Tourism NI has put together a list of 11 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland next week (July 27-August 2).
• The 25th Belfast Pride Festival starts on Friday 24th July and runs for ten days until Sunday 2nd August with Pride Day on Saturday 1st August. 100 events over 10 days and the city’s largest single parade from 12 noon on 1st August. www.belfastpride.com
• The 4th Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival, Enniskillen Town, Co Fermanagh, July 23 – August 3. Lovers of music, theatre, dance and literature, will not want to miss a moment of the jam-packed programme. The Festival is the first of its kind to celebrate the life and works of the Nobel prize-winning writer Samuel Beckett who spent many of his formative years studying at Portora Royal School. This year’s Festival will feature six World Premiere productions and a Talks programme that has something for everyone.
• The Wickerman Gathering, Navan Centre & Fort, Killylea Road, Armagh, Co Armagh, August 1. Get down to Navan Centre and Fort for some live music, traditional dance lessons, storytelling, activities and crafts, Ceili and a Wickerman fire ceremony. Along with entertainment from one of Europe’s most celebrated folk theatre ensembles the ‘Armagh Ryhmers’. Booking essential. From 6pm – 10pm.
• Kite Festival 2015, Downhill Demesne, Castlerock, Downhill, Co Londonderry, August 2. Enjoy an afternoon of high flying fun for all the family on this stunning coastal estate. There will be kite shows, a craft village, exhibitors, helicopter rides, quad pod rides, Wild Geese Display team (weather permitting) and much more. From 12-5pm.
• John Hewitt International Summer School, English Street, Armagh, Co Armagh, July 27-31. The John Hewitt International Summer School is a five-day festival of culture and creativity which takes place in The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre. The International Summer School is now in its 28th year and features readings, talks, discussions and debates as well as celebrating visual art, music and theatre.
• Féile an Phobail, various venues, Belfast, July 30 – August 9.The 27th Féile explodes into colourful life across West Belfast and beyond. Ireland’s biggest community festival and summer school will feature over 400 events from live music and comedy to sport, exhibitions, drama, discussions and debates in over 30 venues including the Féile Big Top in the heart of Falls Park, Clonard Monastery, An Chultúrlann and a mix of iconic venues across the City.
• Open House Festival, Bangor, Co Down, August 1-31. The Open House Festival is back in Bangor for the third year running and it’s bigger and better than ever. Taking over the entire month of August from the 1 – 31, Bangor will be filled with all things music, art and culture.
• Ranger Round-Up, The Argory, Co Tyrone, August 2-33 (Sundays only). Enjoy an all-weather exploration of The Argory. Make mud pies, set up a snail race, find a mini-beast, explore in the play area and toast marshmallows on the campfire. From 2-4pm.
• Summer Theatre Portrush, Portrush Town Hall, Co Antrim, July 29–August 1. Enjoy live comedy theatre suitable for all the family. There will be a performance each night from Wednesday to Saturday each week at 8pm.
• Creative Peninsula, Ards Arts Centre, Newtownards, Co Down, July 31-August 9. Experience and enjoy some of the best arts and crafts that Northern Ireland has to offer at the Creative Peninsula, a superb fun, friendly and creative series of events taking place in Ards and North Down. Now in its 14th year, the Creative Peninsula offers a range of free and bookable opportunities for people of all ages and levels of experience to see, learn about and even ‘try their hand’ at some of the many art and craft forms that are practiced in the local area.
• Cairncastle Ulster Scots Bluegrass and folk festival, Ballgally, Larne, Co Antrim, July 25-August 2. Enjoy this unique Ulster Scots based festival with international Scottish, Bluegrass and Country bands which will appeal to those over 45 years old, some families and those who have a variety of interests wishing to explore culture, history and musical activities.
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.