The Market Place Theatre in Armagh has released details of the new Spring | Summer 2016 season packed full of the best in entertainment including shows, workshop and exhibitions to keep audiences flooding back time and again.

presDue to the success of her 2015 tour Mary Black is delighted to announce another Irish Tour and we are delighted to welcome her back to The Market Place on 21 January. For the last twenty-five years, singer Mary Black has been a dominant presence in Irish music, both at home and abroad. She has shared stages, TV shows and recording studios with some of the most revered performers of her time. She has also played a frontline role in bringing Irish music, past and present, to an increasingly appreciative and ever-growing global audience.

Now in its 15th year, ‘A Viennese Strauss Gala’ returns on 5 February, with a sparkling new anniversary production. Recreating the romance of the Viennese Festive season, reminding you of a bygone age of glamorous soirees and Strauss waltzes, the show features highlights from some of the great Operettas of the Strauss family, Kalman and Lehar; including ‘Die Fledermaus’, ‘The Merry Widow’ and many more. The European Orchestral Ensemble will accompany four Soloists from major Opera companies; including Opera North, English National Opera and D’Oyly Carte. This wonderful production is cleverly staged and choreographed, and authentically costumed, and will appeal to the romantic as much as the music aficionado.

Make Valentine’s Weekend go with a laugh and a smile on 12 February as we present Jimmy Cricket, May McFettridge, William Caulfield, Gene Fitzpatrick, & John Linehan in ‘You Must Be Joking’. The ever endearing Jimmy Cricket with his funny hat and, his wellies on the wrong feet will be reading his letter from his Mammy. The first lady of Irish comedy May McFettridge will abuse all and sundry – don’t be late, sit at the front or draw attention to yourself is the best advice. William Caulfield, the comedy darling of BBC Radio Ulster, with his brilliant eye and ear for local characters will regal us with stories of everyday life. Gene Fitzpatrick the master storyteller and king of the one liners with the wonderfully warm personality completes the line-up.

Continuing the comedy theme, award winning actor, comedian and writer and highly acclaimed stand up, Ardal O’Hanlon has toured to sell out audiences internationally and has released two Top ten stand up DVDs (Ardal O’Hanlon Live and Ardal O’Hanlon Live in Dublin). He continues to be one of the most sought after comedians working, and will visit The Market Place on 18 March as part of the St Patrick’s weekend celebrations.

From the team that brought you ‘The History Of The Troubles [accordin’ to my Da]’ comes the comedy sequel ‘The History Of The Peace [Accordin’ To My Ma!] on 13 and 14 April. A peaceful tale of street protests, riots, guns, bombings and more riots. Karen Reid is a Belfast community worker struggling to keep house and family together in the face of Northern Ireland’s unique form of peace. Through the 1994 ceasefires, The Good Friday Agreement, The Chuckle Brothers and the ‘fleg’ protests, she fervently believes in a new Northern Ireland. Thankfully, Karen has the ‘total support’ of her loyal band of friends such as: Fireball – now working in Roselawn Crematorium – her dingbat best friend, Stacy, flute band leader, Roberto, and Pineapple the paramilitary.

For details of all events can be found online at, and tickets for can be booked by contacting the Box Office on [028] 3752 1821.

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Work begins on Belfast’s newest hotel.

Owned by the Beannchor Group – the people behind the 5-star Merchant Hotel, the National Grande Café/sixty6, The Dirty Onion, Little Wing Pizzeria and over 50 pubs across Northern Ireland – the highly anticipated new hotel is scheduled to open in the second half of 2016.

The completion of the £4million development will create 100 new jobs. In addition to the positive socioeconomic impact of the business, the new hotel will assist in fulfilling the demand for additional hotel bedrooms in the city centre, which is expected to increase in 2016 alongside the Belfast Waterfront upgrade, particularly in terms of business tourism and conference delegates.

Drawing on nearly 40 years of expertise in the industry to create a new and vibrant hospitality concept for the city, Bullitt – named after the Steve McQueen movie of the same name – will be an exciting new addition to the city’s social scene when it opens next year.

Bullitt will epitomise urban chic with stylish, contemporary surroundings, alongside affordable room rates. Located in a prime city centre location, wrapping Victoria Street, Ann Street and Church Lane, the hotel is a stone’s throw from Belfast’s shopping mecca, Victoria Square and the lively Cathedral Quarter.

