Social inequality in Northern Ireland explored in new, critically acclaimed play at the MAC

Fresh from a successful run at Edinburgh Fringe and London theaters, hit play Killymuck will make its Northern Irish debut at the MAC on 13-14 June.

A darkly comic, semi-autobiographical play about class, poverty and the struggle to escape by award-winning playwright, Kat Woods, the play centers on a fictitious housing estate in 1970s Northern Ireland, Killymuck, and follows Niamh, a kid from the benefit class system played by Irish actress, Aoife Lennon, as she navigates the trials and tribulations of life.

Directed by Cat Shoobridge (Recipient of the Genesis Future Director Award and Young Vic Associate Director), Killymuck highlights the lack opportunity, educational barriers, impoverishment, addiction and depression present in cycles of poverty.

Having been longlisted for an Amnesty International Freedom of Expression award and shortlisted for the Filipa Braganca acting award, the play explores how those from deprived areas or with less access to money often have less opportunity in life and shines a light on how social and psychological behaviours impact and shape who we become.

Speaking about the show, Kat Woods said: “There is a forgotten segment of society that we never talk about when it comes to the arts – the lower classes. The underclass. The benefit class. I am from that background and this piece is inspired by my own narrative. These stories need to be told and need to find representation on stage. We are in danger of theatre becoming an elitist domain. Let’s create theatre for all not just the few. Killymuck is my battle cry.”

Woods’ previous work includes Belfast Boy (Fringe Review Award for Outstanding Theatre, The Stage Award for Excellence), Wasted (New York transfer as part of the Fringe Encore Award), and Mule (Edinburgh, London and NI Tour).

Tickets for Killymuck at the MAC are on sale now at themaclive.com or call box office on 02890235053.

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 (10-16 June)

1.       Father’s Day Experience at the National Football Stadium, Belfast, 16 June. Windsor Park’s Father’s Day Experience invites you and your dad to relive the atmosphere of some of its famous nights, gain insights into the drama on and off the pitch and feel the rush of emotions shared by everyone in the stadium – win, lose or draw.

2.       The Epic Journey to The 148th Open, Tyrone, 13 June. The Epic Journey to The 148th Open tour will include golf’s most iconic trophy, the Claret Jug, along with a giant #TheOpen letter sculpture, designed by Tourism NI and made out of 4,000 golf balls. Enjoy the opportunity to have your photo taken with the replica Claret Jug, chat with local sports stars and test your pitching skills as the tour comes to the Hill of O’Neill Visitor Centre  in Tyrone.

3.       Fun Run of the Glens (FROG), Ballymena, 15 June. Join hundreds of cyclists and runners taking on the Glens in this fantastic annual event. Challenge yourself on a number of cycling, running or walking routes with all proceeds going to Cancer Focus NI.

4.       Belsonic 2019, Belfast, 12-28 June. The popular  festival once again runs throughout June. This year’s massive line-up includes Slash, George Ezra, Hozier and The Killers, playing different dates throughout the month.

5.       Strajamba, Strabane, 15 June.  The live music festival returns to Strabane’s Canal Basin. In addition to headline act Nathan Carter, the festival showcases local performers including Mickey Joe Harte and David Oliver and hosts a great selection of food vendors. 

6.       Belcycle Festival, Belfast, 15 June. This event at the CS Lewis Square will host bikes of all shapes and sizes to test ride on the day including tandems, a side- by-side bike and balance bikes. Event includes activities such as children’s cycle training, maintenance workshops, led rides, giant outdoor games and a slow bike race. 

7.       Danny Boy Jazz and Blues Festival, Limavady, 13-16 June. The Danny Boy Jazz and Blues Festival taking place in and around the town centre of Limavady promises an array of top quality jazz and blues acts with headline act Clara Rose and special guests.

8.       Father’s Day Tea, Belfast, 16 June. Step back in time at Titanic Belfast  to a period of luxury, elegance and five-star service as you enjoy a sumptuous menu featuring a selection of finger sandwiches, classic scones with fresh cream, mouth-watering sweet treats and tasty savoury bites.

