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From festivals, stand-up paddle boarding, gin tasting and a bit of ceili and craic thrown in – however you want to spend your Saint Patrick’s Day this year, we have you covered.  Check out these suggestions below.

Home of Saint Patrick Festival, 10-19 March, Armagh

At the heart of celebrating the life of Saint Patrick, Armagh will be running a festival full of fun, with comedy, films, fun days and workshops, plus lots more.  And a community parade on Thursday 17 March promises to be a spectacular display of colour, music and entertainment, to celebrate the patron saint.

Ceili and Craic for St Patrick’s Day, 13 and 20 March, Hilltown

Fun, music, stories of the mountains, and of course some good craic thrown in – all set against a backdrop of a cosy turf fire.  Join local storyteller Sinead and traditional musicians Ciaran and Cormac for a fully immersive two-hour experience in Mary Margaret’s pub.

St Patrick’s Day parade pageant, 17 March, Belfast

The Saint Patrick’s celebrations return to Belfast this year with a new look, colourful pageant.  The parade leaves from City Hall and follows Patrick as he journeys through the streets of Belfast.  Carnival dancers, circus artists and musicians all make up this year’s parade pageant. 

St Patrick’s Day at the Ulster American Folk Park, 17 March, Omagh

Enjoy the traditions from the Old World that were brought to the New World with a traditional celebration at the Ulster American Folk Park on 17 March.  Try a spot of dancing or enjoy the food, stories and music that would have taken place on the day.

St Patrick’s Day Paddle, 17 March, Warrenpoint

For something a bit different (and active) head to Warrenpoint on the 17 March.  In the morning, enjoy a family paddle (from 9.30-11.30) along the shore with loads of games to keep young and old entertained!  Or in the afternoon, enjoy an adults-only Paddle and Pints session (from 12.30-14.30) – enjoy your session on the water followed by some traditional music and a few drinks in one of the local bars.

St Patrick’s Day at the Ulster Folk Museum, 17 March, Holywood

Visit the village of Ballycultra on St Patrick’s Day for a spot of dancing, drama, music and story-telling.  There will be craft stations for everyone to get involved with as well as getting to sample the colcannon and champ cooked in front of you on the hot griddle.  And if luck is on your side, you may be fortunate enough to find a lucky shamrock!

The Big Paddy Paddle, 17 March, Castlewellan

Take to the water at Castlewellan on The Big Paddy Paddle on St Patrick’s Day.  Choose from either a Stand up paddle board, kayak or canoe and enjoy your self-guided experience – either in the Castle Bay or along the Lake Trail.

Saint Patrick International Conference, 18-19 March, Downpatrick

Featuring a variety of guest speakers and experts, this two day conference is an event not to be missed for anyone wanting to explore more about St Patrick and his legacy with lectures, talks and site visits to places of importance.

St Patrick’s Day at Slemish and Broughshane, 17 March, Broughshane

Join the annual trek up Slemish Mountain on Saint Patrick’s Day and fully immerse yourself in the views that can be seen from the top and on the way up.  Please ensure that you go fully prepared with appropriate clothing and footwear on this one and a half kilometre round walk.

St Patrick’s at Colin Glen, 17 March, Belfast

Colin Glen is going green for Saint Patrick’s Day with several activities to enjoy on the day.  At the Mountain Entrance experience all the adventure and excitement of St Patrick’s Day, where bookings for the Black Bull Run and Forest Flyover Zipline sessions (11am – 3pm) on the day will include a bouncy castle, face painting and Irish dancing displays!  And for the little ones there is a special St Patrick’s Gruffalo and Leprechaun Hunt.  Search for the famous characters (and some cheeky leprechauns!) in the woods, listen to the classic tales and take home your very own Julia Donaldson and Friends book, sticker and certificate to keep forever!

Wild Atlantic Distillery, 17 March, Castlederg

For something a bit different on St Patrick’s Day, enjoy a visit to the Wild Atlantic Distillery in County Tyrone for their Distillery Tour.  Join hosts Brian and Jim as they tell their distilling story and showcase the equipment that makes it all possible.  Hear how they have been inspired by the people and the landscape to create their famous gin, vodka and whiskey.

River Bann Tours, 17 March, Portglenone

River Bann Tours are back on the water and delighted to welcome everyone back on the 17 March for their 45-minute round trips.  Choose from either Toome to Church Island or Newferry to Church Island for a gentle cruise.

Check out our What's On section to see what else is happening throughout the rest of the year.

Colin Glen
Forest Parks
Black Bull Run, Ireland's First Alpine Coaster. Colin Glen, Mountain Entrance.

Colin Glen is Ireland’s leading adventure park - a land of storytelling and a state of the art sports park with world class attractions. From Alpine coasteering to laser tag, golfing to the Gruffalo Trail, Colin Glen has adventure for everyone.

Wild Atlantic Distillery Gin School & Distillery Tour
Food & Drink Courses
Wild Atlantic Distillery Gin School & Distillery Tour

In these stunning surroundings, at Aghyaran, Co. Tyrone, you’ll craft your own spirit, using botanicals that come straight from the Wild Atlantic itself, including kelp and dillisk, and see how these unique flavours make this special gin.

River Bann Tours
Boat Tours
River Bann Tours

River Bann Tours offer boat trips on the Lower Bann based at Portglenone Marina. Tickets can be purchased online for scheduled tours to Lough Beg and back to Portglenone or for our trip from Toome to Lough Neagh return. Private bookings welcome.