Summer Family Fun 10 great things to do in Belfast

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Hat’s off to summer in Belfast: Cousins Mia Barr (8) and Noah McCormick (4) are joined by Carolyn Mundell from Belfast Welcome Centre, who is one of the many travel advisers on hand to help families plan their summer visits in Belfast.

School is finally out for the summer and it¹s time to have some family fun.
With a fantastic range of great things to do across Belfast there is
something to keep the family entertained, whatever you decide to do.

Despite the rather uncertain weather there are still lots of activities to
keep all members of the family happy. Belfast Welcome Centre manager, Julie Cochrane says the key is planning ahead.

Now that the summer holidays have started it¹s time to get ready for a big
change to your daily routine.

Even though summertime is fun, many families will be juggling activity
camps or childcare or struggling to deal with bored kids who are used to
going to school and having activities all day, every day.

The great thing is – there¹s never been a better time to visit Belfast!
With everything from The Nomadic, the last remaining White Line Ship which boasts 100 years of authentic and maritime and social history, colourful cultural events like the Belfast Mela, a host of much-loved attractions like Belfast Zoo, new exhibitions and shows at The Mac and The Lyric Theatre and the exciting World Fire and Police Games, there really is something for
everyone.

To help your family make the most of Belfast this summer, Visit Belfast has
compiled a fantastic list of things to do. With everything from enchanting
shows, exciting sightseeing tours and sporting events and festivals, Belfast
is the place to be for family fun this summer.

SS Nomadic Belfast
£8.50 for an adult, £6.50 concession and £22-£27 family ticket
The last remaining White Star Line Ship in the world and tender to the
Titanic, get onboard Belfast¹s newest visitor attraction and experience 100
years of authentic maritime and social history.

World Police and Fire Games
1-10 Aug, free admission
This Summer, Belfast will play host to the third largest international
multi-sport event in the world, Around 10,000 competitors from over 70
countries are expected to attend the games along with family and friends.
Competitors will compete in around 56 sports at 35 venues across Northern
Ireland.

Belfast Mela
24th-25th August, Free
Once again, Belfast¹s beautiful Botanic Gardens will be a vibrant mix of ethnic sights, tastes, colours and sounds as it once again plays host to the Belfast Mela. There will be global music, dance, food, circus, carnival
acts, street theatre and fashion with The Bollywood Brass Band as the
headline act.

The Mac
26th July & 26th August, £35 per child
The Mac is excited to host a Sculpture Fun Day. Budding young artists can
get involved in this one-day workshop and work with professional artists to
create their own sculpture in a day.

August Féile
1st August- 11th August, Féile an Phobail
Ireland’s largest community festival returns this year to celebrate its 25th
Birthday with a fantastic line up of music, comedy, drama, talks,
exhibitions, children’s events and much more. With over 250 events set to take place over eleven days, at 50 venues across West Belfast/Gaeltacht
Quarter and the City Centre.

The festival plays host to headlining music from home and abroad, plus a
diverse range of dance, literature, drama, exhibitions, family fun, sports
events, tours and walks, discussions and debates and Irish language events.

This year¹s spectacular music line-up features The Charlatans, Happy
Mondays, Faithless, Paddy Kielty, The Coronas, The Beat, Damien Dempsey, The Ulster Orchestra and The Priests, LAPD, The Wolfe Tones, Joby Fox, The Grainne Holland Band, The Very Specials and Walking on Cars with even more gigs to be announced.

Sunday Treats
July: 2pm Cotton Court and 4pm Saint Anne¹s Square
August: 1pm Cornmarket, 2pm & 4pm Saint Anne¹s Square and 3pm Cotton Court.
Sundays in Belfast are about to get a whole lot funnier, with 8 weeks of
hand-picked Sunday Treats. A series of the finest and funniest street
theatre shows will be happening every Sunday afternoon this summer in the
Cathedral Quarter and Belfast City Centre. After teaming up with some of the finest restaurants and bars in the area, the Festival of Fools is ready to
bring you a fabulous feast of free shows and meal deals for the whole
family. With artists coming from as far afield as New Zealand, USA and the
Kash Republic, you can enjoy a global taste of variety and comedy with live
acrobatics, juggling dexterity, mime, horseplay and even boxing!

Aunt Sandra¹s Candy Factory
60 Castlereagh Road, Belfast
Why not indulge in some sweet treats this summer. Kids will love visiting
Aunt Sandra¹s Candy Factory. Groups can book a show and demonstration at the delectable Aunt Sandra¹s Candy Factory. With a tour of the factory and the chance to see some delicious sweets being made in front of your very eyes this is sure to keep all the family entertained. Groups will also have the chance to make their own candy floss and sample some of the goodies on
offer. This is a wonderful day out and is sure to keep your little
sweethearts entertained this summer.

Festival in an Afternoon, part of Orangefest
12 July from 12-4pm, free
Festival in an Afternoon brings you four hours of non-stop sensational
street theatre with some of Belfast¹s favourite street acts including Mr H,
Magilligans, Afrikan Warriors, That Man, Dansko Gida, Dot Comedy and Swank.
Shows will take place in Cornmarket and the grounds of Belfast City Hall and walkabout acts will entertain visitors all over the city centre after the 12th July Parade has left the city centre. As well these wonderful free
shows, you can get your fill at the Northern Ireland food market situated in the grounds of Belfast City Hall.

Room on the Broom at The Lyric Theatre
30 July 2013 – 04 August 2013, The Lyric Theatre, Belfast, £11 per ticket
Why not bring the little ones along to The Lyric Theatre to watch the
spellbinding adventure from the same authors as The Gruffalo. This is the
perfect summer treat to keep the little ones entertained this summer.

Wildtrack Wednesdays at W5
W5, The Odyssey Arena, Wednesday 03 July 2013 – 28 August 2013.
Young explorers can get involved and find out which wild creatures those
strange footprints in the garden belong to. This exciting event can help
children learn the unique tracks of ten of our favourite native species.

For full details about these and other events in and around Belfast over the
summer, contact the Belfast Welcome Centre (47 Donegall Place) on 028 9024
6609, visit www.visit-belfast.com

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Belfast guide to restaurants, bars, nightclubs, concerts, events, hotels, entertainment, special offers, news, gossip, travel, festivals and culture. http://lovebelfast.co.uk

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