The Redbull Racing F1 Car is coming to Portrush!

Be one of the first to see the F1 Redbull Racing Car when it comes to Portrush, ahead of their event in Belfast.

The Red Bull Racing Team are bringing their F1 Car to the Kelly’s Complex Portrush on Thursday 1st November 2018 between 8pm-10pm in advance of its trip to Belfast on November 3rd.

Fans will have the opportunity to get a close-up inspection of the feat of modern technology. Come along, grab a photo and be one of the 1st to check it out.

The Red Bull Wings team will also be there with their dodge truck and samples, making it a night that you’ll remember.

It’s FREE to come along, children are welcome so bring along your Formula 1 loving little ones.

The Kelly’s complex offers fantastic week night deals in their Pizza Library & Deerstalker Bar & Bistro if you wish to make a night of it and enjoy a meal with Family and Friends.

For further information visit The Deerstalker & Stubborn Stag Facebook Page Events section (@TheDeerstalker).


One of the world’s great rock bands hits stadiums in 2019


Back in their Irish home from home

Saturday 15 June, 2019: R.D.S Stadium, Dublin


After thousands of sold out shows, it’s clear – Bon Jovi = One Wild Night.

One of the planet’s biggest rock bands, Bon Jovi announce their return to Ireland, continuing a triumphant world tour that has visited the USA, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and Chile and will hit Japan and Australia later in 2018.  A huge year of 80 shows and counting has also seen them inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Their This House Is Not For Sale European Tour is set to be another blockbuster.

Bon Jovi will play the R.D.S. Stadium, Dublin on Saturday 15 June, 2019 (subject to licence). Something of a spiritual home for the band in Ireland, they sold out two consecutive nights at the R.D.S. in June 2011 and played there 3 times before that.

Tickets for the concert will go on sale on Thursday 8th November at 9.00am.

“Those huge shows, tens of thousands of people all together as one, that’s what we do,” says Jon Bon Jovi.

The success of latest album This House Is Not For Sale, which debuted at the top of charts around the world, was the culmination of a tempestuous period in the band’s 3-decade history. A defiant statement, launched in a series of intimate shows in 2016, the album became the jumping off point for a new era for Jon Bon Jovi and his band.

And that band has evolved since their last global trip. 2013’s Because We Can World Tour, was their third tour in six years to be ranked the #1 top-grossing tour in the world (a feat accomplished by only The Rolling Stones previously).

This will be their first Irish show since 2013 when the band played at Slane Castle.

The band has evolved since their last global trip, 2013’s Because We Can Tour, and features Bon Jovi originals David Bryan and Tico Torres alongside Jon, plus long time bassist Hugh McDonald, co-producer and co-songwriter John Shanks, multi-instrumentalist Everett Bradley, and lead guitarist Phil X, who joined the band on that 2013 tour.

“We’ve become a new, rejuvenated Bon Jovi,” says Jon, “A refreshed line up that kills every night.  We sound better than ever and we’re enjoying every minute.  We are out there as a band, feeding off each other and the fans, having the time of our lives all over again.”

This tour places the spotlight firmly on the music and the songs, the body of work that has propelled Bon Jovi to over 130 million record sales.  The band is ready with a choice of around 95 songs that they can change up every night, but have also been playing their all time classics like “You Give Love A Bad Name”, “It’s My Life”, “Wanted Dead Or Alive”, “Bad Medicine”, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”, “Keep the Faith”, “Always”, “Have A Nice Day” and of course, “Livin’ On A Prayer.”

Bon Jovi

R.D.S. Stadium, Dublin

Saturday 15 June, 2019


Tickets on sale on Thursday 8th November at 9.00am.

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Newtownabbey Drama Festival

The Newtownabbey Drama Festival of One Act plays returns to The Courtyard Theatre for two nights of exhilarating drama on Thursday 1 and Saturday 3 November.

This annual festival of drama, presents the best one-act plays from amateur dramatic groups from Northern Ireland and beyond including The Holywood Players and The Rosemary Drama Group.

