11 International Social Media Speakers Lined Up For Belfast Conference

The 2020 OnlyJustMedia Summit will see 11 national and international speakers reveal the secrets of success on social media in today’s increasingly crowded online marketplace.

On February 29 at Belfast’s Odyssey delegates will hear inspirational content professionals from England, Ireland, Northern Ireland and USA on how to accomplish more across the many platforms now available.

The summit is the brainchild of influencer and content creator Lucy McMullan, owner of OnlyJustMedia.

Supporting Lucy is co-organiser and brand and project manager Alan Walace and host Cool FM star and influencer Rebecca McKinney.

Speakers for the event which will see delegates hear “how to build a social media community, influencing and impacting your audience, the secrets of making more of Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, as well as storytelling, brand building, visual marketing and more” said Lucy.

Travelling from the USA, UK and Ireland the speakers are:

1. Lucy McMullan (NI)

Owner, OnlyJustMedia

Lucy McMullan, also known as ‘OnlyJustLucy’ is the CEO of OnlyJustMedia LTD. She has an extensive background in digital marketing, business strategy, personal branding, content creation and growth hacking. Lucy has worked and met with a variety of the world’s top influencers and change makers from Gary Vaynerchuk to Sheryl Sandberg to HRH Prince William. Her main passion however is running events, like the OnlyJustMedia Summit, as she feels they make the most impact at scale.

2. Alan Wallace (NI)

MD, Impress Live

Alan is an experienced account, brand & project manager who has a decorative history working for some of the world’s most renowned brands. He is the founder of Impress Live, Insta Belfast, Belfast Vegan Map & has other business interests in the wellness industry. Alan has a Degree in Communication with Advertising and a Masters in business development with innovation. Recognising himself as a serial collaborator, Alan states that he seeks to add value to any person, project or organisation he is involved with.

3. Pete Lonton (NI)

Entrepreneur, coach, property investor & creator of Fire In The Belly podcast series

Pete’s background is in Project Management and Property, but his true passion is the ‘Fire In The Belly’ project itself. His mission is to help others find their potential and become the mightiest version of themselves. Pete openly talks about losing both of his parents, suffering periods of depression, business downturn and burn-out, and ultimately his years spent not stoking ‘Fire In the Belly’. Pete has the ability to connect with people and intuitively asks questions to reveal a person’s passion and discover how to live their mightiest life.

4. Adrian Vasquez (USA)

Creative Director for Ryan Serhant

Speaking on: “How to Build a Brand That Stands Out and Thrives”

Adrian Vasquez is the brand director for Ryan Serhant, best known for his appearances on Bravos ‘Million Dollar Listings.’ Adrian is responsible for all things branding and content creation for the Serhant Media Group. He will be flying from NYC to share all his top secrets on how to build and sustain a personal brand.

5. Gabriel Desanti (USA)

Content Creator, influencer 

Speaking on: “The Cost of Learning: Finding Happiness in Your Field”

Gabriel Desanti is a talented videographer and photographer from NYC. Gabe has worked with some of the worlds top brands and influencers, and will be sharing tips on storytelling – and finding happiness in what you do. He will also be premiering his new film which is about just that.

6. Tyler Babin (USA)

Creative Resident with Adobe

Speaking on: “Social Media Success – Storytelling, Community and Culture”

Adobe Creative Resident, Tyler Babin, will be speaking on mental health as a person working in the creative field. Babin previously worked as a creative for Gary Vaynerchuk and is incredibly experienced in all things social media & content creation. He will also be sharing some social media tips and secrets.

7. Melanie Murphy (IRE)

Youtube creator, best selling author

Speaking on: “Influencing and Improving: Instagram, Youtube and more…”

Melanie Murphy is a two-time bestselling author and award-winning online content creator from Dublin. She has over 800,000 followers across her social media platforms and her YouTube videos have amassed more than sixty million views online, reaching people with her warm personality and her life lessons as well as her views on divisive topics such as sexuality, women’s rights, health and relationships. Also some silly fun stuff, just ’cause. She will be sharing her insight into influencer marketing.

