Things to do across the north from September 12 - 18

10 September, 2016 12:49

THE kids are settling back into school and winter is approaching. What better to cheer you up than some great events right on your doorstep?

Excitement is building for the return of Culture Night, but if you can't make it there's a wealth of entertainment from outdoor film screenings to sampling great food to enjoy.


Across the north


Culture Night

Friday September 16


Culture Night is an annual all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts through a packed programme of events including tasters, tours, talks, trails, demonstrations, activities and gigs.

This year, it will take place 16 in Belfast, Derry, Armagh and Downpatrick.


Co Antrim


Tesco Taste Festival

Custom House Square, Belfast

Friday September 16 – Sunday September18


The fabulous Tesco Taste Festival is returning to Custom House Square in Belfast.

Now in its eighth year, this free Festival, which attracts around 20,000 visitors, looks set to be even bigger and better than before with tasting sessions, cooking demonstrations and live music.


The Holy, Holy Bus

Grand Opera House, Belfast

Monday September 12 – Saturday September 17


Take a trip of the soul with this irreverent comedy about three women who climb on board the west Belfast Holy Holy Bus on a pilgrimage around Ireland's most sacred sites. 

Co Armagh


Good Food Market

The Argory

Saturday September 17


In celebration of the north's Year of Food and Drink, come along to taste and buy a range of locally sourced produce.

 The Argory hosts a Good Food Market from Saturday September 17

The once bustling Courtyard at The Argory will come alive with cookery demonstrations, music and country activities. 11.00am – 4:00pm


Country Comes To Town


Saturday September 17 


Country Comes To Town is a cross-community festival with a rural ethos that will appeal to all ages, showcasing diverse crafts, cultures and traditions.

 The Country Comes To Town Festival is a showcase of diverse crafts, cultures and traditions

The festival includes, vintage vehicles, country music, walkabout performance, traditional crafts such as blacksmithing and wood-turning, performing arts, food traders and demonstrations.


Co Derry


Invasion Derry

Millennium Forum, Derry

Saturday September 17 – Sunday September 18


Ireland’s premier Star Wars costuming club, The Emerald Garrison, will be Invading Derry this September. It includes a line-up of talks, and fun interactive activities as well as the Emerald Garrison’s hugely popular props and replicas.

Visitors of all ages will love meeting and posing with over 40 costumed characters including legions of Storm Troopers, Jedi Knights, Bounty Hunters, Clone Troopers, Darth Vader, Wookies and many, many more!


Co Down


Mount Stewart Conversations

Mount Stewart

Saturday September 17 – Sunday September 18


An unmissable festival weekend of debate, ideas, storytelling, art and music. 

 Expand your mind with debate storytelling and music at Mount Stewart

Tickets on sale now for an inspiring, mind-expanding, one of a kind weekend at Mount Stewart.


Star Wars – The Force Awakens

Outdoor Cinema at Solitude Park

Friday September 16


Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be screened for the first time under the stars at Solitude Park.

Gather friends and family and bring a picnic hamper, rugs and jackets for what is set to be an engrossing evening in the open air.


Full Moon & Penumbral Eclipse Boat Trip

Castle Ward

Saturday September 17


Enjoy the tranquillity of Strangford Lough at twilight, a full moon rising over the water to set off the beautiful scenery of the area.

 Enjoy the tranquillity of Strangford Lough at twilight

Visit the SeaGen, Angus Rocks Lighthouse, Seal colonies at Cloughey Rocks Nature Reserve and much more. 


Co Tyrone


Titanic: Window on Emigration

Ulster American Folk Park

Until Tuesday January 31 2017


Set in the context of European emigration, Titanic: Window on Emigration explore the stories of the Irish passengers who travelled on Titanic.

 Learn about Titanic's passengers at the Ulster American Folk Park

The exhibition uncovers the stories of steerage passengers, why they left for America and what happened to many of the 40 Irish survivors.

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