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 (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 OutBurstArts.com.
  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 SoundOfBelfast.com.
  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 www.DiscoverNorthernIreland.com.

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 (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 OutBurstArts.com.
  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 SoundOfBelfast.com.
  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 www.DiscoverNorthernIreland.com.

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 (22 -28 October)

 

  1. The Dark Tower, Derry~Londonderry, 26 October. Ascend the Dark Tower for an adults-only night of music, drink, and scares. Come to the darkest reaches of the Tower Museum and meet the ghosts and ghouls of the city’s past. Prepare to be scared witless and afterwards pull yourself together, grab a drink at the bar and explore the upper levels of the Tower.
  2. Belfast Horror Con, 27 October. Taking place at the Clayton Hotel, this event will feature eight media guests including David Warner (The Omen), Barbara Nedeljakova (Hostel), Shauna MacDonald (The Descent) and Belfast’s own Patricia Quinn who played Magenta in the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Other attractions include a gaming lounge where attendees can test PlayStation 4 VR games, film screening with Q&A sessions, traders, novelists, independent comic creators and a SFX make-up artist.
  3. Beach Races 2018, Portrush, 27 – 28 October. Organised by Foyle District Motor Club at East Strand Beach. Based on the success of last year’s beach races which was the first of its kind to be staged in Northern Ireland, this event returns for a second year. It is expected to attract more than 100 competitors. With free admission for spectators, this event is set to be a unique racing weekend at a spectacular and beautiful location.
  4. Purple Turnip Festival, Lisburn, 27 October. Enjoy kids’ entertainment including animal encounters, creative craft workshops, fancy dress competitions, face painting and outdoor games. Join in the hunt, find the turnips and be in with a chance of winning a great prize or visit the “enchanted” autumn market where you will find fresh produce from local suppliers and hand-crafted goods.
  5. Little Spooks, Armagh, 27 – 31 October. Little Spooks is the perfect Halloween experience at Navan Centre and Fort for boys and girls who aren’t afraid of enjoying some spooky surprises.  From storytelling to making their own witches brew there’s plenty of activities to send a shiver up your little ones spine.
  6. Hogwarts Halloween Cruise, Lisnaskea, 27 – 30 October. This unique Harry Potter theme cruise leaves Platform 9 3/4 at the Share Discovery Centre. During the cruise expect to be sorted into your house, cast some spells and sample some fascinating foods from the professors, as well as other fun games and crafts. This cruise must be pre-booked, as all witches and wizards must be accounted for.
  7. City of Derry International Choir Festival, Derry~Londonderry, 24 – 28 October. Created as a joyous celebration of choral music-making, this festival provides opportunities for competitive and non-competitive participation of singers across a wide range of styles, ensembles and ages.
  8. Maguire’s House Party, Enniskillen, 26 October. Leave daylight behind as you join a 15th century adults-only party in Enniskillen Castle. The castle doors will swing open for one night only, with live music, an on-site bar, and medieval-inspired food. The Maguire Clan have invited you to experience their legendary medieval parties. If your family name is Maguire, then you’ll get in free!
  9. Boo at The Zoo, Newtownabbey, 27 – 28 October. Enjoy eerie activities for all the family including creepy crafts and fiendish face painting. Meet barn owls, reptiles and enjoy spooky story-telling with Mr Hullabaloo. You can even bring along your own pumpkin and watch as the animals tuck into them at the ‘trick or treat’ feeding times!
  10. Ghosts in the Glens Storytelling Festival, Co. Antrim, 25 – 28 October. The Ghosts in the Glens Storytelling Festival offers a four-day celebration of the rich traditions of storytelling and music in the Glens of Antrim. Sessions will be held from Ballycastle and Rathlin Island to Carnlough, Cushendun, Cushendall and Glenariff, including workshops for those looking to develop their storytelling skills along with special children’s activities such as quizzes, crafts and fancy dress.

 

 

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

30 Things to do in Northern Ireland this Halloween

Derry~Londonderry

 Derry Halloween, 26 October – 3 November

Over the last 32 years, the Walled City has become synonymous with hosting one of the world’s richest Halloween festivals that has made its way on to bucket lists across the globe mainly via word of mouth recommendations. A welcome like no other awaits you, as the division between this world and the other world is at its thinnest, as supernatural beings and the souls of the dead flood into the city.  Highlights include Awakening the Walls, Haunted Harvest Market, Museum of the Moon, Little Horrors shows and entertainment, Monster Fun Fair, Samhain Sessions, tours and trails, carnival parade, fireworks plus lots more.