9.       Art in the Garden, Holywood, 15 June-1 July. The Culloden Estate, in conjunction with Gormleys Fine Arts, will play host to a unique art exhibition, including the largest collection of Dali’s works seen in Ireland.

10.   The Girl on the Train, Belfast, 11-15 June. Adapted from Paula Hawkins’ novel – an international phenomenon selling over twenty million copies worldwide – and starring Samantha Womack, this gripping new play at the Grand Opera House will keep you guessing until the final moment.

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

OFFERS OF THE WEEK

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.

  • Three for two nights, Belle Isle Estate, Co. Fermanagh from £249 based on two people sharing.

Situated in Belle Isle Estate’s peaceful Walled Garden, this beautiful cottage offers a tranquil and cosy retreat in the heart of the Estate, with views over the countryside and Upper Lough Erne as well as a picnic area and tennis court. Offer includes 20% Discount on Bistro Bookings, free entry to Enniskillen Castle plus prosecco, strawberries and s’mores Summer Welcome Hamper. To book call 028 6638 7231. Offer available until 31st August.

  • One night B&B, Culloden Estate and Spa, Co. Down from £120 per person sharing.

The Glenavon House Hotel on the outskirts of Cookstown, County Tyrone provides a haven for businesspeople and holidaymakers alike. Overlooking the Ballinderry River and set in nine acres of its own mature grounds, the luxurious hotel offers a wide range of high quality facilities to the discerning traveller. Offer is valid only on Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights and includes an overnight break with 4-course dinner at the hotel restaurant, bed and breakfast.  To book call 028 8676 4949. Available until 31st December.

  • One night B&B, The Old Inn Bangor, Co. Down from £115 per night based on two people sharing.

Located in the picturesque village of Crawfordsburn and on the doorstep of Crawfordsburn Country Park, the charming hotel is just minutes from the seaside town of Bangor. Relax, unwind and prepare to be spoiled with this overnight stay in a beautiful en-suite bedroom full of character.  Offer includes full Irish Breakfast, a delicious 3-course dinner for two in the award winning and highly acclaimed Rosette Lewis Restaurant. To book call 028 9185 3255. Offer available until 30th November.

Nathan Carter, Johnny Brady and David James Headline Summer Jamm Weekend 2019

Strabane’s Big Weekend returns with Summer Jamm from Friday 14th – Sunday 16th June.  The town centre will come alive with live music, dance, street entertainment, arts & crafts, and ‘Strajamba’ Music Festival with headline act Nathan Carter.

Summer Jamm in Strabane kicks off on Friday night with DJ Jamie B & support in Ruby’s Nightclub.  Saturday is full of family fun from 1pm – 5pm as Encore PAA will be opening the event with a showcase extravaganza.  This will be followed with live music throughout the town from Folk N Trad Mad, Mad Notions, Strabane Brass Band and Trad for Youth. To celebrate Youth 19, local singers will be performing in the busking tent including Juno Hassan, Jamie Donnelly, Darci Wilders to name but a few.   

Families will enjoy an array of street theatre, flash mobs, games, funfair, face painting, Jungle Pets, and a host of activities for the whole family to enjoy.  Plus a range of products and food will be available from a selection of stalls from Strabane Market.

North West Regional College (educational partners of Summer Jamm) are back with their National Award Winning Careers Team.  Join them at a ‘Careers Roadshow’ –which will encourage people to indulge in some beauty treatments, health checks, have a go at gardening and learn more about computer coding!

Closing Saturdays afternoon activities will be Class Act Choir with a performance that you don’t want to miss.

The entertainment continues from 5pm as ‘Strajamba’ live music festival is back in Canal Basin for another year of great music.  Headlining the big stage will be country sensation Nathan Carter, supported by some amazing local acts.  Make a night of it with food, licenced bar and VIP Tent. On until 11pm, the atmosphere is sure to be electric with the best of local artists and the best of Country music.

Country music continues on Sunday with a FREE family concert.  This years ‘Country Fest’ in Canal Basin will welcome back the superb Johnny Brady, David James and a host of local musicians! Join in the fun with plenty of activities including circus workshops, arts & crafts and face painting! Love dancing? Then join with the jiving and line dancing happening throughout the afternoon. Grab a bite to eat at a choice of food stalls and relax and enjoy the sun in the licenced bar area.

