10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland Next Week!

Discover NorthernIreland has stacks of fun things to do across NI, from family days out to gigs and cultural events. Here are 10 exciting things taking place this week (16-22 October).

 

  1. World Surf Kayak Championships 2017, Portrush, Co. Antrim, 20-18 October. The Portrush East Strand will see the first ever Surf Kayak World Championships to be held in Northern Ireland. This dynamic sport to spectate will include both the Individual Championships and the Team Championship.
  2. Masters Superbike Series, Downpatrick, Co. Down, 20 October. Short Circuit Motorcycle Racing at its best with all the top competitors in Ireland plus riders from the British Isles. A great day out for motorcycling enthusiasts along with all the family. Adult admission is £10, children admission is free.
  3. Lough Lively Sessions , The Rapparees, Portaferry, Co. Down, 20 October. Filling concert halls and theatres for 15 years, The Rapparees are quintessentially a traditional vocal harmony band harking back to the likes of the Clancy brothers, but with a modern kick. They will be showcasing the music from their exciting new album alongside some of their old favourites. To book your ticket visit Porticoards.com
  4. William Caulfield at Crom Castle, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, 21 October. Join Ireland’s best loved and busiest comedian, David Caulfield, for an evening full of laughs at Crom Castle. In addition enjoy a VIP drinks reception before the show including drinks at the interval in the Grand Hall.  General admission costs £15, drinks reception £30.
  5. I Am A Poetato: John Hegley, Seamus Heaney Homeplace, Bellaghy, Derry~Londonderry, 20 October. Join John in this family and schools-friendly show as he dips into an animal alphabet of poems about people, pets and other creatures. This is poetry at its most accessible as John mixes songs, jokes and rhymes in an entertaining and unforgettable show. Suitable for children of 8-12 years. To book your ticket visit SeamusHeaneyHome.com
  6. Tapestry Weaving Workshop, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, 21 October. An opportunity to learn the basics of tapestry weaving on a simple frame loom, participants can create their woven sampler or small contemporary wall hanging. Participants can focus on either textural effects using knotting and wrapping techniques or creating shapes and blending colours. Admission costs £35 and includes lunch.
  7. Jimeoin: Ridiculous, Cool FM Comedy Club, Belfast Waterfront, 19 October. Notorious for being ‘Ridiculous,’ Jimeoin is internationally acclaimed as one of live comedy’s masters. This show will deliver his brilliantly observed, ever evolving and hilarious stand-up. To book your ticket visit Waterfront.co.uk
  8. Ticket To Ride: A History of Buses in Northern Ireland, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), Belfast, 19 October. To coincide with the 50th anniversary of Ulsterbus, PRONI is hosting a half-day conference on road transport in Ireland over the last half century. Speakers include Mark Kennedy, Curator of Road and Rail Transport, National Museums and Galleries Northern Ireland, Francis Jones, Archive Education Officer at NI Screen and many more. To book your ticket visit Eventbrite.co.uk
  9. Paul Carrack, Millennium Forum, Derry~Londonderry, 20 October. Best known as the frontman of Mike and the Mechanics, the Sheffield-born musician will put on a show to remember. With an outstanding 40-plus-year career including working with a number of legendary artists, Paul Carrack will entertain for the evening performing an engaging and varied set before his 24-date tour next year. To book your ticket call 028 7126 4455
  10. An Evening With Baillies Mills, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, 19 October. Baillies Mills Accordian Band presents an evening of music, song and humour to entertain all ages and musical tastes, delivering a range from classical to folk to pop. To book your ticket visit Laganvalleyisland.co.uk.

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

10 things to do in Northern Ireland

Discover Northern Ireland has stacks of fun things to do across NI, from family days out to gigs and cultural events. Here are 10 exciting things taking place this week (9-15 October)

