Things to do
These are the events taking place during the fortnight of The Open in Belfast, Derry~Londonderry and the Causeway area.
Below is a selection of the events taking place during the fortnight of The Open. Whether you fancy doing something before heading to Royal Portrush, after the golfing action finishes for the day or want to book-end your trip to Northern Ireland with a taste of local life off the green, there's plenty to enjoy.
Thurs 18 - Sat 20 (10am - 5pm)
Join a walking tour that explores the ritual landscapes and ecology of Dart Mountain through an informative and highly entertaining adventure. The Discover Dart Mountain Tour brings you to a number of prehistoric ritual sites and habitats in the Sperrin Mountains – Druid's Altars, Standing Stones, Fairy Forts, Sacred trees and many unusual plants.
As a bonus, the tour stops by a local artisan cheese facility at Tamnagh before heading for a delightful Ploughman's Lunch in the adjacent Tamnagh Lodge. For more information contact Martin or visit their webpage.
Fri 19 & Sat 20 (5pm - 11pm), Sun 21 (2pm - 10pm)
The inaugral LegenDerry Street Food Festival will run from Friday 19th July to Sunday 21st July 2019, in the historical Walled City. This 3 day festival will bring together the very best of street food, complemented by local craft drink producers. Guildhall Street will come alive with DJ music sets setting an edgy vibe and an unforgettable experience. It will run from 5 to late Friday and Saturday and 2-10pm on the Sunday. Email the organisers for more information.
19th July onwards (10am - 4.30pm)
2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the completion of the building of Derry’s Walls. Constructed between 1613 and 1619, the Walled City is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples in Europe.
The Tower Museum has curated an exhibition using a treasure trove of objects and archive materials from its collections to tell the story of the Walls, the city and its people. Some of the objects on display have never been seen before, including pottery, ceramics, leather and currency unearthed in archaeological digs in 1970s & 1980s.
These objects not only tell us about life and events within, without and around the walls from the last 400 years, but also help us to understand how people would have lived day-to-day. It is a fascinating story of social history that spans war, rebellion, peace and culture.
Check out the VisitDerry website for more information and to stay up-to-date with all events taking place in Derry~Londonderry during The 148th Open.
Tee Party, City Hall grounds
14 - 21 July (11am - 6pm)
Celebrate the arrival of The 148th Open within the grounds of Belfast's City Hall, where there will be a 9 hole mini golf course and a TrackMan golf simulator providing a virtual opportunity to play the Royal Portrush golf course. Live music, street performers and give-it-a-go activities will add to the party atmosphere, along with the Belfast Golf Trail, a golf-themed treasure hunt across the city offering the chance to win £200!
St George's Market
On Friday (6am - 3pm), Saturday (9am - 3pm) and Sunday (10am - 4pm) there are a variety of markets held with hundreds of market stalls selling a variety of produce from fruits and vegetables, to antiques, clothing and books. The fish section alone contains 23 stalls, and holds the reputation for being the leading retail fish market on the island of Ireland.
Eddie Irvine Sports, Bangor
Swing into action on a state-of-the-art Foresight GC2 Golf Simulator from the comfort of your private suite. Ideal for golfers of all levels and abilities, there are 15 of the greatest courses in the world to choose from including Blue Bayou, Carnoustie Championship, Portmarnock, The Belfry and Wentworth West. To book a tee time call 02891 451457 or visit the website.
There's lots more to see and do in and around the city of Belfast. For details visit for the Visit Belfast website.
History of Golf Exhibition, Antrim Gardens
17th - 21st July (Midday - 6pm)
This exhibition will take visitors through the Historical and Cultural Heritage of the game of golf in Portrush. Experience the impact golf has had on development of the area and importance to the local economy and for the first time view publications which have been hidden up until now!
Artisan Market, Station Square
17th - 19th July (Midday - 8pm)
The Causeway Speciality and Naturally North Coast and Glens markets come together bringing high quality, handmade arts, crafts and gourmet foods.
Golf Experience, Antrim Gardens
17th - 21st July (1pm - 8pm)
Test your skills and enjoy some family fun, with activities including the long putt, bunker challenge, PGA lessons, washing machine challenge, golf simulator and a giant inflatable dart board.
Dunvegan Bar comes to Portrush, Kellys
15th - 21st July (11am to late)
Golflinks Hotel Portrush welcomes the world famous Dunvegan from St Andrews to its complex for The 148th Open. The Dunvegan Golfers Corner Bar hosts many famous professional golfers, caddies and "not so famous" golfers before and after playing The Old Course. With Kelly's excellent location directly opposite Royal Portrush, it makes for the perfect 19th hole to hangout, eat, drink and catch all the action live.
Fireworks, Kerr Street
Saturday 20th July (10.15pm)
A spectacular fireworks display will light up the skies along one of the most famous coastlines in the world!
"Sightseeing" Fishing Experience
Departures daily at 1pm and 6pm from Portrush Harbour (BT56 8DF)
Join a local fishing crew for a 2-hour journey along the North Coast, with stops to admire native wildlife including seal & sea birds. Take in the beauty of Skerrie Islands and Dunluce Castle from an alternative perspective, breathe in the fresh sea air and get back to nature with a maritime adventure. To book call 07712115751 or contact Causeway Coast & Glens Visitor Information Centre.
There's lots more happening in the Causeway Coast & Glens area during The Open - head over to the council website for more information.