With a fantastic range of free events and activities taking place across the city, Belfast is the place to be. There’s plenty to keep the family entertained this weekend from craft workshops, live music, sporting fun and amazing competitions for Mums, so start planning what you will do and make sure to spoil your mum Backin’ Belfast this weekend.
Friday 8th March
· Sporting fun in the City Centre: 5-8pm, Blackstaff Square
The PS2 Team have organised lots of fun in the City Centre this weekend. This weekend they will host ping pong and table football competitions in Blackstaff Square and anyone can join in. They’ll also be back in St Anne’s Square on Saturday from 12-6pm and on Sunday 1-6pm so start limbering up for some competitive sporting action!
Saturday 9th March
· St Georges Market Backin’ Belfast Extravaganza: 9-3pm, St George’s Market
This weekend, as part of the Mother’s Day celebrations, St George’s Market is giving Mums the chance to win flowers, champagne, chocolates and vouchers to be spent on a gift of her choice within the market. To keep the kids entertained Ark Farm will also be on site with a petting zoo to give the little ones the opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of cuddly animals
· Cool FM in the City Centre: 10am-2pm, Arthurs Square
Cool FM’s media bus will be in Arthur Square, Belfast, broadcasting its Saturday Show live with Connor Phillips from 10am to 2pm and adding support to Backin’ Belfast. Listen out or pop down and say hi.
· Tea and Tales: 11am-6pm, University of Ulster, York Street
Sit back with your favourite book, get comfy and read. With squidgy bean bags and lots of books, children and parents can either listen to stories being read from the best of contemporary children’s fiction or simply relax together and pour over a book in a quiet comfy area. A skilled story teller will be on hand to read to children on the hour.
· Live Music with Allie Bradley: 1-3pm, Donegal Arcade
Listen out for Allie Bradley while you’re out and about in the City Centre this weekend. Allie is a singer-songwriter from Belfast. In the wake of a very busy year releasing her third EP ‘Two’, playing shows with her newly-formed band including the Ruby Sessions in Dublin and in support of Silhouette in Radar Belfast, she is currently working hard in the studio continually writing and perfecting material, recording a new batch of songs, playing gigs and practicing with the band.
Sunday 10th March
· Caricaturist: 4-6pm, Arthur Square
Backin’ Belfast’s squiggling genius drew such a crowd last weekend that he had to come back due to popular demand. Look out for his artistic flair in Arthur Square for a great opportunity to make your evening memorable and have a fantastic keepsake to go with it.
· Mad Hatters Tea Party Street Theatre: 1-3pm, Royal Avenue/High Street
Mad Hatters Tea Party is an eccentric collaboration of circus skills, comedy and fairy tales in this highly interactive walk-about. Alice, the Mad Hatter and the Mad March Hare are inviting you to their very unbirthday tea. This trio draw you into their absurd world where it’s perfectly respectable to be eccentric and to juggle your best cupcakes and china.
· Children’s Workshop: 11am-6pm, University of Ulster, York Street
Come along to the University of Ulster’s Belfast campus and enjoy a free craft workshop making Mother’s Day flowers and alien masks.
· Live Music with Emily Rose Conlon: 2.30pm-4.30pm, Donegal Arcade
Emily-Rose Conlon will perform her music live on the streets of Belfast. Emily-Rose has been described ‘like an Irish Joni Mitchell’, is a singer/songwriter from Belfast, she has performed at the Belfast Nashville Songwriters festival as well as performing live on BBC Radio Ulster and she is a regular performer at open mic events in Belfast and Edinburgh.
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