Donaghadee one of the most beautiful nautical towns in Northern Ireland has it's now annual festival from Friday 27th July to Saturday 4th July 2001. The picturesque Lighthouse the subject of so many pictures and the Copeland Islands on the horizon,,,, never did guess how many of them there was ,,, do you know?. This festival has been a great success over the pass few years with live band at night like The Beatles and Queen,,,, what more could you ask for on a fine summer night ( of course not the originals LOL). Some of the highlights this year are. Friday an Ice rink ( don't ask how LOL) Bouncy castle all free! And a live band at the Gig Rig at 8.30 PM Called "Intensity. Saturday has the Copeland Island swim ,children's fancy dress parade, Irish dancing, raft race, pram race ( for the land lovers LOL) and live band "Breathless" at 8.30 at you guess it the Gig Rig. Sunday starts with "Heart Ablaze" praise band, 1.30 PM, Elim Church service at 2.30 PM, Aldo magic fun show at guess? At 4.30 PM, and the nights rounded of at 8.30 with "Shaky Brown Band" at ? Yes the gig rig LOL. Monday: 11.30 am traditional Punch and Judy show, 2.00 Fun dog show by local dog Charity Assisi animal sanctuary, Roller disco at 3.00 PM at paddling pool, and the night ends with live band "Diamonds" a Neil Diamond tribute band at .... Yes right LOL. Tuesday: 10 to noon Young peoples dance workshop at community centre, 2.00 PM Children assault course at the commons, 4.00 pm 2nd round of kids talent competition, 6.30 to 8.30 Festival antiques road show at Town library, with live band "Crash" finishing the night at????????? Yes right again LOL. Wednesday 2.00 PM "it's a knockout" at the commons, 4.00 3rd round of kids talent competition, Classic car rally at 7.00 PM and live band "The untouchables" at 8.30 ??????? Yep usual LOL. Thursday: 1 1.00 am Water skiing display in the water LOL,,,, where else LOL. 12.00 PM Teddy bears picnic, 3.00 PM Little Mr & Mrs 9 to 12, with live band "Dr Raw" at 8.30 .... Usual place. Friday: 11.00 am Professor Balloonys Clown at paddling pool, Kids talent competition 5th round at 5.00pm, and County Downs own strongest man " Glenn Ross" demo, and at 8.30 " local stars in there eyes" at yep....LOL. Saturday 12.00 Bonny baby competition, Final of Kids talent competition, 9.30 PM brings "fusion" to the stage with a fire works display at 10.00 PM. There is lot of other events to numerous to mention as I'm sure you have guessed by now. I have been to this on other years and it has been very good, so why not grab the kids and come along and have a good week in Donaghadee and it's free! For further information please contact Ards tourist information office Regent Street Newtownards. SORRY to say that this years festival was not very good, most of the bands played the same songs every night,,,,and atmostphere was lacking,,,,, hopefully a rethink next year will bring more talent to the area.