Tourism NI has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland next week (August 10 – 16).
• CRAFT FEST 2015, Castle Ward, Strangford, Co Down, August 14-16. Now in its twelfth year, CRAFT FEST is the Craft & Design Collective’s annual celebration of craft, applied art and design at Castle Ward. CRAFT FEST offers visitors a Craft Festival that includes a fair, demonstrations and workshops, an exhibition ‘In The House’, and the chance to meet some of the NI’s finest designer-makers in an incredible location. Friday – 1pm to 5.30pm and Saturday to Sunday 10.30am to 5.30pm.
• ‘Allo, ‘Allo, Strule Arts Centre, Townhall Square, Omagh, Co Tyrone, August 14-15. Belvoir Players have been producing first class amateur theatre for nearly 50 years and annually tour the Province with entertaining comedies and their latest play brings to the stage the life of René Artois and his life within his small café in France during World War 11. Begins at 8pm.
• Brighter Nights Street Theatre, Ballycastle Seafront, Ballycastle, Co Antrim, August 14. The Brighter Nights season offers popular summer street theatre performances suitable for people of all ages, with performers offering comic routines, technical skill and audience participation. All children must be accompanied by an adult. From 7.45pm.
• Longline Surf School Kids Big Day Out, Benone Strand, Co Londonderry, August 14. Let the kids spend the day outside: surfing in the morning, swimming in the afternoon and beach games in between. It is sure to be a great day out! Children are supervised at all times throughout the day.
• 25th Anniversary at the Ark Open Farm, Bangor Road, Newtownards, Co Down, August 10. Celebrate the 25th Anniversary at Ark Open Farm Fun Day with a bouncy castle, mega inflatable slide, assault course, face painting, barbecue and all the fun of the farm with the stars of the show – the animals! From 11am -4pm.
• Belfast Bred Tour, Belfast City Centre, August 14-15. On Belfast Bred you’ll discover the city’s fascinating culinary history in the company of Barney, a cheeky chef from RMS Titanic. Defrosted after 99 years frozen in an iceberg, Barney has just two and a half hours to search Belfast for the finest ingredients. This mouth watering dramatic tour gives you the chance to chat with local chefs and savour a wealth of free samples at each location. Begins 10.30am at Sawers, Fountain Street.
• Donaghadee Festival Fortnight, Donaghadee harbour and town centre, Donaghadee, Co Down, August 1-16. Enjoy a fortnight of festive activities and events in this pretty harbour town. The 2015 Festival promises to be the best yet with over 45 events organised throughout the fortnight. There will be everything from concerts to farmers markets and yoga classes to art exhibitions.
• Crom Cruise and Castle Tour, Share Discovery Village, Smiths Strand, Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh, August 12. Cruise to Crom and enjoy a tour of the West Wing. Your cruise will depart Share Village at 2pm navigating its way through the intricate maze of islands on Upper Lough Erne towards Crom Castle Boathouse where you will enjoy a tour of the West Wing at Crom Castle.
• Lúnasa Festival of Craft, Slieve Gullion Courtyard (Hawthorn Suite), 89 Drumintee Road, Kileavy, Newry, Co Armagh, until August 16. Come and explore the skills of the local artists and crafts people who have been inspired by the beauty of the Ring of Gullion to create unique pieces in a range of mediums. From 9am every day.
• Summer Jazz Nights With Jazz Gazette, Alley Theatre, Strabane, Co Tyrone, August 14, 28 and September 11.Enjoy the lovely summer nights filled with the sounds of rhythm and blues from renowned jazz musicians ‘Jazz Gazette’. Jazz Gazette will be joined by special guests and welcome anyone that would like to come and ‘jamm’ with them. From 8.30pm.
Please note some of the events require pre-booking. For more details on these and other events click on www.discovernorthernireland.com/events, visit your local tourist information centre or log onto www.facebook.com/discovernorthernireland.