Living the ‘Good LIfe’ at Oxford Island

Ready, set, go! Mayor of Craigavon Councillor Carla Lockhart with Amelia (age 5) and Alfie (age 2) enjoying a rickshaw ride to the Good Life Festival at Oxford Island, Craigavon, this Saturday and Sunday (April 27 and 28).   With special guests Dick Strawbridge and Jenny Bristow there's a great music and arts line up, fabulous food and family friendly activities from 10am to 6pm.
Ready, set, go! Mayor of Craigavon Councillor Carla Lockhart with Amelia (age 5) and Alfie (age 2) enjoying a rickshaw ride to the Good Life Festival at Oxford Island, Craigavon, this Saturday and Sunday (April 27 and 28). With special guests Dick Strawbridge and Jenny Bristow there's a great music and arts line up, fabulous food and family friendly activities from 10am to 6pm.
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THE countdown is on for the fun-filled Good Life festival at Oxford Island this weekend.

Organised by Craigavon Borough Council, the free festival will be bustling from 10am to 6pm and with 12 themed zones there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Special guest Dick Strawbridge will be attending the two-day spectacular and giving visitors hints and tips on reducing waste, being ‘green’ and saving money. The former Masterchef contestant will also be turning his hand at some yummy cooking and is urging visitors to bring along some of their own home-grown produce for him to turn into a tasty treat – the more creative the vegetable the better.

Popular personality Jenny Bristow will also be making an appearance and dishing up some good food and gorgeous goodies during live demonstrations.

There will be upcycling and restyling workshops and demonstrations from The Fashion Souk and Refound and visits from The Big Lunch, Wheelworks Art Cart and the Swamp Bus. Check out the website www.goodlifeoxfordisland.com for all demonstration timings and you may even be able to pre-book your place for a few of the workshops.

Activities and exhibitions on the day include arts and crafts, alternative therapies, beekeeping, vintage fashion, blacksmithing, woodturning, recycling, grow your own fruit and veg, rare breeds showcase, alternative energy and lots, lots more. In addition, there will be walkabouts from Premier Circus and Armagh Rhymers who will be getting warmed up for their trip to Glastonbury.

There’s even a treat for your pet with a holistic vet drop-in clinic from 2.30pm to 4.30pm on Saturday giving advice on complimentary veterinary therapies for your special four-legged friend!

With great music from Rainy Boy Sleep, Malojian, Bonnevilles, Holy Innocents, Ciaran Lavery, Sons of Caliber, Cusacks Well, Edelle McMahon, David Patterson, Balkan Alien Sound, Benny Fyfe, Marty T, Paul McMordie, Rhea Lyttle, Ludwig O’Neill, Amita Ravikiran, Venus McDonald and Kevin Hughes from Cantina Bop and a fantastic arts line up including the premiere of trapeze act ‘Squash’ this event is one not to miss! Again, check the website for listings and show times.

Oxford Island is a vehicle-free zone during the festival and council are asking visitors to park off site at Meadows Equestrian Centre on Kinnego Embankment and catch the festival shuttle bus to the event. In addition, there will be shuttle buses leaving Lurgan train station every 30 minutes between 10am – 6pm which will take visitors direct to the event.

There will also be a bus stop at Art space where visitors can stay on the bus or get off to transfer onto horse and cart, rickshaw or tandem bikes and proceed on to the festival. Please note, disabled parking is at a minimum and must be booked through reception at Lough Neagh Discovery Centre prior to the event.