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 (15-21 July)
1. The 148th Open, Portrush, 14-21 July. The 148th Open will be played at Royal Portrush, marking a historic return to Northern Ireland for golf’s original major after nearly 70 years.
2. Linenopolis, Belfast, 1 July-31 August. Linen Hall Library showcases Linenopolis, a major, new exhibition celebrating, examining and spotlighting the historic social and industrial linen industry of Belfast and Northern Ireland.
3. Carryduff Forklift Down Rally, Lisburn, 20 July. The Carryduff Forklift Down Rally is back at the Eikon Exhibition Centre and Balmoral Park for a second year and promises to be an action packed day filled with adrenaline fuelled fun for all the family.
4. Live at The 148th Open Portrush, Portrush, 15-21 July. To mark the historic return of The Open to Portrush, the seaside town will be transformed into a hub of entertainment, live music and markets to explore.
5. Armoy Road Races ‘Race of Legends’, Armoy, 20-27 July. The world famous road races take place once again in and around the picturesque County Antrim village of Armoy. The three mile circuit harks back to the 1970’s and the days of the legendary Armoy Armada including the famous Joey Dunlop, but has been brought bang up to date by the organisers.
6. Day Walk – Slieve Binnian & North Tor, Newry, 20 July. Enjoy a day walking in the beautiful Mourne Mountains, summit Slieve Binnian and admire impressive granite tors, with a multi-lingual, qualified Mountain Leader.
7. Nautical Past Short Sea Cruise, Bangor, 16 July. Learn more about significant landmarks on the coastline and be sure to look out for the fascinating variety of wildlife. As you head towards Groomsport Bay and then onwards towards Orlock, you will learn about the history of the area and its seafaring past.
8. LegenDerry Street Food Festival, Derry~Londonderry, 19-21 July. Set in Guildhall Street this three-day festival will bring together the very best of local street food, complemented by craft drink producers. Live DJ music sets, beers served from a double decker bus and a totally unique dining experience.
9. Guns of the Siege, Derry~Londonderry, 20 July. Follow the soldier to the Siege Museum and see how he fires a replica Siege Musket. Visit the Siege Museum and converse with characters from the Siege. Museum guides will be present to answer your questions.
10. Nendrum Monastic Site Tour, Comber, 13 July. Enjoy this guided tour of Nendrum, thought to have been set up by St Machaoi in the 5th Century and with links to St Patrick in later sources, the monastery consists of three round dry stone walled enclosures, one within the other
For more information on these events or to plan a short break in Northern Ireland, visit www.DiscoverNorthernIreland.com.