Weekend plans? Boiling Point, OktoberFest , Take That and Apple Sundays

Eve Hewson and Orén Kinlan in Flora and Son, premiering September 29 on Apple TV+.
Eve Hewson and Orén Kinlan in Flora and Son, premiering September 29 on Apple TV+.

Got any plans for the weekend? Whether you’re staying in or heading out with friends or family, here is our guide on what to watch, where to go and what tickets you should be booking.


Flora and Son - from September 29, Apple TV+

From the musical mind of Dublin director John Carney, Flora and Son explores the bond between a mother and son on a journey toward a new harmony.

The film was a stupendous success at Sundance this year and was subject to a bidding war between Apple and Amazon. Apple was the victor, spending almost $20 million for the privilege. On Friday, we get to see what all the fuss is about.

The musical comedy-drama stars Eve Hewson as a young mother struggling to bond with her rebellious teenager Max (Orén Kinlan).

With the help of a washed-up LA musician (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Flora and Max discover the transformative power of music.

Boiling Point -  October 1, 9pm, BBC One and iPlayer

This new series follows on from the acclaimed 2021 film of the same name, and follows Vinette Robinson's Carly, now head chef, as she navigates being at the helm of a busy London restaurant. But can she create a calmer and less hectic working environment than her mentor Andy, who suffered a heart attack at the end of the film?


OktoberFest at Walled City Brewery, 70 Ebrington Square, Derry - September 29 and 30

Indulge in 14 incredible Bavarian beers, brewed onsite by Head Brewer Josh to satisfy every palate - from our Mango and Berliner Weisse to Dusseldorf Altbier. Pair your drinks with mouth-watering food options by Head Chef Tufty, who will transport you straight to the heart of Bavaria. Throughout the evening, enjoy live music performances and stein-lifting competitions that will keep you dancing and singing along.

Belfast Punk Music Walking Tour,  September 30, 3pm  

Belfast punk music holds a special place in music history. This walking tour to explore the story of punk music on Belfast’s streets, with a passionate punk music loving guide, who saw live back in the late 1970s the city’s best-known bands, including The Outcasts, Rudi, Stiff Little Fingers, Ruefrex and Victim, etc.

The tour visits legendary sites in the 1970s punk story, including where the Good Vibrations record shop first opened, and where the Harp Bar and The Pound stood. You will also visit the city’s music hub, the Oh Yeah Music Centre, for a guided look around the fascinating punk memorabilia and artefacts in the display cabinets of its NI Music exhibition. Participants must be over 16.


Ardress House, Co Armagh, October 1, 11-5

Set in the middle of orchard county, this National Trust property is the ideal location to hear all about Armagh's famous apples and have some family fun. Have a go at the apple press, and taste some local cider. You will also have the chance to pick some apples from the local orchard. They are also inviting budding bakers to enter their Apple baking competition.

Cinemagic International Film & Television Festival For Young People, September 30 - October 31

The festival featuring over 150 films screenings and a host of masterclasses with leading names from the world of film and television beginning this weekend. 

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Getting to know TV weather reporter Geoff Maskell

Mark Kermode on Cinemagic Film Night and love of Belfast

Film critic, broadcaster and journalist Mark Kermode returns to Cinemagic for his annual Film Night to introduce and discuss The Amazing Mr. Blunden, his 2023 festival pick on Saturday at 6pm. 

On Sunday, there is a host of family fun at the Ulster Museum including Shawn the Sheep Model Making workshops with Aardman Animations, and screening of Wallace & Gromit, Oddball and the Penguins and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, introduced by BBC weather presenter Geoff Maskill.


Make some future plans with comedy and music gigs for 2024 going on sale this Friday September 28 at 10am on

Bill Bailey: The SSE Arena - 10 February 24

Spencer & Vogue: Waterfront Hall – 08 March 24

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Spencer and Vogue bring show to Belfast

Take That back with new single, album and Irish dates

Take That: 3Arena, Dublin - 22 + 23 April 24

Mark Owen, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald from Take That performing on stage at BST Hyde Park in London (Jordan Pettitt/PA)
Mark Owen, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald from Take That performing on stage at BST Hyde Park in London (Jordan Pettitt/PA)

Chris Stapleton: 3Arena, Dublin - 20 October 24