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Dalriada Festival at Glenarm, Co. Antrim

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.

feeding the ducksCome along to Pickie Fun Park where children can play in the adventure playground, enjoy the watery fun of the splash pads, and enjoy a ride on the electric car track. Get up close and personal to nature's little wonders and take your little ones to meet Castle Espie's little ducklings at Downy Duckling Tours and see the different species from baer's pochard to black necked swan cygnets (12-13 July).  Enjoy a family day out at Belfast Zoo (12-13 July) where there will be a range of family activities and see the wide variety of animals including asian elephants, giraffes, sea lions, penguins and much more.  Drop in to Aunt Sandra's Candy Factory where you will be greeted with a magic ticket to a tour where you will get a chance to take in the smells, colours and shapes of old time, hand made candy and lots of other sweet delights. Tours running over the weekend 14-15 July.

On 14 July enjoy the Scarva Sham Fight, a colourful procession through the picturesque County Down village followed by a re-enactment of the clash between King William and King James during the Battle of the Boyne 1690. A memorable day out for all the family.

Along the Newry CanalWhile you're there why not enjoy a stroll along the Newry Canal Way and stop for a light bite at Scarva Visitor Centre


Belfast City centre will also have lots of events happening around the Bank Holiday Weekend for all ages.  If you are a Legoland fan pop down to the iconic attraction Titanic Belfast  which is hosting the Lego Brick City Exhibtion until 13 July.  For music fans, parks around Belfast will have all different types of music every Sunday until 21 September, check out Music in the Parks to find out more.  Shops and eateries in the city centre will open as normal too.

Castle WardFor a fun day out for the kids, head to the Pirates' Picnic at Castle Ward, Strangford, (12 July). Come in pirate costume and try to find the buried treasure!  Enter the pirate competition and scrub the decks with Skinny Jim.  Fancy a day at the races?  Come along to Downpatrick Race Course Family Funday (14 July) where there will be plenty of fun for all the family, from fun races for the kids to face painting and live music. 

Also kicking off the weekend is the ever popular Lady of the Lake Festival in Irvinestown, County Fermanagh (11 - 20 July).  This is a fun filled festival with a Fancy Dress Parade, Fair Day, Pet Show, Festival of Lights and much more.

rathlin islandGet away from it all at Rathlin Island Festival Week (13 - 20 July) on Northern Ireland's only inhabited off-shore island.  Alternatively, visit Glenarm Castle on the Antrim coast for the Dalriada Festival (13 - 19 July).  Over the Bank Holiday weekend there will be the spectacle of the highland games, teddy bear's picnic, fancy dress parade, rowing regatta and more.

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