In addition to its 58 stylish mod-con clad bedrooms, the hotel will be a social hub for city workers, locals and tourists alike, bringing a fresh approach to work, rest and play.

By day, a welcoming open ground floor public space will provide a refreshing alternative for meetings, catch-ups, coffee and lunch. By night, the buzzing space will morph into a lively place to meet and mingle over cocktails and enjoy a meal in the innovative destination ground floor bar, restaurant and garden; right in the heart of the city.

Commenting on the announcement, Conall Wolsey, director, Beannchor said: “Our vision for Bullitt is to create a new and exciting hospitality concept to Belfast and Northern Ireland. This is much more than a hotel; it’s a space that will be relevant to the modern day lives of our customers; a space led by design, technology and efficiency, all in a friendly atmosphere, with the food, drinks and service that Beannchor is renowned for within the hospitality industry.

“Innovation is at the heart of all of our plans; from our coffee serves through to the food that will be created in our restaurant, we are aiming to challenge the status quo and break new ground.

“The life of the hotel will be the public ground floor space, which will feature a restaurant, bar, coffee shop and garden. We see this space being used day and night by a range of people, not just hotel guests. It will be a place where people can work, relax and socialise, within Belfast’s vibrant social scene in the heart of the city centre.

“For our 100 new members of staff that will be employed at Bullitt, this provides a unique and exciting opportunity to play a part in bringing this new concept to life.”


ONE of Northern Ireland’s very first spas, which first opened its doors in 1990, is celebrating 25 years in business.

CHEERS TO 25 SPA-TACULAR YEARS…Sir William Hastings was joined by Rachel Crawford, Manager of The Spa at Culloden and Adrian McNally, General Manager of the Culloden Estate and Spa to celebrate 25 spa-tacular years of business. The Spa at Culloden was one of Northern Ireland’s very first spas when it opened its doors in 1990 and was a ground-breaking concept when Sir William Hastings launched it at Northern Ireland’s premier 5-star hotel.

The Spa at Culloden, part of Hastings Hotels, was a ground-breaking concept when Sir William Hastings first launched it at Northern Ireland’s premier 5-star hotel.

“We were ahead of our time when we decided to build a spa at the Culloden Estate. In 1990, spas were a very new idea, in fact, we were advised that they would be very expensive to run and could barely be justified to any financial director.

“But as the saying goes, build it and they will come. And after former secretary of state Peter Brooke performed the opening ceremony, come they did, both as hotel guests who loved the idea of going to a spa and as members as it was a place to relax and meet friends in the Cultra area,” Sir William said.

“When the spa was created it was more of an upmarket leisure-centre and we called it The Elysium, the heavenly place. But over the last 25 years it has evolved and is now called The Spa at Culloden and continues to lead the way with innovative treatments, first-class facilities and a fantastic team of staff.

“Still to this day, we have 10 founding members who have been part of the spa since the very beginning, we call them our lifers, and it is lovely to still see them coming to use the facilities after all this time,” Sir William continued.

“At Hastings Hotels we do not rest on our laurels and are committed to a continuous annual investment programme throughout our six hotels and two spas. And as part of this, at the beginning of January the Spa will undergo an eight week refurbishment programme to ensure we continue to offer our guests the top class facilities that The Spa at Culloden has become known for,” Sir William added.

The Spa at Culloden boasts eight treatment suites, private couples suite, a pre and post treatment relaxation room, a health club with a state-of-the-art fitness suite with cardio theatre, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, Zest Juice Bar and will soon launch a new designer nail bar. There is also a unique Medi Spa offering a range of treatments including Botox with the Rejuvenating Anti-Ageing Clinic, personalised health assessments incorporating cutting edge technology with innovative diagnostic testing to assess health in detail with Randox Health and the Room One Physiotherapy.


Tourism NI has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland next week (January 4 -10).

