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 (20 – 26 August)

 

  1. Belfast Mela 2018, Belfast, 26 August. Music, dance, arts and culture come together as the Mela transforms Belfast’s beautiful Botanic Gardens into a magical global garden filled with the sights, sounds and aromas of nations from around the world.
  2. Hilden Beer and Music Festival 2018, Lisburn, 24 – 26 August. Held in the grounds of Hilden Brewery and Hilden House, this ever-popular three-day ale-tasting event proudly boasts all that is great in terms of craft beers and ciders from the UK and Ireland, gourmet food and a huge range of live musical acts.
  3. Jika Jika! Festival, Derry~Londonderry, 25 – 26 August. Respected Irish promoters Jika Jika! promise to bring something new and exciting to Ebrington Square. Their first ever festival is set to feature stages curated by Denis Sulta and Green Velvet across two days, plus a cultured mix of talents including Octave One Live, Willow and Charlotte De Witte.
  4. Shortcross Gin Blues Afternoon, Downpatrick, 26 August. A blistering summer afternoon of blues music and Shortcross Gin at Rademon Estate. The afternoon includes live entertainment, local food makers and a fully stocked Shortcross Gin bar.
  5. Lap The Lough 2018, Dungannon, 26 August. Get off the typical tourist trail and explore some of Northern Ireland’s unique countryside, landscapes and attractions by joining 2500 other cyclists on a journey around Lough Neagh. Whether you’re participating or spectating this is a great way to round off the summer season.
  6. The Auld Lammas Fair, Ballycastle, 26 – 28 August. Two days of trading, bartering, busking, amusements, street entertainment and competitions add to the atmosphere in the beautiful seaside town of Ballycastle. The fair hosts over 400 stalls offering local crafts and locally sourced produce and is free to attend
  7. Maiden City Ink, Derry~Londonderry, 24 – 26 August. The biggest tattoo convention in Northern Ireland hosting award winning artists from all over the globe. Whether you’re looking to get inked, show off your body art or curb your curiosity, this is guaranteed to be a great weekend with a buzzing atmosphere.
  8. Sideboard Sideshow, Newcastle, 25 August. Superbly silly, stunningly surreal and seriously stupid the world of Sideboard Sideshow comes to Newcastle Promenade. A blend of awesome skills including acrobatics, juggling and fire this high energy show is full of fun, laughter and unpredictability.
  9. Flashdance the Musical, Belfast, 21 – 25 August. Coming to the Grand Opera House, Flashdance – The Musical is the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex a determined welder who dreams of becoming a professional dancer. When a romance complicates her ambitions, she harnesses it to drive her dream of attending Shipley Dance Academy.
  10. Foyle Pride Festival, Derry~Londonderry, 18 – 26 August. The aim of Foyle Pride Festival is to acknowledge, empower and celebrate the LGBT community. The festival features a week of workshops  held throughout the city and a parade on Saturday 25 August.

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 ten exciting things taking place this week (13-19 August)

 