Summer Jamm in Strabane is organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council and supported by Strabane Business Improvement District (BIDS), North West Regional College and Youth 19.

Speaking ahead of attending this year’s festival, newly-elected Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Cllr ______ said: “The Summer Jamm in Strabane is growing year on year to become one of Council’s most popular annual events. Indeed, it’s great to see the festival running over three days – which means lots more fun and entertainment for all!

“Having viewed this year’s programme, I can guarantee there’ll be plenty of family-friendly activities to suit everyone. I also expect this year will be even more popular than previous years with a brilliant mix of rising and established stars on the programme.

“With such a strong programme, I have no doubts that thousands of people will visit this year – firmly establishing the event as the largest celebration of live music & entertainment in Strabane’s cultural calendar!”

Kate Duffy, Director of Human Resources and Learner Services at North West Regional College added: ‘We’re delighted to be the official education partner for the Summer Jamm in Strabane.  This ongoing partnership will enable local learners to take part in a range of interactive career activities delivered by our National Beacon Award winning Careers team. We will have current students and tutors on hand throughout the day to answer any questions, in conjunction with a full timetable of live demonstration in horticulture, joinery, health & beauty, plus fun competitions in weight lifting and gardening.

Come along and find out about our new and exciting range of courses, as we will be based in Butcher street car park from 1pm – 5pm on the 15th of June.

Michael Kelly, MK’s Bar and Chair of the Strabane Business Improvement District (BID) added: “The BID are delighted to be bringing Strajamba Live Music Festival to Strabane for the third year. After the huge success of Strajamba 2018 with headline act Hothouse Flowers this year’s event is aiming to be bigger again. We have an amazing line up of bands, across two stages headlined by Nathan Carter. The theme for this event is ‘nurturing home grown talent’ – and will host a number of performances from the Wailin Banshees, David Oliver, Adam Dolan, Shonagh Forbes, Darren Doherty & the Heathen Choir, and multi-platinum songwriter and Eurovision finalist Mickey Joe Harte.   Strajamba has been such a huge hit with the public – and with country legend Nathan Carter headlining this year I have no doubts that it will be a fantastic evening with a positive impact on the town of Strabane!”

For further information and a full list of the programme details please visit www.summerjammstrabane.com

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

Down

Join Exploris Aquarium in Portaferry for World Ocean Day this Saturday 8th June. Protecting the World’s Oceans is extremely important to everyone at the  Aquarium  and they want to share their knowledge on how you can help. On World Ocean Day you can do your part through workshops and craft activities throughout the day. Dive on in!

Armagh

Visual Artist Nathan Nesbitt presents ‘Smoke in Motion’, an exploration of the unique surrealist technique fumage – the art of drawing with smoke at the Market Place Theatre, 7th June to 13th July.  Utilising an open flame to deposit trails of black smoke on paper Nesbitt sculpts the plumes to capture the delicate, passionate motion of his subject. 

Fermanagh

The Enniskillen 10k Road Race and Leisure Walk will take place on Saturday 8th June commencing at 2.00pm from the Fermanagh Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen.  Kiddies Fun Run starts at 12 noon. This year’s Enniskillen 10k has been included within the Novosco 10k Grand Prix. 

Tyrone

St. Michael’s Church in Castlecaulfield, are hosting a flower festival on the theme of “All things bright and beautiful” on the weekend 7th –  9th June.  A community festival of flowers, handcrafts and music!  Lady Eames will be the speaker at the official opening of the Flower Festival on Friday 7th June, 7.00pm.

Derry/Londonderry

The Health, Wellbeing & Natural Therapies event takes place at the Guildhall, in the heart of Derry City on the 8th & 9th June.  Speak to and learn from exhibitors, attend free inspirational seminars and workshops, book yourself a psychic reading, try some body pampering, watch the free stage performances, join a free meditation session and taste some delicious health foods!

Antrim

The Bushmills Salmon & Whiskey Festival makes a welcome return this weekend. Enjoy two days of fantastic entertainment and activities will spread across Bushmills Main Street, Milliennium Park, Bushmills Distillery and The Salmon Fisheries. Come along for the weekend, bring the family, try some new food, see some new sights and have a wonderful foodie experience!