  • Out To Lunch Festival 2016, Various locations, Belfast, January 8–31. A mouth-watering menu of live music, comedy, spoken word, literature and theatre (and food) will be served up during the lunchtimes and evenings of January to sustain fun lovers and festival goers in the dreaded post-holiday lull.
  • Flash Harry – The Magic Of Queen, Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast, January 9. Enjoy a night of good old fashioned rock. Flash Harry brings you a show that embraces the very essence of live music, talent, energy, enthusiasm, passion and pure showmanship. Audiences will see the band rocking out Queen’s greatest hits from We Are the Champions to Bohemian Rhapsody and everything in between. Doors open 7pm.
  • Newcastle Junior Glees Present: Beauty And The Beast, Annesley Hall, Newcastle, Co. Down, January 1-9. This production features local children and young people from age 9 to 18 and is packed full of lively song and dance routines with a hilarious script and all the crazy fun and laughter that traditional pantomime offers. It is a guaranteed fun family outing right on your doorstep.
  • Titanic Winterland, Titanic Exhibition Centre, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, until January 10. Visit the Titanic Exhibition Centre for Christmas and New Year carnival fun! Enter the Titanic Winterland and enjoy hours of fun as you explore great fairground attractions, including family and children’s entertainment, thrill rides for all ages and some of the best fairground rides in Europe, all under one roof!  Open daily from 12.00 Noon – 10pm.
  • Dick Whittington, Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, January 7-16. Lakeland Players present Dick Whittington. This class tale of young Dick, who travels to London accompanied by his cat, hoping to make his fortune. An assortment of comic characters cross his path in a series of great adventures with the usual happy ever after ending.
  • Emily Barker & Ciaran Lavery, Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, Limavady, Co. Londonderry, January 9. Emily and Ciaran will perform solo sets and selected duets in our intimate auditorium in one of a handful of special concerts in Northern Ireland this January. Catch these amazing singer songwriters in Limavady whilst you can! This is a candlelit, cabaret style set-up and BYO event.
  • CTRL+ALT+DELAMERE, The Market Place Theatre, Market Street, Armagh, Co. Armagh, January 9 and 10. Following two sold-out shows last year comedian Neil Delamere returns to The Market Place with a brand new show brimming with hilarious stories and incisive wit. So book a seat at The Market Place Theatre and enjoy Neil telling tall tales and spinning side-splitting yarns about the events of the last year. Show begins 8pm.
  • Kenneth Branagh Theatre – The Winter’s Tale (Encore Screening), Theatre at The Mill, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, January 7. Shakespeare’s timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is re-imagined in a new production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, following their triumphant staging of Macbeth in Manchester and Manhattan. Judi Dench will play Paulina and Kenneth Branagh will play Leontes. Begins 7.45pm.
  • An evening of Traditional Music with Donal O’Connor, Paul McSherry and Sean Og Graham, Ranfurly House, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, January 9. Enjoy an evening of traditional music this January. This creative and compelling trio will take you on an emotive and uplifting musical journey, from Ireland to the neighbouring Celtic regions.
  • Big Houses: Hidden Gems of the Causeway Coast, Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, Main Street, Limavady, Co. Londonderry, until January 30.  Enjoy an exhibition that gives visitors the opportunity to view period images of the houses that are hidden gems of the Causeway Coast.

Please note some of the events require pre-booking. For more details on these and other events click on, visit your local tourist information centre or log onto


The Merchant Hotel is offering guests a cosy setting this winter as it has transformed its rooftop into a Narnia winter wonderland theme, complete with the unmistakable Narnia wardrobe.

The magnificent sky high area overlooks the breath-taking Belfast skyline, is laden with comforting furs to keep guests cosy and is adorned in glistening snow to set the festive mood. The unique destination is the perfect choice for an alternative and memorable private party from now until March 2016. Guests to The Merchant Hotel’s Narnia Rooftop can enjoy private hire, a delectable drinks reception and exquisite finger food. Packages start at just £30pp and can accommodate 40-70 guests. To book your special night, contact The Merchant Hotel Events Team on 028 9026 2717 or email for more information & availability.

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Tourism NI has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland next week (December 21-27).

