Free, Cheap and Fun Things To Do This Weekend 11th – 12th August 2018
August is awesome for adventure! So pack in as much fun as possible before the kids go back to school and normal life resumes.
This weekend you could be watching a 13th century sword flight in Dundrum, see the Red Arrows take flight above Newcastle, sing the blues in Armagh, grab a selfie with a dinosaur in Newry or relax and enjoy film scores by the Ulster Orchestra in Dungannon!
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1. TITANIC DANCE
9th - 19th August
Waterfront Hall, Belfast
All aboard for this incredible journey of the world’s most famous ship.
Watch as world-class Irish dancers take to the stage to tell the story of the triumph and tragedy of The Titanic through the medium of music and dance.
This musical has been taking the world by storm, and you can see it right here in Belfast.
Emotional, exceptional and unforgettable.
2. LIVE MUSIC AT THE BELFAST BARRA COMMUNITY MARKET
10th - 12th August, 1pm
Set your sights on Sailortown for a nautical mix of live music and market stalls!
Browse original and authentic local food and crafts, join in the fun activities for young and old alike, view special screenings, and listen in on special talks and presentations in the historic St. Joseph’s Church.
If you haven’t been to Sailortown, you’re in for a real treat.
3. MCE ULSTER GRAND PRIX
Saturday 11th August
Dundrod & Lisburn
There are motorbike races. And then there’s the Ulster Grand Prix!
Watch wide-eyed as over 122 bikers from 19 countries prepare to turn heads at this pinnacle of prestigious bike events. With a whole host of happenings on final race day, including vintage displays, walks and bike rides, the whole family can climb on board.
Hurry! Race tickets are still available by calling organisers on 07922 902081.
4. PORTAVOGIE SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
Saturday 11th August, 12pm - 5pm
See local seafood at its best with celebrity chefs Paul Rankin and Nick Nairn from TVs Big Food Trip.
Stroll around NI’s biggest fish market with artisan stalls, cooking demonstrations and competitions. Children can dip their hand in the Touch Tank, there’ll be a Strongman Trawler Pull, Brass Bands, Funfair and Fish characters.
Lots of fishy fun for all the family.
5. RED ARROWS FESTIVAL OF FLIGHT
Saturday 11th August, 9am - 6pm
Get set for a superb spectacle in the skies above County Down this Saturday.
2018 sees the centenary year of the RAF and you’re invited to see the amazing aircraft on display - both airborne and on the ground, meet crew members, visit the food village, walk the climbing wall and enjoy kids activities.
Above and beyond, it’s an unforgettable day out!
6. DUNDRUM CASTLE SWORD FIGHT
Saturday 11th August, 11am - 4pm
For 13th Century Norman Knights are out in force showing off their sword-fighting skills, while cooking and spinning techniques are demonstrated and all the while, the Ratcatcher hatches trickery and tales for unsuspecting children.
Enter at your peril, and with a picnic if the fancy takes you!
7. ARMAGH’S ICONIC 7 HILLS BLUES FESTIVAL
9th - 12th August
Market Place Theatre, Armagh
FREE & £Ticketed Events
7 hills, in its 8th year, with over 70 free gigs – there’s only one place to be this weekend!
Buckle up for some serious Bluesy sounds, like The Joe Blow Blues Band, Allison McGrath and the Soulantics and One Horse Pony on Saturday night and Mike Brookfield and Mirenda Rosenburg on Sunday night.
It’s a smokin’ hot line up, best served chilled as they say.
8. GEOTASTIC EXTRAVAGANZA
Saturday 11th August, 10am - 4pm
Slieve Gullion Forest Park
Track down a T-Rex and take a Selfie!
Your little explorers are in for a real treat as they learn all about the earth and its natural forces. They’ll erupt a volcano, make a geotastic badge, look deep inside the earth and see our dino-visitors roam the Walled Garden.
It’s exciting, educational and entertaining - all in one afternoon!
9. OMAGH FOOD FESTIVAL
Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th August, 1pm - 5pm
Royal Arms Mews, Omagh
Where better to whet your appetite for the finest local food?
Celebrate the best of the North West region with delicious delicacies from Omagh, tasty treats from Tyrone and fabulous fayre from Fermanagh. This festival serves up a fine feast of local foods and ingredients, with cooking demonstrations, live music and entertainment.
Sure to satisfy the heartiest of appetites.
10. MUSIC BY THE LAKE AT CROM
Saturday 11th August, 7pm - 10pm
Crom, Co. Fermanagh
Adults £10, Kids £5, Dogs FREE
Enjoy an easy-going evening by the shores of Lough Erne.
Bring a picnic, bring the family, bring the dog and get down to the fantastic sounds of local headliners, the Hand Me Downs. Adults can enjoy a glass of wine on arrival and a toe tapping time all round.
Great music, great location, great times!
11. ULSTER ORCHESTRA: ON YOUR DOORSTEP
Sunday 12th August, 3pm - 5pm
Ranfurly House, Dungannon
Fill up on film music and more in this exquisite performance.
Jaws, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Titanic, Toy Story… you’ll recognise all your favourite soundtracks from all your favourite films. You’ll be swept up in this wonderful display of the greatest scores in the greatest surroundings.
All the classics - classically played – right on your doorstep!
12. THE 3rd LUGHNASA FRIELFEST
9th - 19th August
£Various Ticketed Events
Celebrate the works of Brian Friel, one of Ireland’s greatest playwrights.
A cross border arts festival, which spans into Co. Donegal, it’s inspiring, inclusive and utterly engaging. This weekend sees actor Niall Cusack read extracts from The Iliad around the city’s famous walls.
Prepare to be moved and mesmerised.
13. STENDHAL FESTIVAL OF ART
10th & 11th August
Experience this award winning small festival like no other.
It’s totally unique, showcasing all things creative; music, poetry, sculpture, crafts, theatre, dance and a dedicated family programme. With camping, glamping, day tickets and great nights.
Stay for a while or stay all weekend!
14. PIRATES GOT TALENT – CIRCUS SHOW
Saturday 11th August, 2pm
A-harrrr! Your little pirates will positively love this!
Walk the plank to Coleraine town centre for a sensational performance of circus-skilled, naughty nautical, acrobatical, swashbuckling shenanigans that will leave you crying out for more!
It sure to shiver the timbers of everyone!
15. CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS PIPE BAND COMPETITION
Saturday 11th August
See the streets come alive to sights and sounds of pipes and drums.
This is the big daddy of drum beating, the highest pinnacle of piping, and it’s all taking place in the seaside town of Portrush this Saturday. Go along and line the route, cheer them on, and be proud to be part of the Champion of Champions!
It’s an excellent day out for all the family.
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