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Summer Lights
Fri 31st May - Mon 3rd June 2019


June Bank Holiday Weekend

A Weekend of Food, Cookery and Music

Programme of Events 2019

Programme of Events currently being updated


Friday 31st May 2019


Summer Lights Food Extravaganza

Nesbitt Arms Hotel. Doors open 7.15pm. Show begins 8.00pm

A demonstration of cooking by four top chefs. This is a special night for Ardara and a wonderful opportunity to see the top chefs in the county demonstrate their skills.

A number of lucky members of the audience will have the joy of being selected to sit at the chef’s table and sample their wonderful food.

Sliabh League Distillery, Old Mill, Kinnegar and Dicey’s Brewery will be on hand with complimentary sampling of the best in Donegal food and drinks.

Tickets limited. Price €20 from the Nesbitt Arms Hotel 074-9541103


Great Music in Town

Beehive Bar: Irish Session with the best of Irish music

Nancy’s Bar: The popular Cat Doherty

Corner House Bar: The best of Irish & popular music

Mickalene’s Bar: Live Music



Saturday 1st June 2019


Lovin’ the Hills: Guided Hillwalk

Departing Heritage Centre at 9.00am

Kevin will lead a team of walkers on the stunning Port to Maghera Walk – not for the faint hearted. This is one of the truly great walks!

Join Kevin at 9.00am at the Heritage Centre (bus collection). This is a fantastic walk and takes up to 7 hours.

Contact Kevin in advance: 087-6734875


Bread Making Competition

The Heritage Centre – 10.00am to 3.00pm

Traditional bread making by local bakers: bread, buns & apple pie. Featuring experienced bakers and up and coming bakers, incorporating traditional and ‘traditional with a modern twist’.

We ask all bakers to submit entries to the Heritage Centre up to 3.00pm where the judges from the main sponsor Gallagher’s Bakery will judge all baking.

At 5.00pm in the company of the Brass Band, Sheila will present a complimentary cup of coffee and a slice of Bread of the Day to everyone.

For details contact Sheila at the Heritage Centre


Craft & Food Show

The Beehive Bar – 12 noon.

Pat has made the Beehive available for an Exhibition of Crafts and Food Displays in the Beer Garden.

Exhibitors and Guests welcome.

Contact Pat on 087-6900714


Open Air Session at Woodhill

Woodhill House – 2.00pm.

Join John and James as they welcome you to Woodhill Lawns for the best in music by Gabor & Erno. Also enjoy a sample of Donegal’s best brewed beer with a complimentary slice of bread.

This was a huge event last year. Complimentary transport from the Diamond from 1.45pm.4


Glenties Brass Band on the Diamond

The Diamond – 2.00pm

Come along and enjoy the wonderfully talented Glenties Brass Band for an open air performance.


Baking with Breezy

The Corner House Bar – 4.00pm

Enjoy the delights of Breezy Kelly baking, the music of the great Gypsy Rovers, and the taste of local craft beers.


Barbecue & Music

Nancy’s Yard – 5.00pm

Come along and enjoy the best of music in Nancy’s Yard with ‘Flair’ and join the greatest open air BBQ of the season!

Seafood menu in Nancy’s Bar all weekend.


Cocktail Bonanza!

Mickalene’s Bar – 6.00pm

Join Michael and Charleene as they present the best cocktails in town during the Cocktail Bonanza.


Great Music in Town

Beehive Bar: Irish Session with the best of Irish music.

Nancy’s Bar: Midnight Preachers

Corner House Bar: Lost River Band

Mickalene’s Bar: Live Music

Doherty’s: Top Bands



Sunday 2nd June 2019


Afternoon Tea in Ardhill Guesthouse

Ardhill Guesthouse on The Diamond – 1.00pm

Sheila will present the best in baking and a presentation at Ardhill Guesthouse Yard in the company of hosts Joe and Celine.

A wonderful special event where you can enjoy the delights of Eastern Music and afternoon tea.


Open Air Music Special

The Diamond – 2.00pm

Top local bands with great live music. A fun afternoon for everyone.


Seafood Special

The Beehive Bar – 3.00pm

The King of the Oyster Charlie McHugh will give a demonstration and presentation on Oysters and Seafoods in the Beehive Bar. Join Charlie for some great seafood and beer from one of Donegal’s great businesses.


Baking with Breezy

The Corner House Bar – 4.00pm

Enjoy the delights of Breezy Willow baking, with local Donegal brewers and the music of the Lost River Band.


Tapas & Music in the Yard

Nancy’s Yard – 5.00pm

Once again Nancy’s Yard hosts a great afternoon of Barbecue & Music.

Chef Daniel McHugh will present his unique tapas – not to be missed.


Cocktail Bonanza

Mickalene’s Bar – 6.00pm

Join Michael and Charlene as they present the best cocktails in town at the ‘Cocktail Bonanza’.


Great Music in Town

Various venues – from 10.00pm

Beehive Bar: Irish Session with the best of Irish music

Nancy’s Bar: Delta Fuse

Corner House: Gypsy Rovers

Mickalene’s: Live Music

Doherty’s: Top Sounds



Monday 3rd June 2019


Relax with an Afternoon of Meditation & Pampering

To book contact Celine 087-6330800 or Carmel 087-9335856


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Contact Pat 087-6900714


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