Upcoming events in Northern Ireland

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Posted by Discover Northern Ireland

Published February 18, 2020


discovernorthernireland.com has lots of fun things to do across Northern Ireland, from family days out to gigs and cultural events. We've put together a selection of exciting things taking place this week across Northern Ireland in the week ahead.

Upcoming events in Northern Ireland

Walled City 400, Derry~Londonderry

Belfast Gin School, Belfast, 25 Jan – 28 March

Through experiential learning, with master distiller, Ian, you will have the opportunity to see gin being distilled, learn about flavour combinations and make your own! Each participant will receive a goodie bag containing their own miniature bottle of gin to serve with their tonic of choice at home. A great afternoon with gin and cupcakes, what’s not to love?

Philanthropy Past and Present Tour, Belfast, 10 January – 28 February 2020

Clifton House is an impressive Georgian building, set in tranquil landscaped gardens in the heart of Belfast. Opened in 1774 by Belfast Charitable Society, the building was used as a nursing home and hospital for older people and is now a unique event venue and visitor attraction. The January and February tours explore the city’s oldest working building, set up by philanthropic merchants as the Belfast Poor House. Hear stories of its work and those who sought refuge in its walls.

Silent Light, Coleraine, 9 – 23 February

Visitors will be steeped in the landscape, embarking on a silent walk to Mussenden Temple which sits perched at the edge of a 120ft cliff overlooking the North Atlantic Ocean. Within the Temple, an installation of the artist’s ‘Stained Moons’ artwork awaits. The viewings will take place in silence and in darkness, after twilight, for fourteen nights in February.

NI Science Festival, Belfast, 13 – 23 February

Join NI Science Festival as they celebrate the science of you, the universe and everything in between. These events present some of the best scientists from NI and beyond to discuss their work, cutting-edge research and what the future might hold. During the day, the festival offers a range of workshops, talks and interactive activities for young people, parents and schools. In the evening there will be an eclectic mix of scientific debate, talks, theatres, comedy, music and film for adults.

Belfast Restaurant Week 2020, Belfast, 17 – 23 February

This February, treat yourself to some self-love and indulge in dining out during Belfast Restaurant Week. Due to its phenomenal popularity, this week-long initiative is returning on 17-23 February. It will run across some of Belfast City Centre’s most loved restaurants, bars and hotels, where the best in local produce can be found in what has become the country’s unrivalled food and drink scene.

Dragon from the Lagan goes to W5, Belfast, 17 February – 16 April

Children are born natural scientists, so why not bring them to W5 to let them imagine, explore and play in Discovery. In this 45 minute workshop they’ll follow the adventures of a small, friendly dragon as he makes his way to W5 to discover a world of amazing science. Children can then enjoy some simple science craft activities and a variety of building challenges all with a maritime theme! So step on-board this February for the ultimate family day out

Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show, Belfast, 19 – 22 February

Since it began, Riverdance has toured the globe. The show has been performed over 12,160 times and seen live by over 27.5 million people in 546 venues worldwide. Now it is time to celebrate another milestone on that journey. The 25th Anniversary show catapults Riverdance into the 21st century and will completely immerse audiences in the extraordinary and elemental power of its music and dance.

Winter Supper Club – New York, Derry~Londonderry, 21 February

Take a trip to the streets of New York for an unforgettable night at the Walled City Brewery. Think beer, hot dogs and American sliders - you’ll be living the dream. Walled City Brewery will be working with Lo & Slo on this one so you will be in for a treat.

Bene and Cormac, Belfast, 22 February

This is a free event part of the Gradam Ceoil TG4. Bene and Cormac won BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2019. Their debut album Wavelength has taken the traditional music scene by storm and they themselves are at the forefront of a wave of amazing young Irish and Scottish musicians taking up the mantle. Don’t miss their gig at the Discover Ulster-Scots Centre.

Heart and Soul of Portrush Tasting Tour, Portrush, 28th February – 26th June

Celebrating all the unique flavours and exquisite culinary delights of this coastal hidden gem which will do your heart, soul, body and mind wonders! Join friends and embark on a 4.5 hour walking tour of Portrush's only craft beer brewery and finest gastronomy establishments visiting four venues sampling the freshest, award-winning, local produce.

Clannad at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast, 29th February

The multi-award winning Clannad have without doubt done more than any other group to take Irish music and the Irish language to a worldwide audience. Fusing elements of traditional Irish music with more contemporary folk, new age, and rock they have created a beautifully unique and ethereal sound which combines haunting melodies and mesmerising vocals to transcend the sands of time whilst appealing to a worldwide audience of all ages.

Winter Wildfowl Cruise, Enniskillen, 29th February

Lough Erne Landscape Partnership are delighted to be hosting in partnership with Share Discovery Village and RSPB, their first Lough Erne Winter Wildfowl Cruise. Step on board the Inishcruiser and enjoy afternoon tea whilst sailing the waters of Upper Lough Erne. Fionnbar Cross from RSPB will be on board to provide an expert guidance throughout the cruise on bird species and their habitats in Upper Lough Erne. Throughout the cruise you will hopefully get to see many species of wetland birds and wintering wildlife in the unique Lough Erne wetland habitats.

Celtic Mindfulness Armagh, 29th February – 1st March

Don’t miss out on this unique healing experience of the land and energy. Where music, myth and meditation will be used to awaken your Celtic soul, creating a positive mindfulness.

Belfast Choc Walk, Belfast, until 22nd May

This three and a half hour tour will allow you to enjoy all things chocolate as Taste and Tour uncover some of the incredible chocolate delights to be found in five venues across Belfast. Join the chocoholic guide as you learn how to taste chocolate properly with one of the world’s top chocolatiers, find out how versatile your favourite ingredient can be, from cocktails to savoury dishes and much more, as you discover a whole new appreciation for your favourite fruit!

Walled City 400, Derry~Londonderry, until 31 March 2020

2019 marked the 400th anniversary of the completion of the Derry Walls. Built from 1613 to 1619, the Walls are the largest ancient monument in Northern Ireland, the only remaining Walled City in Ireland and one of the finest examples of Walled Cities in Europe.

Life Cycles by Lorna Smyth, Enniskillen, until 18 April 2020

This showcase of new works, curated by renowned artist Lorna Smyth, encompasses the four seasons in one year. Lorna's art emphasises the world around us, highlights her love of nature and captures a sense of belonging regardless of the place name.

Bluegrass Omagh, Omagh, 22-24 May

The 3 day Bluegrass festival returns to the Ulster American Folk Park in May with an impressive calendar of events with fifteen international artists performing over six stages. 



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