Things to do across the north from August 8 -14

08 August, 2016 10:31

INTO the middle of August now and summer is beginning to wind down.

All the more reason to make the most of the last remaining days of summer by enjoying an event near you this week, or taking a trip to sample everything the north has to offer.

This week gives you the chance to enjoy some great music, sample food and beer or indulge your love for wakeboarding, motorcycle racing or flying kites.


Co Antrim


Pintsized Cabaret

Boundary Brewing Cooperative, Belfast

Thursday August 11


Pintsized Cabaret will feature a great selection of short scenes using the unique Boundary Brewery as the performance venue and source and inspiration.

Pintsized Cabaret will feature a great selection of short scenes at the Boundary Brewing Cooperative in Belfast

Audiences will be getting a flavour of some of the famous bits of poetry and prose that have focussed on drink and craic, with a nod to the pubs of East Belfast.


International Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix


Monday August 8 – Saturday August 13


This thrilling week, organised by Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club, is one of the highlights in the Northern Ireland Motorcycling Road Racing Calendar, attracting many of the world's top road racers as well as thousands of spectators to the Dundrod circuit, the fastest road racing circuit in the world.

 International Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix takes place in Lisburn


Jailhouse Rock 'Live at The Crum'

Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast

Saturday August 13


Crumlin Road Gaol proudly presents 'Jailhouse Rock' with Elvis and his band.

 Enjoy a four day blues festival in Armagh

Watch an extraordinary tribute performance to one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century in a concert brilliantly capturing the musical life of The King of Rock n Roll.


Co Armagh


7 Hills Blues Fest

Various locations, Co. Armagh

Thursday August 11 –  Sunday August 14


This four day festival will see many of Armagh City’s eateries, public houses and open spaces showcasing the best of blues bands from across Ireland and the UK.

With workshops, classes, exhibitions and live music there will be fun and games for all the family during the festival.


Co Derry


Stendhal Festival


Friday August 12 – Saturday August 13


Set in the picturesque surrounds of Ballymully Cottage Farm, Stendhal Festival of Art brings an all-encompassing artistic experience to the Roe Valley.

Stendhal has something for everyone from kids to adults, day or night, art, music, classes, workshops, activities, various food outlets and a brilliant atmosphere!




Monday August 8 – Saturday August 13


This year’s Waterways Ireland Riverfest is hosting The European Boat Wakeboard Championships attracting over 150 competitors from across Europe and Africa.

During the week other attractions planned include vintage vehicle and motorcycle shows, bouncy castles and play area, boat and outdoor recreation displays, trade areas and a local food market.


Kite Festival

Downhill Demesne

Sunday August 14 


This high-flying spectacle will offer fun for all the family as a kaleidoscope of kites of all sizes fly over the stunning coastal estate.

 Marvel at a kaleidoscope of kites at Downhill Demense

To add to the festive atmosphere there will be a kids craft area, inflatables, Quad-Pod rides, Segways, Craft and food stalls and much more.


Co Down


Rock Pool Extravaganza

Kearney Village

Saturday August 13


Organised by the National Trust and promising to be a great day out for all the family, young wildlife enthusiasts will love this day out at magical Kearney village on the Outer Ards Peninsula. 

 Wildlife enthusiasts will love this day out at magical Kearney village on the Outer Ards Peninsula.

Discover the amazing creatures lurking beneath the seaweed and slithering through the pools.


Co Fermanagh


Banquet by the Lake

Castle Archdale Caravan Park

Saturday August 13


To mark the Love NI Meat theme as part of the NI Year of Food and Drink, dine in style in a marquee at Castle Archdale overlooking beautiful Lower Lough Erne.

Enjoy views of Lough Erne while you eat at Castle Archdale Caravan Park

Prepared by Saddlers of Enniskillen the five-course banquet will be mouth-wateringly exquisite.


Co Tyrone


Musical Theatre Open Night

Alley Theatre, Strabane

Saturday August 13


Join some of the North West’s best musical theatre performers as they take to the stage for this popular open mic event with singalong tunes and stunning performances suitable for all the family.

 Enjoy an open mic night at the Alley Theatre in Strabane

Singing songs from classics such as ‘Calamity Jane’ and ‘Oklahoma’ and more recent hits such as ‘Ghost the Musical’ and many more the performers will be accompanied by a live house band.

08 August, 2016 10:31 Family&Parenting

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