Join us over these two evenings for some great drama;

Thursday 1 November

HOLYWOOD PLAYERS – Hands across the Sea by Noel Coward

THEATRE 3 NEWTOWNABBEY – A Bench at the Edge by Luigi Jannuzzi

Saturday 3 November

THE CLARENCE PLAYERS – The Night I Danced with Cyd Charisse byNancy McPherson

ROSEMARY DRAMA GROUP – The Trial by Anthony Booth


This year’s adjudicator is Scott Marshall. A full synopsis of each play can be found on the website:


Tickets: £8 & £7 (Concession) are available from Box Office T: 028 9034 0202 or online




Get ready to be immersed in an evening of free carnival family fun at this year’s City of Merchants celebrations.

Street theatre team Spark! will be drumming up interest at the magical, movement and lighting street theatre show, shining a light on this year’s City of Merchants event on Friday 2nd November.

The renowned Spark! team are composed of light and sound, transforming the surrounding landscape to captivate their audience, combining high impact drumming, dynamic choreography and playful characters with colourful lighting design. The cast will take the audience on a vivid dreamlike journey, set to be memorable and mesmerising.

The Spark! drumming troupe will be leading a procession from Hill Street outside the Twilight Market towards the viewing area of fireworks at Fathom Line, leaving at 7.15pm with a magnificent firework display to follow at 8pm.  After the fireworks, the Spark! team drummers will then lead the crowd back to the Hill Street Carnival area, ending the evening on an up-beat!

Chairman of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Mark Murnin said: “It is great to see the Twilight Market return to the City of Merchants celebrations. This year with Spark! leading the festivities we are sure that it will be a spectacular and memorable evening for all the family.”

The City of Merchants Festival will take place from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th November and will see a host of activities take place to celebrate the area’s maritime and trading heritage. Activities on Friday alongside the Walking Tour & Banquet at Bagenal’s Castle include a Twilight Market from 5pm to 10pm in Newry Variety Market Hill Street; free children’s art and craft workshops at the market; a parade to the Fathom Line at 7.15pm; ending with a magnificent firework display from 8pm.

On Saturday you can enjoy the Tall Ships from 12noon to 4pm; a theatrical Merchant Quest through the streets of Newry created by theatre company Big Telly; a theatrical guided tour of Bagenal’s Castle; plus, a comical look at trade through the years taking place in both The Buttercrane and The Quays Shopping Centres.  For tickets, visit:

This year will also see the inaugural Scenic Carlingford Ferry Loop Sportive in which hundreds of keen cyclists will take on a 62km route around the shores of Carlingford Lough. More details on this event can be found at

On Sunday in partnership with Kx and Newry Business Improvement District (BID), Aston Martin Red Bull Racing will be bringing one of its famous Formula 1 cars to Marcus Square in Newry. Set to take up its podium position outside the newly opened First Derivatives building, the car will be on display between 2pm and 4pm.

For more information on the overall City of Merchants Festival programme, which is supported by Tourism NI,  and for details on how to book tickets for other events please visit:

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


City of Merchants Festival Newry will once again thrill audiences with a spectacular fireworks display on Friday 2nd November at 8.30pm (with the best viewing area along Fathom Line).  Also on Friday, Festival-goers will be treated to music, entertainment and scrumptious scran at the Twilight Market from 5.00pm –11.00pm at Newry Variety Market in John Mitchel Place and are encouraged to walk across to the viewing area for the fireworks. There will be a carnival atmosphere before and following the fireworks display, with lights, fire and pyrotechnics for all to enjoy.  This year, as part of the festival, the Walking Tours of Newry will have a railway theme, coinciding with Newry and Mourne Museum’s forthcoming exhibition on railway transport.  Also in Bagenal’s Castle will be a banquet with themed entertainment.


