Jacqueline shares her pick of what’s on this weekend across NI


Legendary Irish rockers, The Boomtown Rats are to headline Harmony Live 2018 in Holywood this weekend.  The three-day event, which is set to pack out the County Down town, will run from June 1st to 3rd at the Festival Marquee in the Holywood Rugby Club grounds.  Previously known as the Holywood Harmony Festival, Harmony Live will see big-name acts take to the stage at the main marquee as well as events across several venues in the town.


Following their first visit to The Market Place Theatre last October with a sold-out performance of ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’, Theatrical Niche Ltd return with a new adaptation of ‘A Doll’s House’ based on Henrik Ibsen’s classic tale this Friday 1st June.


If you love Van Morrison’s music you will love Celtic Soul, the definitive Van Morrison tribute. BBC’s Ralph McLean, describes Celtic Soul as ‘a great band’ and ‘a very fine tribute’.  The band perform songs from his days with Them right through to the present day. Expect to hear the big hits as well as hardcore album tracks. See Celtic Soul perform this Saturday evening at the Ardhowen Theatre.


Cookstown is set to go continental when the food and flavours, sights and sounds of Europe and beyond come to the town centre for two days on 2nd and 3rd June 2018. It will feature over 40 traders from as far afield as Morocco, India, Belgium, France, Russia, Holland, Spain and China, who will set up stalls alongside local traders from the weekly street market.  As well as mouth-watering dishes, from freshly made Paella to delicious Bratwurst sausages, visitors will also be kept entertained with a variety of street performances, music and entertainment for all the family.  A German beer stall offering specialty beers, wines and spirits will also be available.  An added feature to this year’s market is ‘The Brickx Club’  at the Burnavon where children and adults alike will have the opportunity to utilise LEGO through creative brick building. There will be construction zones and brick pits where LEGO enthusiasts of all ages can build and create.


Enjoy unique adventure activities at budget prices at the Jungle NI this Sunday 3rd June.  Similar to a fun-fair, The Jungle’s Family Fun Day  is an open-park day and offers a range of outdoor activities by token. Simply buy as many tokens you wish, exchange your tokens for the activity, or activities, of your preference and enjoy a fun family experience day unlike any other!  Suitable for all ages and abilities.


This year’s Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival is now in full swing and continues until  Sunday 3rd June with a packed programme taking place between Ballycastle and Rathlin Island and the sound of water separating the two.  The festival has firmly established itself as a fabulous celebration of our rich maritime heritage offering something for all the family!  You are invited to enjoy the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival and to stay, enjoy and explore further the spectacular Causeway Coast and Glens.


The Belfast Craft Beer festival runs on the 1st and 2nd June.  Taking over Custom House Square, the festival is ready to set the city’s taste buds alight!  Whether it is a quirky craft beer or a delicate gin cocktail that tickles your fancy – guests can relax in the atmospheric marquee or sit back under the stars in the beautiful surroundings of Custom House Square, right in the heart of the city.


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Light, animation and tall ships for this year’s Foyle Maritime Festival

The Foyle Merchant and Maritime markets, a 42-feet catamaran with an international jazz band on board, visiting Tall ships, Flavours of the Foyle Seafood Kitchen and Trail and a spectacular VOYAGES showcase event that will bring the River Foyle alight with music and animation are just some of the highlights announced today as part of the Foyle Maritime Festival that will take place in Derry from 14-22 July 2018.

MARITIME FESTIVAL 2018. . . .The Deputy Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, John Boyle pictured at the launch of the Foyle Maritime Festival 2018 at quayside on Thursday afternoon with Geraldine McFadden, Maritime Festival Press Officer and Anne-Marie Gray, Marketing Officer, DCSDC. This year’s event will run from July 14-22. (Photo: JIm McCafferty Photography)

The Festival, which is one of Ireland’s top maritime celebratory events, attracting over 160,000 people in 2016, will once again welcome the Clipper Round the World Race when the city acts as a host port for the fourth consecutive time for this much anticipated event.

