Belfast Film Festival – Summer Screenings
Mostly outdoor the BFF is bringing cinema classics to all sorts of lovely places over Belfast.  Shakespeare in Crescent Park, Lost Boys Oh Yeah Centre’s Rooftop and Con Air in the Ulster Aviation Society are but a few.  Read more about the Belfast Film Festival here and book tickets here.

imageCulture Night Belfast
One of the most exciting nights of the year.  Roads of the Cathedral Quarter become pedestrianized, buildings open their doors and every street, alley and courtyard is full of exciting discoveries from music, theatre, drumming, singing, art, circus and everything in between.  And it’s all for free.  Website here.

Take a look at my blog post from 2014 here!

ehodEuropean Heritage Open Days
EHOD provide a fantastic opportunity to explore some historic gems about the country with the whole family.  In 2015 I met the charming Lord Dunleath at Ballywalter Park, took in the panoramic views of County Down at the top of Scrabo Tower, explored the atmospheric Riddel’s Warehouse and marvelled at the mausolea in Knockbreda Cemetery.  More

Website here.

social sounds

Social Sounds Festival
Showcasing the best of Irish and Northern Irish singing talent along in an intimate and exclusive outdoor environment at Cotton Court/21 Social.  8th and 9th Sept.  Thursday sees Keywest headline with support from Matty Rea, Loris Callum Stewart and Owen Denvir and Friday sees R51, Goldie Fawn, Ryan McMullan and the Bonnevilles support headliner Duke Special.  So much talent in one small space.  All the info here

hofHillsborough International Oyster Festival
From 30th August to 3rd September the Oyster Festival is back with a whole range of events including the oyster eating championship and the fun soap box derby.  The Gourmet Grand Marquee Pop-Up restaurant is back too!
Click through to the website for full details.



Finnebrogue Artisan Hans Sloane Chocolate & Fine Food Festival
A three day chocolate themed festival from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th kicking off with a Chocolate Ball gala event and followed by lots of family fun with food stalls, demos, children’s entertainment and walking tours.  Tickets for these 2 days are £5 with under 16s free.  All the news on the festival website.  Check out my fab experience in 2014 …

I first visited the  Hans Sloane Chocolate and Fine Food Festival two years ago and wrote about it for the NI Lights website.  It was number 62 of my 80 events of 2014… (read more)







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