Tourism NI has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland next week (April 6 – 12).
• Bangor Easter Parade, Bangor Town, Co Down, April 6. The spectacular parade will be taking place at 3pm on Easter Monday when over 200 children and young people from local youth and dance groups across North Down will take part in the spectacular Pirate Parade. Look out for pirate ships, colourful bands, pirates, dancers and live music. This is an extravaganza not to be missed! From 3pm.
• Aquaholics Puffin Express Sea Safari, Ballycastle Harbour, Ballycastle, Co Antrim, April 6. Enjoy the beautiful north coast from the sea including sights like the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Then head over to Rathlin Island and enjoy the spectacular sights of West Lighthouse and the bird sanctuary from the water. After two hours, the safari returns to Ballycastle. And be on the lookout for dolphins, seals and a wide range of seabirds. From 2pm.
• Eggstreme Egg Hunt and Bunny Cruise, Share Discovery Village, Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh, April 5-6. Roll up, roll up or roll down as the case may be for the Share Easter Bunny Hunt and Cruise. Participants can undertake our picture orienteering challenge followed by a cruise aboard the Inishcruiser. Family Fun Day, suitable for all ages. 10am or 2pm start times.
• Easter Sea Safari Sightseeing Boat Trips, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Castle Ward Estate, Co Down, April 5-6.Everyone loves the sightseeing tour of Strangford Lough with its abundance of nature and wildlife. See the SeaGen, Angus Rocks Lighthouse, surface whirlpools and some of the many seals at Cloughy Rocks Nature Reserve. You might see a pod of porpoise or even a basking shark! Suitable for age 3 years plus. Trips leave from Strangford Pier and run hourly throughout the day.
• Easter Country Music Showtime Concert, Newcastle Centre, Central Promenade, Newcastle, Co Down, April 7. Newcastle Centre goes country at Easter when Ireland’s first lady of country music Susan McCann takes the stage to top the bill on this special, Easter Country Music Showtime with the stars concert, which has now become an annual event for country fans. Begins 7.30pm.
• Easter Extravaganza at Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre, Florencecourt, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, April 6-7. Why not come along and celebrate Easter at one of Europe’s finest show caves. A range of activities will be available and this promises to be a great day’s fun for all the family. First tour begins at 10am.
• 44th International Pan Celtic Festival, Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, Great James Street, Derry~Londonderry, Co Londonderry, April 7-12. Now in its 44th year, the Pan Celtic Festival returns to the City following an incredibly successful first year in 2014. The festival is a celebration of the cultural links between the nations of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man. Musicians, singers and dancers arrive from all of the Celtic countries to share their cultural nuances in this family-friendly Easter event.
• Monteverdi Vespers, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh,Co Armagh, April 10. ‘Soundworld of Venice’ comes to Armagh to offer a rare chance to hear Venetian music played on original instruments of the period. St Patrick’s Cathedral will be filled with the sights and sounds of 17th Century Venice with a performance of the Vespers of 1610 by Claudio Monteverdi, considered a masterpiece of its type. From 8pm.
• Jack, The Alley Arts and Conference Centre, Railway Street, Strabane, Co Tyrone, April 11. Join Black Air Theatre Company this Easter holiday as they bring this classic fairytale to life. A must see show for all the family! Show starts at 2pm.
• Easter Carnival Games, W5 at Odyssey, Belfast, until April 12. Join W5 this Easter for an old fashioned, fun family day out, with a modern technology twist! Throw balls to knock down virtual milk bottles, pop virtual balloons or smash virtual plates! What cracking fun!
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.