Announcing details of the exciting festival programme, the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Cllr Maolíosa McHugh said the theme for this year’s Foyle Maritime Festival is “Voyages” with a strong emphasis on the city and district’s strong maritime history.

He said: “This year’s Foyle Maritime Festival promises to be another huge success for everyone involved. The programme has something for everyone with a bespoke and exciting programme of entertainment and animation on and alongside the River Foyle, including a food festival, artisan markets, live music and a range of keynote events that will justify the international audiences that the festival attracts to the city.

“I particularly like the idea that the theme of the festival is Voyages as Derry is synonymous with the sea and this acknowledges our rich maritime heritage and the journeys that we as a people, place and individuals have experienced. Not only was the city a major Irish emigration port throughout the phases of resettlement, it also played a key role in World War II when ships from the Royal Navy, the Royal Canadian Navy and the US navy were all stationed here.”

Jacqueline Whoriskey, Head of Festival and Events with Derry City and Strabane District Council says they have been working closely with festival partners the Loughs Agency and Foyle Port to ensure that this year’s programme reflects the significance of the event for the city and the close relationship it has with the river and its maritime heritage.

“The highlight event of the festival will be a spectacular VOYAGES showcase event on and alongside the river that encompasses land, water and air with the Clipper Race yachts joining Tall Ships, cruisers, yachts and punts from across the region and beyond as part of a live theatrical performance that will culminate with light and fireworks on the water,” she said.

In addition to the festival programme, local promoters have programmed a range of entertainment and musical events in Ebrington Square to coincide with the festival including two outdoor concerts that will add considerably to the range of events and musical experiences on offer throughout the nine days of the event.

There will be visiting tall ships berthed along the Quay and to add to the splendour of the occasion there will be a wide variety of food and bespoke craft stalls in both the Foyle Merchant and Maritime markets as well as lots of water activities including the River Foyle Races, organised by the Loughs Agency and participants from a variety of rowing and yacht clubs across the country.

Helena Hasson, Event Co-ordinator with the Council, said other highlights include the arrival and departure of the Clipper race yachts, boat tours and motor runs down the River Foyle and an interactive education area entitled ‘The Science of Water’ sponsored by DuPont Kevlar®.

“We are very grateful to all of our funders, sponsors and festival partners, who have been working with Council to develop this year’s programme. This is a huge week for the city to showcase all that’s best about our city and region and the support from everyone has been brilliant. She also added ‘We are delighted that in addition to our festival programme, local promoters have independently programmed a range of entertainment and musical events, including two large outdoor concerts in Ebrington Square to coincide with the festival.

“Likewise we are thrilled that the Foyle Cup is also on at the time of the festival and we’re working with the event organisers to support all event plans. With so much to experience in the city between 14 -22 July we are confident that locals and visitors alike will enjoy one of the most exciting weeks of entertainment and sport that city has hosted for several years.”

Encouraging the public to put the dates in their diaries and to extend an invitation to family and friends to come home for the celebrations, the Mayor said:

“The Foyle Maritime Festival is hugely important for the City and District and the wider North West region in promoting the area as a world class tourism destination and a maritime hub. The programme of events being put together for the festival is phenomenal with something for everyone to enjoy, whether it’s boating and yachting, live music and animation, or maritime history. The event has been hugely successful in the past attracting over 100,000 people and we are confident that this year will be another amazing celebration that will put our city and district on the international map.

“We are particularly keen to attract people from the city and district and wider region to take this opportunity to come home and be part of the festival celebrations. Not only is it a chance to catch up with family and friends but it’s a great opportunity to see how the city has transformed and developed and ready to welcome you back.”

The full festival programme will be launched in the coming weeks but details of the festival are available online where you can sign up for updates at  www.foylemaritimefestival.com or you can follow us on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/foylemaritimefestival  and on Twitter @Foylemaritime

Step back into the Roaring 20’s at Berts Jazz Bar

Belfast’s only dedicated Jazz bar, Berts will bring to life the illicit world of the Roaring Twenties with a themed night of swinging jazz and bootlegged booze on Friday 25th May.

