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10 things happening in Northern Ireland this week - October 8-14: from potato festival to Billy Ocean



Pictured: Billy Ocean

Pictured: Billy Ocean

Pictured: Billy Ocean

Here's our pick of the top events happening this week in Northern Ireland.

1. Fashion Fest 2018



  • Londonderry, October 13

Taking place in one of the city’s most iconic landmark buildings, the Guildhall, this stylish celebration will showcase the very best in emerging and established designers.

2. Jail of Horror

  • Belfast, October 12 - 31

The one-of-a-kind 'Jail of Horror' tour through Belfast's oldest prison will offer a terrifying experience and is guaranteed to scare even the bravest of visitors.

3. Cinemagic International Film & Television Festival



  • Belfast, October 2 – November 4

 This award-winning festival, which is the largest film and television festival designed for, and by, young people in the UK and Ireland, boasts an ambitious and exciting programme of over 200 events including film screenings, masterclasses with film and television industry professionals, school workshops, Q&As, and young critics panels.

4. Northern Ireland Potato Festival



  • Bushmills, October 12 - 13

The NI Potato Festival celebrates the legacy of local man John Clarke OBE, a world renowned pioneer in potato breeding. The Festival line-up boasts a variety of attractions including Naturally North Coast and Glens artisan market with food and craft producers, cookery demonstrations and talks, bouncy castles, exhibitions and displays, potato inspired games and a petting farm.

5. Billy Ocean


Pictured: Billy Ocean

Pictured: Billy Ocean

Pictured: Billy Ocean


  • Belfast, October 11

Born in Trinidad, Billy Ocean settled in London’s East End when just seven years old. The calypso crazy kid soon got turned on to soul singers like Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, leading him to spend much of his study time in the music room. He has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime to date and has achieved extraordinary success as both an artist and a songwriter.

6. Squirrel Walk & Talk



  • Cushendall, October 13

Join the Glens Red Squirrel Group to celebrate 'Squirreltober' with a guided walk through Cottage Wood to see if you can spot the Red Squirrel, which is regularly seen here. The woodland also contains a range of native and non-native species of trees and shrubs such as Scots Pine, Elder, Holly and Ash.

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7. Jane Eyre



  • Coleraine, October 10

The young, orphaned Jane meets with cruelty at the hands of her aunt and then at the school to which she is banished. She eventually finds her freedom and becomes governess to the daughter of the enigmatic Mr Rochester at Thornfield Hall. As Jane and Rochester’s relationship grows, it is over shadowed by doubt, dark shadows and terrible secrets and she must choose between passion and reason. Hotbuckle Productions bring their inventiveness, humour and unique magic to Charlotte Bronte's compelling tale at the Riverside Theatre.

8. Fright Night 2018



  • Magherafelt, October 12 – November 3

This year’s Fright Night is going to be bigger, scarier and full of twists. Fright Night will see the return of the horrid and harrowing “Woodland Trail”. Unveiling two amazing new sets, a brand new haunting story, coupled with special effects, atmospheric lighting throughout and a creepy cast of wicked creatures. On top of this, four of last year’s scare attractions will also be returning with a few extra dimensions and a brand new attraction; The Slaughterhouse.

9. Harvest Fair at The Ballance House



  • Crumlin, October 13

Enjoy soup, sandwiches, traybakes and apple pie in the Ballance House tea barn and visit the craft market stalls with a great selection of local crafts and produce to purchase. There will be themed apple craft activities for the children, flower-arranging and wood-carving demos along with a bespoke Silent Auction featuring prizes ranging from restaurant vouchers to hampers which guests can bid on throughout the day.

10.   The Baby Bushka Dance Party



  • Belfast, October 13

Eight female performers use four-part vocal harmonies and epic choreographed dancing to bring the spirit and sound of music legend, Kate Bush, to life. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Bush devotees and an amazing night out for lovers of choregraphed dancing, jumpsuits and all things 80’s. Afterwards DJ Emma-Rose Hollywood, will be playing 80’s dancefloor fillers from Bowie to Bananarama to have you dancing into the small hours.

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