  1. CHSq, Belfast, 10 – 26 August. CHSq returns to the historic surroundings of Belfast’s iconic Custom House, bringing a series of headline shows by international musical artists. This year’s line-up includes Kasabian, Rag N Bone Man and Ben Nicky.
  2. Groomsport Music and Fireworks, Bangor, 18 August. An evening of live music, family entertainment and a spectacular fireworks finale. This year’s headline act will be Fleetwood Mac Tribute band, Mack Fleetwood, supported by Wookalily who will deliver toe tapping alternative folk music.
  3. Wake the Giant Festival, Warrenpoint, 18 – 19 August. This festival will once again see Finn the Giant come to life using the combined efforts of the audience, the artists and craftspeople. It is set to be an extraordinary day as ancient myth and legend comes to life in a series of street parades, music, song, and dance. In addition to the entertainment there will be free kids’ activities and a food village bursting with fresh local produce.
  4. Causeway Coast Truck Fest, Portstewart, 19 August. This is a fun, family day out at one of the North Coast’s top festivals of the year. The festival will host 300+ show trucks, a craft village with local food suppliers and live entertainment, topped off by the famous truck convoy around the North West 200 track between Portstewart, Coleraine and Portrush.
  5. Portrush Flyer, Belfast, 12 – 19 August. Enjoy the nostalgia of bygone days. Departing from Belfast Central Train Station for Portush at 11.30am, spend the day by the seaside and enjoy fish and chips and ice-cream along the promenade. Train returns from Portrush at 5pm.
  6. Moira Speciality Food Fair, Craigavon, 18 August. Award–winning food and drink producers from across Northern Ireland will feature in this speciality food fair, including Abernethy Butter, Burren Balsamics and Harnett’s Oils to name but a few. The event will include cookery demonstrations, educational workshops and masterclasses. Visitors will also have the opportunity to taste and buy from the many local producers in the artisan food hall.
  7. Portaferry Triathlon, Portaferry, 18 August. Enjoy watching this challenging triathlon as the competitors take on the tidal flow at the Narrows of Strangford Lough, before cycling a 21.5 km two-lap route around the scenic southern tip of the Ards Peninsula, followed by a 5km run with stunning views across Strangford Lough.
  8. Ulster Rugby V Gloucester, Belfast, 18 August. The English Premiership club Gloucester will visit Belfast for this fixture which kicks off at 5.30pm. In addition to watching world-class rugby, visitors of all ages can enjoy a range of activities including live music, autograph sessions, exclusive competitions and a fan photo-booth.
  9. Northern Ireland Open, Ballymena, 16 – 19 August. A golf tournament for all the family this event will attract Irish European Tour players and host the NI Open village which includes a dedicated food festival showcasing the finest of local produce.
  10. Box Car Blues Brothers, Newcastle, 17 August. Join the Box Car Blues Brothers for a high energy soul, rhythm and blues revue this summer at the Newcastle Community Cinema. All the hits and more will keep you moving from beginning to end and wanting more.

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 ten exciting things taking place this week (6 – 12 August)

 

  1. Portavogie Seafood Festival, Newtownards, Co. Down, 11 August. This festival celebrates Portavogie’s rich fishing heritage and is a fabulous day out for all the family. There will be cookery demonstrations, maritime themed activities, fun for the little ones and music throughout the day.
  2. Stendhal Festival of Art, Limavady, 10 – 11 August. Celebrating all things creative, Stendhal Festival is a multi-award winning festival held in the stunning, scenic surroundings of Ballymully Cottage Farm, Limavady. The festival hosts a programme of music, poetry, comedy, dance, theatre, contemporary and traditional crafts, sculpture, street performance and craft workshops.
  3. Festival of Flight 2018, Newcastle, 11 August. The Festival of Flight will be soaring high over the shores of Newcastle and Dundrum Bay. This event promises a powerful combination of stunning airborne antics led by the Red Arrows, complimented by family-friendly events and attractions.
  4. Athenry: Dance of the Celts, Belfast, 8 August. Ta Da Irish Dance Company presents the tale of the famous song ‘The Fields of Athenry’ as you’ve never seen before at the Cabaret Supperclub in Belfast.
  5. Open House Festival, Bangor, 1 – 31 August. Open House Festival Bangor is a vibrant music and arts festival that runs throughout the month of August in the picturesque seaside town of Bangor, Co. Down. The eclectic programme incorporates music, film, theatre, food & drink, books, local history, talks & tours, comedy, visual art and crafting.
  6. Castle Capers Community Festival, Co. Fermanagh, 11 August. The men of the Tully Castle patrol the walls and make ready their weapons to defend this fortified house. See the firing of muskets, feel the heft of swords and pikes and try on the armour and helmets of the early 17th century.
  7. Champion of Champions Pipe Band Competition, Portrush, 11 August. This is the culmination of a series of competitions held throughout the province during the year, offering a real feast of sound and colour. This event hosts a large number of bands, pipers and drummers, all vying for the silverware and is a great family day out.
  8. Armagh’s Iconic 7 Hills Blues Fest, Armagh, 9 – 12 August. Armagh’s iconic 7 Hills Blues Fest returns for an eighth summer, bringing world class talent to more than thirty venues and locations across the celebrated “Cathedral City”.
  9. Olly Murs, Belfast, 11 August. As part of Féile 30, X Factor star and The Voice UK judge, Olly Murs will perform his hit songs including ‘Please don’t let me go’, ‘Dance with me tonight’ and ‘Troublemaker’.
  10. Family Fun Day, Magherafelt, 12 August. Hosted by the National Trust at Springhill, a 17th-century ‘Plantation’ home, with walled gardens and parkland, this event includes a BBQ, traditional games, face paint, music, nature trails and much more, perfect for all the family to enjoy.

