Tourism NI has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland next week (September 26 – October 2).
· Quintessential Gin Evening, Galgorm Resort and Spa, Co. Antrim, September 27. In the latest of Galgorm’s Gin Evenings, you will be introduced to the Quintessential Brands and their portfolio of fine gins alongside some delicious light bites.
· Autumn Able, Belfast Harbour Estate, Belfast, October 1. Join RSPB Northern Ireland warden Chris Sturgeon for a guided tour of Belfast’s Window on Wildlife (WOW). This hidden gem is home to all sorts of wonderful wildlife in autumn, including migrant species like bar-tailed godwits which come all the way from the Arctic.
· Seamus Heaney HomePlace Opening, Bellaghy, Derry~Londonderry, September 30 – October 3. The family of Seamus Heaney will perform the official opening of the new arts and literary centre dedicated to the life and literature of the late poet and Nobel Laureate. A celebratory weekend to mark the opening of Seamus Heaney Home Place with a long weekend of events, featuring music, theatre, poetry, song, readings and talks in its dedicated performance space.
· Murder Mystery Evening, Downshire Arms Hotel, Co. Down, September 30. Get your Inspector Clouseau hat on to solve all the clues that lead to the culprit in this fun-filled night. This is a killer fundraiser for Family and Community Enterprises and promises to be another adventurous night. Listen the actors describe a series of events and follow the clues to unearth the killer.
· Science Uncovered, Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast, September 30. Science Uncovered is a new late-night event bursting with revelations, breakthroughs and discoveries. Meet local scientists, encounter some of the museum’s lesser-seen collections and expand your mind, with a drink in hand as you explore the museum by night.
· Northern Ireland Potato Festival, Causeway Hotel, Co. Antrim, October 1. A celebration of the mighty spud! The Festival showcases all that is local, fresh and seasonal. The Festival brings together members of the public and the farming community in celebration of all aspects of the local potato industry. Come and enjoy a day out for all the family. Something for everyone to enjoy including food tasting, face painting, games and lots more.
· FEAR (Fermanagh Endurance Adventure Race), Derrygonnelly, Co.Fermanagh, October 1. What better way to spend a Saturday morning than getting up close and personal with Fermanagh’s rugged and wild terrain. Cycle through quiet back roads that cut through the limestone landscape, carved out by Ireland’s icy past, they’re guaranteed to give you more ups than downs! Apply online www.FEARmanagh.com
· Harvest, Springhill House, Moneymore, Derry~Londonderry, throughout October. New for October 2016, visit Springhill for a unique insight into the workings of this Plantation estate at harvest time. See the house set for harvest, experience the gardens, walks and allotments in a whole new light on a guided estate tour and warm up with a bowl of broth and wheaten bread in the new Barn Café. Kids will love the scarecrow trail and fun autumn activities.
· The Legend of Luke Kelly, Market Place Theatre, Co. Armagh, October 1. This ever popular tribute show to the iconic Luke Kelly of ‘The Dubliners’, returns for an eleventh consecutive year. Featuring the acclaimed vocals of one of Ireland’s finest ballad voices of today, Chris Kavanagh, this performance will take the audience on a journey through the numerous hit songs and music of the legendary Luke Kelly.
· Jason Byrne Is Propped Up, Alley Arts & Conference Centre, Co. Tyrone, September 30. Jason Byrne’s brand new show has everything you’ve come to expect from ‘The Outright King of Live Comedy’, plus Ducks, False Chins, Portable Igloos, Bewildered Owls and much, much more. Suitable for 18+. Booking essential. www.alley-theatre.com
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.