  • The Muppet Christmas Carol, Belfast Waterfront, December 23. Enjoy the big Christmas movie on the Waterfront’s big screen! The Muppets perform the classic Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of Ebenezer Scrooge. Arrive from 2pm for face painting and lots of festive fun!
  • Elf – Christmas Classic, Strand Arts Centre, Holywood Road, Belfast, December 24 and 26. Enjoy the ultimate Christmas movie – Elf. The chaotically comedic blockbuster film will be making a festive appearance at Strand Arts Centre this Christmas. Tickets are £3.50 and are available to book online. Showings: Christmas Eve at 2pm and Boxing Day at 6pm and 8pm.
  • Boxing Day Race Meeting, Down Royal Racecourse, Maze, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, December 26. Have a great day out at the Boxing Day Race Meeting at Down Royal – Ireland’s oldest race coursing venue which was first established 1685. Since the 17th Century Down Royal Racecourse has brought the “Sport of Kings” to generations of people in Northern Ireland – it’s a race course steeped in history. Experience the excitement of the day and try some local food and drink at Taste@downroyal.
  • Get Happy! Emily Olive Boyd sings the songs of Ella Fitzgerald, The Black Box, 18-22 Hill Street, Belfast, December 27. Come and enjoy some of your favourite songs performed by musicians of unparalleled talent, bring your friends and sing along in what promises to be the perfect Christmas night out. Following her recent run in The Commitments on the West End, Emily Olive Boyd returns home to Belfast to perform the hits of the jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald. Backed by her “fellas”, the superb Linley Hamilton Band, Emily will sing swing classics such as ‘The Lady Is A Tramp’, ‘I Got Rhythm’ and ‘Mack The Knife’. From 8pm to 11pm.
  • Mystery of the Christmas Star, Armagh Planetarium, College Hill, Armagh, Co. Armagh, until December 23. Join Armagh Planetarium this Christmas as they journey back more than 2,000 years to Bethlehem, and seek to discover a scientific explanation for the star the Wise Men followed to find the baby Jesus in the digital theatre show ‘Mystery of the Christmas Star’. This modern re-telling of the Christmas story will charm and captivate audiences of all ages.
  • Smokie, Millennium Forum, Newmarket Street, Co. Londonderry, December 27. Soft rock legends, Smokie, return to perform their most famous hit singles including ‘If You Think You Know How to Love Me’, ‘Don’t Play Your Rock ‘n’ Roll to Me’, ‘Lay Back in the Arms of Someone’ and their most popular hit single ever ‘Living Next Door to Alice’. This is your chance to reminisce and is a night most definitely not to be missed. Begins at 9pm.
  • Magical Christmas Show with David Meade, Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Newcastle, Co. Down, December 27. TV star performer, entertainer and mentalist David Meade, the man with the mind-boggling mind reading powers will be hosting a Magical Christmas Show at Slieve Donard Resort and Spa. Show begins at 8.45pm.
  • Santa’s Grotto Lisnaskea, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, December 21. Come visit Santa’s Grotto where children can write their letters to Santa, meet Santa and receive a gift. Entrance is £5 per child and includes a selection box, visit to Santa and professional photograph. There will also be snacks provided including tea, coffee and mince pies. From 6-9pm.
  • Christmas Sleeping Beauty and Christmas Singalong, Burnavon Theatre, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, December 22. Come along to this fabulous Christmas family show ‘Sleeping Beauty and a Christmas Singalong’ presented by Mid Ulster School of Music.  At 8pm.
  • C21, Panto Season At The Braid, The Braid Arts Centre, Bridge Street, Ballymena, Co. Antrim, December 21 and 22. It’s the night before Christmas and after a lot of excitement and a little bit of ‘magic’ Lucy finally drifts off to sleep but her sleep is short lived! She suddenly awakes from her slumber to find herself trapped in her dream. She is dazed and confused, but also intrigued. Come along to this fun and festive panto this Christmas. Show begins at 3pm. Family rates available. 

Please note some of the events require pre-booking. For more details on these and other events click on, visit your local tourist information centre or log onto

Jacqueline from shares her pick of What’s On this week across the North.


Local charity, FASA is bringing back their outdoor Christmas Market on 18th -19th December to Eden Village, Ballywalter. Up to 30 stalls festively decorated with fairy lights and tinsel will add some extra sparkle to Ballywalter for the 3rd year bringing a little bit of Christmas to your doorstep!  Stalls will include delicious sweets and treats, to stocking fillers, local art and handmade crafts and culinary delights and their very own Santa’s Grotto!


