Upcoming events in Northern Ireland

Maritime Mile, various locations around Belfast

Visit all 11 objects, chat to them and find out more about our maritime history. Interact with them using your mobile and instructions on nearby signage.

On Refusal: Representation and Resistance in Contemporary American Art, Belfast, 25 October-19 January

A group exhibition, in The MAC, Belfast, featuring work by Paul Stephen Benjamin, Elliott Jerome Brown Jr, Aria Dean, Troy Michie, Arcmanoro Niles and Sable Elyse Smith. Curated by Clare Gormley.

Fire & Feast Ultimate Game of Thrones Tour, Ballymena, 7 – 14 November

This Game of Thrones® themed tour will include a full day fire and feast experience visiting several filming locations, with themed food and drink tastings, outdoor cooking, plus carving and spear throwing. The tour will also include a visit to the Game of Thrones® Doors carved from fallen trees of the Dark Hedges. This tour includes a two night stay at the four star Galgorm Spa and Golf Resort, a full Irish breakfast and use of the thermal spa. 

Atlantic Sessions, Coleraine area, 15-18 November

A feast of musical talent, featuring over 40 artists in over 20 venues, including bars, coffee shops, hotels and town halls across Portrush and Portstewart, throughout 4 days. Most gigs are admission free, with some headline ticketed events.

Belfast Christmas Market 2019, Belfast, 16 November- 22 December

Visit the Belfast Christmas Market in the City Hall grounds for an award-winning taste of Christmas with over 30 international traders offering incredible foods and delightful gift ideas.

The Polar Express at the Culloden Estate, Belfast, 19-23 November

Climb on board and explore Santa’s Polar Express at the Culloden Estate & Spa. Meet Santa and his elves, enjoy the train journey and get your Christmas gift.

Irish Whiskey Tasting at The Morning Star, Belfast, 21 November

Join The Morning Star for an Irish whiskey experience with their Irish whiskey ambassador Joe McGowan. Enjoy a number of very different whiskeys, tasting flight, cocktail demonstration, award winning tasty nibbles and learn some whiskey knowledge along the way.

Guildhall Craft Fair 2019, Derry~Londonderry, 22-24 November

Celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary, this annual event at the Guildhall showcases a wide range of bespoke craft items created by craft designer-makers and artists throughout Ireland.

C.S. Lewis Festival, Belfast, 22-26 November

Be transported through the wardrobe into the incredible imaginative world of C.S. Lewis and his characters. The festival offers plenty of family-friendly events, a huge range of informative talks and discussions and lots of opportunities to explore your own imagination through bespoke workshops.

Kirkistown Point to Point, Portavogie, 23 November

This exciting horse race in County Down provides an exhilarating day out with the first race starting at 12pm.

Armagh Georgian Festival, Armagh, 28 November- 1 December

Armagh’s much loved Georgian Festival marks the beginning of the Christmas festive season.

Friendship Four 2019, Belfast, 29-30 November

The Friendship Four tournament is a unique opportunity to watch the only NCAA college ice hockey tournament to be held outside of the United States. This 4 game tournament will feature elite ice hockey players from Northeastern University, The University of New Hampshire, Princeton University and Colgate University all competing to hoist the Belpot trophy.

Don’t miss these upcoming Food Festivals and Events – your perfect chance to Taste the Island!

Whitehead Sea and Food Tour, Whitehead, selected dates until end November

Experience the famous Causeway Coast as you depart Whitehead and kayak around Blackhead Lighthouse to The Gobbins, with qualified instructor Anne from Causeway Coast Kayaking.  This special 2 hour kayaking tour will take in the sights and sounds of local wildlife while passing our local fisherman’s lobster pots and will give you a different perspective of The Gobbins and a unique view of the Seven Sisters Caves, not visible from The Gobbins Cliff path.

You’ll finish your sea journey with a delicious lunch at the award winning family run, Light House Bistro. You can expect a warm welcome along with hearty freshly made pasta and baked bread, complemented by local hot or cold beverages. Well-deserved after your epic adventure!

