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11 things happening this week in Northern Ireland - from Rocky Horror Show to UB40

Here's our pick of 11 exciting things taking place across Northern Ireland this week.

1. Foraging as in St Patrick’s time at Navan Centre and Fort

  • Armagh, March 18


Have a go at foraging for your food as part of this drop-in family event – find it, see how it was cooked and then taste it for a real experience of how food was prepared during St. Patrick's days in the early Christian era. Suitable for all ages, this event is part of the Home of St Patrick Festival.

2. St Patrick’s Family Day

  • Banbridge, March 18

Solitude Park will be buzzing with its annual St. Patrick's Family Day. With free activities, including live music, workshops and entertainment there is something for everyone to enjoy.

3. UB40 featuring Ali & Astro

  • Belfast, March 22

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Following the release of A Real Labour Of Love - their most successful album for 25 years - UB40 featuring Ali & Astro will bring their highly anticipated A Real Labour Of Love and 40th Anniversary Tour to The SSE Arena Belfast on March 22. They will be celebrating with a greatest hits set that features global smashes including‘Red Red Wine. Ali & Astro will be joined on-stage by their incredible eight-piece reggae band.

4. The Rocky Horror Show

  • Belfast, March 18-23


Richard O’Brien’s legendary musical masterpiece returns for 2019 starring Strictly Come Dancing champion Joanne Clifton as Janet and a1’s Ben Adams as Brad. Featuring timeless classics including the pelvic-thrusting Time Warp, The Rocky Horror Show is the story of two squeaky clean college kids whose car breaks down outside a creepy mansion where they meet the outrageous Dr Frank’n’Furter for an adventure they’ll never forget.

5. The Boulevard turns one

  • Banbridge, March 23-24

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A weekend of birthday celebrations awaits as Northern Ireland’s premier outlet shopping destination, The Boulevard in Banbridge, celebrates its first birthday from March 23-24. Adorned with ‘Alice in Wonderland’ themed decorations, the mall will be alive with a party atmosphere with live music and sampling. Celebrate in style with a bumper weekend of birthday festivities, including: Spring fashion show, Artisans at The Boulevard, 'Win the Cart' giveaway, style spotting and brand new B-Exclusive offers.

The Boulevard is also offering deals of up to 70% off high street prices and designer brands, including: adidas, Skechers, Kurt Geiger, Next Outlet, Nike Factory Store, The Perfume Shop, Asics, Toytown, Beauty Outlet, Gap and the newly opened Radley store.

6. Music in the Chamber – Daoiri Farrell

  • Bangor, March 21

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With his powerful and distinctive voice, Daoirí Farrell has been championed by the likes of Christy Moore and Donal Lunny. Six months after releasing the album ‘True Born Irishman’, Daoirí picked up two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2017 for Best Newcomer and Best Traditional Track. He brings his show to the evocative setting of Bangor Castle for this special performance.

7. Movie Night at Crumlin Road Gaol

  • Belfast, March 21

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Start the evening with a meal in Cuffs Bar & Grill before being led on a Paranormal Tour, finally settling down in B wing of Belfast’s most infamous jail. The chilling Paranormal Experience visits the Gaol’s ‘hot spots’ where spooky activity has been reported and also takes in the Tunnel, Gaol Circle, C-Wing, Hangman’s Cell and more! There is no place in Belfast more suited to watching a classic horror movie.

8. Desert Island Poems

  • Magherafelt, March 21

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Picture the scene: stranded on a desert island, what three poetry collections would you take if they were all you had to read? To mark World Poetry Day, celebrated poets Frank Ormsby, Alice Lyons and Moyra Donaldson talk about the books they would choose, what those collections mean to them and in true desert island style, which single volume of Seamus Heaney’s poetry they would also like to be stranded with!

9. Leningrad!

  • Belfast, March 22


Written during the siege of Leningrad, Shostakovich’s powerful Seventh Symphony tells the story of the Russian people’s resistance to the Nazis, their dogged hope and individual courage. This performance by the Ulster Orchestra also takes in Richard Strauss’s iconic Also Sprach Zarathustra, made famous by the inclusion of its Sunrise in 2001: A Space Odyssey

10. Roe Valley Speciality Market

  • Limavady, March 23

If you love local fresh food, quirky handmade crafts and fine art, visit one of the market days at Drumceatt Square, Limavady town's communal public space located beside the Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre. The friendly outdoor market boasts a range of speciality food, art and handmade crafts. Enjoy the colourful displays, the delicious aromas, the taste of fresh food produce and the bustle of traders and customers.

11. Living History – Norman Knights at Dundrum Castle

  • Newcastle, March 23

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At this Living History event, 13th century Norman knights and their household will demonstrate their weapons and fighting skills on the Castle lawns. Take a trip back in time and witness the knights of Dundrum as they would have battled and learn more about the swords and weapons of that time. Suitable for the whole family, this event provides both a fun and educational experience

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