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Summer Festivals in Northern Ireland 

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The bright evenings and warmer temperatures are finally here and after two years of restrictions, it’s time to embrace a summer of festivals, activities, and adventures in Northern Ireland. You can also avoid the summer disruption at airports and just drive to your destination. 

Summer Festivals in Northern Ireland 

Northern Ireland is bustling with talent and culture so why not get on board with the Maritime Festival in Derry or try to awaken the mythical giants hidden in the Mournes this summer? Enjoy an evening of music, comedy or tasting local cuisines, there are plenty of events for all the family. See some exciting events to discover. 

Taste Summer in Ards and North Down – 18 June – 3 July, County Down 

Ards and North Down are bringing you a packed two-week program of free and ticketed events showcasing the very best of the area’s food and drink. Celebrate the first feast of summer, with restaurant showcases, breakfast, and brunches, summer solstice vegetarian picnic, farm BBQ, Taste and Picnic in the Park, food markets, guided walks and tours, and the very welcome return of Comber Earlies Food Festival. For detailed listings and to book your tickets go to Taste Summer in Ards and North Down, see here.

Stendhal Festival- 30 June- 2 July, Derry  

If you are a fan of all things music, comedy, culture, and more, this is the ultimate event for you. Stendhal Festival has been Northern Ireland’s biggest and best-loved independent music and arts festival since 2011. This year the line-up is set to be more epic than ever.  

With music from impressive local acts such as singer and actress Bronagh Gallagher, Derry natives The Wood Burning Savages. In addition you won’t want to miss a beat from the four-piece alternative rock band from Bangor The Florentinas. There will also be comedians such as Paddy McDonnell and Micky Bartlett serving up some laughs and plenty of fun family entertainment.

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Foyle Maritime Festival – 20 – 24 July 2022, Derry 

Foyle Festival
Foyle Maritime Festival 2018 The Voyages finale with the parade of light and fireworks display.

Get ready for the most highly anticipated maritime event, which is returning this summer in Derry. The Foyle Maritime Festival theme for 2022 is ‘What Lies Beneath’. The festival will be focusing on the natural beauty of the island’s oceans, rivers, and lakes, and the onus on all of us to protect and preserve marine life.  

Take the Pledge will be the message, with a dedicated campaign within the festival encouraging local people to sign up to be more eco-friendly. Highlights of this year’s event will include the Legenderry Street Food Festival, live music events, on-street animation, marine-themed installations, and many more surprise activities, see here.

For more information, and to help you build your perfect events-inspired itinerary, see 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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