Heritage Festival celebrates history in the heart of our hills

The first ever Belfast Hills Heritage Festival kicks off from July 2 to 8 with five days of fun, frolics, tours and amazing events brought through the mists of time.

Hosted by the Belfast Hills Partnership, the Festival will feature walking tours, old-time bus runs, traditional games and a summer murder mystery that is sure to captivate and enthral. The Festival will recall how we lived and worked during the Great War, the Roaring Twenties, the Hungry Thirties and the Wartime Forties in the Belfast Hills.

Not to be missed is the Heritage and Games Fair at Belfast Castle on Saturday July 7 which promises to be a fun-filled day out for all the family. Get dressed in Victorian costume, play traditional games, browse curiosity stalls and see a stunning falconry display. Take part in a treasure trail solving clues with the help of real-life historical figures.

Other highlights of the Festival include the chance to learn about World War II plane crashes on Carnmoney and Cave Hill and to hear fascinating talks by local history and archaeology experts.

For details on these events and more, log on to www.belfasthills.org/events, email info@belfasthills.org or call Tel: 028 9060 3466.