Fright Night, Magherafelt, 12 October – 3 November

This year’s Fright Night is going to be bigger, scarier and full of twists. Fright Night will see the return of the horrid and harrowing “Woodland Trail”. Unveiling two amazing new sets, a brand new haunting story, coupled with special effects, atmospheric lighting throughout and a creepy cast of wicked creatures. On top of this, four of last year’s scare attractions will also be returning with a few extra dimensions and a brand new attraction; The Slaughterhouse.

Field of Screams, Limavady, 19 – 29 October

Visit the Limavady area and enjoy the scary experiences on offer at Carrowmena Activity Centre. This is a physical activity and not for the faint-hearted. Field of Screams runs in a 13 acre field, where you will be navigating around in the dark with lots of scary creatures jumping out when you least expect. If you want to make a long weekend out of it and enjoy more of the Causeway Coast, why not stay at one of the available Glamping Pods or Bell Tents on site.

Limavady Halloween Fireworks and Entertainment, 30 October

Taking place in Roemill Road Recreation Grounds from 19:00 – 20:30, Limavady will celebrate Halloween in ‘spooktacular’ style. DJ Ned will provide great family entertainment and there will be entertainment in the format of hula hoop walkabouts with LED glow hoop from entertainers Parah and Cozm. A fancy dress competition with prizes will also be held before the main firework display at 8:15pm.

Zombie Run, Magherafelt, 6 – 7 October.

Zombie Run is a 6K obstacle run with a fiendish Halloween twist whereby you will cover treacherous terrain in your mission to evade the insatiable zombies. This year’s obstacles are bigger than ever before, with new obstacles including the exhilarating giant water slide. 2k and 5k kid’s runs are now also available.

The Dark Tower, Derry~Londonderry, 26 October

Ascend the Dark Tower for an adults-only night of music, drink, and scares. Come to the darkest reaches of the Tower Museum and meet the ghosts and ghouls of the city’s past. Prepare to be scared witless and afterwards pull yourself together, grab a drink at the bar, and explore the upper levels of the Tower – and expect the unexpected.

 

Belfast

W5 Late, 20 October

W5 Late is a strictly adults-only, after-hours evening at Northern Ireland’s award-winning science and discovery centre! Don your scariest costume for chills and thrills and explore over 250 interactive exhibits in four incredible exhibition areas. Discover what lurks within their haunted mansion ‘Monster Manor’ but beware you might meet some unexpected characters along the way! Get up close to some creepy crawlies and engage with the experts in their spooktacular series of lecture theatre talks as you explore the science of fear, plus so much more!

Belfast Horror Con, 27 October

Taking place at the Clayton Hotel, this event will feature eight media guests including David Warner (The Omen), Barbara Nedeljakova (Hostel), Shauna MacDonald (The Descent) and Belfast’s own Patricia Quinn who played Magenta in the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Two films, including locally produced Braxton Butcher, will be screened in the Hotel’s Titanic Suite followed by Q&A’s with the films creative teams. Other attractions include a Gaming Lounge where attendees can test PlayStation 4 VR games including Until Dawn: Rush of Blood and LOC-Down Events will be providing a number of Horror themed costumed characters. The Olympic Suite will host a number of traders, novelists, independent comic creators and a SFX make-up artist.

Wireless Mystery Theatre Presents Frankenstein, 30 October

On the 200th anniversary of the publication of the great Gothic novel, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’s Monster will be reanimated, piece-by-piece. Join Wireless Mystery Theatre – Ireland’s longest-running audio theatre company – as they bring the creature to life with galvanisation, harnessed lightning, and their usual mix of live music, sound foley, and horror at the Crescent Arts Centre.

Murder Mystery at Belfast Castle, 12 October

The event involves all of your guests acting as teams of Detectives. They must attempt to solve a deadly whodunit by answering three simple questions: who committed the crime, how and why? Accompanied by a delicious meal, the night begins with the audience witnessing scripted scenes featuring events that took place in the run-up to the ghastly crime. You will meet each of the suspects as they join you at your table to be interrogated. ‘Have you ever had an affair? How much money do you have? Have you ever been blackmailed?’, these are the questions asked the most – and after all, who wouldn’t want to ask them?

 

Antrim

Halloween Events in Ballycastle, 31 October

Prepare for tricks and treats at the Ballycastle Halloween events, a spooky night not to be missed for all the family. Come and participate in the fancy dress parade with Fire Poi leaving from Dalriada Hospital car park at 6.45pm through the town to the seafront. Competitions and prizes will take place for children along with floats and plenty of spooky characters. The annual fireworks display will take place at the sea front at 8.15pm.