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 ten exciting things taking place this week (30 July – 5 August)

 

  1. Belfast Pride Festival, Belfast, 27 July – 5 August. Belfast Pride is one of the biggest festivals in Belfast celebrating the LGBTQA+ community and runs over 100 events across 10 days. The week includes a range of activities from workshops to social events and much more, with the main parade held on Saturday 4 August.
  2. The Wickerman Gathering 2018, Armagh, 4 August.  As the Celts celebrate the festival of Lughnasa, marking the beginning of the harvest season, join the clan in their preparations for the ceremonial burning of the 30ft Wickerman. Music, dancing and face painting will all be available at this event alongside the great ceremony of burning the Wickerman.
  3. Ulster Military Vehicle Club Show, Portrush, 4 – 5 August.  This annual event gives the public the opportunity to see up close a range of historic military vehicles. The Ulster Military Vehicle Club exists to promote the restoration, preservation and display of ex-military vehicles. There will be re-enactments and display stalls alongside the exhibition.
  4. Teddy Bears Picnic, Falls Park, Belfast, 5 August.  The Teddy Bears Picnic will have arts and crafts, a petting farm, graffiti wall art and a few other surprises. Bring along a picnic, a blanket, your teddy and its owner. There will also be a competition for the best dressed teddy bear and owner.
  5. Hog ‘n’ Bog Weekend 2018, Newcastle, 3 – 5 August. The Hog “n” Bog weekend will see hundreds of Harley Davidson motorbike fans descend on Newcastle, Co. Down, for the chance to ride-out through the stunning surroundings of the Mourne Mountains. This year’s event will be based at the Burrendale Hotel and will feature a custom bike show, live music and much more.
  6. Improv Comedy Festival, Belfast, 4 – 5 August. Improv acts from as far afield as Shanghai and as close to home as Dublin will be performing their unique form of comedy over the course of five evenings at the Accidental Theatre.
  7. Kite Festival, Castlerock, 4 – 5 August. This high-flying spectacle offers fun for all the family as a kaleidoscope of kites of all sizes take to the skies over the iconic coastal estate of Downhill Demesne. There will be award-winning kite displays, stunt kite teams, and other kite related activities, all of which will make this a weekend not to miss.
  8. Foyle Cycling Club 3 Day Race, Derry~Londonderry, 3 – 5 August. The FCC 3 Day Race is an event designed for A1, A2, A3 and junior male riders and A1, A2 and A3 female riders with the aim to be one of the best cycling events of its kind. Over the course of the weekend the race will see some of the best riders compete on some of the hardest roads in the North West.
  9. Ulster Rugby Family Fun Day, Belfast, 3 August. Ulster Rugby’s Fun Day lets fans meet and greet members of the 2018/19 playing squad. Activities available on the day include rugby skills and tag sessions, a bouncy castle, meet and greets, a climbing wall, a petting zoo and much more.
  10. Dog Leap Rally, Limavady, 4 August. A day of high quality motorsport entertainment, attracting top drivers and co-drivers. Visitors can experience high speed, high octane and an ultimately exhilarating event, making for a fantastic day out for all the family.

 

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 23rd to 29th July

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 (23-29 July)

 

