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What's on: 12 things to do in Northern Ireland this week

It's a busy week across Northern Ireland as we head into August, with plenty to keep the whole family entertained.

1. Angela's Ashes at the Grand Opera House, Belfast - Tuesday, August 1 - Saturday, August 5

This musical adaptation of Frank McCourt's best-selling memoir tells the story of his impoverished family who return from America to the lanes of Limerick in 1930s Ireland.

The Pulitzer Prize winning book is given a new lease of life on stage in this World Premiere production in Belfast.


Tuesday - Saturday: 7.30pm

Thursday & Saturday: 2.30pm

Price: £16.75 - £46.25

2. The Gruffalo at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast - Wednesday, August 2 - Sunday, August 6

The Gruffalo

This musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler joins Mouse who meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake.

Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures?


Wednesday:  2pm & 5pm

Thursday: 11am & 2pm

Friday: 11am & 5pm

Saturday: 11am & 2pm

Sunday: 11am & 2pm

Price: £12

3. The Twilight Market at St George's Belfast - Tuesday, August 1 - Wednesday, August 2

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St George’s Market in Belfast was packed with enthusiastic shoppers for the last Twilight Market.

The popular Twilight Market at St George's is set to return to Belfast with a special 'Summer Beach Party’ theme.

Visitors can sample the artisan local food, drink and craft stalls, with a programme of entertainment and cookery demonstrations scheduled for each day.

Music will be supplied by local artists The Jazzmeisters, Robin Martin, Jim ‘The King’ Brown and The Motown Sensations.

Time: 4pm – 11pm

Price: Free

4. Féile an Phobail Carnival Parade, Belfast - Sunday, August 6

Féile an Phobail Carnival Parade

The annual festival kicks off this week and the stunning Carnival Parade is back.

This year's theme is 'Rights and Revelry' which aims to highlight and promote equality, mutual respect and understanding, and celebrating all cultures and identities.

With the parade culminating in a huge party at the Falls Park there will be spot prizes including free tickets to various concerts in addition to £300 for Best Dressed Community Group, £300 for Best Attended Sporting Group, £300 for Best Community Float and £50 for Best Dressed Individual.

Time: 12noon at Dunville Park

Price: Free

5. Eastside Arts Festival, Belfast - Thursday, August 3 - Sunday, August 13

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EastSide Arts Festival 2017 will run from 3 - 13 August. Picture by Brian Morrison

Explore the east of the city, its people and places during a fantastic 11-day festival packed with music and words, theatre, film, tours, visual arts, workshops and community events, all rounded off with the EastSide Family Circus and Big Top weekend.

For more information visit

6. Little Shop of Horrors at the MAC, Belfast - Friday, August 4 - Sunday, August 5

The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, blood.

Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination...

This production at the MAC, Belfast will be performed entirely by young people aged 13-21.

7. Festival of Flight, Newcastle - Friday, August 4 - Saturday, August 5

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Festival of Flight

Festival of Flight 2017 will once again launch a full programme of thrilling events in Newcastle, Co Down with the airshow taking place on Saturday, August 5.

The airshow is the centre piece of the festival where the crowds watch in awe as the sky over Dundrum Bay is filled with the roar of engines.

Price: Free

8. Belfast MasterChef Challenge 2017 at The Balmoral Hotel, Belfast - Thursday, August 3

The Balmoral Hotel's inaugural Belfast Master Chef Challenge will see four foodie finalists fight it out for the coveted title in front of a live audience at the venue as part of Féile an Phobail.

The winner will be decided by a panel of experts as well as an audience vote with proceeds from that process going to Children In Need.

Price: £15

9. Carmen at Millennium Forum, Derry~Londonderry - Friday, August 4 - Saturday, August 5

The dramatic story of the gypsy Carmen and her ill-fated affair with army corporal Don Jose, told through Georges Bizet’s powerful score, is the most popular opera of all time.

Foyle Opera’s new production features a live orchestra under the baton of Derry born conductor John Page, an international, acclaimed cast, including Irish soprano Ann Jennings in the title role, and a full opera chorus of local singers.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £21

10. Dungannon's Busking and Blues Festival - Saturday, August 5

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Dungannon's Busking and Blues Festival

The annual Blues on the Hill festival taking place on the Hill of the O'Neill, a stunning location at one of the most important heritage sites in the whole of Ulster.

Take in the fantastic panoramic views as you enjoy music from a number of acts including the headlining Band of Friends.

A full bar and barbecue will be available during this event.

Time: 4pm

Price: Advance tickets are £10 or £15 at the gate

11. Donkey Day at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum - Saturday, August 5 - Sunday, August 6

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Donkey Days take place at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum on August 5 and 6.

Held in partnership with the Donkey Breed Society, the museum’s ever popular annual Donkey Day is about celebrating donkeys and highlighting the role they have played in Ulster’s rural history.

Visitors to the museum on Saturday can enjoy watching donkeys take on the donkey course, egg and spoon races and musical chairs. There will also be a parade of donkeys around the Ballycultra Town area.

12. Belfast Pride Parade - Saturday, August 5

Last year’s Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre

The 27th annual Belfast Pride Parade takes place as part of the city's 2017 Pride celebrations and the theme for this year is ‘Demand Change’.

For more information visit

Time: 1pm

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