  1. Belfast International Arts Festival 2017, 6-28 October. An eclectic fusion of cutting edge performances, exhibitions and instalments to the Belfast stage, with 191 events from 14 countries taking place over 23 days.  For more information visit BelfastInternationalArtsFestival.com
  2. Apple Day at Ballance House, Crumlin, Co. Antrim, 14 October. Ballance House, the restored birthplace of John Ballance, Prime Minister of New Zealand (1891-1893) is hosting Apple Day. Visit the craft market and take a guided tour of the house and Ulster-New Zealand exhibition. Let the kids try their best at best at the apple obstacle course, get their face painted or have a go at apple-themed arts including making a bird feeder and tasty stuffed apples to take home, plus lots more.
  3. Joss Stone with Live Orchestra, The Ulster Hall, Belfast, 10 October. Internationally regarded as one of the greatest voices of her generation, Joss Stone performs a special live show where she will be accompanied by a live orchestra. Joss’s voice, unique style and incredible musicality leaves an irreplaceable mark everywhere she performs.
  4. Fionna Barber Exhibition Talk, Banbridge, Co. Down, 12 October. Fionna will discuss her new research on Margaret Clarke, the Irish portrait painter . A Reader in Art History in the Manchester School of Art and originally from Belfast, Fionna’s research interests are contemporary and twentieth century Irish visual culture, issues of nation, memory and identity and gender conformity in twentieth century modernism.
  5. Waterways Ireland Erne Pike Fishing Classic, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, 13-15 October. This three-day event includes a number of fishing competitions and an awards ceremony. With a prize fund of £11,500 it is set to attract Northern Ireland’s best fishermen. Closing date for entries is 11 October.
  6. Jail Of Horror, Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast, 13-31 October. This year’s Halloween Programme is even bigger with both the ‘Jail of Horror’ and the ‘Paranormal Ghost Hunt’ taking place. Why not book a ticket at CrumlinRoadGaol.com, if you dare.
  7. Fashion Fest, Derry~Londonderry, 14 October. Now in its fourth year, Fashion Fest 2017 returns to the city of Derry~Londonderry, where the landmark Fashion Showcase will take place in the historic Guildhall. The latest emerging designers share a platform with Northern Ireland’s most recognised designers.
  8. Young Blood, Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy, Co. Londonderry, 15 October. Irish writing is in rude health thanks to the arrival of a new generation of young writers, and HomePlace is delighted to welcome three exciting debut authors, who are taking the literary world by storm with their fresh and irreverent take on contemporary life in Ireland today. Featuring Ciaran McMenamin, Sally Rooney and June Caldwell.
  9. The Great North Links Challenge, Portrush, Co. Antrim, 11-13 October. There’s no better way to head into the winter golf season than to take part in this exciting event at three fantastic courses on the Causeway Coast. Teams of four compete over the three days for team and individual prizes whilst battling against the weather.
  10. Altan, The Alley Theatre, Strabane, 14 October. Over the past 30 years Altan have moved audiences from Donegal to Tokyo with their heart-warming, dynamic live performances and with their exquisitely produced, award-winning recordings of touching old Irish songs to hard-hitting jigs. Come along and hear the beautiful songs of their current album, The Widening Gyre, as well as old favourites and new tunes.

 

 

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

10 things to do in Northern Ireland Next Week!

Discover Northern Ireland has stacks of fun things to do across NI, from family days out to gigs and cultural events. Here are 10 exciting things taking place this week (2-8 October)

