Guided Walking Tours of Armagh City

As a small and compact city, guided walking tours are one of the best ways to explore the Ancient Cathedral City of Armagh.

Tours take place every Wednesday through to Saturday at 11.00am and again at 1.00 pm beginning on Wednesday 15th June until Saturday 27th August.

There is plenty of sightseeing to do in Armagh and for those who love walking and want to see everything the city has to offer, a walking tour is a popular option. From the famous landmarks that have put the city on the map to its unrivalled architecture, Armagh is easy to explore by foot. Under the guidance of an experienced tour guide, you will walk through Armagh’s rich and varied history as you hear stories and anecdotes about the area, learn about the City’s renowned Georgian architecture and take a leisurely stroll along the distinct cobbles streets as you uncover some of the City’s hidden gems along the way.

City Walking Tours cost £3.00 per person and can be booked online or in person/by telephone at Armagh Visitor Information Centre on 028 3752 1800.


Tourism NI has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland next week (June 06- June 12).

  • High Tea at Sea, Strangford, Co. Down, until September 18. Enjoy an early brunch or afternoon tea with a difference! See the sights of Strangford Lough before stopping off in a beautiful spot to enjoy a nice cup of tea and some home-made scones.  You might get to explore Salt Island or even see the seals playing at the Angus Rocks Lighthouse. Suitable for ages 8+.
  • Family Cycle, Loughgall Country Park, Co. Armagh, June 08.  Explore the beautiful surroundings of Loughgall Country Park on a family cycle, part of the NI Festival of Cycling.  Cycles will start at 6pm and 7pm and will each last one hour.
  • Belfast Book Festival, Various Locations, Belfast, Co. Antrim, June 9 – 19. With over 100 events, many FREE, the Belfast Book Festival, 9 – 19 June, is getting ready to showcase some of the biggest names in the literary world from home and beyond.  Whatever your age or level of reading interests this year’s jammed packed programme is guaranteed to have something to encourage you to get involved.
  • Comber Historical Walking Tour, Comber, Co. Down, June 12. Join this guided tour and discover the interesting history of Comber, home town of Thomas Andrews, designer of the RMS Titanic.  The tour will visit buildings of interest in this small town, famous for potatoes and whiskey.
  • Tempo Vintage Day, Tempo, Co. Fermanagh, June 11. Vintage cars, tractors, lorries and much more, vintage vehicle lovers will enjoy a classic day out in Tempo. With craft stalls, dog shows, balloon modelling and fun entertainment this is a day for the whole family to enjoy. Starts at 11:30am.
  • Armagh County Agricultural Show, Markethill, Co. Armagh, June 11. Set in the picturesque grounds of Gosford Forest Park, Armagh County show is one of the longest-running shows in Ireland with livestock parades for Beef and Dairy Cattle, Sheep and Goats, Pigs and Poultry and other rare breeds.  This year’s show will also have an extra focus on local produce to celebrate the NI Year of Food and Drink 2016. Starts at 9am.
  • Handbag Positive, Burnavon Arts & Culture Centre, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, June 9. Handbag Positive is a new and hilariously funny play about Attracta and Nora who were best friends when they were teenagers but drifted apart and are reunited one fateful night in their middle age. Suitable for 16+. Starts at 8pm.
  • Belfast Slow Bike Race, City Hall, Belfast, Co. Antrim, June 9.  How slow can you ride a bike?  Test your slow racing skills at Belfast City Hall’s 20 metre course as part of the NI Festival of Cycling with the chance of winning some great prizes.  Starts at 6pm.
  • Danny Boy Jazz and Blues Festival, Various Locations, Limavady, Co. Londonderry, 9 – 12 June. Featuring artists such as Amanda St. John, The Roaring Forties and Hardchargers, the 20th Danny Boy Jazz and Blues Festival promises to have something to delight all jazz and blues fans in the stunning Roe Valley.
  • In the Red MTB Sportive, Rostrevor, Co. Down, June 12. A NI Festival of Cycling event, this mountain bike sportive is perfect for anybody that likes to get the heart rate up and the adrenaline flying.  It’s all about getting around the 26km Rostrevor loop in as much style as possible before getting that all important beer, burger and medal at the end. Registration required.