Immerse yourself in the mystical side of Armagh heritage at the Astral Weeks party this Sunday 4th November.   Step through the Armagh County Museum doors into an after-dark event celebrating the mysticism in Armagh’s hidden histories and the 50th anniversary of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks with Classic Album Sundays . Join CAS founder Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy and journalist Stuart Bailie and experience Astral Weeks in a way you never heard before. They’ll be discussing the stories behind the album followed by a vinyl replay on a world-class audiophile sound system courtesy of Kronos Audio Visual .


Join  Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre for Bloomfields Horrible Halloween. An afternoon of freaky fun with a programme of activities to keep children of all ages amused. Event starts at 12noon on Wednesday 31st October with special Bloomfield Horrible Halloween Guided Trails, follow the map to unveil the clues. Spooky Stories told by Bloomfield’s daughter Arabella. There will be a Halloween special for the adults to enjoy in the Belleek Restaurant. Guided Trails 12.00 pm | 2.00pm | 3.00pm.  Admission £3.00 per child.  Book early to avoid disappointment.  Email:


The UK’s No.1 and world’s busiest swing and jive band, The Jive Aces present their biggest theatre show to date, the Big Beat Revue at the Strule Arts Centre on Friday 2nd November.  Featuring special guests, vintage pinup dancing, singing and tapping troupe, The Satin Dollz; The low down baritone sax of Lottie B and the smooth accordion of Grazia Bevilacqua, this show features the best in 40s and 50s jive, rhythm and blues and rock and roll.  With classic tunes from artists such as Louis Jordan, Louis Prima & Keely Smith, Big Joe Turner and Bobby Darin with the flair of an Alan Freed rock and roll extravaganza, this show will have you out of your seat with its larger than life big-beat sound!


The Health, Well-Being & Natural Therapies Expo will be bringing you some of Ireland’s finest and most popular Therapists, Treatments, Holistic Retailers and Readers at the Guildhall this Saturday and Sunday.  There will also be Inspirational Talks & Workshops so that you can experience what the Holistic field has to offer. The energy emanating from our events is always amazing and many have commented in the past of how it made them feel.  Admission £4.


Join the Theatre at the Mill if you dare, for a trick, treat and scare at the upcoming production of Sleepy Hollow! Magically travel back in time with school friends Amy, Irving and Charlie to meet schoolmaster Ichabod Crane and hero Brom Bones, as they battle for the attention of the enchanting Katie Van Tassel at the school disco.  Meet the crazy Halloween characters of the 1800’s and watch out for the Headless Horseman!   Time: 7.45pm, Matinee 2.30pm, Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th November.


Crumlin Road Gaol is one of Belfast’s most haunted buildings and now you can get the chance to carry out investigations with experts in the field of Paranormal Activity. On the 4 Hour Paranormal Investigation this Saturday night you will be taken to the most active areas in the Gaol and  given the chance to use equipment used by experts while conducting your very own ghost hunt. The areas you will visit will include the reception, the condemned man’s cell, execution chamber, the tunnel and the flogging room.  Paranormal Gaol Investigations are carried out in low light conditions and are not suitable for expectant mothers. They are serious ghost hunts and not for the faint hearted! Suitable warm clothing and flat shoes must be worn.  Suitable for 18 years+

For more details on these events and to add your events free go to Follow us on twitter @whatsonNI and on facebook at for news, competitions and what’s on near you.

Jacqueline McGonigle

10 things to do in Northern Ireland 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 (5 – 11 November)