Belfast’s only dedicated Jazz bar, Berts will bring to life the illicit world of the roaring twenties with a themed night of swinging jazz and bootlegged booze on Friday 25th May. The Golden Age of Jazz Party, in association with Monkey 47, invites guests to don their best ‘flapper’ attire and be transported back to 1920’s New York with exuberant big band jazz performances from ‘Kyron Bourke and The Hard Boiled Shimmy Shammers’, speakeasy cocktails and an atmosphere reminiscent of the Gatsby era. There will be glitz and glamour from start to finish, with surprise performances and a pop-up photo Moon Booth where guests can have their picture taken in-front of a beautiful night sky backdrop. While dining tickets are sold out, guys and dolls can grab a spot at the bar with standing tickets for £15. To find out more or book a standing ticket, visit facebook.com/bertsjazzbar or call Berts Jazz Bar on 028 9026 2713.

Berts Jazz Bar and Monkey 47 presents The Golden Age of Jazz Party, inviting guests to don their best ‘flapper’ attire and be transported back to 1920’s New York where prohibition ruled the streets, but jazz ruled the city.

The evening will pay homage to a genre of music that captivated a generation, with exuberant big band jazz performances from ‘Kyron Bourke and The Hard Boiled Shimmy Shammers’, speakeasy cocktails and an atmosphere reminiscent of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.

Guests will be greeted with a complimentary Monkey 47 Teapot Punch cocktail on arrival and there will be a prize for the most glamourous attire on the night. While dining tickets are sold out, guys and dolls can grab a spot at the bar with standing tickets for £15.

Expect glitz and glamour from start to finish, with surprise performances and a pop-up photo Moon Booth where guests can have their picture taken in-front of a beautiful night sky backdrop.

Speaking about the event, Kyron Bourke, lead singer of The Hard Boiled Shimmy Shammers said, “The Hard Boiled Shimmy Shammers are simply the Bee’s Knees. Their music will transport you right back to the Roaring Twenties to speakeasy’s where zozzled flappers and their jelly beans once illegally imbibed jag juice and foot juice, not to mention noodle juice. This is no phonus balonus, these guys are the real Tabasco.”

To find out more or book a Standing ticket, visit facebook.com/bertsjazzbar https://events.glistrr.com/merchant/e/121https://events.glistrr.com/merchant/e/121https://events.glistrr.com/merchant/e/121or call Berts Jazz Bar on 028 9026 2713.


What: The Golden Age of Jazz Party

When: Friday 25th May

Where: Berts Jazz Bar, 16 Skipper Street, Belfast


Evocative and lyrical songs such as Wood and Weatherly’s Roses of Picardy and Elgar’s Sea Pictures give the flavour for what promises to be a ravishing afternoon recital by Kathryn Rudge on Bank Holiday Monday in the stunning acoustics of Portico Arts & Heritage Centre in Portaferry.

Mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge is the darling of classical music for good reason. “It doesn’t take long (five notes maybe) to hear why people are so excited. Her mezzo-soprano voice already has tremendous reserves of power, impeccable intonation, the capacity for a gloriously sustained legato and, most interesting of all, a distinctive vocal quality. The timbre has white-hot intensity that extends undiminished through all of two octaves.” The Times

Performing an afternoon concert at 2pm on Bank Holiday Monday (28 May), Kathryn will be accompanied by pianist James Baillieu. Described by The Daily Telegraph as ‘in a class of his own’ James Baillieu has been the prize-winner of the Wigmore Hall Song Competition, Das Lied International Song Competition, Kathleen Ferrier and Richard Tauber Competitions. James has given solo and chamber recitals throughout Europe and further afield. He collaborates with a wide range of singers and instrumentalists including Ian Bostridge, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Annette Dasch, Markus Werba and Catherine Wyn Rogers.