8. Niamh MacAuley (NI)

Video marketing manager and owner of Purple Dot Media

Speaking on: “Video Marketing – Tips and Tricks”

Niamh MacAuley is best known for her informative tutorial videos for businesses and individuals on how to create better video content. Niamh is a firm believer that video is the future of marketing every business! She has experience in camera operation and producing promotional videos throughout the island of Ireland, and has been growing and working for Purple Dot Media for the last 5 years. In this time she has produced over 400 promo videos, for businesses’ websites and social media platforms.

9. Joel M (NI)

Illusionist, mentalist and TikTok influencer

Speaking on: “How to Make an Impact on TikTok : as an Individual or Business”

Joel is currently the most followed magician in Ireland & Northern Ireland. His unique style has earned him over 100 million views in the last year alone, across Facebook, Instagram and Tik Tok. He currently has over 500k followers on TikTok and has worked with brands such as Samsung, Fanta, Mastercard, Starbucks and more.

10. Mike Winnet (UK)

CEO of IAM Productions Group

Speaking on: “Fast, Easy & Non Sleazy LinkedIn Marketing”

Mike Winnet is the CEO of IAM Productions Group, where he helps people and companies create a LinkedIn, and Social Media strategy that helps them get seen by more of the right people. In  his free time, he dedicates himself to exposing ‘contrepreneurs’ and people who sell terrible online courses. He documents this journey on youtube The Contrepreneur Series.

11. Cody Wanner (USA)

Youtube content creator

Speaking on: “The Power of Real: Vlog-Style Video For Business”

Cody Wanner makes video content for Youtube, Instagram, TikTok, Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter. He is the founder of the ‘#NoSmallCreator’ movement- which preaches the message of ‘it doesn’t matter how many followers a person/business has, but what really matters is the good work that they do’. 

Tickets for the OnlyJustMedia Summit which will be hosted by Cool FM presenter and influencer Rebecca McKinney include lunch, snacks and a goodie bag, are priced at £100 and available from www.onlyjustmedia.com.

12 Delicious Burgers You NEED To Try In Belfast

Do you see yourself as a bit of a burger connoisseur? Think you’ve tried every combination in the book? 

Belfast’s newest burger joint Burger Burger on Stranmillis Road have put together a menu they believe has “a burger for everyone”.

But which burger are you? Are you a thrill seeking firecracker or a classic plain Jane?

Gavin Rennick, project manager of the new restaurant in South Belfast said food choices can often tell you a lot about a person.

He added: “Let’s be honest, we’ve all judged someone by what they eat at some point or another. From sweetcorn and pineapple on pizza to brown or red sauce on your Ulster Fry.

“Whether you take avocado on your toast or plain old butter or have your tea milky white or tar-like black our choice of cuisine reveals whether we’re risk takers and thrill seekers or someone who likes to play it safe.”

1. Big Girl

For the indecisive one 

It’s true what Mika said big girls you are beautiful, especially when you’re the name of a delicious burger. Can’t decide between chicken and beef? Why not have both? This burger combines two titans of the meat world with classic bacon and cheese toppings for a new take on the classic favourite that is the bacon cheeseburger. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it! 

2. Black Burger

For the breakfast lovers

If it’s 5pm and you’re craving an Ulster Fry look no further than this ‘Breakfast For Dinner’ inspired burger. Combining classic elements of everyone’s favourite breakfast this burger comes topped with a fried egg and black pudding crumble, for that authentic home cooked breakfast feel. 

3. Firecracker

For the chicken connoisseur 

Not a beef fan? But still want something meaty then this signature chicken burger is the one for you. 

Gavin from Burger Burger said: “With the perfect balance of spice, topped with jalapeno mayo and cheese drip, this burger is sure to ignite a fire in your belly.” 

4. Above & Beyond

For the lover of luxury

Looking to add that little bit of extra luxury to your regular burger? This beef burger oozes grandeur, topped with brisket and tobacco onions served with a tomato and chilli drip. 

