10 things to do in Northern Ireland
Here are ten exciting things to do 24 – 30 July
1. The Super Cup, County Antrim & County Londonderry, 24-30 July. Grab some football boots and help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the youth tournament which was the launchpad for footballing greats like Marcus Rashford and David Beckham. Formerly The Milk Cup, the event will see 64 teams from across the world compete at 19 venues in Coleraine, Ballymena, and Newtownabbey. There’ll be three age groups for boys: U13, 14 and 16 and for girls there two groups U14 and 16. The Elite Challenge will host four Premier League teams, including Manchester United, Liverpool, Valencia, and Hertha Berlin.
2. Family Ceili, Belfast, County Antrim 30 July. A free ceili on the Titanic Slipway with performances by The Blackwater Ceili Band, and Niall Hanna and a five-hour music session on the deck of The SS Nomadic.
3. Paddle and Pizza, Strangford Lough, County Down,30 July. Visit To celebrate “National Friendship Day” when you book two places on this experience the third is free! After learning the basics of staying afloat on a Stand-Up Paddleboard, Joe your instructor will guide you around Ballymorran Bay and the little Islands of this enchanting lough. Then it’s back to Tracy’s kitchen for homemade pizza.
4. Whiskey Week, Belfast, County Antrim, 24-30 July.In its 5th year enjoy exclusive dining and drink collaborations with well-known bars and restaurants. As well as whiskey tastings and cocktails enjoy an eclectic mix of live music, comedy, food collaborations, heritage walking tours, theatrical experiences, Irish dancing, distillery days and much more. The events are in 18 venues city wide representing over 30 brands and distilleries.
5. Fiddler’s Green Festival , Rostrevor, County Down, 26-30 July. Prepare to immerse yourself in the rich heritage and vibrant atmosphere of the village which helped inspire CS Lewis’s Narnia. Starting out in the 1980’s the festival is now engrained in the fabric of this beautiful spot, attracting talented musicians from across the globe as well as showcasing local talent. There’s something for all the family including workshops, ceilidancing and a lunchtime folk club.
6. FRS GAA World Games 2023, Dungiven, County Londonderry, 24-27 July. The free event celebrates Gaelic games across the world. 97 teams from countries as far flung as South Africa and the Middle East will descend on the northwest to play football, hurling and camogie. As well as all the sporting action there’ll be live music, a family fun zone packed with activities, guest speakers, delicious food experiences, and of course the chance to enjoy Derry’s world-famous hospitality during your visit. Don’t miss the thrilling final which takes place in the city’s Celtic Park on July 28th.
7. Beaghmore Stones, Cookstown, County Tyrone, see website for availability. Explore this atmospheric early bronze age site which translates as “big place of birch trees” reflecting the woods that would have been cleared by neolithic farmers. Stoll among its seven stones circles and mystical cairns which were uncovered accidently by a peat cutter eighty years ago. Immerse yourself in history in the shadow of the majestic Sperrin mountains.
8. Gosford Go Karting, Markethill, County Armagh, see website for availability. Family Fun for those who feel a need for speed this summer! Experience the powerful thrill of racing on an outdoor tarmac track near Gosford Forest Park. There are practice sessions for children aged eight years upwards on junior karts and intermediate and Grand Prix karts geared for the more competitive adults out there.
9. Clogher Valley Show, Augher, County Tyrone, 26 July. Whether it’s the farm animals, the food, or the funfair, there’s plenty to entertain the whole family. It’s a fantastic showcase for hundreds of cattle, sheep, and horses with plenty of rare breeds on show too! Enjoy the vintage displays and craft among the judging rings.
10. Yoga on the Lake, Aghnablaney, County Fermanagh30 July. Join Have a morning of mindfulness overlooking the fabulous waters of Lough Erne, then experience the giant embrace of a cooling dip and sauna followed by a well-earned lunch at The Bay, Lough Finn. This location is all about instilling quiet calm with sustainability at its core.
For more information on what’s on or to plan a short break in Northern Ireland, visit https://discovernorthernireland.com/