Tourism NI has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland next week (June 29 – July 5).
• Tall Ships Races Belfast 2015, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, July 2-5. Over 50 tall ships from across the globe will anchor in Belfast for the start of The Tall Ships Races 2015. The Tall Ships Races will be welcomed by the annual Lidl Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival with a vast amount of entertainment including street theatre, continental market and international bars. Thursday 2 July: 12 noon – 9pm, Friday 3 July: 12 noon – 9pm, Saturday 4 July: 10am – 10.30pm, Sunday 5 July: 10am – 4pm.
• Tall Ships, Belfast Harbour, Belfast, July 2 – 5. The Tall Ships 2015 has a hugely entertaining 4 days planned which includes a spectacular fireworks display, performances from sixteen year-old ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ pop star, Bailey McConnell, who has just finished his debut US tour, and Lurgan YouTube sensation Emma Horan will be performing on the main stage outside the Odyssey Arena over the weekend, a fly past by the Red Arrows over Titanic Belfast at 11am on the Sunday (July 5), plus much, much more.
• Limavady Food Fair, Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, Main Street, Limavady, Co Londonderry, July 4. Taste the best of local produce from culinary suppliers within the Causeway Coast and Glens during ‘A Celebration of Food’. Local producers will be providing a wide variety of artisan food stalls, tastings, cookery demonstrations and talks. With so much delicious produce for sale and new produce to sample there is certainly something to whet everyone’s appetite. From 10am – 4pm.
• Rathlin Island Tour, Portrush Harbour, Co Antrim, July 1. Depart from Portrush Harbour and travel along the Causeway Coast visiting some of Northern Ireland’s most notable locations including Skerries, Dunluce Castle, the Giant’s Causeway, White Park Bay, Ballintoy, Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge and then over to Rathlin Island to the bird sanctuary and the West Lighthouse. You will then stay on Rathlin Island and return within 3-4 hours.
• Cable & Wake ‘Come Try It’ Sessions, Cable & Wake, End of Titanic Slipways, Queen’s Island, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, July 3 – 5. Cable & Wake is Northern Ireland’s only cable wake park. Conveniently located near Belfast City Centre, you don’t have to travel far to enjoy an incredible water sports experience! Try free wake boarding, water skiing and inflatable ‘donutting’ on Friday 3, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 July as part of the Tall Ships celebration.
• Apple Juice & Cider Tours, Armagh Apple Farm, Armagh, Co Armagh, July 3. Armagh is home to many artisan apple juice and cider producers. Visitors can take a tour of the Troughton’s family orchard, home to Armagh Cider Company. On the tour you will get a chance to stroll though the orchard, learn about the history of apple growing in the region and get a behind the scenes glimpse into the production method of artisan juice and cider. You will also have the chance to make your own apple juice before sampling some of the juice and cider produce. Tours are on Friday and Saturday at 11.00am.
• Cuilcagh Mountain Jeep Safari, Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, Florencecourt, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, July 4. Jump on board one of the Geopark Landrovers and explore the stunning scenery of Cuilcagh Mountain Park. Ranging from the rugged upland cliffs to the weathered limestone landscapes on the lower ground, this safari is a chance for you to experience and explore the patchwork of landscapes found on Cuilcagh Mountain. From 2-4pm.
• All Ireland Pipe Band Championships 2015, Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, Co Tyrone, July 4. This will be the last in a series of three major Pipe Band events in Omagh. The admission fee for adults is £5 and children go free! There will be a children’s play area with face painting and balloon modelling with food vans also on site. The admission fee for adults is £5 and children go free! There will be a free shuttle bus every half hour starting at 11.30am from Omagh Bus Station.
• Benone Summer Events, Benone Complex & Strand, Limavady, Co Londonderry, July 1 – August 31. A full programme of activities is planned at the Benone Complex & Strand including Zumba, Tennis Coaching, Archery, Dance Fit, Mini Sports Camp, Segway Express, Football and Hockey.
• BioBlitz, Murlough NNR, Co Down, 3 – 4 July. Join together with naturalists, scientists, and volunteers in a race against time to survey as many species of flora and fauna at Murlough within 24 hours period. Discover, count and map and learn about the creatures on the reserve. Meet at Keel Point entrance. Booking essential contact (028 43751467) Friday 6pm-late, Saturday 9am-6pm, no charge but donations are welcome.
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.