Tourism NI has put together a list of 18 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland (May 26 – June 4)
County Derry Fleadh, 25 – 28 May. A showcase of traditional Irish music and culture, this year’s County Derry Fleadh will be hosted by the Jimmy O’Hara CCE Roe Valley branch in Limavady. The launch event will take place in Granny Annie’s. For more information call 07792846699.
Laurentic Exhibition, Derry~Londondery, until 21 June. It has been 100 years since the famous Laurentic sank off Lough Swilly on a bitter cold night in January 1917. This Tower Museum exhibition tells the story of the famous ship, the numerous salvage operations and the search for the elusive gold still on board. 10am-5.30pm, free entry.
Fermanagh’s Hidden Treasures – Help Save our Magnificent Meadows, until 25 June. The Ulster Wildlife project “Save our Magnificent Meadows” showcases the abundance of wildlife such as butterflies, bees, flowers and birds that can be enjoyed among these precious remaining farmland habitats. Normal admission rates apply. For more information visit www.enniskillencastle.co.uk
The Armagh Craft Fair, 27 May. The renowned Armagh Craft Fair returns to Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, bringing high-quality crafts to the heart of Armagh City. It features over 45 craft stalls from makers across Ireland, with demonstrations from master crafters throughout the day, free children’s workshops, musical entertainment, and great food. Free entry, 10am – 6pm. For more information call (028) 3752 1821.
Tea with the Lord Coach Tour, 27 May. A superb opportunity to visit Ballywalter House, the beautiful stately home of the Dunleath family for over 150 years. Become a member of the gentry for the afternoon as the affable Lord Dunleath guides you around his remarkable home and joins you for a chat over tea and a treat in the historic conservatory. £18. For more information call (028) 9182 6846.
The RNLI Portrush Raft Race, 27 May. One of the most popular family fun days on the Causeway Coast. Large crowds of spectators gather to watch as homemade rafts race from West Strand beach to Portrush Harbour. Side attractions include a Junior Raft Race at 11am and speciality stalls throughout the day. 10am-5pm. For more information call 07969 814 605.
Belfast Craft Beer Festival, 25 – 28 May. The best Irish craft beer, cider makers and distillers come to Custom House Square to showcase their finest products, all in one place over a massive four-day festival. Enjoy the music, exclusive brewers’ talks and the best drinks around. £10. For more information call (028) 9027 7643.
Trainspotting, Belfast, 24 – 27 May. A no-holds-barred immersive, in-yer-face theatre production – and not for the faint-hearted. This punchy production at The MAC recaptures the adult themes, passion and controversy of the famous novel and globally successful film. Suitable for ages 18+. £12.50 – £20. For more information visit www.themaclive.com
Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia, June 3-4. The legacy cycling event returns to Northern Ireland with a new starting venue at Stormont Estate. Cheer on the cyclists as they tackle two challenging routes from Belfast, to Strangford and the Mournes. Or join the post-ride pasta party at Stormont with Italian food, beer and wine.
Footsteps in the Forest, Co. Armagh, June 3-4. Follow the path to an enchanted land at Slieve Gullion Forest Park, where a mythical people are coming together. This weekend-long festival will have something for fantasy lovers of all ages. To book call 028 30 313170.
Marble Arch Caves family fun day, Co. Fermanagh, May 29. A jam-packed programme of events throughout the day including an interactive family nature hunt, face painting as well as a variety of arts and crafts activities. Free admission. To book call 028 66 348855.
Otter Mayhem, Co. Down, May 28-29. Meet the small-clawed Asian otter family at Exploris Aquarium in Portaferry, where you’ll learn lots of interesting otter facts. Get messy in the Crabby Crafts Club with themed otter puppet arts and crafts and make the day memorable with the mer-mazing face painter. Normal admission charges apply. To book call 028 42 728062.
Ballymoney Show 2017, Co. Antrim, June 2-3. This local agricultural show at Ballymoney Show Grounds offers two days of fun for all the family, including cattle, sheep, goat and poultry judging, dog shows, live music, games and over 100 trade stands.
Belfast Spring Continental Market, May 26-29. A delicious mix of food from across the globe returns to Belfast City Hall, as well as a mouth-watering selection of bespoke local products.
Walled City Music Festival, Derry~Londonderry , May 31 – June 4. The city’s premiere classical music event returns with a packed programme of recitals by leading artists, innovative projects, workshops and gala concerts at various venues. For full schedule visit http://walledcitymusic.com/events
Mid Ulster Vintage Rally, Co. Londonderry, June 3. Enjoy the largest vintage vehicle rally in Mid Ulster. Hundreds of vehicles and items of machinery will be on display at Springhill House, Moneymore, with fun for all the family. Admission £2-5.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat, Millennium Forum, Derry~Londonderry, May 30- June 6. Bill Kenwright’s ‘amazing’ production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical continues on its record breaking tour, starring Joe McElderry. £12.50-£32.50. To book call 028 71 264455.
GIs at the Gaol, Co. Down, May 29. Step back in time at Down County Museum and find out more about how the GIs lived in the old Gaol, with re-enactments, vehicles and hands-on activities suitable for all the family. Free admission.
For more information on these events and other things to do in Northern Ireland, visit www.DiscoverNorthernIreland.com.