Spring Book Fair....for your mind, body and soul

Books on display in a second hand bookshop

Our dedicated band of volunteers run this event and take great pride in providing our visitors with a vast array of literary gems, there’s a book for everyone, the choice is yours!

There is nothing that makes Elizabeth, David, and their fellow book shop volunteers happier, than seeing the look on the face of a child who has just clapped their beady eyes on their favourite book series, or the adult who discovers an established author’s special edition. When you visit their bookshop you are not only supporting our volunteers but on a wider scale you are helping us to look after our special spaces forever, for everyone.

These days, we live in a fast paced world, with day to day life galloping by at break neck speed. With all the modern day pressures of life, there is often not the inclination to actually make time for yourself, take a breath, and immerse yourself in a fabulous book.

We need to press pause and realise the benefits of reading. Apparently, as little as a 6 minute read can reduce stress by 60%, slow heart rate, ease muscle tension, improve your state of mind, ultimately increasing your lifespan. Not convinced? Take a chance, come to The Argory and browse at your leisure.

Local author Emma Heatherington

We are delighted to welcome Emma Heatherington to the book fair on Sunday.

Emma is a book writing, song writing, script writing busy mum from County Tyrone - her novels have been described as ‘life affirming emotional dramas’ and they include the Amazon #1 bestseller ‘The Legacy of Lucy Harte’ and ‘A Part of Me and You’ both published by Harper Collins. Come along and meet her and pick up a signed copy of one of her novels, she’d love to meet you.

Sunday’s relaxed atmosphere in the courtyard will be topped off by live music from Ryan McGarrity, a great local talent, always popular with our many visitors, young and old.

......and that's not all

The spring colours are a beautiful sight at The Argory. Enjoy a walk around the estate, following the paths lined by glorious upstanding daffodils. Whilst you’re there, why not have a guided house tour and experience our ‘Artificial Sunshine’.

Feeling a bit peckish? Why not order a speciality sausage roll or panini lunch, take a seat with your chosen book in the coffee shop or in the courtyard and….. relax. There’s no need for stress about Mother’s Day as we have that sorted too! The Argory Shop has a gorgeous range of gifts, perfect to make mum feel very special on the big day. Pop in and take a look.

To complete your great day out, leave enough time to take the short 10-minute drive to another gem of Mid-Ulster, Ardress House. Nestled within the orchards, discover the history behind this charming 17th-century farmhouse, and make sure to say hello to the chickens and friendly goats.

Visit the Book Fair at the Argory on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March, 11am-5pm.

Normal Admission. Under 5’s and National Trust Members Free.