10 things to do in Northern Ireland

April 16, 2013

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Making plans for the weekend? check out our weekly event guide to what’s happening across Northern Ireland this week.

The Sound of Music

Grand Opera House, Belfast, April 16 – 20.

The Sound of Music tells the story of Maria, a novice in a convent, who proves too high spirited for the religious life and is dispatched to serve as a governess for the seven children of the widowed Captain Von Trapp. Her growing rapport with the children, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain.



Ardhowen Theatre, Co. Fermanagh, April 18.

Carlo Collodi’s classic Italian tale about the puppet who wanted to become a real boy. Actors, puppets and a catchy musical score tell the story of the mischievous puppet’s adventures as he turns into a donkey and is swallowed by a shark.


Durham Cathedral Choir Concert

Saint Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Co. Armagh, April 19.

Join Durham Cathedral Choir in concert with its repertoire which ranges from medieval music through to the Golden Age of Tudor English music and to the present day.


Belfast Community Gospel Choir, Market Place Theatre, Co. Armagh, April 20.

St Mark’s Parish Church is thrilled to close their Bi-Centenary Celebrations by presenting The Belfast Community Gospel Choir in concert. BCGC is Northern Ireland’s first and only multi-cultural, cross-community Gospel choir and are much sought after due to their dynamic performances which are charged with joy, passion and energy.


Glorious Gardens

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, Co. Down, April 20.

Join the garden volunteer team and the Irish Garden Plant Society for a family event celebrating the Folk Museum’s flower and vegetable gardens. There will be garden tours, a plant sale, nature walk, traditional cooking inspired by the produce of the gardens and a range of themed activities suitable for all the family.


Record Store Day

Cool Discs, Foyle Street, City of Derry, April 20.

Born in the USA in 2007, Record Store Day celebrates independent local record shops across the globe. It has grown to be the most anticipated day to visit your local participating record store and this year Cool Discs will be hosting a series of very exclusive events throughout the week to celebrate.


Grainne Duffy

The Alley Arts and Conference Centre, Strabane, Co. Tyrone, April 20.

Irish blues goddess Grainne Duffy returns with her band to give us her inimitable raw, rich, instantly recognisable voice and guitar playing that keeps us asking for more – this is a must-see event.


Belfast Spring Fair

Barnett Demesne, Belfast, April 20 – 21.

At this fair there will be a variety of displays, including a spring flower show with hundreds of prize blooms, farm animals including chicks, rabbits, goats, spiders, snakes, frogs, lizards, birds of prey, face painting, a climbing wall, maypole dancing, children’s workshops, street entertainers and much more.


Pet Nose Day

Mount Stewart, Newtownards, Co. Down, April 21.

Bring your friends along – two and four legged – to enjoy a day celebrating man’s best friend. Watch dog agility demonstrations, speak with onsite experts and take part in a bit of pampered pets retail therapy. All shapes and sizes of dogs welcome on leads.


Ballycastle Heritage Trail

Co. Antrim, all year round.

The recently launched heritage trail tells the rich and diverse history of Ballycastle over the years through a series of interpretative panels, encouraging you to explore and discover the town for yourself.


There’s plenty more great events taking place across Northern Ireland, for a full events list go to: discovernorthernireland.com/events/


Europa Hotel, Belfast, May 5.

Arrive via red carpet being snapped by pap photographers, be welcomed in the VIP lounge with a glass of champagne, enter the Grand ballroom and be seated to enjoy gorgeous food and sip your drinks whilst the entertainment explodes on stage. There will be a fashion show, Katie Perry tribute act, swing singer, comedienne and finale act is none other than the amazing Brian Kennedy.  End the night dancing your heart out to a top DJ spinning some funky tunes!

Find out how to get tickets here and start planning that party dress!

OUTLET Village Shopping

Banbridge Co. Down, all year round

Taking the kids shopping with you can be the ultimate challenge but at The OUTLET Shopping Village Banbridge you can bring the whole family for a day of fun at W5 LITE! Launched in September 2011 W5 LITE at The OUTLET is a free, fun, interactive experience for kids, offering a taste of what to expect at its larger Belfast cousin W5 at The Odyssey. At the OUTLET Shopping Village you can indulge in over 55 retail brands all at discount prices. There’s also a host of top cafes, restaurants for every taste and leisure activities too.





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