There’ll be more than just world-class golf to enjoy when the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open comes to Portstewart next month from Wednesday 5th until Sunday 9th July. The Crescent area will be transformed into a live music venue and outdoor cinema for the 2017 ‘Fringe Festival’, creating a unique tournament atmosphere in the host town.

Children will love the face painters, balloon modelling and walkabout characters and on Saturday night, the skies over Portstewart will light up with a spectacular fireworks display. Midsummer Sessions, a spin-off from the popular Atlantic Sessions, will see over 30 musicians playing free gigs in bars, hotels, coffee shops restaurants across the four days. For ease of access, the park and ride service will operate until the end of the entertainment every evening.

And to encourage people to travel from the golf course to the town centre, patrons can use Translink’s 140 service from the Burnside Road to the Promenade – seamlessly connecting the action on the green to the heart of the town. Park and Ride drop off and pick up points are located on Strand Road. As the excitement builds, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Joan Baird OBE, said: “The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open presents a wonderful opportunity to showcase our Destination to the world. Portstewart’s stunning location provides the perfect backdrop, and with top class golf and entertainment with the emphasis on family fun, it’s a long weekend not to be missed.”

Aine Kearney, Tourism NI Director of Business Support and Events commented: “The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open will bring thousands of domestic, national and international visitors to Portstewart and the wider Causeway Coastal Route this July, with footage of the event and the surrounding area beamed to over 450 million households worldwide. The ‘Fringe Festival’ is a fantastic addition to the visitor offering and has something for extended family, encouraging visitors to stay longer and enjoy the local hospitality.”

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