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10 things happening this week in Northern Ireland - from Bluegrass Omagh to Carnival of Colours

Bluegrass Omagh music festival at the Ulster American Folk Park
Bluegrass Omagh music festival at the Ulster American Folk Park

Here's our pick of the 10 most exciting things taking place this week across Northern Ireland (August 26 - September 1).

1. The Ould Lammas Fair

  • Ballycastle, August 24-27

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Every year thousands flock to Ballycastle for Ireland’s oldest fair. The seaside town bustles with street trading, bargaining, traditional music, dancing, horse trading, amusements, artisan markets and much more.

2. The Stena Line Belfast Giants vs Augsburger Panther

  • Belfast, August 31
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The Stena Line Belfast Giants take on Augsburger Panther in the Champions Hockey League at the SSE Arena. Don’t miss a minute of the action and see the greatest game played on ice.

3. Bangor Christian Heritage Walk

  • Bangor, August 27

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Trace the steps of canons, priests and pilgrims on a walking tour which encompasses visits to Bangor Abbey, First Bangor Presbyterian Church and North Down Museum.

4. Waterside Half Marathon

  • Londonderry, September 1

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The 38th Waterside Half Marathon returns to the city. Starting in Ebrington Square, the route will once again take runners across the river to the city, showcasing its parks, greenways and bridges before finishing at St Columb’s Park.

5. Steam Train Sunday Afternoon Tea

  • Downpatrick, September 1

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Climb aboard for a traditional afternoon tea and nostalgic journey through the beautiful Co Down countryside on board a beautifully restored steam train departing from Downpatrick train station.

6. Siege of Carrickfergus

  • Carrickfergus, August 26

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This spectacular event will take place against the backdrop of the famous Norman Castle. Actors from across Northern Ireland and Scotland will bring history to life, dressed in period costume, during a fun day to mark the anniversary of the Siege of Carrickfergus.

7. Carnival of Colours 2019

  • Londonderry, August 31 – September 1

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The Carnival of Colours is a two day circus, music and arts festival in Brooke Park, which showcases local and international circus, theatre, arts and music talent.

8. Bluegrass Omagh 2019

  • Omagh, August 30 – September 1

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Award-winning American and European bands and performers will descend on the Ulster American Folk Park to join acclaimed acts from across Ireland including Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Hoot & Holler, Bill and the Belles and Front Country.

9. The Glenarm Festival of Voice

  • Glenarm, August 30 – September 1

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Join Northern Ireland Opera and Radio 3 for this weekend festival of singing, with six events over three days in and around the beautiful village of Glenarm on the North Coast of Antrim.

10. Jawbox Sip & Paint Evening with Aly Harte

  • Belfast, August 29

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Create your own gin themed painting masterpiece whilst enjoying a Jawbox gin as part of the Jawbox Summer Takeover at The Chelsea.

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