10 Things to Do Next Week in NI

Tourism NI has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland next week (May 23-29).

Rathlin Island Boat Tour, Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim May 24. Travel along the North Antrim coastline taking in the sights of the Causeway Coast, visiting Dunluce Castle, the Giant’s Causeway, Ballintoy Harbour and more before disembarking on Rathlin Island for 45 minutes to explore this enchanting island. www.portrushseatours.com

• NI Countrysports Fair, Scarva, Co. Down, May 28-29. Country sports lie at the heart of the NI Countrysports Fair. With a variety of country sports on offer, experts will be on hand to introduce you to a field of new sports and explain how you can get involved alongside equestrian events, clay pigeon shooting and casting demonstrations.
• Belfast Spring Continental Market, Belfast City Hall, Belfast, Co. Antrim, May 27-30. With an array of delicious food from across the globe the Spring Continental Market returns to Belfast City Hall. This year, as part of the Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink celebrations, the market will also be offering a selection of tasty local products to choose from and enjoy.

• Armagh Craft Fair, Market Place Theatre, Co. Armagh, May 28. This free event, now in its sixth year brings high quality craft to the heart of Armagh City and features over 45 high quality craft stalls from makers across Ireland. Craft at this year’s fair include textiles, knitwear, jewellery, wood ceramics and candles to name but a few. Starts at 10:30.

• The International Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival, Warrenpoint, Co.Down, May 25-30. The International Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival is back with an outstanding program of music and a food festival. Listen to some of the world’s leading blues and jazz performers including Belfast born Van Morrison as Warrenpoint hosts over 90 free gigs at the six-day festival.

• Belfast Maritime Festival, Queen’s Quay, Belfast, May 28-30. Ahoy there land lovers and seafarers! Celebrating the city’s unique maritime heritage, there’ll be lots of Titanic activities, live music, arts and crafts, street theatre and displays as Belfast’s quaysides play host to this family fun maritime festival.
• Circus of Horrors, Millennium Forum, Co. Londonderry, May 27. This frightening good show is set in Victorian London at a time when Jack the Ripper was still at large and the golden age of the Freakshow had begun. With Killer Klowns, Sword Swallowers, Death Defying Aerialists and a Hairculian Diva, this is a show not to be missed. Suitable for adults only. Starts at 8pm.

• Nature Macro Photography Workshop, An Creagan, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, May 28-29. Aimed at people wishing to refresh or progress their photography skills, these workshops hosted by wildlife photographer Debbie Deboo will mentor participants through techniques and equipment required for high quality close up images. £50 for two days – includes lunch. More info: www.an-creagan.com/

• Jungle Book, Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, May 28. The much loved story of Mowgli, the ‘man-cub’, is brought to life by Indigo Moon Theatre with inventive shadow theatre, original music and colourful digital projection as he learns to live by the Law of the Jungle. Suitable for ages 4+. Starts at 2:30pm.

• Twilight Market, St George’s Market, Belfast, May 24-25. The upcoming Twilight Market has been extended over two nights, allowing visitors even more time to feast on some of the unique food elements that make up Belfast’s thriving foodie sector featuring live music and DJs throughout the two days. Times vary per day.

Please note some of the events require pre-booking.