With a Bank Holiday weekend approaching as well as the official beginning of summertime, we’ve been on the hunt for some activities taking place in Belfast that are a little different from your standard fayre.

Here are eight of them…

Spring Continental Market

City Hall, May 27-30

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Say cheese!

The Spring Continental Market returns to Belfast City Hall gardens with an array of delicious food from across the globe.

This year, as part of the Northern Ireland Year of Food celebrations, the Spring Continental Market will also be offering a selection of tasty local products to choose from and enjoy.

Visit the Greek traders serving traditional meat skewers, dips and Greek origin cheeses, enjoy bratwurst and currywurst sausages fresh from the traditional German schwenkegrille or indulge in some Dutch pancakes and delicious pastries from our French patisserie.

Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Italian Inspired Menu Evening

Coppi Restaurant, June 3

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Even chefs like to get food snaps for Instagram

The official charity of the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia NI, Co-operation Ireland, invites you to an evening in celebration of all things Italian.

Enjoy a creative Giro inspired menu and complimentary Italian wines by Executive Chef Tony O’Neill, meet Giro d’Italia winners and world cycling champions Stephen Roche and Gianni Bugno and get your photo taken with the iconic Giro Trophy. There is also a superb auction and raffle. To book call (028) 9089 1004.

Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Northern Ireland

Titanic Quarter, June 4–5

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What’s the Italian for ‘Keep ‘er lit’?

Like 2015, the 2016 Gran Fondo event will be a special experience with fully closed roads, two challenging routes and post ride party with wood fired oven pizzas, gourmet pasta dishes, Italian beer and wine and fun cycling activities such as a Velodrome at Titanic Exhibition Centre.

Slieve Donard Moonlit Walk

Slieve Donard, June 3

The Mourne Mountains a granite mountain range located in County Down in the south-east of Northern Ireland, are among the most famous of the mountains in Ireland. The surrounding area is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is proposed as the first National Park in Northern Ireland.

Are we there yet?

Challenge yourself to make it to the highest peak in Northern Ireland – in the dark! Starting at 7.30pm, the plan is to make it to the summit where you will be able to stargaze and marvel at the lights of Newcastle and beyond, before returning to the main car park around midnight.

Titanic Maritime Festival

Titanic Quarter, May 28-30

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Belfast is set to get a city centre beach!

Organisers Belfast City Council are teaming up with Q Radio and Translink to make sure that Titanic Quarter will be awash with maritime themed free family entertainment, food, live music, flyboarding displays, tours and swashbuckling activities galore from 11am-6pm on each of the three days.

There’ll be opportunities to climb aboard magnificent Tall Ships and visitors can take to the water in a canoe, on a bellboat, or for the more daring, a cable wakeboard!

Other festival highlights include the BIG Titanic Pop up Picnic, IFA Soccer Village, the Dock Market at the Arc, face painting, a climbing wall.  The Q Radio Roadshow will broadcast live alongside the Maritime Market at Queen’s Quay and there’ll even be a city beach complete with deck chairs, so you can get your toes sandy whilst enjoying an ice cream!

For more information on the event, visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/maritime. And for general visitor enquiries, call Visit Belfast on 028 9024 6609.

UK & Ireland Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Theatre At The Mill, May 26-27, 7.45pm, £13/£11

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Epic scenes

A collection of the newest and very best mountain films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival, are coming to the Theatre at the Mill in Newtownabbey.

Through the big screen, embark on expeditions with some of today’s most incredible adventurers, experience adrenaline-packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot in remote corners of the globe.

This year there are two inspiring screenings of breath-taking and unforgettable adventure. For double the fun come along to both screenings for two entirely unique film programmes (two-show discounts are available).

Visit www.banff-uk.com for more details.

Dawn Chorus At The Farset

Custom House Square, May 30

Custom House Square is where the celebration culminates

Custom House Square is where the celebration culminates

On Monday May 30, the Farset Project will present a dawn to dusk programme of events designed to help the people of Belfast reclaim their river and celebrate its contribution to the life of the city we know today.  It will begin with a ‘Dawn Chorus’ at the source of the Farset and finish with a large-scale, outdoor, family-friendly event at Custom House Square.

From 5.30pm, the Square will be transformed into an ‘Old Belfast Market’, featuring traditional stalls such as blacksmiths and bakers, as well as a full entertainment programme.

Earlier in the day, there will be a special ‘Dawn Chorus’ on Squire’s Hill, above Ligoniel, at which there will also be a preview of a brand new public artwork, which will be installed later in the summer to act as a symbol of the river and the communities that grew around her.

There then will be an event in Shankill Graveyard, which is situated on the bank of the river, where will be poetry readings, and an art installation designed by primary school children from both the Shankill and the Falls. There will also be a themed picnic in Dunville Park, featuring family-friendly entertainment, and a cross-community tea dance in Townsend Street Presbyterian Church.  In the afternoon, there will be an outdoor Céilí in Bank Square, which will include the world’s largest ever ‘Waves Of Tory’.

Keep up to date with all the Creative Belfast projects online at facebook.com/creativebelfast and via Twitter @Cre8tiveBelfast and #CreativeBelfast

Sea Bangor Festival

Bangor, June 4-5

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Ship ahoy!

Sailing into Bangor for the event is the impressive tall ship ‘The Mercedes’ which will both be moored alongside The Eisenhower Pier and open to the public for both days of the festival.

With maritime-themed street theatre, a gourmet food tent, a fantastic live music programme, an aerial display from the Twister Aerobatic Team, Jet Lev demonstrations and so much more, Sea Bangor is definitely not to be missed.

For more information visit www.visitardsandnorthdown.com

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