gardens at Butler House transform into a glorious riot of colour and light, with wonderful festive light installations, with toy soldiers, reindeer, glittering trees and Santa himself in his grotto. The little ones can also post letters directly to the north pole via the magic post box.

    Highlights include; Santa and his elves, festive music, mulled wine, hot chocolate, donuts, waffles and much more

    On Saturdays and Sundays throughout December, there will also be a festive craft fair in the gardens, with wonderful gift ideas, art, fashion, jewellery and more…


    Christmas Garden:  Mon – Fri 9 am to 5 pm, from 2nd to 23rd and then 28th to 31st of December

    Christmas Garden and Craft Fair – Sat & Sun, 12 pm to 6 pm from 7th of December.

    Entry is free of charge

    Contact Butler House directly for more information on 056 7722828

  • Christmas Fair
    at Castle Durrow

    02/12/2019 - 03/12/2019

    Get started on your Christmas shopping in the elegant surroundings of Castle Durrow, which will be stylishly decorated for the festive season. The annual Christmas Fair will take place on Monday the 2nd of Tuesday the 3rd of December from 4 pm onwards and will feature handmade crafts, jewellery, decorations and gift ideas, and includes a drinks reception and an informal fork supper.

    Dates: 2nd and 3rd of December from 4 pm

    Tickets from €30

    Call Castle Durrow directly for bookings on 057 873 6555

  • Winter Wonderland Shopping Emporium
    at Marlfield House

    03/12/2019 - 03/12/2019

    Enter a treasure trove of selected gifts for family, friends, your home and yourself. Stunning jewellery, skincare products, designer gladrags, shoes and handbags, cashmere throws and baby clothes, candles, hampers and much more!

    Entry to the Winter Wonderland Shopping Emporium is €30 per person and includes a glass of bubbles and a light supper.
    Contact Marlfield House directly on 053 942 1124 to book your place. 

  • Festive Afternoon Tea
    at Ardtara Country House

    04/12/2019 - 24/12/2019

    Indulge in a festive-themed afternoon tea at Ardtara Country House this holiday season from the 4th of December onwards:

    Parsnip Soup
    Pork and Chesnut Sausage Roll
    Potato Bread Chips, Truffle Mayonnaise
    * * *
    Roast Turkey with Cranberries Sandwich
    Honey-Glazed Ham with Mustard and Tomato Chutney Sandwich
    Smoked Salmon, Guinness Bread and Mayonnaise
    * * *
    Freshly-Baked Scones, Jam and Clotted Cream
    Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce
    Chocolate Nemesis, Blood Orange
    Baileys Chocolate and Hazelnut Truffles

    The Festive Afternoon Tea at Ardtara Country House is priced at £24.95 per person. Contact Ardtara Country House directly to book on+44 (0) 28 79644490

  • Christmas Wedding Showcase
    at Tankardstown House

    04/12/2019 - 04/12/2019

    Experience the romance, ambience and possibilities of a Christmas Wedding at Tankardstown, at the Christmas Wedding Showcase on Wednesday the 4th of December from 6-8 pm.

    Enjoy canapés, bubbles and warming mulled wine whilst you stroll through the beautiful interiors of Tankardstown House and the Orangery, dressed magnificently for the season. 
    Warm open fires, flickering fairy lights, classic chandeliers and twinkling tea lights, inviting you in from the cold at this most romantic time of the year. Tastefully decorated trees and sophisticated swags adorn the mantels, providing the perfect backdrop for your warm and wonderful winter celebration. 
    Make your Christmas wish come true... with a wedding date at Tankardstown House. 

    This event is by invitation only, please email to join the guest list. 

  • A Victorian Christmas
    at Ardtara Country House

    05/12/2019 - 12/12/2019

    Step back in time at Ardtara Country House this festive season. You'll be greeted in the majestic hallway with a glass of mulled wine to the symphony of Ardtara's pianist. Take a journey of Victorian opulence with a sumptuous three-course Christmas dinner served in the stunning Clark Restaurant before being entertained by Ardtara's chamber ensemble and choir.

    5th of December 2019
    12th of December 2019

    Tickets are priced at £49.95 per person and overnight packages are available from £109.50
    Contact Ardtara directly for more information and bookings on +44 (0) 28 7964 4490

  • Corrigan's Christmas at the Lodge
    at Virginia Park Lodge

    08/12/2019 - 08/12/2019

    Continuing their Christmas tradition, the team at Virginia Park Lodge invite you to join them for their 6th Christmas at the Lodge. 

