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Festivals & Celebrations

NIEA festivals and celebrations are a fun way to satisfy all the senses; from bog snorkelling, treasure trails, theatre, music and local organic food events, to exploring special sites and properties that would normally be closed to the public, enjoy the entertainment and learning experiences for all ages!

Places To Visit

Easter Fun at Dunluce Castle, Bushmills

Enjoy lots medieval Easter activities with some of our Living History characters.

Celebrate Easter with a Cistercian Monk at Inch Abbey, Downpatrick

Find out how the Medieval monks celebrated Easter at Inch Abbey.

Easter Fun at Carrickfergus Castle, Carrickfergus

Enjoy medieval Easter activities with some of our Living History characters. Have a go at lots of egg related competitions. Fun for all the family.

Dinosaur Egg Hunt, Helens Bay, Bangor

Not your usual Easter Egg hunt! Come join us in the Geology garden for a fun day of activities and take part in the dinosaur egg hunt, duck derby and dinosaur trails. Make fossil casts, bake fossil shortbread and print dinosaur pictures.

Have-a-Go at Archery at Carrickfergus Castle, Carrickfergus

For something interesting to do on bank holiday Mondays in May, come along to Carrickfergus Castle.

View the Giro d'Italia at Carrickfergus Castle, Carrickfergus

As this prestigious cycle race passes through Carrickfergus many characters from the Castle’s past come out to witness a bit of new sporting history being made.

Strangford Lough Maritime Festival, Strangford, Downpatrick

Meet our Living History Man-at-Arms, as he guards the Castle. He will display a range of fighting weapons and armour to handle and try on, so if you’ve always wanted to heft a sword and wear a helmet or chainmail, here’s your chance!

Strangford Maritime Festival at Portaferry Castle, Portaferry

Meet our Living History Man-at-Arms, as he guards the Castle. He will display a range of fighting weapons and armour to handle and try on, so if you’ve always wanted to heft a sword and wear a helmet or chainmail, here’s your chance!

Digging for Culture, Londonderry/Derry

NIEA invite you along to The Playhouse Theatre for a talk by Dr Emily Murray and Cormac McSparron from Centre of Archaeological Fieldwork at Queens University Belfast.

Grey Point Fort and Bangor Seashore Festival, Helen's Bay,

In conjunction with North Down Council’s “Ships, Planes and Automobiles” event in Bangor, Grey Point Fort will commemorate its WW1 links.

Annual Fencing Tourament at Carrickfergus Castle, Carrickfergus

Once again, Stormont Fencing Club is running their annual Fencing Competition at Carrickfergus Castle.

Solstice Concert at Dunluce Castle, Bushmills

Mid-summer entertainment on the ancient cliffs of the Causeway On Saturday, before the evening concert, visit this spectacular castle and join in the fun with our Living History characters. The Age of Gunpowder comes to Dunluce Castle, from the early matchlock up to more modern firearms.

Summer Solstice Celebration at the Giant’s Ring, Belfast

Midsummer Madness. Celebrate the Summer Solstice with Lagan Valley Regional Park (LVRP) and NIEA. Bring the family and a picnic to help with an archaeological dig and meet our “ancestors”.

View the Clipper Race from the Martello Tower, Limavady

Magilligan Point is an ideal location to watch the Clipper Race this year, as it begins the next leg of the race. Enjoy the view across the Foyle which includes its twin Martello Tower in Greencastle, Co Donegal.

International Bog Day and Northern Ireland Bog Snorkelling Championships, Dungannon

A family fun day of activities and entertainment celebrating the beauty of bogs and their conservation with the chance to have a go at Bog Snorkelling, which involves competitors completing two consecutive lengths of a 60 yard (55m) bog drain in the shortest time possible. Why not come along and have a go yourself!

Bark In the Park, Helens Bay, Bangor

Come and celebrate all things dog at our Bark in the Park event. Displays to watch and merchandise to buy, whether you love pure breeds or mutts. Take part in the PDSA Sponsored Dog Walk or enter the Scruffts or novelty dog show. Just say the word... Walkies!

Teddy Bears' Picnic, Helens Bay, Bangor

If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise - the Teddy Bears' Picnic at Crawfordsburn! Bring your bear, your family and your picnic and enjoy a day by the sea and the trees with games, stories and activities.

Music in the Courtyard at Castle Archdale, Irvinestown, Enniskillen

Live music in the courtyard at Castle Archdale Country Park.

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