What's On: Killyleagh chocolate festival, go foraging at Cookstown and Navan Fort

Learn to forage as the Celts would have done at Navan Fort on Sunday September 16
Jacqueline McGonigle


Chocolate lovers and foodies will descend on Killyleagh to celebrate the 2018 Finnebrogue Artisan Hans Sloane Chocolate & Fine Food Festival, September 14-16. This year's festival features many chocolatiers and local artisan food producers at the historic Killyleagh Castle. The festival will kick off on Friday with the Chocolate Ball. The festival will also host activities and entertainment for the whole family.


Foraging Sunday takes place this Sunday at Navan Fort. Under expert guidance, you will learn to forage for food as the Celts would have. Explore the wealth of edible delights in our countryside and sample dishes made with foraged foods like berries, apples, cherries and even nettles. This is a free, drop-in event.


Plan a visit to Corralea Activity Centre, Belcoo for an Electric Mountain Bike Adventure. Explore the untapped wilderness using top-of-the range electric mountain bikes, cruise across old bog roads and forest tracks, discover megalithic tombs hidden in the forest and enjoy the sweeping views over Lough Macnean and its islands.


An autumnal treat, both visual and edible, is in store at the Woodland Trust's Cabin Wood, Cookstown on Saturday September 15, 11.30am to 1pm. The charity has enlisted the support of foraging expert Dermot Hughes to lead a stroll through this charming woodland. Dermot will identify the natural wares that are safe to eat, with some tasty recipes at his fingertips. The wood, bordered by the Ballinderry and Killymoon Rivers, was once part of Killymoon Estate. Booking essential. See or call 0330 333 5302.


Help Seamus Heaney HomePlace celebrate Roald Dahl Day this Saturday. Ten-year-old Sophie is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she meets the Big Friendly Giant. As their friendship grows, Sophie's presence attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and other giants.


Join The Cancer Fund for Children for their Giant Coastal Challenge on Sunday and make a Giant difference to children with cancer. Enjoy world class scenery on this 10-mile Atlantic adventure from Giant's Causeway to Carrick A Rede. Sign up today at


Belvoir Players present an event ideal for children aged one to seven this Saturday – Goldilocks and the Three Bears Sing Along. The popular tale takes a few twists and turns with other new puppet characters.

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