Belfast

A compelling new comedy-drama exploring our capacity to accept change – in others as well as ourselves – All Mod Cons engages directly with current conversations in Ireland and beyond about our complex relationship with gender, consent, and individual responsibility. All Mod Cons runs at the Lyric Theatre until Sunday 9th June.

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

Jacqueline McGonigle

Portaferry Sails & Sounds Sailing Trip Schedule

Book online:   www.ticketsource.co.uk/ardsandnorthdown

  • All trips are inside Strangford Lough
  • All trips are weather dependant.
  • Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for outdoor activities.
  • Boat not wheelchair accessible
  • Access to boat limited for those with any physical restrictions
  • All minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • All Times are approx. out and inbound (times can vary up to 30min difference due to tides)
  • Please make us aware of any food allergies before trip

TICKET PRICE – £45 p/p

TICKETS PER PERSON PER TRIP (includes light refreshments drink on board)  £5 discount voucher for Portaferry Sailing Club (Bar or Restaurant).

TAKE A JOURNEY OF VOYAGE AND DISCOVERY WITH THE LYRIC

Lyric Theatre, Belfast has announced their Autumn/Winter 2019 season programme. Themed Voyage and Discovery the programmefeatures the best of world-class theatre and new writings which explores the idea of place and a sense of discovery – whether it be within your ‘self’ or discovery of the world at large.

The season opens with Willy Russell’s heart-warming comedy Shirley Valentine (31 Aug -5 Oct) directed by Patrick J O’Reilly and starring Tara Lynne O’Neill fresh from her appearance in the award winning Derry Girls.  Described as “the funniest and most heart-warming play,” follow Shirley as she takes a voyage of self- discovery to Greece.  October welcomes The Playboy of the Western World   (8 Oct-2 Nov) a co-production with Dublin Theatre Festival directed by Oonagh Murphy, about life on the margins and the lengths we go to, to create a reality more exciting than the place we find ourselves.  Both productions will also tourto venues across Ireland, including the Millennium Forum; The Market Place Theatre, Armagh; The Gaiety, Dublin.

In association with Edinburgh’s Traverse, the Lyric presents Meghan Tyler’s extraordinary play, Crocodile Fever (03-08 Sep), a darkly comic and surreal tale of sisters taking on the dark forces around their farm to the soundtrack of 80s pop. Crocodile Fever was developed as part of the Lyric’s highly successful New Playwright’s Programme.  The programme is now in its third year with a vibrant new team of young writers. Be the first to see their writing in progress with the New Playwrights Showcase (31 Oct-02 Nov).

The Lyric is also delighted that their new writing entry into A Play for Ireland, an initiative of Dublin’s Fishamble Theatre Company, has been chosen to be produced. The Alternative, by Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney, is a rich black comedy that imagines an alternative history of Ireland. It will tour around five theatres throughout Ireland before coming back home to the Lyric in the Autumn (08-13 Oct).

This Christmas you can enjoy the spirit of adventure and discover two wonderful new productions.  Peter Pan (29 Nov-04 Jan) which follows the young Darling family help free Neverland in Paul Boyd’s new family musical.  Meanwhile adult audiences will enjoy Grimes and McKee’s Driving Home for Christmas (19 Nov -04 Jan).  A hilarious brand-new comedy about been stranded far from home during the festive season.

The Lyric’s voyage with Blackout continues into its 5th year.  Through the Lyric’s Creative Learning department, this initiative educates young people about the consequences of crimes and realities of prison life whilst also employing emerging actors and artists.

With its continued aim to support local artists and companies the Lyric is thrilled to welcome a host of wonderful productions throughout the season.  Conor Grimes and Kevin McAleer join forces as two vaudeville players travelling across the Great Western Way as famine stalks the land in SPUD! (31 Aug -14 Sep). The brilliant Nuala McKeever returns with a new one-woman play How to be a Tube!  (18 -22 Sep).

