Tourism NI has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland next week (October 3 – October 9).

  • Armagh Festival of Food and Cider, Various locations, Co. Armagh, October 5 – 9. The Armagh Festival of Food & Cider is a celebration of tasty local cuisine and cider showcasing all that Armagh City’s many tempting eateries, orchards and breweries have to offer. Diners and craft brew enthusiasts will have the opportunity to sample local hospitality at its best.
  • Slow Food Festival, Guildhall Square, Derry~Londonderry, October 8 – 9. This free family-friendly event will incorporate a Slow Food Harvest Fayre, Slow Food Street Food Zone, Family Fun Zone and fringe events including a Made in Derry Slow Food Walking Tour around the city, tours of Butterlope Social Farm at Plumbridge by shuttle bus and an eco-tourism experience at St Columba’s Heritage Centre which will bring to life stories of our forgotten and local foraged foods.
  • The Sinatra Years with James Huish and Band, Crumlin Gaol, Belfast, October 8. James Huish, Northern Ireland’s king of swing, and his ten-piece band perform a special concert celebrating the life’s work of the one and only Sinatra, live at Crumlin Road Gaol. Tickets £20. Doors open 7pm, show starts at 8:30pm.
  • Model and Collector’s Fayre, Bawnacre Centre, Co. Fermanagh, October 7 – 8. There will be four rooms within the Bawnacre Centre filled with an array of things to see from railway layouts, farm models and homemade displays, football memorabilia, diecast cars, motorbikes, lorries, aircraft, construction displays, wooden toys and crafts to name a few. Many items will be available to purchase on the day.
  • Blood Brothers, Millennium Forum, Derry~Londonderry, October 4 – 8. The legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.
  • Finding Nemo (Outdoor Cinema), Solitude Park, Co. Down, October 7. Join Nemo, Dory, Marlin and all their fishy friends for some underwater family fun in the open air. The movie takes place in Solitude park, Banbridge, at the seated amphitheatre, so pack your rugs and hampers and come along with friends and family to experience these fun events in the open air.
  • Chris Wise and The Hidden Revolution, Voodoo, Belfast, October 4. Manchester experimental, indie rock three piece Chris Wise & The Hidden Revolution bring the very best of frantic manic and menacing melodies, staccato fills, massive crescendos and twisted harmonics to Belfast city for an unforgettable night. Tickets £10. Starts 7pm.
  • Macbeth, Alley Theatre, Co. Tyrone, October 6. Once again c21 Theatre Company bring Shakespeare to life on stage.  The production follows the eventful life of the evil Scottish warrior and his power-hungry wife. Prophecy, witchcraft, murder and revenge all play a part in their tragic demise and guarantee a captivating production for audiences of all ages. Tickets £4.
  • Donal Lunny Triad, Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, Derry~Londonderry, October 7. Multi-instrumentalist and trailblazer Donal Lunny is one of the greatest Irish musicians alive, having been at the forefront of Irish Traditional Music for over than 35 years. He will be joined by two other world-class musicians for what promises to be an extraordinary concert.
  • Slieve Donard Trek, Slieve Donard, Co. Down, October 8. Celebrate World Mental Health Day by making a real difference by climbing Northern Ireland’s highest peak in AWARE’S Slieve Donard Trek. Walkers must be over 12 and anyone under 18 to be accompanied by an experienced adult walker. www.aware-ni.org/donardtrek

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