Tourism NI has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland (May 22 – May 28)
- County Derry Fleadh, 25 – 28 May. A showcase of traditional Irish music and culture, this year’s County Derry Fleadh will be hosted by the Jimmy O’Hara CCE Roe Valley branch in Limavady. The launch event will take place in Granny Annie’s. For more information call 07792846699.
- Stand-Up Paddleboard River Trail, Limavady, 22 May. Stand-up paddleboarding is an ancient form of surfing (with a paddle) with a Hawaiian heritage, emerging as a popular and competitive global sport. After a quick change and safety briefing you’ll be off for 1.5 hours of exhilarating yet peaceful stand-up paddleboarding, meandering down the river alongside your instructor who will give you tips on technique. From £30. For more information visit visit longlinesurfschool.co.uk
- Laurentic Exhibition, Derry~Londondery, until 21 June. It has been 100 years since the famous Laurentic sank off Lough Swilly on a bitter cold night in January 1917. This Tower Museum exhibition tells the story of the famous ship, the numerous salvage operations and the search for the elusive gold still on board. 10am-5.30pm, free entry.
- Fermanagh’s Hidden Treasures – Help Save our Magnificent Meadows, until 25 June. The Ulster Wildlife project “Save our Magnificent Meadows” showcases the abundance of wildlife such as butterflies, bees, flowers and birds that can be enjoyed among these precious remaining farmland habitats. Normal admission rates apply. For more information visit www.enniskillencastle.co.uk
- The Armagh Craft Fair, 27 May. The renowned Armagh Craft Fair returns to Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, bringing high-quality crafts to the heart of Armagh City. It features over 45 craft stalls from makers across Ireland, with demonstrations from master crafters throughout the day, free children’s workshops, musical entertainment, and great food. Free entry, 10am – 6pm. For more information call (028) 3752 1821.
- Tea with the Lord Coach Tour, 27 May. A superb opportunity to visit Ballywalter House, the beautiful stately home of the Dunleath family for over 150 years. Become a member of the gentry for the afternoon as the affable Lord Dunleath guides you around his remarkable home and joins you for a chat over tea and a treat in the historic conservatory. £18. For more information call (028) 9182 6846.
- The RNLI Portrush Raft Race, 27 May. One of the most popular family fun days on the Causeway Coast. Large crowds of spectators gather to watch as homemade rafts race from West Strand beach to Portrush Harbour. Side attractions include a Junior Raft Race at 11am and speciality stalls throughout the day. 10am-5pm. For more information call 07969 814 605.
- Micky Flanagan, Belfast, 24-25 May. One of UK Comedy’s biggest names, Micky Flanagan brings his ‘An’ Another Fing…’ 2017 tour to the SSE Arena. The event is a 16+ admission only. £30 – £35.50. For more information visit www.ssearenabelfast.com
- Belfast Craft Beer Festival, 25 – 28 May. The best Irish craft beer, cider makers and distillers come to Custom House Square to showcase their finest products, all in one place over a massive four-day festival. Enjoy the music, exclusive brewers’ talks and the best drinks around. £10. For more information call (028) 9027 7643.
- Trainspotting, Belfast, 24 – 27 May. A no-holds-barred immersive, in-yer-face theatre production – and not for the faint-hearted. This punchy production at The MAC recaptures the adult themes, passion and controversy of the famous novel and globally successful film. Suitable for ages 18+. £12.50 – £20. For more information visit www.themaclive.com
Visit www.DiscoverNorthernIreland.com to find more things to do in Northern Ireland.