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 ten exciting things taking place this week (12 – 18 November)


  1. Athenry: Dance of the Celts, Belfast, 14 November. Ta Da Irish Dance Company presents the tale of the famous song ‘The Fields of Athenry’ as you’ve never seen before at the Cabaret Supperclub in Belfast.
  2. Murder Mystery Evening, Derry~Londonderry, 16 November. Presented by the Play Dead Murder Mystery Company, this murder mystery evening at Bellahy Bawn asks you to help solve the case and bring the perpetrator of this heinous crime to justice. A light buffet and refreshments will be included.
  3. Belfast Christmas Lights Switch On 2018, Belfast, 17 November. An evening of fun awaits with mini shows and traditional carols before the big switch-on, with guests including Paw Patrol’s Skye and Marshall, Fireman Sam and Norman Price, and TV presenter Andy Day. Taking place at the front of Belfast City Hall, this family event is a great way to begin the countdown to the festivities.
  4. Taste Causeway 2018, Causeway Coast, 10 – 18 November. This 9-day culinary celebration, brought to you by the Causeway Coast and Glens, will showcase their vibrant restaurant scene as well as the wide range of superb local produce which the area has to offer. Taste Causeway promises themed nights, cookery classes, food tours, taster menus and opportunities to ‘meet the maker’.
  5. Walled City Tattoo, Derry~Londonderry, 16 – 17 November. The Walled City Tattoo returns to the Millennium Forum stage this year headlined by StickStoff, the Basel based drumming sensation.

The group will be joined by a total cast of over 300 performers in what promises to be a huge show.

  1. Atlantic Sessions, Causeway Coast, 15 – 18 November. A high quality, musical feast, showcasing original music. From traditional to contemporary, from electric to acoustic, Atlantic Sessions has emerged as a permanent feature on the cultural calendar creating an energetic, vibrant atmosphere in the pubs, hotels, coffee shops and town halls across Portrush and Portstewart.
  2. Edelle McMahon, Newtownards, 16 November. Edelle McMahon performs at the Ards Arts Centre. Her album has received glowing reviews from journalists, bloggers and radio presenters, with captivating vocals and intricate guitar picking frame songs that feature a wry world view and incisive insight into character.
  3. HMS Caroline Lecture Series: The Royal Navy’s Final Year of War, Belfast, 15 November. Nick Hewitt, Head of Collections at NMRN will be at HMS Caroline. He will discuss how the Grand Fleet, probably the most powerful assembly of manpower and technology in the world at the time, continued to contribute to the war effort through 1917-1918, until it’s eventual, triumphant shepherding into captivity of a defeated High Seas Fleet, shortly after the Armistice.
  4. Foyle Film Festival, Derry~Londonderry, 16 – 25 November. Showcasing a range of contemporary, classic, cultural and new cinema, the Foyle Film Festival presents a fantastic line-up to suit any film fan. For full line-up, visit FoyleFilmFestival.org.
  5. Bangor Christmas Switch On, Bangor, 17 November.  Taking place in the town centre this lights switch on will be followed by a brilliant fireworks display over the marina waters. Your best vantage point for the fireworks is along the coastal path and from the promenade, so be sure not to miss it.


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