Purple Turnip Festival, Lisburn 27 October

Enjoy kids’ entertainment including animal encounters, creative craft workshops, face painting and outdoor games. Join in the hunt; find the turnips and be in with a chance of winning a great prize. Lisburn City Centre Management is encouraging everyone to come dressed in their best fancy dress costume as there will be spot prizes for the best dressed.  Get up close and personal with a wide range of “spooky” exotic animals, if you’re brave enough and experience an “enchanted” autumn market where you will find fresh produce from local suppliers and hand-crafted goods.

Twilight Night, Lisburn, 26 October

Set amid the illuminated, meandering pathways of Wallace Park Lisburn, Twilight Night by Fairy Light is renowned for its use of enchanting visuals, carnivalesque atmosphere, lighting, sound and superb fireworks display. Halloween revellers and families can follow the illuminated trail through Wallace Park. Rhythms of light and sound installations will breathe myth and magic into the atmospheric Victorian Park.

Ghosts in the Glens Storytelling Festival, Various Locations, 25 – 28 October

The Ghosts in the Glens Storytelling Festival, organised by Antrim Glens Tourism, aims to attract both tourists and local people for a four-day celebration of the rich traditions of storytelling and music in the Glens of Antrim. This is a storytelling and music festival with sessions being held from Ballycastle and Rathlin Island to Carnlough, Cushendun, Cushendall and Glenariff.  It includes workshops for those looking to develop their story telling skills along with special children’s activities such as quizzes, crafts and fancy dress.

Halloween Spooktacular, Antrim, 25 October

This year’s theme is Day of the Dead and little ghosts, goblins and ghouls are invited to come along in their scariest costumes. Join Stephen, Cate and the Q Radio roadshow to see who picks up the bag full of tricks and treats for the best dressed. Be mesmerised by the Wicked Wonder boxes and watch real life mannequins come to life. Visitors can have a shriek of a time on the ghost train, mingle with scary street performers and enjoy the end of the night as an explosion of colour illuminates the night sky in a spectacular fireworks extravaganza at the Junction Shopping Complex.

 

Armagh

Halloween Craft & Games Club, 31 October – 1 November

This year’s Halloween craft and games club at the stables of Palace Demesne offers the perfect opportunity for your child to enjoy the school holidays. With party games and the chance to unleash their inner artist by creating amazing Halloween crafts, children can partake in either one or both days of the club.

Little Spooks, 27 – 31 October

Little Spooks is the perfect Halloween experience at Navan Centre and Fort for boys and girls who aren’t afraid of enjoying some spooky surprises.  From storytelling to making their own witches brew there’s plenty of activities to send a shiver up your little ones spine!

Halloween Family Fun, 27 October

Join Armagh County Museum for a packed afternoon of Halloween family fun. Discover Halloween traditions from the past, have a go at making some seasonal crafts and take time to explore the Museum’s new exhibition; Costume Cavalcade. This year Talking Reptiles will make an appearance bringing with them snakes, spiders, minibeasts and much more.

 

Down

Hallowe’en Walking Tour of Newtownards, Newtownards, 25 October

Take a terrifying walking tour to uncover ghostly goings-on in the run up to All Hallows Eve. Discover, if you dare, dreadful things lurking in this historic town. It is a terrific tour for all the family and fancy dress is encouraged. Booking is essential. The tour departs on foot from Ards Arts Centre, Town Hall, Conway Square, Newtownards, BT23 4NP.

Halloween Fun at Cockle Row Cottages, Bangor, 30 October

Join Cockle Row Cottages this Halloween for free family entertainment, including music from Geordies Music Box, the Tales of the Wild Animal Road Show, a Plant and Play Witch’s Garden, an abundance of creepy crafts and much more.

CRACKS, Newtownards, 20 October

In this darkly comical and deeply moving new play an unsuccessful suicide attempt leaves young Leanne Dowd estranged and attempting to pick up the pieces of a life still shattered by mental illness. Quinntessence Theatre uses their innovative physical ensemble storytelling techniques mingled with multimedia platforms of film to show the struggle individuals with mental illness face on a daily basis at the Web Theatre.

“Dark Side of Ballycultra” Tours, Ballycultra, 25 – 17 October

Not for the faint hearted, experience this stroll around the lamp-lit streets of Ballycultra town where strange and sometimes ghostly happenings occur. Come and discover the stories that they don’t normally tell the visitors.

How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse,  Bangor, 27 October

The pandemic has begun and the zombie herd is heading towards Bangor. Your skills will be tested in North Down Museum with archery and traditional craft challenges. Can you complete the tests before the Zombies attack? Don’t worry – there will be live music, ‘thriller’ dance moves, and a fully-stocked bar to help get you through the night.