  1. Portrush Beer and Food Festival, Portrush, Co. Antrim, 6-8 October. The very best of local produce and drink will be on the menu when Portrush Beer and Food Festival returns. Set to be a weekend to remember, the festival boasts an extended programme and will be held in Portrush Town Hall.
  2. Irish Hare Photography, Craigavon, Co. Armagh, 7 October.  The meadows at Portmore Lough nature reserve near Aghalee are home to a thriving population of around 40 Irish hares. This autumn, the Portmore RSPB NI team are granting access to a part of the reserve not usually open to the public to allow keen photographers to capture these marvellous mammals on camera.
  3. Red Bull Fox Hunt, Co. Down, 7-8 October. A cycling competition where 450 riders will play the part of “the hounds” as they try to outride three Foxes at Rostrevor’s Mountain Bike trail. This year’s foxes are previous Downhill Mountain Bike World Champion Gee Atherton, current UCI Downhill World Champion Loïc Bruni and 3-time Red Bull Foxhunt winner Colin Ross.
  4. FEAR – Fermanagh Endurance Adventure Race, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, 7 October. What better way to spend a Saturday morning than getting up close and personal with Fermanagh’s rugged and wild terrain. A multi-sport competition consisting of three sporting disciplines cycling, trail running and kayaking. To register visit www.FEARmanagh.com.
  5. The Slow Food Festival, Derry~Londonderry, 7-8 October. Slow Food is a global, grassroots organisation that promotes true enjoyment of good food with the commitment to community and the environment. This free, family-friendly event will incorporate a slow food harvest fayre, tastings, demonstrations, family fun zone and more. The best of local food will be on the menu in Guildhall Square.
  6. Wire Sculpture Workshop, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, 7 October. Innovative wire sculptors invent their own new forms of wire sculpture as they explore. Learn techniques for constructing basic 3D wire frameworks using simple pencil drawings as a guide. These can then be developed using a variety of wires to make interesting sculptures. Ticket cost £35 and includes lunch.
  7. The Farmer’s Bash, Belfast, 6 October. Grab your cowboy boots as UK and Ireland’s biggest indoor country music dance event comes to Belfast. Acts include country music stars Derek Ryan, Lisa McHugh and Robert Mizzell, as well as the globally popular Grassmen. Tickets start from £28.
  8. Belfast Comedy Festival, Belfast, 2-8 October.  Taking place in venues across the city Belfast Comedy Festival celebrates its sixth year. The festival is not limited to stand-up comedy and aims to entertain, challenge, and inspire through a diverse programme of theatre, workshops, seminars, circus, film, quizzes, competitions, and includes events for children.
  9. Seamus Heaney: LifeCycle Tour, Bellaghy, Derry~Londonderry, 7 October. This guided coach tour of the landscape made famous by Seamus Heaney’s poetry is led by local man, accredited tour guide and Heaney specialist, Eugene Kielt. This is a wonderful way to explore the ‘home ground’ in which Heaney was rooted and which so influenced his poetry. To book your place visit www.seamusheaneyhome.com.
  10. The Brandon McPhee Show, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, 5 October. Already acclaimed for his unsurpassed skill on the button key accordion, Brandon McPhee is also rapidly gaining a following at home and abroad as a country music vocalist and guitarist. Brandon and his Scottish and Country Band will be joined by Eddie Rose and Hugo Duncan. To book tickets please visit www.laganvalleyisland.co.uk.

 

 

 

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

10 things to do in Northern Ireland next week

Discover NorthernIreland has stacks of fun things to do across NI, from family days out to gigs and cultural events. Here are 10 exciting things taking place this week (25 September -1 October)

  1. Locally Produced Beer Cider & Spirit Festival, Newcastle, 30 September. Set in the picturesque Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, this event highlights the best local beer, cider and spirit Northern Ireland has to offer. Local produce will also be available to sample and purchase at the festival. Tickets are £14 and includes three drink tokens and a souvenir glass.
  2. Raising Steam, Cathedral Hall, Enniskillen, 30 September. Headhunters Railway Museum commemorates the 60th Anniversary of the closure of railway services in Fermanagh and bordering counties with events for all the family, including several vintage steam traction engines raising steam once again and a screening of the iconic film, The Railway Children.
  3. The Home Key, Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Derry~Londonderry, 29 September. A special performance from Lisa Hannigan, who is celebrated for her unmistakeable vocals. Her latest album, At Swim, which takes a turn into darker more reflective territory, features an inspired acapella version of Seamus Heaney’s poem ‘Anahorish’ taken from his early collections.
  4. Guitar Night – Thomas Leeb, Belfast, 28 September. The Crescent Arts Centre is delighted to present the first ever Belfast Guitar Night, which will feature the amazing Thomas Leeb. Leeb is a skilled guitar player, with his first solo performance at aged fifteen, he is now a frequent performer at concerts and festivals in Asia, America and Europe.
  5. Murder Mystery Evenings, Cookstown, 29-30 September. Lissan House sets the scene in 1943, when war rages abroad but at the ‘Big House’ the enemy lurks within. There has been a murder but who dunnit? What has ice-cream got to do with it? Fatal attraction, fun and forensics. Come dressed to kill in 1940’s style service or civvies. Tickets include a glass of bubbly on arrival and a hot buffet supper. Book early to avoid disappointment on 028 8676 3312.
  6. Mister Maker, Belfast, 30 September–1 October. CBeebies’ Mister Maker is coming back to the Grand Opera House by popular demand in his smash hit live theatre tour. With a fabulous supporting cast and art at its heart, this fantastic live show encourages Mini Makers and grown-ups to sing, dance and make some noise.
  7. The Unholy Gospel Band, Downpatrick, 29 September. The Unholy Gospel Band is a first in Northern Ireland with its authentic American gospel music delivered live and straight from the soul. Featuring songs by Mahalia Jackson, The Staple Singers, James Brown and many more. See them perform at the Down Arts Centre from 8pm.
  8. The Australian Pink Floyd Show, Belfast, 26 September. The Australian Pink Floyd Show returns to the SSE Arena with a new set of Pink Floyd songs – ‘The Best Side of the Moon’ incorporating a full performance of what many would call the most iconic rock album of all time.
  9. Country comes to the Forum, Derry~Londonderry, 26 September. Millennium Forum Theatre and Conference Centre hosts ‘Country Comes to the Forum.’ A night of entertainment with great country acts, fun and laughter with all proceeds going to a local charity.
  10. Strabane Market, Strabane, 29 September. On the last Friday of every month from April – December, the Alley Theatre will welcome the very best of artisan traders, offering visitors a friendly shopping experience with a wide selection of speciality foods and handmade crafted products.

