Tourism NI has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland next week (October 5-11).
• Towpath Cycle Safari, Newry Canal Towpath, Newry, Co. Down, October 6. Enjoy a leisurely cycle along the traffic free canal towpath with stops along the way to learn a little of the history and heritage of this unique waterway. All equipment including the bike, is provided free of charge under the Southern Health Trust’s ‘Cycling for Health’ programme.
• Fermanagh Walking Festival, Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, October 10. This family walk will be held in various locations in the Marble Arch Nature Reserve. You will be able to meet some real-life cavers, search for fossils, identify plants and mosses, discover tree trunk inhabitants and much more.
• National Poetry Day, Armagh Public Library, Armagh, Co. Armagh, October 8. The City Chapter in association with the John Hewitt Society invites you to celebrate the annual mass celebration of poetry and all things poetical with poets Ruth Carr and Frank Ormsby on Thursday October 8 at 7.30pm.
• Open Air Cinema, Banbridge Civic Offices, Banbridge, Co. Down, October 9. You don’t need to go to infinity and beyond for a great cinema experience as Solitude Park will be just the ticket when Woody and Buzz take to the silver screen with a fantastic free outdoor showing of the family favourite, Toy Story. Film begins at 7pm.
• Dance Around the World, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, October 10. Let the orchestra sweep you off your feet with a tuneful evening of lively music in this special concert, ‘Dance Around the World’. You will enjoy The Blue Danube by Strauss, Riverdance, a Slavonic Dance by Dvorak, Invitation to the Dance by Berlioz and the beautiful Bolero by Ravel and much more. Begins at 7.45pm.
• Titanic Taster Tour – Photography, Titanic Foundation, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, October 10. Become a Titanic inspired photographer for the day by learning tips and techniques while exploring Titanic Quarter’s Maritime heritage. Stops include an exclusive opportunity to go inside the H&W Drawing Offices to capture some remarkable photos of the building in its current state before it begins its restoration and transformation. The next stop gives you a chance to climb on-board and explore Titanic’s ‘little sister’ SS Nomadic – tender to the Titanic and the last remaining White Star Line Ship in the world.
• The Night Alive, Lyric Theatre, Belfast, October 9-31. Set in Dublin, The Night Alive tells the story of Tommy – a middle-aged man who is just about getting by. He’s renting a run-down room in his uncle Maurice’s house, keeping his ex-wife and kids at arm’s length and rolling from one get-rich-quick scheme to the other with his pal Doc. Shows are on Tuesday to Saturday 7.45pm / Saturday and Sunday 2.30pm.
• Commedia of Errors Presents: The Táin, Riverside Theatre, Ulster University, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, October 9. One of Ireland’s greatest tales has been brought to life in this new adaptation, turning the classic myth into a feast of sword play, buffoonery and slapstick. Fresh from its debut at the international Theatre Festival in Milan. Cú Chulainn, the hero of Ulster, stands alone against the might of the forces of Connacht. A hero at his finest, but also the worst, in this comedic, pantomime adaptation by Belfast’s own Benjamin Gould. Show begins at 8pm.
• Ssh! We have a Plan, Alley Theatre, Strabane, Co. Tyrone, October 8. Based on the Chris Haughton book of the same title, this delightful and poignant tale follows the journey of some madcap characters each of whom has a plan; they all want to capture a beautiful bird perched high in a tree! Sounds simple, but the quest becomes an obsession and the obsession becomes the absurd! Suitable for ages 4+. Show begins at 1.15pm.
• Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival, Various locations, NI, October 9 – November 1.The Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival returns with a world class programme of theatre, performance art, moving image, visual art, dance and music. The new international festival will reflect both the changing city and the continuing evolution of creative practice from around the world and will feature artists and performers from across the globe, bringing everything Belfast audiences have come to expect in recent years from the Festival and more.
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.