  1. The Wizard of Oz, Belfast, 26-29 July. Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Grand Opera House as the Theatre’s Summer Youth Project stages an unmissable production of one of the best-loved musicals of all time. All of the characters and songs from the iconic movie will be brought to life by a hugely talented cast of young people.
  2. The Portstewart Community Red Sails Festival, Portstewart, 22-28 July. The Red Sails Festival includes a diverse range of free musical events, children’s entertainment and competitions, street theatre and dance. With O’Hara’s Castle a backdrop, the Red Sails Festival finale fireworks display has become one of the most popular displays in Ireland
  3. Nathan Carter in Concert, Newcastle, 28 July. Nathan Carter is an exciting figurehead on the UK country music scene and returns to Newcastle for a one night concert in the stunning surroundings of the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa.
  4. Historical Walking Tour, Newtownards, 26 July. Situated at the northern end of Strangford Lough, Newtownards has a wealth of historical treasures waiting to be discovered. Medieval events, Oliver Cromwell’s campaign, the 1798 Rebellion and more have all influenced the town. Find out about Newtownards on this walking tour which departs from the City Hall.
  5. Wild Air Run, Belfast, 28 July. The Wild Air Run coming to Stormont Estate is a dynamic fun run suitable for all abilities that features 10 giant inflatable obstacles as part of a 5K course, including Europe’s biggest inflatable slide.
  6. Grant Goldie – That Man, Newcastle, 28 July. A man and his case in a world of chance and opportunity, creating a show with interactive participation, acute absurdity and mesmerising manipulation. A wordless performance, not merely a juggling show but more a projectile assault on gravity coming to Newcastle promenade.
  7. SupercupNI, Co. Londonderry, 22-27 July. SuperCupNI is an international youth football tournament, where teams from all over the world compete against each other at venues in Coleraine, Ballymoney, Limavady, Portrush and Ballymena.
  8. Cairncastle Bluegrass & Folk Musical Evening, Larne, 24 July – 1 Aug. Cairncastle Ulster Scots Bluegrass & Folk cross community festival is held in the Halfway House Hotel, in the picturesque village of Ballygally and features international bands, performances and workshops playing a mixture of Irish, Scottish, Country and Bluegrass music.
  9. Belfast Pride Festival, 27 July – 5 August. Belfast Pride is one of the biggest festivals in Belfast celebrating the LGBTQA+ community and runs over 100 events across 10 days. The week includes a range of events including workshops, social events and much more with the main parade held on the 4th
  10. Ulster Fleadh 2018, Castlewellan, 23-29 July. The Ulster Fleadh is a unique event offering something for everyone. It is a family friendly festival of Irish music, song, dance and language – suitable for all ages.

 

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 16th to 22nd July

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 (16-22 July)

 

  1. Soma Festival, Newcastle, 18-22July. Soma Festival is the brainchild of a small band of musicians, artists, and creatives from Castlewellan and surrounding areas. Over the years, the festival has organically grown into an intoxicating fusion of arts, crafts, storytelling, food & drink, health & well-being, and children’s activities, all the while keeping high calibre music at its heart and core.
  2. Foyle Maritime Festival, Derry~Londonderry, 14 – 22 July. The theme of this year’s festival is ‘voyages’ in acknowledgment of the city’s rich maritime heritage. The quayside becomes engrossed in maritime magic as the city hosts a fantastic collection of live music, markets, entertainment, and river based activities.
  3. Rose Week, Belfast, 16-22 July. Rose Week is a celebration of the Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Rose Garden. The full programme of activities includes music and entertainment for all the family with face painting, bouncy castle, mega slide, balloon modelling, Punch and Judy shows and much more.
  4. Bushmills Through the Wars, Bushmills, 12-22 July. This exhibition takes in the Great War, Second World War and Korea. The event commemorates soldiers from all sides who lost lives serving their country. Exhibits include uniforms, medals, rations, worktime fashions,the experience of evacuees, information about G.Is and much more.
  5. Ulster Pipe Band Championship, Newcastle, 21 July. Come along to Donard Park and see Pipe Bands from all over Northern Ireland compete for the prestigious Ulster title, with competitions for Grades 1 – 4 and Novice, Junior, Juvenile, Senior drum major titles up for grabs.
  6. Foyle Cup, Derry~Londonderry, 16-21 July. Seen as one of the most important and pivotal tournaments in Northern Ireland, the Foyle Cup presents an opportunity for the youth of Northern Ireland to show their football playing abilities.
  7. Parklife 2018, Lisburn, 7-28 July. Parklife encourages local people to reclaim their open spaces and celebrate their shared cultural heritage and identity. Held at Wallace Park the programme includes drama, dance, crafts and sporting activities for everyone to enjoy.
  8. Lush! Classical – Ebrington Square, Derry~Londonderry, 21 July. A phenomenal, breathtaking event featuring a 65-piece classical orchestra, world-renowned DJs and live vocalists playing floor fillers from the past 20 years, all produced in conjunction with Kylie Minogue’s musical director
  9. Stripey Socks – Curious World, Newcastle, 21 July. An enchanting comical twist on a classic children’s tale comes to Newcastle Promenade. Explore with Alice as she enters this curious world and meets the Mad Hatter, has a tea party and finds herself tangled up in this new aerial and acrobatic adventure
  10. From an Abbey to a Stately Home Coach Tour, Newtownards, 21 July. View one of the finest Georgian country houses in Ireland, Grey Abbey House. The current owners will guide you around and join you for tea and a treat. You will also visit the Cistercian abbey founded by Lady Affreca, the wife of John de Courcy.

