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What's on: 8 things to do in Northern Ireland this week

As we calm down from the Irish Open's golf fever, take a look at what's happening across Northern Ireland this week.

1. Twelfth of July Celebrations, throughout Northern Ireland - Wednesday, July 12

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Twelfth of July Celebrations throughout Northern Ireland

Thousands of people will take to the streets to celebrate the biggest annual festival in Northern Ireland with marching bands, fife and drums, flute music and the resonant sound of Ulster's unique Lambeg drum.

One of the largest parades takes place in Belfast, leaving Belfast Orange Hall at Carlisle Circus at 10am.

Other parades taking place throughout Northern Ireland:

  • Annalong, Co. Down
  • Ballymena, Co. Antrim
  • Ballynahinch, Co. Down
  • Banbridge, Co. Down
  • Bangor, Co. Down
  • Beragh, Co. Tyrone
  • Broughshane, Co. Antrim
  • Clogher, Co. Tyrone
  • Cloughfern, Co. Antrim
  • Cloughmills, Co. Antrim
  • Coleraine, Co. Londonderry
  • Cookstown, Co. Tyrone
  • Cullybackey, Co. Antrim
  • Hillsborough, Co. Down
  • Kilrea, Co. Londonderry
  • Lisbellaw, Co. Fermanagh
  • Richhill, Co. Armagh

2. Sham Fight at Scarva, Co Down - Thursday, July 13

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Sham Fight at Scarva

The Sham Fight in Scarva attracts 100,000 people every year to see a major procession and a re-enactment at the site where King William of Orange camped with his army of 30,000 in 1690 on the way to the famous Battle of the Boyne.

Food stalls, fairground rides and novelty items to keep the children entertained will all be on offer as the town gets its annual moment of fame.

Time: Parade commences around 11.30am and will return at around 3pm

Price: Free

3. Lassie Summer Series: Fabling the Coast in Portrush - Friday, July 14

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Lassie Summer Series: Fabling the Coast

The Lassie boat trip welcomes visitors aboard to hear the stories of the Banshee of Dunluce Castle, pirate treasure, Vikings, mermaids and many more tales of the Causeway Coast.

Join Liz Weir as she shares legends and lore reflecting our rich coastal heritage.

Time: Sailing from Portrush Harbour at 6pm and returning at 9pm

Price: £30 pp (includes tea/coffee).

Additional info: Bring warm clothing and suitable footwear, camera/binoculars. Booking is essential.

4. Sea2Sky Race in Newcastle - Friday, July 14

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Sea2Sky Race in Newcastle

The 6th Annual Sea2Sky 10K Race, 5K and 10K Walk is a stunning route starting on the promenade in Newcastle and includes a mix of road and track before heading up through the foothills of the Mournes.

In the first half you will move off-road onto trails that climb gradually to the 5k mark where you will be rewarded by stunning views over Newcastle and beyond before descending to finish on Newcastle’s award winning promenade.

5. Castlewellan Agricultural 50th Anniversary Show - Saturday, July 15

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Castlewellan Agricultural 50th Anniversary Show

Castlewellan Agricultural 50th Anniversary Show is located at Castlewellan Forest Park within the heart of the Mourne Mountains.

Featuring classes for cattle, sheep, goats, horses and ponies, there is also a wide range of trade stands, food and craft producers, live music, and vintage tractors among the celebrations.

Time: 9am - 8pm

Price: £10 (under 16's go free)

6. Away A Wee Walk at Dunseverick Harbour, Bushmills - Tuesday, July 11

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Away A Wee Walk at Dunseverick Harbour

A guided six mile cliff path walk from Dunseverick Harbour to the UNESCO world heritage site of the Giant’s Causeway.

Participants will be met by a local walking guide to take in the views along the path that are among the best cliff views in Europe.

Time: 10am (hike finishes at approximately 2pm)

Price: £35 pp (minimum of 2 people)

Additional info: Please bring a snack, water, a waterproof coat, good walking shoes or boots. Dress in layers and avoid denim. Booking is essential.

7. Tumble Circus on the Promenade in Newcastle - Saturday, July 15

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Tumble Circus on the Promenade in Newcastle

One suitcase, six clubs and 40 minutes of circus, slapstick, and comedy.

The Tumble Circus continue their adventures by presenting their unique circus comedy street theatre show, which included juggling, acrobatics, hula hoops and absurd comedy.

Price: Free

Time: Performances at 1pm and 2.30pm

8. Dalriada Festival at Glenarm Castle, Co Antrim - July 14-16

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There will be plenty of fun for the youngsters at the Dalriada Festival

A weekend of music, food, crafts and, of course, the sheep fashion show will take place at Glenarm in Co Antrim.

Kids’ favourites Peppa and George from hit series Peppa Pig will be the stars of the show, as will popular singer Nathan Carter, who will take to the main stage on Friday, July 14.

For more information about this year's events visit

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