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10 things happening this week in Northern Ireland - from AVA festival to Katherine Jenkins

Katherine Jenkins
Katherine Jenkins

Here's our pick of 10 exciting things taking place across Northern Ireland this week (May 27- June 2).

1. Maritime Memories

  • Bangor, 31 May
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This tour departs from North Down Museum, and includes Eisenhower Pier, Donaghadee, the Ards Peninsula  and Portavogie. Learn the important role of the Coastguard in the modern day, visit a Lifeboat Station and hear of local legends and tales of the sea.

2. Ballymoney Show

  • Ballymoney, 31 May - 1 June
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The Ballymoney Show is a local agricultural show providing two days of entertainment for the whole family. Show includes livestock judging, food tents with cookery demonstrations, agricultural products, artisan foods, local crafts as well as entertainment in the form of music, football competitions and tug of war.

3. The Epic Journey to The 148th Open

  • Portrush, May 30
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The Epic Journey to The 148th Open tour will include golf’s most iconic trophy, the Claret Jug along with a giant #TheOpen letter sculpture, designed by Tourism NI and made out of 4,000 golf balls. Have the opportunity to take a photo with the replica Claret Jug, chat with local sports stars and put your pitching skills to the test as the tour comes to Portrush.

4. French wine dinner

  • Londonderry, May 31
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For an evening out with a difference, come along to Brown’s fabulous French wine dinner. Enjoy sparkling wine on arrival and a six course tasting menu with perfectly paired wines; a wonderful dining experience and a delight for foodies and wine lovers.

5. Use Your Senses Belfast 5K

  • Belfast, June 1
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Walk, jog or run a sensational 5K. This family friendly fun run on behalf of Guide Dogs features  five sensory experiences at Sense Stations along the route. Use your senses and change the lives of families living with sight loss.

6. Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival

  • Belfast, May 25-27
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There will also be lots to see and do over the weekend in Titanic Quarter with live music, authentic nautical cuisine and family fun. You’ll also be able to experience Belfast’s rich maritime heritage through a bumper-packed programme of free activities along the Maritime Mile.

7. Cookstown Continental Market

  • Cookstown, June 1-2
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Cookstown Continental Market will feature over 40 traders from as far afield as Morocco, India, Belgium, France, Russia, Holland, Spain and China, who will set up stalls alongside local traders from the weekly street market.

8. Belfast Girls

  • Downpatrick, May 31
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Packed with songs from the Belfast Girls page, this comedy play will have you dancing in the aisles. Also starring the hilarious Christina Nelson from 'I'll Tell My Ma' and directed by Alan McKee (Handbag Positive)

9. AVA Festival, Belfast

  • May 31 - June 2
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The festival showcases the best in local talent across audio visual arts as well as bringing some of the best International artists in the field to Belfast. AVA have showcased shows in Belfast such as Jeff Mills & Guillaume Marmin’s ‘Close Encounters of the 4th Kind’, Bicep (Live), Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers (Live), Rodhad, Fatima Yamaha (Live), DVS1 and more.

10. Katherine Jenkins

  • Belfast, May 27
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Star mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins will take to the stage at Belfast's Waterfront Hall on May 27. She will be joined by BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the year winners, Ebrington Primary School and the Ulster Orchestra.

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