 

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 ten exciting things taking place this week (9 – 15 July)

 

  1. Portaferry Gala Festival, Co. Down, 14-20 July. The 51st Annual Portaferry Gala Festival offers something for everyone. Enjoy fancy dress, pitching the sheaf, live music, treasure trails and much more. The annual float parade will be held on Friday 20 July.
  2. Parklife, Lisburn, 7 – 28 July. Parklife brings heaps of family fun to Wallace Park, including drama, dance, crafts and sporting activities for everyone to enjoy. All events are free and encourage people to reclaim their open spaces and celebrate their shared cultural heritage and identity.
  3. Dalriada Festival, Glenarm, 14 – 21 July.  The Dalriada Festival has a varied programme of events including Europe’s Strongest Man, live wrestling and pipe band championships. The festival offers numerous music and dance stages including performances from Bay City Rollers, Ronan Keating and Nathan Carter. Craft and food stalls, exhibitions and children’s entertainment will also be available.
  4. Castlewellan Agricultural Show, Co. Down, 14 July. Set across 50 acres in the beautiful surroundings of Castlewellan Forest Park, the show features classes for a variety of farm animals along with dog agility and home industries. Food and craft producers showcase their wares on a wide range of trade stands alongside live music, vintage tractors, young farmers competitions and children’s amusements.
  5. MK, KC Lights, Will Clarke & more, Belfast, 14 July.  MK (Marc Kinchen) is set for a return to Belfast this summer, touching down at Northern Ireland’s acclaimed warehouse events space, The Telegraph Building. This house music superstar will be joined by a range of support acts including Bangor’s Themm and Coach regular Tommy McCoy.
  6. Foyle Maritime Festival, Derry~Londonderry, 14-22 July. The Foyle Maritime Festival returns and will host the stopover of the Clipper Race 2017-18 as it near the end of their its the world journey.  Queens Quay will once again be transformed into a maritime wonderland full of fun, activities, music, arts and crafts as the city prepares to welcome the Clipper Race yachts back.
  7. Shark Awareness Day at Exploris Aquarium, Co. Down, 14 July. Swim down to Exploris and develop your knowledge of this amazing species. Learn all about their blacktip reef sharks and have lots of fun with some shark themed activities, as well as open pool demonstrations.
  8. Babcock & Bobbins on the Prom, Newcastle, 14 July. Performing their fairly traditional circus show at Newcastle Promenade, Babcock & Bobbins provide a good mix of slapstick comedy and circus skills including fire juggling, giraffe unicycle, stilt walking, rola bola and fire breathing.
  9. Orangefest – Twelfth of July Celebrations, Belfast, 12 July. The Twelfth celebrations showcase aspects of Ulster’s rich heritage and culture such as marching bands, fife and drums, flute music and the resonant sound of Ulster’s unique Lambeg drum.
  10. Open-Air Theatre – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Enniskillen, 14 July. Take a trip down the rabbit hole with Chapterhouse Theatre Company this summer as they present the classic tale of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at Enniskillen Castle. Presented in beautiful Victorian costume and alive with song, dance and original music, this is a production to delight the entire family.

