The Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland over the next week (April 29 – May 5).

  • The Peace Bridge Race, River Foyle, Co. Londonderry, May 1 – 31.  The ‘Peace Bridge Race’ will see sailors compete for the John Hume and University of Ulster Trophy in a point-to-point race for sailing dinghies from Culmore to the Peace Bridge and back.
  • One City One Book, various locations, Belfast, May 1 – 31.  All the Beggars Riding is the new novel by Belfast novelist and playwright Lucy Caldwell.  Narrated by Lara, nearing forty and nursing her dying mother, the book is the focus of this festival which will have a wide programme of events including readings, movies and talks which aim to encourage as many people as possible to read and discuss the same novel.
  • Lough Lively Festival, Portaferry, Co. Down, May 1 – June 3.  Lough Lively celebrates everything that is unique to Strangford Lough, Lecale and the Ards Peninsula with over 150 attractions and activities waiting to be discovered.  Festival highlights including an antiques fair, music in the priory, an international bread festival and a maritime festival.
  • Festival of Fools, various venues, Belfast, May 2 – 6.  The streets of Belfast city centre and the Cathedral Quarter will come alive for five days to the sound of laughter and the sight of acrobatics, music and comedy as the Festival of Fools celebrates ten years of coordinated comedic chaos.
  • Jamboree in the Park, Ecclesville Park, Fintona, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, May 3 – 5.  This May bank holiday sees the return of the Jamboree in the Park with three nights of world class entertainment with spectacular live stage shows.
  • Cushendun Big Arts Weekend, various venues in Cushendun, Co. Antrim, May 3 – 6.  Enjoy four days of music, drama, poetry, art and more in one of the most beautiful villages in the Glens of Antrim.
  • Antiques Fair, Mount Stewart, Newtownards, Co. Down, May 4 – 6.  An antiques fair on the lawns of Mount Stewart where you will be able to browse antiques, arts and vintage pieces to pick up your own treasure from local traders or get some bargains in the popular second hand book fair.  TV Presenter and Antiques expert Paul Martin will be on hand to give advice and valuations on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Apple Blossom Fair, Loughgall Country Park, Co. Armagh, May 4.  There will be lots of fun for everyone at this fair including orchard tours, food and craft stalls, cookery demonstrations, a dog competition, live music, a BBQ, an apple tart competition and lots of family fun.
  • Rostrevor MTB Festival, Kilbroney Forest Park, Co. Down, May 4 – 6.  Celebrate a new trail centre in Rostrevor with three types of mountain biking at one venue.  Downhill, cross country and enduro competitions will be held with over 600 competitors expected.
  • Cot Trips, Crom, Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh, May 6.  Take a cruise around the Lough in the Crom’s 100 year old traditional craft boat.