What's On: Watersports fun on Strangford, Celtic camping at Navan Fort and more

Portaferry Sails & Sounds festival offers a weekend of sailing, rowing, racing and trips on Strangford Lough
Jacqueline McGonigle


The fourth annual Portaferry Sails & Sounds festival takes place from June 20 to 23. This is an action-packed weekend of sailing, rowing, racing and trips on Strangford Lough, with lots of free events on offer across the weekend.


Celebrate the longest day of the year with the Celts as they prepare for Mid-Summer at Navan Centre and Fort this Friday. Join the Celtic camp, mingle and help set up for the evening's festivities, dine at 9pm on something quite wild, then sing, dance and listen to stories of the years gone by while watching the sunset.


Share Discovery Village are hosting a celebration the Summer Solstice on Trannish Island on Upper Lough Erne this Friday. Paddle out for a tasty BBQ and a variety of fun activities and watch the breath-taking sunset on Upper Lough Erne on the longest day of the year.


An Creagán are holding their annual mid-summer 5K on Wednesday June 19 at 7.30pm. This is a chipped event suitable for all runners. If you would like to be part of An Creagán Mid-Summer run, and enjoy the beautiful scenic track, please contact An Creagán on 028 8076 1112 or email to register. £5 per person.


Join The Playhouse on Saturday for the heartening tale of Pamplemousse's identity crisis, set against evocative and playful music by local composer Greg Caffrey. The 30 minute opera will be performed by the young talents of the NI Opera Studio and the Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble. Suitable for children seven and older.


Join Mr Hullabaloo and his colourful puppet friends at the Courtyard Theatre Newtownabbey this Saturday. In this brand new show, Jingles the Jester and Bobbin the Bear visit the seaside to hear tales of Pirates and Mermaids. Then pay a visit to Fairy Twinkles summer garden in Fairy Glen, but watch out for the naughty little rascal trampling the summer flowers.


On Friday June 21, The Priests will present a concert at St Bernadette's Church, Rosetta Road, Belfast. This iconic 1960s fan-shaped building, with its huge wall of stained glass and clear view of the performers for everyone in the audience, promises to be an ideal venue for this concert on the longest evening of the year.

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Jacqueline McGonigle

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