 

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 ten exciting things taking place this week (9 – 15 July)

 

  1. Portaferry Gala Festival, Co. Down, 14-20 July. The 51st Annual Portaferry Gala Festival offers something for everyone. Enjoy fancy dress, pitching the sheaf, live music, treasure trails and much more. The annual float parade will be held on Friday 20 July.
  2. Parklife, Lisburn, 7 – 28 July. Parklife brings heaps of family fun to Wallace Park, including drama, dance, crafts and sporting activities for everyone to enjoy. All events are free and encourage people to reclaim their open spaces and celebrate their shared cultural heritage and identity.
  3. Dalriada Festival, Glenarm, 14 – 21 July.  The Dalriada Festival has a varied programme of events including Europe’s Strongest Man, live wrestling and pipe band championships. The festival offers numerous music and dance stages including performances from Bay City Rollers, Ronan Keating and Nathan Carter. Craft and food stalls, exhibitions and children’s entertainment will also be available.
  4. Castlewellan Agricultural Show, Co. Down, 14 July. Set across 50 acres in the beautiful surroundings of Castlewellan Forest Park, the show features classes for a variety of farm animals along with dog agility and home industries. Food and craft producers showcase their wares on a wide range of trade stands alongside live music, vintage tractors, young farmers competitions and children’s amusements.
  5. MK, KC Lights, Will Clarke & more, Belfast, 14 July.  MK (Marc Kinchen) is set for a return to Belfast this summer, touching down at Northern Ireland’s acclaimed warehouse events space, The Telegraph Building. This house music superstar will be joined by a range of support acts including Bangor’s Themm and Coach regular Tommy McCoy.
  6. Foyle Maritime Festival, Derry~Londonderry, 14-22 July. The Foyle Maritime Festival returns and will host the stopover of the Clipper Race 2017-18 as it near the end of their its the world journey.  Queens Quay will once again be transformed into a maritime wonderland full of fun, activities, music, arts and crafts as the city prepares to welcome the Clipper Race yachts back.
  7. Shark Awareness Day at Exploris Aquarium, Co. Down, 14 July. Swim down to Exploris and develop your knowledge of this amazing species. Learn all about their blacktip reef sharks and have lots of fun with some shark themed activities, as well as open pool demonstrations.
  8. Babcock & Bobbins on the Prom, Newcastle, 14 July. Performing their fairly traditional circus show at Newcastle Promenade, Babcock & Bobbins provide a good mix of slapstick comedy and circus skills including fire juggling, giraffe unicycle, stilt walking, rola bola and fire breathing.
  9. Orangefest – Twelfth of July Celebrations, Belfast, 12 July. The Twelfth celebrations showcase aspects of Ulster’s rich heritage and culture such as marching bands, fife and drums, flute music and the resonant sound of Ulster’s unique Lambeg drum.
  10. Open-Air Theatre – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Enniskillen, 14 July. Take a trip down the rabbit hole with Chapterhouse Theatre Company this summer as they present the classic tale of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at Enniskillen Castle. Presented in beautiful Victorian costume and alive with song, dance and original music, this is a production to delight the entire family.

 

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 this week

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 (2 – 8 July)

 

