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High jinks: Get in the Highland fling of things at this year's Dalriada Festival

By Staff Reporter

The Dalriada Festival is back for a week of wild, wacky and wonderful activities for the whole family from July 13-19 and this year proceedings kick off with the Champions of Champions Strongmen at the Highland Games.

This year marks the 20th year of the Highland Games and celebrations include a demonstration of strength, passion and pride as the giant men showcase their skill through games such as tossing the caber, Scots hammers and throwing massive weights to battle it out for the title of Dalriada Champion of Champions.

The festival will continue throughout the week, hosting sporting events including a Nationwide Rowing Regatta, Triathlon, Kids Duathlon, Beach Mounted Relay and Northern Ireland's first outdoor Super Endurocross competition.

Other highlights include music and dance stages, fine foods, celebrity chefs, displays and exhibitions, children's entertainment including a giant Ferris Wheel, helicopter pleasure flights and much more.

Country music fans can dance the night away at Dalriada LIVE as two of the most popular acts on the country music scene will be performing throughout the Bank Holiday weekend.

Nathan Carter, who has gained a massive following, will take to the stage on Sunday evening, while country legend Mike Denver will headline the festival on Monday, July 14 along with his band and special guests.

Throughout the week the Dalriada Sessions will host acts in the Eglinton Barn, including Haste to the Wedding on July 16, Manouche Swing on July 17 and the award-winning Johnny Cash and June Carter| Tribute Show on Friday, July 18.

The festival finale will culminate on |Saturday, July 19 with lots of fun activities |including a Build-A-Bear Workshop at |Glenarm Castle with face painting, a magic show and barbecue.

The rest of the day will include a rowing regatta, teddy's bear picnic, street entertainment, an RAF display and a spectacular live music and fireworks finale.

Festival visitors can make the most of the weekend by enjoying a short break and |exploring what else Glenarm has to offer.

With a campsite and glamping accommodation available on site in Glenarm Castle, the marina, the Barbican Gate, Glenarm Forest Park and neighbouring village, Carnlough will be on your doorstep to discover.

For more information on the Dalriada Festival, visit discovernorthernireland.com, facebook.com/discovernorthernireland or @DiscoverNI

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