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What's on: 7 things to do in Northern Ireland this week

As autumn rolls in to Northern Ireland, take a look through what's happening this week, including PAW Patrol Live for the kids at the SSE Arena and 70s legends The Bay City Rollers performing in Donaghadee.

1. Hugo Duncan Country Classics at the Grand Opera House, Belfast - Thursday, September 7

Hugo Duncan

Hugo Duncan introduces a list of country legends to the Grand Opera House stage with a night of Country Classics.

Guests include:

  • Dominic Kirwan
  • Declan Nerney
  • Susan McCann
  • Brendan Quinn
  • Frankie McBride
  • Sandy Kelly
  • Billy McFarland

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £18.50 - £24.50

2. Carnival of Colours 2017, Derry~Londonderry -  September 9-10

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Carnival of Colours 2017

Predominantly based in St. Columb’s Park, this festival will feature a Guinness World Record attempt for the world’s largest kazoo band and it will make use of emerging talent, featuring musicians, comedians and spoken word on the Eclectic Picnic stage.

Workshops will also be available, for children and older people, in various creative disciplines including circus skills, graffiti art, dance, drumming, arts and crafts.

Time: 1pm - late


Day - free

Night - £5 - £10

3. The Bay City Rollers at Donaghadee Lights Up - Saturday, September 9

The Bay City Rollers starring Les McKeown

See the worldwide chart-topping band The Bay City Rollers starring Les McKeown play to fans at this free outdoor performance in the beautiful coastal setting of Donaghadee.

Make an evening of it by enjoying one of the tasty food stalls before the gig begins, the night will then end with a spectacular fireworks display.

For more information, visit

4. The Weir at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast - September 5 - 30

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The Weir

On a stormy night in Brendan’s pub, isolated above a Leitrim town, the men are gathering for their daily pint. The arrival of a stranger in their midst – a beautiful woman – spurs them to impress her with stories. They are stories of souls past, spirits present and spectres unforeseen. One story, however, is more chilling, more sinister and more real than any of them could have foreseen.

On its premiere in 1997, The Weir won the Evening Standard, Critics’ Circle and Olivier award for Best New Play, and established Conor McPherson’s eerie tale as a masterpiece of modern theatre.

This latest production stars Belfast actress Kerri Quinn, with Frankie McCafferty, Garrett Keogh, Patrick Ryan, and Marty Maguire.


Tuesday - Saturday: 7.45pm

Saturday & Sunday matinée: 2.30pm

Price: £10 - £24.50

5. Giants Causeway Coast Sportive, Ballycastle, Saturday,  September 9

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Giants Causeway Coast Sportive

A road cycling event which takes place along the Causeway Coast and through the Glens of Antrim - this event has been designed to attract all cyclists from complete beginners to enthusiasts.

Participants have a choice of three routes (35miles, 80miles and 115miles) all showcasing the Causeway Coast and Glens of Antrim area by offering participants an unforgettable cycling experience.

For more information, visit

6. My Mountain Life at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast - Sunday, September 10

Simon Yates

On the remote Siula Grande in Peru in June 1985, mountaineer Simon Yates found himself in a desperately unenviable position. He was slowly being pulled off the mountain face by his injured partner, Joe Simpson, dangling on the rope 50 metres below.  His decision to cut the rope saved both their lives in the epic of survival that followed and with the publication of the book ‘Touching The Void’ and the later film, both climbers became household names.

Witness Simon’s tireless journey from that mountain in Peru to some of the remotest on the planet and share with him the drama, excitement and beauty of modern, lightweight alpinism. Told with wit, dry humour and lavishly illustrated with images and video collected on his great climbs.

Time: 8pm

Price: £17

7. PAW Patrol Live at the SSE Arena, Belfast - September 5-7

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PAW Patrol Live

PAW Patrol Live - Race to the Rescue shows that 'no job is too big, no pup is too small!'

This live performance features music, dance and an original script as well as classic theatrical scenery along with a high-tech video wall that visually transports families to PAW Patrol locations such as Adventure Bay, The Lookout, Seal Island, Farmer Yumi's farm and Jake's Mountain.

Special interactive video allows the audience to participate in the show via interviews, solving puzzles with the pups, following Mayor Goodway and much more.

For more information, visit

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