5. Thrillseeker

For the risktaker 

Want to try something a bit different than your usual classics? Step outside your comfort zone with the Thrillseeker. This beef burger is topped with fried mushrooms and cheese and finished with a creamy peppercorn sauce sure to thrill your senses. 

6. Asian Equation

For the one who just wanted a chinese 

Do you ever find yourself in the situation where you want a chinese but your wife wants a burger? So you compromise and go for a burger? Well this burger is the one for you. 

“Have all the flavours of your favourite Chinese takeaway in the form of a burger” said Gavin from Burger Burger, adding: “Don’t ruin your relationship over your food choices, instead tuck into this sumptuous blend of Hoisin and Plum Shredded Duck tossed in sesame seeds topped with a fried egg.”

7. Vegetarian 

For the meat haters 

No Meat? No problem. Tuck into this veggie burger delight topped with a fried egg, mozzarella cheese, cheese drip and jalapeno mayo for that extra kick. You now have no excuse to not go for burgers with your meat eating friends. 

8. I’m a Vegan

For the one that has to tell everyone they’re a vegan 

If you haven’t told anyone in at least 5 minutes, this burger gives you the perfect opportunity to drop into conversation that you’re in fact a vegan. You tell your waiter ‘I’m a Vegan’ and you don’t need to say anymore you’ll be met with a vegan patty topped with mushroom, onions and vegan garlic mayo. It’s the perfect way to save the planet and still keep your friends. 

9. Hot Dog 

For the one who doesn’t like burgers

Going out with some mates who love a good burger, but you’re just not that into it? Try the burger that’s not really a burger and have this classic hot dog instead. A well loved childhood favourite of three sausages in a bap with your choice of toppings, what could be better? 

10. Plane Ticket, No Frills

For the ‘Plain Janes’

Are you a plain, no dressing, sauce on the side type of person? Well Plain Jane, this is your ‘plane ticket’ to your new favourite meal. No longer should you have to feel the embarrassment of being a grown adult and having to ask for your food plain, you like what you like and that’s alright. So there’s a burger especially for you.

“This is the ‘Plane Ticket, No Frills’ burger – it’s just the patty and bun” said Gavin. “If you want to add toppings you can add them, if you like to keep it plain you can, simple.” 

11. Big Boy

For the lover of the classics

If you feel you can never beat the classics, this is your burger of choice. It’s the classic of all classics. The bacon cheeseburger with BBQ Sauce which you really can’t beat! It’s a classic favourite of many for a reason and it doesn’t plan on going anymore. But this isn’t just your average fast food burger, it’s a gourmet take on the classic using local ingredients that’s sure to satisfy your appetite. 

12. Double Trouble

For the one who wants extra everything

“As Queen once said you want it all and you want it now” said Gavin. “Average is not enough, you need to take it a step further with this burger.” 

There are no small measures here, as you’ll be able to feast on your beef patty topped with slavings of double bacon and cheese!

13. Strictly No Bun

For the one that’s calorie conscious   

Still trying to stick to that post Christmas diet? Take the carbs out of the equation with the ‘Strictly No Bun’ burger, all the same beefy goodness with the guilty feeling, what more could you want? This burger is packed with a fully loaded salad, so you can get some of your five a day too. 

Find out which burger you are at Burger Burger, Stranmillis Road, Belfast. For more information call 028 9543 3131 or find us on social media.

ENJOY A LITTLE 5-STAR LUXURY ON THE LOUGH AT THE CULLODEN ESTATE & SPA

Overnight break in Belfast from only £100pps with up to £30 estate credit per person

Treat yourself to a luxurious overnight break in Northern Ireland’s premier 5-star hotel, the Culloden Estate & Spafrom only £100pps* and receive complimentary estate credits worth up to £30 per person.

