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100 brilliant ideas to keep kids happy this summer - Co Antrim

Barrys Portrush...Barrys Portrush on April 2nd 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Barrys Portrush...Barrys Portrush on April 2nd 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Here's our pick of the most exciting things happening in Co Tyrone:

1. Dalriada Festival


Glenarm Castle, Ballymena

July 13-14

• 2-day tickets from £41.53, under 12’s go free

Northern Ireland’s biggest family festival weekend, the Dalriada Festival 2019, makes a huge return to Glenarm. Enjoy a feast of music, amazing food and fun for kids including Tractor Ted and Paw Patrol. Visit

2. Mini Beasts for kids

Antrim Castle Gardens & Clotworthy House

August 10

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• Free admission

Children aged 6-12 are invited to join park rangers on an activity packed and fun-filled workshop focussing on the amazing world of insects. See and learn about the many different mini beasts that live right under our noses. Adults welcome too! Visit 

3. Beach Investigations

Jordanstown Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey

August 19- 21

• £2 admission

Get up close to the creatures which rely on our seashores. Come along every day or drop in on the days that suit. Sessions are aimed for primary school aged children, however all ages are welcome. Visit

4. Brighter Nights

Lilian Bland Community Park, Glengormley

Fridays, July 5-August 30

• Free admission

Make the most of those long summer nights. Rain, hail or shine, Brighter Nights offers free family fun every Friday with different themes every week including Animal Antics, Dance & Fitness, Science & Nature, Sports, Circus and others. Find out more at

5. Troggs Surf Camp

Troggs Surf School, Portrush

July and August

• £95 for five-day course or £25 for a single session

The Troggs Quiksilver Kids Surf Camps are a fun way for kids to learn how to surf and to meet new friends.

They’ll cover all the basic elements on surfing, safety and ocean awareness. Find out more at 

6. Causeway Coast Summer Street Entertainment 

Various resorts

July 8 - August 31

• Free admission

Visitors to the Causeway Coast and Glens region can enjoy a variety of street theatre shows in the various resorts. Suitable for all ages this annual family event is popular with locals and visitors each year.

Come along and enjoy the street theatre, featuring exciting circus shows which incorporate a mix of slapstick comedy and circus skills including fire juggling, giant unicycles, stilt walking and fire breathing. Find out more at

7.The Ould Lammas Fair

Rachel Rose from Newtownabbey turns into a butterfly at the Ould Lammas Fair in Ballycastle, County Antrim


August 24-27

• Free admission

Two days of trading, bargaining, traditional music and dance, horse trading village, amusements, artisan market and street theatre complimented by activities over the preceding weekend to add to the atmosphere in the beautiful seaside resort of Ballycastle. Find out more at

8. Puffin Express and  Carrick-a-Rede Sea Safari, Ballycastle

Every Saturday in July

• £35 admission

The sea safari departs from Ballycastle Marina across the Rathlin round to the south west corner of the island. Hopefully you will see seals and find puffins, gannets, gullimots, fulmars and razorbills. Enjoy the amazing views and keep a look out for dolphins and basking sharks, then speed across to Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge to enjoy the views. Next stop Kenbane Castle before returning to Ballycastle. Bookable through all visitor information centres.

9. North Coast Summer Scheme

County Antrim

July 22-26

• £75 for the week

Join us for a ‘50 things to do before you’re 113/4’ inspired week of activities. Site visits to special places like the Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-rede rope bridge, Downhill and Rathlin Island as well as lots of fun and games! Visit

10. Need4Speed Indoor Karting


Open every day

• Admission from £12

Need For Speed Indoor Karting offers a medium octane, high adrenaline experience great for kids of all ages so long as they’ve over 4ft 8in tall. Speed around the track on cool 270cc Honda-powered Karts and Mini Motos. There are kids’ karts available and you don’t need any previous experience in order to thoroughly enjoy yourselves. Find out more at

11. Little Wingers Pizza Workshops

Little Wing pizza workshop

Little Wing pizzerias  across NI

Every day, booking required

• £7.95 per child

Homegrown pizzeria brand Little Wing offers fun and interactive pizza-making workshops across all eight of its restaurants. During the workshop, ‘Little Wingers’ will be kitted out in chef attire and taught about the origins of pizza.  Once the basic training is complete, they will get the opportunity to make a pizza from scratch, from rolling out the dough to adding the toppings.  Fresh dough sticks and homemade garlic butter will be at the ready while the creations cook in the oven.  Find out more at

12. Barry’s Amusements


Open every day

• Free admission, 50p per token

Barry’s is Northern Ireland’s longest running amusement park, with more than 90 years behind it and it remains a fun-filled destination for friends and families to visit. Whether you’re looking for the thrills of The Big Dipper or a ride on their traditional carousel, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Barry’s. Find out more at

13. Shoreline Festival


Loughshore Park

August 24&25

• Free admission

Enjoy a bank holiday weekend of free family fun and music, including amusements, street theatre shows, live music and arts and crafts activities.

14. Fossil Hunting


July 5

• Free, but booking required

Calling all fossil hunters! Join the ranger team in Larrybane Quarry and go hunting for exciting fossils and identify what you find. Learn about common fossils to be found along the Causeway Coast. Visit

15. Geology Walk

White Park Bay

August 31

• Free admission, donations welcome

Geology tour in association with Earth Science Ireland. Learn about the geology of Ballintoy Harbour and White Park Bay coastal path. Booking is essential. Find out more at

16. The Galgorm Castle Fairy Trail

Galgorm Castle,Ballymena

Open every day

• Admission: Adult £2, child £3

Discover an enchanted route through Galgorm Castle’s woods where every detail has been lovingly handcrafted to complement the local flora and fauna. Amongst the trees spy a fairy village complete with miniature wonders, including an outdoor library.

You’ll even be able to pay a visit to the tooth fairy! Little believers can knock on her door, drop off their teeth and await a special surprise in the morning. Visit

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