The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Jennifer Gilmour, with Brian Magill (SERC Lecturer) and Richard Orr (Chairman of Comber Earlies Growers' Cooperative). Image: Graham Baalham-Curry

10 things to do in Belfast and beyond 19-25 June

Here are ten exciting things to do 19th25th June

1. Belsonic, Belfast, County Antrim, 19-30 June. Join the party for the return of the popular music festival, Belsonic. This year’s festival will bring a host of international headline acts to the idyllic Ormeau Park in the city throughout the month. The line-up includes iconic artists such as Lionel Richie, George Ezra, David Guetta, Paolo Nutini and Sam Fender.
2. Summer Solstice Sunset Armagh, County Armagh,20-21 June. Celebrate the Summer Solstice with a new evening event of music, meditation, movement and drumming at the Navan Centre & Fort. Join this dynamic, uplifting celebration, connecting with the sunset of the summer solstice. Renew and discover links with your Celtic soul and unite with others to create magic on this special summer's evening.
3. Making Marks: Rock Art Workshop, Belfast, County Antrim, 21 June. Visit the Ulster Museum for free and learn about the mystery of prehistoric rock art.Thousands of years ago people made their mark on the landscape of Ireland, the motifs they carved have left many unanswered questions. After exploring the history of Irish carvings, you can have a go at creating your very own rock art motif.
4. A Taste of Mussenden, Castlerock, CountyLondonderry, 21 June. Join a luxury dining experience inside Mussenden Temple, celebrating everything this iconic landmark has to offer and the best local food.Enjoy a fully guided experience and an exclusive and unique opportunity that is only available to a small number of individuals per year. This event features a five-course taster menu and a range of locally sourced products.
5. Comber Earlies Food Festival, Comber, County Down, 24 June. The annual Comber Earlies Food Festival is a wonderful day out filled with family fun, cookery demos in the Festival Kitchen and activities that celebrate the Comber Earlies potato which holds PGI Status. Enjoy a wealth of artisan food and drink stalls, celebrity chef demos by Paula McIntyre, children's entertainment and lots more foodie favourites at this free family event!
6. Painting Breaks with Dermot Cavanagh, Moy, County Tyrone, see website for opening times. Join Dermot Cavanagh on one of his painting breaks and unleash your creativity. Dermot’s painting courses cater for all levels of artistic ability including absolute beginners. Dermot will build your confidence, remove the mystery around painting and have you creating work to be proud of in no time. All professional quality painting materials are provided for use throughout your course.
7. Open-Air Theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, 24 June.  Picnic with friends and family and enjoy the exquisite new production of Wilde's hilarious tale of doubles lives and mistaken identities presented in full period costume. The Importance of Being Earnest will be performed in the grounds of Enniskillen Castle, a stunning open-air venue for a wonderful evening of theatre under the stars.
8. Gortin Family Fun Day, Gortin, County Tyrone, 24 June. The Gortin Community Centre is hosting a Family Fun Day, free for all to attend. There’ll be something to do for the whole family including face painting, live music and a mobile fun farm. You will also have the chance to meet some friendly alpacas, enjoy storytellingtime and indulge in some delicious pizza.
9. Buskfest, Banbridge, Banbridge, County Down, 24June. The annual Buskfest outdoor busking competitionis back! Join the buzz in Banbridge as multitude of musicians, singers, bands, solo artists and street performers take to the streets to compete for a portion of the total £3,000 prize pot. Participants will compete in a number of categories including Best Individual, Best Band, Best Junior, Best Performance, Spirit of Buskfest and overall Winner.
10. Traditional Skills Festival 2023, Newtown Crommelin, County Antrim, 24-25 June. Don’t miss the opportunity to reclaim your ancestral skills with the guided support of some hugely talented local crafters, makers & artists. Explore traditional skills through basket weaving, wool spinning, dry stone wall building and quilting workshops. Watch live demonstrations and learn from a variety of traditional crafters, makers and artists.


Booking is essential for most activities. Book in advance to avoid disappointment. Subject to availability.

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