The Portico Of Ards

PORTICO is a multi-purpose venue for everyone to use. It will host cultural, educational and heritage events and activities to include film shows, concerts, exhibitions, literary events, talks and much more. The Meeting Room and Auditorium can be hired for public events such as concerts or conferences or privately for weddings, funerals or family events.

Jake O'Kane's Best Bits - Sat 14 Jul
Put a 'fleg!' in your diary... David Hull Promotions presents Jake O'Kane's Best Bits. After five years of completely sold-out theatre shows across Northern Ireland, Jake O’Kane, star of BBC NI’s ‘The Blame Game’, is revisiting his very best material.

Jake’s ‘review of the year’ shows started in 2012, and have now become an annual fixture in the social calendar for thousands of discerning comedy fans. With his highly original mix of hard-hitting political satire and observational comedy, Jake has built-up a fiercely loyal following. If you’ve attended one of Jake’s shows in the past, you’ll not want to miss the opportunity to see Northern Ireland’s most successful stand-up comic delivering his very best material. And if you’ve yet to see Jake perform live, then this is the perfect opportunity to see what you’ve been missing!



Music - Rodney Crowell supported by Matt McGinn - Sat 28 Jul
Rodney Crowell has been doing ‘this’ for a while. His career has been so long and varied that anyone would have to specify exactly which ‘this’ they are talking about. His record-making, dating back to 1978, when he released Ain’t Living Long Like This, peaked commercially a decade later with Diamonds & Dirt, yielding five number-one country hits. Crowell’s songwriting has grown in sophistication and power in recent years, with his fiercely lyrical and personal songwriting attracting the attention of everyone from Bob Seger, who famously covered "Shame On the Moon", to Keith Urban, with his number-one hit "Making Memories of Us". His autobiographical writing extends beyond the music world to a memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks, published in 2011.



Music - The Elvis Spectacular Show - New date! - Fri 03 Aug
European Elvis champion Ciaran Houlihan is the ultimate tribute artist to the undisputed King of rock 'n' roll. PLEASE NOTE THE DATE HAS CHANGED TO FRIDAY 3 AUGUST.



Arts, Music, Schools and Groups - Rock School - Mon 13 Aug
Looking for something for your kids to do in the summer? This year we have invited Ossia Music School to come to Portico and work with local youngsters in a week of 'Rock School' fun classes from Monday 13 August to Friday 17 August ending in a public performance on evening of Saturday 18 August. Ossia teaches a range of instruments such as guitar, bass, drums and keyboard regardless of skill. The kids learn about the peripheral aspects of the music business too - from designing posters and social media promotions to negotiating fees with venues! Two classes will run: mornings 10am to 1pm for primary school age 7-11 year olds and afternoons 2-5pm for high school kids age 11-18. There will be a minimum of one tutor per 5 children.



Arts - Shane Todd - Hero - Stand-up of Ireland, 2018 - Sat 15 Sep
Being named after an iconic Wild West film hero is a lot for anyone to live up to. Is Shane Todd a hero? Maybe. But also maybe not. Shane rides into town for his first tour of Ireland, with a hilarious, brand new stand-up show. TICKETS GO ON SALE ON FRIDAY 15 JUNE 9am.



Music - The Iconettes
The Iconettes are the only female vocal harmony group dedicated to the sounds of Motown & Soul. Their show is a fun and sassy crowd pleasing homage to the iconic girl groups and divas of the Soul and Motown era. Backed by their live band The Hitzvilles they pay tribute to songs by The Supremes, The Ronettes, The Three Degrees, The Crystals, Martha & the Vandellas, Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner. This stunning music reproduction of the golden era of 1960s and 70s music will have you singing 'Da Do Ron Ron' and doing ‘The Locomotion’... From their dynamic show-stopping vocals to their glittering costumes, The Iconettes will dazzle and delight you… R.E.S.P.E.C.T.!

