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Hillsborough International Oyster Festival

When is it? From Tuesday 30 August 2016 until Sunday 4 September 2016.

Where is it? Hillsborough Town Centre, Hillsborough, Co. Down, BT26 6AR Northern Ireland

OK, so you’d expect to see oyster eating competitions and food stalls aplenty at an Oyster Festival, but this event has some surprises, too.

For starters, there's a masters golf tournament, with some decent prizes to be had. You could enter the 'Iron Oyster Challenge': orienteering, an obstacle course and other (as yet unspecified!) tasks. Even if you don't win, you might still get the coveted 'God loves a tryer' award! Or you could get a team together and race your own vehicle in the 'Hillsborough Wacky Soapbox Derby' (prizes for best costumes and accompanying soundtrack, too!).

Evening events include a Gala Ball, and a ladies' night with fashion show, demonstrations of the latest hair trends, and the chance to shop till you drop. Not to mention the crowning of Miss Oyster Pearl (so good to see her come out of her shell at last...).

Petrolheads will like Supercar Sunday, where you can test drive a Ferrari or Porsche, or experience a speed run through a rally stage with one of Northern Ireland's best known drivers.

Check online for prices for the various events - proceeds help support the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, funding training at lifeboat stations across Northern Ireland.

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1 bookable site within 40 miles of Hillsborough

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Gorse Hill Farm

Newcastle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland Show on map

  • In the Mourne mountains with easy access to the Trassey Track
  • Close to Newcastle, the coast and Tullymore Forest Park
  • Well-equipped kitchen and communal barn with woodburning stove
Non-electric grass tent pitch 6 x From £10.60/€12.15/A$17.21/US$13.14/CA$17.61/CHF13.05/kr116.36/kr90.75/kr112.05/kr1,472/$206.23/$8,833/PEN42.62/NZ$18.78/R170.69/zł51.66/R$41.31/Kč329.19/RSD1,514 per night

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