The Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) has put together a list of 12 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland over the next week (August 27 – September 2).

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  • Buttermilk Point, Enniskillen Castle, Co Fermanagh, until September 27.  Born in Enniskillen in 1915, Joan Trimble was a renowned pianist and an accomplished composer.  This exhibition showcases part of her remarkable musical career through music manuscripts and photographs.
  • Antiques and Collectables Fair, The Argory, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, August 27.  A fantastic range of antiques and collectables for sale with live entertainment in the courtyard.
  • Ladies Day at the Races, Downpatrick, Co. Down, August 27.  Enjoy a ladies day out at Downpatrick which is one of the friendliest courses in Ireland with a strong local following.
  • EAZA South East Asia Week, Belfast Zoo, Belfast, August 27 – 31.  The zoo will be hosting a week of activities to fundraise towards the lasting contribution to the survival of animals native to South East Asia.
  • The Gruffalo, Lyric Theatre, Belfast, August 28 – September 2.  Meet a wheeler-dealer Fox, an eccentric old Owl and a maraca-shaking, party mad Snake.  Mouse can scare these hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when he comes face to face with the very creature he imagined?
  • Causeway Coast Walk, Portballintrae Village Hall, Co. Antrim, August 29.  A four-mile walk from Portballintrae to the Giant’s Causeway where the conservation officer will highlight the more interesting and rare species that live at this popular tourist attraction.
  • An Appointment with William Butler Yeats, Linen Hall Library, Belfast, August 29.  Northern Ireland harpist Marie O’Neill is joined by actress Roma Tomelty, poet and songwriter Eugene Dunphy and singer-songwriter Ursula Burns to pay homage to Nobel Prize winner, W.B. Yeats.
  • Family Film Fridays: Up, Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, Limavady, Co. Londonderry, August 31.  By tying thousands of balloons to his home, 78-year-old Carl sets out to fulfil his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South Africa.  Enjoy this uplifting adventure with your whole family.
  • Ramble Gullion, Ring of Gullion, Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh, September 1.  Bring all the family along to enjoy the landscape and embrace breathtaking views of the Ring of Gullion, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  • Going Potty, Rowallane Garden, Ballynahinch, Co. Down, September 1.  Learn the art of smoke firing pottery and make your own pot in a hands-on workshop.  Pots can be collected to take home the next day.
  • Saintfield Horse & Pony Show, Oughley Road, Saintfield, Co. Down, September 1.  Enjoy a day out with horse racing, horse riding classes and a celebrity donkey derby which is not to be missed.
  • Spice: The Exhibition, The Tower Museum, Co. Londonderry, until September 1.  Do you remember Girl Power? Here’s your opportunity to relive the heady days of the Spice Girls with an exhibition of music awards, books, different types of promotional material and costumes.

For further information please contact Pauline Gormley from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board on 028 9044 1650 or Alana Taylor of Duffy Rafferty Communications on 028 9073 0880.