Always on the hunt for things to do, we came across this Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) list of 10 exciting things to do over the next week (September 9 – 15), so of course we had to share!
• CultureTECH, various venues, Co. Londonderry, September 9 – 15. CultureTECH returns with a fantastic four-day celebration of all things digital. It combines gaming, film screenings, industry workshops, digital arts installations and live music into one exhilarating event which attracted over 15,000 people in its first year.
• Victoria Square Race Day, Down Royal Racecourse, Maze, Co. Down, September 13. One of the most fashionable dates in NI’s racing calendar returns for another stylish day of exciting horse racing.
• Summer Theatre – A Bride In The Hand, The Courtyard Theatre, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, September 13 – 14. Vickie is desperate to get her mother safely married but between her over eager boyfriend, a collapsible ironing board and a mix up over the best man – not to mention an electrician who blows all the fuses – time is running out for them to get to the church.
• Orchard Country Fest, Armagh City Hotel, Co. Armagh, September 13 – 15. Enjoy the best in Irish County music including Brendan Shine & His Band, Carmel McKenna, Hugo Duncan, Sinéad Taggart as well as dancing and a cabaret.
• Benedict Kiely Literary Weekend, Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, September 13 – 15. The 12th year of the Benedict Kiely Literary Festival with this year’s festival focusing on travel and travel writing with a host of experts in this field speaking through the weekend.
• Frances Black – The Stronger Tour, Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, September 14. Frances’ first studio album in ten years ‘Stronger’ features all her favourite songs that she has sung throughout the years. Make sure you don’t miss this exciting concert.
• European Heritage Open Days, various locations throughout Northern Ireland, September 14 – 15. Over 400 properties will be opened free of charge for visitors to discover the heritage of Northern Ireland. This year will also see a programme of cultural events taking place – see and hear about built heritage through living history, film screenings, literary events, theatre performances, visual arts and exhibitions.
• Magnus Barelegs Viking Festival, Delamont Country Park, Co. Down, September 14 – 15. An annual event celebrating Viking heritage. Watch as Viking boats arrive in Killyleagh harbour and enjoy the torchlight procession as it makes its way through the town.
• BBC Summer of Wildlife, Castle Ward, Downpatrick, Co. Down, September 15. Discover all the amazing wildlife on the shores of Strangford Lough. Go on a seashore safari, take part in a big seaweed search, get out on the water in a canoe and search for seabirds, make wildflower bombs for your garden and get up close and personal with all sorts of wildlife including bees, owls and hedgehogs.
So get your diaries out and plan those trips out and about around our beautiful country!