Glamour and a Musical – Our Stay in The 5 Star Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast

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A few weeks ago I was the lucky winner of a fabulous competition for two to stay a night in the newly awarded 5 Star Fitzwilliam Hotel in Belfast. The prize also included two tickets to see Chicago the musical in the beautiful Grand Opera House which is next door to the hotel. After deliberating long and hard I decided it was probably best to bring Nial 😉

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Winter Wonderland at Blessingbourne Estate

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A few weeks back we spent the weekend in Blessingbourne Estate with our good friends Neil and Orla.  We made the journey to Fivemiletown in Tyrone on a cold and frosty Friday evening, and as we arrived in the village of Clougher just before Fivemiletown, we could see the pavements and roadside had a skiff of snow, so we knew it was going to be a chilly one.

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A Night of R&R at Clandeboye Lodge Hotel, Bangor

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A couple of weeks ago we were invited along to the 4 Star Clandeboye Lodge Hotel in Bangor to visit the Coq & Bull Brasserie.  We hadn’t been to Bangor in a long time and it was our first time visiting both the Clandeboye and the Coq & Bull Brasserie so we didn’t really know what to expect.  It turned out to be a very special day for us as we had our 12 week scan earlier in the morning and are delighted to announce we are expecting our first child (but we’ll share more about this in a future blog).

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A Celebration of all Things Fermanagh at Festival Lough Erne

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On Friday night we were fortunate enough to get invited along to Festival Lough Erne, and a celebration of all things Erne County at the Lough Erne popup restaurant in the newly refurbished Enniskillen Castle.  Now in its second year, Festival Lough Erne showcases some of the wonderful local food producers in Fermanagh, and this year to celebrate the year of food and drink here in Northern Ireland, the festival marked the end of the inaugural Fermanagh Restaurant Week.

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Surprise 70th Birthday Party in Hugh McCann’s, Newcastle


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A few weeks ago we celebrated my mum’s 70th Birthday in Hugh McCann’s, Newcastle.  We worked so hard to make sure the party was kept a complete surprise, and the reaction of Retta on the day proved that all the hard work was worth it.  From early on I knew I wanted a vintage chic theme and I knew that the beautiful, boutique style interior of Hugh McCann’s would be perfect.  We booked an upstairs section of Hugh McCann’s that overlooks the stunning promenade and sea views in Newcastle.  This just added to the charm and character of the room and made the venue even more special as we sat down with family and friends to enjoy the 70th Birthday meal.

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6 Foodie days out to enjoy this summer across NI

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We may not be guaranteed endless days of sun during the summer months here in Northern Ireland, but one thing we are assured is a great choice of days out. Whether it’s days out with the family or enjoying a local festival with friends, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to looking for things to do across Northern Ireland this summer.

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Join a Foodie Tour with McComb’s Coach Travel

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If you are looking for a tasty way to spend the day with friends, then McComb’s Coach Travel’s new tour ‘Grub Crawl’ is the answer.  The Grub Crawl visits several local foodie delights including Abernethy Butter in Dromore (read our interview with the guys here), The Poacher’s Pocket in Lisbane, Kilmegan Cider in Dundrum, the Echlinville Distillery in Newtownards and the Mourne Seafood Bar in Dundrum (read our review here).

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Falling in love with County Clare and Cliffs of Moher

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Last weekend was a busy one for us as we took in 6 counties across Ireland, the highlight of which was our 2 day break in County Clare.  This was the first time either of us had visited Clare, and we were more than looking forward to the trip.  A few friends had been to places like Lahinch and The Burren before and we’d heard nothing but good things about the area so couldn’t wait to get along and check it out for ourselves.

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An early summer walk around Rowallane Gardens, Saintfield

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As we have been blessed with absolutely stunning weather of late we decided to head to Rowallane Gardens in Saintfield, Co. Down for a leisurely walk with our dog Bailey. This was our first time visiting the gardens, although we had been planning to visit for a while now, and we were amazed by how beautiful it was.

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24 Hour Guide to Exploring Belfast

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We’ve been enjoying getting out and about a lot more of late, and one place we really enjoy spending time in is our nations capital, Belfast.  We were recently invited along to The Stormont Hotel to join the hotel in their 50th Anniversary meal (you can read about that here).  We stayed the night and took some time the following day to explore Belfast a little more.  If you’re planning a trip to Belfast anytime soon, or even just looking for a few things to do during a day in the city, here’s our list of must see attractions.

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