The Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) has put together a list of interesting events to look out for over the coming months.
If it’s a thrilling new event you’re after then the Red Bull Crashed Ice at Stormont Estate on February 20-21 is the place to be. This is an extreme winter sporting event of ice cross downhill which will see over 140 competitors race down a heart pumping, specially designed assault course in what is sure to be a breath taking spectacle.
Bring the kids along and treat your family to a fantastic day out at the Belfast Children’s Festival from March 6 – 13. The festival is aimed at children up to 14 years old and events take place both in and out of school time for schools, groups and families to attend. The outstanding international and local productions cover a range of genres that will excite and inspire children.
If it’s international arts and culture that you’re after then Féile an Earraigh will be right up your street. The festival takes place in Belfast from March 10 – 17 and is a celebration of Irish music and language.
Golf lovers everywhere will be looking forward to the Irish Open 2015 which returns to Northern Ireland once again this year. The event will be hosted at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle from May 28 – 31 and attendees can watch golfing heroes such as Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy as they battle it out at the foot of the Mourne Mountains.
Following the huge success of the Giro d’Italia in May 2014 the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Northern Ireland will take place this year and the prestigious cycling sportive will consist of two routes through Northern Ireland’s stunning landscapes. The event will start from Titanic Belfast on June 21 so be sure to mark this very special date in your diary.
For all things nautical, The Tall Ships Race will return to Belfast from July 2 – 5 and the event will see up to 80 magnificent ships anchored in the Belfast harbour and Titanic Quarter areas. The festivities will be accompanied by the LIDL Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival, with fun activities for all the family to enjoy.
The beautiful island town of Enniskillen will host the Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival from July 23 – August 3. The festival will host a range of engaging arts activities for all ages to experience and is inspired by the work of Nobel Prize writer Samuel Beckett
The Galgorm Castle Golf Club will also be hosting the Northern Ireland Open Challenge from August 6 – 9 which is a great opportunity to see some of Europe’s top golfers take on one of Ireland’s finest golf courses.
European Heritage Open Days will take place throughout Northern Ireland from September 12-13 and offer a unique opportunity to visit some of our most intriguing buildings, many of which are not normally open to the public, and all for free!
For more information on things to do in Northern Ireland click on www.discovernorthernireland.com or visit your local tourist information centre.
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