 

Fermanagh

Hogwarts Halloween Cruise, Lisnaskea, 27 – 30 October

This unique Harry Potter theme cruise leaves Platform 9 3/4 at the Share Discovery Centre. During the cruise you can expect to be sorted into your house, cast some spells and sample some fascinating foods from the professors, as well as other fun games and crafts. This cruise must be pre-booked, as all witches and wizards must be accounted for.

Halloween Fireworks Display, Enniskillen, 31 October

Halloween will see the Broadmeadow, Castle and Erne light up with Fireworks, Flotilla, amusements and fun for all the family hosted by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council. Entertainment includes a Halloween disco, a torchlight trick or treat tour, street music, food and much more with the fabulous Fireworks display from Castle Island at 8pm.

 

Halloween Fun Days, Sixmilecross, 31 October – 2 November

An Creagán will be hosting three days of Halloween fun, games, music, arts, crafts, fancy dress and treasure hunts for primary school children. Starting at 12 noon and finishing at 3pm. No booking is required.

 

Tyrone

Halloween Torchlight Tours 2018, Omagh, 29 – 31 October

Take a tour of the outdoor museum as darkness falls at Ulster American Folk Park. Ghosts, ghouls and witches will lurk in the shadows as you sample traditional foods such as barnbrack, pumpkin and shoofly pie. Not for the faint hearted, booking for the evening tours is essential.

Halloween Fun Days, Omagh, 20 – 31 October

Experience the Halloween of a bygone era this October at the Ulster American Folk Park. As you walk around the outdoor museum, guides and demonstrators will be on hand to entertain you with a fun-filled programme of activities which explore Halloween in Rural Ulster and Pioneer America. Have your fortune told, listen to stories by the fireside, play some traditional games and pastimes and watch out for some spooky friends as you tour the museum.

Halloween Fireworks Display, Omagh, 31 October

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council will host a programme of entertainment on the OASIS Plaza from 6pm including a Halloween fancy dress party, spot prizes, light performers, and gooey Halloween slime making. One of the highlights of the evening will see Hazel Wand Theatre School delivering a thrilling performance. The mysterious DJ and magician with his tricks and treats will entertain the family as they dodge the creepy characters and vampires roaming the OASIS plaza followed by the spooktacular fireworks display from Strule Arts Centre rooftop.

Spooktacular Rhythm Of The Night 90’s, Omagh, 27 October

DJ 2J’S will be playing the best #clubclassic throwbacks in Lola’s at The Silverbirch Hotel featuring live saxophonist Zacc McGloughlin from the award winning Anna’s Number. Bring your glow sticks and get your hands in the air – a throwback night not to be missed.

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 (15 – 21 October)

 

  1. West Coast Cooler Fashion Week, Belfast, 19 – 21 October. One of the busiest, most diverse programme of fashion events in the country and Ireland’s leading, bi-annual fashion event. Three days of fantastic fashion with nightly catwalk shows, daily style socials and many more exciting events to delve into.
  2. The Stars Of Country Show, Lisburn, 19 October. Join six singers for the unmissable “A Night With the Country Stars” show featuring Frank McCaffrey, Joe Moore, Caitlin, Billy McFarland, Boxcar Brian and Matt Leavy, who will perform toe tapping Country hits in the company of the fabulous Keltic Storm at the Lagan Valley Island.
  3. Saint Sister, Derry~Londonderry, 21 October. Saint Sister performing at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, is the creation of Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty. Their music draws from early Celtic harp traditions, 60s folk and electronic pop to create ‘atmosfolk’—a mix of soulful vocal harmonies, dreamy synth and electro-acoustic harp.
  4. Emily Barker, Limavady, 20 October. Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre are delighted to welcome Emily back to Limavady after her outstanding concert with Ciaran Lavery in 2016. Perhaps best known as the writer/performer of the award-winning theme to BBC’s ‘Wallander’, starring Kenneth Branagh, Emily has released music as a solo artist as well as with various bands including The Red Clay Halo, Vena Portae and Applewood Road.
  5. Fright Night, Magherafelt, 12 October – 3 November. This year’s Fright Night is going to be bigger, scarier and full of twists. Fright Night will see the return of the horrid and harrowing “Woodland Trail”. Unveiling two amazing new sets, a brand new haunting story, coupled with special effects, atmospheric lighting throughout and a creepy cast of wicked creatures. On top of this, four of last year’s scare attractions will also be returning with a few extra dimensions and a brand new attraction; The Slaughterhouse.
  6. CRACKS, Newtownards, 20 October. In this darkly comical and deeply moving new play, at the Web theatre, an unsuccessful suicide attempt leaves young Leanne Dowd estranged and attempting to pick up the pieces of a life still shattered by mental illness.
  7. Macbeth, Limavady, 17 October. A king’s mind is poisoned by prophecy, power, and paranoia. A nation is led to the slaughter. To protect their world, those who lose the most must rise the highest. Merely Theatre create energetic, crystal clear Shakespeare productions at Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre.
  8. Belfast International Arts Festival 2018, Belfast, 16 October – 3 November. Belfast International Arts Festival brings an eclectic fusion of cutting edge performances to Belfast with world class theatre, dance, visual art, music, film, literature and talks. Full line up can be found on BelfastInternationalArtsFestival.com
  9. Field of Screams, Limavady, 19 – 29 October Enjoy the scary experiences on offer at Carrowmena Activity Centre. This is a physical activity and not for the faint-hearted. Field of Screams runs in a 13 acre field, where you will be navigating around in the dark with lots of scary creatures jumping out when you least expect.
  10. W5 Late, Belfast, 20 October. W5 Late is a strictly adults-only, after-hours evening at Northern Ireland’s award-winning science and discovery centre! Don your scariest costume for chills and thrills and explore over 250 interactive exhibits in four incredible exhibition areas.