There is also a jam-packed programme of visiting shows this summer.  Highlights include the return of the smash hit of last summer, the musical version of Tony Macaulay’s Paperboy (01-04 Aug)by the British Youth Music Theatre. Marie Jones’ exceptional A Night in November (12-21 Jun) by Sodabread production and John B Keane’s tender and robust comedy of love The Matchmaker (04-06 Jul).  Conor Mitchell’s Belfast Ensemble continue their exciting experimental adventures in hi-fi staging during their summer BASH! (28-30 Jun) and later in the year with Abomination (07-10 Nov) as part of the Outburst Festival.  Geraldine Hughes returns with the Brassneck production of Belfast Blues (06-11 Aug) and to top it all off Sir Ian McKellen will take to the Lyric stage as part of his sold out 80th birthday tour, generously donating the proceeds to fundamental work of the Lyric’s Creative Learning department.

Executive Producer at Lyric, Jimmy Fay said:


“Our new season programme themed Voyage and Discovery invites audiences to join us on a journey to explore new works, see familiar faces or join us on our tour across Ireland. The programme has so much to discover and we hope audiences are as inspired by it as we are. The Lyric is a shared civic space for artists and audiences alike; a creative hub for theatre-making, nurturing talent and promoting the critical role of the arts in society. Our mission is to create, entertain and inspire.”

Roisín McDonough, Chief Executive at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland which is the Lyric’s Principal Funder, said:

“There is so much to enjoy in this season’s programme, with perennial favourites such as Shirley Valentine and Playboy of the Western World, all the way through to contemporary and challenging works like Abomination: An Opera. There’s also a real treat for anyone with a love of reading when the theatre plays host to JLF Belfast, an international literature festival which is reputed to be ‘the greatest literary show on earth’. On top of all of this, we have opportunities to appreciate some of the most exciting young writing talent that is currently emerging from Northern Ireland, through the Lyric Theatre’s pioneering New Playwrights Programme. The Arts Council is proud to be principal funder of this remarkable, innovative theatre.”

Tickets for all performances start from £12. Early booking is recommended.

For further information and bookings for the Autumn/Winter season visit www.lyrictheatre.co.uk  Tel: 028 9038 1081 or follow Lyric Theatre on Facebook and Twitter.

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 (3- 9 June)

1.       World Oceans Day, Portrush, 8 June. Join Visit Causeway for an exciting boat trip with the Irish Whales and Dolphins Group on-board the Causeway Lass.

2.       BBC Radio 4’s Gardener’s Question Time Summer Garden Party, Newtownards, 8 June. BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time is returning to the shores of Strangford Lough to hold its annual Summer Garden Party in the beautiful surrounds of the National Trust’s Mount Stewart.

3.       Belfast Book Festival 2019, Belfast, 7-16 June. This year’s line-up at The Crescent Arts Centre and partner venues across the city features authors, comedians and journalists, delivering a unique, diverse and highly creative programme that caters from a wide range of interests and explores many topical themes.

4.       Fun Bike Food Tour Weekend , Strangford, 7-9 June. An exclusive short break in one of the most beautiful parts of Northern Ireland, combining both culinary and cycling adventure for 10 people led by award winning Belfast City & Country Bike Tours.

5.       Bushmills Salmon & Whiskey Festival, Bushmills, 7-9 June.  Two days of fantastic entertainment and activities will spread across Bushmills Main Street, Millennium Park, Bushmills Distillery and The Salmon Fisheries.

6.       Causeway Coast Amateur Golf Tournament ,Ballycastle, 3-7 June. Experience golf like you have never experienced it before with The Causeway Coast Amateur Golf Tournament.  Having run successfully since  the 1960s it attracts up to 600 golfers annually from all over the world.

7.       Shortcross Gin Evening , Bangor, 7 June. Join The Old Inn for a fantastic evening of gin and food, and learn about Shortcross Gin from the experts. Evening includes blended gin cocktails and a four course tasting menu.

8.       Kaz Hawkins, Downpatrick, 7 June. ‘My Life and I’ is an intimate and personal show coming to the Down Arts Centre about Kaz’s life in song,  aiming to highlight mental health issues such as abuse, drug addiction, domestic violence and more. 

