Free, Cheap and Fun Things To Do This Weekend 14th-15th July 2018
It’s the World Cup and Wimbledon Finals weekend! Whether you are a sporting fan or not, you’ll hopefully find some time this weekend to get out and get some action in for yourself….
And there’s lots going on, literally on your doorstep, with festival after festival, a big weekend for music, sea celebrations and theatre favourites. Not to mention agricultural shows, and a Teddy Bear’s picnic for the little ones.
We believe the best times are the ones where you simply spend quality time together. So we deliberately try to find a good cross section of events that are free, cheap and fun, so you don’t have to spend a fortune having a fun day out.
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1. FOYLE MARITIME FESTIVAL
14th -22nd July
FREE to spectators
Set sail to the marvelous Maiden City for this massive maritime festival.
Queens Quay will become a kaleidoscope of colour as it hosts the stopover of the 2017 - 2018 Clipper Race winners on their home stretch. With wonderland fun, awesome activities, live music, arts and crafts and welcoming crowds.
All aboard shipmates!
2. LADY OF THE LAKE FESTIVAL
13th - 22nd July
Celebrate 40 years of Northern Ireland’s largest cross community festival.
Legend has it that the ‘Lady’ walked amongst the mist on Lough Erne to signal good times ahead! And there’ll be plenty of good times here with a huge festival feel and special Home Coming Parade through the town.
Ladies, Gents, Children – all welcome!
3. CASTLEWELLAN AGRICULTURAL SHOW
Saturday 14th July, 9am - 6pm
Castlewellan Forest Park
Under 16s FREE
Find out all about farm life at this fabulous family fun event.
Set across 50 acres of lush forest park, the show plays host to all kinds of ‘Best in Show’ animal classes, vintage tractors and countryside activities, a fashion tent, food, craft and trade stalls, live music and kid’s entertainment.
It’s all things agricultural, all in one place!
4. PORTAFERRY GALA FESTIVAL
14th – 20th July, 10am - 11pm
Various locations in Portaferry
This event has been making waves in Portaferry since 1967
And this weekend kicks off a sen-sea-tional week of activities in and around Portaferry - with farming community events, live music, sailing, GAA and a massive float and band parade to top things off.
With most events free, it’s well worth a come and see!
5. SHARK AWARENESS DAY
Saturday 14th July, 10am - 6pm
Exploris Aquarium, Portaferry
£ Normal admission applies
While you’re in Portaferry, why not stop by the Aquarium and come face to face with some sharks! Well, some blacktip reef sharks to be precise, not quite like the ones in the movies, but fascinating nonetheless!
There’s also a whole range of shark themed activities to get tour teeth into!
6. Causeway Speciality Market
Saturday 14th July
The Diamond, Coleraine
Soak up the atmosphere and spend some quality time together.
The Causeway Speciality Market has a fantastic mix of stalls on offer, with 52 traders selling a great range of locally produced food and crafts. Take some time to browse the many stalls, taste some of the produce, smell the assortment of scented candles, try on a piece of hand-made jewellery or get the perfect present for a friend.
7. BIG SPLASH FESTIVAL
Saturday 14th July
FREE for spectators
Taking part or taking it all in, experience the buzz of the Triathlon in this beautiful part of the world.
Participants will be striving for personal best times in the 750m swim, 12-mile cycle circuit and 5km run races. Afterwards, Portglenone Marina is the last port of call for all the post-race analysis.
Why not enter and make a big splash yourself?
8. WE ARE TOGETHER
Sunday 15th July, 4pm - 11pm
Ebrington Square, Derry/Londonderry
Some of the world’s best DJs bring dance music to Derry!
Paul Van Dyk, Route 94, with special guest Gareth Emery, plus Junior J, Marco V and Marco Faraone and many more mega names in world-class dance trance. The whole of Londonderry will be pulsating!
Three stages. One heart-pumping, energising, electrifying night of dance.
9. TEDDY BEAR’S PICNIC ON BOARD THE INISHCRUISER
Sunday 15th July, 11am
Share Discovery Village
£10 (under 2s go free)
Bring your teddy bear for a nautical adventure.
This is a Teddy Bear’s Picnic like no other. For you and your teddy will board the Inishcruiser for the ultimate trip around Upper Lough Erne. Food and fun, face-painting and balloon modeling will all be onboard.
Be sure to book you and your teddy a place!
10. OPEN-AIR THEATRE – ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
Saturday 14th July, 6.30pm
£13.50 per adult, £10 per child, Family ticket £44
Ready to peek down the rabbit hole?
Immerse yourself in this glorious Victorian adaptation of the much-loved classic tale of Alice and her friends including the Mad Hatter and March Hare. Bring a blanket to sit on, a picnic to munch on and an imagination to be stirred.
It takes storytelling under the stars to a whole new level.
11. DALRIADA FESTIVAL
Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th July
Glenarm Castle & Village
1 day ticket £20 per adult, U12 FREE
2 day ticket £35 per adult, U12 FREE
It’s Northern Ireland’s biggest cultural family festival!
Where else would you find Live Wrestling, a Wife-carrying Competition, Highland Games, Europe’s Strongest Man and some of the biggest names in local music – all in one place? Along with NI’s only Outdoor Super Endurocross, a Horse Hunt, Rowing Regatta…
The list, and the fun, is endless!
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