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

10 things to do in Northern Ireland next week

Discover Northern Ireland has stacks of fun things to do across NI, from family days out to gigs and cultural events. Here are 10 exciting things taking place this week (18-24 September).

  1. Armagh Food & Cider Festival, Armagh, 21-24 September. Celebrate a tasty feast of Armagh cuisine combined with the best of local cider this harvest season. In collaboration with the Food Heartland Hospitality Forum and local businesses, diners and craft brew enthusiasts will have the opportunity to sample local hospitality at its best through a variety of events including food trails and markets.
  2. A Night in the Orchard, Craigavon, 21-22 September. Hosted exclusively alongside the Food & Cider Festival this dining experience is all about great food, delicious cider, music and company. Experience the best ciders and taste the best of local food specially devised by award winning Food Heartland Chefs. A not to be missed, unique foodie event happening in a stunning setting.
  3. Winterfell Festival, Castle Ward, Co. Down, 24 September. Discover the setting of the Stark family home, see first-hand theatrical re-enactments from the fantasy TV series, meet an actor from the show, watch spectacular games unfold in a mystical landscape and enjoy lively music, local food and much more. Winterfell Festival promises to fully immerse Game of Thrones fans into George R. R. Martin’s mythical world of Westeros.
  4. Culture Night, Belfast, 22 September. Culture Night Belfast is a huge celebration in Belfast’s cultural calendar. Emanating from the Cathedral Quarter and taking place across the city centre, it will be family friendly, free of charge, accessible and open to all.  Culture Night will bring together, artists, organisations, community groups and businesses with over 300 free events.
  5. Fermanagh Restaurant Week, Fermanagh, 15-24 September. A celebration of everything delicious about Fermanagh. Unique foodie experiences throughout the week and across the county include pop-up restaurants, dine on Lough Erne, bespoke themed menus, meet the producer event, Fermanagh’s artisan producers, growers and brewers and gourmet food and craft drink evenings. This is the perfect event for food enthusiasts with something for all tastes and budgets.
  6. 60 Years of Fine Food and Wine, Belfast, 21 September. A joint celebration of 20 years since Deane’s first opened in Belfast and 40 years in business for JN Wine. The event marks the ongoing partnership between these two companies, both dedicated to providing the finest food and wines in Northern Ireland. Enjoy a champagne and canapé reception, a decadent five course meal with pairing wines, and live musical entertainment provided by The Rare Aul Stuff.
  7. Festival Lough Erne, Enniskillen, 23-24 September. A host of activity on and off the water with cookery demonstrations by celebrity chefs, local artisan food and drink producers and live entertainment all taking place at the refurbished Enniskillen Castle. The festival promises to be a feast of food and water based activities celebrating the very best of the Fermanagh Lakelands.
  8. Island Voices Autumn Lecture Series, Derry~Londonderry, 22 September. A series of free lunchtime lectures at the Tower Museum exploring the shared bonds of history, culture and language that exist between the Celtic and Nordic nations of Europe, reflecting on our shared heritage and exploring our unique relationships, past and present.
  9. Foyle Opera, Strabane, 22 September. Hear a selection of well-known operatic arias and choruses that will have the audience wanting to burst into song, and a few lesser known pieces just to whet your appetite. Opera favourites at The Alley Arts and Conference Centre from the beginning with some rousing choruses and evocative arias from Carmen, sung in English.
  10. Spa September, Ballymena, 18 & 21 September. Galgorm Resort & Spa hosts a month-long journey of events exploring mindfulness, wellbeing and relaxation. This week features a ‘Stretch and Soothe’ session along with ‘De-stress Your Life.’ With special guest speakers, meditation classes, access to the Thermal Village and dinner in Gillies or Fratelli restaurants, these events will help you relax and reach peace of mind.