As part of the Luxury on the Lough package guests will enjoy luxurious accommodation, Full Irish Breakfast and complimentary estate credits:

£10 credit per adult towards a 2-course meal in the Cultra Inn

£10 credit per adult towards a 3-course meal in Vespers Restaurant

£10 credit per adult towards a 50-minute spa treatment in The Spa at Culloden

This magnificent hotel is just six miles from Belfast and the perfect location for guests to completely unwind and relax with roaring log fires and views over Belfast Lough and across County Antrim. The Culloden Estate has 98 stunning bedrooms and suites, a luxurious spa and a range of dining options including Vespers Restaurant serving modern cuisine using only the finest and freshest local ingredients; The Lough Bar offering light snacks and the hotel’s famous decadent Afternoon Tea and the Cultra Inn, a cosy bar and bistro which nestles within the Estate and is perfect for a tasty lunch, evening meal or pint by the fireside. 

For further information or to book go to www.hastingshotels.com orcall the Culloden Estate & Spa on 028 9042 1066.

Offers of the Week

Northern Ireland boasts a wonderful 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.

  • Rural getaway at the Beech Hill Country House Hotel, Derry~Londonderry from £160per room per night based on two people sharing

Beech Hill Country House Hotel is just two miles from the Culture Capital that is Derry~ Londonderry and is perfectly located to give guests both a city break and country escape all in one. Surrounded by 32 acres of beautiful woodlands and steeped in 400 years of history you are guaranteed a stay you won’t forget. This offer includes an overnight stay with breakfast, award winning Derry City Walking Tour followed by entry into The Museum of Free Derry and a two course dinner in Sixteen22 Gastro Pub at Beech Hill. To book call 028 7134 9279. Offer available until 31st March (subject to availability)

  • Two night stay at the Manor House Country Hotel, Enniskillen from £99 per person sharing

Located in the heart of the Fermanagh Lakelands on the shores of Lough Erne, the award winning Manor House Country Hotel is the perfect country retreat combining old world charm with modern hotel luxury. Offer includes a two night stay in a classic double room, full Irish breakfast served each morning in Belleek Restaurant which overlooks Lower Lough Erne, dinner on one evening in the Belleek Restaurant, complimentary access to the leisure centre and a complimentary bottled water in room. To book call 028 6862 2200. Offer available on selected midweek dates until the 8th April (subject to availability).

  • Further.Space glamping pods at Glenarm Castle Estate, Glenarm from £159 per pod per night

Glenarm Castle holiday pods offer the perfect rural getaway along the Causeway Coastal Route. These cosy, fully furnished pods have all the comforts of home including electric, running water, mini fridge and heating plus they’re located with ocean views and looking across the stunning estate. Make your holiday unique in these well-equipped pods which can sleep two adults and two kids (double bed and bunk beds). To book call 028 2884 1203 using Promo Code GIANTSPIRIT20. For same day booking please email: glenarmcastle@further.space. Offer available until 31st March (subject to availability).

International Speakers To Speak In Belfast At Social Media Conference

The 2020 OnlyJustMedia Summit will see 11 national and international speakers reveal the secrets of success on social media in today’s increasingly crowded online marketplace.

On February 29 at Belfast’s Odyssey delegates will hear inspirational content professionals from England, Ireland, Northern Ireland and the USA on how to accomplish more across the many platforms now available.

Lucy McMullan, owner of OnlyJustMedia, who organises the conference alongside event co-founder Alan Walace said this was the biggest summit they have staged and promises to provide more than just an educational day.

“In 2018 we not only sold out the event in a few weeks, but created a huge buzz from local attendees and our international speakers,” she said. 

“This year is not only 10x bigger but will have more opportunities to learn, be inspired and have fun.”

“Delegates will hear how to build a social media community, influencing and impacting your audience, the secrets of making more of Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn content, as well as storytelling, brand building, visual marketing and more.”

Headline sponsor Pete Lonton of the Fire In The Belly podcast series says “I had to back the OnlyJustMedia Summit. The event showcases everything I stand for.” Pete is an entrepreneur, mentor, coach and property investor whose mission it is to help others find their potential and become the mightiest version of themselves. Pete’s podcast launches on spotify, itunes and other platforms on Monday 24th February.

