Ten things to do in Northern Ireland Next Week

Tourism NI has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland (April 17 – April 23).

 Easter Eggspress Steam Train, Belfast to Whitehead

  1. . April 17-18. All aboard the Easter Eggspress steaming along to Whitehead from Belfast Central Station! Fun for all the family, plus Easter eggs for the children. There might even be an ‘eggstra’ special passenger on board with a special surprise for the best behaved children. All tickets £13.
  2. Tommy Tiernan Comedy Night, Newcastle. Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Sat 22 April. Due to phenomenal demand Tommy Tiernan has added extra shows to his Under The Influence tour. Allow yourself be guided by a language loving and theatrical performer with a half thought out plan, no professional qualifications and a mouth with a mind of its own. Can you trust him? To be silly, yes. To behave, no. Like a bus conductor standing in front of an orchestra with a spoon in one hand and air horn in the other what could possibly go wrong. This promises to be a night of fun and loads of laughter. 8.30pm, over 18s only, £25.
  3. Half-term Multicultural Festival, Omagh. Easter Monday, 17 April, sees the return of the Big Family Picnic at An Creagán. To mark the beginning of Spring the annual event invites family’s to enjoy a fun filled day out in the great outdoors. Experienced picnickers can bring their own lunch or if you prefer the easy option there will be food and snack stalls for you to put together your own lunch without the hassle. A magical family adventure through a journey of imagination. Every clearing and glade holds a new way to unleash your creativity. Unique workshops will allow children to create their very own artworks. 12-4pm, £3, children under 1 enter for free.
  4. Nature Walk and Yoga, Craigavon. Sat 22 April. The RSPB’s Portmore Lough nature reserve is home to all sorts of amazing wildlife – from birds to butterflies, badgers to bees. Join RSPB NI warden Laura Smith for a guided tour of this haven for nature, with highlights including spectacular views over the lough and the hustle and bustle of breeding season on the meadows. After the walk enjoy a cuppa in the community room followed by a relaxing nature-themed indoor yoga session with expert Claire Ferry. This event is designed to clear your mind and recharge your batteries – the perfect antidote to busy modern life. Please note this event is not open to under 16s. All equipment is supplied but please wear/bring suitable clothing and footwear. 2-4pm. £10, RSPB members £6.
  5. 2017 Betway Premier League Darts, Belfast. SSE Arena, Thurs 20 April. The world’s top darts stars will return to Belfast with the likes of Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson competing for the prestigious title. The Betway Premier League sees ten stars competing across four months at arenas in the UK, Ireland and Netherlands in a bid to win the coveted trophy, which was claimed for a second time by van Gerwen in 2016. The Premier League, televised live by Sky Sports and broadcast worldwide, has also been won six times by legendary Stoke star Taylor since its inception in 2005, with Scottish hero Anderson – the back-to-back world champion – claiming the title twice and both James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld also lifting the trophy. £24.50 – £44.
  6. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Belfast. Grand Opera House, 18-22 April. Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion… Winner of seven Olivier Awards and five Tony Awards including ‘Best New Play’, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time brings Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel to thrilling life on stage, adapted by two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens and directed by Olivier and Tony Award-winning director Marianne Elliott. Tues – Sat 7.30pm. Wed, Thurs and Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £15.50 – £36.50.
  7. Easter at Carrowmena, Limavady. 16-19 April. There are lots of activities taking place this Easter at Carrowmena with an Easter egg canoe hunt and glamping trail. Visitors can book an action packed Activity Adventure Day and receive 20% of full and half-day activities. Call 02877 763431 for more information.
  8. Showing Off, Derry~Londonderry. Tues-Sat until 20 May. VOID Gallery presents a programme of documentary, experimental and dramatic works in association with Women Make Movies (WMM) New York. ‘Showing Off’ is an exhibition of moving image by women artists and filmmakers that explores the international diversity, history and achievement of women film makers and artists curated by Mhairi Sutherland. The thematic framework is that of civil rights explored from a feminist perspective, viewed through the lens of current events impacting on movement and immigration issues.
  9. Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts, Fermanagh. Bunny’s been up to his old tricks! He’s left clues all over Fermanagh for you to solve and pick up your chocolate Cadbury prize. Cadbury Egg Hunts are running at Castle Coole, Forence Court and Crom from 15 – 18 April from 11am daily. Stop in with our volunteers and staff to pick up your trail sheet, then head out around the grounds to find the answers and solve the clue. All the trails should bring you back to where you started where you can pick up your Cadbury chocolate prize. £1.
  10. Bushmills Food Tour. 21-22 April. Learn how forward-thinking and innovative the people of this village were and how much good food is now on offer. Take a walking tour around local shops, delis and restaurants to taste local soda bread, goat bacon, hot-roasted smoked salmon and wash it all down with a glass of Bushmills 12-year-old whiskey. £40pp.