Tourism NI has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland next week (September 28 – October 4).
• Gulliver, The MAC, Belfast, September 29 – October 17. When Gulliver returns from another amazing experience at sea, his family are more than a little perplexed. They had just about coped with the giants, the tiny people, the floating islands and outlandish inventions. But a world ruled by horses? That’s a different kettle of fish. Only one thing is certain; family life will never be the same again. Join the MAC and Big Telly Theatre for an uproarious theatrical adventure as Gulliver and his family learn to live together in a strange new world where weird is the new normal.
• Red Bull Foxhunt 2015, Shore Road, Rostrevor, Co. Down, October 3-4. Red Bull Foxhunt returns to Northern Ireland bigger and better than ever! On October 3rd and 4th, over 400 riders will hit the Mountain bike trail in Rostrevor and try to beat the Fox. The Foxhunt begins atop Slieve Martin and finishes in the grounds of Rostrevor’s Kilbroney Park, passing through a challenging three-and-a-half mile downhill course of wind-bleached moorland, mud-splattered forests and hair-raising sprints as each biker tirelessly battles to cross the finishing line before the advancing fox!
• Two Sore Legs, Lyric Theatre, Belfast, September 29 – October 3. Set in 50s and 60s Belfast, Two Sore Legs is a powerful, autobiographical play by Brenda Murphy, starring Maria Connolly in a tour de force performance as Murphy’s mother Bridie. A young Butlin’s redcoat, Bridie had 6 children by a married man who lived around the corner with his other family. This play explores the pain, the joy and the fall-out from this extraordinary family arrangement, and the story will stay with you long after you’ve left the theatre. Show begins at 7.45pm (plus 2.30pm matinee on Saturday).
• Flann O’Brien Literary Festival, Various locations, Strabane, Co. Tyrone, October 2-3. A series of events celebrating one of Strabane’s most famous sons. Both a novelist and satirist, Flann O’Brien is best known for his works “At Swim-Two-Birds” and “The Third Policeman” as well as many satirical columns in the Irish Times under the name Myles na gCopaleen. For further information, contact Strabane Visitor Information Centre on 028 7138 2204.
• Northern Ireland Potato Festival, Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills, Co. Antrim, October 1-3. Celebrating our rich potato history, this festival is a must for anyone who loves the humble spud. Preceding the main event on Saturday 3 October, there will be farm visits and musical events in the nearby Giant’s Causeway Hotel. Free car parking in Bushmills and a free shuttle bus service to the Giant’s Causeway will be provided.
• The Big Draw – What’s Your Story?, Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, Limavady, Co. Londonderry, October 3. You can help make the biggest, funniest drawing ever by sharing your favourite story of the Roe Valley. Whatever it is, come along and help the artists illustrate it, before the finished work is exhibited in the Centre for all to see. Live entertainment and family fun for all! From 12-3pm.
• Jurassic Adventures, Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh, Co. Armagh, September 28. Follow the footsteps of Doctor Grant’s team of explorers and laugh at their crazy antics, as they search for proof that dinosaurs still exist in this exciting show for all the family from age 4+. Contains mild peril and huge dinosaurs! Show begins at 5pm.
• Fermanagh Live Festival, Various locations, Co. Fermanagh, October 1-4. Experience Fermanagh’s finest live entertainment and visual arts in a programme of innovative events that are vibrant, colourful and contemporary yet with a regional sense of place providing enjoyment for all.
• Cook with Norah, Grange Country Lodge, Moy, Co. Tyrone, September 30. Learn to bake lovely fresh Soda, Wheaten and Potato breads the traditional way as Norah takes you through the steps. Enjoy a glass of local apple juice with your food, and take home a personalised folder of all the recipes you have seen prepared and cooked! From 6.30-9.30pm.
• Autumn Fair at Mount Stewart, Mount Stewart, Newtownards, Co. Down, October 3-4. Celebrate the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” at Mount Stewart’s Autumn Fair with a wide range of stalls and activities to keep the family entertained.
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.