From New York, Adrian Vasquez, Creative Director for Million Dollar Listing star Ryan Serhant will explain How to Build a Brand that stands out and thrives, while influencer Gabriel Desanti will outline how to find happiness in your chosen field.

Also from the Big Apple Tyler Babin of Adobe will be speaking about storytelling, community and culture, as well as protecting your mental health online.

Dublin best selling author and YouTube sensation Melanie Murphy has 800,000 followers and her YouTube views top 60m. She will be sharing her insights into influencer marketing.

“From keynote addresses to intimate conversations the OnlyJustMedia Summit 2020 has been designed so that delegates have access to so many creative and talented people,” said Alan Wallace.

 “This is an essential day for everyone who wants to develop their online presence, as well as all the networking opportunities a day like this presents.”

Among the other speakers will be YouTuber Cody Wanner from Pennsylvania who will talk about creating vlog-style video for business, while content creator Mike Winnet from Warrington will be covering Fast, Easy and non-Sleazy LinkedIn marketing.

Northern Ireland’s Niamh McAuley of Purple Dot Media will outline tips and tricks of video marketing and illusionist and Mentalist Joel M will explain how to make an impact on TikTok as an individual or a business.

The event is sponsored by amazing international and local brands- from Coca Cola, The Body Shop and Estee Lauder, to Tayto, Irish Black Butter and Bullitt Hotel.

Tickets for the OnlyJustMedia Summit which will be hosted by Cool FM presenter and influencer Rebecca McKinney include lunch, snacks and a jam-packed goodie bag, are priced at £100 and available from www.onlyjustmedia.com.

Investment Of £60k In New Gourmet Burger Bar Sees Creation Of 7 New Jobs In Belfast

Burger Burger – so good they named it twice

A new gourmet burger bar has opened on Belfast’s Stranmillis Road following an investment of £60,000.

Burger Burger, the brain child of food lover Gavin Rennick, is set to create up to seven new jobs with plans to expand into a further two more restaurants later this year.

Located on the former El Chapo site according to Gavin the restaurant is offering diners a “laid-back atmosphere, delicious food choices and premium retro cocktails”

Gavin, who is the project manager for Burger Burger, said the food venue is more than just another re-treading of the traditional patty and bun options.

“We have worked to create a menu that focuses on taste, originality and fun,” he said.

“Burger will use local produce as much as possible, and we will offer vegetarian and vegan options across what is on offer.”

Gavin explained that the experience at the new restaurant has been carefully thought through.

“The concept of Burger Burger is just good grub where you can relax, chill out and meet with friends to go for a coffee during the day or a sweet treat or something more filling,” he explained. 

“We’re delighted to be able to create seven new jobs and are already beginning plans for our expansion later this year.”

According to Gavin the company will announce the opening of a Burger Burger express in the summer and another sit in restaurant in the autumn.

For Gavin the opening of Burger Burger marks an important step in his own personal journey with food.

“I had an unhealthy relationship with food when I was younger,” he explained.

“However, after re-adjusting and becoming more healthy I lost over four stone in weight and I wanted to show people that you don’t always have to lose your passion for food when you struggle with weight.”

The now fit and healthy Gavin said the Burger Burger menu has been a labour of love.

He added: “I used my passion for cooking in order to create a menu that matches my love of food, fitness and nutrition.

“Every item has been specially selected and the sauces have been named to specifically compliment every burger and every item and they’re just delicious to bite into.”

From the traditional burger, matched with a range of toppings and sauces, through to the vegetarian and vegan options Burger Burger will also offer wings, loaded nachos and the intriguingly named ‘Mega-Zord Fries’. Gavin is, however, keen to emphasise that they also do hot dogs!

Burger Burger is open now, ready for you to bite down a flavour experience that you won’t forget.

Contact Burger Burger, Stranmillis Road, Belfast for more information 028 9543 3131 or find them on social media.

Strum on Down to Newtownards! Ards International Guitar Festival 2020 Programme Announced.

