The Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland over the next week (February 25 – March 3).

  • Living legacy, Verbal Arts Centre, City of Derry, Co. Londonderry, February 25. Part of the City of Culture 2013 celebrations, this archaeology and the early modern town conference is intended to situate the 1613 granting of the city’s town charter within its broader historical context. It will include a tour of selected post-medieval sites in the Derry/Londonderry vicinity.
  • The Seafarer, Lyric Theatre, Belfast, February 28 – March 23. This darkly funny play tells the tale of a recovering alcoholic who returns to his Dublin family. Written by the much-acclaimed Conor McPherson, best-known for his play The Weir, The Seafarer is a multi-nominated play making its Northern Irish premiere.
  • Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Grand Opera House, Belfast, February 26 – 27.  Watch out Belfast, ballet’s very grandes dames are coming to the Grand Opera House! Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is set to wow with a fantastic programme of dance including Swan Lake Act II and Walpurgis Night, a lorry load of costume changes and lashings of diva attitude.
  • How I Learned To Drive, Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, March 1 – 9.  A wildly funny, surprising and devastating tale of survival as seen through the lens of a troubling relationship between a young girl and an older man. The Pulitzer Award winning play from the American dramatist Paula Vogel presents us with the story of a woman who learns the rules of the road and life from behind the wheel of a car.
  • Creativity Month, various locations across Northern Ireland, March 1 – 31.  An exciting programme of events and workshops will be taking place throughout March, aimed at stimulating new thinking and collaborations to help creative people, creative ideas and creative businesses emerge and flourish.
  • Clubsound & Jimmy Cricket, Market Place, Co. Armagh, March 1.  The Ballymoor Grousebeaters meets Ballygobackwards.  A wonderful night of cabaret nostalgia featuring two of Northern Ireland’s best loved cabaret acts.  A great night of craic and fun is guaranteed.
  • Creative Painting and Drawing, Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, March 1.  Working at your own pace, you will gain confidence through a number of interesting and challenging exercises. There will be a demonstration at every stage as well as one-to-one support.
  • Draw Your Own Tales, Antrim Castle Gardens & Clotworthy House, Co. Antrim, March 2.  Celebrate World Book Day in March with this great workshop with children’s book illustrator Margaret Ann Suggs.  Margaret will read from some of the tales of Antrim Castle Gardens and lead you in drawing and creating your own character in your very own Gardens based story.
  • Car Boot Sale, Mount Stewart House, Garden and Temple of the Winds, Newtownards, Co. Down, March 2.  Got some things that are taking up too much room in your house or are you looking for a bargain? Come along to this car boot sale which will take place the first Saturday of each month between March and September.
  • The Coast of Down, Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick, Co. Down, until March 23.  An exhibition of photographs from around the coast of county Down and Strangford Lough highlighting the local area’s breathtaking scenery and hidden gems.