10 things to do in Northern Ireland

April 29, 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.

City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival

2nd – 6th May, Various Venues, Derry-Londonderry

Venues throughout the city will be packed to the rafters as music fans flock to catch some of the biggest names in jazz, blues, jive, swing and dance, in what has become Ireland’s biggest jazz extravaganza. Headliner’s include soul Rebels and The Overtones and many more.


One City One Book

Various locations, Belfast, May 1 – 31

All the Beggars Riding is the new novel by Belfast novelist and playwright Lucy Caldwell.  Narrated by Lara, nearing forty and nursing her dying mother, the book is the focus of this festival which will have a wide programme of events including readings, movies and talks which aim to encourage as many people as possible to read and discuss the same novel.


Lough Lively Festival

Portaferry, Co. Down, May 1 – June 3

Lough Lively celebrates everything that is unique to Strangford Lough, Lecale and the Ards Peninsula with over 150 attractions and activities waiting to be discovered.  Festival highlights including an antiques fair, music in the priory, an international bread festival and a maritime festival.


Jamboree in the Park

Ecclesville Park, Fintona, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, May 3 – 5

This May bank holiday sees the return of the Jamboree in the Park with three nights of world class entertainment with spectacular live stage shows.


Cushendun Big Arts Weekend

Various venues in Cushendun, Co. Antrim, May 3 – 6

Enjoy four days of music, drama, poetry, art and more in one of the most beautiful villages in the Glens of Antrim.


Antiques Fair

Mount Stewart, Newtownards, Co. Down, May 4 – 6

An antiques fair on the lawns of Mount Stewart where you will be able to browse antiques, arts and vintage pieces to pick up your own treasure from local traders or get some bargains in the popular second hand book fair.  TV Presenter and Antiques expert Paul Martin will be on hand to give advice and valuations on Saturday and Sunday.


Apple Blossom Fair

Loughgall Country Park, Co. Armagh, May 4

There will be lots of fun for everyone at this fair including orchard tours, food and craft stalls, cookery demonstrations, a dog competition, live music, a BBQ, an apple tart competition and lots of family fun.


Rostrevor MTB Festival

Kilbroney Forest Park, Co. Down, May 4 – 6

Celebrate a new trail centre in Rostrevor with three types of mountain biking at one venue.  Downhill, cross country and enduro competitions will be held with over 600 competitors expected.


Cot Trips, Crom

Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh, May 6

Take a cruise around the Lough in the Crom’s 100 year old traditional craft boat.



Europa Hotel, Belfast, May 5

Arrive via red carpet being snapped by pap photographers, be welcomed in the VIP lounge with a glass of champagne, enter the Grand ballroom and be seated to enjoy gorgeous food and sip your drinks whilst the entertainment explodes on stage. There will be a fashion show, Katie Perry tribute act, swing singer, comedienne and finale act is none other than the amazing Brian Kennedy.  End the night dancing your heart out to a top DJ spinning some funky tunes!

Find out how to get tickets here and start planning that party dress!

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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