Ards and North Down Borough Council is pleased to launch the 2020 Ards International Guitar Festival programme. The Festival will take place from 1 – 5 April at various venues around Newtownards.

The Mayor of Ards and North Down Alderman Bill Keery with musicians Richard Nelson, Ronnie Greer and Anthony Toner at the launch of the Ards International Guitar Festival 2020 programme. The Festival runs from 1 – 5 April at various venues around Newtownards.

Now in its 23rd year, the Festival is a celebration of the world’s most popular instrument, bringing together some of the best guitarists from around Ireland, the UK and the world, with artists crossing a range of genres, showcasing their musical skills, talent and creativity.

This year’s jam-packed line-up features over 40 musicians including home-grown talent as well as performers from the USA, Germany and The Netherlands all brought together with the help of guest programmer Anthony Toner. The popular Guitar Clinics are also back, giving amateur guitarists the opportunity to hone their skills with the help of professionals, as well as a stunning photography exhibition by Stuart Bailie.

One of the highlights of this year’s programme is The Aquarelle Guitar Quartet who will open the Festival on Wednesday 1 April at The Queen’s Hall. As one of the world’s leading guitar quartets, The AGQ is known for its extraordinary performances and expansive repertoire. Formed at the Royal Northern College of Music in 1999, the quartet studied with renowned guitarists Sérgio Assad, Oscar Ghiglia and Scott Tennant and has performed in major concert halls throughout the UK and Europe. The foursome will be supported by The Diony’s Ensemble and The Classical Guitar Society of Northern Ireland.

Blues maestro Ronnie Greer returns to the Festival on the crest of a wave for what looks like being one of the high points of the programme. Ronnie will be launching his brand-new album with his new band All-Star Blues Revue. With contributions from an all-star glittering line-up including; long-time musical partner Anthony Toner on guitars, Nick Scott on bass and Peter McKinney on drums – joined by guitarists/vocalists Ken Haddock and Grainne Duffy, Kyron Bourke on keyboards and vocals, and blues and jazz luminaries Linley Hamilton on trumpet and Dave Howell on sax. An evening not to be missed at The Queen’s Hall on Friday 3 April.

The Festival is also pleased to welcome back to Ards Irish folk sensation Síomha who was one of the undoubted hits of last year’s Festival. Síomha will be supported at her Queen’s Hall gig on Saturday 4 April by virtuoso fingerstyle guitarist Shane Hennessy from Carlow (back by popular demand!) and German-born Sönke Meinen who has acquired an outstanding reputation on the international guitar scene.

Other highlights of this year’s programme include; The Richard Nelson Jazz Quartet, Rodney Branigan, Jane Willow and more!  There will also be a screening of the silent film The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920) accompanied by guitarist Paul McMordie in the atmospheric surroundings of Kiltonga Hall.

Thin Lizzy fans are in for a treat with the Classic Band Brunch Wild Eyed Boys – The Thin Lizzy Story presented by Ralph McLean. Take a fascinating stroll through the history of one of the most celebrated bands of all time, featuring seldom-seen clips, some rarities and Ralph’s usual mix of musical insight and backstage gossip. Ards Arts Centre, Sunday 5 April.

Speaking about the festival, Alderman Bill Keery, The Mayor of Ards and North Down said: “We are delighted to once again host Ards International Guitar Festival which welcomes musicians from far and wide to Newtownards. The Festival is now 23 years old and is going from strength to strength. This year’s programme is fantastic, and we would encourage everyone to support the various events.”

Ards Guitar Festival Director, Emily Crawford commented: “This year’s Festival is shaping up to be an eclectic five days of guitar-based music with something to appeal to everyone from classical to jazz, blues to Americana and of course our signature acoustic percussive performances. There’s plenty of opportunity for a hands-on opportunity to learn from the experts with our Guitar Clinics and free lunchtime performances to get you into the festival spirit’’

Ards International Guitar Festival runs from 1 – 5 April. For ticket details or to view the full programme please visit the website www.ardsguitarfestival.co.uk  or call Ards Arts Centre on 028 9181 0803

Healthy Mind Coach Warns Don’t Delay Getting Help In 2020

Leading healthy mind practitioner, Sam Barr, has urged people not to delay seeking help in dealing with the mental crises the modern world and relationships deliver.

