Family fun on the Causeway Coast this month
Wed, August 09, 2017
From the Heart of the Glens to Limavady, there’s no shortage of summer entertainment supported by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council this month.
In Cushendall, the Heart of the Glens Festival, one of the most successful community festivals in Northern Ireland, runs from August 5th – 13th. The nine day, family fun week features over 100 events. Visitors can look forward to country sports, the Lark in the Park fun day, Lurig Challenge run, ping pong ball race and the ever popular Waves of Tory. There’ll also be various workshops to take part in, including art, drama, music and dance. The festival theme night on Friday 11th August is a sight to behold, as hundreds gather for live music and a dress-up party while soaking up the festival atmosphere on Mill Street.
On Saturday 12th August, the Vintage Family Fun Day takes place, followed by a magnificent fireworks display in the evening. The ‘Grand Finale Street Party’ on Sunday 13th August features the famous ‘Waves of Tory’ along with a variety of traditional Irish music, song and dance, finishing with live music by the Real Shin Dig from 8pm.
In Limavady, the Stendhal Festival takes place from Friday 11th August - Sunday 13th. The multi-award winning music and arts festival, takes place in the stunning scenic surroundings of Ballymully Cottage Farm. Since its inception in 2011, the Festival has grown significantly over the years and celebrates all things creative including music, dance, theatre, comedy, poetry, traditional arts and sculpture to name a few.
Displaying both local and international talent, Stendhal is a family friendly festival and its programme seeks to introduce the arts to a new generation. The line-up this year includes Ash, The Magic Numbers, Sharon Shannon, Ciaran Lavery, Ulrich Schnauss + Nat Urazmetova, The Four of Us, Ryan McMullan, Lisa McHugh, Jealous of the Birds, Overhead, The Albatross, A Set of Stevie and much more. Further details available online at www.stendhalfestival.com.
With weekend camping tickets and free entry for children, Stendhal highlights the very best in local and international music, art, comedy, dance, theatre and more. Voted as Ireland’s Best Small Arts Festival since 2013, it offers visitors of all ages an entertaining grassroots festival.
The month comes to a close with the Auld Lammas Fair in Ballycastle which takes place on the Bank Holiday weekend Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th. Renowned as Ireland’s oldest fair, it has been held in the seaside town for hundreds of years and continues to attract thousands of people thanks to its truly unique atmosphere and visitor experience. This year’s Fair will be officially launched with a spectacular seafront fireworks display organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council on Sunday night (August 27th). This new addition to the programme will provide a memorable opening to the much-loved event.
The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Joan Baird OBE said: “From the beginning to the end of the month, August has so much to offer visitors and locals alike. It’s fantastic to see such a variety of events taking place right across the Causeway Coast and Glens. I would like to take this opportunity to show my appreciation to all those who support our events throughout the summer, including visitors, volunteers, and local businesses for their donations and sponsorship.
For further information go to www.visitcausewaycoastandglens.com or call 028 7034 4723.
A full programme of events is now available in local shops or keep up to date on the Causeway Coast and Glens Events Facebook.
This year's Auld Lammas Fair in Ballycastle will feature a spectacular seafront fireworks display for the first time.