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

10 things to do in Northern Ireland next week!

DiscoverNorthernIreland.com has stacks of fun things to do across NI, from family days out to gigs and cultural events. Here are 10 exciting things taking place this week (4-10 September).

  1. 26th Bluegrass Music Festival, Omagh, 1-3 September. Each year thousands of people attend this Festival enjoying highly entertaining performances and interactive workshops, as well as up close informative presentations by multi award winning musicians, singers and dancers within the unique setting of the museum.
  2. European Heritage Open Days, across Northern Ireland, 9-10 September. More than 370 properties, many of which do not usually open to the public, will open their doors free-of-charge for the European Heritage Open Days. The theme this year is “Heritage and nature: a landscape of possibilities”.
  3. Air Waves 2017, Portrush, 2-3 September. Ireland’s biggest airshow takes place over two action-packed days, it is a free event and very popular with all age groups. It takes place on the eastern side of Portrush, allowing use of a spectacular display line along the Causeway Coast. As well as having amazing aerial aircraft displays to watch there is plenty to see and do at ground level with a wide range of attractions and activities including a static helicopter display, armed forces village and much more.
  4. Giants Causeway Coast Sportive, Ballycastle, 9 September. A road cycling event which takes place along the Causeway Coast and through the Glens of Antrim. This event has been designed to attract all cyclists from complete beginners to enthusiasts. Participants have a choice of three routes (35miles, 80miles and 115miles) all showcasing the Causeway Coast and Glens of Antrim area by offering participants an unforgettable cycling experience.
  5. Carnival of Colours 2017, Derry~Londonderry, 9-10 September. Predominantly based in St. Columb’s Park, this festival will feature a Guinness World Record attempt for the world’s largest kazoo band and it will make use of emerging talent, featuring musicians, comedians and spoken word on the Eclectic Picnic stage. Workshops will also be available, for children and older people, in various creative disciplines including circus skills, graffiti art, dance, drumming, arts and crafts.
  6. Seamus Heaney HomePlace Celebrates, Bellaghy, 8-10 September. Immerse yourself in a special programme of events which celebrates the work of Seamus Heaney, as curated by Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Muldoon. The line-up includes principal dancer and co-choreographer on Riverdance, Jean Butler’s deeply personal to Heaney’s collection in ‘Performance Reflections’, a number of poetry readings and much more.
  7. Curious Wedding Market, Belfast, 5 September. Taking place in St George’s Market, this isn’t your average cookie cutter wedding fair. The Curious Wedding Market gives couples a chance to snap up one off exclusive offers on products and services, sample amazing food, relax, sample a drink, discuss a signature cocktail for their big day and listen to potential wedding entertainment. Over 100 eclectic wedding suppliers will be attending to cater for all your wedding requirements, so come along and strike an amazing  deal for your big day.
  8. Bus Tour of Fermanagh Railway Heritage, Enniskillen, 9 September. A nostalgic tour of former railway stations in Fermanagh and Tyrone, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the closure of the railways on 30th September 1957. Tour commencing at Enniskillen Castle. Book in advance call 028 6632 5000 or e-mail castle@fermanaghomagh.com.
  9. Donaghadee Lights Up, Donaghadee, 9 September. See the worldwide chart-topping band The Bay City Rollers play to fans at this free outdoor performance in the beautiful coastal setting of Donaghadee. Make an evening of it by enjoying one of the tasty food stalls before the gig begins, the night will then end with a spectacular fireworks display.
  10. My Mountain Life by Simon Yates, Lyric Theatre, Belfast, 10 September. Hear about Simon’s mountain-climbing adventures. Share with him the drama, excitement and beauty of modern, lightweight alpinism. Told with wit, dry humour and lavishly illustrated with images and video collected on his great climbs.

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

10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland next week!

