The Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland next week (September 22-28).
• Ballynahinch Harvest and Country Living Festival, Montalto Estate, Co Down, September 27-28. Enjoy this bustling festival where you and the entire family can get involved in living history re-enactments celebrating the famous Battle of Ballynahinch, international clay shooting and a medieval jousting tournament along with many more activities. You can also delight in the fine food festival that brings together select artisan food and drink producers.
• History Takes Time, Fermanagh Living History Weekend, various locations, Co Fermanagh, September 26-28. Bring family and friends and learn a thing or two about Fermanagh’s historical past with a weekend full of events. Take a tour of Belleek Pottery, visit the Marble Arch Caves and step back in time at Florence Court. With something for everyone it’s sure to be a great weekend for all.
• Belly Laughs Belfast Comedy Festival, various locations, Belfast, Co Antrim, September 24 – October 05. The Belly Laughs Belfast Comedy Festival returns with a packed programme of fun and humour including comedy bus tours, musical cabaret, sketch shows, improv, comedy poetry, music hall seminars, storytelling, comedy writing workshops, kids events, silent comedy films – something for absolutely everyone who likes a laugh.
• Larne Loves Food, Narrow Gauge Road, Larne, Co Antrim, September 27. Come see and taste what Larne has to offer at the Larne Loves Food event. There is lots to entertain people of all ages including food demonstrations by chefs from local restaurants, food stalls with local food retailers and producers, family entertainment and special promotions by local restaurants and cafes.
• Game of Thrones Archery Experience, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Castle Ward Estate, Downpatrick, Co Down, September 28. Step into Winterfell and take aim where young Bran was taught archery by Jon Snow. Have a go at archery in the very place where the BAFTA award winning TV show was filmed – in Clearsky Adventure Centre courtyard aka ‘Winterfell’.
• Teddy Bears Picnic, Portstewart Prom, Townhall, Portstewart, Co Londonderry, September 28. Kids are invited to bring their bear along to Big Telly’s Teddy Bears Picnic from 2-5pm for an afternoon of furry fun and delicious delights.
• Cultural Crafts with Thai Arts NI, An Creagan, Barony Road, Omagh, Co Tyrone, September 27. Explore arts and crafts from across the world at An Creagan where a programme of workshops will be delivered by ethnic artists. Workshops are FREE but have limited availability and suitable for ages 16+.
• Cajun Bluegrass Club with Wookalily, The Market Place Theatre, Market Street, Co Armagh, September 27. Featuring the best of Bluegrass and Cajun music with timeless songs and food that is as spicy as the music with ‘Honey Island’ chicken Jambalaya and Cajun and garlic potato wedges highlighting just a ‘taster’ of the menu.
• Canoe Tours on the River Lagan, Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast, Co Antrim, until September 30. Enjoy a relaxing paddle to explore the beautiful Lagan Valley, visit the secret garden at Minnowburn and maybe afterwards call into the Lockkeepers for coffee and cake.
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.