12 Things to do next week in Northern Ireland.

The Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) has put together a list of 12 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland over the next week (October 29 – November 4).  For all events in ni2012 click on www.discovernorthernireland.com/events, visit your local tourist information centre or log onto http://www.facebook.com/discovernorthernireland

  • Halloween Art, Ards Arts Centre, Newtownards, Co. Down, October 29.  Why not spend the day making chilling Halloween decorations that will terrify the whole family.  Also enjoy spooky storytelling and ghoulish games, suitable for children aged 6 – 12.
  • Countryside Walks, starts at Audley’s Castle, Strangford, Co. Down, October 31.  Grab your walking boots and explore Castle Ward with a five to six mile walk.  Please remember to bring rainwear, a snack and a drink. 
  • Halloween Enchanted Garden, Mount Stewart House and Gardens, Newtownards, Co. Down, October 31.  Award-winning lighting designer Walter Holt will once again be illuminating the gardens at Mount Stewart for twilight walks.  Dust down your Halloween costumes and enjoy this truly magical night.  
  • Fright Night, Jungle NI, Moneymore, Co. Londonderry, until October 31.  Begin your terrifying tour through the woods in the darkness of the night with only a lantern to light the way.  The further you walk into the forest the more unnerving it will be.
  • Jackula, The Playhouse, Co. Londonderry, October 31.  Enjoy a spooktacular Halloween treat with lots of fun, magic and a juggling show.  Jackula is Dracula’s younger brother and he has an aim to become the world’s most magical vampire.
  • Cartoons and Postcards of 20th Century Ireland, Belfast City Hall, October 31.  Using political postcards and cartoons of the time, John Killen, librarian of Linen Hall Library, looks at the events that shaped life on this island in the twentieth century.
  • Nightmare at Navan, Navan Centre and Fort, Co. Armagh, October 31.  Enjoy Armagh’s best Halloween party with fire jugglers, fancy dress, amusements, a scary mobile zoo, a fireworks display and much more.
  • Tall Tales and Short Songs, Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, November 2.  Gerry Anderson will tell stories and read from his autobiography before folk singer Sean Donnelly sings songs from his much loved CDs.
  • An Evening of Mystery and Intrigue, Castle Coole, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, November 3.  Come along and be a detective for the evening and discover who committed the crime in Castle Coole.  Canapés and wine included.
  • Shine a Light: Paper Lampshade Design Masterclass, Antrim Castle Gardens and Clotworthy House, Co. Antrim, November 3.  We’ve all seen those round paper lampshades but did you know you can make them yourself.  This course will show you how to create your own unique design to take home.
  • Book Fair, Springhill, Moneymore, Co. Londonderry, November 4.  Browse through hundreds of second hand books before taking an invigorating walk to view the stunning autumn colours around the estate.
  • Belfast Music Week, various locations in Belfast, November 4 – 11.  This week of music will feature more than 250 events across 70 venues with everything from chamber music to hip hop music on offer as well as talent nights and music exhibitions.