Holidays Travel

Ten things to do across the north from May 24 – May 29

 The Belfast Maritime Festival sets sail on Saturday May 28
 The Belfast Maritime Festival sets sail on Saturday May 28  The Belfast Maritime Festival sets sail on Saturday May 28

GET the summer off to a great start by sampling some fun and interesting events on your doorstep.

Check out this list of ten events from Tourism Northern Ireland that you can enjoy from May 23 to May 29.

Co Antrim

Rathlin Island Boat Tour

Rathlin Island

Tuesday May 24

Travel along the North Antrim coastline taking in the sights of the Causeway Coast, visiting Dunluce Castle, the Giant’s Causeway, Ballintoy Harbour and more before disembarking on Rathlin Island for 45 minutes to explore this enchanting island.

You may even spot a dolphin on your trip!

Belfast Spring Continental Market

Belfast City Hall

Friday May 27 – Monday May 30

With an array of delicious food from across the globe the Spring Continental Market returns to Belfast City Hall.

This year, as part of the Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink celebrations, the market will also be offering a selection of tasty local products to choose from and enjoy.

Belfast Maritime Festival

Queen’s Quay

Saturday May 28 – Monday May 30

Celebrating the city’s unique maritime heritage, there’ll be lots of Titanic activities, live music, arts and crafts, street theatre and displays as Belfast’s quaysides play host to this family fun maritime festival.

Twilight Market

St George’s Market

Tuesday May 24 – Wednesday May 25

The upcoming Twilight Market has been extended over two nights, allowing visitors even more time to feast on some of the unique food elements that make up Belfast’s thriving foodie sector, featuring live music and DJs throughout the two days.

Co Armagh

Armagh Craft Fair

Market Place Theatre

Saturday May 28

This free event, now in its sixth year brings high quality craft to the heart of Armagh City and features over 45 craft stalls from makers across Ireland, including textiles, knitwear, jewellery, wood ceramics and candles. 

Co Derry

Circus of Horrors

Millennium Forum

Friday May 27

This frighteningly good show is set in Victorian London at a time when Jack the Ripper was still at large and the golden age of the Freakshow had begun.

With Killer Klowns, Sword Swallowers, Death Defying Aerialists and a Hairculian Diva, this is a show not to be missed. Suitable for adults only. Starts at 8pm.

Co Down

NI Countrysports Fair


Saturday May 28 – Sunday May 29

Country sports lie at the heart of the NI Countrysports Fair.  With a variety of country sports on offer, experts will be on hand to introduce you to a field of new sports and explain how you can get involved alongside equestrian events, clay pigeon shooting and casting demonstrations.

The International Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival


Wednesday May 25 – Monday May 30

The International Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival is back with an outstanding program of music and a food festival. 

Listen to some of the world’s leading blues and jazz performers including Belfast born Van Morrison as Warrenpoint hosts over 90 free gigs at the six-day festival.

Co Fermanagh

Jungle Book

Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen

Saturday May 28

The much loved story of Mowgli, the ‘man-cub’, is brought to life by Indigo Moon Theatre with inventive shadow theatre, original music and colourful digital projection as he learns to live by the Law of the Jungle. 

Co Tyrone

Nature Macro Photography Workshop

An Creagan, Omagh

Saturday May 28 – Sunday May 29

Aimed at people wishing to refresh or progress their photography skills, these workshops hosted by wildlife photographer Debbie Deboo will mentor participants through techniques and equipment required for high quality close up images.