Tourism NI has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland next week (March 28 – April 3).
• Festival of Colours, Titanic Exhibition Centre, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, April 3. Bring an energetic burst of colour to your weekend with this traditional Indian spring time tradition. Titanic Exhibition Centre will be the venue for the vivid, dye-throwing multi-colour frenzy at the heart of the annual Holi (Colour) Festival, which is a high-spirited, fun-filled party for all the family! Begins at 1pm.
• Newry Twilight Market, Newry Market, Hill Street, Newry, Co. Down, April 1. The local market will be transformed into a food and drink haven where visitors will be able to feast on some of the unique food elements that make up the thriving food and drinks sector in Newry, Mourne and Down. It is expected that there will be a wide selection of local pop-up restaurants and food producers on the night, combined with entertaining chef demonstrations, food tastings, live music and full bar facilities. From 5-11pm.
• Encore Performing Arts Academy Presents High School Musical, Alley Theatre, Strabane, Co. Tyrone, March 31-April 2. Join the very talented Encore Performing Arts Academy students as they bring the Disney Channel smash hit “High School Musical” to the stage. The students of East High must deal with first love, friends and family while trying to balance classes with extra-curricular activities. With classic songs such as ‘Breaking Free’ and ‘The Start of Something New’ this is the perfect family show. Show begins at 7.30pm.
• Easter Craft and Games Club, Palace Demesne, Armagh, Co. Armagh, March 31-April 1. Children aged 5-12 can enjoy the Easter school holidays at the egg-cellent Easter Craft Club at the Palace Stables where they can get their hands dirty making traditional Easter crafts, take part in egg rolling, games and of course the ever popular Easter egg hunt. The craft club runs from 10am – 4pm and has a fully supervised lunch.
• Narnia Family Fayre, Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor, Co. Down, March 28. The Narnia Trail in Kilbroney Park will come to life with characters from the Chronicles of Narnia as part of the Year of Food and Drink 2016. Samples of the best produce the area has to offer will be available at food stalls plus you can browse the interesting arts and crafts stalls. Experience cookery demonstrations at the Cloughmore Centre, with face painting for children, wood carving, willow weaving and lots more. A great family day out, not to be missed.
• Apollo Easter Scheme, Ulster Museum, Belfast, March 29-April 1. Children’s Music Academy team up with The Ulster Museum Learning Program, Artworks NI and Rukis Cirkus, for four days of learning and fun. With a splash of Science, circus skills, music and arts and craft mixed in with a dollop of natural history and fine art, Apollo is a great way to introduce the arts to children aged 4-11.
• Steve Farlow’s Big Night Out, The Lodge Hotel, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, March 29. Join Ireland’s music man Steve Farlow as he hosts his annual Easter Tuesday Country Show at the Lodge Hotel, Coleraine. Always a full house, this is the biggest country show on the Causeway Coast. Featuring many special guests, the show will be a great night’s craic with dancing until late. Show begins at 8.30pm.
• Naturally North Coast and Glens Easter Market, Marine Hotel, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, March 28. Come along and enjoy a leisurely browse around great quality stalls featuring all sorts of delicious produce and maybe you will even find a special Easter Egg! Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisan Market has been established for a number of years and gets bigger and better with each event. With an Easter theme you will, no doubt, find something for everyone.
• Some Guy Called Hamburger, Belvoir Players Studio Theatre, Belfast, March 28-30. This brand new play is set in an old folk’s home run by the formidable Mildred Fitch. An entertaining group of characters reside in the home and when faced with potential closure they use their collective skills and experiences to thwart Miss Fitch’s devious plans. Show begins at 8pm.
• Easter Monday Family Fun Day, Florence Court, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, March 28. Visit Florence Court on Easter Monday and enjoy a day of fun for all the family. The little ones can head out on an Easter egg hunt to find a chocolate treasure whilst the adults can relax and enjoy live music, and much more. Egg trails £1 per child.
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.