DiscoverNorthernIreland.com has stacks of fun things to do across NI, from family days out to gigs and cultural events. Here are 10 exciting things taking place this week (August 21-27)

 

  1. Belfast Mela 2017, Botanic Gardens, 27 August. The Belfast Mela Festival will transform the park into an exotic magical garden filled with the sights, sounds and aromas from a wealth of nations. A lively multi-cultured parade through the gardens will get the party started, creating the famously heady, good humoured atmosphere of this unique event which annually brings the world into the heart of Belfast.
  2. Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017, Belfast, 22-26 August. Ireland is hosting the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017, with the semi-finals and finals taking place in Belfast on Tuesday 22 and Saturday 26 August at Kingspan Stadium and Queen’s Sport. Tickets give you access to an entire day’s play – three matches. Prices start from just £7 for children, £12 for adults and £36 for families.
  3. Lughnasa International Friel Festival, Derry~Londonderry, 17-27 August. An annual multi-arts festival celebrating Ireland’s foremost playwright of the last 50 years, the late Brian Friel. The festival will include theatre (headlining play ‘Making History’ by Brian Friel), music, talks and discussions, dramatic readings, dance, film and will take place in many of the city’s iconic historical sites.
  4. Harvest Foraging at the Navan Centre and Fort, Armagh, 27 August. Learn about foraging for food and the wealth of foods available around the countryside. Take a walk around Navan, under the guidance of an expert, and collect food to bring to prepare for cooking. Sample some fayre made with foraged foods like berries, vegetables, apples and even nettles.
  5. Vintage Family Weekend, Hillsborough, 27-28 August. Come along with all the family to Hillsborough Castle to enjoy activities inspired by the 1950s. Watch a traditional Punch and Judy show, try your hand at some vintage craft and games, or venture out on a gardens trail to discover what was happening at the Castle during the 1950s.
  6. Harvest 2017 – Country Music Festival, Enniskillen, 26-27 August. Two days of live entertainment featuring over 30 acts performing across three music stages. For country music fans who want to enjoy the full festival experience a food village, boutique camping and campervan facilities, family friendly zones and dedicated dancing sessions will be on offer.
  7. Naturally North Coast & Glens Artisan Market, Ballycastle, 27-28 August. Market visitors will have every sense tantalised through the colourful art and crafts, the delicious smell and taste of fresh food produce and the sound of musicians providing a backdrop to the buzz of traders and customers chatting and laughing.
  8. Belfast Vital: Muse & Tiesto, 23 & 26 August. The annual Vital Festival returns to Belfast’s Boucher Road Playing Fields with a number of phenomenal headline acts. Muse are joined by Biffy Clyro and Nothing but Thieves, and Tiësto will be supported by special guests, Clean Bandit.
  9. Causeway Coast Mini Club Mini Weekend, Portrush, 26-27 August. Watch minis “Dash” from Bushmills Distillery to Portstewart on Saturday evening, this starts at approx. 7pm and follows the A2 coast road to Portstewart. On Sunday experience the super static show at West Bay, Portrush, where trade stands, auto jumble and family entertainment will amuse the whole family.
  10. Walled City Pro-Am, Derry~Londonderry, 26-27 August. This golf tournament at City of Derry Golf Club and Foyle International Golf Centre attracts top Irish PGA professionals to compete for the title and €15,000. A large number of competitors will have the opportunity to put their skills to the test, teams of amateurs will compete alongside the professionals.

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

10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland next week!

DiscoverNorthernIreland.com has stacks of fun things to do across NI, from family days out to gigs and cultural events. Here are 10 exciting things taking place Aug 14-20.

 