  1. Autumn Twilight Market, Belfast, 6 – 7 November. Travel back in time at the award-winning market, where St. George’s will be transformed into an enchanting autumn woodland. Visitors can sample local food, drink and craft stalls, as well as enjoy a programme of live entertainment and cookery demonstrations.
  2. CS Lewis Festival, Belfast, 3 – 7 November. The CS Lewis Festival celebrates the legacy of the world-famous writer through themes of storytelling, imagination and spirituality. Events include talks, lectures and tours, exhibitions, workshops, theatre, poetry and spoken word events and film screenings.
  3. Outburst Queer Arts Festival, Belfast, 8 – 17 November. Local art partners will showcase great local and international queer work, supporting the development of queer arts at home and internationally. For full festival programme, visit
  4. Tollymore Trail Marathon 2018, Newcastle, 10 November. This is a looped marathon with a route that will showcase the beauty of Tollymore to all race participants and further strengthen the Newcastle/Castlewellan area as a great playground for adventure sports enthusiasts.
  5. Sound of Belfast 2018, Belfast, 8 – 15 November. This festival coordinated by the Oh Yeah Music Centre aims to celebrate and promote great music within the city. For full festival line-up, visit
  6. Model Railway Day, Cultra, 10 November. The Ulster Folk and Transport museum is hosting a model railway day organised by Friends of Cultra. This one-day model railway exhibition will feature over 30 railway layouts and associated exhibits.
  7. Ladies Night Goes to the Movies, Ballymena, 6 November. Fratelli’s restaurant at Galgorm Resort and Spa will be screening a private showing of the romantic comedy ‘How to lose a guy in ten days.’ Guests will enjoy a main course with a glass of wine followed by dessert during this event.
  8. World Wars Tour, Bangor, 10 November. This tour departs from the North Down Museum, visiting three key sites: North Down Museum, Grey Point Fort and the Somme Museum, along with other sites that link to momentous events including the Battle of the Somme and D-Day. A knowledgeable guide will educate this tour with some interesting facts you may not know about the area’s links to the two Great Wars.
  9. It Only Takes A Minute, Limavady, 6 November. It Only a Takes Minute is a superb one-woman show performed by disabled actress Anna Kyle at the Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre. The production focuses on the life of Michelle, a young female with Asperger’s and begins with her receiving her diagnosis. We join Michelle on a rollercoaster ride through the 1990s as she relives moments through a series of flashbacks, told through a punchy, fast-paced script.
  10. Shane Todd Hero – Stand up of Ireland 2018, Newry, 8 November. Shane Todd performs stand-up all over the world, has a BBC radio series, supported the legendary Bill Burr and has gained a massive online following with his sketches and character videos. See him perform in his natural environment, on stage at a comedy show, at the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre.


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


Northern Ireland boasts an irresistible collection of 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.


  • One Night B&B, Radisson Blu Hotel, Belfast from £129 per room

Situated in the regenerated gasworks site, the four-star Radisson Blu Hotel combines a tranquil riverside setting with easy access to Belfast city centre. This convenient base allows you to explore the bustling city and its many attractions such as Titanic Belfast and Victoria Square. Offer includes one night’s accommodation with breakfast the following morning. To book call 028 9043 4065. Offer available until 30 November 2018.

  • Two Night City Escape, Waterfoot Hotel, Derry~Londonderry from £99 per person

One of the first boutique hotels in the Walled City, the three-star Waterfoot Hotel is tucked just at the edge of the historic banks of the River Foyle and only a short drive or scenic walk to the city centre. This hotel has a classic snug bar offering modern with a twist of traditional heritage and a place to relax with a ‘home from home’ feel. Offer includes two night’s B&B accommodation with dinner on an evening of your choice. To book call 028 7134 5500. Offer available until 30 November 2018.

  • Sperrin Weekend Deal, Mellon Country Inn Hotel, Co. Tyrone from £70 per person

The three-star Mellon Country Hotel is nestled in the foothills of the Sperrin mountains, overlooking the River Strule, the region’s most popular spot for leisure activities like walking, cycling, fishing and golf. An ideal location to discover the natural beauty of Tyrone with the Ulster American Folk Park and beautiful Gortin Glen only minutes away. Offer includes one night’s B&B accommodation with dinner in their O’Brien’s Bar and Restaurant. To book call 028 8166 1224. Offer available until 28 February 2019.








