Free, Cheap and Fun Things To Do This Weekend 16th-17th June 2018
It’s a big one this weekend – it’s Father’s Day on Sunday! So what have you got planned for your Dad? Let us give you a little nudge in the right direction, with a huge range of cheap, free and fun things to do with Dad!
We’ve searched high and low for all sorts of events happening right across Northern Ireland this weekend.
From Classic Car Shows to Cliff-top Walks, Classical Concerts to Dinosaur Encounters, Traditional Markets to a full-on Triathlon - there’s some great ideas for a Dad’s Day to remember!
And don’t forget, when you sign up to Power NI Perks* you can save money on 100s of big brands. So you could splash out on a super duper gift, treat him to some awesome outdoor gear or pack that picnic basket – all at a discount!
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1. DINOSAUR ENCOUNTER
6th June – 31st August
FREE (with standard admission)
Quick! Be amongst the first to witness this fabulous phenomenon!
Are you brave enough to face-off to a life-size T-Rex? Step aboard this atmospheric safari ride through The Lost World. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll find in the first exhibition of its kind in the UK & Ireland.
It’s sure to be a roaring success!
2. UK PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS
Saturday 16th June. 10am – 6pm
Get down to the powerful sounds of the Pipes.
This family focused event is one that Dads everywhere will appreciate, as everyone gathers to hear the cream of the crop in Pipe and Drum bands, plus Highland Dance compete for the coveted title of UK Pipe Band Champion.
With plenty of food, refreshments and entertainment it’s a great day out.
3. BELCYCLE FESTIVAL
Saturday 16th June, 11am-4pm
CS Lewis Square, Belfast
Get on your bikes and get outdoors at this fabulous family friendly festival!
Test out all types of bikes from tandems and trikes, scooters and cargo bikes, balance bikes and specially adapted bikes, discover cycle-centred holidays, action packed adventures and ‘ask the cycling experts’!
It’s pedal power at its best so have your helmet at the ready!
4. VESPA WORLD DAYS 2018
Thursday 14th – Sunday 17th June
FREE to public 10am – 6pm
From one type of bike to another!
Well, around 3,000 Vespa bikes to be precise. This cavalcade of iconic scooters will descend in Belfast bringing with it a family festival atmosphere, Vespa museum, artisan market, delicious food and entertainment.
Come and join Vespa visitors from over 40 countries as they ride out from the Vespa Village and throughout Northern Ireland on this 4-day event.
5. TITANGO 2018
15th – 17th June
Tickets from £16.20
Belfast Tango Festival is taking to the floor at Belfast Castle.
Featuring the world’s top tango twosome, Noelia Hurtado and Carlitos Espinoza, you’ll be magnetised, mesmerised, energised and totally in awe of the sheer talent on display.
It might even inspire you to have a go! (Go on Dads everywhere!)
6. KILBRONEY VINTAGE SHOW
Saturday 16th June
Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor
Admission from £1
Dad will be grinning from ear to ear at Europe’s largest classic vehicle show!
With a fun fair, face painting, kids’ workshops, entertainment from Tom O’Rourke, Country Harmony and Comedian Big O. Plus, the Best Vehicle Awards Ceremony will round off a great day out for all the family (but particularly Dad).
Well, it is Father’s Day weekend after all!
7. ANTRIM’S MARKET IN THE SQUARE
Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th June
Market Square, Antrim
Soak up the atmosphere and spend some quality time together.
With fine food stalls, craft fair, street performers, Bricks4kids workshops and a fantastic celebration for Father’s Day featuring Willy Wonka and Charlie Bucket at the historic Barbican Gate!
And because it’s free, that really is a golden ticket to a great weekend!
8. CAUSEWAY COAST TRIATHLON
Saturday 16th June, 10am
The Watersports Centre, Portrush
FREE for spectators
Swim (1.5km), cycle (37km) and run (9.3km) – for fun!
What better way to spend a Saturday than in the greatest of all outdoors, the Causeway Coast. Take on the Triathlon yourself or line the picture postcard route and cheer them on!
This annual event, in association with Velo-Culture and Triangle Triathlon Club is sure to get your pulse racing.
9. MIDSUMMER CONCERT AT MUSSENDEN TEMPLE
Sunday 17th & Monday 18th June
For something a little more soothing, how about a classical concert in classic surroundings?
This truly magical and utterly memorable midsummer concert is centred around its ultimate star, the majestic Mussenden Temple, which plays host to musicians including Helen Aiken and Craig Ogden.
Light supper is included and booking is essential.
10. EXPLORING THE CLIFFS OF MAGHO
Sunday 17th June, 2pm – 4pm
Magho Cliffs, Enniskillen
For one of the most breathtaking views in Ireland, don your walking boots and head for tip of the Magho Cliffs.
Ban the stresses and strains of busy life this Father’s Day and get right back to nature. Walk amongst rare flora and fauna, inhale the freshest of air, and take time out from all mobile devices.
A moment at the top of Magho Cliffs is a moment that will stay with you forever.
11. CLASSIC CARAVANS & MOTOR HOMES WEEKEND
Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th June
Journey to where the cars are the stars.
Retro camper vans, Winnebagos, specially adapted vehicles, all makes, all models, all kinds of cars, caravans and motor homes; if it’s classic, come along and show it off with other enthusiasts.
With Alanna Maher providing entertainment on the Saturday night, pitch up, park up and perk up your Dad’s weekend.
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