10 things to do in Northern Ireland

August 19, 2013

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Making plans for the weekend? check out our weekly event guide to what’s happening across Northern Ireland this week.

Donaghadee Festival Fortnight

Donaghadee, Co. Down, August 10 – 24.

An action packed programme of events including multi-cultural entertainment, an autofest, historical talks and exhibitions.


Clandeboye Festival 2013

Clandeboye Estate, Co. Down, August 19 – 24.

This year’s festival will include daytime and evening concerts, recitals, a masterclass with Michelin Star Chef Paul Rankin and a fashion show.  The festival will once again welcome international musicians who will be joined by the next generation of artists as they take part in the festival’s Young Musician Programme.


Ulster Rally Fermanagh

Enniskillen and Enniskillen Airport, Co. Fermanagh, August 23 – 24.

The best drivers and cars from across the UK, Ireland and beyond, will take part in this action packed extravaganza which is a must for racing fans.


Hilden Beer and Music Festival

Hilden Brewery, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, August 23 – 25.

A favourite for lovers of beer and music, this festival is a celebration of the best beers in the UK and Ireland, the finest local musical talent and includes an outdoor gourmet kitchen.


All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships

Carnlough, Co. Antrim, August 23 – 25

Coastal rowers from all over Ireland will compete at the highest level with races held on a multi-lane, multi turn, course laid and maintained at sea over the three day regatta.


The Gingerbread Man

The Market Place Theatre, Co. Armagh, August 24.

Imagine a world made entirely of biscuits, trees, houses and stars in the sky.  Into this beautiful world comes The Gingerbread Man, creating havoc wherever he goes.  A popular story and visual feast specially devised for younger children aged 3+.

Exhibition of Day Outfits worn by Her Majesty The Queen during recent State visits.

Hillsborough Castle, 1st August – 29th September 2013

The outfits on display were worn by Her Majesty the Queen during State visits to Northern Ireland in 2009 and 2012, and to Dublin in 2011 (the first State visit by a British monarch since 1911).  Five of the six outfits and all the hats were designed by Angela Kelly LVO, Personal Assistant and Senior Dresser to The Queen.


Belfast Mela

Botanic Gardens Belfast, August 24 – 25.

This largest festival of ethnic arts, culture and heritage in Ireland will transform Botanic Gardens in the heart of Belfast into an exotic wonderland of world music, dance, fashion, food and celebration.


Lap the Lough

Peatlands Park, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, August 25.

A not-for-profit cycling event for the whole community.  The route is around 81 miles with stops every 25 miles.


Derry’s Walls Day

The Guildhall, Co. Londonderry, August 25.

As part of National Heritage Week, Walled Towns across Ireland will be exploring the heritage of ramparts, gates and towers.  Guildhall Square will be transformed into a History Square and people can experience some of what made life colourful when Springham and Smithes arrived in Derry in August 1613.

There’s plenty more great events taking place across Northern Ireland, for a full events list go to: discovernorthernireland.com/events/


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