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What's on in Northern Ireland: 20 things to do this Easter for all the family

There's no excuse for sitting at home as enticing events are taking place all across Northern Ireland, writes Linda Stewart

Published 01/04/2015

Lucy Hunniford (8) from Killinchy, Co Down, gets into the spirit of the season
Lucy Hunniford (8) from Killinchy, Co Down, gets into the spirit of the season
Easter Cot Cruise at Crom, Co Fermanagh, and (below), Bangor’s Easter Parade

1. Take to the Easter Eggspress on Easter Monday and Tuesday for an adventure-filled steam train journey from Belfast to Whitehead with chocolate eggs for children. Two train journeys each day departing Belfast Central Station.

2. Visit Belfast City Hall from April 4-7 for a great line-up of free family-friendly entertainment, including arts and crafts, storytelling, drama and children's workshops.

3. Take to the waves on the Easter Cot Cruise at Crom, Co Fermanagh, on April 6 as you sail around Lough Erne on the 100-year-old traditional craft. Booking is essential.

4. The South West Down Band Association is hosting a concert at the magnificent Victorian bandstand on Scarva Green.

5. Enjoy Bangor's Easter Parade on April 6 from 3pm, featuring more than 200 children and young people - watch out for pirate ships, bands, dancers and live music.

6. Come along to Jungle NI in Moneymore on April 5 for the popular Easter Hunt. Participants must navigate the Jungle's enchanting forest, collecting clues.

7. Unleash your children's inner artistic streak at the Easter Craft Club at the Palace Stables in Armagh on April 9, with traditional Easter crafts, egg-rolling, games and the Easter egg hunt. Suitable for five-12-year-olds with booking essential.

8. Head to W5 in Belfast from now until April 12 for an old-fashioned family day out at the Easter Carnival Games with a modern technology twist.

9. Enjoy the procession of colour and fun at the Street Theatre parade in Portrush on April 5 - fun starts from 1.30pm.

10. The Easter Extravaganza at the Share Centre, Fermanagh, from April 3 to 12, will offer a host of outdoor activities, from archery, banana boating and canoeing to climbing and circus skills.

11. The Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh is the perfect spot for a Spring Fair Day, with the sights and smells of a busy market day in 1900s Ulster. Storytelling sessions and a chance to take your partner for a spring-time hoe-down.

12. Make your Easter Bonnet for the competition at the fun-filled Easter Farmer's Market in Comber on April 2 at St Mary's Parish Church Park, which will feature an Easter treasure hunt for children.

13. Enjoy the fun activities at Springhill's Cadbury's Easter Egg Trail round the house and grounds in Moneymore between March 30 and April 12, with face-painting, children's games and craft activities. For details of the National Trust egg hunts which are taking place, visit www.easteregg trail.com.

14. The Ballycastle Town Market will be visiting Portstewart on April 5.

15. Visit Orchard Acre Farm, Irvinestown, Co Fermanagh, on April 6 for egg-painting for families.

16. Head to the Newcastle Centre for the Easter Country Music Showtime Concert on April 7. Susan McCann tops the bill and is joined by Ally Harron, Marian Curry, Gary Gamble and Country Harmony.

17. Family show The Ugly Duckling is running all day at the Navan Centre in Armagh from April 4 to 7, with songs, dance, quack crafts and Easter activities.

18. Budding Rory McIlroys can head to Banbridge Golf Course for an Easter Golf Camp between April 1 and 3, with the chance to learn skills with PGA professional Jason Greenaway.

19. Head along to the Strule Arts Centre for an Easter Egg hunt on April 11.

20. Celebrate the season at the Easter Extravaganza at Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre in Co Fermanagh. The event, on April 6, features fossil hunts and nature trails.

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