5 Things To Do This Summer In NI

Things To Do This Summer

Are you looking for things to do this summer across Northern Ireland.  If so there’s plenty of festivals and events for thrill seekers and airshow fans alike.

Whether you want your head in the clouds at an air show or firmly on the ground at Amoy Races, or even on the water, there’s something for everyone.


PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 25/7/2015: Derek McGee leads the Supertwins pack at the Armoy road races today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON


Armoy, July 29-30

En route to the North West the world famous Armoy Races in County Antrim is a must for all bike and speed enthusiasts.

The track has over 40 years of history, with Joey Dunlop being a regular on the three mile circuit, it is close to many much loved tourist attractions such as The Giants Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, and the beautiful North Antrim coast; perfect excuse to make a weekend of it.

In 2016, for the second consecutive year, the title sponsor of the Race Of Legends is set to be SGS International, a huge company that represents the popularity and regard of the notable motorsport races.

The racing will finish off a week long schedule of events during the village’s Bike Week running from July 24 to 30.



Newcastle, August 6

Back for its seventh year, the Festival of Flight Airshow is back with innovative displays, exciting exhibitions, live music and entertainment.

Featuring fast jets such as the Red Arrows and Eurofighter Typhoon, visitors are drawn to the epic displays year on year.

Originating as a celebration of Harry Ferguson, Northern Ireland’s most celebrated engineer and inventor, the airshow started to mark the 100th anniversary of the first official powered flight in Ireland in 1910.



Ulster Rally

Ebrington, August 19-20

The Ulster Rally is one of the premier motor rallies across Ireland and Northern Ireland.

It is a round of the Clonakilty Black Pudding Irish Tarmac Championship, The British Rally Championship and the Northern Ireland Rally Championship – all of which means it provides a huge package of entertainment for spectators.

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Full Moon Paddle Power

Strangford, August 18

In a specially designed session for beginners, learn the basics of kayaking by moonlight in Strangford Lough and

This two hour kayak requires no previous experience – just enough confidence to explore the Strangford Lough in the dark.



Photograph by William Cherry/PressEye

Photograph by William Cherry/PressEye

Portrush, September 3 – 4

Northern Ireland’s biggest airshow, Air Waves Portrush has a packed programme of aviation and entertainment in store.  

The event organisers, Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council, have announced that the RAF Red Arrows and the RAF Chinook Display Team will perform on both days.  

The two-day airshow and festival has no admission fee, running for 14 years it’s no wonder d it attracts around 100,000 people of all ages.

In previous years the event has welcomed The Red Arrows, the Belgian Air Force, the Irish Air Corps as well as the only two flying Lancasters in the world. The weekend features air displays, sea displays, trade village, entertainment shows and exhibitions.


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