10 things to do in Northern Ireland

DiscoverNorthernIreland.com has stacks of fun things to do across NI, from family days out to gigs and cultural events. Here are ten exciting things taking place this week (3- 9 June)

1.       World Oceans Day, Portrush, 8 June. Join Visit Causeway for an exciting boat trip with the Irish Whales and Dolphins Group on-board the Causeway Lass.

2.       BBC Radio 4’s Gardener’s Question Time Summer Garden Party, Newtownards, 8 June. BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time is returning to the shores of Strangford Lough to hold its annual Summer Garden Party in the beautiful surrounds of the National Trust’s Mount Stewart.

3.       Belfast Book Festival 2019, Belfast, 7-16 June. This year’s line-up at The Crescent Arts Centre and partner venues across the city features authors, comedians and journalists, delivering a unique, diverse and highly creative programme that caters from a wide range of interests and explores many topical themes.

4.       Fun Bike Food Tour Weekend , Strangford, 7-9 June. An exclusive short break in one of the most beautiful parts of Northern Ireland, combining both culinary and cycling adventure for 10 people led by award winning Belfast City & Country Bike Tours.

5.       Bushmills Salmon & Whiskey Festival, Bushmills, 7-9 June.  Two days of fantastic entertainment and activities will spread across Bushmills Main Street, Millennium Park, Bushmills Distillery and The Salmon Fisheries.

6.       Causeway Coast Amateur Golf Tournament ,Ballycastle, 3-7 June. Experience golf like you have never experienced it before with The Causeway Coast Amateur Golf Tournament.  Having run successfully since  the 1960s it attracts up to 600 golfers annually from all over the world.

7.       Shortcross Gin Evening , Bangor, 7 June. Join The Old Inn for a fantastic evening of gin and food, and learn about Shortcross Gin from the experts. Evening includes blended gin cocktails and a four course tasting menu.

8.       Kaz Hawkins, Downpatrick, 7 June. ‘My Life and I’ is an intimate and personal show coming to the Down Arts Centre about Kaz’s life in song,  aiming to highlight mental health issues such as abuse, drug addiction, domestic violence and more. 

9.       Something in the Air, Belfast, 1-9 June. Coming to the MAC and produced by the Brassneck Theatre Company this play tells the tale of  hundreds of families fleeing south to refugee camps, escaping the violence, but one young woman lost more than just her home. Fifty years later, she is forced to confront the events of that summer in a way she could never have imagined.

10.   Paddle Boarding in Binevenagh, Limavady, 9 June. Flow with nature through Binevenagh, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, while on a stand up paddleboard lesson. This is a sport which can be enjoyed at any pace but will also give you time to take in the scenery while hearing about the heritage of the local area from knowledgeable instructors.

For more information on these events or to plan a short break in Northern Ireland, visit www.DiscoverNorthernIreland.com.

Offers of the week!

Northern Ireland boasts an irresistible collection of places to stay including beautiful B&Bs, luxurious spa hotels and great value self-catering properties. Discover NI has selected the best offers of the week to help you plan a short break.

·         Family Titanic Experience , Mill Valley Apartment, Belfast from £200 per apartment

Enjoy an overnight stay in the four-star Mill Valley Apartment located three miles from Belfast City Centre,. This self-catering accommodation provides spectacular views in quiet surroundings. Offer includes an overnight stay and family tickets to Titanic Belfast, based on two adults and two children sharing. To book call 078 7124 1275. Offer available until 30 June 2019. 

·         Spring Somethings Two Night Break, Belmore Court and Motel, Co. Fermanagh from £60 per person sharing

The four-star Belmore Court gives the opportunity to experience the Fermanagh Lakelands’ breathtaking scenery, myriad attractions and rich heritage. Located close to the centre of Enniskillen, this comfortable hotel provides a warm resting spot for a relaxing overnight stay. Offer includes two nights’ accommodation with a free hot buffet breakfast each morning. To book call 028 6632 6633. Offer available until 30 June 2019.

·         Seasonal Sunday Special, Glenavon House Hotel, Co. Tyrone from £120 per person sharing

The three-star Glenavon House Hotel is situated on the outskirts of Cookstown. Overlooking the Ballinderry River and set in nine acres of its own mature grounds, this luxurious hotel offers a wide range of high standard facilities. The hotel’s central location makes it an ideal base to explore Northern Ireland. Offer includes overnight accommodation with a full Irish  breakfast the following morning plus a three-course dinner from the table d’hote menu. To book call 028 8676 4949. Offer available for Sunday evenings until 31 December 2019.