9.       Something in the Air, Belfast, 1-9 June. Coming to the MAC and produced by the Brassneck Theatre Company this play tells the tale of  hundreds of families fleeing south to refugee camps, escaping the violence, but one young woman lost more than just her home. Fifty years later, she is forced to confront the events of that summer in a way she could never have imagined.

10.   Paddle Boarding in Binevenagh, Limavady, 9 June. Flow with nature through Binevenagh, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, while on a stand up paddleboard lesson. This is a sport which can be enjoyed at any pace but will also give you time to take in the scenery while hearing about the heritage of the local area from knowledgeable instructors.

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

Offers of the week!

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.

·         Family Titanic Experience , Mill Valley Apartment, Belfast from £200 per apartment

Enjoy an overnight stay in the four-star Mill Valley Apartment located three miles from Belfast City Centre,. This self-catering accommodation provides spectacular views in quiet surroundings. Offer includes an overnight stay and family tickets to Titanic Belfast, based on two adults and two children sharing. To book call 078 7124 1275. Offer available until 30 June 2019. 

·         Spring Somethings Two Night Break, Belmore Court and Motel, Co. Fermanagh from £60 per person sharing

The four-star Belmore Court gives the opportunity to experience the Fermanagh Lakelands’ breathtaking scenery, myriad attractions and rich heritage. Located close to the centre of Enniskillen, this comfortable hotel provides a warm resting spot for a relaxing overnight stay. Offer includes two nights’ accommodation with a free hot buffet breakfast each morning. To book call 028 6632 6633. Offer available until 30 June 2019.

·         Seasonal Sunday Special, Glenavon House Hotel, Co. Tyrone from £120 per person sharing

The three-star Glenavon House Hotel is situated on the outskirts of Cookstown. Overlooking the Ballinderry River and set in nine acres of its own mature grounds, this luxurious hotel offers a wide range of high standard facilities. The hotel’s central location makes it an ideal base to explore Northern Ireland. Offer includes overnight accommodation with a full Irish  breakfast the following morning plus a three-course dinner from the table d’hote menu. To book call 028 8676 4949. Offer available for Sunday evenings until 31 December 2019.

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

Down

Strangford Sea Safari Whirlpool and Wildlife Special,  Sunday 2nd June. See Angus Rocks Lighthouse, surface whirlpools and some of the many seals at Cloughy Rocks Nature Reserve. You might see a pod of porpoise or even a basking shark!  12 seats per trip. Pre-booking is essential.

Armagh

Visit the walled gardens at the Argory this Summer. With its unique character, one can imagine the family events or garden parties which may have been held here and the kitchen garden produce which would have fed the family and servants on the estate.  Open every Thursday in May and June.  Lend a hand, pick your own vegetables to take home, or have a friendly chat with staff and volunteers.

Fermanagh

The brand new Water Park at Share Discovery Village is not to be missed!  Take your group out on to the beautiful Lough Erne and bounce and jump to your hearts content! Take on the many fun obstacles  as well as using the amazing trampoline! Wet suits and buoyancy aids are provided. Every Saturday until the end of August.

Tyrone

Cookstown will go continental on the 1st and 2nd June 2019 when the food, flavours, sights and sounds of Europe return to Cookstown’s town centre for a two day spring festival! The Continental Market takes place along William Street in Cookstown from Saturday 1st  to Sunday 2 June.

Derry/Londonderry

World of Owls Fun Day at the Jungle is this Sunday 2nd June. Similar to a fun-fair, The Jungle’s Family Fun Days are an open-park day and offers a range of outdoor activities by token. 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!

Antrim

This Sunday, Strictly Come Dancing favourites Ian Waite and Vincent Simone are joining forces in 2019 with their brand new production – THE BALLROOM BOYS at the Theatre at The Mill, Newtownabbey. Expect dances like the Waltz, Quickstep, Paso Doble, Foxtrot and of course, the Argentine Tango!

Belfast

This summer, get ready to explore Northern Ireland like never before. Step into ‘AMAZE’, W5’s brand new, truly unique, technological space and join them for the immersive experience ‘Land of Legends’.  Runs from 1st June until 1st September & is FREE with general admission to W5.

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

Jacqueline McGonigle