The Giant of Drums

Bellahill Culture
& Cuisine

Let your heart beat to the sound of the Lambeg Drum as you become immersed in its large role within Northern Irish culture.

Join tour guide Billy Thompson as you uncover the secrets and stories that are interwoven into the very creation of this special instrument. Carefully crafted using natural products, Billy will guide you through the process and component parts involved in its creation and sound, all while sharing his invaluable knowledge on the history and folklore that surrounds the loudest percussion instrument in the world.

An interactive history and music lesson all in one, you’ll be treated to a live performance from one of Northern Ireland’s Lambeg drummers. Visitors will also have the chance to play some simple tunes or ‘times’ as they are known on the drum. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the experience with freshly made Bellahill scones.

You can expect a warm welcome from Billy and his wife Arlene, a professional chef, at their home in the village of Ballycarry and a delicious meal can be prepared as part of the experience. (Meal must be pre book prior to tour)

No transport? Billy can bring his workshop to your group.

A lambeg drum workshop can be offered to groups who have a suitable venue, eg in a community hall.  You will enjoy the same interactive history and music lesson and be treated to a live lambeg drum performance. You will also have the chance to play some simple tunes or ‘times’ as they are known on the drum, enjoy the craic with Billy, and learn more about this fascinating instrument. 

External visits for groups at their own venue  £160 for (1.5-2 hour workshop) 

Venues in excess of 25 mile travel will incur extra travel costs. 

Please Contact Us to book your external visit.

Operating Hours:
Wednesday to Saturday 10:00 to 17:00

Cost per Person:
From £15:00 per person (Including meal £30:00 per person)

Group Price / discount:
Discounts available for bookings 10 plus

Based on:
minimum 7 / maximum 12

What’s Included and Food Menu:

– Interactive history, music and traditional food experience
– Interpretation delivered by qualified OCN Level 2 Tour Guide
– Immersive music experience telling the story and history of – Lambeg Drum
– Learn to beat some “times”
– Play the Lambeg Drum
– Guide dressed in replica Williamite ( 1689 1702) costume, to demonstrate the area’s historical roots
– Delicious Ulster-Scots food and drink menus
– 7 – 12 – group size
– 1.5 -2 hours – duration of experience

Additional Information:
Any special dietary requirements or accessibility issues mist be advised in advance.
Parking available for cars and small coaches only.

Menu 1 Traditional Ulster-Scots Bakes (available during the lambeg drum experience)

Two of the following can be served.

  • Treacle farls – traditional soda farls sweetened with treacle syrup
  • Cheese and scallion oven soda bread. 
  • Apple fadge – potato bread made with Armagh apples and locally grown potatoes
  • Tea Loaf– traditional fruit loaf made with Thompsons Punjana tea (Belfast 1896)
  • Buttermilk scones (homemade)
  • Chocolate brownies (gluten free)

Served with local butter/ homemade jam/ fresh cream

£15.00 per person

Menu 2 Traditional Ulster-Scots Light Lunch (available following lambeg drum experience)

  • Chicken barley broth (Gluten free)


  • Vegetable broth (Vegetarian) (gluten free)

Served with homemade wheaten / oven soda bread , tea / coffee and home-made shortbread made with local butter.

£20.00 per person 

Menu 3 Traditional Ulster-Scots 2 course lunch (available following lambeg drum experience)

  • Irish lamb stew (Gluten free)


  • Seafood leek and bacon Chowder – using local potatoes and seasonal fish from our shores. (Salt Ling when available) (Gluten free optional) 


  • Brown butter colcannon with sautéed mushrooms (Vegetarian) (gluten free)

Followed by choice of dessert:

  • Barmbrack bread and butter pudding


  • Seasonal fruit crumble (gluten free version available)

Above served with local ice cream or custard

Served with Tea /coffee 

£30.00 per person