Tourism NI has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland next week (May 2-8).
• Comber Food Tour, Ards Visitor Information Centre, Newtownards, Co. Down, May 5. If you are interested in cooking and eating food, then this is the tour for you! The tour includes a visit to the popular Comber Farmers’ Market, a short information talk on the history of the Rollo Gillespie War Memorial and the Titanic Memorial before arriving 5 minutes later at Indie Fude Delicatessen for a demonstration from a top food producer. Next, you will walk back to the Square where the bus will pick you up and drive you to The Old School House, an award winning restaurant, owned by talented young chef Will Brown. Pick-up by coach from Ards Visitor Information Centre at 10am.
• ‘Travel Through Time’: Guided Bus Tour of the Geopark in West Fermanagh, Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, May 7. On this guided bus tour you will visit some of the highlights of the Geopark in West Fermanagh. You will learn more about the stories the landscapes have to tell from our tropical past to the big freeze and everything in-between and how this has helps shape the fantastic and unique landscapes visible in this area of the Geopark. Lunch will be provided and is a fantastic opportunity to sample some of the local produce the Geopark has to offer.
• Carrowmena May Bank Holiday, Carrowmena Activity Centre, Limavady, Co. Londonderry, May 2. This is a fun filled day of various activities for all the family, or a group of friends. An action-packed adrenalin-filled day is promised, with activities including Zip Line, archery, canoeing and kayaking. Tea coffee and biscuits provided for full day adventurers, with a snack bar on site selling sweets, chocolate, crisps and drinks. Bring a picnic or enjoy a relaxing lunch in the nearby town of Limavady.
• Glass Blowing Workshop, An Creagan Centre, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, May 7-8. You will learn all the basic skills of hot glass working in order to make your own piece with a professional glassblower and learn the magical way glass is sculpted. No previous experience is necessary. During the course you will be introduced to techniques such as gathering glass from the furnace; shaping and tooling the molten glass, applying colour and finishing. You will be able to take your piece of art home after it has cooled overnight.
• Allianz Garden Show Ireland, Antrim Castle Gardens, Antrim, Co. Antrim, May 6-8. Antrim Castle Gardens will be all abuzz from May 6-8 as Allianz Garden Show Ireland returns to the beautiful venue for a three day festival of flowers, food and fun. With a renewed focus on gardens this year there will be more to entice and inspire every level of gardener, not least the return of firm favourite Show Patron Monty Don.
• 2016 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, various locations, Belfast, May 2. Over 17,500 runners are expected to hit the streets of North, South, East and West of the City for the Belfast City Marathon. The race starts at the Belfast City Hall at 9am and finishes at Ormeau Park, covering all areas of Belfast to include plenty of support from all the local residents.
• The Walled City Tattoo, Millennium Forum, Derry, Co. Londonderry, May 6-7. The Walled City Tattoo returns with a brand new show to the Millennium Forum. As well as Tattoo favourites such as The Massed Pipes & Drums and The Walled City Tattoo Highland & Irish Dancers, there will be an appearance from Britian’s Got Talent finalists Old Men Grooving, as well as some of the richest musical talent the city has to offer. Show begins at 8am.
• Antiques Vintage and Collectables Fair, Mahon Scout & Community Hall, Portadown, Co. Armagh, May 7. A large variety of items will be available at this fundraiser for the 4th Armagh Scout Group, such as model vehicles, militaria, antique and vintage jewellery, china and crystal, clocks , furniture and vintage clothing. Opens at 10am.
• Enniskillen Comic Fest, McArthur Hall, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, May 6-7. The Enniskillen Comic Fest will host a wide range of events taking place to celebrate comic art and culture, and promote sequential art and storytelling. The Festival includes a variety of workshops, talks, mentoring sessions and portfolio reviews over the two days.
• May Day in Holywood, Holywood Town Centre, Co. Down, May 2. Enjoy the annual May Day celebrations in Holywood town centre with traditional May Day dancing by local school children, a selection of market stalls and fantastic family friendly entertainment. From 10am-4pm.
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.