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Bank Holiday weekend to banish the blues

By Clare Weir

A bumper few days of fun, culture and top entertainment for all has been lined up across Ulster this Spring Bank Holiday weekend.

Food fans can visit the Belfast City Hall grounds where over 100 traders from across Europe will provide a weekend of food, drink and great entertainment at the annual Spring Bank Holiday Continental Market.

In Londonderry two festivals are in full swing — the Carnivale of Colours and the multi-cultural One World Festival taking place on both sides of the Foyle.

There will be music, craft stalls, workshops on DJing, scratching and beat-matching at the One World Centre and at St Columb’s Park in the Waterside a bunch of clowns will be bringing family-friendly mayhem and mischief to the Big Top at the Carnival of Colours.

Sports fans can follow the fundraising Cancer Research UK Race For Life at Stormont Estate tomorrow from 11am.

For some chilled out sounds, head to Warrenpoint for the 12th Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival, which features the James Taylor Quartet and jazz singer Mirenda Rosenberg, among others, at various venues all weekend.

The Lord Taverner’s charity ball takes place at Shaw’s Bridge tonight, celebrating the Waterloo Ball’s diamond jubilee, and includes stars such as Billy Ocean, Mica Paris, the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Irish Regiment and many more.

Also today, the country will come to town as the Ballymena Show takes place at the local showgrounds, featuring many agricultural classes for farm animals as well as craft, food and trade stalls.

The National Trust will host a plethora of events including a Poultry Fair at The Argory in Co Armagh and a Healing Herbs Workshop at Rowallane Garden in Co Down, both of which are today.

There will be also be a country fair at Florence Court, Co Fermanagh, and a jazz concert at Mount Stewart in Co Down, both tomorrow, and a Bank Holiday Monday Family Fun Day at Crom Castle near Enniskillen.

Forecasts predict a cloudy morning today with rain at times, but this should clear away during the afternoon, perhaps with some bright spells breaking through. The maximum temperature is expected to be 13C.

Tomorrow it will start cloudy with outbreaks of rain and hill fog but should become brighter with scattered showers in the late afternoon.

Unfortunately, Monday is expected to be cloudy with rain.

Top five events

Continental Market, Belfast 28-31 May. Saturday 10am-10pm, Sunday 1-6pm, Monday 10am-8pm, Belfast City Hall grounds. Free entry.

Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival, Warrenpoint 27-31 May. Various times/venues in Warrenpoint. Tickets various prices.

Carnivale of Colours, Londonderry 29-30 May, 1-6pm. St Columb’s Park, Waterside. Free entry.

Country Fair, Florence Court, Co. Fermanagh 30 May 1-6pm.National Trust members free. Adult £7, Child £4, Family £20.

Ballymena Show, Ballymena showgrounds 29 May. Opens 9am.Adult/OAP £6, Child 2-16 £3, Child Under 12 free. Car Parking £3.

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