The Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland over the next week (January 14 – 20).

  • Walls 400! Ebrington, Co. Londonderry, January 1 – 31.  Walls 400! will mark the quarter-centenary of the city walls with a series of activities to explore the contested history that the city walls represent and celebrate Derry’s walls as a present-day national heritage asset.
  • Kieran Goss in Concert, Ranfurly Arts and Visitor Centre, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, January 12.  Long hailed as one of Ireland’s leading songwriters and performers, Kieran Goss has many fans across the globe but if his songs have made him a star, his live shows have made him a legend.
  • Fiona Cassidy – Author in Residence, An Creagán, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, January 14, 16 & 18.  Bestselling author Fiona Cassidy will be taking up residence at An Creagán to offer a series of creative writing workshops for adults.
  • Newtownards Market, Conway Square, Co. Down, January 19.  This traditional weekly market caters for all your needs with a diverse range of stalls selling fruit, vegetables, flowers, tools and household goods. 

  • An Evening with Dominic Kirwan, Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, January 19.  One of Ireland’s best and most popular concert performers embarks on a nationwide tour with country, pop and album hits.

  • Arenacross, Odyssey Arena, Belfast, January 19.  The crazy indoor off-spring of motocross racing.  The racing is short, sharp and shockingly spectacular with huge triple jumps, killer mogul sections and fast, banked corners, all designed to provide high-octane sensory fun.   

  • Woodland Workout, meeting at Craigavon Museum car park, Waterside House, Oxford Island, Craigavon, Co. Armagh, January 19.  Start the New Year in the great outdoors and help stack rotten timber to create habitat piles for insects, coppicing hazel trees and give your brain a workout as you learn about the native flora and fauna and local folklore.  Sturdy footwear and warm waterproof clothes are essential.
  • Man of Aran, Ulster Museum Lecture Theatre, Belfast, January 20.  Robert Flaherty’s new digital restoration of the classic 1934 documentary ‘Man of Aran’ – an Irish documentary following the hardships of daily life experienced by a family living and working on the Aran Islands, just off the west coast of Ireland.
  • Nature Tales, the MAC, Belfast, January 20.  Conjure up fantastic fairy-tales and stories in this workshop for 4-6 year olds.  With help from the sculptures in Claire Morgan’s amazing exhibition, storyteller Mary-Frances will conjure up fantastic fairy-tales and stories about animals and nature, before asking you to make up your very own animal stories.  

  • A Very Grand Canal, Waterways Ireland Headquarters, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, until January 31.  An exhibition of prints, sound, film, music, photography and literature all of which have been inspired by the Grand Canal in Offaly.  Artists include Geraldine O’Reilly, La Cosa Preziosa, Mixed Bag Media, Eugene O’Brien, Veronica Nicholson and Wayne Brennan.