 

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

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 (8 – 14 October)

 

1.       Fashion Fest 2018, Derry~Londonderry, 13 October. Taking place in one of the city’s most iconic landmark buildings, the Guildhall, this stylish celebration will showcase the very best in emerging and established designers.

2.       Kylie – Golden Tour, Belfast, 8 October. Kylie Minogue, currently on a high with her brand new track ‘Dancing’, will bring her extraordinary creativity as a live performer back to the SSE Arena this autumn on her headline UK and Ireland tour.

3.       Cinemagic International Film & Television Festival, Belfast, 2 October – 4 November. This award-winning festival, which is the largest film and television festival designed for, and by, young people in the UK and Ireland, boasts an ambitious and exciting programme of over 200 events including film screenings, masterclasses with film and television industry professionals, school workshops, Q&As, and young critics panels.

4.       Northern Ireland Potato Festival, Bushmills, 12 – 13 October. The NI Potato Festival celebrates the legacy of local man John Clarke OBE, a world renowned pioneer in potato breeding. The Festival line-up boasts a variety of attractions including Naturally North Coast and Glens artisan market with food and craft producers, cookery demonstrations and talks, bouncy castles, exhibitions and displays, potato inspired games and a petting farm.

5.       Evita, Derry~Londonderry, 9 – 13 October. Telling the story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, Evita follows Eva’s journey from humble beginnings through to extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status which ultimately lead her to be heralded

as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people. Featuring some of the most iconic songs in musical theatre, including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina and You Must Love Me, this smash hit show truly promises to be the theatrical event at the Millennium Forum.

6.       Squirrel Walk & Talk, Cushendall, 13 October. Join the Glens Red Squirrel Group to celebrate ‘Squirreltober’ with a guided walk through Cottage Wood to see if you can spot the Red Squirrel, which is regularly seen here. The woodland also contains a range of native and non-native species of trees and shrubs such as Scots Pine, Elder, Holly and Ash.

7.       Jane Eyre, Coleraine, 10 October. The young, orphaned Jane meets with cruelty at the hands of her aunt and then at the school to which she is banished. She eventually finds her freedom and becomes governess to the daughter of the enigmatic Mr Rochester at Thornfield Hall. As Jane and Rochester’s relationship grows, it is over shadowed by doubt, dark shadows and terrible secrets and she must choose between passion and reason. Hotbuckle Productions bring their inventiveness, humour and unique magic to Charlotte Bronte’s compelling tale at the Riverside Theatre.

8.       Fright Night 2018, Magherafelt, 12 October – 3 November. This year’s Fright Night is going to be bigger, scarier and full of twists. Fright Night will see the return of the horrid and harrowing “Woodland Trail”. Unveiling two amazing new sets, a brand new haunting story, coupled with special effects, atmospheric lighting throughout and a creepy cast of wicked creatures. On top of this, four of last year’s scare attractions will also be returning with a few extra dimensions and a brand new attraction; The Slaughterhouse.

9.       Harvest Fair at The Ballance House, Crumlin, 13 October. Enjoy soup, sandwiches, traybakes and apple pie in the Ballance House tea barn and visit the craft market stalls with a great selection of local crafts and produce to purchase. There will be themed apple craft activities for the children, flower-arranging and wood-carving demos along with a bespoke Silent Auction featuring prizes ranging from restaurant vouchers to hampers which guests can bid on throughout the day.

10.   The Baby Bushka Dance Party, Belfast, 13 October. Eight female performers use four-part vocal harmonies and epic choreographed dancing to bring the spirit and sound of music legend, Kate Bush, to life. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Bush devotees and an amazing night out for lovers of choregraphed dancing, jumpsuits and all things 80’s. Afterwards DJ Emma-Rose Hollywood, will be playing 80’s dancefloor fillers from Bowie to Bananarama to have you dancing into the small hours.