Celebrate Christmas with a visit to the beautiful Craftswirl this Saturday 19th December, at Armagh Visitor Information Centre. The gift shop has crafts and gifts to suit all tastes and budgets and for the festive period.  Enjoy some festive fayre and savour the tastes of Christmas through the ages.  Step into the world of crafts and gifts while taking a step back to a taste of 1940’s Christmas. Customers can sample the famous Hersey’s chocolate as they shop.


See Flash Harry live at the Ardhowen Theatre Enniskillen this Saturday 19th December.  Flash Harry have been celebrating the music of Queen all over Ireland and the UK for more than 20 years and still fans come to pay homage to the greatest rock band of them all. Flash Harry brings a show that embraces the very essence of live music, talent, energy, enthusiasm, passion and pure showmanship. Audiences will see the band rocking out Queen’s greatest hits from ‘Radio Gaga’, ‘We Are the Champions’, to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and everything in between.


Join the Silverbirch Hotel Omagh this Christmas for a festive celebration for the whole family, with a Santa Sunday Lunch. Children will be thoroughly entertained with the Kids Christmas Party, face painting, disco and entertainer.  A visit from Father Christmas will be the perfect start to your festive season. Sunday 20th December 12.30pm – 3pm.  Kid’s Christmas Party: 2.00pm – 4.00pm.


Support local independent businesses, or individuals that have turned a hobby into an enterprise this Saturday by visiting the fabulous local  artisan art, craft and food producers at the Naturally North Coast & Glens Artisan Christmas Market ran in conjunction with the Limavady Crafters in Limavady at the Drumceatt Square.  Saturday the 19th of December from 11.00am – 4.00pm.


Join Braid Film Theatre Ballymena for a very special sing-a-long screening of The Sound of Music this Saturday 19th December. The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film follows a young Austrian woman studying to become a nun in Salzburg in 1938 who is sent to the villa of a retired naval officer and widower to be governess to his seven children.  Tickets are only £4.


Join The Mac this Christmas as they bring a little mischievous magic to the stage in their adaptation of Rumpelstiltskin – the classic Brothers Grimm tale with a typical, mystical MAC twist. Meet Emily, the heroine – brave, beautiful, witty, and smart. Be outraged by her father and the King who contrive an unusual and infamous bargain, and encounter the strange little man who can do the impossible… at a price.  Family Christmas shows are becoming something of a tradition – live music, fun and spectacular action. Suitable for all ages, why not treat the whole family to Christmas at the MAC?  Each child is different but we think those aged 5+ will get the biggest kick.

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Panto season is well under way at the North West’s premier venue and if you haven’t yet booked your ticket to the biggest show of the year, then you’d better be quick, as the Millennium Forum has just revealed that tickets for Aladdin are flying!

Since opening on Friday 4th December, over 20,000 children of all ages have screamed, booed, hissed, sang and cheered along to the latest festive offering from the cityside theatre. Schools from as far away as Fermanagh, Leitrim, Omagh, Ballyshannon and Arranmore Island have also made the journey to the city for the annual Christmas show.

Box Office Manager, Lisa Heaney, said that bookings for panto have been very busy in the run up to Christmas:

“Tickets have been selling fast for Aladdin and it’s no surprise; it’s a spectacular production again this year and has something for all the family to enjoy. I would strongly advise anyone who hasn’t yet booked their tickets to do so before they sell out.”

The magical adventure story of Aladdin will be brought to life in a spectacular production complete with stunning sets, beautiful costumes and lots of comedy.

With an all local and Northern Irish cast including Mikey -Jay Heath as Aladdin, children’s favourite, Gerard McCabe as Wishee Washee and Keith Lynch as the evil, Abanazar, this sparkling festive treat is guaranteed fun for all the family.  Book your seats now for the carpet ride of a lifetime!

Aladdin, sponsored by Dunnes Stores, performs at the Millennium Forum from Friday 4th December until Sunday 3rd January.  Tickets are now available from the Box Office.  Telephone 71 264455 or visit for bookings.

Rainy Days and Sundays don’t always get me down!

When it comes to Sundays in our house, it’s a bit of a lost day spent eating, lounging on the sofa and watching tv. So when Tourism NI asked me if I would be interested in blogging for them I jumped at opportunity of getting out and unplugging the kids from the matrix for a few hours.

Our first trip was a day in Belfast, yesterday 13th December. So, like the Griswolds on tour we set off from our home in Upperlands for the BIG SMOKE (girls up front and boys in the back to avoid any unnecessary arguing – it really gets on the kids nerves!).