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


Strangford Sea Safari Whirlpool and Wildlife Special,  Sunday 2nd June. See Angus Rocks Lighthouse, surface whirlpools and some of the many seals at Cloughy Rocks Nature Reserve. You might see a pod of porpoise or even a basking shark!  12 seats per trip. Pre-booking is essential.


Visit the walled gardens at the Argory this Summer. With its unique character, one can imagine the family events or garden parties which may have been held here and the kitchen garden produce which would have fed the family and servants on the estate.  Open every Thursday in May and June.  Lend a hand, pick your own vegetables to take home, or have a friendly chat with staff and volunteers.


The brand new Water Park at Share Discovery Village is not to be missed!  Take your group out on to the beautiful Lough Erne and bounce and jump to your hearts content! Take on the many fun obstacles  as well as using the amazing trampoline! Wet suits and buoyancy aids are provided. Every Saturday until the end of August.


Cookstown will go continental on the 1st and 2nd June 2019 when the food, flavours, sights and sounds of Europe return to Cookstown’s town centre for a two day spring festival! The Continental Market takes place along William Street in Cookstown from Saturday 1st  to Sunday 2 June.


World of Owls Fun Day at the Jungle is this Sunday 2nd June. Similar to a fun-fair, The Jungle’s Family Fun Days are an open-park day and offers a range of outdoor activities by token. Buy as many tokens you wish, exchange your tokens for the activity, or activities, of your preference and enjoy a fun family experience day unlike any other!


This Sunday, Strictly Come Dancing favourites Ian Waite and Vincent Simone are joining forces in 2019 with their brand new production – THE BALLROOM BOYS at the Theatre at The Mill, Newtownabbey. Expect dances like the Waltz, Quickstep, Paso Doble, Foxtrot and of course, the Argentine Tango!


This summer, get ready to explore Northern Ireland like never before. Step into ‘AMAZE’, W5’s brand new, truly unique, technological space and join them for the immersive experience ‘Land of Legends’.  Runs from 1st June until 1st September & is FREE with general admission to W5.

For more details on these events and to add your events free go to whatsonni.com. Follow us on twitter @whatsonNI and on facebook at fb.com/www.whatsonni for news, competitions and what’s on near you.  

Jacqueline McGonigle

Enjoy a voyage of discovery at Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival

Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival is set to make a splash when it returns to Ballycastle and Rathlin Island later this month.

Until June 2nd get closer to the maritime heritage of this very special part of the Causeway Coast and Glens through an exciting and engaging programme of events.

The celebration is packed full of seafaring, food experiences, artisan produce, live music and lots more on water and dry land while a mesmerising range of sailing vessels will bring the story of sea travel to life. For a must-see sight, watch as a flotilla makes its way across Rathlin Sound on Friday 31st May. A Viking longboat, drontheims and currachs, including the magnificent Colmcille and Menapian which at almost 40ft long are two of the largest of their kind in Northern Ireland, all feature in this magnificent fleet.

Looking ahead to the festivities, a spokesperson for Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council said: “Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival is a very special event, set in one of the Borough’s most scenic locations. We have worked closely with our community partners to deliver an exciting showcase of maritime connections which have brought Ballycastle and Rathlin Island together through generations. The Festival brings this to life through food, music, dance, arts, crafts, boat trips and watersports and there will be plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the very best of what the area has to offer.”

For foodies, the Ulster Chowder Championship is a must see in the Cookery Theatre on Bank Holiday Monday (May 27th). This is a fabulous opportunity to celebrate our sea food and skilled chefs. With a chance to compete in the world famous Kinsale competition next year it’s all to cook for in the seafront marquee!

New this year, The School of Irish Archaeology brings ‘The Big Dig’ to the festival.  This fun hands-on workshop is educational, engaging and interactive offering the experience of a real life dig for Viking treasures and artefacts. Guided by a team of professionals, this dig gives children the opportunity to experience what it is like to be an archaeologist whilst learning about the lifestyles of their Viking ancestors.

On Rathlin Island, take an evening tour of the West Light Seabird Centre with the RSPB and watch as the red beam shines out across the sea over one of the biggest seabird breeding colonies in Europe. Visit an art installation in the unique surroundings of a cliff-edge Coastguard hut or meet the crew of the Mamoch Mor Currach and learn more about this inspiring community-built traditional boat for a taste of contemporary maritime culture.