 

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

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 (8 – 14 October)

 

1.       Fashion Fest 2018, Derry~Londonderry, 13 October. Taking place in one of the city’s most iconic landmark buildings, the Guildhall, this stylish celebration will showcase the very best in emerging and established designers.

2.       Kylie – Golden Tour, Belfast, 8 October. Kylie Minogue, currently on a high with her brand new track ‘Dancing’, will bring her extraordinary creativity as a live performer back to the SSE Arena this autumn on her headline UK and Ireland tour.

3.       Cinemagic International Film & Television Festival, Belfast, 2 October – 4 November. This award-winning festival, which is the largest film and television festival designed for, and by, young people in the UK and Ireland, boasts an ambitious and exciting programme of over 200 events including film screenings, masterclasses with film and television industry professionals, school workshops, Q&As, and young critics panels.

4.       Northern Ireland Potato Festival, Bushmills, 12 – 13 October. The NI Potato Festival celebrates the legacy of local man John Clarke OBE, a world renowned pioneer in potato breeding. The Festival line-up boasts a variety of attractions including Naturally North Coast and Glens artisan market with food and craft producers, cookery demonstrations and talks, bouncy castles, exhibitions and displays, potato inspired games and a petting farm.

5.       Evita, Derry~Londonderry, 9 – 13 October. Telling the story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, Evita follows Eva’s journey from humble beginnings through to extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status which ultimately lead her to be heralded

as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people. Featuring some of the most iconic songs in musical theatre, including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina and You Must Love Me, this smash hit show truly promises to be the theatrical event at the Millennium Forum.

6.       Squirrel Walk & Talk, Cushendall, 13 October. Join the Glens Red Squirrel Group to celebrate ‘Squirreltober’ with a guided walk through Cottage Wood to see if you can spot the Red Squirrel, which is regularly seen here. The woodland also contains a range of native and non-native species of trees and shrubs such as Scots Pine, Elder, Holly and Ash.

7.       Jane Eyre, Coleraine, 10 October. The young, orphaned Jane meets with cruelty at the hands of her aunt and then at the school to which she is banished. She eventually finds her freedom and becomes governess to the daughter of the enigmatic Mr Rochester at Thornfield Hall. As Jane and Rochester’s relationship grows, it is over shadowed by doubt, dark shadows and terrible secrets and she must choose between passion and reason. Hotbuckle Productions bring their inventiveness, humour and unique magic to Charlotte Bronte’s compelling tale at the Riverside Theatre.

8.       Fright Night 2018, Magherafelt, 12 October – 3 November. This year’s Fright Night is going to be bigger, scarier and full of twists. Fright Night will see the return of the horrid and harrowing “Woodland Trail”. Unveiling two amazing new sets, a brand new haunting story, coupled with special effects, atmospheric lighting throughout and a creepy cast of wicked creatures. On top of this, four of last year’s scare attractions will also be returning with a few extra dimensions and a brand new attraction; The Slaughterhouse.

9.       Harvest Fair at The Ballance House, Crumlin, 13 October. Enjoy soup, sandwiches, traybakes and apple pie in the Ballance House tea barn and visit the craft market stalls with a great selection of local crafts and produce to purchase. There will be themed apple craft activities for the children, flower-arranging and wood-carving demos along with a bespoke Silent Auction featuring prizes ranging from restaurant vouchers to hampers which guests can bid on throughout the day.

10.   The Baby Bushka Dance Party, Belfast, 13 October. Eight female performers use four-part vocal harmonies and epic choreographed dancing to bring the spirit and sound of music legend, Kate Bush, to life. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Bush devotees and an amazing night out for lovers of choregraphed dancing, jumpsuits and all things 80’s. Afterwards DJ Emma-Rose Hollywood, will be playing 80’s dancefloor fillers from Bowie to Bananarama to have you dancing into the small hours.

