Northern Ireland Festivals to Discover

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If the thought of going through an airport this summer is giving you the heebie-jeebies, then why not see what is happening in Northern Ireland. There is a variety of festivals on in the six counties that might be of interest, have a look at travel2ireland suggestions.

Northern Ireland Festivals to Discover

Open House Festival 11– 29 August 2022, Bangor, County Down & Belfast, County Antrim 

Take some time to enjoy some of Northern Ireland’s spectacular talent and enjoy the annual summer festival for the month of August. At the heart of the festival is an eclectic programme of thoughtfully curated bespoke events, including folk on a boat, an island picnic trip, pop-up restaurants, local interest talks and tours alongside a run of shows in the beautiful Bangor Castle Walled Garden which include music, theatre, comedy, spoken word and film, reservations here.

Wake the Giant Festival in The Mournes – 20 – 21 August, County Down 

Inspired by the ancient myth of the sleeping giant in the Cooley Mountains, see if you can stir Fionn McCool, Ireland’s most famous giant, from his slumber. Giants play a role throughout mythology, and this area hosts some of the most important locations from the tale of Finn McCool, the most famous giant of them all. There will be something for all the family to enjoy in Warrenpoint with live street theatre, free children’s activities, and performances all around the town. It is a time for locals and visitors come out in force to create a truly cacophonous celebration, see here.  

Armagh Food and Cider Weekend- 8-11 September, County Armagh 

Calling all foodies, the Armagh Food and Cider Weekend, the biggest food event of the season returns to the heart of the Orchard County from 8-11 September 2022. Make space in your diary now and be prepared to be wowed by an amazing line up including fine foods, cider tasting, talks, tours and fiction. The Food and Cider weekend events are curated and hosted by the finest the Food Heartland has to offer, and the award-winning chefs lead the way using quality produce to ensure an amazing experience is had by all. From Sushi Making to the Woodland Supper and the Urban Orchard Market, you will be spoilt for choice. Browse online and plan your weekend adventure here.

If you are thinking about attending one of the amazing events above, check out the accommodation on offer here

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Joan Scales
Joan Scales
Award-winning journalist, Joan has been writing about travel and tourism for many years principally for The Irish Times and lately for travel2ireland. Joan has appeared many times on television and radio talking about the business of travel and all its component strands. She is also a public speaker and has appeared at many international conventions and conferences.

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