1. The Lost Planet, W5, Belfast, June 29 – September 1. Get your competitive juices flowing with a game of laser tag and go on a mission to recover the data from the lost probe which has crashed and landed on a distant world which is known as the Lost Planet.
2. Geopark Safari by bus, Marble Arch Caves Geopark, Co. Fermanagh, July 1. A magical mystery tour of some of the best Geopark sites that span more than 340 million years of geological time.
3. American Independence Celebrations, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, July 4 – 7. Where better to celebrate the 4th of July than in Frontier America? Be transported back in time to the American War of Independence. Also enjoy live Bluegrass and American Folk music, traditional Punch and Judy Shows and American games.
4. West End Walk, Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim, July 6. Rathlin is Northern Ireland’s only inhabited off-shore island with a population of around 90 people. Join NIEA for a guided walk and experience the sights and sounds of Rathlin’s beautiful west end. Don’t forget your picnic, binoculars and cameras.
5. Pirates of Portrush, Portrush, Co. Antrim, July 6. Enjoy a day of family fun with Portrush’s historic pirate Tavish Dhu as well as a street parade, re-enactments, a pirate treasure hunt, a fancy dress competition and live music.
6. Graffiti Jam, Derry city centre, July 6 – 7. Some of the world’s leading street/ graffiti artists from USA, Germany, Ireland and Britain will join local artists for a two day graffiti jam which will result in an impressive 250ft-long themed cityscape.
7. Sunday Treats by the Festival of Fools, various locations, Belfast, July 7 – August 25. Sundays in Belfast are about to get a whole lot better with eight weeks of the finest and funniest street theatre happening every Sunday afternoon this summer in the Cathedral Quarter and the city centre.
8. Lady of the Lake Festival, Irvinestown, Co Fermanagh, July 11 – 21. From hole digging competitions to a bonny baby competition, the festival has something to offer everyone.
9. Castlewellan and District Agricultural Show, Castlewellan Forest Park, Co. Down, July 13. Set across 50 acres the show will feature dozens of trade stands, food and craft showcases, live music, vintage tractors, countryside pursuits, Young Farmers competitions, a pet show, a fashion show, a vintage tea tent and children’s amusements. Visitors can enjoy the many animals including cattle, sheep, goats, horses, ponies, donkeys, poultry, pigs and dogs.
10. Jazz/Blues Music in the Park, Silent Valley, Co. Down, July 14. Visitors can bring a picnic and settle down with family and friends to enjoy an afternoon of music in the beautiful setting of Silent Valley, nestled deep in the Mournes.