Good free family fun.

April 28, 2013

Everyone is feeling a bit lighter in the purse these days and so it was great to discover lots of free things happening this weekend which we thought R would enjoy.

Yesterday we took a jaunt round to the Black Box for the World Zone workshops which focused on Japanese culture. The activities were for kids a bit older than R but we had a nice coffee and there was a lovely atmosphere. We headed round to the City Hall as there was lots going on to celebrate the 400 year anniversary of Belfast becoming a town. It was a lovely afternoon, with a large tent housing lots of traders from St. Georges (we couldn’t go past our favourite hot chocolate stand!), a Narnia film showing on the big screen and the T13 Half Pipe showcasing many talented dudes on skateboards, bikes and roller blades. There was also live music so  R had a dance (bien sûr!) and circus folk entertaining the masses.  A gorgeous afternoon and the city was buzzing.

This morning we packed up the car and drove down the motorway to Oxford Island Nature Reserve, near Craigavon, to go to the first Good Life Festival. The festival was about promoting self-sustainability and green living and sounded interesting so I read up a bit about the festival on Facebook and thought we would give it a go and see what it was like. We parked near the site and got a minibus down to the festival at around 10.30am. We were some of the first people to arrive but there was a lot going on already. From the welcome truck , with it’s free chocolate and very friendly staff, to the activities in the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, the festival was incredibly well organised with brilliant facilities and a terrific atmosphere.


R watching the band.


The shores of Lough Neagh

We dandered around and saw lots of crafts (including blacksmith and woodcraft workshops), information stands, food stall, and a charming circus performance from The Barren Carrusel. There was also a class barn stage for music where we were entertained by Amita Ravikirana on arrival.
There were also many ducks. R is obssessed with ducks, so he was in his element quacking away at them!

We had a great lunch of grilled chicken and beautiful salads from a van and great coffee from The Coffee Boutique. There was so much to do and see but R was getting tired so we went back to the bus stop via the birds of prey and went back to the car. Tired, happy and with organic bacon, yogurts, olives and hummus to enjoy at home. All in all it was a great day and I really hope it runs again next year. We’ll be back with a big crowd. The only complaint was the amount of midgies but there is not a lot anyone can do about that! Well done to all involved.


R in a traditional boat.


Willow sculpture


The Barren Carrusel


The Armagh Rhymers. Seriously creepy.


Ducks. Ducks. Ducks.

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