A new heritage trail, which will offer Belfast locals and visitors a glimpse into its great industrial past, was launched today, 4th October in east Belfast. The Connswater Industrial Heritage Trail, a collaboration between Connswater Community Greenway Trust and The Very Local History Group, is a self-guided trail highlighting the industries that once flourished along the banks of the east Belfast rivers.

During September we kicked off our #ESP20 celebrations by holding breakfasts for some of our stakeholders- elected representatives, community representatives and private sector representatives.

This gave us the opportunity to reflect on EastSide Partnership's journey over the last 20Years of regeneration work in east Belfast. Projects that were highlighted included CATER (Community Approach To Education & Regeneration), EBCHIP (East Belfast Community Health Information Project), IT Express, Avec Solutions, East Belfast Observer, Newtownards Road 2012 amongst others.

Join us on Saturday 8th October as we launch another section of the Connswater Community Greenway; the link between Beersbridge Road and Grand Parade including The Hollow.

Keep up to date with the event by following the Connswater Community Greenway Facebook event page.

We are delighted to be celebrating a special anniversary this year!

Over the past 20 years we have developed and delivered a range of exciting regeneration projects across health, education, tourism, property, arts and community, which have brought huge benefits and have made our mark on the east of the City and we are committed to delivering our mission ‘to make East Belfast a better place’ .

The Connswater Community Greenway team are currently recruiting a Communications and Administration Assistant.

This is a great opportunity for someone with excellent communication and IT skills.

To find out more and to download an application pack and form visit the Connswater Community Greenway website


The EastSide Arts Festival 2016 closed on 21st August, following 11 days of fantastic events across east Belfast. EastSide Arts are delighted with the feedback received from the events. Especially well received were the Anúna concert in St Patrick’s, Ballymacarrett, the Nick Lowe concert in Willowfield Church and the two sell out events in Park Avenue Hotel- Kaz Hawkins Band and 1916 Tim McGarry “Goes Over The Top”.

EastSide Visitor Centre, a brand new tourism facility located in the heart of east Belfast delivered by Landmark East (part of EastSide Partnership), is getting ready to open its doors to visitors on 27th August.  The centre will not only be an exciting addition to the EastSide, helping to signpost and connect visitors to key attractions and the famous faces and places of east Belfast, but will increase visitor numbers to the area and provide a boost to the local economy.

Tourism in East Belfast will get a major boost when our brand new visitor centre opens its doors to the public on 27th August. The EastSide Visitor Centre will provide a base from which visitors can explore the #EastSide of the city. 

George Best House will be one of over 300 properties opening it's doors for this year's European Heritage Open Days in September. This is the 19th year that Northern Ireland has taken part in European Heritage Days which has now expanded to 53 countries and regions across Europe.

Many of the properties, like the George Best House, are not normally open to the public so this really is a chance to explore places that you haven't before.

EastSide Arts is getting ready to bring you the EastSide Arts Festival, 11 days of inspiring events from 10th – 21st August. This year the festival programme is packed with 100 events which will be taking place in more than 40 venues across east Belfast as well as in the city centre.  From music, comedy, movies, theatre, talks, workshops, visual art, exhibitions, poetry, events for the young and old, community events and heritage tours plus over 50 free events – there really is something to inspire everyone this year.