Through his Healthy Mind Coaching and Training practice Sam has seen that too often people delay getting the support and help that can help them turn the corner.

“People come to us mostly because of anxiety,” he said. “There are so many different situations that cause anxiety and when we meet them it can have a lot of different factors.

“It could be because of relationships, finances, addictions, or as a result of issues in the workplace and there are the associated fears, worry and even shame that come along with that anxiety.”

Sam says that social connections and environment leads to exacerbating the anxiety, and It developing into more serious issues.

Healthy Mind Coaching and Training offer a range of services for individuals and workplaces, but often the free 30-minute one-to-one is when the issues affecting a person can be identified and assess whether further sessions are required.

“Whether it is someone who is a senior manager, or an individual who is facing a life-changing decision often we can help identify issues and recommend changes in behaviour,” Sam said.

However, it is often delaying seeking help that can be a barrier for people – and organisations.

“Most people know that they have an issue with their mental health and wellbeing,” he explained. “Too often they come up with excuses, such as they don’t have the time. They have the time to get their car fixed or their boiler repaired when they are broken, and I would encourage them to change their mindset from ‘can I’ to ‘will I’. By asking ‘will I’ they are more likely not to seek excuses and get the help we can provide.”

Healthy Mind Coaching and Training is a provider of life & emotional wellbeing, therapeutic coaching and professional training courses in personal, professional development & workplace wellbeing.

“There are so many labels around mind wellbeing but we focus on enabling people to grow, flourish, excel and realise their potential, achieving outstanding results in their lives through a positive change mindset,” said Sam. “But the key thing is to take the first step. No matter what your reason is, whatever has prompted you to get help, you can change.”Learn more about Healthy Mind Coaching and Training at healthymindcoaching.co.uk

Brick Wonders set for the stunning new Gateway Visitor Centre, Antrim

Brick Wonders, an internationally acclaimed exhibition, featuring recreations in LEGO® bricks of amazing sights from around the world, is coming to the new Gateway Visitor Centre, on the banks of Lough Shore Antrim, from Saturday 7 March until Sunday 14 June.

Curated by artist Warren Elsmore this unique exhibition begins with the seven wonders of the ancient world, also taking in modern, natural and historic wonders from all seven continents. Brick Wonders will take you on a journey from an Egyptian pyramid to the natural pyramid of the Matterhorn, the bustle of Old London Bridge to the awesome natural display of the Aurora Australis and those everyday marvels we forget to wonder at, such as electricity and the Internet.

At the heart of the Brick Wonders display is the giant Great Barrier Reef attraction, complete with underwater lighting and sound effects. This centrepiece has LEGO recreations of everything from corals and sponges to turtles and reef-dwelling fish such as blue tangs, angel fish and a ray.

In all, over sixty LEGO models are included, from tiny models to inspire building at home, to large mosaics and dioramas using a grand total of half a million LEGO bricks.

LEGO bricks are unique in their appeal, having been a top-selling toy for over fifty years.  This exhibition will appeal to all ages, so if you love LEGO you will love Brick Wonders! This exhibition has visited art galleries, museums and exhibition centres from Italy to England and is returning to Northern Ireland for the first time since 2015.

Don’t miss your chance to see this amazing display at the stunning new Gateway Visitor Centre Antrim.

For full details and bookings visit www.antrimandnewtownabbey/events or call T: 028 9448 1338.

10 things to do in Northern Ireland

Here are ten exciting things taking place 17 – 23 February 2020.

1.       NI-Science-Festival-Belfast-P85844/  NI Science Festival Belfast, 13 – 23 February. Join NI Science Festival as they celebrate the science of you, the universe and everything in between. These events present some of the best scientists from NI and beyond to discuss their work, cutting-edge research and what the future might hold. During the day, the festival offers a range of workshops, talks and interactive activities for young people, parents and schools. In the evening there will be an eclectic mix of scientific debate, talks, theatres, comedy, music and film for adults.

