Jacqueline from whatsonni.com 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 www.countryinthepark.co.uk 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.

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