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Museums & Art Galleries

Newry & Mourne Museum
  • 16th century fortified house
  • Galleries tracing the history of Newry and Mourne
  • Family activities
  • Local history research
  • Temporary exhibitions
  • FREE ENTRY. Open seven days a week
  • Free tour every Sunday at 3pm
Millennium Court Arts Centre
  • Contemporary Exhibitions
  • Educational Tours and Workshops
  • Public Classes for Adults and Children
  • Free Family Art Events
  • Facility Hire
Museum of Free Derry
  • New, state of the art, museum
  • Multi-media display
  • From civil rights to Bloody Sunday
  • Hear accounts of personal experience
  • The people's museum
Alley Theatre Arts & Conference CentreSTRABANE
An DroicheadBELFAST
An Grianan TheatreLETTERKENNY
Áras Cholmcille St Columba Heritage CentreDERRY
Ardhowen TheatreENNISKILLEN
Ards Arts CentreNEWTOWNARDS
Arigna Mining ExperienceCARRICK-ON-SHANNON
Aspects Irish Literature FestivalBANGOR
Ballyshannon and District MuseumBALLYSHANNON
Battle of the Boyne Visitor CentreDROGHEDA
Belleek Pottery Visitor CentreBELLEEK
Belvoir Studio TheatreBELFAST
Burnavon Arts CentreCOOKSTOWN
Camlake CanvasGARRISON
Carrickfergus MuseumCARRICKFERGUS
Cliffs of MoherLISCANNOR
Clifton HouseBELFAST
Courtyard TheatreNEWTOWNABBEY
Crumlin Road GaolBELFAST
Culturlann DoireDERRY
Culturlann Mc Adam Ó FiaichBELFAST
Derry Blue Badge Guide.comDERRY
Down Arts CentreDOWNPATRICK
Drogheda Museum MillmountDROGHEDA
Enniskillen Castle MuseumENNISKILLEN
EPIC The Irish Emigration MuseumDUBLIN 1
Experience EnniskillenENNISKILLEN
Explore Omagh and The Sperrins RegionOMAGH
Fort DunreeBUNCRANA
Gallery OneCOOKSTOWN
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum & Guided ToursGLASNEVIN
Glenarm CastleBALLYMENA
Glencolmcille Folk VillageGLENCOLUMBKILLE
Golden Thread GalleryBELFAST
GuildhallDERRY
HILL of THE O'NEILL & RANFURLY HOUSE Arts & Visitor CentreDUNGANNON
IMBOLC International Music FestivalDERRY
Inishowen Maritime Museum & PlanetariumDERRY / INISHOWEN
Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn MuseumLISBURN
Irish Military War MuseumCOLLON
Knock Shrine MuseumKNOCK
Lagan Boat Company NI LtdBELFAST
Larne Museum & Arts CentreLARNE
Linen Hall LibraryBELFAST
Lissan House TrustCOOKSTOWN
Londonderry Musical SocietyDERRY
Millennium Court Arts CentrePORTADOWN
Moynalty Steam Threshing FestivalKELLS
Museum of Free DerryDERRY
Museum of Orange Heritage - BelfastBELFAST
My Ireland Family HeritageBATTERSTOWN
New Lodge ArtsBELFAST
Newry & Mourne MuseumNEWRY
North Down MuseumBANGOR
Northern Ireland War MemorialBELFAST
Old Courthouse TheatreANTRIM
Paperboy 2019 - British Youth Music TheatreBELFAST
Project 24 NIBANGOR
Royal Historical ToursBATTERSTOWN
Sean Hollywood Arts CentreNEWRY
Sion StablesSION MILLS
Strule Arts CentreOMAGH
The Argory - National TrustDUNGANNON
The Braid Arts CentreBALLYMENA
The Bright Umbrella Drama CoBELFAST
The Craft VillageDERRY
The Human Canvas Tattoo & Art StudioBELFAST
The Irish FA Education and Heritage CentreBELFAST
The MACBELFAST
The Portico Of ArdsPORTAFERRY
The Siege MuseumDERRY
The Warehouse - Shop - Gallery - Cafe - BistroDERRY
Theatre At The MillNEWTOWNABBEY
Tower MuseumDERRY
Ulster HallBELFAST
University of AtypicalBELFAST
Waterfront HallBELFAST
Aisling Ghear Theatre CoBELFAST
Allens Bus ToursBELFAST
An Tsean Bheiric TeoDONEGAL
Anam TheatreBELFAST
Ancient East Boyne ToursKELLS
Ardglass marine heritage
Armagh County MuseumARMAGH
Athlone Castle Visitor CentreATHLONE
Ballyearl Arts & Leisure CentreNEWTOWNABBEY
Bardic TheatreDONAGHMORE
Belfast BargeBELFAST
Belfast Barge - Lagan LegacyBELFAST
Belfast Black Taxi ToursBELFAST
Belfast Book FestivalBELFAST
Belfast Print WorkshopBELFAST
Belfast School Of Performing ArtsBELFAST
Belleek CastleBALLINA
Belvedere House, Garden & ParkMULLINGAR
Bord Gáis Energy TheatreDUBLIN 2
Brassneck Theatre CompanyBELFAST
Bronte Music ClubRATHFRILAND
Brookhall Historical FarmLISBURN
