What's On: Check out St Patrick's Day activities taking place near you
Jacqueline McGonigle of whatsonni.com shares her pick of family-friendly events across Northern Ireland this week
On Saturday celebrate St Patrick's Day by climbing the slopes of Slemish mountain – for spectacular views, an exceptional outdoor experience and some traditional entertainment. Raceview Mill and Broughshane & District Community Association will provide the hub of the event, with free activities for all the family to enjoy, from artisan market with live demos, children's entertainment, small speciality car show and live music.
Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day with a spectacular display of colour, music, dance and entertainment as the wonderful procession snakes it way through the city centre. The procession route runs from the Palace Demesne, Irish Street, Ogle Street, Thomas Street, Market Street, Market Street to English Street, on to Cathedral Road, past the Shambles Yard before finishing at the grounds of Cathedral Road Recreation Centre.
Enjoy a family fun day at Colin Glen on St Patrick's Day, with activities including the popular Gruffalo Trail, Fairy village and Stick man Trails. The park will be filled with music and entertainers and children will be able to get into the atmosphere with glitter tattoos, balloon modellers and bouncy castles. There will also be a food and craft village.
There's an action-packed weekend of activities at the St Patrick's Spring Carnival, Derry, this Saturday and Sunday. The two-day festival will be a celebration of music, food and culture, including a St Patrick's Day carnival parade, Ubuntu Global Festival and the LegenDerry Food Festival?. See derrystrabane.com/springcarnival
Join in with all the craic and banter this St Patrick's Day at Exploris in Portaferry. Take part in themed arts and crafts in the Crabby Craft club or get your hands wet with daily open pool demonstrations. Book your tickets online (24 hours in advance) to be fast tracked and discounted.
St Patrick's Day activities in Enniskillen include: Broadmeadow – 1:30pm-3.30pm, St Patrick's Day Water Activities and Family Fun Day; free family fun day at the Lakeland Forum with special guests and activities including face painting, bouncy castles and live music; 3.30pm – 4.30pm Festival Parade from The Forum to The Enniskillen Castle. Street Entertainment and music entertainment in town centre.
The long goodbye – in addition to music, crafts and festivities for the Ulster American Folk Park St Patrick's Day celebrations, costumed guides will be reenacting the emotive send-off for countless thousands of people before their voyage from Ireland to America in the 1700s and 1800s. Normal Folk Park admission pricing applies – see nmni.com
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