  1. Children’s Summer Street Theatre with the Raven Sisters, Portstewart, 18 August. Entertaining for children and adults alike, the Raven Sisters bring their unique brand of cabaret to the seaside towns of Portrush and Portstewart. Evocative of a bygone era of sideshow circus and the silver screen, brought sharply into the 21st century by these dextrous damsels and their fancy footwork. Showtimes 1.30pm and 4pm.
  2. 2017 UEFA Women’s Under -19 Championship, Belfast, until 20 August. Eight national teams, including Northern Ireland as hosts, will participate in the prestigious tournament. Showcasing Northern Ireland at its best, including our football, our facilities, our culture, our history, our fans and our unconditional love of the game. Semi-finals are on 17 August with the final on Sunday 20 August.
  3. The Charles Wood Festival & Summer School, Armagh, 20-27 August. World-renowned choral composer, John Rutter will conduct a special “come and sing” evening. The festival will also embrace jazz with a residency by leading British jazz composer, Will Todd. A gala concert will feature his popular setting of the Latin mass, Mass in Blue, and he’ll also deliver a special jazz workshop.
  4. Meditation and Mindfulness Retreat, Holywood, 18-20 August. Retreat to Lorne Estate, a 21 acre estate overlooking Belfast Lough, situated eight miles from Belfast and a mere five minute walk from the sea. Relaxed schedules and guidance from experienced teachers amid a beautiful, peaceful and relaxing setting combine to make an ideal opportunity for finding inner peace.
  5. Causeway Coast Truck Fest, Portstewart, 20 August. This truck show and family fun day starts at 10am at the NW200 Pits, followed by a truck convoy around the NW200 circuit at 4pm. The festival includes 300+ show trucks with prizes for the best trucks and fleet, local food, trade and craft village along with live entertainment for all the family to enjoy.
  6. Ulster Rally, Derry~Londonderry, 18-19 August. Stages feature the full breadth of Counties Londonderry and Tyrone with two regroups, one in Derry~Londonderry’s Guildhall Square on Friday and Strabane town centre on Saturday. The city and town areas all allow close public access to drivers, cars and autograph sessions.
  7. On the trail of Martel wild caving expedition, Enniskillen, 16 August. Delve off the beaten track to explore wild caving, deep inside the Marble Arch Caves system. Meander through cave passages, climb through boulder chambers and squeeze though the famous flyover to emerge into the Marble Arch showcave. Expedition leaves reception at 2pm.
  8. Making Waves Onboard HMS Caroline, Belfast, 16 August. Join artist Julie Greenlee for this craft family workshop onboard HMS Caroline and learn how to weave using peg looms. Use a variety of wool and fabric strips to create ‘waves’, which will then be joined together and suspended from the ceiling creating a colourful display of gently flowing waves.
  9. Lughnasa International Friel Festival, Derry~Londonderry, 17-27 August. An annual multi-arts festival celebrating Ireland’s foremost playwright of the last 50 years, the late Brian Friel. The festival will include theatre (headlining play ‘Making History’ by Brian Friel), music, talks and discussions, dramatic readings, dance, film and will take place in many of the city’s iconic historical sites.
  10. 1st Birthday Party Celebrations at Exploris Aquarium, Portaferry, 15 August. Swim on down to Exploris to celebrate the aquarium’s first birthday since the re-opening last year. Strap on your pirate eye patch or your dazzling mermaid tail to be in with a chance to win the best-dressed competition.

 

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

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 10 exciting things taking place this week (August 7-13).

 

  1. Northern Ireland Open, Galgorm Castle, Ballymena, 10-13 August.  The Northern Ireland Open, Northern Ireland’s annual national professional tournament returns to Galgorm Castle, Ballymena from Thursday 10 – Sunday 13 August 2017. The NI Open is not just a golf event, rather a Golf Tournament for all the Family.
  2. 2017 UEFA Women’s Under -19 Championship, 8-20 August. Eight national teams, including Northern Ireland as hosts, will participate in the prestigious 16-day tournament. Showcasing Northern Ireland at its best, including our football, our facilities, our culture, our history, our fans and our unconditional love of the game.
  3. Féile, Belfast, 7-13 August.  Ireland’s biggest community arts festival and summer school returns from 3 – 13 August. The festival is renowned for attracting top entertainers including top comedy acts, headlining DJ’s and UB40 will be playing on 11 August.
  4. Ulster Grand Prix, Dundrod, 6-12 August.  A spectacular week of road racing, key dates of this event are practice sessions on Wednesday 9 August and the Dundrod 150 national races on Thursday 10 August with the the main event, the MCE Ulster Grand Prix on Saturday 12 August.
  5. Heart of the Glens Festival, Cushendall, 7-13 August. One of the most successful community festivals in Northern Ireland 2017 delivers a variety of events is as offering something for all the family. The festival will open with fireworks and throughout the week there will the Lurig Run, vintage family fun day, dance workshops etc.
  6. Food and Cider Tour, Armagh, 12 August. A guided culinary coach tour where you can discover the history of the area and its many award-winning foodie wonders. Have a chance to sample some of the best local produce and hear about its provenance. Coach departs Palace Demesne, Armagh at 9.45am.
  7. Stendhal Festival, Limavady, 11-13 August. This music and arts festival is held in the beautifully scenic Roe Valley, offering visitors a creative and immersive cultural escape. Celebrating the very best in local, national and international talent.
  8. Lunasa Spirit of Folk Festival, Cookstown, 12 August. Family fun, with a celebration of food, music, sport, and art. Hosted by The Clans of Ulster, this event marks the end of summer and celebrates the harvest season, while honouring the role of the ancient Celtic ways.
  9. The Wolfe Tones, Derry~Londonderry, 12 August. Now in their 54th year on the road, The Wolfe Tones have chosen one of their favourite venues to present A Greatest Hits Performance. Hear the songs and ballads that helped to create a legend of Irish music. To book call 028 7126 4455
  10. 7 Hills Blues Festival, Armagh, 10-13 August. A vibrant music festival, which celebrates the diversity of blues music.  The festival was created in 2010 from the passion and inspiration of local musician Simon Smith. It is focused around a four-day gig trail through the bars, restaurants and cafes in Armagh City Centre.