 

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

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 (1 – 7 October)

 

  1. HMS Caroline Beer and Cider Festival, Belfast, 6 October. Entry to the festival allows you access to HMS Caroline, the sole survivor of the Battle of Jutland in World War One. The drill hall will be alive with chatter with demonstrations on how to pour the perfect pint and tips on how to make the best beer and cider. Then unwind at the beer and cider bar as you listen to local artists and entertainers.
  2. Enniskillen 100, Co. Fermanagh, 6 October. Motorcycle Racing returns to Fermanagh in the form of the Enniskillen 100 Revival – Ulster Superbike Championship Round 9. Sixteen races around the 1.2 mile airfield circuit provide non- stop action which will see Ulster championship titles being won.
  3. Red Bull Foxhunt, Newry, 6 – 7 October. 550 riders will compete down Rostrevor’s downhill tracks, moorlands and forest roads in a bid to outride three all-star Foxes. Experience the thrill in the race village over the weekend and get up close to some of the riders, sample local artisan food and soak up the atmosphere.
  4. A Disappearing Act, Belfast, 4 – 6 October. Join Philip’s family and friends at the Crescent Arts Theatre for one final disappearing act, an immersive comedy about the end of life. Combining cheesy magic, exuberant music and audience participation, A Disappearing Act is a witty, inventive and sometimes awkward exploration of our mortality, the rituals we use to accept it and say goodbye to the ones we love.
  5. Zombie Run, Magherafelt, 6 – 7 October. Zombie Run is a 6K obstacle run with a fiendish Halloween twist. Cover treacherous terrain in your mission to evade the insatiable zombies. This year’s obstacles are bigger than ever before, with new obstacles including the exhilarating giant water slide. 2k and 5k kid’s runs are also available.
  6. Waggy Races – The Mount Stewart 5k, Newtownards, 7 October. Waggy Races is a cross country fun run for you to compete in as a team with your dog/s. The 12th Waggy Races will take place on the shores of Strangford Lough at the beautiful National Trust Property Mount Stewart.
  7. Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival, Belfast, 5 – 26 October. An action packed festival full of film screenings including special premieres, international feature films, documentaries, short films, foreign language films and education screenings. Throughout the festival Cinemagic will also be offering young people the opportunity to take part in practical events including industry workshops and exciting masterclasses.
  8. Fashion Show & Sparkling Afternoon Tea, Derry~Londonderry, 7 October. Spend an afternoon in the elegant Northern Counties Ballroom at the stunning Bishop’s Gate Hotel for an afternoon of sweet treats, delicate finger sandwiches and a live showcase of some of the wonderful products in Tahlia Leathers range. A pop up shop will be available after the show to allow guests to purchase some of the items featured in the fashion showcase.
  9. Yoga & Mindfulness Weekend, Omagh, 5 – 7 October. Head to An Creagán for a weekend of Yoga & Mindfulness. Their Autumn nurturing retreat gives you the chance to be nourished by the best that the Sperrins has to offer. The weekend includes yoga and mindful movement, activities and meditation all whilst surrounded by nature and beautiful landscapes.
  10. Joanna Lumley – It’s All About Me, Belfast, 6 October. Joanna will regale fans with tales from her incredible career spanning more than four decades at the Waterfront Hall, recounting some never heard before stories. She will also be joined on stage by Clive Tulloh, who will put to Joanna questions from the audience that they’ve always wanted to ask, making the show a unique and hilarious night to remember.

 

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

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 (24-30 September)

 

  1. FEARmanagh, Derrygonnelly, 29 September. FEAR is a multi-sport competition consisting of three sporting disciplines cycling, trail running and kayaking. What better way to spend a Saturday morning than getting up close and personal with Fermanagh’s rugged and wild terrain. Feel the FEAR and do it anyway.
  2. Belfast Championship Dog Show, Belfast, 29-30 September. Thousands of dogs will compete for titles at Ireland’s largest dog show and CRUFTS qualifier, the Belfast Championship Dog Show at Eikon Exhibition Centre. Whether you’re a competitor or just love dogs, this is the perfect opportunity to showcase man’s best friend and meet up with other enthusiasts.
  3. The Nualas, Lisburn, 29 September. They dance like a butterfly and sing like a bee, they’ll have you flat out on the mat with laughter, they will literally punch you right in the kisser with their gloves of gags and gaiety at their new show Glam Slam. Don’t miss this slug fest of musical genius at Lagan Valley Island from Ireland’s First Ladies of Comedy.
  4. Tea with the Lord Coach Tour, Newtownards, 29 September. Embrace this superb opportunity to visit Ballywalter House, the beautiful stately home of the Dunleath family for over 150 years.

Become a member of the gentry for the afternoon as the affable Lord Dunleath guides you around his remarkable home and joins you for a chat over tea in the historic conservatory.

