What's On: Take a guided ramble on Rathlin Island this weekend
Jacqueline McGonigle of whatsonni.com shares her pick of family friendly events across Northern Ireland this week
Allow qualified guides to take you on a leisurely ramble across Church Bay and into Mill Bay on Rathlin Island this Sunday, August 13. Along the way discuss the island's history, its people and its unique wildlife. You will be given plenty of opportunities to meet the local seal colony who bask along the shoreline and time to visit the bird sanctuary if you wish before returning to Ballycastle on the 4:15pm ferry. The guide will meet you in Ballycastle at the ferry terminal at 11am and accompany you on the crossing. Price of the tour (£10) does not include the ferry travel. The tour is wheelchair, child and dog friendly.
Once again it’s blues that’s on the agenda, this being the seventh year of the 7 Hills Blues Festival, August 10-13, featuring over 50 bands at venues across Armagh, with some regular artists back alongside some great new performers.
Get ready for the free Twin Spires Complex Family Fun Day this Saturday. There will be lots of free fun and games including Football darts, interactive challenges, a bungee run, toddler zone and plenty of bouncy castles. There will also be a creation station for all little innovators and music plus lot of tasty treats.
Stendhal Festival is Northern Ireland’s biggest and best grassroots music and arts festival. With over 100 performances from the likes of Ash, The Magic Numbers, Sharon Shannon and Lisa McHugh taking place over August 11 and 12 at Ballymully Cottage Farm, Limavady, there is certainly plenty of musical variety as well as a dedicated family programme.
BuskFest is an international busking festival which takes place in Banbridge on Saturday. Now in its 14th year, the event attracts 6,000-plus people. The competition, which has a prize pot of £3000, runs from 1pm-4.30pm and will culminate in an awards ceremony hosted by BBC Radio Ulster presenter and Irish News columnist Ralph McLean in Solitude Park from 4.30pm-6pm.
This Saturday jump on board one of the Geopark Landrovers and explore the stunning scenery of Cuilcagh Mountain Park. Ranging from rugged upland cliffs to weathered limestone landscapes on the lower ground, this safari is a chance for you to experience and explore the patchwork of landscapes found on Cuilcagh Mountain. Booking essential – 028 6634 8855. Max. 14 per session. Meeting point: Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre. Not suitable for children under 12.
The Clans of Ulster celebrates Lunása Spirit of Folk Festival on August 12 at Tullyhogue Fort, near Cookstown, from 11am-11pm. The event marks the end of summer and celebrates the harvest season, while honouring the role of the ancient Celtic ways. It will include family fun, with a celebration of food, music, sport, and art.
:: For more details on these events and to add your events free go to whatsonni.com. Follow us on twitter @whatsonNI and on facebook at fb.com/www.whatsonni.com for news, competitions and what’s on near you.