DiscoverNorthernIreland.com has stacks of fun things to do across NI, from family days out to gigs and cultural events. Here are 10 exciting things taking place this week (28 August-3 September)
1. The Auld Lammas Fair, Ballycastle, 27-29 August.
Visit Ireland’s oldest traditional fair and enjoy street entertainment and market stalls. This year’s fair will be officially launched with a spectacular seafront fireworks display organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. This new addition to the programme will provide a memorable opening to a much loved event.
2. The O’Brien Summer School, Armagh, 2-3 September. Entitled ‘The Key and Kingly History of Armagh’, this event covers differing eras and aspects of local history, ranging from ancient and medieval through to 18th century and modern history. The event consists of a seminar day, tours and cultural day. Visitors may choose to attend the complete event, or any of the individual days.
3. A Taste Of Strangford Tour, Co. Down, 2 September.
Join NI Food Tours to taste lots of award-winning food and drink from around the lough. On this tour you meet will County Down’s finest artisan producers and hear their stories, taste their produce and eat and drink your way around the Ards Peninsula.
4. Air Waves 2017, Portrush, 2-3 September. Ireland’s biggest airshow takes place over two action-packed days, it is a free event and very popular with all age groups. It takes place on the eastern side of Portrush, allowing use of a spectacular display line along the Causeway Coast. As well as having amazing aerial aircraft displays to watch there is plenty to see and do at ground level with a wide range of attractions and activities including a static helicopter display, armed forces village and much more.
5. Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival, Enniskillen, 31 August-3 September. Happy Days comes on the back of the successful Beckett Festival in Paris. Be inspired by music, dance and literature as the festival will include Schubertiade and Precious Little concerts, morning boat rides out to islands on the lough for Beckett readings, acclaimed productions Ohio Impromptu and Catastrophe and much more.
6. The Laughter Factory, Belfast, 2 September. Top comedy talent from the Laughter Factory workbench, compere Paddy McDonnell brings a night of top class stand up ,featuring Tim McGarry, Sean Hegarty, Sara Jade Davidson and John Colleary. Show starts 8.30pm.
7. The Belfast Tattoo, SSE Arena, 31 August – 2 September. An impressive military display including pipe, flute, fife and drum bands, creating a truly international feel with bands from around the world. This event is firmly established as an annual event for the city, and continues to draw people from outside the city to attend the spectacle of this amazing production.
8. Opry Dhoire, Derry~Londonderry, 30 August – 2 September. TG4’s hit country music series comes to Millennium Forum for four nights. Enjoy the performances from Ireland’s latest country sensations, Richie Remo, Gráinne Gavigan, Jordan Mogey, Shane Owens and Ben Troy.
9. 26th Bluegrass Music Festival, Ulster Amercian Folk Park, Omagh, 1-3 September. Each year thousands of people attend this Festival enjoying highly entertaining performances and interactive workshops, as well as up close informative presentations by multi award winning musicians, singers and dancers within the unique setting of the museum.
10. Maiden City Ink, Derry~Londonderry, 1-3 September. The biggest tattoo convention in Northern Ireland, presenting the perfect opportunity to get inked by award winning artists from all over the globe. Whether you’re looking to get inked, show off your body art or curb your curiosity, you’re guaranteed a weekend full of great tattoos, great craic and great atmosphere.
For more information on these events or to plan a short break in Northern Ireland, visit www.DiscoverNorthernIreland.com.