Events Calendar

Date Title Time Description Location
Friday 13 November 2020 Talk: Emigrating in 1883 - The Wild Deer 07:30pm

Join us for an informative talk by Eric Gwynne. This talk is based on Eric's experience of diving on the resting place of this large emigrant ship.

Friday 25 September 2020 Talk: by Captain Edward Magee 07:30pm

Join us for an informative talk by master mariner Captain Edward Magee. He will tell us about his fasinating life at sea.

Saturday 30 May 2020 Guided Boat Tour 01:00pm

Why not join us on our 2-hour guided boat tour and see the beautiful and fascinating Strangford Lough from the water.  During the trip you will learn about the many interesting natural, man-made and historical aspects of what you see from our accredited guide.  Weather permitting, departure on the St. Brendan is from the Ferry Quay, Portaferry at 1.00pm on Saturday 30th May 2020.  

Tickets are £10 each and are obtained at the departure point prior to boarding.  Proceeds after expenses go to PAST (Portaferry and Strangford Trust) which is a non-profit making registered charity.  Boarding is by steps down from the quay.  Although the passenger space on the boat is covered, warm, waterproof clothing is recommended - it is usually colder out on the water than it seems on land.  Reservation at is recommended.

The Ferry Quay, Portaferry
Saturday 11 April 2020 Exhibition: Shaped by The Sea 12:00pm

Opening of our 2020 exhibition.

11th April - 19th April & 13th - 26th July - and every weekend May - August. 

Of interest to all ages. 

Maritime Heritage Visitor Centre, The Ropewalk
Friday 20 March 2020 Talk: The History of the River Class 07:30pm

Informative talk presented by James Nixon. James is a popular and engaging speaker who has done much research into the River Class, particularly its social history. After a break for refreshments the talk will be followed by the showing of the well-known film from Sporting Traditions entitled "Sailing" which features the River Class.

Barholm, Portaferry
Friday 28 February 2020 Talk: Madcap Adventures 07:30pm

Informative talk presented by Adrian Spence. Madcap is a Bristol Channel Pilot cutter built in 1875. Adrian owned her for 21 years during which time he sailed her to Scotland, England, Wales, around Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal and the Med, Azores and the Arctic.

The Narrows Guesthouse, Portaferry
Friday 17 January 2020 Man of Arran (Wine & cheese and Film night) 07:30pm

Come along and support us as we raise funds to enable us to continue our events programme.

Barholm, Portaferry
Friday 06 December 2019 6th Carol Ship on Strangford Lough 04:00pm


Major community event from 4pm until 9pm on both Fri 6th and Sat 7th December.  It just keeps getting better.  

On the magical Strangford ferry crossings, or on the shore, listen to Christmas music from 20 different choirs and groups - a different one on each sailing from 4.30 - 9 p.m.

See the illuminated ferry, castles, boats and houses.

All ages can enjoy the old fashioned Victorian Fair in a twinkly marquee on the green in Strangford - crafts, family games , music and wintery food and drink. Don't miss Bells Traditional Funfair too.

Follow the Parade of Lights and Christmas Tree trail in Portaferry. See Santa on a skiff, eat Polish Christmas food and enjoy mulled wine in the PSC Hub

Hear some of the groups perform in the marquee in Strangford and in bars in Portaferry. 

Enjoy Handel's Messiah, by Merry Opera, in Portico (Saturday).

Experience the atmosphere of The Market on the Square in Portaferry from 10 - 1.30 on Saturday - get your taste buds tingling and fill your shopping bags with all manner of unique treasures and tasty treats.

Visit Northern Ireland's only aquarium in Exploris.

Take a tour of Echlinville Distillery where award winning spirits are crafted in the heart of County Down. (1 p.m. Saturday)

Explore the heritage trails in Portaferry and Strangford.

Tour the Portico of Ards, an Arts and Heritage Centre opened in 2016 by HRH The Prince of Wales.

Visit Castleward , a unique 18th-century mansion famed for its mixture of architectural styles, and see the Game of Thrones Winterfell.

Touch the Game of Thrones' doors in Strangford and Portaferry.

Portaferry and Strangford
Friday 15 November 2019 Talk – “Deep Sea Adventures” 07:30pm

Talk by Dr. Julia Sigwart, Director of the Queen's University Marine Laboratory in Portaferry.  Julia has travelled to many parts of the World in persuit of her research interests.  In this talk she will both take us to Antarctica and also into the cockpit of a submersible as she travels to the depths of the Indian Ocean. 

Admission: £3

Barholm, opposite the Ferry Slip, Portaferry
Wednesday 23 October 2019 Talk - Whales, dolphins & porpoises in Northern Ireland" 07:30pm

Talk by Cathy Hinds, N. Ireland officer for the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group.  Come and hear about what's going on in the sea just off the coast of N. Ireland.  You will be surprised by the number of these cetaceans in the neighbourhood.

Admission: FREE

Barholm, Portaferry
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