  1. Grandslam 2018: Summer of Steps Tour, Belfast, 8 July. The iconic pop group Steps reunite to perform their Grandslam tour at The Pavilion, Stormont Estate with support acts Aqua and Blue.
  2. Downy Duckling Week, Newtownards, 2-8 July. Get behind-the-scenes access to Castle Espie’s newly renovated Duckery and witness the whole egg-to-duckling process, alongside experts who will guide you through their duckling nursery and incubation areas.
  3. Mini Pony Camp, Limavady, 2-5 July. An opportunity for younger riders to experience a mini camp at Crindle Stables, perfect for the summer holidays. Learn to look after your pony with help from more advanced riders including riding lessons, stable management, pony games and fun whilst improving skills and confidence.
  4. Gardens and Gin Tour, Newtownards, 7 July. Explore the botanicals, combining a guided walk through the beautiful gardens at Mount Stewart Estate with a fascinating visit to the Echlinville Distillery to experience the fine art of gin making and taste an aromatic drop.
  5. Bing Live!, Belfast, 7-8 July. Calling all Bingsters! Bing and his friends are coming to Belfast’s Waterfront Hall for their first ever Bing stage show. Full of fun, laughter and music, ‘Bing Live!’ is the perfect first theatre trip for pre-schoolers and their families.
  6. Dr Nick on the Prom, Newcastle, 7 July. Dr. Nick’s solo street show is a brilliant mix of high-energy unicycling, tantalisingly dangerous fire-juggling, awe-inspiring plate spinning, and masses of audience participation – all stuck together with Dr Nick’s own brand of comedy, coming to Newcastle’s promenade.
  7. Sink or Slim, Newcastle, 6-7 July. Sink or Slim is a classic Sam Cree comedy coming to the Newcastle Community Cinema. This comedy is set in the 1960s on a health farm run by the owner Mrs. Babbington, who rules with a rod of iron and feeds her pet poodle better than her paying guests.
  8. Lunchtime Recital with the Allegra Singers Canada, Armagh, 7 July. An intergenerational community choir with members from all over the Victoria area in British Columbia, Canada. The Allegra Singers performance at St Patrick’s Church of Ireland will feature a diverse repertoire ranging from classical to jazz, gospel to musical theatre, world music, pop, rock and folk.
  9. Discover Maghera’s Hidden Heritage, Cookstown, 7 July. Join Mid-Ulster Council on a journey to discover Maghera’s Hidden Heritage, in a town full of significant sites from ancient times. Your visit will include a stop at Maghera Walled Garden, following with a refreshing high-tea at Walsh’s Hotel, before commencing to the foot Carntogher mountain and Siopa An Carn.
  10. Lazy Sundays, Dungannon, 8 July. Every Sunday in July The Argory hosts “Lazy Sundays.” Enjoy laid back tunes and relaxation as you chill in the Courtyard. Meanwhile the kids are entertained and feast on a summer BBQ.

 

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

10 Things to do This 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 (25 June – 1 July)

 

  1. Ballykelly Bank Walk, Derry~Londonderry, 1 July. Join Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust for a Sunday stroll along Ballykelly Bank. This is an inspiring off-road level walk, for most of its length alongside a freshwater pond.
  2. Home National Deaf Bowls Championships, Bangor, 29 June – 1 July. After the successful British Championships, a request was made that the Home National Championships be held in Bangor. This four-day event attracts bowlers from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  3. Pirates Off Portrush & Heritage Fair, 30 June – 1 July. Portrush Heritage Group will stage the sixth adventure of the notorious Pirates Off Portrush. This two-day fair includes the dramatic play, a treasure hunt, fancy dress competitions, storytelling and a parade plus much more.
  4. Celtronic Festival, Derry~Londonderry, 27 June- July. Ireland’s leading electronic music festival brings five days and nights of music events, film screenings, workshops, seminars, recording projects and much more at venues across the city of Derry.
  5. Portaferry Sails and Sounds, Portaferry, 28 June – 1 July. Boats from all over the UK and Ireland will converge on the loughshore town of Portaferry for a weekend of traditional Irish and Scottish music and dance. The event features workshops, children’s entertainment, land-based activities and music throughout the town.
  6. Belsonic 2018, Belfast, 15-30 June. Belsonic returns to Ormeau Park, as it brings a host of international headline acts to the heart of Belfast including Eric Prydz and The Script.
  7. The Wonder Tales – Portico, Portaferry, 29 June. Join spectacular duo Jane Talbot and Noel Harron for a rambunctious evening of storytelling and song. The stories in the show are original, dark fairytales or quirky, radical re-tellings and are all set locally.
  8. Sunday Band Concert, Newcastle, 1 July. Enjoy this free concert outside the Newcastle Centre by Ballylone Concert Flute Band as they perform a wide range of popular tunes. Bring a blanket or deckchair and enjoy some delightful entertainment on the promenade.
  9. Ballydougan Pottery Exhibition, Armagh, 1 July – 31 July. Craftswirl at Armagh Visitor Information Centre is delighted to be showcasing the award winning “Ballydougan Pottery” for its July exhibition.
  10. Maggie’s Yer Ma, Coleraine, 27 June. Loveable rogue Maggie Muff is back to the Riverside Theatre with a bang in this highly anticipated sequel to Leesa Harker’s smash hit trilogy.

 

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