Visit The Argory Book Fair and reap the health benefits of this multi beneficial, but often forgotten, activity. On Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September, The Argory provides you with the ideal setting to exercise both body and mind. Schools are back, and the evenings will get shorter. It’s the perfect time to grab a hot cuppa and a good book, and get cozy.
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 book fair 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. Reading does for the mind, what exercise does for the body. Not convinced? Take a chance, come to The Argory and browse at your leisure.
The bright summer colours on the estate will be starting to change as autumn envelopes the woodland at The Argory. Enjoy a walk around the estate, following the paths and boardwalks as you experience nature in all its splendour. Whilst you’re there, why not have a guided house tour and experience our ‘Artificial Sunshine’. Kids of all ages can take part in our ‘Follow the flow’ trail, or for our younger visitors there’s a Ladybird book trail featuring timeless titles many a parent or grandparent will have cherished throughout the years.
Feeling a bit peckish? Our seasonal menu in the Courtyard Coffee Shop features recipes enhanced by fresh produce from our walled garden. Throughout the summer we have been encouraging our visitors to try such delights as beetroot scones, and the glorious courgette, lemon and thyme sponge cake…..tasting is believing, many a visitor has been pleasantly surprised! There’s also speciality sausage rolls, hotpots or panini lunches and of course a wide range of hot beverages for all tastes.
Recipes featured on the menu in the coffee shop originate from our National Trust Cook Books, which adhourn the shelves in The Argory Shop. Pop in and you will discover fantastic unique gifts for that someone special, beautiful ornate garden decorations plus essentials for birds, bees, and trusty four-legged companions. Start your Christmas shopping here, there’s no better place!
Sunday’s relaxed atmosphere in the courtyard will be topped off by live music from R&R, always popular with our many visitors, young and old.
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, ponies and friendly goats.
The Argory is located near Moy, just 10 minutes’ drive from Dungannon, take time out and join us for an uplifting weekend with the National Trust. We can all use some tranquillity in our lives.
Visit our Autumn Book Fair at the Argory on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 August, 11am-5pm.
Normal Admission. Under 5’s and National Trust Members Free.
For further information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-argory or follow us at facebook.com/NationalTrustMidUlster