This recital will be the concluding concert of Festiv’Ards 2018, the four-day festival celebrating the best in classical music that takes place 25-28 May. Supported by Ards and North Down Borough Council and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, this year’s festival programme includes a free opening concert with pianist Michael McHale on Friday 25 May at 7.30pm. Saturday’s afternoon concert at 2pm features violinist Patrick Rafter before the star choral group The Tallis Scholars perform at 7.30pm. On Sunday, classical guitarist Thibaut Garcia performs at 2pm then the Ficino Ensemble at 7.30pm. Bank Holiday Monday morning starts with organist Daniel Cook at 11am before Kathryn Rudge and James Baillieu take to the stage at 2pm.

For further information on any of the concerts happening during Festiv’Ards please visit www.porticoards.com or buy tickets in person at The Rock Bakery in Portaferry.

The Nature of Forgetting, coming to the MAC

5 stars all round for ‘The Nature of Forgetting’ coming to the MAC 31 May – 3 June

‘Utterly unmissable.’  (★★★★★ The Edinburgh Reporter)

Produced by Theatre Re, The Nature of Forgetting comes to the MAC Belfast for a limited run from 31 May – 3 June following a sell-out run at the 2017 London International Mime Festival.

The Nature of Forgetting is a powerful, explosive and joyous piece about what is left when memory and recollection are gone.  Featuring a multi-talented ensemble of actors, this show examines the fragile human condition of dementia, in a compelling, physical style embracing mime, theatre and live music.

Tom has just turned 55. As he dresses for his birthday party, tangled threads of disappearing memories spark him into life, unravelling as a tale of friendship, love and guilt.

This ambitious project with actors, mimes and musicians has been created in collaboration with UCL Neuroscience Professor Kate Jeffery and inspired by interviews and workshops with organisations such as the Alzheimer’s Society. It was in development for 16 months and was conceived by the theatre’s director Guillaume Pigé.

Guillaume Pigé comments, “The Nature of Forgetting is not about dementia. It is about the fragility of life and that eternal ‘something’ we all share that is left when memory is gone. Our collaboration with Professor Kate Jeffery and our interviews with people living with dementia and their carers have resulted in a life-affirming journey into a weakening mind, where broken does not have to mean defeated.”

Simon Magill, Creative Director at the MAC says: “Continuing to bring you the very best across all art forms, we are delighted to be hosting this really extraordinary production.  It is a joyous, vital story full of survival and hope.”

Theatre Re presents The Nature of Forgetting at the MAC from 31 May – 3 June.

For more information about the show or to book, visit themaclive.com.  Supported by National Lottery funding through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

10 things to do in Northern Ireland next week!

DiscoverNorthernIreland.com has stacks of fun things to do across NI, from family days out to gigs and cultural events. Here are ten exciting things taking place this week (28 May- 3 June)


