Tourism NI has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland next week (April 18-24).
• On the Trail of the Martel: Caving Expedition, Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, April 23. Explore ‘real’ caving deep inside the Marble Arch Caves System through ‘wild’ caves beyond the well-lit caverns of the showcave. Meander through wild cave passages, climb through boulder chambers and squeeze through the famous flyover. A certificate of achievement is awarded to everyone who successfully completes the expedition. Join Geopark staff and find out more about this fascinating environment under our feet. This event is not suitable for individuals under 18 years old and those individuals with physical disabilities.
• Woodland and Whiskey Tour, Mount Stewart & Echlinville Distillery, Newtownards, Co. Down, April 23. Explore the unexplored, combining a guided walk along emerging new trails in the estate farmland at Mount Stewart, with a fascinating visit to the recently opened Echlinville Distillery to see the fine art of whiskey making and perhaps taste a golden drop. Suitable outdoor clothing and footwear is recommended. Tour departs from Ards Visitor Information Centre at 10am.
• Damhead Railway, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, until April 23. Damhead Railway is a charming miniature railway featuring a steam or diesel train ride. The track is located two miles from Coleraine just off the main A26 road to Ballymoney. Both adults and children are able to use the train and picnic facilities are available on the site with indoor facilities available for the wet days. Come along and enjoy the ride!
• Queen’s University Campus Food and Drink Market, Elmwood Hall, Belfast, April 21. This market is being run in conjunction with the Students’ Union as part of the Culture Week celebrations, but will also support the NI Year of Food and Drink 2016, offering a taste of home and raising the profile of local producers and their products.
• Glens of Antrim Challenge Walk, Glenariff Forest Park, Ballymena, Co. Antrim, April 24. Join Cancer Focus NI and discover the scenic beauty and diversity of the Glens of Antrim. Three walks are available of varying length and difficulty, each starting and finishing at the same place. Mountain guides will be provided by East Coast Adventure, who will navigate you and provide information on the area and scenery throughout the walk. £20 registration fee applies.
• Riverbank Productions Presents Alice in Wonderland, The Square Box, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, April 22. Expect brand-new catchy sing-along songs, composed especially with children in mind, fabulous puppets and lots of surprises in this exciting adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, featuring all of the classic characters portrayed by a cast of four talented actors. Shows begin at 10am and 7pm, suitable for ages 5-9.
• Newry’s Food Festival, Newry Variety Market, Newry, Co. Down, April 22. Your taste buds are guaranteed to be satisfied at Newry’s Food Festival with over 30 food producers, restaurants and eateries taking part. In the heart of the city, the festival will consist of a marketplace featuring local suppliers, a pop-up restaurant area, a chef demonstration area and live music.
• The Belfast Tempest, T13, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, April 20-23. To celebrate Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary, Terra Nova Productions is re-imagining Shakespeare as part of a global celebration. The Belfast Tempest will feature 200 citizens who will join a professional international team in a show that will fill the T13 warehouse on Queen’s Island with music, choirs, drama, carnival, magic and romance.
• Belfast Craft Beer Festival, Custom House Square, Belfast, April 21-23. Belfast’s largest celebration of Irish craft brewing is coming to town! The festival will feature the best Irish craft beer, cider makers and distillers showcasing their finest, all in one place over a massive three day festival. With live music, silent disco, fabulous artisan food, 150 + beers, ciders, whiskeys and a few cocktails, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
• Gordan Osràm’s Funeral, Shambles Market, Armagh, Co. Armagh, April 20-21. Accidental Theatre invites you to a performance retrospective tracing the path of artist Osràm’s life and work, featuring videos, interventions and interactive exhibits. As the night unfolds, Osràm’s darker motives build intrigue to a fever pitch, and a personal question faces everyone present: What memory of ourselves do we wish to leave behind? Show begins at 7pm.
Please note some of the events require pre-booking. For more details on these and other events click on www.discovernorthernireland.com/events, visit your local tourist information centre or log onto www.facebook.com/discovernorthernireland.