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What's on: 8 things to do in Northern Ireland this week

With both Londonderry and Belfast celebrating Culture Night, there's plenty of theatre, arts, and music to keep us entertained across Northern Ireland this week.

1. Armagh Food and Cider Festival, Armagh -  September 21-24

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Celebrate a tasty feast of Armagh cuisine combined with the best of local cider this harvest season.

In collaboration with the Food Heartland Hospitality Forum and local businesses, diners and craft brew enthusiasts will have the opportunity to sample local hospitality at its best through a variety of events including food trails and markets.

For more information, visit

2. Winterfell Festival, Castle Ward, Co. Down - September 24

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Discover the setting of the Stark family home, see first-hand theatrical re-enactments from the fantasy TV series, meet actors from the show, and enjoy lively music, local food and much more.

Winterfell Festival offers to fully immerse Game of Thrones fans into George R. R. Martin’s mythical world of Westeros.


Adult -  £22.50

Child (10-16 yrs) - £10.00

Under 10 yrs - Free

Family (2 Adults, 2 Children 10-16 yrs) - £60.00

3. Culture Night Belfast, Friday, September 22

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Culture Night Belfast is a huge celebration in Belfast’s cultural calendar. Emanating from the Cathedral Quarter and taking place across the city centre, it will be family friendly, free of charge, accessible and open to all. 

Culture Night will bring together, artists, organisations, community groups and businesses with over 300 free events.

Time: 1pm-10pm

Price: Free

4. Foyle Opera, Strabane - Friday, September 22

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As part of Derry's Culture Night, hear a selection of well-known operatic arias and choruses that will have the audience wanting to burst into song, and a few lesser known pieces just to whet your appetite.

Opera favourites at The Alley Arts and Conference Centre from the beginning with some rousing choruses and evocative arias from Carmen, sung in English.

Time: 8pm

Price: Free

5. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (Aged 13 ¾) at the MAC, Belfast - September 22 - October 7

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Adam Dougal as Adrian Mole (Photo by Aaron McCracken)

A stage adaptation of Sue Townsend’s best-selling novel, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ comes to the MAC for Bruiser Theatre Company's 20th anniversary celebrations.

The production captures lovable character Adrian Mole's secret diary and charts the highs and lows of being a teenager during the Thatcher period including dealing with dysfunctional parents, the school bully and teenage crushes.

Time: 3:00 pm & 7:45 pm

Price: £12.50 - £25

6. Autumn Wildlife Hunt at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum - Sunday 24 September

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Autumn Wildlife Hunt

Explore and discover a day full of fun, family activities to sign up to, including wildlife walks, talks, safaris, and live animal displays.

To help encourage little ones to engage with nature this autumn, come along to the ‘Badger’s Banquet Hall,’ for a range of information and badge making workshop.

Activities take place from 10am - 5pm

For further information, visit

7. Festival Lough Erne, Enniskillen - September 23-24

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A host of activity on and off the water with cookery demonstrations by celebrity chefs, local artisan food and drink producers and live entertainment all taking place at the refurbished Enniskillen Castle.

The festival promises to be a feast of food and water based activities celebrating the very best of the Fermanagh Lakelands.


Saturday: 11am - 6pm

Sunday: 12noon - 6pm

For more information, visit

8. Blood Upon The Rose at Millennium Forum, Londonderry - September 23-24

Written and directed by Gerry Cunningham, the musical drama tells the story of Grace Gifford and Joseph Plunkett.

Set against the background of the Easter Rising in Dublin 1916, the story of their courtship, marriage in jail and Joseph’s execution the following morning are brought to the stage.

Time: 8pm

Price: £22

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