Looking for something to do this weekend? Well look no further. The last bank holiday of the year is fast approaching, and there is plenty happening around Belfast. From live music to family events, there is something for everyone. Visit Belfast has compiled a list of the top ten events taking place from Friday to Monday so that you can make the most of the bank holiday weekend.
· Belfast Mela Festival, Botanic Gardens, 27-28 August
Belfast Mela will bring a wonderful world of entertainment to Belfast’s Botanic Gardens over the August Bank Holiday weekend, including the return of the hugely successful Little Bollywood, an exciting sensory experience designed for families with babies, toddlers and young children.
· Bank Holiday Weekend at Titanic Belfast, 27-29 August
Challenge the kids with an exciting Explorer Trail throughout the Titanic Experience, meet the Titanic Mascots and try out their new family interactive guide, before stopping off for a bite to eat with their kids eat free meal deals.
· Belsonic 2016 – Fatboy Slim, Titanic Slipways, 27 August
Belsonic Music Festival, which relocated to a bigger location at the iconic Titanic Belfast building this year, comes to a magnificent close with Fatboy Slim on Saturday.
· Rudridge Ultimate Strongman Giant Weekend 2016, Belfast City Hall, Titanic Belfast and Crumlin Road Gaol, 25 – 27 August
Spectators are in for an action-packed weekend as the muscle men compete for the coveted titles of UK Strongest Man and Master World’s Strongest Man. Competitors will take part in challenges such as the Caveman Lift, Tyre Flip and back-breaking Truck Push.
· Gruffalo Hunt, Colin Glen Forest Park, 27 August
Enjoy a storytelling session of the bestselling children’s book, The Gruffalo before meandering through the forest on a guided walk. On the Gruffalo Trail you can meet the silly old fox, owl and snake on the way to an amazing eight foot tall Gruffalo, complete with knobbly knees, turned out toes and a poisonous wart on the end of his nose.
· Sailor Puppets: Family Drop-in Craft Activity, HMS Caroline, 29 August
Kids can join in with an artist-led workshop on board HMS Caroline and create their own sailor puppet, complete with sailor-style outfit, using recycled materials and mixed media.
· David Hockney: I draw, I do, the MAC, until 16 October
Marking his 80th year, this eagerly anticipated exhibition entitled David Hockney: I draw, I do focuses on the artist’s early work including the famous Paper Pool series, alongside work from the current decade, all of which celebrates David Hockney’s interest in drawing.
· Féile An Droichead, various locations, 25-28 August
This year’s festival programme offers a shining example of the quality of traditional entertainment on offer in Belfast. Highlights this year include Altan, Josie Nugent, Camino Na Sáile and The Pipes.
· Bounce! Disability and Deaf Arts Festival, various locations, 25 – 28 August
The annual festival boasts a packed programme of theatre, contemporary dance, live music, performance poetry, visual arts and street circus from leading disabled artists from Britain, Ireland and beyond.
· Build It, W5, until 31 August
Calling all budding architects, builders and engineers! Build bridges, towers, animals and abstract structures using a wide range of natural wood blocks, bricks, logs and shapes. Whatever your age, whatever your experience, whatever inspires you – just build it!