  1. Dippy on Tour, Belfast, from 28 September – January 2019. As part of a road trip across the UK, the Natural History museum’s iconic Diplodocus skeleton, Dippy, is venturing out of London for the first time since 1905. In September, he will visit the Ulster Museum and he’s on a mission to inspire five million natural history adventures, encouraging families to explore nature on their doorstep. Come and meet one of the largest animals ever to have walked the earth.
  2. Seamus Heaney HomePlace and Landscape Tour, Bellaghy, 30 September. Enjoy afternoon tea at Ballyscullion House with breath-taking views over Lough Beg. Explore Seamus Heaney HomePlace and visit the Forge, with a few little extras along the way, ending with a meal, traditional music and poetry recitals in The Old Thatch Inn.
  3. The Bohemian Bazaar, Belfast, 30 September. Around 50 exhibitors will be offering an inspirational range of services and products covering health and beauty, holistic and spiritual, food and drink, fashion and accessories, home and garden, as well as hobbies and play, rest and relaxation at Belfast Castle.
  4. War Torn Children, Limavady, 5 September – 29 November. Delivered in partnership with Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Museum Services, CAIN (Conflict Archive on the Internet) at Ulster University and the Linen Hall Library this moving exhibition of arpilleras, photographs and illustrations highlights the devastating impact of war on children, their families and communities.
  5. Branta bernicla hrota by Adele Pound, Portaferry, 1-28 September. An exhibition showcasing the work of local illustrator Adele Pound. Adele has made numerous studies of Branta bernicla hrota, better known as the brent geese, whose arrival and departure marks the turning of the seasons. “As you look at these drawings, the Brent geese are making their epic 2700 mile journey from the Arctic to Strangford Lough”.
  6. Rob Brydon – I Am Standing Up, Belfast, 28 September. Rob Brydon is perhaps best known for the television shows Gavin and Stacey, Would I Lie to You? and The Trip. His theatre credits include Future Conditional at The Old Vic and A Chorus of Disapproval at The Harold Pinter Theatre. I Am Standing Up represents Rob Brydon’s first stand up tour since his sell out national tour and West End run of 2009.

 

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

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 (17-23 September)

 

  1. Armagh Food & Cider Festival, Armagh, 20-23 September. In the heart of the Orchard County, this festival is brimming with fine foods, sharing plates, foraged lunches, artisan markets, art tuition, fiction and even a murder mystery. Combine all this with award winning ciders and stunning surroundings and you’re in for a harvest season treat.
  2. Culture Night Belfast 2018, Belfast, 21 September. Culture Night is Belfast’s largest, most exciting and inclusive cultural celebration. This event brings together over 300 free events across 150 locations in Belfast City Centre in a single day, attracting over 100,000 visitors from Belfast, Northern Ireland and beyond.
  3. Culture Night Derry~Londonderry 2018, Derry~Londonderry, 21 September. Enjoy a late night of free cultural events across the City and District on Culture Night. Culture Night is an annual public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts. Arts and cultural organisations open their doors until late with hundreds of free events, tours, talks and performances for you, your family and friends to enjoy.
  4. Festival Lough Erne, Enniskillen, 22-23 September. Ireland’s only island town, Enniskillen, will host a celebration of the very best of local food and the Fermanagh Lakelands. The weekend will see a host of activity on and off the water with cookery demonstrations by celebrity chefs, local artisan food and drink producers and live entertainment all taking place at the newly refurbished Enniskillen Castle.
  5. Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon, Belfast, 23 September. Over 4,000 participants are expected to set off on their 13.1 mile journey from Ormeau Park in a bid to complete the largest Half Marathon event in Northern Ireland, the 6th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon. As spectators cheer on the runners they can enjoy plenty of food stalls, music and entertainment.
  6. Giant Fondo, Newry, 23 September. A new cycling Sportive which follows a route through the beautiful Mourne Mountains region. Starting from Clonduff GAC, the total ride distance is 76.63 km, taking in challenging ascents and some of Northern Ireland’s most fabulous scenery.
  7. Cocktail Mixology Workshop, Armagh, 20 September. Learn how to mix, muddle and shake at an interactive 90 minute masterclass with Uluru’s Bar Manager, Paul McElligott. You’ll learn some of the tricks of the trade as well as learning about some classic and contemporary cocktails.
  8. Ramble with the Ranger, Castlerock, 22 September. Set on a windswept cliff-top, with fabulous views in all directions, the 360-acre Downhill Demesne offers an invigorating setting for a guided walk. A National Trust Ranger will lead you around the Demesne, as well as the neighbouring Downhill Forest.
  9. Out of the Night, Into the Light, Newcastle, 22 September. See sunrise from the highest point in Northern Ireland to raise awareness of the work of Adopt NI. Be guided by marshals and the trail of glow-sticks clearly marking out the route, to the top where you will then view a magnificent sunrise and descend into the light.
  10. Woodland and Whiskey Coach Tour, Newtownards, 22 September. This coach tour combinines a guided walk along trails in the estate farmland at Mount Stewart with a visit to Echlinville Distillery. Experience the fine art of whiskey making and taste a golden drop.

 

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