c21 Theatre CompanyNEWTOWNABBEY
Cahoots NIBELFAST
Carrickfergus CastleCARRICKFERGUS
Cavan County MuseumBALLYJAMESDUFF
Checkpoint CharlieDERRY
Clare MuseumENNIS
County Museum DundalkDUNDALK
Craic Theatre & ArtsCOALISLAND
Craigavon Museum ProjectCO. ARMAGH
Crescent Arts CentreBELFAST
Dalkey Castle & Heritage CentreDALKEY
Dan Winter'sARMAGH
Doghouse GalleryCOMBER
Down County MuseumDOWNPATRICK
Down District CouncilDOWNPATRICK
Droichead Arts CentreDROGHEDA
Dublin CastleDUBLIN 2
Dublin Writers MuseumDUBLIN 1
Dun Uladh LtdOMAGH
Duncairn Centre for Culture and ArtsBELFAST
E2A Inclusive Theatre GroupBANBRIDGE
Eileen Hickey MuseumBELFAST
Environment & Heritage Service - Nendrum MNEWTOWNARDS
ExplorisNEWTOWNARDS
F E McWilliam Gallery & StudioBANBRIDGE
Flame The Gasworks Museum Of IrelandCARRICKFERGUS
Folk VillageDONEGAL
Foyle Film FestivalLONDONDERRY
Free Derry ToursDERRY
Gallery 1608BUSHMILLS
Garvagh MuseumCOLERAINE
Gasyard Heritage CentreDERRY
Glenview Country HouseBALLINAMORE
Grand Opera HouseBELFAST
Greenan Farm Museums & MazeCO. WICKLOW
Guinness StorehouseDUBLIN 8
Heritage EngineeringCO.ANTRIM
Hillsborough Castle and GardensHILLSBOROUGH
Inver Museum - Collection of St. John Ambulance MemorabiliaLARNE
Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn MuseumLISBURN
Irish Whiskey MuseumDUBLIN 2
Johnstown Castle EstateWEXFORD
Kells Antiques & Arts CentreBALLYMENA
Kenneth Webb FoundationDUBLIN
Kerry County MuseumTRALEE
Kilbeggan DistilleryKILBEGGAN
Lagan Valley IslandLISBURN
Ledwidge Cottage MuseumCO.MEATH
Lifford Old Courthouse Visitor Centre & BistroLIFFORD
Limerick City MuseumLIMERICK
LLCrafts - Hand Painted CraftsBALLYMENA
Luan GalleryATHLONE
McKenna GalleryOMAGH
Mid-Antrim Museum The BraidBALLYMENA
Milford House MuseumMILFORD VILLAGE
Military Vehicle Club of IrelandALL IRELAND
Millennium ForumDERRY
Monaghan County MuseumMONAGHAN
Monreagh Heritage CentreCARRIGANS
Mulhall Portrait ArtistARDGLASS
Museum of Orange Heritage - LoughgallLOUGHGALL
National Museums Northern IrelandHOLYWOOD
National Trust TheCOLERAINE
National Trust TheCOOKSTOWN
Nomadic BelfastBELFAST
Northern Ireland AssemblyBELFAST
Northern Ireland Museums CouncilHOLYWOOD
Northern Ireland Tourist BoardBELFAST
Peatlands ParkDUNGANNON
Peter HutchinsonBELFAST
Planetarium of ArmaghARMAGH
Portrush FILM TheatrePORTRUSH
PortstewArt GalleriesPORTSTEWART
QFT - Queens Film TheatreBELFAST
Regional Cultural CentreLETTERKENNY
Roe Valley ArtsLIMAVADY
Royal Irish Fusiliers MuseumARMAGH
Seacourt Print Workshop LtdBANGOR
Seaforde Tropical Butterfly HouseDOWNPATRICK
Sentry Hill Historic House & Visitor CentreNEWTOWNABBEY
Sole Purpose ProductionsDERRY
Somme Heritage CentreNEWTOWNARDS
SPACEBANGOR
Spires GalleriesOMAGH
Spy Pond Photo SpaceNEWCASTLE
Stables GalleryPORTSTEWART
Strand Arts CentreBELFAST
Synergy StudiosNEWCASTLE
Taylor GalleryBELFAST
The Blasket CentreTRALEE
The Braid MuseumBALLYMENA
The Courtyard GalleryBANGOR
The Engine Room GalleryBELFAST
The Glens Of Antrim Historical SocietyBALLYMENA
The GobbinsLARNE
The IndiansDUBLIN 6W
The Inniskillings MuseumENNISKILLEN
The Irish American GardenCO.DONEGAL
The National Museums & Galleries of Northern IrelandHOLYWOOD
The Old Bushmills Distillery Co LtdBUSHMILLS
The PlayhouseDERRY
The Royal Theatre & Event CentreCASTLEBAR
The Royal Ulster Rifles MuseumBELFAST
The Saint Patrick CentreDOWNPATRICK
The Somme Heritage CentreNEWTOWNARDS
The Townhouse GalleryBELFAST
The Ulster MuseumsBELFAST
The Village GalleryBALLYMONEY
TheatreNIBELFAST
Tinderbox Theatre CoBELFAST
Titanic Dock & Pump-House Cafe and Visitor CentreBELFAST
Titanic Walking TourBELFAST
Ulster American Folk ParkOMAGH
Ulster Architectural Heritage SocietyBELFAST
Ulster Aviation SocietyLISBURN
Ulster Folk & Transport MuseumHOLYWOOD
Vault Cafe & Art GalleryNEWRY
Visual WasteBELFAST
Void Art GalleryDERRY
Waterside TheatreDERRY
Whitehead Railway MuseumWHITEHEAD
Wicklows Historic GaolWICKLOW
 
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