The Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland over the next week (November 18 – 24).
• Broighter Gold Coming Home, Roe Valley Arts Centre, Limavady, Co. Londonderry, November 12 – 23. The Broighter Hoard of gold ornaments, dating back to the Iron Age, is coming home to Limavady for a short visit. Ploughed up at Broighter, Limavady in 1896 by two local ploughmen Tom Nicholl and James Morrow, the gold has been on permanent display at the National Museum in Dublin until now. This exhibition will tell the story of Limavady’s connections to the gold.
• C.S. Lewis Festival, various locations, Belfast, November 18 – 23. This festival recognises and celebrates the life and legacy of Belfast born author C.S. Lewis on the 50th anniversary of his death with theatre, exhibitions, art, music, tours and outdoor events. Celebrate the life of one of Belfast’s most famous sons.
• Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival, various locations, Belfast, November 18 – 28. Cinemagic takes place annually in various cinemas and arts venues across Belfast. Young people, families and all fans of film can enjoy a feast of classic and new cinema from around the world with accompanying film and television educational workshops, masterclasses, filmmaking competitions and Q&A’s.
• Foyle Film Festival, Nerve Centre, Co. Londonderry, November 20 – 24. This festival offers filmmakers, animators and artists a unique platform to screen their films with a full programme of documentaries, short films and feature films from all over the world as well as events for schools, youths and adults.
• Glimpses of the Chinese Geoparks, Enniskillen Library, Co. Fermanagh, November 21. Geopark manager Richard Watson will share his experience of visits to the inspiring landscapes of Chinese Geoparks.
• Ulster Scots Thanksgiving Festival, various locations in Donaghadee, Co. Down, November 21 – 24. Donaghadee will celebrate its strong Ulster Scots link with a week-long festival with many events taking place including a concert, lantern parade, fireworks, historical walking tours and a re-enactment of the settlers arriving.
• Christmas Fair and Lights Switch On, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, November 22. Enjoy the Christmas lights switch on as well as locally produced craft, food and gifts, seasonal music, silver bands, Santa’s Grotto and children’s entertainment.
• Bard of Armagh Festival of Humorous Verse, Armagh City Hotel, Co. Armagh November 22. Engage in an evening of true and original hilarity by ordinary people, guaranteed to provide uproarious laughter with many different themes from the ridiculous to the sublime.
• Victorian Christmas Street Fair, Whitehead, Co. Antrim, November 23. Enjoy a Victorian Christmas in Whitehead with a carol service, switching on of the Christmas lights, a fair and a fireworks display.