Tourism NI has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland next week (May 16-22).
• Northern Star, Lyric Theatre, Belfast, May 16-29. Stewart Parker’s Northern Star is based on the charismatic Belfast-born United Irishman, Henry Joy McCracken, as he dissects the reasons for the failure of the 1798 rebellion, and its attempt to forge a new nation. The story takes place on the night before his arrest and subsequent execution, recalling seven ages of his life, each presented in the style of a great Irish writer, from Boucicault and Wilde, to Behan and Beckett. It delivers a comic, terrifying and moving journey through the missed opportunities of Irish history. Shows begin at 7.45pm Tue-Sat, and 2.30pm Sat & Sun.
• Stories from MACGG: Nearly 1 Billion Years in the Making, Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, May 20. Join Dr Kirstin Lemon for an illustrated talk on the fascinating geology of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark. Discover a history dating back nearly 1 billion years and hear about the hot deserts, tropical oceans and big freezes that have helped shape the magnificent landscapes of the Geopark. Begins at 7pm.
• The Simon & Garfunkel Story, Riverside Theatre, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, May 21. Direct from its success in London’s West End, a sold out UK tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back. Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th Anniversary Celebration also features a full live band performing all the hits including ‘Mrs Robinson’, ‘Cecilia’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and many more. Show begins at 8pm.
• Blacksmithing and Creative Metal Workshop, An Creagán, Creggan, Co. Tyrone, May 21. These Blacksmiths Workshops are basic blacksmithing and creative metal classes, celebrating the ancient craft of blacksmithing in a fun and inclusive way. The classes will allow the students to bring home a beautiful piece of functional art that they made as well as making a permanent group piece for exhibition. From 10am-4pm. Cost £30, includes lunch.
• Irish TV’s Country Music Awards 2016, Armagh City Hotel, Armagh, Co. Armagh, May 19. Following on from the huge success of last year’s first ever live broadcast of a Country Music Awards in Ireland, the CMA’s are back and tickets are available now. You will also have your chance to make your voice heard: who is your favourite artist, single or album? For details on voting and line-up check Armagh City Hotel’s Facebook and website.
• National Drawing Day, F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge, Co. Down, May 21. A drop-in event for National Drawing Day facilitated by artist Millie Moore. Adults, children and families are invited to participate in this fun workshop inspired by the F E McWilliam sculpture collection. No experience necessary, just come and have fun. From 12-3pm.
• Ulster Drama Festival, Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, May 16-21. The best of amateur theatre comes to Theatre at The Mill this May, staging six days of top quality drama, competing for the Grand Opera House Premier Award. More information about each play can be found at www.theatreatthemill.com.
• Endangered Species Day, Belfast Zoological Gardens, Belfast, May 20. Belfast Zoo is home to some of the world’s most endangered animals. Come along to the zoo on endangered species day to listen to zoo keepers explain more about these species, the dangers they face and the role of modern zoos in successful conservation.
• Fermanagh Genealogy Centre Show and Tell, Enniskillen Library, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, May 21. This event is for anybody with an interest in learning more about tracing their family history. Members and non-members are encouraged to come along with their photos, family trees, objects and school photographs, with a round table discussion. Begins at 2.15pm.
• Belfast Hills Walking Festival, National Trust Car Park, Divis Road, Co. Antrim, May 21. Help raise some much-needed money for the North West Mountain Rescue Team by taking a 10k or 20k walk in Belfast Hills. You can either pay the registration fee and raise sponsorship for your favourite charity, or give all sponsorship proceeds to NWMRT. Begins at 9am.
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.