 

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

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 10 exciting things taking place this week (July 31-August 6).

  1. August Féile, Belfast, 3 August. Ireland’s biggest community arts festival and summer school returns from 3 – 13 August. The festival is renowned for attracting top entertainers and this year’s highlights include UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey, Boyzlife, comedian Jake O’Kane, traditional Irish band Altan and the annual Feile Carnival Parade.
  2. Children’s Street Entertainment -Parky, Ballycastle Seafront, 31 July. This show enthrals and excites both adults and children alike. Parky performs a traditional Punch and Judy show with the authentic voice of Mr Punch. Puppets and theatre are traditional in style with slapstick and humour the ingredients of this free show.
  3. Bat Night, Craigavon, 4 August. Help identify all eight of Northern Ireland’s bat species that live at Ardress House and make some batty crafts to take home. A perfect evening for kids with an exciting educational twist.
  4. Festival of Flight, Newcastle, 4 – 5 August. Festival of Flight 2017 will once again launch a full programme of thrilling events in Newcastle, Co Down with the airshow taking place on Saturday 5 August. The airshow is the centre piece of the festival where the crowds watch in awe as the sky over Dundrum Bay is filled with the roar of engines.
  5. Music by the Lake, Fermanagh, 5 August. Midnight Graffiti are back at Crom Estate for another fantastic evening of jazzy pop classics. Bring a picnic and prepare to dance the night away by the shores of Lough Erne. Enjoy a glass of wine on arrival. Performance begins at 7pm.
  6. Dungannon’s Busking and Blues Festival, 5 August. Join us for the annual Blues on the Hill festival taking place on the Hill of the O’Neill, a stunning location at one of the most important heritage sites in the whole of Ulster. Take in the fantastic panoramic views as you enjoy music from a number of acts including the headlining Band of Friends.
  7. Belfast MasterChef Challenge 2017, 3 August. The Balmoral Hotel’s inaugural Belfast Master Chef Challenge will see four foodie finalists fight it out for the coveted title in front of a live audience at the venue as part of Feile an Phobail. The winner will be decided by a panel of experts as well as an audience vote with proceeds from that process going to Children In Need.
  8. Bricklive, Belfast, 3 – 6 August. The world’s best Lego builders will gather as the Titanic Exhibition Centre welcomes international professional and amateur displays to the fan zone. The event also include special guests, Lego launches to the live stage and have-a-go themed areas for you to enjoy.
  9. Carmen, Millennium Forum, Derry~Londonderry, 4 – 5 August. The dramatic story of the gypsy Carmen and her ill-fated affair with army corporal Don Jose, told through Georges Bizet’s powerful score, is the most popular opera of all time. To book call 028 7126 4455.
  10. Wildfire Walk, Belfast, 5 August. Enjoy a walk along the uplands of Cave Hill to highlight the impacts of wildfires on the hills, visitors and wildlife. Find out just how resilient the uplands are and the positive news about what the Belfast Hills Partnership does to combat wildfires. Meeting point: Ballyaghagan car park. For further information call 028 9060 3466.

 

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