For all of this and much more make sure that you experience Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival for yourself between Friday 24th May and Sunday 2nd June. As the programme is subject to change due to tides and weather conditions please follow the festival’s social media channels on Twitter (@RathlinSoundMF) and Facebook (@RathlinSoundMaritimeFestival) for the latest updates. To view the full programme of events go to www.rathlinsoundmaritimefestival.com.

Portaferry Sails & Sounds

New Four Day Boating,  Music, dance family Festival in Portaferry on the shores of Strangford Lough Co. Down

Portaferry is preparing for a four-day Sailing and Music and family fun festival which will be the biggest maritime event to come to Ards Peninsula  since the very popular ‘Galway Hooker Festival’ of many years ago.  The event is being hosted by Portaferry Sailing Club and will centre around their Club House on the Shore Front.  Events will spread out from the Club to all parts of the town ensuring plenty of family fun for everyone. 

The Club is running the festival we are expecting boats from all over the lough and North Down, Scotland, England, Wales, Isle of Man & ROI and farther afield.   The boats will gather on Thursday and Friday for registration , race on Saturday the 22nd in Strangford Lough and have a final Parade of Sail on Sunday the 23rd. 

The festival highlight is a unique opportunity for the public to engage on the water and to cruise the lough on the beautiful boat “Soteria” and for game of thrones fans an opportunity sail past the famous original filming ground of “Winterfell” not forgetting 2 game of thrones doors one in Strangford and one in Portaferry other tours include guided walking tours both available to book  via www.ticketsource.co.uk/ardsandnorthdown  also Skiff Racing, taster sessions and our the very special Water Olympics with a twist, and if you fancy kayaking now’s your chance for taster session with Mobile team adventure (go to website to book) for registration and other bookings events see programme via sails and sounds on facebook/website… don’t miss out!

To compliment the Sailing, there will be local food outlets promoting local produce food tasting and cooking demonstrations and even a chance to go foraging cook food from the water’s edge  The visiting public will be entertained by traditional dancing from both our Irish and Scottish heritages and giving displays and competing at several open-air venues. Portaferry’s Bars and restaurants are also gearing up for the Festival with live music and special food menus to keep locals and visitors replenished.

The Festival committee will be providing crafts for kids, kite making, treasure trail even chance to find some Portaferry Rocks, art competitions, street entertainment, inflatables, face painters,  and much, much, more.   In addition, there will storytelling, dress -up and crafts at the Portaferry Library free open days at RNLI, QUB and MINESTO will be demonstrating their Deep Green energy project on Strangford lough our local   , PAST Maritime Museum will be doing an Exhibition of 1000 years of ferry service which will compliment to new project around the town “FERRY DOORS” and photo opportunities in the ‘Pirate Photo Booth’ and met our very own Captain Jack Sparrow.  There will be information stands by the local groups and emergency services and opportunity to meet the big lottery community winners Ards Peninsula 1st Responders.

Theatre entertainment @ Portico’s “Anthony Toner” celebration of his new album “Our Lady of the Wind and Rain”  we have music from Scotland’s Box O Banana’s and Irelands Hair o the Dog Irish traditional band and “Many of the owners and crew members of the boats are musicians themselves, so this is a double whammy for them”  For all gin, vodka and whiskey lovers we have an afternoon “Tastes of the Peninsula”  all products from our local distillery Echlinville tickets £20 available Portaferry Sailing Club.

Look out for details of all events, locations and times to be published and distributed all over the province in the near future.  The festival program can be found on our exclusive website www.portaferrysails&sounds.co.uk or follow us on facebook, www.facebook.com/Portaferrysailsandsounds  for updates and festival information. Trips aboard the Schooner ‘Soteria’ on Strangford Lough, Kayaking or walking tours

Special thanks goes to the Ards and North Down Borough Council & Dept for Communities for their supporting the festival   This promises to be one of the highlights of the summer and will involve many volunteers and local business owners who will go out of their way to extend a welcome to all visitors whether they come by land or by sea.

ForM Sculpture Exhibition Returns to Bangor Castle’s Walled Garden

The ForM Sculpture Exhibition opens this Saturday 1 June in Bangor Castle’s Walled Garden. For the whole month of June, the garden will be transformed into an alfresco art gallery when it showcases 42 beautiful sculptures.