    A three-course Christmas menu is on offer using wonderful seasonal produce from the lodge, followed by mulled wine and Christmas carols by candle light.

    Includes a three-course lunch, carols and mulled wine.

    The event will commence at 1 pm with lunch served at 2 pm.

    To book visit the Virginia Park Lodge website

  • Christmas Carols and Afternoon Tea
    at Bishop's Gate Hotel

    08/12/2019 - 08/12/2019

    There's nowhere quite like Bishop's Gate at Christmas and an indulgent afternoon tea is the best possible way to revel in its Christmas spirit.
    Bishop's Gate's pastry chefs have crafted a yuletide edition of traditional afternoon tea, which will be served on Sunday the 8th of December accompanied by Festive Carols from 1.30 to 3:30 pm

    Afternoon Tea is priced at £18.99 per adult or £25 with a glass of bubbles, and £12 per child.

    Contact Bishop's Gate Hotel directly for further information and bookings on +44 (0) 28 711 40300

  • Santa Experience
    at Ardtara Country House

    10/12/2019 - 10/12/2019

    Bring the whole family along to Ardtara Country House for an afternoon of great food and festive fun on the 10th of December.
    Take a break from the Christmas rush and catch up with friends and family for a traditional festive dinner in the Clark restaurant. Parents can sit back and relax while children enjoy Christmas songs and stories by the fire. There'll be mulled wine, mince pies and gingerbread men. Families will enjoy a private visit to Santa's grotto with a gift for all the children. 

    Tickets are £19.95 per person with children under 3 welcomed free of charge. To book, contact Ardtara Country House directly on +44 (0) 28 7964 4490

  • Christmas Party
    at Castle Durrow

    13/12/2019 - 13/12/2019

    Ring in the festive season at Castle Durrow on the 13th of December on a night of bubbles food and dancing as they celebrate their Christmas Party.
    The event is priced at €65 per person and includes a four-course dinner, a 1/2 of wine and a glass of bubbles on arrival. 
    Dj and bar until 1:30 am. 
    Contact Castle Durrow directly on 057 873 6555 for bookings. 

  • Christmas Presence Craft and Design Fair
    at Rathmullan House

    14/12/2019 - 15/12/2019

    Donegal Design Makers bring the 'Christmas Presence Craft and Design Fair' to Rathmullan House on the 14th and 15th of December from 12 pm to 5 pm

    Showcasing the work of county Donegal's leading designers and artisan craft workers with a unique range of gifts.
    Afternoon snacks will be available on both afternoon's with Christmas lunch being served on Sunday the 15th (reservations advisable)

    Contact Rathmullan House directly for more information on 074 91 58188

  • Santa and Christmas Lunch
    at Belleek Castle

    15/12/2019 - 22/12/2019

    Santa and Mrs Claus along with Santa's helpers will be a special visit Belleek Castle Courtyard on the 15th and the 22nd of December, with presents for all the boys and girls.
    Belleek Castle will be hosting a 3 course Christmas Lunch at 1 pm and 3 pm on both dates, cooked by the talented kitchen team and served by the award-winning front of house team who are sure to make this a Christmas event to remember. Perfect for families or groups of friends looking to get together during the festive period. 

    The Christmas lunch is priced at €38 per adult and €20 per child. To book, contact Belleek Castle directly on 096 22400 or email

  • Christmas Lunch
    at Rathmullan House

    15/12/2019 - 15/12/2019

    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. 

    And because December 25th is still a while away, the chefs at Rathmullan have created a very special festive menu in advance of the big day.
    Join them for lunch on the 15th of December and start your festive feasting early this year. The menu includes delicious dishes such as pan-seared Donegal scallops with parma ham, and of course slow-roasted turkey, honey glazed ham and all the trimmings. 

    Lunch is priced at €35 per person. To book, contact Rathmullan House directly on 074 915 8188

  • A Celebration of Carlingford Christmas
    at Ghan House

    15/12/2019 - 15/12/2019

    Get into the festive spirit in the lively village of Carlingford and get a bit of Christmas shopping done at Ghan House. Local vendors will be on-site offering jewellery, cosmetics, art, crafts, confectionery, artisan food and drink and more.

    The event will also include wonderful festive music, wine cider and gin tasting, activities for children and guests can also meet the chefs of Ghan House who are on hand to offer tips and tricks for creating Christmas favourites, as well as offering tasting and food to take home.

