My chum Lynne, who makes lovely beaded jewellery, and I planned a road trip to visit 3 bead shops and also stop for a little light lunch, of course !
Keeping in mind my New Year's Resolution not to buy beads, I didn't ! but I did make a few other purchases - display stands, skull charms, beautiful buttons and some earring wires and toggles - it's good to support local businesses - that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it !!
From Warrenpoint we headed over to The Bead Shop, Bessbrook - (using the GPS on my smartphone - very clever).
A fab spacious shop with lovely beads
bags and more.
Next on our itinerary was lunch, in the Downshire Arms Hotel in Banbridge- http://www.downshirearmshotel.com/ - a busy spot and a delish lunch. Will definitely visit there again.
Last stop was The Bead Strand, Banbridge - http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bead-Strand/110813365646002
The Bead Strand also make beautiful wedding bouquets - very unusual.
A fab day out - can't wait to do it again !