What's On: Arts, crafts, blues and history

Jacqueline from shares her pick of What's On this Weekend across the north.

Lee Hedley will perform at the 7 Hills Blues Fest in Armagh


THIS Saturday join artists and makers in The Hub and the award winning Art Pods at Project 24 on Queen's Parade Bangor for a day of arts and crafts.

This is a great opportunity to meet the people behind the art, find out what inspires them and to take home a unique piece of their work.

Over 28 artists and makers will be selling their work and giving free demonstrations including weaving, wirework, painting, clay sculpting, jewellery design, throwing on a potter's wheel, felting and much more.

There will also be live music throughout the day, plus free children's craft activities and face painting.


The 7 Hills Blues Festival is back for 2016 and bigger than ever. August 11 to 14 will see Armagh City's many eateries, public houses and open spaces showcasing the best of blues bands from across Ireland and Britain.

This year's busy programme includes over 70 planned performances plus the popular Picnic in the Palace Park and the Shambles Sunday Blues family fun, food and local cider fair.


Living history, Tully Castle, Saturday August 13: A place of beauty with a tragic history, you can meet a defender of the Bawn with his weapons and armour at the ready and hear its lamentable tale from the past.

Part of Tully Castle Capers Dog Show and Community Fun Day. A great day out for all the family.


The Alley Theatre Junior Open Mic Nights provide teens a platform to perform live in an intimate, friendly venue, with the promise of hearing some great young up-and-coming local talent.

Hosted by Gerry Strawbridge. What better way to spend a Friday evening throughout the summer?

Junior Open Mic at The Alley wants you! If you would like to take part contact Nicola Bonner on (028) 7138 4760 or


Stendhal is back this weekend! Celebrating the creativity of artists from all over Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and further afield, Stendhal Festival of Art is much more than just a music festival.

Set in the picturesque surrounds of Ballymully Cottage Farm on the outskirts of Limavady, Stendhal Festival of Art brings an all-encompassing artistic experience to the Roe Valley, home of Danny Boy.

Experience the syndrome with Stendhal Festival of Art. Winners of Best small festival 2013 and Best small festival, best line-up and best family festival 2014.

Stendhal has something for everyone from kids to adults, day or night, art, music, classes, workshops, activities, various food outlets and a brilliant atmosphere!


Let the games begin! To celebrate the Olympics The Galgorm Resort and Spa Ballymena are hosting a day of family outdoor sports activities on Sunday August 14.

Have lunch and take part in a range of fun activities for all the family with medals and prizes for the winners!


The EastSide Arts Festival 2016 will bring 11 days of inspiring events to Belfast from August 10 to 21. The festival programme is packed with 100 events including music, comedy, movies, theatre, talks, workshops, visual art, exhibitions, poetry, events for the young and old, community events and heritage tours plus over 50 free events.

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