The Belfast Times guide to Easter!

20130328-205458.jpgEaster as always is jam packed with activities so we’ve listed just a few of the best of Belfast.

Unfortunately one of the City’s most popular destinations, the Zoo, have made the tough decision to close over Easter due to snow and ice damage., but never fear, there is plenty of Eggstra special other events going on in Belfast.

The biggest event of the weekend happens in the City Hall with 4 days of activities inside our showpiece public building. We have all the details here.

Shops and shopping centres are pulling out all the stops to get us into that Easter Spring mood, even though we are at the end of the coldest March in 50 years.

20130328-205509.jpgCastlecourt are hosting free family entertainment weekend with complimentary face painting Easter Egg hunts throughout Easter. On Easter Tuesday, Castlecourt hosts Belfast’s famous Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory and its very special free chocolate workshop. The Willy Wonka style event will give children the opportunity to get creative with chocolate and take their sweet creation home to enjoy.

At Ulster Folk and Transport Museum the whole family can work off all those Easter eggs with the wide range of activities on offer. Bring your own decorated egg and take part in the great egg-rolling experience down Bleach Green Hill. Have a go at the Great Egg Trail in the Folk Museum and the Eggstreme Egg Hunt in the Transport Museum. If you are lucky you might find a Golden Egg to win a prize! Watch the magician perform his tricks, visit the Easter chicks, lambs and rabbits and enjoy many other special activities.The activities run from Easter Sunday until Tuesday from 10am-5pm.
Tel: 028 9042 8428

W5’s little egg critters are back for some Easter family fun. They just love to plan their eggscape and this year they are going to need help to escape the jaws of doom in the dinosaur-themed, obstacle-filled Jurassic track.
This runs until 7th April
Tel: 028 9046 7700

At Titanic Belfast there is a packed programme of events lined up, including the attraction’s first birthday. From ‘get the message’ workshops learning about traditional communications methods to Easter egg decorating to dance displays and singing performances there’s plenty to entertain all the family.
Tel: 028 9076 6384

20130328-205519.jpgOr you could hop aboard the Easter Eggspress for a steam train adventure to Whitehead. The round trip from Belfast Central Station to Whitehead Excursion Station takes just under two hours and travels along the shore of Belfast Lough, offering everyone scenic seascapes as it hugs the coastline. The Eggspress runs at 12 noon and 2pm on Easter Monday and Tuesday.
Tickets at £11 each are available from Belfast Welcome Centre, 028 9024 6609

In theatreland, The Man Jesus runs at the Lyric Theatre from Saturday until 20 April. They are offering fantastic value preview tickets at £15 available Sat 30 March 7.45pm, Sun 31 Mar 2.30pm and Tue 2 Apr 7.45pm. Now that’s an amazing deal to see the great Simon Callow perform! Tickets available at

In the Opera House, Calamity Jane (read our review here) continues until Saturday night, then the Full Monty starts on Easter Monday through to Saturday 6th April. Tickets available at

The Mac continues with its superb Warhol exhibition with various tours available also. David Meade arrives midweek for his rescheduled mini residency at the MAC and Lady Windermere’s Fan plays for 3 nights Upstairs in the MAC. Get all the info at

20130328-205534.jpgPhew! And that’s only a few of the Easter activities! Most importantly though, don’t forget to put your clocks forward on Saturday night as British Summer Time begins!!

Oh and make sure you call in and see my exhibition in the City Hall. I’ll be there on Saturday and Sunday afternoons for about an hour or so.

Happy Easter folks.

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