2.       Northern-Ireland-Puddle-Jumping-Championships NI Puddle Jumping Championships Newtownards, 15 – 20 February. Put on your wellies, get out into nature and have a splashing time. Come rain or shine, the Puddle Jumping Championships are the perfect activity for a fun filled family day out. Splash about in the ‘practice puddles’ throughout the day and get-set for the daily competitions with splash-tastic prizes to be won!

3.       Belfast-Restaurant-Week-2020 Belfast Restaurant Week 2020 Belfast, 17 – 23 February. This February, treat yourself to some self-love and indulge in dining out during Belfast Restaurant Week. Due to its phenomenal popularity, this week-long initiative is returning on 17-23 February. It will run across some of Belfast City Centre’s most loved restaurants, bars and hotels, where the best in local produce can be found in what has become the country’s unrivalled food and drink scene.

4.       Silent-Light Silent Light Coleraine, 9 – 23 February. Visitors will be steeped in the landscape, embarking on a silent walk to Mussenden Temple which sits perched at the edge of a 120ft cliff overlooking the North Atlantic Ocean. Within the Temple, an installation of the artist’s ‘Stained Moons’ artwork awaits. The viewings will take place in silence and in darkness, after twilight, for fourteen nights in February.

5.       Riverdance-25th-Anniversary-Show Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show Belfast, 19 – 22 February. Since it began, Riverdance has toured the globe. The show has been performed over 12,160 times and seen live by over 27.5 million people in 546 venues worldwide. Now it is time to celebrate another milestone on that journey. The 25th Anniversary show catapults Riverdance into the 21st century and will completely immerse audiences in the extraordinary and elemental power of its music and dance.

6.       Winter-Supper-Club-New-York Winter Supper Club – New York Derry~Londonderry, 21 February. Take a trip to the streets of New York for an unforgettable night at the Walled City Brewery. Think beer, hot dogs and American sliders – you’ll be living the dream. Walled City Brewery will be working with Lo & Slo on this one so you will be in for a treat.

7.       Dragon-From-The-Lagan-Goes-To-W5 Dragon from the Lagan goes to W5 Belfast, 17 February – 16 April. Children are born natural scientists, so why not bring them to W5 to let them imagine, explore and play in Discovery. In this 45 minute workshop they’ll follow the adventures of a small, friendly dragon as he makes his way to W5 to discover a world of amazing science. Children can then enjoy some simple science craft activities and a variety of building challenges all with a maritime theme! So step on-board this February for the ultimate family day out

8.       Life-Cycles-by-Lorna-Smyth Life Cycle by Lorna Smyth Enniskillen, 2 December 2019 – 18 April 2020. This showcase of new works, curated by renowned artist Lorna Smyth, encompasses the four seasons in one year. Lorna’s art emphasises the world around us, highlights her love of nature and captures a sense of belonging regardless of the place name.

9.       Bene-and-Cormac Bene and Cormac Belfast, 22 February. This is a free event part of the Gradam Ceoil TG4. Bene and Cormac won BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2019. Their debut album Wavelength has taken the traditional music scene by storm and they themselves are at the forefront of a wave of amazing young Irish and Scottish musicians taking up the mantle. Don’t miss their gig at the Discover Ulster-Scots Centre.

10.   Six-Nations-Live-Music-Session-with-The-Muddlers-Club-Band Six Nations Live Music Session with the Muddlers Club Band Belfast, 23 February.The Muddlers Club come armed with guitars, fiddle, bodhrán, banjo, whistles, flute, harmonica, ukulele, drums and whatever comes to hand. Gigging around festivals, weddings and trips abroad as often as possible, they really are a band not to be missed. They’ll be performing at Granny Annies on Sunday 23rd February to help you get into the spirit for Six Nations Ireland vs England match at Twickenham which will be showing live on the big screens.

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