Free, Cheap and Fun Things To Do This Weekend 23rd-24th June 2018

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Bye Hector! From scorching sunshine, to gale force storms, we never know what the weather’s going to do in Northern Ireland. But that doesn’t stop us getting out and about and enjoying all that’s on offer.

 

This weekend, we’re shedding a little light on some fantastic events taking place right across the province. And as this week sees in the longest day of the year, giving us an average 17 hours of daylight, you’ve a little more time to plan that perfect day away.

Go for a Solstice Sunrise Walk or a ‘Giant’ Dawn Chorus, a Beach Bonanza or a lazy, hazy jazzy picnic – all at great value for money.

Why not add Power NI Perks* into the mix and get even more bang for your buck. With discounts on 100s of brands, you can get packing that luxury hamper to take with you on your adventures or treat yourself to an overnight stay, and really make a weekend of it.

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Things to do this weekend 23rd-24th July

1.   SOLSTICE SUNRISE WALK

Saturday 23rd June, 4.30am

Cavan Burren Park/Marble Arch Caves Geopark, Enniskillen

FREE – Booking Essential

Geology meets mythology in this super natural sunrise expedition.

It’s an early start, but boy will it be worth it to experience the magical, spiritual and stunningly beautiful experience as sunlight transforms this already stunning landscape.

‘Light’ refreshments will be served after, so you can feed your tum as well as your soul.

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2. STRAJAMBA

Saturday 23rd June

Canal Basin, Strabane

£5

There’s still time to pick up tickets to Strabane’s biggest Summer Jam Live Music Festival.

Hotfoot it to the main stage for headline act, Hothouse Flowers, or step up to Stage 2 to take in Tokyo Empire. With a busking festival and an after dark programme, where the town’s bars and clubs open late to help you party into the wee small hours.

It’s for music lovers, and fun lovers, everywhere!

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3. Buskfest 2018

Saturday 23th June. 1pm - 4.30pm

Banbridge

FREE

Performing or spectating, this event will be music to your ears!

The streets will be alive with the sound of music at this annual busking competition. Now in its 15th year, Banbridge welcomes over 6000 people from all over the globe to take part, with the winner scooping £3000.

BBC Radio Ulster’s Ralph McLean will judge the worthy winners in Solitude Park form 4.30-6pm, hop along and see if you agree. 

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4. SPECIALIST PLANT FAIR

23rd – 24th June, 11am - 5pm

Mount Stewart, Co. Down

Event FREE/Normal admission applies

You’ll be totally inspired by the majestic gardens of Mount Stewart.

Meet and greet green-fingered artisans from visiting nurseries, get expert advice and take away some luscious plants, trees, shrubs and ideas to help you create your own little oasis of calm, in your very own garden.

Tour the enchanting lawns, read Lady Londonderry’s garden diaries and take in the outstanding beauty.

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5. JAZZ IN MOUNT STEWART

Sunday 24th June, 2pm - 4.30pm

Mount Stewart, Co. Down

Event FREE/Normal admission applies

This event has Summer written all over it!

Pack a picnic (this is where your Power NI Perks discount on all major supermarkets will come in handy), gather friends, family and even the dog, and spend the day relaxing on the lawn at Mount Stewart.

Soothing jazz, stunning surroundings and some pure quality time.

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6. Mourne International Walking Festival 2018

Newcastle

22nd - 24th June

Tickets from £6

Walk the ‘Best Walking Destination’ in Northern Ireland as voted by WalkNI.

With an unrivalled network of paths to suit all abilities from a light dander right up to formidable 40km mountain climbs, this award winning event is one mean feat for your walking feet.

Then celebrate with hot food and a ceilidh in McCann’s, Newcastle on Saturday 24th at the Life and Sole Swing Festival (if your feet can handle it)!

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7. IRISH GAME FAIR

Saturday 23rd & 24th June, 10am - 5.30pm

Shane’s Castle, Antrim

Family Tickets £25

It’s ‘game on’ for Northern Ireland’s biggest country living spectacle.

Hunting, shooting and fishing enthusiasts will travel from all over the UK & Ireland and beyond, to come together at this this year’s all-Ireland gathering celebrating 40 years of country sports and the rural way of life.

Fill up on fine food and drink and soak up some living history too!

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8. COMBER EARLIES FOOD FESTIVAL

Saturday 23rd June, 10am - 4pm

Comber

FREE

You say potato…

We say Comber Earlies Food Festival with multi Michelin star Chef Jean Christophe Novelli cooking up a local favourite with a gourmet twist. Hop aboard a hay bale picnic and enjoy the unmistakable sounds of Brass Bands.

With street entertainment and plenty for the kids, it’s a great day out. What do you say?

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9. ROE VALLEY SPECIALITY MARKET  

Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, Limavady

Saturday 23rd June

FREE

This is your chance to shop for something truly original.

Hand-made, beautifully crafted, lovingly baked, skillfully painted, there’s pure talent on display here, showcasing local artists using local produce and celebrating the local area.

Lend your support, and take away something utterly unique. 

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10. DAWN CHORUS WALK

Giant’s Causeway

Sunday 24th June, 6.30am - 9am

£7 per person

Wake up to an atmospheric walk around one of the wonders of the world.

Listen to the sounds of the sea, the wildlife, meander through the flowers and fauna, and explore the Causeway Cliffs at a time when everything seems untouched, unspoiled and unbelievably beautiful.

And once you’ve worked up an appetite, a full hearty breakfast will be served up in the Causeway Hotel.

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11. BIOBLITZ FESTIVAL

22nd & 22rd June

Jubilee Farm, Bankheads, 7am - 5pm

FREE

Get ready for round the clock entertainment!

Science and nature go hand in hand at this 24-hour programme of walks, talks and activities for all the family, covering everything from a Bat Walk to Magnificent Moths, a Big Cats class to a Shore Safari!

Good food, including a Hog Roast, music and fun are guaranteed to keep you going along the way. 

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11. BALLYGALLY BEACH BONANZA

Sunday 24thJune, 11am - 4pm

Ballygally Beach

FREE

The perfect opportunity to dip your toe into some watersports.

Try your hand at Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Sea Kayaking, Canoeing or Coastal Rowing – with wet suits and expertise provided! Or stay on dry land and enjoy sand creations, scavenger hunts and a driftwood art workshop.

With a sports zone, fitness sessions, and miles of beautiful scenery, life really is a beach here.

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12. Grange Fest – a Celebration of Summer

Saturday 23th June, 1pm – 4 pm
Grange Park, Omagh
FREE

Kick the summer off at GrangeFest, multicultural family fun day.

Keep the kids entertained with music, song, dance, biodiversity activities, face painting, balloon modelling, children’s favorite characters and much more!

There’ll even be a balloon trail with the chance to win prizes donated by town centre shops. We hope they don’t pop on you!

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13. Picnic in the Park

Saturday 23th June, 12.30pm – 4 pm
Curran Park, Larne
FREE

Picnics are definitely on trend this weekend!

Pack you picnic and your sunglasses and head down to Curran Park in Larne and mark the start of summer, with their Midsummer Picnic in the Park.

There’ll be lots going on from treasure hunts to face painting, a petting farm to music yard – lots for all the family to enjoy.

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