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Give a rose to someone special

2 Jul 2018
Belfast’s annual Rose Week will be getting underway on Monday 16 July, and to add to this year’s fun filled family occasion the council is asking visitors to name someone to whom they would gladly give a rose.

At the end of Rose Week, the nominations will go into a draw and three winners will be invited to meet the Lord Mayor in her parlour to receive one of the award winning rose plants as a present.

Nominations will be accepted on our social media – Facebook, Twitter or Instagram - using #roseweek18 accompanied by photos from the park or by using an entry form available from the information marquee.

Chair of the People and Communities Committee, Councillor Kate Nicholl, said: “Giving a rose plant will provide a lasting memory of visiting Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park during Rose Week. It is a fabulous family occasion with something to suit all ages.”

Among the promised activities is a Ukulele Jam, hip hop dancing; football, photography workshop, food demonstrations; jiving; hanging basket workshops; entertainers, face painting; magic show; a teddy bears picnic; the beautiful roses and wonderful atmosphere to enjoy.

Councillor Nicholl added: “A glance at the programme shows something different on offer every day – especially activities that will keep children happy and help them get rid of that excess energy. It is free entry, and we have a free bus shuttle from Belfast City Hall to Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park every 20 minutes.

“Rose Week is one of the city’s premier events attracting thousands to the gardens every day and most of the activities are also free. It is a brilliant opportunity to get into the fresh air and enjoy one of our greatest amenities – our parks.

“There is also the excitement of the City of Belfast Rose Trials which takes place on Friday, 20 July and for those keen to learn more about the flowers the Rose Society of Northern Ireland have a marquee beside Wilmont House offering advice on how to grow them.

“Anyone who wants to take part in the Summer Rose and Flower Show can turn up during staging time on Saturday 21 July between 8.30am – 10.45am with their entry,” added the councillor. 

Refreshments are available on site from the Catering Marquee or the Stables Coffee Shop. More information on Rose Week and the activities offered each day is available on our website www.belfastcity.gov.uk/roseweek 

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