  1. Causeway Coast Ford Fair, Portrush, 3 June. The 14th Annual Causeway Coast Ford Fair takes place on the West Strand.  The fair showcases a wide range of classic and vintage Ford vehicles and hosts a trade village selling car-related merchandise, a food village and a children’s entertainment area, offering a fabulous family day out for everyone.
  2. Ballymoney Show, Ballymoney, 1-2 June. One of the oldest and largest agricultural shows in Northern Ireland, offering two days of fun for all the family. In addition to livestock judging the show offers equestrian events, home industries and school competitions, dog shows, live musical entertainment, tug of war games and football competitions and more. There are over 100 trade stands showcasing artisan food, rural crafts and agricultural products.
  3. Michael McIntyre, Belfast, 2 June. Britain’s biggest comedian Michael McIntyre is going global with his Big World Tour coming to the SSE Arena. With his trademark quick fire style, he shares humorous anecdotes of his life, jokes and much more to create a night full of laughs.
  4. Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival, Ballycastle, 25 May-3 June. The festival celebrates culture, cuisine and coastal treasures with exciting sea-focused events such as curraghs, have-a-go kayaking, cookery demonstrations, classes and traditional music. Naturally North Coast, the Glens Artisan Market and an ‘Ulster Chowder Cook off’ only give a flavour of what is on offer to see and do.
  5. Walled City Marathon, Derry~Londonderry, 3 June. From the Everglades Hotel to the historic Guildhall Square, the SSE Walled City Marathon sees athletes from Ireland, Britain and across the world arrive in Derry~Londonderry to compete over a stunning 26.2 mile course that takes in all the sights and sounds of the city.
  6. Otter MAYhem at Exploris Aquarium, Portaferry, 28 May. Combining the Spring Bank Holiday and World Otter Day, Exploris is hosting an Otter MAYhem event. Take part in animal talks and feeding demos as well as some ‘otter madness’ themed crafts and lots more entertainment for all the family.
  7. Mid Ulster Vintage Rally, Moneymore, 2 June. Hosted by the Mid Ulster Vintage Vehicle Club you can enjoy the largest vintage vehicle rally in Mid Ulster. Hundreds of vehicles and items of machinery will be on display with fun for all the family.
  8. Ulster Orchestra Season Grand Finale: Shostakovich Symphony No.5, Belfast, 1 June. Sweeping Romantic and epic national treasures come together in the season finale; three poetry-inspired pieces that reflect the concerns of the soul and ultimately end in the triumph of the human spirit will be performed at the Ulster Hall.
  9. RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq The World Tour 2018, Belfast, 1 June. Enjoy a fabulous evening at the Waterfront Hall hosted by celebrity judge Michelle Visage, with sickening performances by Kim Chi, Latrice Royale, Shangela, Sharon Needles, Violet Chachki, Valentina and a surprise guest from the all new 10th season.
  10. ForM Sculpture Exhibition, Bangor, 2-14 June. The exhibition showcases works from an array of artists in the beautiful surroundings of Bangor Castle’s Walled Garden. The sculptures, inspired by the garden, will give visitors a unique experience and the opportunity to see art in a different context.


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

Jacqueline shares her pick of what’s on this weekend across NI!


The Puppet Festival is back with a bang in 2018 with the biggest festival yet!  Expect a programme jam-packed with puppet fun and antics.  With a variety of free scheduled performances, free puppet workshops and plenty of quirky characters to meet, there’s something for everyone!  Performances take place at various times and venues around Newtownards town centre, 26th to 28th May.


The Armagh Craft Fair returns for the eighth year to the wonderful surroundings of The Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre in Armagh on Saturday 26th May.  Bringing high quality craft to the heart of Armagh City, this highly anticipated annual event offers something for everyone. The fair will feature over 45 fantastic craft stalls from makers across Northern Ireland and Ireland, 7 free craft demonstrations from master crafters throughout the day including hands on creative craft making experiences for adults and children, free children’s drop in creative craft sessions, family workshops, musical entertainment, great food & much more.


SHARE is offering a portfolio of outdoor activities for you to get involved with.  Activities for All offers the general public, a chance to try a wide variety of outdoor activities according to the activity timetable at great prices. Every weekend in May and June (and Bank Holiday Mondays!) SHARE are offering a selection of Outdoor Activities. These activities are open to the public, and if booked in advanced are great value for money, with a 1 hour session being just £6. Get outside this Spring and enjoy a number of activities such as Banana Boating, Climbing, Archery, Sailing and many more!


Award winning singing sensations, Leading Ladies, (Michelle Baird, Ceara Grehan and Lynne McAllister) bring their highly acclaimed Country & Celtics Classics show to Ranfurly House this Friday 25th May. Featuring popular Celtic favourites such as Caledonia, No Frontiers and Will ye go Lassie go, their show includes haunting music from Riverdance, traditional Irish favourites and some of the best America country songs ever written, from artists including Dolly Parton and John Denver, you’ll not want to miss it!


