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Bank Holiday Entertainment in Northern Ireland

There is plenty going on around Northern Ireland this Bank Holiday weekend to keep the whole family entertained.  Here are just some of our top picks.

sheeprace_2x1-748x374Come along to Streamvale Farm Sheep Race, on the outskirts of Belfast near Dundonald, (1 July - 31 August) and cheer on your favourite spring lamb and enjoy the rest of the hub of activities Streamvale Open Farm has to offer. 

Are you an outdoor and nature enthusiast? then why not explore nature and experience a camping trip like no other at the Big Wild Campout (23- 24 August) at Ulster American Folk Park, in Omagh, County Tyrone.  There will be a wide range of activities from nature trails, to stargazing and enchanting stories around the campfire.

For a fun filled family day out come along to Ireland's oldest traditional market fair - Auld Lammas Fair, (25 -26 August) in Ballycastle, County Antrim where there will be two days of  amusements and street entertainment with competitions to add to the atmosphere in this beautiful seaside resort of Ballycastle.

Carrick castle at nightOn Bank Holiday Monday (25 August) come along to Carrickfergus Castle and have a go at shooting the longbow, the ultimate distance weapon of the Middle Ages, alongside the skilled men and women of the15th century.

For all budding Princesses and Pirates, (24 - 25 August) discover the Springhill treasure trail at Springhill House in Moneymore, County Londonderry and enjoy lots of sparkling and swash buckling games and crafts. 

For a fun-packed family weekend, take a trip to Jordanstown Loughshore Park in Newtownabbey on the shores of Belfast Lough at the Shoreline Festival  (23 - 25 August) which will host a wide range of events to include concerts, family fun-zone, fireworks and much more. 

Calling all seafood lovers! Take a trip to Kilkeel and visit the International Fishfest in Kilkeel, County Down (22 - 25 August). Enjoy the seafood buffet, fresh fish stalls, children’s entertainment, and lots more fun.

Mela 2014There are plenty of cultural events to enjoy over the Bank Holiday weekend.  Enjoy a celebration of Fermanagh's traditions at the Summer of Cultures Family Fun Day at Enniskillen Castle Museums, County Fermanagh (25 August). This event includes workshops, arts & crafts, music and other fun family entertainment. 

Come explore the wonders of the world at Ireland's largest festival of world cultures - Belfast Mela  (24 August) returns to Botanic Gardens in Belfast, now in its eighth year, will be jam-packed with a show stopping celebration featuring music, dance, street theatre, circus and carnival from around the world, suitable for the whole family.  New for 2014 will be an excitng Fantasy Forest for children

Celebrate East Belfast's local creative talent at EastSide Arts Festival (21 - 25 August) including writers, artists, musicans and film makers.  The festival will showcase a varied arts programme at various venues in the East Belfast area.  There will be something for everyone with some of the performers to include Van Morrison, Sam McCready, Eric Bell and Brian Keenan. 


HIldenFor all music & gig lovers there are are plenty of concerts and music festivals for all the family to enjoy.  For the big gig goers, one of the hottest summer festivals - namely Tennent's Vital comes to Boucher Road Playing Fields in Belfast (21 - 24 August).  Some of the big name acts include The Killers, Bastille, David Guetta and Steve Angello. 

A favourite for all lovers of local craft beer and music, the Hilden Beer and Music Festival  in Lisburn, (22 - 24 August) is a celebration of the best beers in the UK and Ireland and our finest local musical talent. Hilden Brewery's unique Georgian courtyard will be packed to the brim with an outdoor gourmet kitchen, more beer than you can shake a stick at and live music in what feels like the most intimate musical venue in Ireland.

For all the family to enjoy come along to Fiddler's Green Festival  (21 - 27 August) at Rostrevor, County Down.
There will be hundreds of varied events which caters for music lovers and families or for those who come just to soak up the scenery, the friendliness and the free outdoor music and culture. 

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