The secret to harmonious car journeys, divide and conquer - girls in the front and boys in the back!

Living in the heart of mid Ulster is great as it means nowhere in NI is more than a 1 hour drive (apart from Fermanagh), so after an hour we arrived at our first port of call – the Ulster Museum and found it surprisingly easy to find on road parking literally steps away from the entrance. Admission to the Museum is FREE with a suggested voluntary donation of £3.00.

At the Ulster Museum

The staff on duty were extremely helpful, however we were warned that we were not allowed to leave without visiting the Mummy!

We spent at least two hours at the museum which opens at 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday and there is something there to appeal to all tastes and ages.

Charlotte and I were more keen to see the art – and were not disappointed. The Colin Davidson exhibition “Silent Testimony” had been on my to do list for a while so I was pleased to get the chance to see this which is very moving.

Charlotte and Joseph were surprised by the diversity of art on display as you can see by Joseph’s face! He was more interested in the Natural History section.

There are plenty of activities on offer – yesterday there was a lantern making workshop for children in the run up to the Lantern Parade next week.  The children had a stab (successfully) at creating a compound (their teachers would be pleased!). So all in all it was educational, entertaining and thought provoking and the general consensus of opinion was that we would need to go back for a full day to see everything. Oh and yes we were allowed out – after seeing Takabuti – she has great teeth for a lady of her years!

Two old mummies.... well she's about 2,500 years older than me!

We then made our way to the Cathedral Quarter and parked at St Anne’s Square, which is only short walking distance to the City Hall where we visited the Continental Christmas Market. Despite the constant drizzle of rain the good folk of NI were in good spirits – we are a hardy bunch and won’t let a bit of rain spoil our fun or dampen the Christmas spirit.  The market was very busy and if you like crepes be prepared to queue for a while.

Enjoying the sights, sounds, and amazing smells of The Continental Christmas Market at City Hall

Suitably hungry, we made our way to Little Wing Pizzeria on Ann Street – you can’t really go wrong with pizza for teenagers (or my husband).  This branch of Little Wing is walk in only, you can’t book a table in advance, but thankfully we only had a 5 minute wait before we were seated. This was my first Little Wing experience and found it very relaxed, with friendly staff and authentic pizzas. The varied menu also includes pasta dishes, salads and vegetarian and gluten free options, and is good value for money. We paid around £70 for four starters, four main course pizzas, four desserts, four milkshakes, a coke and a pot of tea.  Probably double what we would pay in the usual stopovers at McDonalds or KFC so this was a treat, but felt that it was well worth it for the quality of the food and the standard of service.

Tucking into Pizza!

Our final stop was Downstairs at the MAC to see Rumpelstiltskin – tickets start at £12, the show runs until the 3rd January and is suitable for all the family.  The MAC is located in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter in St Anne’s Square with a fantastic programme of events to keep the family entertained over the Christmas period.

Waiting for the fun to begin at the Mac

So as you can see we managed to cram a lot in to one rainy day in Belfast and it didn’t cost an arm and a leg. The kids were entertained, fed and watered. Joseph’s highlight was Little Wing Pizzeria, Nigel’s highlight was the Colin Davidson exhibition at the Ulster Museum, Charlotte’s was Rumpelstiltskin and mine was seeing the Mummy Takabuti for the first time.

That’s all for now, until the next time.



Big Launch Event at W5 Belfast!

Join W5 on Tuesday 15 December for one big day of space-related science and awesome astronomical activities to celebrate the launch of the Principa mission which will see Tim Peake become the European Space Agency‘s first British astronaut!

Watch the rocket launch live from screens inside W5, learn about rockets with Scientific Sue, meet the experts from Queen’s University Belfast Astrophysics Research Centre, Culture Tech FestivalSTEM Aware and more!

As part of our celebration on launch day, W5 is offering free admission for any child dressed as an astronaut on the 15th December 2015 when accompanied by a fee-paying adult. The building will be filled with talks, activities, workshops, competitions and photo opportunities which means that there will be something to suit people of all ages!

The star attraction of the day however, will be a visit from ESA astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy. Jean-Francois has been on three Space Shuttle missions and will be giving a number of talks and meeting schools and the public throughout the day!

For further information visit