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

From theatre to festivals, there's plenty on to keep us entertained over the next seven days - take a look through what's happening across Northern Ireland.

1. Neil Delamere at the Grand Opera House, Belfast - Friday, September 15

Neil Delamere

Due to popular demand, the Irish comedian returns to the Grand Opera House for a second night of his Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Pensioner show.

The funnyman will chronicle the tale of how one day his dad asked him to help deliver the Meals on Wheels and because of that decision their lives would never be the same again.

Except for the bits of their lives that didn’t change...

Time: 8pm

Price: £20.25 - £23.25

2. Aspects Literature Festival, Bangor - September 14-24

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Aspects Literature Festival

Ards and North Down Borough Council present this year’s Aspects Literature Festival, celebrating the very best of Irish writing.

After the success of last year’s 25th anniversary celebrations, this year’s festival is filled with poetry, music, theatre, history, memoir, exhibitions, interviews and readings.

Highlights this year include Colm Tóibín, Frank McGuinness and Carol Drinkwater, as well as live music with Joshua Burnside and Gruffalo Yoga for the kids.

For more information, visit

3. Mourne Mountain Marathon, Newcastle - September 16-17

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Mourne Mountain Marathon

A competitive event for teams of two, this is Ireland’s only two-day endurance and navigation marathon held each year in the beautiful mountains of Mourne in Co Down.

Teams will be given a map with markers located in various areas, they must visit these control markers, but design their own route between, along with a self-sufficient overnight camp.

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4. Dirty Dusting at various NI venues - September 13 - October 7

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Dirty Dusting

When three cleaners, Olive, Gladys and Elsie, are threatened with redundancy they feel that their lives are coming to an end until a chance wrong number gives them a new business start-up idea; why not run a telephone sex line?

They’ve got motive, opportunity and a lifetime of experience – some more than others, mind you.

Starring May McFettridge, Dirty Dusting will be performing at the following venues:

  • Wednesday, September 13: The Ardhowen, Enniskillen
  • Thursday, September 14 & Friday,  September 15: Millennium Forum, Derry
  • Saturday, September 16: Alley Theatre, Strabane
  • Tuesday,  September 19 - Saturday, September 23: Grand Opera House, Belfast
  • Tuesday, September 26: The Braid, Ballymena
  • Wednesday, 27 September & Thursday, September 28: Market Place, Armagh
  • Friday, September 29: Strule Arts Centre, Omagh
  • Saturday, September 30: The Great Hall, Downshire, Downpatrick
  • Tuesday,  October 3: The Old Courthouse, Antrim
  • Wednesday, October 4: Riverside Theatre, Coleraine
  • Thursday,  October 5: The Burnavon, Cookstown
  • Friday, October 6: McNeill Theatre, Larne
  • Saturday, October 7: Island Hall, Lisburn

5. Sperrin and Killeter Walking Festival, Co Tyrone -  September 16-17

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Sperrin and Killeter Walking Festival

Walkers of all ages and abilities have the chance to get outside and explore the beauty, history and heritage of the Sperrins and Killeter regions. 

Walks are available at a variety of levels including easy strolls (perfect for families and budding nature photographers), moderate treks and challenging hill walks.

Price: £5 per walk

For more information, visit

6. Titanic Dance at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast - Wednesday, September 13 - Thursday, September 14

Making its debut at the Waterfront Hall, Titanic Dance tells the story of the world’s most famous ship from its beginning in the Belfast shipyard to its tragic end in the Atlantic Ocean.

With a cast of 30 world class Irish dancers and musicians the show received numerous standing ovations during recent tours of the US and China, where it performed to a televised audience of over one billion.

Time: 8pm

Price: From £21.50

7. Autumn Fair at Botanic Gardens, Belfast - Saturday, September 16 - Sunday, September 17

Belfast Autumn Fair

Enjoy a weekend of food, flowers and free family fun in Belfast’s famous Botanic Gardens.

Among the programme of events in this year's fair are:

  • children’s arts and crafts
  • mini sensory play area (for those aged under five)
  • face painting
  • 9-hole crazy golf course
  • a climbing wall
  • bungee trampolines and a party playhouse
  • dance workshops
  • must-see street shows and performers.

Visitors can take a leisurely stroll through one of the most idyllic gardens in the city or browse a variety of stalls selling hot food, sweet treats and candies, plants, homemade crafts and more.

There will also be live music throughout the weekend.

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