The event is a wonderful opportunity to view these specially created pieces of art all inspired by the garden, whilst enjoying the tranquil surroundings that this beautiful space has to offer. 

This juxtaposition of art and nature offers a unique experience and the whole family will enjoy seeking out sculptures located in the garden’s walkways, plants and flowerbeds. Some of the works are striking and of large scale whilst other smaller works will need to be sought out of the greenery. Pick up a map at the gate and see what you can find!

Ards and North Down Borough Council’s Arts Officer, Patricia Hamilton said, ‘This eclectic mix of sculptures, which come in all shapes and sizes, provide a unique garden experience with an added dimension. This is the largest ForM exhibition we have had since its inception in June 2012 and we are pleased that its reputation has grown throughout Ireland and the participating artists have reflected that’.

ForM will remain open until 30 June and is free to visit.  Some of the sculptures are available to buy.  Visitors can pick up a map and catalogue on arrival and are also invited to vote for their favourite sculpture in the ForM Competition.


To celebrate the exhibition, a series of FREE art workshops facilitated by local artists will run in the garden during the month of June. For more information and to book a space, go to:

Bangor Castle Walled Garden is open from 10am – 7.30pm Monday to Thursday, and 10am – 5.30pm at weekends and Bank Holidays.

Bangor to welcome back Phoenix Tall Ship at Sea Bangor!

The Phoenix of Dell Quay tall ship is preparing to set sail for the two-day Sea Bangor maritime festival which takes place this Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June!

The Phoenix Tall Ship will be part of the Sea Bangor festivities (1-2 June).

The majestic vessel will dock at Bangor’s seafront for the first time since 2017, giving visitors to the seaside town an opportunity to climb on board during both days of the popular festival.

Usually docked at Charlestown in Cornwall, the Phoenix was originally built in Denmark back in 1929 and started her life as an evangelical Mission Schooner. She has enjoyed a varied life and even featured in the Ridley Scott ‘1492 Conquest of Paradise’ movie.

The tall ship joins a jam-packed maritime themed programme during the course of the weekend that includes entertainment and activities for all the family.

Organised by Ards and North Down Borough Council with support from Bangor Chamber of Commerce, South Eastern Regional College (SERC), Bangor Marina and Translink, thousands of visitors from the Borough and beyond will visit Bangor to see a host of water and aerial displays.

In the Sky

The AeroSuperBatics Wingwalking team of high flyers are among the main attractions. They will swoop over the lough in their modified Breitling Stearman biplanes at 4.30pm on the Saturday and 3pm on the Sunday, performing incredible feats in the sky in what will be a spectacular aerial display above Bangor.

Get Your Feet Wet

And if you fancy getting your feet wet, you can take part in one of the Royal Yachting Association’s sailing experiences on the Saturday or try kayaking on the Sunday. There will be boat tours on offer too, allowing you to explore Bangor’s coastline from the sea.

On the Ground

A bit closer to earth, you can watch Daniel Doyle create stunning sculptures made out of sand near the entrance to the Long Hole while the Eisenhower Pier will host the popular Rowing Challenge which features local community teams competing for the Sea Bangor Cup. Watch them battle it out for the prestigious trophy!

Those keen to keep their feet firmly on dry land can visitthe Army Reserve Village in the Marina car park or head to the Tented Village in Quay Street car park. The Tiddler’s Tent Silent Disco is open for all the family while the ‘Under the Sea’ creative experience marquee will inspire and engage.

If you fancy a gentle ride, you can check out the funfair rides or jump on the Panoramic Wheel and get a bird’s eye view of the marina. You might even be able to spot Detritus of the Deep from above. Having exited the depths of the ocean, he’ll be roaming around the crowds on his stilts in an attempt to find out why his sea home is being destroyed by pollution.

Food, Glorious Food!

All that activity will get those tummies rumbling and the Sea Bangor Café will serve a variety of food with a focus on local business and local produce. Plus, there will be cookery demonstrations and competitions hosted by SERC, including ‘Bangor’s Best Balti’ (pre-registration essential at visitardsandnorthdown.com), helping to find the master chefs in our midst.

The food stalls, street theatre and live music from different local bands in the Open House Shanty Shack will all add to the bustling atmosphere so make sure you come to Sea Bangor this weekend!