Try something new and exciting this May Bank Holiday at Foylehov Activity Centre.  Ever fancied having a go at flying a Hovercraft?   Prefer a more relaxed day off? Then why not pop out and have a few rounds at the 18 hole Football Golf course at your leisure . See foylehov.com for details.


Do you love community, walking and Rathlin Island? On the 26th of May you can enjoy all three as part of the #BigWalk which is a community celebration building up excitement in the run up to #TheBigLunch 2018.  The walk will be four slow-paced miles and will include several interesting catch up points, a beach clean and a Big Lunch!  Senior Smart Pass holders can book free Rathlin ferry tickets, so if you haven’t been, or if you are eager to return, this is the perfect time!


Make a Terrarium this Saturday at the Crescent Arts Centre. A Terrarium is a miniature garden for indoors, usually in a glass container.  Using succulent plants you will learn how to layer the container in a way to be of maximum benefit to the plants.  These gardens need very little maintaining and just need a well-lit spot.  They are easy to make and are excellent gifts for family and friends.  All materials are provided, including the container.  You don’t have to be a keen gardener to enjoy this fun class!


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Ards Puppet Festival is this weekend!

The Ards Puppet Festival rolls into Newtownards this May Bank Holiday Weekend!

Taking place from Saturday 26 May – Monday 28 May, the Ards and North Down Borough Council festival will be bigger and better than ever before, offering a jam-packed programme filled with puppet fun!

Over the three days, Conway Square will be transformed into a pop-up puppet village, featuring an eclectic mix of scheduled performances, street theatre, free puppet workshops and plenty of madcap puppet shenanigans! Look out for puppets in all shapes and sizes, from socks to shadows and strings, there’ll be lots of quirky characters to meet!

One of the programme highlights will be The Elephant Extravaganza which will take place on Sunday and Monday afternoon. Prepare to be amazed by ‘Harminder,’ Festive Road’s impressive, larger-than-life mechanical Asian elephant. Pedal-power brings her to life, with her ear, head and trunk movements adding to the spectacle as she perambulates. Standing at 4.5 metres, she is sure to be an impressive sight as she wows the crowds!

The festival Big Top in Conway Square will be buzzing with an impressive programme of high-quality shows scheduled over the three days. On Saturday, Banyan Theatre Company’s Red Riding Hood and The DaSilva Marionette Circus Troupe will perform, on Sunday visitors can catch The Cardboard Carnival and on Monday, A Strange New Space, Winner of the Edinburgh Fringe Primary Times Children’s Choice Award 2017 and The Dinosaur Detectives will take to the stage. Admission to the Big Top shows is £2 per person.

Outside in Conway Square, there’s plenty happening too. Have tea with The Big Bad Wolf, laugh at The Alchemist’s failed attempts to make gold, join Dr Frankenstein as he creates new life, or seek out Aloisuous Ginderbalm, the 700-year-old Swedish Troll! Dangerous Dave and The Boggarts will also entertain the crowds with their antics and look out for the delightful puppet walkabouts who will animate the area over the whole weekend.

The Craft Tent will offer free interactive workshops where children can build their very own puppets, guided by local artists. Or there’s a Puppet Scavenger Hunt throughout Newtownards Town Centre on Saturday and Monday. Follow the clues to find puppets hidden in shop windows! Pop-up puppet shows will take place in Wardens on Saturday and Monday at 1pm and 3pm.

Admission to the festival is free. Big Top Shows cost £2 per person. All other performances and activities are free of charge.

Ards Puppet Festival takes place from 26 – 28 May in Conway Square Newtownards. For more information go to: www.visitardsandnorthdown.com or www.ardsarts.com


Derren Brown comes to the Grand Opera House with his Best of Tour Underground this May.

The show has been described as “a love letter to all the classic Victorian magic tricks” (What’s On Stage), “an evening of astonishment” (The Stage) and a “tour de force performance” (WestEndWilma).

So what should you expect? That I’m afraid is a secret, with audiences been sworn to secrecy, we have been told it’s very much a show you need to see to believe.

