Tourism NI has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland next week (May 17-24).
· 17th Annual International Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival, Warrenpoint Town, Warrenpoint, Co. Down, May 20-25. Listen to some of the world’s leading blues and jazz performers including Belfast born icon Van Morrison. The six-day festival weekend, whick also sees the return of the famous Guinness Bay Blues Pub Trail, featuring consumers over 90 free gigs and 35 performers. Time varies per day.
· Geoparks on the Air, Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre, Florencecourt, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, May 23-25. Join members of the Lough Erne Amateur Radio Club as they broadcast live from the Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre, contacting colleagues in other Geoparks throughout Europe. Time varies per day.
· Armagh Craft Fair, Palace Demesne, Friary Road Armagh, Co. Armagh, May 23. Consists of 45 high quality craft stalls from across Ireland, creative craft workshops for adults and children, 14 FREE outdoor craft demonstrations from master crafters, musical entertainment, children and family entertainment, guided tours of the Palace and Demesne, inspiring Art talks, great food, children’s play area and much more which makes this year’s fair a great day out for the whole family. From 10.30am – 6pm.
· The Three Giants, Riverside Theatre, University of Ulster, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, May 21. Enjoy this wonderful performance and workshop for children and families. The hero of the story is Finn MaCool who is the biggest and strongest giant in the whole of Ireland. There lived in Scotland another giant, McGonigle who was a great big burly fellow who heard the fame of the Irish heroes and crossed the sea to do battle. Can Finn MaCool defeat McGonigle with the help of his clever wife, Oonagh? Begins at 11am.
· The 4 Of Us, The Alley Theatre, Railway Street, Strabane, Co. Tyrone, May 23. Enjoy critically acclaimed acoustic show ‘The 4 Of Us’ to The AlleyTheatre, showcasing songs from their brand new album, as well as songs from their extensive back catalogue. Show starts at 8pm.
· County Antrim Fleadh, Cushendall, Co. Antrim, May 17-24. Prepare for a week of song, dance, storytelling that is not to be missed! There will be a children’s Céili, open air concert with BBQ and music sessions on a flood-lit stage featuring the best in traditional music, song and dance. From 7pm on May 17.
· Belfast Spring Continental Market, Belfast City Hall, Donegall Square, Belfast. May 22-25. Get down to the award-winning spring continental market! With traders from 26 countries as far afield as Morocco, India and China, the market is a source of outstanding local and international produce, gifts and crafts. A great selection of mouth-watering favourites will be available including freshly made Spanish paella alongside a tasty selection of cheeses, chutneys and crackers. Our local traders will be offering the finest local produce alongside the mix of international stalls. Fri and Sat 10am – 10pm, Sunday 1pm – 6pm, Monday 10am – 6pm.
· Country Fair at Florence Court, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, May 17. Enjoy the annual country fair with dog shows, rare breeds, live music, craft stalls and much more. It’s an event not to be missed. From 12noon to 5pm.
· Strangford Lough Boat Tour, Newtownards / Ards Visitor Information Centre, Newtownards, Co. Down, May 24. Take time away from the fast pace of everyday life and experience the serenity of a trip around the beautiful and mystical Strangford Lough. Enjoy the magnificent scenery and fascinating wildlife, see where Saint Patrick first came ashore and discover how the Lough assisted the pillage and plunder of Viking raiders, on one of Northern Ireland’s most beautiful bodies of water. From 2-4pm.
· Ulster Orchestra – The Grand Finale, Waterfront Hall, Belfast, May 22. In the closing concert of his first season as Chief Conductor, Rafael Payare showcases the power of the full Orchestra, starting with Wagner and ending in Shostakovich’s mighty Tenth Symphony. Payare is joined by his wife, outstanding young American cellist Alisa Weilerstein, making her Northern Ireland début. Show begins at 7.45pm.
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.