BELFAST’S beautiful Botanic Gardens will mark the change of season with the return of the popular Autumn Fair on Saturday and Sunday, September 14-15.
The top family event, organised by Belfast City Council, takes place from 12.30pm to 6pm each day and young and old will be treated to lots of fun-filled activities, live music, food and more.
Among the highlights is the Autumn Flower Show showcasing spectacular prize-winning autumnal blooms and floral art displays as well as a display of giant seasonal vegetables.
A variety of food and craft stalls will be selling arty delights and local produce.
Pop into the Sustainable Living Emporium to learn more about sustainable fashion and lifestyle choices.
Live from the bandstand will be performances from local bands ‘The Bluffers’ and ‘The Professionals’ on Saturday (12.30pm-5.30pm) and the Grand Finale Band Concert will take place on Sunday closing the council’s Music in the Parks programme (2pm-5pm) with performances from Ormeau Concert Band, Blaris Accordion Orchestra, Ballylone
Concert Flute Band and Laganvale (metal technology) Band.
There will be free family-friendly activities to enjoy throughout the two days including bouncy castle, balloon modelling, face painting, sports and game zone,walk about acts and pumpkin carving.
A funfair zone (with charges for rides) will include a Helter Skelter, Kentucky Derby, Tea Cups and Safari Train rides and a Bungee Trampoline.
Launching the event at Botanic Gardens, Lord Mayor, Councillor John Finucane, said: “The Autumn Fair is one of our top seasonal events where we get to celebrate the best that nature has produced as well as all the fun of the fair in terms of live music, food and crafts and fun activities for young and old to enjoy!
Come along and help us mark the change of season in the city and there is also a chance to visit Botanic Gardens’ other top attractions – the Palm House and the Tropical Ravine, while you are there.”