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What's on: 9 things to do in Northern Ireland this Bank Holiday Weekend

Celebrate the long weekend with a host of activities to keep everyone entertained.

From music and sports to theatre and family-friendly fun - there's plenty going on across Northern Ireland this Bank Holiday Weekend.

1. Harvest Country Music Festival 2017 in Enniskillen - August 26-27

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Nathan Carter pictured at the launch of the Festival at Enniskillen airport Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye

Two days of live entertainment featuring over 30 acts performing across three music stages.

For country music fans who want to enjoy the full festival experience a food village, boutique camping and campervan facilities, family friendly zones and dedicated dancing sessions will be on offer.

US star Miranda Lambert and fan favourite Nathan Carter will headline this year's event.

Tickets available from Ticketmaster.

2. Walled City Pro-Am in Derry~Londonderry - August 26-27

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Walled City Pro-Am

This golf tournament at City of Derry Golf Club and Foyle International Golf Centre attracts top Irish PGA professionals to compete for the title and €15,000.

A large number of competitors will have the opportunity to put their skills to the test, teams of amateurs will compete alongside the professionals.


£75pp (Members of Foyle Golf Centre and/or City of Derry Golf Club)

£90pp (Non-members)

3. Belfast Mela 2017 at Botanic Gardens - Sunday, August 27

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Belfast Mela 2017

The Belfast Mela Festival will transform the Botanic Gardens into an exotic magical garden filled with the sights, sounds and aromas from a wealth of nations.

A lively multi-cultured parade through the gardens will get the party started, creating the famously heady, good humoured atmosphere of this unique event which annually brings the world into the heart of Belfast.

For more information visit

4. City of Derry Guitar Festival at North West Regional College Londonderry - Friday, August 25 - Sunday, August 27

Wannabe ukulele players are in for a real treat as this year’s City of Derry Guitar Festival offers a two-day ukulele course with local musician and composer Ronan Kearney.

The festival also offers its signature classical guitar course with a full female line-up featuring Wiktoria Szubelak (Poland), Isabel Martinez (Spain) and Dominika Bialostocka (Poland), the Black Sabbath riff library electric guitar course and a two-hour Flamenco/Arabic Oud workshop with Amir-John Haddad (Spain).

Audiences will additionally be treated to a series of unique guitar concerts featuring the same artists tonight and also tomorrow, while Sunday night’s free Student Gala includes both solo and ensemble performances by the students, featuring the ukulele ensemble on top of the music of Black Sabbath with a full band.

For details, visit

5. 4th Newry City Blues Festival - Friday, August 25 - Monday, August 28

Boasting a line-up of top-class blues and jazz performers — both local and international — in various city centre bars and restaurants, this annual event is back for its fourth year to help you chase the summertime blues with a music-filled Bank Holiday weekend.

This year’s line-up includes Ronnie Greer, Willie Byrne, Mark Braidner, Rab McCullough, Sarah and the Sandcastles, Courtnay & the Dukes, Peter Benson and The Beatroots in such venues as Cobbles, The Bridge Bar, Nan Rices, Legacy, The Bank Bar and Finnegan & Son.

For full details, visit the Newry City Blues Festival’s Facebook page.

6. Michelle and Arlene, Accidental Theatre Shaftesbury Square, Belfast - Friday, August 25 - Saturday, August 26

The play imagines Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill on a trip together, much like Thelma and Louise

Goodbye Stormont, hello Ibiza! 

'Michelle and Arlene' takes a satirical look at Michelle O’Neill and Arlene Foster's wild girls’ weekend as they soon become closer than they ever thought possible.

For details, visit

7. Kafka's Monkey at Lyric Theatre, Belfast - until August 29

Kafka's Monkey at the Lyric theatre, Belfast

Captured from the Gold Coast some five years ago, the creature known as Red Peter has been invited to the Academy to give an account of his former life as an ape.

However, the account Peter gives is not quite what the Academy expects, and not quite what it wants to hear.

Colin Teevan's darkly comic adaptation of Kafka's short story comes to the Lyric, directed by Rhiann Jeffrey. The original Young Vic production toured internationally to great critical acclaim.

Time: 7.45pm

For tickets, visit

8. The Auld Lammas Fair, Ballycastle - August, 27-29

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The Auld Lammas Fair, Ballycastle

Visit Ireland's oldest traditional fair and enjoy street entertainment and market stalls.

This year's fair will be officially launched with a spectacular seafront fireworks display organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.

9. Big Bee Bonanza at Belfast Zoo - Saturday, August 26 - Monday, August 28

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Big Bee Bonanza at Belfast Zoo

Following the grand opening of Belfast's Zoo's  'Buzz Stop' - which is now home to a hive of 2000 Irish black honeybees - this Bank Holiday Weekend's Big Bee Bonanza offers a range of family friendly fun, including:

  • Face painting
  • Bee craft station
  • Bouncy castle
  • Meet the bee keeper sessions
  • Meet the barn owl sessions
  • A ‘hive and seek’ trail
  • Pose with a photo with Buzzy the bee

A free shuttle bus will be departing from Belfast City Hall between 12pm and 3.30pm each day.

For more information, visit

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