Offers of the Week


Northern Ireland boasts an irresistible collection of places to stay including beautiful B&Bs, luxurious spa hotels and great value self-catering properties. Discover NI has selected the best offers of the week to help you plan a short break.

·         Spa Experience, Roe Park Resort, Co. Londonderry from £114.50 per person sharing

The four-star Roe Park Resort is one of Northern Ireland’s premiere golf and spa resorts. Set amidst the gorgeous surroundings of the Roe Valley Country Park it overlooks its own stunning 18 hole golf course and is the perfect place to unwind. Offer includes an overnight stay with full Irish breakfast the following morning, plus a traditional Swedish back massage followed by an Elemis taster facial. To book call 028 7772 2222. Offer available until 31 December 2019.

·         Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, The Old Inn, Co. Down from £57.50 per person sharing

With its traditional thatched roof, beamed ceilings and many open fires the four-star Old Inn  hotel provides a cosy, relaxed atmosphere. Located in the coastal town of Bangor, this hotel is the perfect base to explore the County Down area. Offer includes an overnight stay, a three-course meal and a full Irish breakfast the following morning. To book call 028 9185 3255. Offer available until 30 November 2019.  

·         Spring Afternoon Tea Stay, Curran Court Hotel, Co. Antrim from £105 per room  

The four-star Curran Hotel is ideally located at the Gateway to the Causeway Coast & Glens in Larne town. This comfortable hotel is the perfect base to explore tourist destinations like the Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Bushmills Distillery and many of the iconic filming locations for Game of Thrones® . Offer includes overnight accommodation with a full Irish breakfast the following morning. Plus on arrival, enjoy an elegant Afternoon Tea with specialty teas or coffee accompanied by finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones with cream and jam, finished off with a range of delicate, but indulgent miniature desserts. To book call 028 2827 5505. Offer available until 30 June 2019.

10 things to do next week in NI

DiscoverNorthernIreland.com has stacks of fun things to do across NI, from family days out to gigs and cultural events. Here are ten exciting things taking place this week (27 May- 2 June)

1.       Maritime Memories, Bangor, 31 May. This tour departs from North Down Museum, and includes Eisenhower Pier, Donaghadee, the Ards Peninsula  and Portavogie. Learn the important role of the Coastguard in the modern day, visit a Lifeboat Station and hear of local legends and tales of the sea.

2.       Ballymoney Show, Ballymoney, 31 May-1 June. The Ballymoney Show is a local agricultural show providing two days of entertainment for the whole family. Show includes livestock judging, food tents with cookery demonstrations, agricultural products, artisan foods, local crafts as well as entertainment in the form of music, football competitions and tug of war.

3.       The Epic Journey to The 148th Open, Portrush, 30 May. The Epic Journey to The 148th Open tour will include golf’s most iconic trophy, the Claret Jug along with a giant #TheOpen letter sculpture, designed by Tourism NI and made out of 4,000 golf balls. Have the opportunity to take a photo with the replica Claret Jug, chat with local sports stars and put your pitching skills to the test as the tour comes to Portrush.

4.       French Wine Dinner, Derry~Londonderry, 31 May.  For an evening out with a difference, come along to Brown’s  fabulous French Wine Dinner. Enjoy sparkling wine on arrival and a six course tasting menu with perfectly paired wines; a wonderful dining experience and a delight for foodies and wine lovers.

5.       Use Your Senses Belfast 5K, Belfast, 1 June. Walk, jog or run a sensational 5K. This family friendly fun run on behalf of Guide Dogs features  five sensory experiences at Sense Stations along the route. Use your senses and change the lives of families living with sight loss.

6.       Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival, Belfast, 25-27 May. There will also be lots to see and do over the weekend in Titanic Quarter with live music, authentic nautical cuisine and family fun. You’ll also be able to experience Belfast’s rich maritime heritage through a bumper-packed programme of free activities along the Maritime Mile.

7.       Cookstown Continental Market, Cookstown, 1-2 June. Cookstown Continental Market will feature over 40 traders from as far afield as Morocco, India, Belgium, France, Russia, Holland, Spain and China, who will set up stalls alongside local traders from the weekly street market.

