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Discover Northern Ireland: 10 things to do in Northern Ireland


  • has stacks of fun things to do across NI, from family days out to gigs and cultural events. Here are ten exciting things taking place this week (15 - 21 October)


    1.       West Coast Cooler Fashion Week, Belfast, 19 – 21 October. One of the busiest, most diverse programme of fashion events in the country and Ireland’s leading, bi-annual fashion event. Three days of fantastic fashion with nightly catwalk shows, daily style socials and many more exciting events to delve into.

    2.       The Stars Of Country Show, Lisburn, 19 October. Join six singers for the unmissable “A Night With the Country Stars” show featuring Frank McCaffrey, Joe Moore, Caitlin, Billy McFarland, Boxcar Brian and Matt Leavy, who will perform toe tapping Country hits in the company of the fabulous Keltic Storm at the Lagan Valley Island.

    3.       Saint Sister, Derry~Londonderry, 21 October. Saint Sister performing at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, is the creation of Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty. Their music draws from early Celtic harp traditions, 60s folk and electronic pop to create ‘atmosfolk'—a mix of soulful vocal harmonies, dreamy synth and electro-acoustic harp.

    4.       Emily Barker, Limavady, 20 October. Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre are delighted to welcome Emily back to Limavady after her outstanding concert with Ciaran Lavery in 2016. Perhaps best known as the writer/performer of the award-winning theme to BBC’s ‘Wallander’, starring Kenneth Branagh, Emily has released music as a solo artist as well as with various bands including The Red Clay Halo, Vena Portae and Applewood Road.

    5.       Fright Night, Magherafelt, 12 October – 3 November. This year’s Fright Night is going to be bigger, scarier and full of twists. Fright Night will see the return of the horrid and harrowing “Woodland Trail”. Unveiling two amazing new sets, a brand new haunting story, coupled with special effects, atmospheric lighting throughout and a creepy cast of wicked creatures. On top of this, four of last year’s scare attractions will also be returning with a few extra dimensions and a brand new attraction; The Slaughterhouse.

    6.       CRACKS, Newtownards, 20 October. In this darkly comical and deeply moving new play, at the Web theatre, an unsuccessful suicide attempt leaves young Leanne Dowd estranged and attempting to pick up the pieces of a life still shattered by mental illness.

    7.       Macbeth, Limavady, 17 October. A king’s mind is poisoned by prophecy, power, and paranoia. A nation is led to the slaughter. To protect their world, those who lose the most must rise the highest. Merely Theatre create energetic, crystal clear Shakespeare productions at Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre.

    8.       Belfast International Arts Festival 2018, Belfast, 16 October – 3 November. Belfast International Arts Festival brings an eclectic fusion of cutting edge performances to Belfast with world class theatre, dance, visual art, music, film, literature and talks. Full line up can be found on

    9.       Field of Screams, Limavady, 19 – 29 October Enjoy the scary experiences on offer at Carrowmena Activity Centre. This is a physical activity and not for the faint-hearted. Field of Screams runs in a 13 acre field, where you will be navigating around in the dark with lots of scary creatures jumping out when you least expect.

    10.   W5 Late, Belfast, 20 October. W5 Late is a strictly adults-only, after-hours evening at Northern Ireland’s award-winning science and discovery centre! Don your scariest costume for chills and thrills and explore over 250 interactive exhibits in four incredible exhibition areas.

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