Weekend Plans? Irish rugby, The Exorcist, Brent geese and artistic diversity

From sporting action to movie madness, witnessing the wonders of wildlife or enjoying some literary words of wisdom, we have you guide to the weekend whether you are heading out or staying in. 


Ireland v Scotland, Rugby World Cup, October 7 at 8pm

Following wins over Romania, Tonga and South Africa, Ireland conclude their Pool B campaign in Rugby's World Cup against Scotland in Paris' Stade de France.

If you haven't been lucky enough to get your hands on a coveted ticket, there are plenty of bars showing the action or settle down in front of your tv and watch Andy Farrell's side take a step closer to World Cup glory. 

ITV 1 will broadcast the game live in the north of Ireland, with coverage starting at 7.15pm. Virgin Media 1 will show the match live in the Republic of Ireland, with their coverage starting at 7pm.

The Exorcist: Believer, in cinemas from October 6

Fifty years on from its original release, William Friedkin’s supernatural horror The Exorcist, based on the best-selling book by William Peter Blatty, still possesses a rare ability to send shivers down the spine.

Director David Gordon Green, who recently resurrected the Halloween franchise, hopes to pull off a similar feat with a direct sequel that welcomes back Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn as Chris MacNeil, whose daughter Regan was possessed in the 1973 film.

Big Brother, October 8, 9pm, ITV1 and ITV2

After five years away from our screens, Big Brother returns, with AJ Odudu and Will Best as hosts. Love it or loathe these reality shows, it's always intriguing to find out who involved. This time the show will air on ITV2, with a launch show also being broadcast on ITV1.

Loki, Disney+ from October 6

Tom Hiddleston returns as everyone's favourite God of Mischief, in season 2 of the Marvel Disney+ show. Sophia Di Martino, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wunmi Mosaku and Owen Wilson all areturn, while Ke Huy Quan joins in a new role as OB.


The Big Brent Weekend, WWT Castle Espie, October 7 and 8

Every autumn, around 25,000 light-bellied Brent geese make the challenging 3,000 mile journey with their young from Arctic Canada to Strangford Lough.

Across the two days visitors at WWT Castle Espie visitors can celebrate this wildlife spectacle and enjoy a range of experiences which highlight the incredible journey of the Brent Geese, including fun family activities, photography workshops, expert talks, and arts and craft workshops.

Aspects Festival - Glenn Patterson: Two Summers at Bangor Castle, October 6 at 6pm

Bangor's Aspects Festival concludes this weekend. Amongst the highlights is award0winning writer Glenn Patterson discussing his latest book Two Summers. The pair of novellas is set over two pivotal summers in the lives of two young men from Belfast as they recall the constraints of the place where they were born and the times in which they are living.

Bounce Arts Festival - October 6 - 8, various locations across Belfast

Northern Ireland’s leading celebration of artistic diversity and inclusion – the Bounce Arts Festival – returns from October 6th to 8th with a packed programme of more than 30 events.

Run by the University of Atypical, the festival showcases the talent and creativity of d/Deaf, Disabled and neurodiverse artists in the UK, Ireland and beyond, with a focus on accessibility for all audiences.

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Many of the performances and workshops are gree or pay-what-you can. The programme includes theatre, dance, comedy, puppetry, visual arts and talks.

Experi-Mental at Belfast's Crescent Arts Centre on Saturday Octber 7 featuring performance poet Alice McCullough, writer and comedian Simon Jay and New York based poet Mari Crawford.