10 things to do in Northern Ireland

DiscoverNorthernIreland.com has stacks of fun things to do across NI, from family days out to gigs and cultural events. Here are 10 exciting things taking place this week (29 January – 4 February 2018)


  1. Imbolc International Music Festival, Derry~Londonderry, 28 January – 4 February. A celebration of music reflecting the diversity of the contemporary Irish music scene. The festival will showcase cutting edge acts alongside longstanding masters of traditional music. With concerts, workshops, film screenings, community and participatory events and events for children, there is something for everyone.
  2. Snowdrop Walks, Dungannon, 3 – 25 February. Come and see wonderful displays of snowdrops planted by staff and volunteers over the years at The Argory. Enjoy this spectacle at your leisure with a self-guided walk, then relax in the coffee shop for a warm drink or tasty bite.
  3. Vintage, Classic & Sports Car Show, Newcastle, 26-18 January. Filling the Slieve Donard Hotel’s Grand Ballroom will be more than 40 vehicles spanning 60 years of automotive history, all of them lovingly restored and maintained by their local owners.
  4. Oh What A Night – Jersey Guys, Newry, 1 February. Oh What A Night – Shane Nolan and Jersey Guys pay homage to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at the Bank Parade, Newry. Celebrating all of the hits by Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons with fantastic vocal harmonies and dance moves.
  5. NI Motorcycle Festival 2018, Lisburn, 2 – 4 February. Bringing entertainment for all the family, The NI Motorcycle Festival includes stunt shows, aerial displays, drifting and celebrity guests. Don’t miss out on this exciting motorcycle festival coming to the Balmoral Park, Lisburn.
  6. Gilbert and George: Scapegoating Pictures for Belfast, Belfast, 26 January-22 April. Occupying all three of The MAC’s gallery spaces, this large-scale exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of Gilbert and George’s collaborative practice, which began when they met as students at St Martin’s School of Art, in 1967. Since this time, they have created work collaboratively, declaring themselves to be ‘two people, one artist’.
  7. World Wetlands Day at Castle Espie, Co. Down, 2 February. Experience the sights and sounds of Castle Espie during an exclusive one hour tour of the reserve as we celebrate World Wetlands Day. Tours last approximately one hour and take place at 12.00, 14.00 and 15.00.
  8. Cookery Demonstration with Paula McIntyre, Co. Down, 31 January.  Cookery demonstration with one of Northern Ireland’s leading chefs Paula McIntyre comes to the Millbrook House Hotel, Ballynahinch. Paula hosts the cookery slot on Radio Ulster’s Saturday magazine programme and also writes a weekly recipes column for The Sunday Life Magazine.
  9. Gradam Ceoil TG4 Traditional Music Awards, Belfast, 4 February. Gradam Ceoil TG4 comes to The Waterfront, Belfast, the first time in its 21-year history. The live concert and award ceremony features the best artists in Irish music and song celebrating their talents and achievements. Gradam Ceoil is known as the Oscars of traditional music and the two hour live concert will be broadcast on TG4 and worldwide on TG4.ie.
  10. Dumped Divorcee Support Group, Derry~Londonderry, 29 January – 3 February. The smash hit, critically-acclaimed show ‘The Dumped Divorcee Support Group’, saw the divorcees ride off into the sunset with their new partners to live happily ever after. Right? Wrong. After another major disaster in their love lives, Rosie and Eileen are homeless and living with Maura in her two-bedroom house and the situation is explosive. See this entertaining show as it comes to the Millennium Forum, Derry~Londonderry.



For more information on these events or to plan a short break in Northern Ireland, visit  www.DiscoverNorthernIreland.com.