10 What’s On NI Recommendations for the Bank Holiday Weekend

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1. The Ould Lammas Fair in Ballycastle

Ireland’s oldest traditional market fair. Its exact origin is uncertain but one theory is that it began as a result of the occupation of the area around Ballycastle by the MacDonnell’s of the Isles in the early part of the sixteenth century. At the present day Fair, horse trading, street entertainment and market stalls attract thousands of people to Ballycastle.

2. Shoreline Festival Whiteabbey

It’s the highlight of the summer as the famous Shoreline Festival returns with three fabulous days of music and family fun over the August Bank Holiday weekend, running from Saturday 28th to Monday 30th August, climaxing with a spectacular fireworks display over Belfast Lough.  This is one of the last opportunities to enjoy some summer fun before the schools go back, so get yourself down to Jordanstown Loughshore Park to experience a weekend of FREE family entertainment that will not disappoint you.

3. August Bank Holiday Monday Funday

Monday 30th August at the Sunken Gardens at McKee Clock    

Clowns, acrobats, jugglers and all manner of street entertainers will be on hand to help the whole family celebrate the August Bank Holiday, as Bangor Town Centre will become a mini theatre for the day.

4. Fishfest 2010 Kilkeel

27th – 30th August 

The Annual Fish Fest & Gourmet Seafood Trail will take place August Bank Holiday weekend. The Main event will be held on Monday 30th of August in Kilkeel Town Centre.    This is a must for seafood lovers, with seafood tasting sessions, seafood buffet, seafood cookery demonstrations, oyster eating competition and oyster stall, fresh fish stall, live music, crafts, family entertainment and funfair, Face painting, children’s fish sculpture competition, Bonny Baby competition, Little Miss Mermaid and King Neptune.

5. Family Fun Weekend Armagh Planetarium 

28th – 29th August  

To end their summer programme, Armagh Planetarium are holding a Family Fun weekend on Saturday 28th of August and Sunday 29th of August. There will be face painters, rocket building and launching, badge making and the Knights of the Empire will be there along with many more fun activities.

6. Family Day and Charity Football Match

28th August Glentoran Football Club  

Fun for all the family – bouncy castle, face painting, climbing wall, BBQ and much more. Watch EX-Glentoran legends play in our football match. All in aid of the Meningitis Trust.

7. Bank Holiday Hoo-Ha at Wellbrook Beetling Mill

Monday 30th August

Enjoy a very funny, gossipy but true living history interpretation of the Mill and those associated with the linen industry in Mid-Ulster. (National Trust admission charges apply).

8. The Waterways Ireland Lough Erne Classic Yacht Regatta

27th – 30th August 

Lough Erne Classic Yacht Association and Waterways Ireland are holding their Classic Regatta with sail, steam and motor boats at Crom, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland from Friday 27 to Monday 30 August, with yachts visiting from all over Ireland and the UK.  This promises to be a great weekend for all yachting enthusiasts and families alike. Not since 1913 when Crom was the social hub and centre of the inland yachting world has there been such an assemblage of classic craft. The organising club for this event is the Lough Erne Yacht Club. www.leyc.com

9. McDonald’s Football Open Days Ballymena Showgrounds

29th August 1pm – 5pm and  Gordan Playing Fields Lurgan 30th August 10am to 4pm. 

Goalkeeping legend Pat Jennings and fellow former International Jim Magilton are the special guests at McDonald’s Football Open days.  These are free events for families to come along, take part in games and tournaments, receive qualified IFA coaching and meet some footballing heroes. The Cool FM roadshow will also be attending to further add to the friendly, fun atmosphere.

10. Belfast Mela

Celebrating culture and creativity, the Mela, meaning ‘to meet’, will display the sights, smells and sounds of ethnic origins, showcasing music, dance, arts and food from over 30 nations across the globe. Crowds are in for a variety of treats as the event is jam packed with a show stopping schedule, all taking place in the very beautiful Botanic Gardens on 29th August 2010.

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