Please note some of the events require pre-booking. For more details on these and other events click on, visit your local tourist information centre or log onto

Jacqueline from shares her pick of what’s on this weekend across NI


Bangor’s popular maritime event returns this weekend for 2016 featuring a tented village, food fayre, live entertainment and children’s activities.  Sailing into Bangor for the event is the impressive tall ship “The Mercedes” which will be moored alongside The Eisenhower Pier and open to the public for both days of the festival.  If you fancy sailing the high seas on the spectacular “Mercedes” there are opportunities available for hour-long sailings on both the morning and evening of June 4 & 5. There will be morning sailings at 9am on both days (£15), then Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 8pm (£20).


Prepare to be amazed, dazzled & bewildered by Cahoots NI’s mind-blowing production Danny Carmo’s Mathematical Mysteries this Saturday at the Market Place Theatre. A spectacular show where Maths, Theatre and Digital Technology collide to create a fun and interactive performance proving that understanding maths can be fun!  Meet Danny Carmo, it’s not so long ago that he thought school and, in particular, maths wasn’t for him. He was more interested in dreaming about a future on the stage & perhaps the big screen – all he ever wanted to be was a famous magician!!! But when he knuckled down to learn all the tricks of the trade he realised that Maths was not only essential…but was the SECRET to a whole load of magic!


The Old Tyme Market Lisnaskea takes place this Friday 3rd June at the Corn Market Yard. A day when Lisnaskea primary school pupils experience the fun of the market day and sell the wares they bring. Refreshments provided for children. Profits from children’s stalls are in aid of their own school.  Children learn about history; old ways and crafts but also learn the importance of buying and selling, with emphasis on presentation, quality and pleasing the customer, as well as supply and demand.  Grandparents enjoy the event too and often contribute produce and recount memories of attending markets along ago.


Join the Ulster American Folk Park this Saturday and Sunday for Old, New, Borrowed, Blue, celebrating weddings on both sides of the Atlantic on the one day! The 19th century rural Ulster wedding takes visitors on a journey from courting, to the church and then on to the wedding feast. On the ‘New World’ side of the museum you will join the 18th century wedding party in pioneer America, complete with old-time music and dancing in the Pennsylvania Barn.


Would you like to learn a new skill? Guide Dogs NI are hosting a Volunteer Taster Session on Saturday 4th June at the Limavady Arts and Cultural Centre.  Ever found yourself wondering whether it’s appropriate to offer help to a blind or partially sighted person, and how you should approach them?  Do you know how to behave around a guide dog?  Learn some sighted guiding techniques, meet some of the friendly team from Guide Dogs NI and learn more about how our My Guide service helps visually impaired people to get out and about independently. Guide Dogs NI are currently recruiting volunteers across Northern Ireland in a range of roles.  To book your place or for further information please contact Alison Rankin on 0845 3727 402 or email


The Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival continues this week, into the weekend. The festival is centred on Rathlin Sound, the body of water that lies between Rathlin Island and Ballycastle. From the adrenaline rush of the Sailing Regatta and races as well as exciting and informative talks and tours, exhibitions and demonstrations, fun competitions, laid back lunches, friendly giants, curraghs and Viking ships, there is plenty to choose from including fantastic family friendly events. There is a fun filled and packed programme of events at the 5th annual celebration of our rich maritime heritage with an emphasis on locally produced food for this the Year of Food In Northern Ireland.


See Aladdin at the Crescent Arts Centre this Friday 3rd June.  This colourful tale from the Arabian Nights is set in the Middle East: a place of mystery, enchantment and strange, mythical creatures. This Large scale contemporary Shadow Puppet theatre tells of a poor street boy who falls hopelessly in love with a Royal Princess.
What magic would he need just to see her again?  Follow his wild and dangerous adventures as he gets caught up in excitement way beyond his control. Find out more about this inspirational and accessible art form after the show.