Taste the Island Twilight Market, Belfast, 12-13 November

Featuring over 100 traders specialising in local and continental foods from around the world, handmade arts and crafts and chef demonstrations too, bring the whole family and enjoy the very best in live music or simply treat yourself to some delicious food!

Now in its 5th year, the Twilight Market is an established highlight in our city’s events programme. Don’t forget, in compliance with Northern licensing laws, all Twilight Market events are strictly over 18s after 21:00.

Taste of our Waters, Magheralin, 15 November

Enjoy a six-course tasting menu that will showcase local freshwater fish, sea fish and seafood alongside homegrown and local vegetables.

This tasting menu is part of a one-night break during which guests will have the opportunity to visit our kitchen garden and orchard where some of the Ingredients used to create each dish are grown. Diners can also purchase drinks which have been paired to each dish, including local craft beers and ciders.

Murder in Narnia, Warrenpoint, 15 November

A Narnia themed Murder Mystery banquet with the finest local food and drink produce from the Newry, Mourne and Down region.

A gathering of those loyal to Aslan in Narnia has fallen into disarray. It was supposed to be a meeting to plan their attack of the White Witch, but someone has turned coat and informed on the group to Jadis. There is a spy in their midst and murder and intrigue are not far away.

In this Narnian world, who can you trust? Are you loyal to Aslan, do you think you can solve this, ‘Murder Twistery’? Then put your sleuthing skills to the test…and join us on Friday 15th November at Narrow Water Castle for Murder in Narnia.

Picnic in Narnia, Rostrevor 17 November

In the foothills of the Mourne mountains, overlooking Carlingford Lough, charming Rostrevor was CS Lewis’s inspiration for Narnia. This magical day features a sumptuous breakfast, before following the Narnia Trail in the company of Narnian characters up to a special picnic at the Cloughmore Stone, a possible inspiration for Aslan’s How.

This unique event will celebrate Rostrevor’s unique connection to the Chronicles of Narnia – it was a favourite holiday destination for author CS (Jack) Lewis – and the wonderful local produce of the area.

Tastes, Tales and Tunes, Ballygally, 20 November

Tastes, Tales and Tunes provides you with a great collaboration of food, tales and music from the surrounding Antrim Coast area. Enjoy tapas at Ballygally Castle, listen to tales with Liz Weir as traditional music accompanies these activities. 

Christmas Cooking Demonstration, Dungannon, 23 November

Sit back, relax and learn how to get prepared for Christmas with this practical cookery demonstration at Wee Buns Cookery School. Learn how to get ahead for the day with lots of tips and delicious tried and tested recipes.

Krazi Baker Baking Classes, Dromore, 24 November

Enjoy this Christmas class which teaches how to bake an 8-inch Xmas cake, Stollen bread and sweet mince pies, the perfect homemade festive treats for the Christmas season.  

Enniskillen Taste Experience, Enniskillen, Tours operate weekly on Saturdays

The Enniskillen Taste Experience showcases the culinary delights local businesses have to offer and will delight customers with a substantial and memorable experience. Customers will be offered an array of tastes and nibbles along with a few alcoholic beverages.  The Tour starts at Enniskillen Castle and customers are gently guided around the Island town meeting local producers and suppliers. Customers will get a chance to sample Joe the Baker’s sour dough, Pat O’Doherty’s famous black bacon, Tickety Moo Ice cream, Boatyard Gin, Sharon’s mouth-watering scones, Innishmacsaint beer and much more! 

Copeland Distillery Tour, Donaghadee, Tours operate every Friday and Saturday

Learn about the history of The Copeland Islands and Donaghadee’s first distillery. Included is a neat gin tasting sample and sensory botanical experience, a distillery tour where you will learn about our unique process of our spirit making then finish in The Copeland Distillery Hideout, overlooking scenic views of The Copeland Islands, and enjoy a refreshing Copeland G&T.  Visits to the Copeland Distillery are only available through bookings.

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