8.       Belfast Girls, Downpatrick, 31 May. Packed with songs from the Belfast Girls page, this comedy play will have you dancing in the aisles. Also starring the hilarious Christina Nelson from ‘I’ll Tell My Ma’ and directed by Alan McKee (Handbag Positive)

9.       AVA Festival, Belfast, 31 May-2 June. The festival showcases the best in local talent across audio visual arts as well as bringing some of the best International artists in the field to Belfast. AVA have showcased shows in Belfast such as Jeff Mills & Guillaume Marmin’s ‘Close Encounters of the 4th Kind’, Bicep (Live), Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers (Live), Rodhad, Fatima Yamaha (Live), DVS1 and more.

10.   Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival, Ballycastle, 24 May-2 June.  The festival celebrates the culture, cuisine and coastal treasures with an exciting sea-focused programme of nautical themed events in Ballycastle and Rathlin Island.

For more information on these events or to plan a short break in Northern Ireland, visit www.DiscoverNorthernIreland.com.

Bushmills Salmon and Whiskey Festival returns with a renewed ‘foodie’ focus!

Bushmills Salmon and Whiskey Festival will have an even bigger ‘foodie focus’ when it returns to the village from June 7th – June 9th.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Sean Bateson pictured with Gary Stewart from Tartine Restaurant, Ian Orr from Browns Bonds Hill Group and Joanna Morrow from Bushmills Distillery at the launch of the Bushmills Salmon and Whiskey Festival which takes place from June 7th – June 9th.

Celebrity chef Ian Orr, from the multi award winning Browns Bonds Hill Group, will be the special guest in the festival Cookery Theatre on Saturday 8th June from 12pm. Located in Main Street car park, visitors can enjoy a unique opportunity to get up close as Ian demonstrates his culinary prowess with delicious recipes using the best of local produce. As a previous guest on the popular Saturday Kitchen food show and regarded as one of Ireland’s top talents, event organisers are delighted to have his support this year.

On Sunday, it’s the turn of some of the region’s best local chefs to showcase the foodie repertoire of the Causeway Coast and Glens with appearances by Trudy Brolly (Ocho Tapas, Portrush), Pol Shields (Marine Hotel, Ballycastle) and Kevin Farren (Bayview Hotel, Portballintrae). Compered by local food tour guide Wendy Gallagher, the live audience will benefit from her specialised knowledge and passion for local produce.

Over the weekend make sure to visit Bushmills Distillery, the oldest of its kind in Ireland and a unique attraction where you can sample the famous whiskey while learning more about the story of whiskey distilling in the village which stretches back for centuries

To celebrate the International Year of the Salmon, the Salmon Fisheries will be open throughout the weekend (Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12pm-4pm) offering free talks and tours showcasing ‘The Cycle of Wild Atlantic Salmon’ and the history of the station. Fly tying and casting demonstrations, fish tanks, visitor stands and information on outreach and funding for angling events will also be available.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Sean Bateson said: “The Salmon and Whiskey Festival celebrates the village’s famous local produce and our growing reputation for world renowned hospitality. With free live music and artisan market stalls featuring an exciting mix of our food, arts and crafts produce there is so much to enjoy and Bushmills looks forward to welcoming you all.”

Throughout the weekend, take part in the self-guided Bushmills Taste Trail highlighting unique specialties from a range of local cafes and award winning restaurants. Maps can be picked up from participating businesses allowing you to plot your own course through the village from The Old Bushmills Distillery to The Bushmills Inn with many tasty stops along the way. Guided Food Tours are also available and can be booked at www.irishfeast.com.

For those with an interest in history, a free ‘Taste of Bushmills Heritage’ guided walk, led by Art Ward of Bushmills Walking Tours, will let you experience the conservation village’s unique history, heritage and culture. Please note, places are limited and tours are weather dependent.  For further information and to book your place please ring Bushmills Visitor Information Centre 028 2073 0390.

For the children, Millennium Park will host various free fun activities and entertainment throughout the weekend. A ‘quiet time’ Jumping Clay session will be available for young people with additional needs on Saturday from 10.30am-11.30am.

The Festival’s main attractions over the weekend will follow the hotly anticipated Bushmills Banquet which takes place on Friday evening. Building on its inaugural success last year, the Banquet is already a sell out. If you are lucky enough to have a ticket, the collaborative gourmet event will celebrate Bushmills Irish Whiskey and serve up festival themed dishes from local restaurants and artisan food producers.

To find out more about Bushmills Salmon and Whiskey Festival go to www.visitcausewaycoastandglens.com or ring Bushmills Visitor Information Centre on 028 2073 0390.

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