Since moving back to Antrim I've been determined to make the most of my weekends and go exploring. With trips to the north coast and lunches with the girls it's been a fab summer for it. Even if we didn't get the weather. This weekend we decided to go down to the Castle Gardens for a Party In The Park put on by Antrim & Newtonabbey Borough Council. It was a free day out and a chance to nosey on in on the grounds which I haven't properly explored since I was a teenager hanging about with my friends after school taking Drama classes in Clotworthy House and being thoroughly cool... Aye. I discovered a humongous fountain I never knew existed before and rediscovered my favourite tree in the world.
There were all sorts of weird and wonderful performers and events. From Kite building to face painting to flower pot ladies and giant animal headed people. It was really lovely to see the huge crowds enjoying themselves and the kids running about the gardens. Having gone to a few fairs and festivals over the summer this was probably my favourite. No craft tents. No commercialism. Just simple fun for the family surrounded by picturesque views. Lovely.
Below I have put together a short video of the afternoon. It's been a while since I've flexed my videography muscles so bear with me. I'm a still a bit in awe that I was able to shoot, edit and upload the whole thing on my phone!