Tourism NI has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland next week (September 21-27).
• Annual Famine Commemoration, various locations, Newry, Co. Down, until October 4. Get involved in the inaugural Annual Famine Commemoration series of events held north of the border for the first time in its history. The remembrance of those who died or had to leave these shores is an important element in fostering an appreciation of the impact the Famine has had and continues to have in Ireland today. A programme of events has been put together to explore the social, cultural, linguistic, economic and legacy of the Famine in libraries, museums, arts centres and schools throughout Newry.
• Belfast Music Tour, Oh Yeah Music Centre, Cathedral Quarter, Belfast, September 26. Take a bus journey through the heart of this rock and roll city. Sit back, relax, and enjoy tunes and tales from Them and Van Morrison, by way of awesome guitar players, traditional and folk, to punk rock and Hollywood soundtracks. Finish up at the Belfast Music exhibition at the Oh Yeah Music Centre, Cathedral Quarter. Tour starts 2pm at the Ulster Hall, Bedford Street.
• Icons Festival, various locations, Belfast, September 24-27. ICONS Festival is a global event, bringing together world leaders in the tech, music and screen industries. The event is set to garner attention on an international level. 20,000 people are expected to flock to the Titanic Quarter over the four days. ICONS have ensured there is something for everyone with roundtable discussions, film screenings, careers fair and an array of nightlife events under the ICONS Live experience to showcase the best that Belfast has to offer in entertainment.
• Sperrintrek Hillwalking Festival, The Sperrins, Co. Tyrone, September 26-27. Mid Ulster District Council has teamed up again with the Mid Ulster Walking Club to bring you a fantastic ‘Autumn’ hill walking festival. With over 120 walkers joining in last year this is sure to be the best start to your hill walking calendar! The festival departs from Burnavon Arts & Cultural Centre at 9am.
• The Geology of Inishowen and Beautiful Binevenagh by Boat, North Coast, Co. Antrim, September 25. Join Causeway Lass, Geological Survey of Northern Ireland and the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust to explore almost 1700 million years of geological history along the exposed Atlantic Coast of Counties Londonderry and Donegal. You will see the coastline as never before, discovering how the island of Ireland has travelled across the globe, through warm tropical seas, hot deserts, fiery volcanic activity and freezing ice ages. Departs at 10am.
• A Time Traveller’s Tale, Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, September 26. Presented by The O’Brien School of Drama in association with Borderline Players, 50 young actors who have taken part in a 12 week summer programme perform a series of acted scenes, musical numbers and high energy dance routines. Featuring some of your favourite musical classics, prepare for a night of fun and laughter with the stars of the future. Show begins at 8pm.
• Jazz in the Gardens, Mount Stewart, Portaferry Road, Newtownards, Co. Down, September 27. Bring your picnic and settle down on the lawn with your family and friends to enjoy an afternoon of jazz in the beautiful gardens at Mount Stewart. From 2-4.30pm.
• International Clown Festival, Market Street, Downpatrick, Co. Down, September 24-27. Come and take part in the International Clown Festival with a line-up full of FREE entertainment for all of the family, including street shows in St Patricks Square, Scotch Street, English Street and Museum Courtyard. There will be clowns shows, pantomimes, jugglers, magicians, puppeteers, acrobats, bubble artists, balloon sculptors, face painters and much more.
• Victorian Tea Party, The Argory, Moy, Co. Tyrone, September 27. You’re invited to step back to the 1800s to see what really went on behind closed doors in the Victorian big house. Get the gossip from the Housekeeper and the Lady’s Maid and enjoy a delightful afternoon tea featuring finger sandwiches, Victoria sponge, homemade scones and other traditional delights. Afternoon tea sittings: 1.30pm, 3pm, 4.30pm.
• An Imbecile’s Guide To First Aid, The Market Place Theatre, Market Street, Armagh, Co. Armagh, September 25. Join Tony Sutcliffe in this hilarious new comedy show based on his experiences of over 20 years as a first aid trainer. You will be invited into a world of medical mayhem and mirth, with Tony trying to impart his vast but somewhat suspect knowledge of subjects ranging from CPR to childbirth. Show begins at 8pm.
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.