Weekend Plans? Taylor Swift by candlelight, magic, pantomimes, ghost stories and foodie finds

Sophie Clarke
Got any plans this weekend? Fancy doing something different? From mind-blowing magicians and candlelight concerts to the best burgers and coolest coffee shops, we have your essential guide to the weekend - whether you are going out or staying in.



2:22 A Ghost Story, Grand Opera House Belfast, November 17 & 18

Jenny believes her new house is haunted, but her husband Sam isn’t having any of it. They argue with their first dinner guests, old friend Lauren and new partner Ben. Can the dead really walk again?

Belief and scepticism clash, but something feels strange and frightening, that something is getting closer, so they’re going to stay up until 2:22… and then they’ll know.

Written by Danny Robins, creator of hit BBC podcast and television series Uncanny, 2:22 A Ghost Story is an edge-of-your-seat supernatural thriller starring Joe Absolom (A Confession, Doc Martin), Charlene Boyd (Mayflies, River City), Nathaniel Curits (It’s A Sin, The Witcher) and Louisa Lytton (Eastenders, The Bill).

Candlelight Concerts: A Tribute to Taylor Swift, St Anne’s Cathedral Belfast, November 17

Arco String Quartet will perform Taylor Swift hits at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast. Picture: Jessica Christian/San Francisco Chronicle via AP


You may have seen her live, or watched her on the big screen or even just blasted her tunes out of your headphones…but have you ever heard Taylor Swift's greatest hits played by a string quartet whilst hundreds of LED candles light up the room?


Arco String Quartet will perform Taylor Swift hits at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.


Experience Taylor Swift's music in an entirely different way this weekend as the Arco String Quartet plays a multitude of tunes, including Lavender Haze, Cardigan, Wildest Dreams and I Knew You Were Trouble.

Tickets cost £15 and are on sale now via


Rapunzel Family Pantomime, Waterfront Studio Belfast, November 17 – January 6

Experience the classic fairytale of the lonely princess with the golden hair trapped in a tower longing for a life of adventure. This production promises laugh out loud comedy, beautiful costumes and singing for all the family to enjoy.


Joel M: Impossible, The MAC Belfast, November 18


Joel M


Acclaimed magician and TikTok talent Joel M takes centre stage with his highly anticipated new show, Impossible.

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Bread + Records, Beersbridge Road, Belfast, open now

Pastries and freshly-baked bread, a great selection of vinyl - and dog-friendly: This new café, record store and Air B'n'B located on the corner of Bloomfield Avenue could become your new favourite weekend haunt.

@keevaeats BELFAST’S NEW BAKERY & RECORD SHOP is a VIBE ☕️ 381 Beersbridge Road is home to Assemble Bakery, First Press Vinyl Record Shop and an Air Bnb upstairs. The perfect spot for a weekend coffee date, the best pastries and freshly baked bread and a great selection of vinyl. Did i mention its also dog friendly?? Pop in and check it out! #belfast #belfastfood #belfasttiktok #belfastfoodplaces #belfastcoffee #belfastcoffeespots #belfastbakery #belfasthiddengems #northernireland #northernirelandfood #northernirelandtiktok #northernirelandfoodscene #northernirelandhiddengem #nihiddengems #belfastbrunch ♬ time travel - chief. & nobuddy


General Merchants, Antrim Road North Belfast, open now

Well known around Belfast for its selection of pastries, traybakes, coffees and delicious brunch offerings, General Merchants has expanded yet again, opening their first venue in the north of the city.

The new café has a green themed interior where customers can enjoy a sit-in meal or drink as well as ordering to take away.


@foodandcraic New Location - General Merchants, Antrim Road #belfastfood #northernireland #FoodLove #FoodTiktok #ViralFood #GoodFoodVibes #belfast #food #FoodBusiness #FoodInspo #discovernifood #BestFoodPlaces #belfastfoodplaces #UKFood #FoodiesofTiktok #TiktokFood #BelfastFood #brunch ♬ Taste (Instrumental) - KAYTRANADA


Lazy Clair Patisserie, 227 Castlereagh Rd Belfast, open Wednesday-Saturday

Using high quality fresh ingredients, Lazy Clair Patisserie aim to bring customers classic French pastries handmade to an exacting standard in their Belfast bakery.



Hi Burger, Banana Block Belfast, every Friday-Sunday

Dubbed the best burgers in Belfast, Hi Burger offers a wide selection of burgers from their signature triple beef and chilli chicken options to their most expensive lobster burger at £25.

@foodandcraic Burgers done right ‍ @_hiburger serving up some ludicrously good burgers #belfastfood #northernireland #FoodLovers #instagood #instafood #burgers #smashburger #burgersandfries #foodtiktok #ViralFood #GoodFoodVibes #belfast #food #FoodBusiness #FoodInspo #discovernifood #BestFoodPlaces #belfastfoodplaces #UKFood #foodiesoftiktok #discoverfoodni ♬ ten - Fred again.. & Jozzy



The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes

Years before he becomes the tyrannical president of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow remains the last hope for his fading lineage.

With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approaching, the young Snow becomes alarmed when he's assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird from District 12.

Uniting their instincts for showmanship and political savvy, they race against time to ultimately reveal who's a songbird and who's a snake.


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The Crown - series six part one, Netflix


The final season of the hit royal series The Crown will be released in two parts this year, with the first four episodes available to watch now.

This fictional dramatization tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II and the political and personal events that shaped her reign.


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Matt Rife - Natural Selection, Netflix

From his problem with protection crystals to his beef with social media trolls, comedian Matt Rife holds nothing back in this raunchy, irreverent stand-up special.