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What's on in Belfast and Northern Ireland for Easter 2019

The Big Unbox at Castlecourt
The Big Unbox at Castlecourt

The chilly spell is expected to break just in time for Easter fun with a dry and warm bank holiday weekend being forecast.

Here's your complete guide to all the main events taking place in Belfast and across Northern Ireland this sunny Easter break.

Easter Surf Camp Portrush, April 15–25

Alive Surf School is the perfect place to take your kids this Easter with plenty of action and fun suitable for kids aged 5-16. As well as learning how to surf, the kids will learn about water safety and see a real improvement in their surfing. Everything is included from wetsuits and surf boards to

Kids can come for individual days or, more commonly, for all four days. Parents are invited to join them in the water.

Tickets: £70 for four days

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Easter at Hillsborough Castle - April 18–28

A transformed Hillsborough Castle and Gardens will open its doors daily to visitors for the first time this Easter, with a host of exciting events and activities for all the family.

‘Be Our Guest’ offers families a chance to explore over 100 acres of majestic gardens. In a series of theatrical encounters meet fascinating characters from the Castle’s past including America's founding father Benjamin Franklin, and the third Marquess of Downshire who will entertain the audience with folk tales in the enchanting Glen.

Tickets: £11.40 for adults, £5.70 for children

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Hillsborough Castle

Easter Sunday Lunch at Titanic Hotel Belfast - April 21

Easter Sunday is a perfect opportunity to get together for a delicious lunch with family or friends. Indulge in an Easter Sunday lunch buffet selection featuring classic dishes created using the finest local ingredients. Entertainment will be provided that both adults and children can enjoy.

Tickets: £39.50 for adults and £19.50 for children

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Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Easter Petting Zoo at The MAC - April 22-23

You'll find the MAC's Easter Petting Zoo in the Crush on the first floor. The fluffy friends are back for some more fun and they can't wait to meet you! With lambs, chicks, bunnies and lots more - cuddle, feed and stroke your farmyard favourites until your heart's content.

Entry fee: £2 per person

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Getting up close to all your favourite farm animals at the MAC. (MT Hurson/Stills)

Easter at HMS Caroline - April 19

Explore the ship through the exciting Easter Trail inspired by Blücher the Bunny, a naughty rabbit who lived on board during the First World War.

As you explore the ship you can experience  historic spaces and find out more about the men who lived on board, you can even test your skills with our interactive exhibits before visiting the Mess Deck Café for some tasty treats.

Tickets: £10.75 for adults and £4.25 for children

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Easter at The Boulevard - April 18-26

The Boulevard is hosting a bumper week of family fun as the mall is brought to life with Alice in Wonderland themed decorations and a host of seasonal activities, from an Easter bonnet parade to a virtual reality experience and musicians and DJs entertaining shoppers, there’s lots to enjoy for everyone.

Please note The Boulevard will be closed on Sunday, April 21.

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The Big Unbox at Castlecourt - April 19-20

CastleCourt has specially arranged another ultimate unboxing experience as part of its cracking Easter eggstravaganza on and is inviting families to take part in all the action, which includes a giant-sized bouncy inflatable Easter egg to help burn off all that energy.

The event will bring the ‘unboxing’ phenomenon to Belfast with YouTube sensations Beau from Beau’s Toy Farm at CastleCourt on April 19 from 1.00-4.00pm.

Both Tash Baller and his sister Tianna-Leanne will be at CastleCourt on April 20 from 12.00-3.00pm alongside a Cool FM Roadshow and a walkabout by Peppa Pig and George.

Pre-registration is essential for this event. To register visit www.castlecourt-uk.com

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The Three Billy Goats Gruff Armagh - April 20–23

Join the living history team at the Navan Centre for a live action interpretation of the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff.

Children can enjoy the Easter school holidays at the Easter craft club at the Palace Stables with traditional Easter crafts, egg decorating, arts and crafts, and games and, of course, the ever popular Easter egg hunt.

Tickets: £7.50

Belfast’s biggest indoor Easter egg hunt - April 23

Everyone is invited to call in on Easter Tuesday between 11am-3pm so children (and grown-ups) can explore all the Cathedral’s nooks and crannies in the search for those hidden eggs.

In addition, there will be an Easter trail which you can follow through the Cathedral to discover more about the beautiful building as you find the eggs along the way, and they will also have a variety of arts and crafts to take part in when you're finished the trail.

Adults will be free to look around this beautiful building or relax with a cuppa while the young ones get stuck in to the serious task of egg hunting.

Entry is £2 per child with a prize for all successful egg hunters

Easter Extravaganza at The Ark Open Farm - April 19-23

There will be lots of cute and cuddly chicks, bunnies, and little lambs to bottle feed. With pony rides, quad barrel rides and tractor carriage rides there is something for all the family. Come join the Easter bunny trail and search for Easter eggs. Collect as many eggs as you can to win a prize.

Tickets: from £7

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Spring chicks at The Ark Open Farm, Bangor, Co Down.

Easter Egg Hunt Magherafelt - April 20 – 23

The Jungle’s Easter egg hunt experience is approximately 60 minutes in duration and entails a lengthy walk through the width and breadth of The Jungle’s enchanting forest. You’re sure to work up an appetite but fear not for there are a variety of hot food, savoury snacks and naughty nibbles, in addition to both hot and cold drinks, sure to leave you refreshed and refuelled, ready for your next adventure challenge!

Tickets: £6 for adults, £3 for children.

Easter Eggstravaganza Portaferry, April 21-23

Put your detective skill to the test by joining in on the Great Exploris Aquarium Easter egg hunt. You can pick up your activity sheet at the reception and begin your journey in the Viking room. Continue to hop around the aquarium searching for eggs and surprises along the way.

Normal admissions apply.

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