Add your events free at Follow us on twitter @whatsonNI and on facebook at for news, competitions and what’s on near you.


The Market Place Theatre in Armagh is set to host a variety of musical styles over the coming week as the entertainment hots up for Summer.

For a relaxed Sunday afternoon, why not join Antrim Community Choir, The Henry Girls and Ruth Carr as they present ‘A Poem For A Song’, a journey into a world of lyrical texts, songs and poems that capture the heartbeat of what it is to be human. With a selection of wonderful poetry and arrangements of new and old music, ‘A Poem For A Song’ brings a delightful new twist to the performance of poetry.

Antrim Community Choir is an accomplished and dynamic choir that has performed extensively around Northern Ireland. Ruth Carr is a published poet, editor and creative writing tutor with many acclaimed collections of her own poetry including ‘There Is A House’ and ‘The Airing Cupboard’. The Henry Girls are three sisters whose music is infused with the rich cultural heritage of their native Donegal combined with a transatlantic flavour. They have toured and collaborated with various other notable acts such as Mary Black, Clannad and Sharon Shannon. ‘A Poem For A Song’ will be staged on Sunday 5th June at 3pm. Tickets are priced £5 each.

‘Buille’ create some of the most exciting contemporary traditional music heard today and feature some of the finest traditional musicians around, led by Armagh born brothers Niall and Caoimhín Vallely [concertina and piano], with Brian Morrissey [Bodhrán], Ed Boyd [Guitar] and Kenneth Edge [original saxophonist with ‘Riverdance’].

The group have toured extensively across Ireland, the UK, Europe, North America, and Russia, and along the way performed at such prestigious festivals as Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Festival de Cornouaille in Quimper, Brittany, Beo Festival at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, and the Winnipeg Folk Festival in Canada. Buille will perform on Friday 10th June at 8pm. Tickets are priced £14 and £12 (concession).

Tickets for all performances can be booked through the Box Office on [028] 3752 1821, or online at

And to keep up-to-date with the latest news at the Market Place Theatre, you can follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter ( where you will find all the latest information, special offers and video previews.

Bright Sparks Summer Camp

Calling all budding scientists! Bright Sparks is W5’s unique and exciting week-long summer camp for inquisitive young minds aged 8 to 11.

Participants in Bright Sparks will get hands-on in a range of exciting, science-based activities such as crime labs, rocket races, animation and building challenges. Each day will have its own theme and our young experimenters will be encouraged to explore and learn in a fun and positive environment.


Monday 1 to Friday 5 August and / or Monday 8 to Friday 12 August

What will it cost?

The total cost for one week is £100. Following registration, full payment should be made to W5 within one week. Enrolment fees are non-refundable and places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Numbers are limited therefore please book early to avoid disappointment.

What W5 Offer

  • A fun-filled programme of hands-on activities, Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm
  • Exciting and engaging topics covering a wide range of STEM disciplines
  • Opportunities to explore W5, including Climbit
  • Enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and experienced staff
  • Drop-off and pick-up times designed to accommodate working parents
  • A free ‘Bright Sparks’ T-shirt


To register for a place simply download an application form on the W5 website and email the completed form to: A member of the Bookings Team will contact you with further details and to arrange payment. For more information you can also contact the team on 028 90467790/93.


The programme of activities at the summer camp will be exciting and varied. To give the week a unique structure each day will follow a specific theme. Bright Sparks will also get to explore and enjoy W5’s showsworkshops and supervised exhibition floor visits. There will also be an opportunity to visit the Odyssey Cinema and Ten-Pin Bowling. Throughout the week participants will also keep a record of their activities through a student-driven digital portfolio which will allow them (as well as parents!) to look back on their summer camp achievements.

