10 Things to do in Northern Ireland next week.

The Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland over the next week (August 26 – September 1).

  • Summer Kids Camp, Troggs Surf School, East Strand Watersports Centre, Portrush, Co. Antrim, Monday – Friday throughout August.  Learn how to surf and meet new friends during these fun and friendly lessons with qualified instructors.
  • Ould Lammas Fair, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, August 26 – 27.  Ireland’s oldest market fair with street entertainment, horse trading and market stalls where revellers can sample local specialties such as dulse (dried edible seaweed) and the famous and deliciously sweet chewy indigenous confectionary known as Yellow Man.
  • 17th Ards International Guitar Festival, Newtownards, Co. Down, August 26 – 29.  For guitar and music lovers, this year’s festival is guaranteed to bring you four days of plectrum plucking, finger-picking and strumming with a range of concerts, gigs and workshops.

  • 50 shades of Red, White and Blue, The Market Place Theatre, Co. Armagh, August 28 & 29.  Fifty Shades of Red, White and Blue tells the story of loveable Maggie Muff and her search for love, featuring laugh-out-loud characters such as big Sally Ann, Sinead the Greener and of course, the mysterious Mr Red White and Blue himself.     
  • East Belfast Arts Festival, various venues in East Belfast, August 28 – September 1.  Help celebrate all that east Belfast has to offer with a programme packed with local, national and international artists including music, visual arts, theatre, literature. Heritage, film and comedy.
  • Walled City Tattoo, Ebrington, Co. Londonderry, August 28 – 31.  A blend of home and international talent with a 600-strong cast, music, song, dance and theatre including traditional favourites such as Highland and Irish dancers.

  • Bat Detectives, Crom, Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh, August 29.  Crom is home to all bat species found in Northern Ireland and this event lets you learn more about these fascinating nocturnal creatures.  Booking essential.
  • 22nd Annual Bluegrass Music Festival, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, August 30 – September 1.  There’ll be strumming on the porches of the log cabins, dancing in the cobbled streets and jamming outside the General Store during this famous festival that will be jam-packed with performances from some of the biggest names in bluegrass and old-time music.
  • Laganside 10k, start/finish at Ozone Complex, Belfast, September 1.  Grab your running shoes and take part in this year’s 10k challenge in aid of the NI Children’s Hospice.  Children are also being encouraged to take part with a one mile race for six – 15 year olds.
  • International Boxing Tournament, Guildhall Square, Co. Londonderry, September 1 – 30.  An international boxing tournament which will see Ireland taking on a European national team.