Harvest Fair
12:00 AM00:00

Harvest Fair

Take advantage of all our free kids’ activities for the afternoon - more details to follow.

 Visit our craft market with a range of stalls, apples and produce for sale.  

Enjoy soup/sandwiches, traybakes, apple pie and hot spiced apple juice in the tea barn.

Special performance by the Baillies Mill Accordion Band

Entrance donation: adults £3, children £1, under five’s are free. All proceeds go towards the upkeep of the House.




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Santa at The Ballance House
11:00 AM11:00

Santa at The Ballance House

Santa will be arriving at The Ballance House at 11 am.  Visit him and Mrs Claus in our 18th century traditionally restored Parlour with turf fire and gas-lamps.  Its quirky and quaint!  Santa is popular but no need to book.  Children’s free craft activities also available.  Our Christmas craft barn will be ready for you to start your festive shopping and a lovely range of food available for purchase in our Tea Barn.

No booking required.

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Strawberry Tea Fair
12:00 PM12:00

Strawberry Tea Fair

Strawberry Tea Fair at The Ballance House

 Summer family event taking place at the Ballance House, Saturday 27 July 2019, 12 noon – 4pm. 

 Event schedule:

 Guided House & Exhibition tours: 1, 2 & 3 pm (reduced event price £2)

Honey Badgers Go-karting: all afternoon (age 4-12, free)

Go Fly Your Kite: kite-making workshops at 12.30/1.30/2.30 pm.  Booking advised (email info@theballancehouse.com).  £4 per child (age 4+).

Rhyme Time NI: singalong at 12.30 pm

Face-painting: all afternoon (free)

Kids’ crafting: all afternoon (free)

 Join a guided tour of the House and Ulster-New Zealand Exhibition to find out who John Ballance was and hear about his many achievements including helping to secure the vote for women.  An additional House tour can be arranged at 11.30 am if you should be coming to the event with a Group (booking necessary - email info@theballancehouse.com).

The Craft Market will have a lovely range of homemade gifts available.  Welcome to our new crafters - Nitted Things & Haberdashery, The Quirky Flamingo, Art with Helena Rogan and Greenthumb HQ.

Our very popular children’s crafts and creative face-painting are free so bring the kids for a creative afternoon out.

Tea barn open for snacks and light lunches.  Dog friendly. Free car parking and disabled access.

All proceeds go the upkeep of The Ballance House.  Entrance donation £5 adults, children £2.50 and under 5’s free.  This includes a complimentary strawberry treat for everyone.

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Spring Fair at The Ballance House
12:00 AM00:00

Spring Fair at The Ballance House

A great family day out with something for the whole family:

- guided tours of the Ulster-New Zealand exhibition

- craft market

- free crafting fun for the kids

- sausage sizzle

- annual gumboot-throwing competition

- the very impressive NI Speed-Stackers ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMMvUXD-aAk)

- have a go with Little Paws doggy agility & training. BRING YOUR DOG!!

- meet the lovely dogs with Cavaliers in Need.

- plants and books for sale

- face painting

Tea barn open.Entrance donation: adults £3, children £1, under five’s are free. All proceeds go towards the upkeep of the House.

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ANZAC Commemoration Service
2:00 PM14:00

ANZAC Commemoration Service

The Commemoration will commence at 2.30pm with a short Interdenominational Service conducted by the Reverend John Rutter, Rector of Glenavy Parish.  During the Service wreaths may be laid by Regimental Associations and individuals. 

Following the Service, light refreshments will be served.

We are most pleased that a unique Pectoral Cross will be on display. Mr David Ratcliff will be telling the story of how his Great Uncle, Canon David Garland, whose family came from Co Monaghan, came to be awarded the Order of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre by the Greek Orthodox Church.   This was in the form of a gold cross containing "slivers of the True Cross” and was re-set as a pectoral cross by the community of Brisbane.  

The Commemoration will conclude with a talk by the Lord Lieutenant for Co. Antrim, Mrs Joan Christie, CVO OBE on “The Lieutenancy and the Armed Forces”

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Big Book Sale
11:00 AM11:00

Big Book Sale

There will be a huge range of second-hand books to purchase. Guided Tours of the House will be available every hour from 12 noon - 2 pm.  Seating limited.

Free children’s bookmark ‘bookworm’ making workshop and a chance to win Samson’s Titanic Journey by Lauren Graham.

Tea Barn open.

 Free entrance and car parking.  All proceeds will go towards upkeep of the House.  (Book donations gratefully received)

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Waitangi Day
12:30 PM12:30

Waitangi Day

Booking required.

Waitangi Day is the national day of New Zealand, and commemorates the signing, on 6 February 1840, of the Treaty of Waitangi.  Ceremonies take place at Northland to commemorate the signing of the treaty, which is regarded as New Zealand's founding document.

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