Lunch and refreshments

Children are asked to bring along a morning snack and a packed lunch. They can also visit W5’s coffee shop which serves a daily range of fresh sandwiches, tray-bakes and snacks.

*Weather permitting, children may be taken outside to eat lunch.

For further information visit

Tourism Ireland opens the door to Game of Thrones® in Ballintoy

~ 6th ‘Door of Thrones’ unveiled as Tourism Ireland’s 2016 Game of Thrones® campaign continues to showcase Northern Ireland to millions of fans worldwide ~

31 May 2016 – Episode six of season six of Game of Thrones® aired last night (Monday, 30 May) and Tourism Ireland unveiled its latest ‘Door of Thrones’ – this week in the Fullerton Arms in Ballintoy, the location for filming exterior Pyke shots and the Iron Islands in HBO’s fantasy drama.

Tourism Ireland is rolling out a major Game of Thrones® campaign until the end of June (when season six ends), showcasing Northern Ireland to millions of the show’s fans worldwide. The campaign involves a series of ten carved doors, each one telling the story of the latest episode. The doors have been created using wood salvaged from two trees at the Dark Hedges (otherwise known as the Kingsroad in Game of Thrones®), which fell during Storm Gertrude.

To date, the doors have been based on “The Red Woman”, “Home”, “Oathbreaker”, “Book of Stranger” and “The Doors”. Echoing scenes from last night’s episode, this week’s intricately-carved door features striking designs and depicts Targaryens and dragons. It is now hanging in The Fullerton Arms.

The first door (from episode one) is hanging in The Cuan guest inn in Strangford, near the filming locations of Castle Ward and Audley’s Castle. The second door is hanging in Fiddlers Green in Portaferry, near Quintin Bay. The third door, in the Percy French restaurant in Newcastle, is near Tollymore Forest Park; the fourth door is in Blakes of the Hollow in Enniskillen, near Pollagollum Cave; and the fifth door is in Frank Owens Bar in Limavady, near Downhill Strand.

Tourism Ireland has also unveiled its sixth – limited edition – Game of Thrones® stamp, another element of its campaign, produced in conjunction with the Royal Mail.

Stendhal Line-up revealed!

Ireland’s Best Small Festival is back and better than ever

Stendhal Festival of Art, winner of Ireland’s Best Small Festival 2013, 2014 and 2015, has revealed the musical delights in store for all the guests visiting Ballymully Cottage Farm, Limavady, this August 12 and 13.

The all-encompassing arts extravaganza has announced that this year there will be five headline acts for revellers to enjoy, along with over forty other musical offerings, art, craft, comedy, poetry and a bounty of all things creative.

Northern Irish Alternative rock legends Therapy? International DJ Sensation DJ Yoda, the hottest new act in folk, Lynched, Bluegrass festival juggernaut Hayseed Dixie and Mercury Prize winning Badly Drawn Boy are all scheduled to light up the stage at Stendhal this year.

On top of that stellar cast, the festival will also be showcasing the sensational talents of the finest Northern Irish acts plying their trade today. The Bonnevilles, The Emerald Armada, Ports, Ryan Vail, Paddy Nash and the Happy Enchiladas, The Woodburning Savages, Joshua Burnside, Lore and Jessica Doherty are all can’t miss acts.

Add to that The Pat McManus Band, Connla, Chirs Madden, Sons of Burlap, Andy the Doorbum and Emma Lusby and the surface has barely been scratched.

With more acts to be announced, plus the family line-up, comedy and poetry line-up to come, there is still plenty more to come for guests at the festival this year.

Festival Director Ross Parkhill said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming so many fantastic acts to Ballymully Cottage Farm again this August.

“From Legendary Irish acts to emerging ones, bands who have festival experience the world over to a Mercury Prize Winner, we believe that this year’s line-up is the strongest we have ever assembled.”

He added: “We strive to have as much variety in our acts as humanly possible, tick as many boxes as we can for fans of all genres and we once again will have something for everyone at Stendhal this summer.

