Free, Cheap and Fun Things To Do This Weekend 21st – 22nd July 2018

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The summer holidays are in full swing and with the kids off school it’s the perfect time to pack up a picnic, jump in the car and go explore!

Our Map of Free, Cheap and Fun things to do can act as your perfect guide to summer fun weekends – and your challenge, if you choose to accept it, could be to see how many events you can fit in to one weekend!

With frolics on Portstewart Promenade, pop-up camping in Enniskillen, or an open day at Newtownards Airfield, having fun needn’t cost a fortune. Our handy map points you in the direction of family friendly events that are both enjoyable and affordable.  

Plus, throw Power NI Perks* into the mix and you’ve got all the ingredients for a great value day out. With special discounts on 100s of big brands including all the big supermarkets, Starbuck’s, Sports Direct, Argos and more!

Check in with our map every week to help you better power your weekends, from all at Power NI. 

Free, Cheap and Fun Things To Do This Weekend 21st – 22nd July 2018

1. INTERNATIONAL ROSE WEEK

16th - 22nd July

Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park

FREE

Roses are red, yellow, white, pink, orange, peach, lilac, multi-coloured…

Wake up and smell the scent-sational array of roses at the enchanting and aromatic International Rose Week, now one of Belfast’s most popular annual events, with music and entertainment for all the family.

Punch & Judy, a bouncy castle, mega slide and more make it a fun day for all.

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2. RED SAILS FESTIVAL

Sunday 22nd July

Portstewart

FREE

Fancy a yarn? You’ve come to the right place!

For a group of ‘Knitwits’ will take to the promenade to ‘Yarn Bomb’ crowds at 12 noon. With giant bubbles, community drumming, hula hoping, mood walking, artworks, stone painting and a cycle-tastic puppet show!

The feel-good atmosphere is sure to bring the promenade alive!  

3. POP-UP CAMPING & BBQ

Saturday 21st July, 6pm - 11.45pm

Florence Court, Fermanagh

Adults £20, Children £15

Tent. Check. Picnic. Check. Music. Check. Stunning surroundings. Check!

Pitch your tent beneath the stars at the phenomenal Florence Court for an evening of fine summer food and glorious tunes. And no camping trip would be complete without the obligatory toasting of yummy marshmallows!

With guided walks of this beautiful 18th century home and gardens you’ll want to stay forever.

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4. RSPB NI's BIG WILD SLEEPOUT

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd July

Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Holywood

Adults £20, Children £17

This weekend, we’re going all out for sleeping out!

If you’re closer to Co. Down, bring your overnight things and sleep how nature intended. With Mini-beast Hunting, Bat Detecting, Bush-crafts and Stargazing, this is definitely a story for back to school ‘What I did in the summer holidays’! 

Plus, half price entry to the museum the following day (if little eyes can stay open).

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5. SUMMER MUSIC SERIES

Sunday 22nd July, 2.30pm - 5pm

Castle Ward, Co. Down

Event FREE (normal admission applies)

Sunday Music Season has arrived!

So bring a blanket, a well-packed picnic (discounts at all the major supermarkets with Power NI Perks) and find the perfect spot to enjoy an afternoon of relaxing music.  Take a stroll around the sunken garden, visit the tearoom or theatre, or marvel at the mix of architecture.

It’s no wonder Game of Thrones tuned into this venue.

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6. ULSTER PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday 21st July

Donard Park, Newcastle

FREE

Attention, all pipe band fans.

Make your way to the County Down seaside town of Newcastle this Saturday and you’ll be met with the unmistakable sounds of over 40 pipe bands and drum majors as each one competes for the coveted Ulster title.

Pipes and drums, and lots of fun, it’s a day filled with music and pride.

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7. ATLANTIC CHALLENGE 2018

20th - 28th July

Antrim Castle Gardens

FREE

You won’t want to miss this gig!

See seamanship skills at their finest with a week-long International Contest of nautical know-how. From a vantage point on the edge of Lough Neagh you’ll view sailing, rowing, navigation, rope skills and much more in this sea spectacle.

Charter your course to Antrim Castle Gardens!

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8. SUPERCUP NI

Sunday 21st – 27th July

Coleraine

FREE

This Sunday kicks off the 5-day event in super style.

Join the crowds lining the streets to welcome youth teams from across the world to complete at various venues in the North West. Follow the carnival parade through the street of Coleraine to The Showgrounds.

This annual event has become a top fixture for recognising future talent. 

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9. BALLYCASTLE SEAFRONT ARTISAN MARKET

Sunday 22nd July

Seafront, Ballycastle

FREE

Enjoy a feast for the senses and a stunning sea view!

Each and every vendor has poured passion, unique talent and pride into their artisan wares, so browse around, stop a while and chat a while, and discover their craft, sample their produce, and take a little home to savour.

Local people, local produce, powering local communities.

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10. FOYLE CUP FINAL

Saturday 21st July

Derry/Londonderry

FREE

The final whistle is about to be blown in the O’Neill’s Foyle Cup.

Dubbed ‘The friendly face of football’ the Foyle Cup attracts young teams from all around the world to compete, meet and have fun on and off the pitch. Come and lend your support, catch a match, cheer on the under 10s right up to under 19s.

With talent scouts on the sidelines you could be watching the next big thing.

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11. THE FLORA OF CAVE HILL

Saturday 21st July, 10am-1pm

Cave Hill Country Park

FREE

Want to know your foliage from your fauna?

What better way to brush up on your plant knowledge than with an expertly guided tour at Cave Hill? Meet like-minded flora-lovers and walk amongst pretty pathways in the nature reserve in Ballyaghagan.

It’s a wonderful way to get up close and personal with Mother Nature.

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12.  DOWN RALLY 2018

Saturday 21st July

Eikon Centre, Lisburn

£ Various

Gear up for a great day out for all the family, sponsored by Carryduff Forklift!

Don’t miss the high octane, high energy, adrenaline-fuelled action throughout the day, with kids’ entertainment and car displays also on show. Plus, you’ll get to see top rally drivers both behind the wheel and behind the scenes.

Rally around, for this is fast becoming one classic day out.

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13. NEWTOWNARDS AIRFIELD OPEN DAY

Sunday 22nd July, 10am - 4pm

Ards

FREE

Fancy test-driving a light aircraft this Sunday?

How about a helicopter ride? The Ulster Flying Club is inviting you to fly in and have a go. With a Model Air Display from 12-1pm, static Aircraft Displays, experts on hand with information and advice, and lots of kids activities.

It’s an event that’s sure to get off the ground!

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14. Saintfield Show

Saturday 21st July

Lawsons Farm, Lough Road, Boardmills

Adults £10, Children FREE

Get down on the farm at Lawsons farm this weekend for the annual Saintfield Show.

There’ll be agricultural and equestrian classes to watch,  craft stalls with local produce, children’s entertainment, a novelty dog show, children’s farm and a best dressed farmer boy and girl competition!

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