Armed with a career spanning over four decades and a signature brand of feel-good rock’n’roll hits, Canadian icon Bryan Adams announces his massive new ‘Shine A Light’ UK tour. The seven date tour which precedes his forthcoming album (more info to come), is set to kick off in Belfast on 25th February 2019.

Tickets go on general sale, 9am on Friday 2nd November 2018. However, fans who pre-order the album by 3pm Tuesday 30th October 2018, will gain exclusive access to the ticket pre-sale beginning 9am Wednesday 31st October.

American Express® presale will run from 9am on Wednesday 31 October to 9am on Friday 2 November 2018 for all eligible American Express Cardmembers. T&Cs apply. Visit:

One of the most highly acclaimed singer/songwriters, Bryan Adams is known for hit singles “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”, “Summer Of ’69” and his Rod Stewart and Sting collaboration “All for Love”. The Grammy winning artist has seen success from a string of number 1’s in over 40 countries and has sold an excess of 65 million records worldwide. His thirst for performing and unique take on live concerts have established him as one of the world’s best rock singers of our time.

Tickets go on-sale Friday 2nd NOVEMBER at 9am

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Feb 25TH Belfast – The SSE Arena

Feb 27TH London – The SSE Arena, Wembley

Mar 1ST Sheffield – FlyDSA Arena

Mar 2ND Nottingham – Motorpoint Arena

Mar 3RD Liverpool – Echo Arena

Mar 5TH Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena

Mar 6TH Bournemouth – International Centre





Enjoy Afternoon Tea and Steam Train Rides at Whitehead Museum!



We are delighted to now offer our vintage inspired afternoon tea with a difference!


🍰Relax in our atmospheric steam train carriage

🍰Take a short journey on our steam train

🍰Enjoy delicious homemade treats

🍰Tea is served in our finest china

🍰£18 p.p

🍰Available Sat 27th Oct & Sat 24th Nov @ 2pm

☕Spaces are limited so please book in advance to avoid disappointment☕

To book, contact us today at



27th October 2018.  Train rides will be running from 12:30pm to 3:30pm.


Experience the steam train which will be operating within our premises at Whitehead Excursion Station.


Visitors will be able to see at close hand how this magnificent machine works.


You will be able to talk to the Driver and Fireman and to see the footplate.


£2.50 for adults & £2.00 for children


No need to book!


Whitehead Railway Museum will be open as usual and guided tours are at 11.00am, 1.00pm and 2.30pm. You can buy your tickets at the Edwardian Tea Room.


The Edwardian Tea Room will be serving homemade lunches and lots of baked goodies from 10.15am

Halloween at Ballylough Country Estate – Two Events in One!



For good value it would be hard to beat two events for the one price and that’s exactly what’s happening at the Ballylough Country Estate outside Bushmills this weekend.  Commencing on Friday night and running until Wednesday 31st the Halloween Hullabaloo features all you’d expect and more at a spooky country farmyard.  Bring the family and enjoy the haunted trail which, amongst other attractions, will feature dunking for apples, toasting marshmallows, story telling and a trip around the zombie garden.  And running alongside will be the Travelling Treeluminations in the adjacent woodland.  Here you will meander through ancient trees with special lighting arranged by artist Walter Holt and which will be complemented by the music of pianist Sharon Graham.  It’s definitely an event to have your camera well charged as the lights are programmed to change with the music and will present many spectacular images.  And to allow the adults to properly enjoy the show there are plans to give the kids a treasure hunt to keep them occupied until you reach the end.  It’s here where you will rejoin the Hullabaloo once again and perhaps meet a zombie or two……


The organisers request that everyone wrap up warm and that wellie boots would be a great idea as after all, they did say it’s a haunted country farmyard!


From Ballymoney, travel to Dervock, turn left for Bushmills.


From Coleriane or Portrush, travel to Bushmills, turn right and go past the Old Bushmills Distillery and after one mile you’ll find it on your right.


Ballylough Country Estate, 53 Castlecatt Road, Bushmills, BT57 8TN


Facebook – Halloween Hullabaloo 


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