What's On: Puppet mayhem in 'Ards, Spirit of Folk in Tyrone and more

The Ards Puppet Festival returns on May 26
Jacqueline McGonigle


NEWTOWNARDS is preparing for a puppet invasion this month when the Ards Puppet Festival returns to Ards Arts Centre and Conway Square. The popular festival takes place from Sunday May 26 to Monday May 27 and presents a full-programme of puppet mayhem. Fun for all ages!


Armagh Craft Fair returns for the ninth year to the wonderful surroundings of The Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre on Saturday May 25. Bringing high quality craft to the heart of Armagh City this annual event offers something for everyone.


The Country Fair at Florencecourt takes place this Sunday May 26. Enjoy this annual Country Fair with dog shows, rare breeds, live music, craft stalls and much more.


Spirit of Folk 2019 is a unique festival taking place this Sunday May 26 in the Moy. This year will showcase the best folk and trad in Ireland, offering traditional festival shenanigans that are inclusive for everyone.


This Sunday, explore the great outdoors with a Canoe and Picnic Trip on the River Roe with Carrowmena Activity Centre. Carrowmena transport you to an entry point in Limavady where you will paddle back to Swann's bridge while fully immersing yourself in the outdoors and taking in beautiful sights such as Binevenagh Mountain.


RTE Dancing with The Stars contestant and Irish country star Cliona Hagan makes her debut performance at the Marine Hotel on Sunday May 26 for the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival. Doors open 9pm. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling the Marine Hotel Ballycastle on 028 2076 2222 or online from Eventbrite.


Shhhh! Visitors on the autism spectrum and those with sensory requirements can enjoy the peace and quiet of Belfast Zoo during Quiet Hour on Monday May 27. The zoo will open at 9am, an hour before normal opening times. Visitors can expect reduced crowds and lower levels of noise, helping to create a more relaxed atmosphere.

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