What's On: Ride out to Carnlough bikefest for fireworks, barbecues and bouncy castles

Jacqueline McGonigle of shares her pick of family friendly events around Northern Ireland this week

Go off the beaten track within the Marble Arch cave system tomorrow on a Wild Caving Expedition


The Carnlough Bikefest and Family Fun Day takes place this Sunday, August 20. The Motorcycle ride out from Carnlough to Portrush and back leaves at 10.30am. The family fun day kicks off at 12.30pm with the Trialstar stunt team, the Naturally North Coast and Glens Market, bouncy castles, a barbecue, face painting, bikesafe, funfair and more. At 7:30pm there will be live music followed by a fireworks display.


Wild Wednesdays get wilder! Bring your haunted ham sandwiches to Lúnasa Festival's Creatures of the Night Picnic tomorrow. Do you have a budding David Attenborough or Chris Packham in the family? If so, join The Ring of Gullion for a picnic with a difference. Bring along your picnic to enjoy while you watch and listen for bats and other mammals and perhaps trap a moth, in Slieve Gullion Forest Park. Free event but booking essential.


Frock Around The Clock returns to Belfast Castle for the fabulous Last Days of Summer Vintage and Handmade Fair on Sunday, with around 35 stalls of vintage, handcrafted and upcycled fashion, furniture, homewares, collectables and more.


The Lumarina Festival will be Lighting Up the Lough this weekend. On Friday from 6pm-10pm, Mid Ulster District Council will shine a light on the beauty of Lough Neagh, as Ballyronan Marina provides the backdrop for an evening of music and entertainment. The fun continues on Saturday, 2pm-6pm.


Enjoy an evening of live music, family entertainment, food stalls and fireworks on Saturday in Groomsport. Live music begins at 6.30pm, featuring No Oil Paintings. The night is headlined by The Boss UK, a tribute band to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Fireworks at 10pm. A special late night bus service departs from Groomsport's Main Street to Bangor Bus Station at 10.30pm and 11pm.


On the Trail of Martel, Wild Caving Expedition tomorrow. Delve off the beaten track to explore ‘wild' caving, deep inside the Marble Arch Caves system. This event is not suitable for children under 12 or those with limited mobility. All participants must be of moderate level of fitness and reasonably agile. Wear old clothes and wellies. Weather dependant. Free event but booking essential.


Parkanaur House is the setting for the 15th Annual Castlecaulfield Horticultural Show and Vintage Rally on Saturday. Open from 12.30pm. Ample parking with disabled area and a free shuttle bus available from the onsite car park.

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