BELFAST ROSE WEEK

City of Belfast Rose in Lady Dixon Park  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

City of Belfast Rose in Lady Dixon Park Photo: © Michael Fisher

The international rose garden at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in South Belfast is one of the world’s leading rose gardens, attracting thousands of visitors each year. Rose Week, with its full programme of activities, is a celebration of this spectacular rose garden and is now one of Belfast’s most popular annual events.

Brilliant Korsar rose by Kordes from Germany: Historical section, trials 2011-13  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Brilliant Korsar rose by Kordes from Germany: Historical section, trials 2011-13 Photo: © Michael Fisher

There were not many visitors this afternoon (Friday), possibly because of the very unsummerlike weather. Maybe there will be more on Saturday and Sunday. But the extensive collection of various types of roses was very colourful, although some of the historical varieties seem to be past their best as their petals have been blown away by the wind.

Rose of Tralee  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Rose of Tralee Photo: © Michael Fisher

The event promises a week of family fun including:

  • live music and entertainment
  • floral art demonstrations
  • summer rose and flower show exhibitions.

    Dawn Chorus  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

    Dawn Chorus Photo: © Michael Fisher

Getting to Rose Week: Free shuttle bus

During Rose Week a free shuttle bus service direct to Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park operates daily at 20 minute intervals from the grounds of Belfast City Hall, Donegall Square East. The service commences at 12 noon and the last bus leaves City Hall at 5pm. The drop-off and collection point at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park is in the upper car park. The return journey from the park begins at 12.20pm and operates every 20 minutes with the last bus leaving the park at 5.20pm.

Benita rose  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Benita rose Photo: © Michael Fisher

Free park and ride from Drumbo Park

During Rose Week a free park and ride service operates daily between Drumbo Park, Ballyskeagh Road and Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park. The service starts at 12noon and the last bus leaves Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park at 5.20pm.

La Sevillana climber rose, France   Photo:  © Michael Fisher

La Sevillana climber rose, France Photo: © Michael Fisher

Car parking

Car parking is available in the main car parks and Rose Week car parks at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park. Where possible, cars will be permitted access close to Wilmont House for the purpose of leaving off elderly or disabled visitors. Cars must then be parked in one of the main car parks.

Arthur Bell rose  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Arthur Bell rose Photo: © Michael Fisher

City of Belfast international rose trials

Yesterday (Thursday) a panel of international judges completed the final judging of the City of Belfast international rose trials. The awards for the winning rose breeders are sponsored by Belfast City Council, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Tourism NI, Clive Richardson Ltd and Eventsec.

Wild Rover rose  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Wild Rover rose Photo: © Michael Fisher

Daily events

  • Harp music in the rose garden, 2pm – 5pm
  • Belfast Parks photographic exhibition in the marquee, Saturday 11am – 5.30pm and Sunday 1.30pm – 5.30pm
  • Bouncy castle near Wilmont House, Thursday to Sunday
  • Face painting, balloon modelling and children’s tattooing in the playground area, times vary each afternoon
  • Punch and Judy in the playground area, Friday to Sunday at 2.30pm
  • Competitions in the rose garden – competition forms available from the information marquee, adjacent to Wilmont House, Saturday from 11am – 5.30pm and Sunday from 1.30pm – 5.30pm.

    A classic rose:  Romance  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

    A classic rose: Romance Photo: © Michael Fisher

Saturday 18th July

  • Recycling workshop, 1pm – 5pm
  • Bouncy castle, 1pm – 5pm
  • Kiddies safari train, 1pm – 5pm
  • Rodeo bull, 1pm – 5pm
  • Swing chair ride, 1pm – 5pm
  • Magic show for children, 3.45pm
  • Summer stalls, 11am – 5.30pm
  • Summer rose and flower show, 2pm – 5.30pm
  • Ulster-Scots Agency Juvenile Pipe Band, 12noon – 1pm
  • Templemore Silver Band, 1.30pm – 2.30pm
  • Peach Pop, 3pm – 5pm
  • Streetwise Stiltwalker, 1pm – 5pm
  • Babcock and Bobbins, 1pm – 5pm
  • Hugo Cogsmith, 1pm – 5pm

    Bright n' Breezy rose by Dickson (NI) from trials 2013/14  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

    Bright n’ Breezy rose by Dickson (NI) from trials 2013/14 Photo: © Michael Fisher

Sunday 19th July

  • Recycling workshop, 1pm – 5pm
  • Bouncy castle, 1pm – 5pm
  • Kiddies safari train, 1pm – 5pm
  • Rodeo bull, 1pm – 5pm
  • Swing chair ride, 1pm – 5pm
  • Magic show for children, 3.45pm
  • Summer stalls, 1.30pm – 5.30pm
  • Summer rose and flower show, 2pm – 5.30pm
  • Drumlough Pipe Band, 12noon – 1pm
  • 3rd Carrickfergus Silver Band, 1.30pm – 2.30pm
  • Acoustocratz, 3pm – 5pm
  • Streetwise Stiltwalker, 1pm – 5pm
  • Babcock and Bobbins, 1pm – 5pm
  • Captain Morgan, 1pm – 5pm

    Belfast Rose Week in Lady Dixon Park Photo:  © Michael Fisher

    Belfast Rose Week in Lady Dixon Park Photo: © Michael Fisher

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