What's On: Music in Groomsport, fireworks in Derry and underground fun in Fermanagh

Family friendly free event Lumarina returns to Ballyronan Marina on Friday August 1
Jacqueline McGonigle


JOIN Ards & North Down Borough Council this Saturday at Groomsport for an evening of live music, family entertainment and a spectacular fireworks finale.

This year's headline act will be Fleetwood Mac tribute band Mack Fleetwood, supported by Wookalily. The event will be compered by mentalist, magician and musician Joel Mawhinney.

Cockle Row Cottages are open from 11am to 8pm with free family fun between 2pm and 4pm. Funfair open from 4pm (charges apply). Get home on the free late night bus departing from Groomsport's Main Street at 10.30pm and 11pm going to Bangor Bus Station.


Brought to you by west Belfast's award-winning Brassneck Theatre Company, A Night With George at the Market Place Theatre this Friday and Saturday will leave everyone wishing that they too could spend the night with George Clooney like Bridie Murphy.


Become a Rock Detective for a day this Saturday at Marble Arch Caves with an afternoon of interactive hands-on fun where you can discover more about the fascinating rocks, landscapes and people of the Geopark.

Suitable for children aged 4 to 12, all children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential for this free event.


This Saturday the Manor House and grounds of Parkanaur Forest Park will host the annual Castlecaulfield Horticultural Show and Vintage Rally featuring flowers, fruit, vegetables, cookery, crafts, photography and live music.

Craft stalls and fun activities open from 12.30pm. High tea can be taken in the ballroom and BBQ will be in the grounds. Show Marquee open from 1.30pm. Prize giving by Anne Marie McAleese, presenter of Radio Ulster's Your Place & Mine.


Lumarina, the family friendly free event at Ballyronan Marina is back. On Friday August 17, from 6pm to10pm, Mid Ulster District Council will shine a light on the beauty of Lough Neagh, as the Marina provides the backdrop for an evening of music and entertainment with the grand finale fireworks spectacular taking place at 9.45pm.


Make and Take with Creative Coast Communityis a new and exciting event for the North Coast in summer 2018, taking place this Saturday in Portballintrae Village Hall.

For the first time ever, a collective of some of the Creative Coast's most talented artists and creators are coming together to host the inaugural Make & Take event.

Starting at 10am there will be sessions throughout the day, in which you can participate in hands-on creative workshops, leaving each one with your own handiwork.


Visiting Titanic Belfast on August 18 and 19? There will be lots of free family fun from 12pm to 4pm on the plaza and surrounding area, including face painting, caricaturists, graffiti artists, chalk art and buskers.

Titanic Foundation Ltd will be running a Maritime Photo Walking Tour (2.30pm to 4pm) and Titanic Taster Art Trail (2pm to 3.30pm) around the Quarter on Sunday August 19 for only £5pp.

Meet at the Titanic Sign (Photo Tour) or at the festival space next to SS Nomadic (Art Trail) on the day to join the tour. On Saturday 18, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) will be providing children with the chance to get dressed up in the RNLI Crew Kit.

Libraries NI Pop-up Library will also be joining the outdoor festivities, so come along and let the kids choose their new favourite book.

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