“We will be announcing the second wave of acts, along with our comedy, poetry, theatre, art and family programmes very soon, so watch this space for much more to come.”

Tickets to the event will be on sale next week via, Ticketmaster and a host of local outlets. For more information visit the festival’s social media channels and website.


Tourism NI has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland next week (May 30- June 05).

  • Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival, Ballycastle and Rathlin Island, Co.  Antrim, May 27 – June 05.
    Celebrating the culture, cuisine and coastal treasures of Rathlin Island and its surroundings, the ten-day Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival has a jam-packed programme of exciting sea-focused events for every age group filled with food, fun and seafaring frolics.
  • The Celtic Apprentice, Navan Centre & Fort, Co. Armagh, May 30. Become a Celtic apprentice for the day as the living history team put you through your paces in the Iron Age dwelling.  Try your hand at boat building, cobb oven making, wicker weaving and pottery, all important tasks in the life of the Celt.
  • Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Northern Ireland, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, Co. Antrim, June 04 – 05. Like 2015, the 2016 Gran Fondo event will be a special experience with fully closed roads, two challenging routes and post ride party with wood fired oven pizzas, gourmet pasta dishes, Italian beer and wine and fun cycling activities such as a Velodrome at Titanic Exhibition Centre.
  • Cruise the Lough at Crom, Crom Estate, Co. Fermanagh, May 30. Discover Crom Estate, one of Ireland’s most important nature conservation areas from the water on a cruise around Upper Lough Erne in Crom’s 100-year-old traditional craft. Price £4/£2.
  • Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Italian Inspired Menu Evening, Coppi Restaurant, Belfast, Co. Antrim, June 03. The official charity of the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia NI, Co-operation Ireland, invites you to an evening in celebration of all things Italian.  Enjoy a creative Giro inspired menu and complimentary Italian wines by Executive Chef Tony O’Neill, meet Giro d’Italia winners and world cycling champions Stephen Roche and Gianni Bugno and get your photo taken with the iconic Giro Trophy. There is also a superb auction and raffle. To book call (028) 9089 1004.
  • Family Fun Day at The Jungle, Magherafelt, Co. Londonderry, May30. Similar to a fun-fair, The Jungle’s Family Fun Day is an open-park day and offers a range of outdoor activities by token such as archery, zorbing and Llama trekking. With both kids’ activities and adult adventures to be had, there is something for everyone. Starts at 11am.
  • Walled City Music Festival, Culturlann/The Glassworks, Co. Londonderry, May 02 – 05. The Walled City Music Festival presents four packed days of high-quality classical music concerts and events, featuring guest artists including Andy Akiho and Ian David Rosenbaum, Jeremy Denk, Measha Brueggergosman.
  • Slieve Donard Moonlit Walk, Slieve Donard, Co. Down, June 03. Challenge yourself to make it to the highest peak in Northern Ireland – in the dark! Starting at 19:30 you will plan to make it to the summit where you will be able to stargaze and marvel at the lights of Newcastle and beyond, before returning to the main car park around midnight.
  • Marble Arch Caves Family Fun Day, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, May 30. Take a visit to the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark and enjoy a jam-packed programme of events taking place through the day including an interactive family nature hunt, face painting as well as a variety of arts and crafts activities. Charges for additional activities apply.
  • Old, New, Borrowed & Blue, Ulster American Folk Park, Co. Tyrone, May 04 – 05. Celebrate weddings from both sides of the Atlantic on the one day.  The 19th century rural Ulster wedding will take you on a journey from courting, to the church and then on to the wedding feast. On the ‘New World’ side of the museum you will join the 18th century wedding party in pioneer America, complete with old-time music and dancing in the Pennsylvania Barn.

