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What’s on in Belfast and Northern Ireland for Easter 2018

by Jill Goligher

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

Sing-a-Long-a Beauty and the Beast at Grand Opera House, Belfast – Thursday March 29

Sing-a-Long-a Productions are hosting a screening of the famous Disney fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast” with on-screen lyrics.

This is a chance for all Disney fans to sing their hearts out to childhood favourites such as “Be our Guest”, “Belle”, “Gaston” and not forgetting the “Beauty and The Beast”

Fans will sing along with stars of the adaption of the iconic fairy tale such as Emma Watson, Emma Thompson and Ewan McGregor.

Show times: Thursday 2pm and 7pm

Ticket price(s): Adult £17.50 / Children (U16) £13.75

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Emma Watson as Belle in Beauty And The Beast (PA)

Mary Black sings Jimmy Mac at Grand Opera House, Belfast – Friday March 30 – Saturday March 31

Mary Black and her legendary band are returning to Ireland to promote her new album “Mary Black sings Jimmy Mac.”

With 11 studio albums, Mary will be highlighting timeless hits such as “No Frontiers” and “Katie” by one of Ireland’s greatest song writers – Jimmy Mac Carthy.

Show times: Friday and Saturday 7.30pm

Ticket price(s): £15.25 - £31.25

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Mary Black

Jake Carter in Concert at the Millenium Forum, Londonderry – Sunday April 1

Originally from Liverpool, now living in Enniskillen, Jake Carter has quickly developed a name for himself in the Irish pop scene.

Sharing a love for music with his brother Nathan, the two brothers have been singing and playing music together.

Jake has just announced the release oh his long awaited EP titled “Three Kings”.

Show time: 8pm

Ticket price: £18.50

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Jake Carter

Easter Eggstravaganza, Belfast – Saturday March 30

A fun-filled day out for the whole family at The Pavilion on the Stormont Estate.  

Visitors can enjoy craft fairs, a petting zoo, bouncy castle, face painting, an Easter egg hunt with prizes to be won and much, much more.

Price(s): Children £6 Adults - Free

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An Easter egg hunt.

Easter Eggspress Steam Train, Belfast – Monday April 2 – Tuesday April 3

Hop on board as the Easter Eggspress will be steaming along to Whitehead from Belfast Central Station.

There might even be an 'eggstra' special passenger on board with a surprise for the best behaved children.

Tickets: £14

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The Easter Bunny

Easter Petting Zoo at The MAC, Belfast – Monday April 2 – Tuesday April 3

The MAC Petting Zoo returns this Easter Monday and Tuesday.

The fluffy friends are back for some more fun along with lambs, chicks, bunnies and lots more for you to cuddle and feed.

It's free to visit, so drop in anytime between 10am and 2.30pm on both days. No ticket required.

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Lambs will be part of the petting zoo.

Easter Afternoon Tea at Titanic Belfast, Belfast – Sunday April 1

Join Titanic Belfast for a special Easter Afternoon Tea in the opulent surroundings of the Titanic Suite for a celebration by the Grand Staircase this Easter Sunday.

Enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, classic scones with fresh cream as well as cakes and savoury tasty bites.

Of course no Afternoon Tea would be complete without the tea itself. Guests will be able to choose from a selection of luxury blends.

Afternoon Tea price(s): £12.50 - £37

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Titanic Belfast

Easter Street Theatre Entertainment, Ballycastle – Monday April 2

Spectacular street theatre performances will be taking place at the seafront in Ballycastle this Easter Monday.

Suitable for all ages and free entry, visitors will enjoy a mixture of slapstick comedy and skills including juggling, stilt walking and fire breathing.

You might even find yourself taking part!

Show times: 2pm and 4pm

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Easter eggs

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, Downhill Demesne, Coleraine – Sunday April 1

The Easter Bunny has been up to his old tricks, but he has left clues all over Downhill to reach a chocolate prize.

Cadbury Egg Hunts are running at Castle Coole, Florence Court and Crom Everyone is invited to pick up a trail sheet, then head out around the grounds to find the answers and solve the clues.

Price: Hunt £1.50 per child

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A box of five Cadbury Creme Eggs

Ulster Orchestra, Brahms’ Requiem at Easter, Belfast – Friday March 30

Join Ulster Orchestra this Good Friday for a wonderful evening of music in their 2017-18 season.

Schubert’s Unfinished is a masterful piece of writing; two movements so perfectly balanced, it’s difficult to imagine how he could have created two more.

Ticket price(s): £10-£29

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The Ulster Orchestra

Easter Celebrations at Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Holywood – Sunday April 1 – Tuesday April 3

There's plenty to do at the museum this Easter, including having a go at the Great Egg Trail in the Folk Museum and the Eggstreme Egg Hunt in the Transport Museum.

Visitors can also meet new born lambs and piglets in the farm as well as see the horses and donkeys.  Plus there will be traditional music, magicians, samples of home baking, children's crafts and a rabbit show.

Time: 10am - 5pm

Prices: Normal admission rates apply

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Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. Photo by Rob Durston

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