    Date: 15th of December from 12 pm to 5 pm

    Entrance to the event is free of charge

    Contact Ghan House for more information on 042 937 3682

  • Annual Christmas Recital
    at Marlfield House

    15/12/2019 - 15/12/2019

    Marlfield House are delighted to invite back Wexford Mezzo-Soprano Deirdre Masterson and a host of other singers for their annual Christmas Recital.
    The recitals will entice you into the festive spirit and fill your heart with joy. Enjoy the festive atmosphere at Marlfield with a traditional Sunday lunch or a seasonal dinner before a wonderful recital.

    The event is priced at €65/€70 per person and overnight packages are also available from €159 pps.
    Call Marlfield House directly on 053 942 1124 to book the recital with lunch or dinner, or to book an overnight stay visit the Marlfield House website

  • Christmas Day Lunch
    at Bushmills Inn

    25/12/2019 - 25/12/2019

    An indulgent traditional meal is at the heart of every Christmas tale. Gather all the family for an enchanting celebration and enjoy the very best Christmas Day lunch at Bushmills Inn.
    The menu includes such tempting dishes as prawn and lobster cocktail with brandy sauce; turkey crown and honey glazed ham with all the trimmings, and Christmas pudding baked Alaska. 

    Christmas Lunch at Bushmills Inn is priced at £100 per adult and £50 per child.
    Contact Bushmills Inn on + 44(0) 28 207 33000 to book

  • An Evening with Brian Kennedy
    at Bishop's Gate Hotel

    27/12/2019 - 28/12/2019

    Brian Kennedy is one of Ireland's most popular ambassadors of music and Bishop's Gate Hotel welcome him on the 27th and 28th of December for two very special live performances in the Northern Counties Ballroom.
    The evening begins with a 4-course evening meal, created by Bishop's Gate's AA Rosette-awarded kitchen team, followed by a live performance by the talented singer-songwriter whose hits include "A Better Man", "Life, Love and Happiness and "Put the Message in the Box".

    Tickets are priced at £48.50 per person. Contact Bishop's Gate Hotel directly on +44 (0) 28 711 40300

  • Winter Wedding Showcase
    at Belleek Castle

    28/12/2019 - 28/12/2019

    A unique, intimate and magical wedding venue hosting a special event for your fairytale wedding, with great ideas and advice. This is the perfect opportunity for couples to see the hotel set as it would be on the day of the wedding. Experience the Medieval Banquet Hall, perfect for banquets up to 200 people, and see the rustic 19th-century stables set up for a civil ceremony. The expert team at Belleek will be on hand to answer any questions you might have.

    Spaces at the event are limited so book now by calling Belleek Castle directly on 09622400 or emailing


  • New Years Eve with Soultown Groove
    at Bishop's Gate Hotel

    31/12/2019 - 31/12/2019

    Say farewell to 2019 and welcome in 2020 at Bishop's Gate Hotel's gala celebration event.
    Guests will be welcomed into the Northern Counties Ballroom with a sparkling drinks reception followed by a 6-course banquet and a live music performance from SoulTown Groove.

    SoulTown Groove is a fresh, vibrant and energetic live act, covering a variety of genres, but primarily Motown and Soul, blended with contemporary hits to complement the band's unique style.

    Tickets are priced at £75 per person and special accommodation packages are also available.
    Contact Bishop's Gate Hotel directly for more information and bookings on +44 (0) 28 711 40300


  • New Year's Eve Celebration
    at Bushmills Inn

    31/12/2019 - 31/12/2019

    Ring in the year 2020 at Bushmills Inn and enjoy an indulgent evening of outstanding cuisine and celebration. The menu features tempting dishes such as Guinness and onion soup, duck breast with burnt orange marmalade and sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce. 
    There will also be live music in the Gas Bar throughout the evening and into the New Year, open for all to enjoy.
    The dinner is priced at £50 per person for 5 pm sitting and £60 per person fro the 7:30 pm sitting.
    Entry to the Gas Bar is free of charge to all.
    Contact Bushmills Inn directly on +44 (0) 28 207 33000 for more information and bookings.


  • An Evening with Bye Bye Baby
    at Bishop's Gate Hotel

    03/01/2020 - 04/01/2020

    Bye Bye Baby is a lively and entertaining concert based on the musical phenomenon Jersey Boys and the timeless, iconic music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasona.
    Incredible four-part harmonies, roof-raising falsetto complete with energetic and stylish choreography ensures that Bye Bye Baby is a show to remember!
    The show includes Valli's greatest hits including Sherry, December '63, Grease, Can't Take My Eyes Off You, and many more.

    Tickets are priced at £55 per guests and include a four-course evening meal in the Northern Counties Ballroom followed by the live performance.
    Contact Bishop's Gate Hotel directly for more information and bookings on +44 (0) 28 711 40300

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