What's on: Skiffie festival on Strangford Lough might float your boat

Jacqueline McGonigle of shares her pick of family friendly events taking place across Northern Ireland this week

Skiffs at Castle Ward, Strangford Lough – the annual Skiffie Festival takes place this weekend
Jacqueline McGonigle


This month sees the return of the Skiffie Festival on Strangford Lough and in Delamont Country Park. From the July 27 to 29, international competitors and locals will descend upon Strangford Lough in their community-built skiffs for this action-packed weekend of events. As well as racing, there will be free family-centred activities including boat trips, live music, model air craft displays and a food village. The festival marks the first of five events in the Giant Adventures summer programme, spearheaded by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.


Lúnasa Festival 2018 takes place on July 28 from 10am to 4pm, Slieve Gullion Courtyard, Meigh. Come along and enter into a pausing space, a space to reflect and discover what personal gifts, skills or ideas you need to harvest and bring forth over the coming season. Facilitated by Janet O'Hagan.


Asda Enniskillen is hosting a Teddy Bear's Picnic in aid of Children in Need in store this Saturday. Activities for everyone, from teddy bear bingo to a tombola.


Dergfest Music Festival, Jult 27-29. Line-up includes Mark McCabe, Darude, Teddy Cream, Niamh McGlinchey, Jim Devine, Derek Ryan, Rough Justice, Mundy and The Logues. Full details at


Frock Around The Clock will take The Great Summer Holiday Fair to Portstewart for the first time on Sunday. This event will feature 20 stalls of artisan crafts, vintage and antique items, holistic therapies and much more. Town Hall, The Crescent, Portstewart. Admission £2, children free.


Randox Antrim Show, Saturday, Shane's Castle, 9am-5pm. From cookery demonstrations by Paula McIntyre to livestock, sheep shearing and horse jumping, there's plenty to keep all of the family amused. There's also dog agility, children's pet show, petting zoo, Young Farmers Games, Irish dancing, live music and a jiving competition to be found among craft stalls and home industries and horticulture exhibits. Admission £10, accompanied under-16s free. £9 early bird tickets available online until tomorrow.


On Saturday Belfast Zoo will go ‘quiet'. Belfast Zoo's quiet hours allow visitors on the autism spectrum, their family and friends to enter the zoo an hour early at 9am. This is an opportunity to enjoy the peace and quiet of the zoo for an hour before it opens to the general public. Normal admission prices apply.

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