Please note some of the events require pre-booking. For more details on these and other events click on, visit your local tourist information centre or log onto

Jacqueline from shares her pick of What’s On this Bank Holiday Weekend across NI


Northern Ireland’s only  Puppet Festival dedicated entirely to puppets is back to thrill and delight with a jammed programme of puppet performance, workshops and general puppetry shenanigans. Taking place at venues across Ards, 28th to 30th May, this is a unique and fun filled treat for children of all ages… Power to the Puppets!


On Bank Holiday Monday 30th May from 11.00am – 5.00pm the Navan Centre & Fort, Armagh are offering you the chance to become a Celtic Apprentice for the day!  This promises to be a great family day out as our Celtic characters show how they live from day to day and train you on how to be a Celt.  They will be making a cobb oven and need you to get your hands dirty to help them out.  How creative can you be with your wicker weaving? The Celts used this to make fences around their homes, garlands etc. and now is your opportunity to try this new skill and many more!


This Bank Holiday Monday enjoy a jam-packed programme of events at Fermanagh’s Marble Arch caves taking place throughout the day, including an interactive family nature hunt, face painting, as well as a variety of arts and crafts activities. There will be a small charge for additional activities.


Country In The Park comes to the Ulster America Folk Park Omagh May 28th & 29th, Over the weekend the festival will host 50 artist on 3 stages. See for the full line up.


The Tamlaght O’Crilly Country Fair and Vintage Rally takes place this Saturday 28th May at Drumand School grounds with over 200 vintage vehicles, along with Ulster Heritage Day. There will be music by Country Features and Jordan Mogey,  an Ulster Scots showcase,  animal farm, arts and crafts, pet show, kids fun zone with inflatables, traditional fair games – rickety wheel, tombola, kids lucky dip, old skills demonstrations – pony threshing, pancake making, spinning, bee keeping and wood turning. Lots of fun for all the family. Starts at 12 noon.


The Portrush Raft Race will take place on Saturday, 28th May 2016 at the Harbour in Portrush as part of a packed bank holiday weekend of harbour-side family mayhem and fun. Portrush Raft Race and Ramore Restaurants will each be celebrating their 35th birthdays in the coming year, and are both are well loved fixtures of the popular County Antrim town.  As well as being enormous fun on the beautiful north coast, it’s an important annual event for the RNLI and the town of Portrush. All the funds raised by Portrush Raft Race go directly to the local branch. As is now traditional the day’s events will be compered by Alan Simpson in his own inimitable style.


Join the BIG Pop-Up Picnic next to Titanic Belfast and SS Nomadic, running from Saturday 28th to Monday 30th May.  During the event, visitors can kick back and relax enjoying a mix of maritime activity including live music, dance style flash performances, Titanic mascots, games for kids & the kids at heart, whilst enjoying a delicious picnic.  Plus there are a host of other activities including walking & photography tours, where you will descend 44ft into the bottom of Titanic’s Dock; you could explore the galleries at Titanic Belfast or enjoy period music on-board Titanic’s little sister, SS Nomadic.

Add your events free at Follow us on twitter @whatsonNI and on facebook at for news, competitions and what’s on near you.


Belfast Bar, The Cloth Ear has the perfect solution for those looking to spice up the Bank Holiday weekend, as its first ever Chilli Festival takes place Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May.

As part of the festivities, the heat has been turned up on The Cloth Ear’s menu with a range of delicious new chilli based dishes and drinks introduced for the weekend. Amongst the sizzling hot offers is a fear-inducing Chilli Chicken Wing Roulette, with one of the chicken wings doused in extra hot hot sauce.

Spice lovers are also being dared to eat 10 eye-watering chicken wings made with the hottest pepper in the world – the Carolina Reaper – in under four minutes as part of a special Chicken Wing Challenge. Those with a preference for a slightly more subtle chilli kick can enjoy a range of chilli-flavoured cocktails.

Throughout the weekend, guests will also be in with the chance to win lots of prizes and enjoy live music on Sunday from Davy Watson from 5pm – 8pm.  For more information visit or call 028 9026 2719.