However to whet your appetite and remind you of Derren Browns amazing skillset here are our top five favourite moments from the past 18 years which left us open mouthed and in awe:


  1. What would you do if the world was ending and zombies roamed the earth? A favourite topic around the watercooler but Derren Brown took it a step further in this production. He selected a twenty something year old victim called Steven and convinced him with an elaborate set, fake social media posts and a lot of actors that a meteor had hit the earth and this was the end. Brown weaved a tale which was incredible to watch and inspired Steven to want more out of life.


  1. The System. When it comes to betting shops I know I would like Derren Brown to give me a tip or too. In the final episode of this production Brown gets a member of the public to bet £4000 of her own money on a horse based on his bogus prediction only to lose it. However he later informed the shocked victim that he changed the bet to the winning horse at the last minute.


  1. Escape Part of the Trick or Treat series. Victim Angela picked a Trick card and unlucky for her Derren quite literally throw her in at the deep end. When she was handcuffed, secured in a sack and submerged underwater. Angela was given a brief tuition in escape artistry but we as an audience held our collective breathe as we waited for her to appear free from her shackles and above the waterline.


  1. The Heist Who wouldn’t want to rob a bank and get away with it. Known to be a personal favourite of Mr Brown, the heist sets up a group of unsuspecting fans to rob a fake security van. Through subliminal messages and instructions the group willingly carry out an armed robbery.


  1. Russian Roulette One of Derren Browns best known stunts and one which raised his profile significantly in the mainstream. Derren selected one person to load a single bullet into a six-shot revolver before he would point the gun to his own head and attempt to guess which chamber was lethal. Adding to the suspense Derren’s third guess was incorrect as he pointed the gun to a nearby sandbag and pulled the trigger on an empty chamber. The action paused we all gasped but quick to recover and redeem himself Darren correctly fired the fifth shot into the sandbag.

 WOW!  We can’t wait to see this awarding winning illusionist LIVE and be prepared to be astounded and awe struck. The Best of Derren Brown Underground Grand Opera House Belfast 22-26 May. Tickets on sale now!


Northern Ireland boasts a unique collection of irresistible places to stay including beautiful B&Bs, luxurious spa hotels and great value self-catering properties. Discover NI has selected the best offers of the week to help you plan a short break.


Elvis Show Stay Over, The Portaferry Hotel, Co. Down from £70 per person sharing.

Stay overnight at the three-star Portaferry Hotel and watch The Elvis Spectacular Show, Ciaran Houlihan’s tribute to the undisputed King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. The Portaferry Hotel has an idyllic location on the shores of Strangford Lough and offers superior rooms with Lough views and four-poster beds. Offer includes tickets to the show and an overnight B&B stay. To book call 028 4272 8231. Offer available 9th June.


Spring Reviver, Lough Erne Resort, Co. Fermanagh from £115 per room.

The picturesque location of the five-star Lough Erne Resort gives the opportunity to take in the breathtaking views and natural beauty of Lough Erne. The multi-award winning resort, is known for its luxury offering and the opportunity it provides to escape from your day-to-day routine, reviving yourself this Spring. Offer includes an overnight B&B stay with a complimentary signature spring cocktail on arrival. To book call 028 6632 3230. Offer available until 30 June.


2 night Stay & Rathlin Island, Marine Hotel Ballycastle, Co. Antrim from £125 per person sharing.

The three-star Marine Hotel offers an unrivalled seafront position in the heart of the Causeway Coast. Explore the scenic views of nearby Rathlin Island with breathtaking views of Scotland and Fairhead. Visit the famous puffin sanctuary and see the seabirds up close and personal. Offer includes two nights B&B accommodation, Rathlin Island Ferry tickets and dinner on a night of your choice in Marconi’s Bar & Bistro. To book call 028 2076 2222. Offer available until 30 October.

All offers are subject to availability.  For further information visit www.discovernorthernireland.com