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8 things happening in Northern Ireland, July 16-23 - from Lush! Classical to Ulster Pipe Band Championship

Lush! Classical will take place at Ebrington Square.
Lush! Classical will take place at Ebrington Square.

Here's our pick of events happening across Northern Ireland over the next seven days.

1. Bushmills Through the Wars

  • Bushmills, July 12-22
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This exhibition takes in the Great War, Second World War and Korea.

The event commemorates soldiers from all sides who lost lives serving their country.

Exhibits include uniforms, medals, rations, worktime fashions,the experience of evacuees, information about G.Is and much more.

2. Foyle Maritime Festival

  • Derry~Londonderry, July 14-22
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The theme of this year’s festival is ‘voyages’ in acknowledgment of the city’s rich maritime heritage.

The quayside becomes engrossed in maritime magic as the city hosts a fantastic collection of live music, markets, entertainment, and river based activities.

For more information, visit

3. Rose Week

  • Belfast, July 16-22
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Rose Week is a celebration of the Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Rose Garden.

The full programme of activities includes music and entertainment for all the family with face painting, bouncy castle, mega slide, balloon modelling, Punch and Judy shows and much more.

For more information, visit

4. Foyle Cup

  • Derry~Londonderry, July 16-21
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Seen as one of the most important and pivotal tournaments in Northern Ireland, the Foyle Cup presents an opportunity for the youth of Northern Ireland to show their football playing abilities.

For more information, visit

5. The Gruffalo’s Child

  • Lyric Theatre, Belfast, July 17-22

Following hot on the heels of The Gruffalo’s sell out tour and his monstrous West End success comes The Gruffalo’s Child.

The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep dark wood. . .

One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s Child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist... does he?

For more information, visit

6. Soma Festival

  • Newcastle, July 18-22
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Soma Festival is the brainchild of a small band of musicians, artists, and creatives from Castlewellan and surrounding areas.

Over the years, the festival has organically grown into an intoxicating fusion of arts, crafts, storytelling, food & drink, health & well-being, and children's activities, all the while keeping high calibre music at its heart and core.

For more information, visit

7. Ulster Pipe Band Championship

  • Newcastle, July 21
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Come along to Donard Park and see Pipe Bands from all over Northern Ireland compete for the prestigious Ulster title, with competitions for Grades 1 - 4 and Novice, Junior, Juvenile, Senior drum major titles up for grabs.

For more information, visit

8. Lush! Classical

  • Ebrington Square, Derry~Londonderry, July 21
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Lush! Classical will take place at Ebrington Square.

A phenomenal, breathtaking event featuring a 65-piece classical orchestra, world-renowned DJs and live vocalists playing floor fillers from the past 20 years, all produced in conjunction with Kylie Minogue’s musical director.

For more information, visit

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