Our time at Culture Night at Belfast Harbour.

This week my children and I were lucky enough to be invited along to the Culture Night event in Belfast City centre. A series of events were organised and sponsored by Belfast Harbour during the day, as a build-up to the event. We were even lucky enough to have the sun join us too!

The first event kicked off at 1 pm round in Barrow Square in the form of a great Samba band. The drums, rhythm and overall atmosphere was really fun and I loved that my children enjoyed the music too. It wasn’t anything they’ve ever heard before but I caught their feet tapping away happily.

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We even met up with the lovely Sarah from The Sarah Story and she was a great hit with my three little tagalongs.

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As we walked down the City Quays Walkway to see the other events, the children got dazzled by street magicians who were lots of fun. They had a real knack for getting all the kids involved, regardless of their age. Annabelle loved having the job of minding the fishing net for a while {even if she did try to catch some fish with it, haha}. 

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We got impressed by the amazing work of the live street artists, who, their talents hold no bounds. I am a doodler, I always have been but to be able to do the artwork they do with spray cans, will always impress me. They WOW’d the children too!

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The weather we got on the day was glorious and very unexpected. The City Quays Walkway were most of the event was held gives you the illusion of being quite far out from the city centre but in actual fact, you’re not far from it at all. A short ten-minute walk and you’re transported into what feels like a totally different place.

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We loved watching this fabulously fun and very psychedelic rickshaw which was riding back and forth offering people rides from one end of the City Quays walkway to the other. There was music blasting from it, tassels and more. What a fun way to get from one part of the Culture Night event to the other. The guy driving was always smiling too!

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With three children, being out in the sunshine for any length of time can never be good. You end up with very sleepy, hungry & tired children. But after walking over and into the Tesco Food Festival, those symptoms soon vanished. The kids were delighted by the many local produce stalls of food & drink, and they didn’t take long in taking advantage of them.

My children particularly enjoyed watching the TV Chef Demonstrator Brian McDermot make up a delicious batch of apple & cinnamon french toast with Hovis Bakery. The kids thought it tasted amazing, and with the recipe card Brian gave them, they plan to make their own very soon.

The kids even got a chance to make their own swiss rolls at the Grahams Bakery stall and not a moment was spared to scoffing the entire thing either.

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They also indulged in many cupcakes, popcorn samples, juice, yoghurts, chilli {which was OUTSTANDING can I just say}, ginger cake {which we’re under strict orders to make because it tasted THAT good} and so much more.

Finally, with a very fussy toddler and full tummies, we had to bid the event a good day but the children kept telling me what a great time they had on our way home, from the street magicians, live street artists, the music and of course, the Tesco NI Food Festival tent. Which was situated just across the road from the Citys ‘Big Fish’, it was the perfect addition to the day’s events.

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We had a fabulous time at this event and we will certainly be keeping an eye out if it returns to Belfast City Centre next year! Thanks for inviting us along with you guys!

You can find out more about this event from @CultureNightBel and @BelfastHarbour over on Twitter and the Belfast Harbour Website for any future events.

Disclosure: I was invited along to this event, all photos and opinions are my own and I was compensated for my time. 



  1. Sarah
    20/09/2015 / 10:04 AM

    Great to go to the event with you and the three little ones! Love all the pictures of them – after meeting them, I realise how much of their personalities you capture.

    They are all too intelligent too….. Always an answer!

    • 21/09/2015 / 4:44 PM

      It was great to go with you to Sarah. The kids thought you were loads of fun! Haha, they are little smartie bums​ for sure!

  2. 20/09/2015 / 1:59 PM

    Wow Belfast looks amazing. We have an office there and I’ve always wanted to go but never managed it. The art looks amazing and I think I would have quite enjoyed the bakery stall 🙂

    • 21/09/2015 / 4:44 PM

      It’s a gorgeous City and looks even better in the sunshine! I’m totally only saying that because its rare over here, lol. It’s a shame you’ve never managed it, you’d love it here. The bakery stall was GREAT! That ginger cake though….yummy!

  3. Silly Mummy
    30/09/2015 / 1:51 AM

    Sounds like a great event! Love the street artists! #MMWBH

  4. Jennifer
    30/09/2015 / 4:29 AM

    What a great event! Great photos! #MMWBH

  5. 30/09/2015 / 10:02 AM

    This looks a great event. Have never been to NI but everyone tells me its beautiful (and that your breakfasts and bread are amazing!) #MMWBH

  6. 30/09/2015 / 8:10 PM

    What a lovely family day for you and your kids, Debs! Belfast looks like such a stunning city. One of the many many reasons I’d love to visit Europe (Ireland in particular) some day. Thank you for sharing this, and thank you for hosting us on MMWBH 🙂 Have a great rest of the week!

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